Craig Claims CRA Late Model Sportsman Win

By Ken de la Bastide

(August 10, 2013) - Trey Craig took advantage of the low groove opening up with ten laps remaining to claim his second CRA Top Speed Fabrication Sportsman Late Model win of the year at Anderson Speedway.

There was plenty of action over the course of the final 15 laps as leader Danny Trent battling a left rear tire going flat while being pressured by Mark Lambert, Craig and Bobby Blount.

Trent’s effort to maintain the lead ended on lap 65 when he spun going down the back straight. That put Mark Lambert into the lead with Blount lining up on the outside.

On the restart Lambert and Blount drifted high in turn two which allowed Craig to dive to the inside and grab the lead and the victory.

Two laps later veteran Blount was forced high in turn four which allowed both Spillers and Chris Hacker to slip underneath.

The final caution flag waved on lap 69 when Chris Brann spun in turn four and collected the car of David Campbell. Craig was able to maintain the lead on the restart to win by 1.01-seconds.

Craig was followed to the checkers by Lambert, K.C. Spillers, Trent and Blount.

“I was watching them,” Craig said of Lambert and Blount on the final
restart. “I stayed back not wanting to get into their wreck. When they
went high the bottom opened up.”

Craig also set the fast time during qualifying and started eighth in the
22-car field, working his way to the front.

Jason Atkinson led the first 14 laps of the race before Trent was able to get inside entering turn three. Atkinson’s night would end on lap 34 with a mechanical problem.

There were four caution periods in the first ten laps, and only four over the final 65 circuits.

Spillers overcame an incident with Ronnie Rose on lap six while the two were racing for the third position to record his podium finish.