By Ken de la Bastide
2013) - New Castle’s Jason Atkinson
make it two consecutive Champion Racing
Association Street Stock wins in the 75-lap
race after exchanging paint with leader Jim
Crabtree Jr. on lap 55.
The racing action got
off to a slow start as the caution flag
times in the first 20 laps as the 27 drivers
in the field jockeyed for
track position. Most of the cautions were
for single car spins.
During the opening melee
Crabtree used the outside line on a restart
on the front straight to grab the point from
early leader Larry Lathan.
By lap 25 Atkinson moved up to the second
position after passing Tyler Marsh on the
back straight and was glued to Crabtree’s
There then followed a
30-lap run of green flag racing with
looking for a way around Crabtree. On lap 55
as the leaders’ encountered lapped traffic,
Atkinson was able to get to the inside of
The two traded paint
entering turn one with Atkinson and Marsh
getting around Crabtree entering the fourth
“You can’t win in the
first 15 laps,” Atkinson said. “You have to
your time and do what you can.”
The eighth and final
caution flag waved on lap 59 when Lathan’s
erupted in a plume of white smoke. On the
restart Marsh, Calvin Parham and fast
qualifier Josh Poore all tangled on the back
straight while battling for the third spot.
Atkinson went on to win
by 1.1-second over Crabtree, Dustin Burge,
Colby Lane and Larry Matillo.
Josh Poore set fast time
during qualifications and patiently worked
his way through the field from the eighth
starting position. But was relegated to the
tail of the field following the incident
with Marsh and Parham. He recovered to
finish sixth and Parham came home in ninth.