By Ken de la Bastide
(June 23, 2014) –
When opportunity knocked, Muncie
driver Bret Miles Jr. opened the door to
make a bold pass with two laps remaining to
capture the CRA Street Stock 200 Saturday at
Miles used the high line entering turn three
to rocket past both race leader Jimmy Kirby
and Josh Poore to emerge out of turn four
with the lead.
With Miles in the lead Kirby spun coming off
the fourth corner on lap 199 which gave
second place to Poore with Jason Atkinson
coming home in third.
For most of the second half of the race
Kirby and Poore jostled for position running
nose to tail.
Poore took the lead from Miles on the lap
101 restart with Kirby moving up to third on
lap 108. Miles who led 97 of the first 100
laps dropped back to sixth in the early
stages of the second half of the race.
With 28 laps remaining Miles used the
outside line to get around Calvin Parham for
third and set his sights on the two leaders.
At times Miles was turning laps three-tenths
of a lap faster than Kirby and Poore.
A caution flag on lap 195 for a spin by Fred
Hopkins turn two, set up the final five lap
sprint for the win.
“I was just waiting there,” Miles said. “I
took my opportunity when I had it.”
Miles said before the second half the team
decided to drop back if the other drivers
were getting aggressive.
“In the first half I was protecting my
lead,” he said. “We made some adjustments to
the car. It took a long time to pass the 33
(Calvin Parham). After that I was coming,
the car was really good.”
Miles not only earned $3,000 for the win,
but picked up an additional $500 for
finishing second in the CRA Triple Crown
Poore said the two front-runners slowed
down, which allowed Miles to make the late
“I didn’t know how close he was,” Poore said
of Miles. “It was the last laps; you have to
go for it.”
Atkinson said it was a steady run for the
team, but the car was loose coming off the
“I couldn’t get any grip on the inside
coming off the corners,” he said. “I could
run with them but didn’t have anything to
compete for the win.”
Brett Hudson, the winner in the Triple Crown
race in Kentucky had a mechanical problem on
lap 155 while running third.
With his third place finish Atkinson won the
CRA Street Stock Triple Crown for 200-lap
races in Ohio, Kentucky and the closing
event at Anderson Speedway.
Atkinson said the team was able to complete
all 600 laps of the Triple Crown.
Anderson driver Dustin Burge took the early
lead but stayed on the point for only two
laps when Miles used the outside line on a
restart following a red flag when Michael
Walls made contact with the turn three
outside retaining wall.
Burge stayed in the second spot until lap 46
when Kirby was able to make the pass and
Poore moved up a spot on lap 69.
Poore moved into the second spot on lap 82
and challenged Miles until the halfway
Fast qualifier Jeff Lane had a mechanical
problem on lap 25 and finished 32nd in the
36-car starting field.
There were six lead changes among four
drivers. The race was slowed by 10 caution
flags for 61 laps and red-flagged twice.