Kyle Crump celebrates with family in victory lane. (Speed51.com photo)
Tonight’s feature had a hard time getting going, with more than 10 cautions and three red flags before lap 58. CRA Chase contenders Thomas Woodin and Hope Hornish had issues or were caught up in incidents, resulting in 24th and 20th finishes, respectively. The first red flag was for Lonnie Saumier, who dropped oil all over Owosso Speedway. The second and third red flags were to allow for safe tows of Ben Welch and Travis Eddy. The remaining field ran the last 42 laps without a caution, allowing Kyle Crump to pull away from Carson Hocevar, Jack Dossey III, and Kyle Hayden to win his first-ever JEGS / CRA All-Star Tour Feature
|2||20||Jack Dossey III|
|6||5||Michael Clancy Jr.|
We had a delay in first practice due to fluid on the racetrack. Hope Hornish reported having a power steering fluid leak, per CRA officials. Thomas Hufferd spent second practice preparing an issue with the oil pan, per CRA officials. Thomas Woodin was not able to get on track for a qualifying run.
CORRECTION: Lonnie Saumier was not done for the night following first practice. He was able to qualify and will start in the race.
|2||5||Michael Clancy Jr.|
|3||20||Jack Dossey III|
|6||20||Jack Dossey III||15.687|
|7||5||Michael Clancy Jr.||15.702|
First Practice Results:
|3||5||Michael Clancy Jr.||15.742||35|
|11||20||Jack Dossey III||15.926||35|
Second Practice Results:
|3||5||Michael Clancy Jr.||15.608||19|
|5||20||Jack Dossey III||15.735||28|
25 cars have checked in at Owosso Speedway for tonight’s 100 lap race.
26 cars were entered for today’s event at Owosso Speedway (as of September 6th)
|5||Michael Clancy Jr.||Ortonville, MI|
|5H||Tyler Hufford||Schoolcraft, MI|
|5L||Eric Lee||Mucomb, MI|
|7||David Carter||Grove City, OH|
|7C||Kyle Crump||Brighton, MI|
|7X||Travis Eddy||Beaverton, MI|
|8||Hope Hornish||Defiance, OH|
|8C||Tommy Cook||Ft. Wayne, IN|
|10||Steve Dorer||Lakeland, FL|
|11||Anthony Danta||Orland Park, IL|
|14||Carson Hocevar||Portage, MI|
|14H||Kyle Hayden||Clio, MI|
|15||Lonnie Saumier||Davidson, MI|
|20||Jack Dossey III||Indianapolis, IN|
|22||Evan Shotko||Coopersville, MI|
|24||Amber Slagle||West Bloomfield, MI|
|28||Jack Smith||Clyde, OH|
|29||Austin Kunert||Batavia, IL|
|41||Hayden Sprague||Howell, MI|
|56||Jerry Andrews||Kalamazoo, MI|
|67||Ben Welch||Spring Lake, MI|
|72||Thomas Woodin||Battle Creek, MI|
|77||Tyler Rycenga||Allendale, MI|
|88||Trever McCoy||Caldanie, MI|
|98||Jay Sommers||Chesterfield, MI|
|811||Thomas Hufferd||Sheridan, IN|
CRA uses a single-car qualifying format, with each car getting two laps at speed to determine their qualifying time. Following qualifying, the driver that sets quick time will roll for the invert, determining the final starting line-up.
|12 PM||Gates Open|
|1:30 PM||CRA Driver’s Meeting|
|2 PM||Pure Stock Practice #1|
|2:15 PM||MCR Dwarf Cars Practice #1|
|2:30 PM||JEGS / CRA All-Stars Tour Practice #1|
|3:15 PM||Pure Stock Practice #2|
|3:30 PM||MCR Dwarf Cars Practice #2|
|3:45 PM||JEGS / CRA All-Stars Tour Practice #2|
|4:15 PM||Pure Stock Practice #3|
|4:35 PM||MCR Dwarf Cars Practice #3|
|5:10 PM||Driver’s Meeting for Owosso Racers|
|5:30 PM||Pure Stock Qualifying|
|5:50 PM||MCR Dwarf Cars Qualifying|
|6:15 PM||JEGS / CRA All-Stars Tour Qualifying|
|7 PM||Racing Begins|
|Pure Stock Heats|
|MCR Dwarf Car Heats|
|JEGS / CRA All-Stars Tour Autigraph Session|
|JEGS / CRA All-Stars Tour Feature (100 Laps)|
|Pure Stock Feature (25 Laps)|
|MCR Dwarf Car Feature (25 Laps)|
Who to Watch For:
Carson Hocevar has won the last two races (Winchester 100 / Winchester Speedway, Dixie 100 / Birch Run Speedway), and has already locked himself into the JEGS/CRA All-Stars Championship race. Michigan racer Kyle Hayden won at Auto City Speedway to kick off August, holding off Hocevar for most of the race.
Carson Hocevar is guaranteed to race for the JEGS / CRA All-Stars Tour Championship this year following his CRA Chase win at Winchester during the World Stock Car Festival last weekend, leaving three spots left. Jack Dorsey III, Michael Clancy Jr., and Thomas Woodin would join Hocevar if the Chase ended today. Thomas Hufford is currently the first car out of the Championship race, and is currently four points behind Woodin. Hope Hornish, Austin Kunert, and Jack Smith will all be hoping for a better finish at Owosso to increase their Chase odds. Chase drivers can join Hocevar in CRA’s Chase Championship at Winchester Speedway by winning at Owosso or Lucas Oil Raceway Park in two weeks. Like NASCAR, the points will be reset for the final race of the season at Winchester, and the highest finishing driver will win the JEGS / CRA All-Stars Tour Championship.
Owosso Speedway is located in Ovid, MI, about a half-hour Northeast of Lansing, MI and less than two hours Northwest from Detroit. “The Big O”, as it is nicknamed, is a 3/8th mile progressively banked asphalt track. Racing started at Owosso Speedway in 1939, according to the track’s website. Racing at Owosso has grown from its roots as a quarter-mile dirt track. Racing on the 3/8th mile track began in 1989. Owosso Speedway runs weekly on Saturday nights.
Fall temperatures have arrived in Michigan, as Ovid, MI will only see a high of 66 today. Temperatures will drop to 38 degrees overnight. Conditions will be mostly sunny during the day, transitioning to clear skies through the evening. Weather will not be a concern for teams, other than making sure they are bundled up into the evening.
Next Series Race:
The JEGS / CRA All-Stars Tour will be part of the Fall Brawl at Lucas Oil Raceway Park in Indianapolis, IN on Saturday, September 23 and Sunday, September 24. Also racing in the Fall Brawl will be the NSTA Top Speed Modifieds, CRA Sportsman, CRA Street Stocks, and Vore’s Compact Touring Series.
What Won the Race:
Kyle Crump made the pass on Kyle Hayden on Lap 14 and never looked back, using the preferred outside groove to hold off late challenges from Carson Hocevar.
Kyle Crump leads the lsat 42 laps, the longest green flag run of the night, to win by 1.3 seconds over Jack Dossey III.
Kyle Crump leads 85 laps to win “The Big O 100” at Owosso Speedway, holding off several CRA Chase contenders and Auto City winner Kyle Hayden to win his first JEGS / CRA All-Stars Tour Feature.
“Man there was some really stiff competition here. Being my home track I wanted this one so bad. I was fighting for it. Multiple restarts, I was able to hold on to it. We got the victory, such a sigh of relief. It means so much to me, I’m so happy right now.” – Kyle Crump
Winning Crew Chief:
McGunegill Engine Performance
On the Move:
Jack Smith moved up ten spots from 23rd to 13th after struggling throughout practice. After damaging the car Monday at Winchester, the team did not have a chance to clip the front end as planned. Smith’s team has the new front clip ready, and will work to fix the car before the Fall Brawl at Lucas Oil Raceway Park. The 13th finish helped Smith, who is competing in the CRA Chase, and allowed him to gain points on several Chase competitors that had issues.
Travis Eddy started fifth, but finished 19th following an issue with the rear end on lap fifth. Eddy had consistently held on to fifth place throughout the race, but was unable to defend his 2016 Owosso win.
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