Dalton Armstrong’s first ever full-bodied stock car win came early in the 2015 race season over 1,000 miles away from his hometown of New Castle, Indiana at New Smyrna Speedway (FL) during the 2015 World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing. Armstrong was crowned the 2015 World Series champion in the Pro Late Model division.
After running the full JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour schedule in the 2014 season in the Midwest, Armstrong remained winless entering the 2015 season. But that winless streak was snapped on Sunday afternoon when he claimed the win in the season-opening Cabin Fever 100 at Springport Speedway (IN).
“I am really proud of my team for working so hard to get me here, this is going to be a good year for us” Dalton Armstrong said in victory lane.
Armstrong was the fourth fast qualifier on the chart and started in the same position. Armstrong piloted through the field and took over the lead from Trevor Berry, who later fell out of the event after breaking a rear end. Once taking the lead the only person that challenged Armstrong for the lead was 2014 Howie Lettow Memorial Rookie of the Year for the JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour Grant Quinlan.
The end of Cabin Fever was one for the books as it was a hard fought battle between the two young drivers. In the final laps of the race, Quinlan was making a run at the lead when he and Armstrong made contact in turns one and two that got Armstrong sideways. As Armstrong started spinning, Quinlan’s car went over the top of the hood of the car that Armstrong was piloting.
“I was getting really free in the corners and I was trying to hold off Quinlan to keep the lead but I was also trying to save stuff for the end because I knew he would be charging hard late in the race. It was just hard racing out there.” Armstrong stated.
Officials called the caution but determined that it was called too early and allowed both drivers to keep their spot. Upon the restart Quinlan fell back and allowed Hunter Baize around him. Armstrong held onto the lead position and drove his Scott Neal powered machine to victory lane for the first time in the JEGS All-Stars Series.
“Scott Neal has worked his butt off for us and I want to go out there and try to win a championship for these guys,” Armstrong said after the race.
Baize, who is also competing for the Rookie of the Year title in the ARCA/CRA Super Series, came home in second and the 2014 points champion Dan Leeck took the third place spot. Quinlan and Chris Koslek complete the top-five.
-By Mikayla Kugler, Speed51.com Midwest Correspondent – Twitter: @MikaylaKugler
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JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour Cabin Fever 100 Results
Springport Speedway – May 3, 2015