On a day that topped out at just over 90 degrees, Travis Braden was as hot as the Indiana asphalt on his way to dominating the ARCA/CRA Super Series Circle City 100 at Lucas Oil Raceway.  The win for Braden was his second at the track and came in a race that went caution free for only the second time in series history.


”For us as a team, that was extremely exciting,” Braden told Speed51.com powered by JEGS”, “This is our first win with this car. It’s a pretty new car for us and we’ve been good with it twice. Two other times we struggled with it, so we’ve been looking to get a good handle on it and get some good finishes and wins, and the first time we figure it out, we win. So hopefully it translates going forward.”


300x250 Dixieland 250 2017.08.01Runner-up and 2016 Southern Super Series Champion Donnie Wilson turned in a strong performance but came up short in his chase to beat Braden.


“Travis (Braden) just took off.  He just got the lead and that was the deal, just get the lead early and hold on,” Wilson stated.  “We knew it was gonna be hard to pass.  The tires fall off and everyone runs the same lap times, so all in all it was a good day for us.”


Third-place finished Johnny VanDoorn was satisfied with his result despite Lucas Oil Raceway not being one of his best tracks.


”It was a good night for us considering this is one of my worst tracks ever,” VanDoorn said.  “Just never have been able to get a hold of this place.  I feel bad for the guys. They always bring me a good car; I’m just terrible here.  We worked on it, worked on it, then in the race we got it good.  We’re pleased with the effort and the car was awesome.”


With two wins in the ARCA/CRA Super Series, Braden also has an ARCA Racing Series victory to his credit at Lucas Oil Raceway back in 2014.


“It’s a love or hate thing for sure,” Braden added, “If you’re not pretty close on the setup, it’s pretty miserable. Last year we were here and I spun out three times on my own.  Days like that you don’t ever want to come back, but over time that goes away and it makes you want to come back and do better. This place is so dependent on a good setup and you got to know how to drive this place a little bit at least.”


The ARCA/CRA Super Series will be in action next on Sunday, July 30 as they visit the tricky Kil-Kare Raceway in Xenia, Ohio for the first time since 2014.


Race fans can find on-demand coverage of Friday night’s Circle City 100 by visiting Speed51.com’s Trackside Now coverage.


-By Koty Geyer, Speed51.com Midwest Correspondent

-Photo credit: CRA


ARCA/CRA Super Series Unofficial Results

Lucas Oil Raceway (IN) – July 21, 2017

1 26 Travis Braden
2 2 Donnie Wilson
3 71 Johnny   VanDoorn
4 01 Jake Crum
5 131 Kyle Crump
6 58 Tyler Ankrum
7 41 Hunter   Jack
8 15 Brett Robinson
9 6 Logan Runyon
10 7 Wes Griffith Jr
11 17 Josh Brock
12 47 Brian Campbell
13 25 Preston Bores
14 98 Justin Ashburn
15 33 Jeff   Cannon
16 4 Dalton Armstrong


Braden as Hot as Indiana Asphalt at Lucas Oil Raceway