Travis Braden recorded another dominating performance Sunday afternoon in the ARCA/CRA Super Series Rapid Fire Pizza 125 at Kil-Kare Raceway in Xenia, Ohio, scoring his second straight series victory. Braden took the lead from Brandon Oakley on lap 64 and never looked back, winning by over four seconds.
“My guys always bring a good race car to Kil-Kare,” Braden told Speed51.com powered by JEGS, “I’ve raced here locally for many years and we’ve been touring for the past four or five years. It’s always competitive here. We have high expectations when we come here; we don’t expect anything but to win. We brought two cars here and we’ve won in both.”
Local driver David Carter brought home a second-place finish after starting sixth.
“We didn’t have too bad of a car this weekend” Carter recalled. “But unfortunately the track conditions got to our car a little bit. We maintained tight on the long runs; we got adjusted to the track the best we can and we had a second-place finish, so I’m happy with that.”
Rookie Logan Runyon finished a career-best third at his home track.
“We started off really loose; we fell back a little bit. It came in to us about lap 30 and started picking cars back off,” he stated. “We’ve struggled this year, just bad luck and me shooting myself in the foot. This is the first race we’ve had were we didn’t have any issues. It’s feels really good to get the finishes I know we deserve.”
The race was only slowed by two cautions, one for a Hunter Jack spin which also saw Cody Robinson’s machine catch fire on lap 69, and the other on lap 71 when Brandon Oakley went sliding through the grass on the front stretch.
For Braden, this is his second series win in a row and his second in ARCA/CRA Super Series action at Kil-Kare. He won the series’ first ever visit to the facility and finished second in 2014, as well as another second-place finish in the JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour’s first ever visit back on July 9.
“Just really happy we got some momentum. We won in Indy last weekend, which is always a tough place for us, then getting two in a row. I don’t see why we can’t win anywhere we go the rest of the year,” Braden said with confidence. “We’re up against some of the most expensive, and high class and smart race teams in the world, and we go out and compete against them like this. I’m more happy for them than myself honestly, and I’m looking forward to the rest of the season. Got some big races to go to still.”
Josh Brock and Hunter Jack entered the event tied for the points lead. Brock finished seventh, while Jack came home 12th. Eight of the top-10 finishers hailed from the Buckeye State.
The ARCA/CRA Super Series is in action next at the Kalamazoo Speedway (MI) as part of the Kalamazoo Klash on Wednesday, August 9, which will feature 2015 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Champion Kyle Busch in both races.
Race fans can find on-demand coverage of Sunday’s ARCA/CRA Super Series race at Kil-Kare by visiting Speed51.com’s Trackside Now.
-By Koty Geyer, Speed51.com Midwest Correspondent
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Rapid Fire Pizza 125 Unofficial Results
Kil-Kare Raceway (OH) – July 30, 2017