Travis Braden set fast time and led during the ARCA/CRA Super Series Kalamazoo Klash 125, but used a restart with four laps to go to power past leader Johnny VanDoorn on the outside to win his third consecutive ARCA/CRA Super Series race.
“In the beginning of the race, the top worked for him and the bottom worked for me once I had the lead,” Travis Braden told Speed51.com powered by JEGS, “(VanDoorn) thought the bottom was the way to go and I honestly wasn’t sure I wanted the top because I was really tight in the center. So it was just luck of the draw. Johnny had to gamble. It would’ve been a gamble for anybody that was leading. We just got kind of lucky with it.
“That’s three in a row with the CRA cars. I think it’s the sixth race with this new car. We should have five (wins) honestly with this car. We’ve won three of the five races so that goes to show how good this team is. It’s fun for me to drive.”
Johnny VanDoorn dominated much of the race after starting on the front row, but was forced to settle for second after losing the lead on the restart.
“Just made a bad call,” VanDoorn recalls, “choosing the bottom; it’s my own fault. You always go with your gut and I should’ve gone with my gut. You just couldn’t get going on the bottom. The guys gave me an awesome car. It was a fun race. Just a bad call on my end.”
Kyle Crump was able to bring his machine home a career-high third.
“We unloaded Tuesday with probably the worst car we’ve ever had. Me, my family, Stan, we all went to work on it. We made wholesale changes. We came out to practice today and hopefully it worked. We qualified fourth, ran up front all day. Unfortunately, I thought we had a car to contend for the win but just ran out of laps. The caution didn’t help us.”
The race was slowed by only four cautions, but the final caution decided the outcome of the race. Jordan Dahlke and JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour point leader Carson Hocevar rounded out the top five.
Neither of the top two drivers in points started the race. Josh Brock did not make the trip to Kalamazoo and Hunter Jack blew a motor during practice Tuesday.
Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series star Kyle Busch finished 13th after battling an ill-handling car all race.
The ARCA/CRA Super Series is back in action this Saturday at Flat Rock Speedway in eastern Michigan.
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-By Koty Guyer, Speed51.com Midwest Correspondent
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