It was a champagne shower for Josh Brock Saturday night on the edges of Fort Wayne International Airport, as the reigning ARCA/CRA Super Series champion held off a strong Johnny VanDoorn and charging Kyle Crump to win the Baer Field Motorsports Park Summit 100.
Brock quickly jumped to the lead in his No. 17 Super Late Model, passing Steve Dorer to the inside on Lap 2. Dorer was the only other car to lead a lap at Baer Field in the Summit City 100, as Brock would go on to lead the final 99 laps. While Brock was able to stretch out a sizable gap over second through the middle of the race, things tightened up as VanDoorn, Crump, Logan Runyon, and Steve Dorer all caught up to the leader. VanDoorn made several attempts inside and outside to pass the Kentucky-based Brock, but to no avail.
VanDoorn and Crump had several late-race restarts to find a way around the 2019 North/South Super Late Model Challenge winner, but Brock was able to pull away on each restart. Crump ended up making contact with Dorer, causing both drivers to fall to the tail. Runyon benefitted from the contact, taking a third-place finish. In the end, Brock made the final restart work, pulling away to win the Summit City 100.
An excited Brock wiped away the champagne sprayed on him by his crew in victory lane, sharing how he held on at the end of the race.
“Man we had a great car,” Brock told Speed51. “Was getting a little tight in the center, but my drive was amazing and that’s what I needed to fight off one of the best, VanDoorn and his great car, great team, great power plant. When you put everything together, the stars line up, and they did.”
Brock continued, commenting on the focus he needed at the finish.
“I just didn’t think the cautions were going to end. I just had to constantly put out good restarts, I always feel like I’ve been good at restarts. I guess tonight it showed, fighting off the best.
VanDoorn was complimentary of the winner in victory lane, stating that he would have only been left with one option, had he chosen to use it.
“Outside of being dirty there really wasn’t anything I could have done. He ran a perfect line,” VanDoorn said. “I needed to pass him on the bottom, and I just needed a hair more forward bite, I think that would have been lights out.”
“Hats off to him,” VanDoorn continued. “I know what it’s like when people are right on your bumper and you’re trying to outrun them. Trying to focus on your marks and the guy behind you. Makes for a fun race.”
It was a bad points night for Jack Dossey III and Austin Kunert, who both suffered failures during the Summit City 100. Dossey was scheduled to start from third, but pulled off track as the green flag fell for the race, stricken by a broken transmission. Austin Kunert suffered a rear end failure, which resulted in a lengthy cleanup to remove the fluid from the track.
Highlights from Saturday’s ARCA/CRA Super Series race at Baer Field will be available Monday on the Speed51 Network.
The top eight eligible cars in points after the Kalamazoo Klash will be locked in to the ARCA/CRA Super Series Chase for the championship. Those eight drivers will compete in the Battle at Berlin 251, World Stock Car Festival at Winchester Speedway, and Toledo’s famed Glass City 200, with the four highest in points after Toledo competing for the ARCA/CRA Super Series championship during the Winchester 400.
-Story by: Patrick Hahe, Speed51.com Great Lakes Editor
-Photo credit: Speed51.com
ARCA/CRA Super Series Unofficial Results
1 – Josh Brock
2 – Johnny VanDoorn
3 – Logan Runyon
4- Hunter Jack
5 – Greg Van Alst
6 – Kyle Crump
7 – Steve Dorer
8 – Johnathan Martin
9 – John Nutley
10 – Scotty Tomasik
11 – Kyle Jones
12 – Shawn Amor
13 – Cody Coughlin
14 – Scott Hantz
15 – Austin Kunert
16 – Johnny VanDoorn