Jack Dossey III captured back-to-back JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour championships in 2017 and 2018 despite not winning a race during either season. However, it didn’t take the Wanamaker, Indiana native long to find victory lane in his rookie ARCA/CRA Super Series campaign as he won the season opener Saturday at Anderson Speedway (IN).
Dossey’s first win in the Champion Racing Association (CRA) came at a track Dossey is very familiar with, having won back-to-back Late Model track championships at the fast quarter-mile oval in 2014 and 2015. His first win could not have come at a better venue than what he considers his home track.
“I couldn’t be more happy and more grateful with the way things turned out,” Dossey told Speed51.com. “I knew from the start of the race we had a really good race car. It just depended on how the cautions fell out and just how the restart were and where everybody else decided how they were going to race, if they were going to race clean or just trying to figure out the tone of the race. Every lap the car just kept getting better and better. It’s a feeling that I can’t really capture yet. It’s been a long time coming and I couldn’t be happier. It wouldn’t be possible without my mom and dad and all my sponsors and the track and CRA for putting on a great show.”
Dossey used a bump-and-run on Brett Robinson on lap 95 to take the lead and checked out from the field on a restart with 21 laps to go for the victory. He admitted the move didn’t go as planned, but he was relieved when he took the lead and Robinson gathered his car up and kept racing.
“That’s not normally something I do,” Dossey stated. “I really kind of got into him more than I intended to. I meant it as kind of to let him know, hey I’m here, and I ended up going in a little too hot and slipping the brake pedal. Luckily, he could gather it up and everything. Me and Brett have raced together for many years and we’ve ran pretty good with each other. It’s just another racing thing; a little short track, it’s what the fans like.”
Brett Robinson led 94 of the first 95 laps after starting on the front row but was on the receiving end of the race-winning bump-and-run. He finished the race in third after getting shuffled back in a late-race restart.
“It’s racing, he didn’t do anything I wouldn’t have done,” Robinson said. “I was losing forward bite every lap and I was trying to save it and it just kept getting worse and worse. At the end of the day, he got underneath me just barely and at Anderson with twenty (laps) to go and you’re fighting for the win, you gotta keep your nose in there. That’s what he did and I would’ve done the same thing. Disappointing to run third, but it was still a good run. It’s just me and my dad, so it feels good to run third against these teams that have ten guys, but we’ve run third before and we want to win.”
Through the late-race commotion for the lead, ARCA Menards Series driver Travis Braden snuck his way into second after the final restart of the race and scored a runner-up finish in his first series start since Kalamazoo last year.
“We had a great car, we had a car capable of winning,” Braden said. “We were fighting an erratic brake issue that was costing me there for a while, we just had to manage driving with what the brakes were doing. I was busy there cranking one way or the other all race long and it was tough, but it was fun short track racing, beating and banging and battling for it. We had a winning car and probably could’ve easily finished fourth or fifth just because of the issues. It’s fun to have to battle and all but we just want to win.”
For Dossey, Saturday’s win lifted a weight off his shoulder and has him excited to chase after more wins during his rookie campaign in the ARCA/CRA Super Series.
“My second race as driver/crew chief and we pull off a victory, it doesn’t get much better than that. It’s a feeling that I can’t really capture yet. It’s been a long time coming and I couldn’t be happier.”
An on-demand broadcast of Saturday’s ARCA/CRA Super Series season opener can be viewed now by clicking here.
-Story by: Koty Geyer, Speed51.com State Editor (IN & MI)
-Photo credit: Speed51.com
ARCA/CRA Super Series Unofficial Results
Anderson Speedway (IN) – April 6, 2019
|1||20||Jack Dossey III|
|9||35||Greg Van Alst|
|14||22||James Kirby III|