One feature removed from a thrilling JEGS CRA All-Stars Tour feature at the famed Lucas Oil Raceway in Indianapolis, Indiana, fans and drivers expected another close battle for the lead in the headliner.
However, Brian Campbell had other ideas.
Campbell took the lead in the early stages of the race and proceeded to drive off from the field over a lengthy green-flag run to claim the ARCA/CRA Super Series Fall Brawl 100 at LOR.
The win came from the front row after Campbell took advantage of ignition issues for pole-sitter Chad Finley and muscled his way by Cody Coughlin to take over the top spot.
Campbell would maneuver his way through lapped traffic ahead of a chasing Dominique Van Wieringen and Blaine Rocha to take the victory by 1.562 seconds.
“The car was excellent,” said Campbell. “We unloaded Friday like this and never touched it. It’s just a testament to the guys at Lake Shore Motorsports in the garage. The garage time is what I feel like won this race.”
Despite dominating the 100-lap event, Campbell found himself racing defensive in the end as Van Wieringen and Rocha closed in on him.
“She was coming, wasn’t she?,” said Campbell of Van Wieringen. “That was the thing. You’ve got to be going so you stay in front of them, just in case something happens with a lapped car, so you have some breathing room.
“Everybody ran a good race. I raced with Cody (Coughlin) for the lead. I watched that kid grow up racing, and he’s gotten a lot better. He’s going to be pretty good someday.”
Van Wieringen drove through the field from 10th to take a career-best runner up performance in second.
“This car was very good,” said Van Wieringen. “Right from the get go, I knew I could go top, bottom, so I did everything I could to work my way up to the front quickly.
“The end of it, me and Campbell were kind of even. I was catching him a little bit, then the last 10 laps we were dead even right to the end.”
While the long green-flag run worked to Van Wieringen’s advantage, the Canadian couldn’t help but wonder what would’ve happened had a caution fell in the closing laps.
“A caution would’ve definitely made it interesting. I would like to see exactly how we could compete against (Campbell), because he’s one of those guys that’s been racing for a long time, and I can learn more from him.
“Still, this run means a lot, because the year hasn’t gone the greatest. I feel like finally now we’re turning it in the right direction and we have luck on our side. I can’t wait to get to Nashville next weekend.”
After setting quick time in Saturday’s qualifying session, Rocha would settle for a third-place result.
“We’ve been struggling back up home for a while now,” said Rocha, a California native. “We’ve always been fast. I kind of like racing these guys up here more than back home, because they’re a lot nicer.”
Championship hopeful Grant Quinlan overcame a disappointing 16th-place starting position earn a fourth-place finish, with Cody Coughlin rounding out the top five.
“It’s a lot of fun to do that when you have a good piece like we did today,” said Quinlan of the drive through the field. “To be able to go around cars like that makes it a lot easier on me.
“I think that we had something for the leaders. I was saving there towards the end because there was no real point on burning it up just in case we had a caution.”
Hunter Baize, Paul Shafer, Jr., Terry Senneker, Ali Kern and Mark Lambert finished out the top 10.
The future stars of late model racing made their presence known throughout the day at the .686-mile oval, but it was a veteran in Campbell that claimed the biggest prize.
The ARCA/CRA Super Series will return to action on October 11th for the Winchester 400 at Winchester Speedway.
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-By Aaron Bearden, Speed51.com Contributor – Twitter: @AaronBearden93
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ARCA/CRA Super Series Fall Brawl 100
Lucas Oil Raceway, Indianapolis, Indiana
|7||7||Paul Shafer Jr|
|8||36||Terry Senneker Jr|
|13||20||Jack Dossey III|
|21||81||Terry Fisher Jr|