For the final time at Columbus Motor Speedway, Brian Campbell goes to victory lane in honor of a great friend and a great driver, Bud St. Amant. Campbell has a great history with the track in the middle of the Buckeye State. Of the four previous ARCA/CRA Super Series events to take place at the flat 3/8th mile, Campbell has claimed victory in half of those.
“I had a lot of ties with Gary (Bud’s son) growing up so to be able to win this just means a lot,” Campbell told Speed51.com powered by JEGS. “Columbus Speedway itself means a lot to me. I got to watch my dad run here for many years.”
Campbell rolled off for the 125-lap shoot out from the sixth position. He was on a move through the field early on in the event. Campbell took over the top spot on lap 47, the lap that matches the Michigan native’s car number.
The only pressure that Campbell had was from Johnny VanDoorn, another veteran driver from the Wolverine state. VanDoorn took a shot at Campbell on a restart, but he beat the leader to the line and was forced to try to rebound from the back.
“There towards the middle when Johnny (VanDoorn) was on my tail I was getting a little nervous,” admitted Campbell. “I was running pretty hard and I think he was too. For lack of a better word I think he used his stuff up, our car kept turning and it seemed like his just didn’t.”
With less than 10 laps remaining Travis Braden trailed behind Campbell by just over three seconds, but if there were just a few more laps it would have been a fight for the finish. Braden closed the gap by over a second and a half on Campbell’s lead in the final five laps of the event.
“I wish it was still the 174 lap St. Amant Memorial not the 125 because we were definitely coming there at the end,” Braden stated. “Our car never really fell off and it was fun to have a chance to chase down Campbell who is one of the best in the business.”
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-By Mikayla Kugler, Speed51.com Contributor.
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