Anderson Speedway played host to a career-first once again for Josh Brock Saturday night, when he won Saturday night’s JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour race at the high-banked quarter mile. It was his first win with the series in eight starts, coming at the same track that saw him win his first ARCA/CRA Super Series race in 2018.
Brock took the lead from former series winner Wes Griffith, Jr. just after the halfway point of the 100-lap feature and held on the final 46 laps through multiple yellows and several comers-and-goers behind him.
Using the same car he took to two wins and a runner-up points result last year in the ARCA/CRA Super Series, it was a work in progress in the weeks leading up to race day to find the speed to win the race.
“We worked hard on this car for two weeks, it was a Super last year and we converted it back over to a Pro. We hadn’t run a Pro race in almost a whole year, since Jennerstown. Just really excited, we worked our butts off and constantly worked,” Brock told Speed51. “When we first got here we weren’t really that good, we just kept constantly working and working. We had some really good speed in it but we needed more, there were some hard chargers at the end. We had a really good car and I’m tickled to death we got a win.”
With Saturday night’s win, Brock becomes the 23rd driver to win with both the JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour and ARCA/CRA Super Series. While he has no plans on running for a championship with the All-Stars Tour, he is going after a second title with the Super Series, which brings him right back to Anderson next week.
After Saturday night’s win, he feels more confident than ever as he looks to go back-to-back.
“We can win in go-karts and I’d be happy, winning anything is great. It’s good momentum, we’ve got some good notes, hopefully we can carry this into next weekend for the Super Series because we did learn some things we can carry over from practice.
“I love Anderson, this is probably one of my favorite racetracks. I’ve got two wins here now in CRA now, so we’re really excited.”
Former series champion Cody Coughlin finished second in the event, but it didn’t come easy. He was all over the bumper of Brock for the lead in the late stages before a late restart saw him fall out of the top five. He worked his way back up to second and was reeling Brock back in, but ultimately ran out of laps.
“I just got run over, plain and simple every single lap of the race. Finally, I had enough of it and sent it through those guys myself. We had a winning race car tonight but there’s only so much momentum I can make up when there’s 25 other guys out here and half of them are running into you,” Coughlin said. “What are you going to do, I guess second’s all right.”
Former Redbud winner Steve Dorer finished third, but was unhappy with how he was raced by Brock in the late stages. He saw himself on the front row for several restarts in the last 20 laps and was able to get strong jumps on each of them, but the outside line proved to be the weaker line on restarts.
“I messed it up in qualifying and didn’t qualify as good as we should’ve but I felt like we had a car to win the race with. It’s fun racing with a lot of these guys,” Dorer said. “As far as Josh Brock, with the caliber of team he has and what I expected out of him, I didn’t get it. It was rough racing and it wasn’t good, clean, fair, hard racing. I feel like if it was I would’ve beat him but if that’s how you want to win a race, then he wanted it that way.”
Former Winchester winners Mason Keller and Brandon Oakley rounded out the top five.
Click here to watch a replay of Saturday night’s JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour race at Anderson Speedway.
-Story by: Koty Geyer, Speed51 National Correspondent – Twitter: @kgeyer3
-Photo Credit: Speed51 Photo
JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour Anderson Speedway Results:
- Josh Brock
- Cody Coughlin
- Steve Dorer
- Mason Keller
- Brandon Oakley
- Travis Braden
- Zachary Tinkle
- Jimmy Tucker
- Mandy Chick
- Rick Turner
- Carson Hocevar
- James Kirby III
- Chase Burda
- James Krueger
- JP Crabtree
- Hunter Jack
- Charlie Keeven
- Eddie VanMeter
- Wes Griffith Jr
- Brandon Varney
- Jaden Cretacci
- Dylan Bates
- Trever McCoy
- Cassten Everidge
- Will Sahutske