One week removed from a surprising pole for the Winchester 400, Terry Fisher, Jr. added a 14th victory to his stellar 2015 season.
Fisher shot out to the lead from outside of the front row and held off charges from Shawn Amor and 2015 CRA Late Model Sportsman champion Jason Atkinson to claim the Budweiser King of the Track Championship Sunday 30 at Lucas Oil Raceway, the final event of the 2015 CRA season. The win was the third in a row for Fisher at the .686-mile track.
Fisher claimed the victory after leading every circuit of the 30-lap feature, but the win didn’t come as easily as it appeared.
After rocketing past pole sitter Josh Timmerman at the green flag, Fisher drove off to a second lead. However, Amor, who clinched the 2015 Lucas Oil Raceway Track Championship by taking the green flag, quickly erased the gap between himself and the Fort Wayne, Indiana driver.
Amor would dive under Fisher three times in the opening half of the race, but Fisher’s car proved to be too strong, soaring ahead on the outside and ultimately pulling out to a slim half-second advantage.
Fisher began to pull away from Amor over the second half of the event. As Fisher stretched his advantage, Atkinson began to track down both of the leaders.
Rallying from the fifth starting position, Atkinson worked his way around Amor with six laps remaining. The native of nearby New Castle, Indiana would gain on Fisher in the final laps, but ran out of time as Fisher cruised to the checkered flag.
“Three in a row down here,” said Fisher. “It’s kind of unbelievable the season we had, 14 wins.
“Came down here for the 125-lapper and we kind of got in trouble, but were running second. We had a real good car. Three in a row is a real accomplishment, I think, for our team.”
Atkinson would settle for second, one week after winning two Championship Racing Association championships at Winchester Speedway.
“We had a really good car, but Fisher just got too far out there,” said Atkinson. “All in all, we had a pretty good year.”
Following his third-place performance, Amor was able to celebrate the inaugural track championship.
“It feels really good to be the first champion,” said Amor. “I love this track, and I hope we can get some fans to start coming out here and filling these grandstands so we can keep racing here. It’s a really great facility, gorgeous place to race at. Really fun, great passing.
“We’re gonna re-do this car this winter, and hopefully we can come back here and break our own track record.”
Billy VanMeter followed up a win in the first of two heat races to claim a fourth-place finish, with pole-sitter Timmerman rounding out the top five. Greg Van Alst, Jared Thomas, Tony Brutti, Derek Bischak and Reed White finished out the top 10.
After a quick, caution-free race, Fisher, Amor and the rest of the CRALMS field will head into the offseason and start gearing up for 2016.
Colby Lane Dominates For Win, Championship
In need of a great performance to clinch the Lucas Oil Raceway Track Championship, Colby Lane left nothing to chance.
Lane topped practice, set quick time, won the lone heat race and dominated the feature to claim the Stealth Trailers CRA Street Stocks Powered by JEGS Budweiser King of the Track Championship Sunday 30 at Lucas Oil Raceway. By virtue of Jimmy Kirby’s third-place finish, Lane also claimed the track championship in a tiebreaker.
“I really think about anybody could’ve done it,” said Lane of the drive. “It was that good of a racecar. I don’t know what we figured out here at this racetrack, but it was fast. Cold day like today just brought it to life.”
Lane credited his team’s mindset for helping him claim the track championship.
“We looked at today saying we’ll just take it how it is and see what we get,” said Lane. “It worked out for us. You can’t do it any better. We set fast time, won the heat and went from there. It’s been a good day.”
Robert Amos, Jr. ended the day in second to deny Kirby the track championship.
“It was 30 qualifying laps,” said Amos. “Trying to run as hard as you can, straight in line. I was trying to catch (Lane), but there wasn’t anybody that was going to pass him today. He absolutely had the best car.”
A disappointed Kirby would end the day in third. The Indianapolis, Indiana driver voiced his displeasure with Amos over an early-race incident as the driver’s prepared to go through tech. Both drivers politely declined to discuss the incident.
James Kirby III and J.J. Shafer rounded out the top five.
The Vore’s Compact Touring Series also completed a 20-lap feature on the day, with Dan Irvine claiming the victory, and Donald Van Valkenberg claiming the track championship.
With the end of the track championships, LOR’s .686-mile oval goes silent for the winter months. The track’s 2016 schedule is unannounced at this time.
-By Aaron Bearden, Speed51.com Midwest Correspondent
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