It was a night to remember at Anderson Speedway for Hunter Jack, as he scored his first ever JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour feature win Saturday night after dominating most of the 100-lap race.
Jack broke away from the field early before eventually being tracked down by Sammy Smith, who was making his first series start at the home of the Redbud 400. Smith quickly passed Jack for the lead before making contact with Hunter’s brother Tanner Jack at the tail end of the field. Tanner fought to remain on the lead lap, but after several laps, the two made contact, resulting in damage to both cars that sent them to pit road for repairs.
Smith explained to Speed51.com after the race that he thought he had position on Tanner.
“We had a really good car up until I got wrecked by the lapped car," he said. "I was going to pass him, I was at his door and he just chopped me and wrecked us both.”
Smith rallied to a fourth-place finish following the incident.
Hunter Jack regained the lead as a result of the caution but was then faced with holding off veteran Steve Dorer on numerous restarts as the field attempted to get the race back underway. On the final restart, Jack was able to use the inside lane to gap Dorer and pull away, leading the last 47 laps on his way to his first victory lane visit with the JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour.
“I knew I was a little bit faster than Steve there, we got into it a few times. It was a bit iffy there," Jack recalled. "After I got out there I knew we had a good car and could get it done. I can’t even explain how this feels. It’s amazing. We’ve been working so hard.”
The JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour has a quick turnaround, as the touring series will be participating in Baer Field Motorsports Park’s Crown Jewel weekend. The All-Star Pro Late Models will run Sunday, July 7. Other divisions at Baer Field include the CRA Late Model Sportsman and CRA Street Stock features on Saturday, July 6. Joining the CRA All-Stars on Sunday are the ICAR All-Star Modifieds in their $20,000-to-win Crown Jewel Showdown event, as teams will run 100 laps on each of Baer Field’s asphalt track configurations to see who will take home a big payday.
Speed51.com will have a live pay-per-view broadcast available for both days, with details expected to be announced early this week.
-Story by: Patrick Hahe – Great Lakes Editor, Speed51.com
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