In July 2017, Corbin, Kentucky’s Josh Brock led the ARCA/CRA Points Standings. Unfortunately, his season was cut short due to a cancer diagnosis. On January 1st, he was declared cancer-free and was allowed to return behind the wheel of a race car.
Four months after hearing the big news, Brock was celebrating in Victory Lane, winning Saturday night’s ARCA/CRA Super Series Aerco Heating and Cooling 125 at Anderson Speedway in Indiana, his first career series win. He also set fast time in qualifying and was on top of the charts in practice, pulling off a clean sweep of the day.
“Well first of all, the Kentucky boy did it!” Brock said in victory lane. “What happened last year, it just lit a fire under this team, and it was hard, you know. Even at Nashville, we came out strong, but we didn’t get the finish we wanted, even though it was a top five and some people dream of that. I want to thank every one of my crew guys. My mom and dad are watching this on TV right now. Travis Sauter got this car tuned up, Chris Wimmer back in the Carolinas, every one of these guys in red t-shirts worked their butts off during the week. And on top of that, this isn’t a rent a ride. This is our car. We work Monday through Friday and we come race on the weekend.
“Last year we had to leave halfway through the season, and that was hard on all of us, just to walk away from something we all love. But we all knew we weren’t walking away forever. We fought all winter and when I became cancer-free we knew this year we were going to come out strong. We ran some small races to get tuned up and then we went to Nashville, and absolutely everyone knew we were back, and I think now the statement’s clear, we are back.”
After starting fifth in the 125-lap affair, Brock methodically worked his way through the field. He took the lead from Carson Hocevar on Lap 71 and led the rest of the way, fending off repeated challenges from series rookie Austin Kunert over several restarts, including the last one with just three laps to go.
“That was fun,” Brock added. “I consider myself a great restarter, so if anything I held that to my advantage. I’ve always been good back at my hometown; my hometown is a little quarter-mile bullring (Corbin Speedway in Corbin, Kentucky) and that’s how I cut my teeth. And restarts, that’s how you win races, and it showed tonight.
Brock will be right back where he left off, on top of the ARCA/CRA Super Series points standings. And through every challenge he has faced, on and off the track, one quote describes everything leading up to this moment.
“The way I look at it, if I can beat cancer, none of these guys are going to beat me.”
The next stop for the ARCA/CRA Super Series is a tri-sanctioned event with the Southern Super Series and the CARS Response Energy Super Late Model Tour at the U.S. Short Track Nationals at Bristol Motor Speedway, where six different divisions will do battle at ‘The Last Great Colosseum.’ Speed51.com will have live video coverage of all three days of racing.
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-By Koty Guyer, Speed51.com State Editor (Indiana and Michigan) – Twitter: @KGeyer3
-Photo Credit: Speed51.com
ARCA/CRA Super Series Unofficial Results:
1 17 Josh Brock
2 29 Austin Kunert
3 15 Brett Robinson
4 81 Cayden Lapcevich
5 131 Kyle Crump
6 4 Scott Neal
7 20 Jack Dossey III
8 14 Carson Hocevar
9 23 Billy VanMeter
10 6X Ryan Issacs
11 1 Jon Beach
12 45 Michael Simko
13 6 Logan Runyon
14 4P Josh Poore
15 35 Greg Van Alst
16 28 Jeff Marcum
17 63 Cassten Everidge
18 41 Hunter Jack