Just four nights ago, 2018 ARCA/CRA Super Series champion Josh Brock earned his first JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour win in a hard-fought battle at Anderson Speedway. This Saturday, the Corbin, Kentucky driver heads back to the Indiana bullring with the Super Series looking to make it back-to-back at the 1/4th mile.
Brock took the lead from Wes Griffith, Jr. just after the halfway point and held off Cody Coughlin and Steve Dorer over the final laps to win at Anderson for the second time in his career, putting more information in the notebook ahead of Saturday’s Super Series event.
“We’re super excited between everything we learned on our Pro and things we can do towards our Super. We’ve got a good program, setup for Anderson,” Brock told Speed51. “I’m just excited to get there and get the race on, I know it’s going to be a good, fun race.”
Anderson was the site of Brock’s first ARCA/CRA Super Series win in May 2018, which also was his first win after a battle with cancer in the waning months of 2017. It spearheaded a season that saw him win the Super Series championship and insert himself as a rising name in the Super Late Model ranks.
“It really bumped up our confidence in what we had as a team and everything. We were always good in 2017 but we were just a bunch of rookies, young and inexperienced,” he said of that win. “We learned more and even while I was battling cancer we still were working and building the team, making things better. When we came back in 2018 we were just wide open and got a win right off the bat at Anderson.”
In three previous Anderson 125 starts, he has one win and hasn’t finished worse than fifth. While his luck hasn’t been the same in the Redbud 400, he has been strong in that event every year and finished fifth one year ago. His past success at the facility makes it one of his favorite places to race at.
“I’ve always loved Anderson and that just made me love the place even more. We’ve always ran really good in all the Redbuds and all the CRA 125s. Going back this past weekend we knew we were going to run good in the Pro and that we were going to have a chance to win. When we first unloaded we were so-so but we kept looking through our notes and looking. We found something really good and it paid off for us in the end.”
While normally ran in April or May, Saturday’s 125-lapper takes place less than a month before July 13’s Redbud 400, which will more than likely be ran under similar conditions as Saturday night’s event. While many teams will use Saturday as a tune-up for the 400-lap marathon, Brock sees it as another chance to park it in victory lane.
“We don’t look at it like that, we look at it as we’re there to win the race. At the end of the day you’ll have your notes and record everything that you’ve done good and bad, and you can use that for the Redbud. We have such good notes from the last three years. A lot of people says it’s like a test-and-tune for the Redbud, which it is. But we don’t look at it like that, we look at it like we’re going in there to win and do the best we can. If we win, it means we have a good package for the Redbud. We just look at it as going to win another race.”
Brock looks for his third win at Anderson in eight starts on Saturday, and his second straight triumph at the track. Another win on Saturday would give his team a big boost going into the bulk of summer and into next month’s Redbud 400.
“It would be a roller coaster high for sure. That would be awesome to pull off. It would be good for us and a good storyline for short track racing.”
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-Story by: Koty Geyer, Speed51 National Correspondent – Twitter: @kgeyer3
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