The second annual Door Buster 200 at the Shady Bowl Speedway (OH) for the Stealth Trailers CRA Street Stock Series powered by JEGS featured a ferocious battle for the lead during the late stages of the race. It would end with second-generation driver Colby Lane holding off Jason Atkins to score his first career triumph in the CRA Street Stock Series.
The Knightstown, Indiana driver had third fastest time before pole sitter Josh Poore pulled an eight inversion, which put the rookie Lane in the eighth starting position. When the green flag waved, Lane maneuvered through the field cautiously before the halfway break on lap 100.
When the race got back going after the 10 minute break for teams to work on their racecars, it was Josh Poore who led them to the green flag. Lane had his eyes set on Poore and the race lead, and he would accomplish his goal of taking the lead late in the 200-lap event.
From there, Lane had the lead, with the only trouble being the lapped cars at that point. While the laps were winding down and the son of veteran campaigner Jeff Lane was on his way to his first win in the series, it didn’t come without pressure from defending series champion, and regular in the Vore’s Welding CRA Late Model division, Jason Atkinson.
“It was very difficult” Lane told Speed51.com powered by JEGS after the race. “My nerves couldn’t take it anymore. If it were five more laps, I’m not sure we could take anymore.”
Atkinson made a valiant charge towards Lane, but he didn’t have enough time to catch the rookie.
“It came on and never let off” the defending champion of the series said. “If we had a little clean track, I might’ve got the chance to get to the inside of him, but I don’t know if I could’ve got him cleared or not. That’s just how it goes.”
Coming to the white flag, the intensity rose for a moment, as Lane encountered another lapped car as he did for most of the night. Atkinson was hot on his tail when Lane quickly approached the lapped car of Jake Hinton. Hinton was in the same racing groove as Lane, and had nowhere to go when Lane decided it was go-time and nudged Hinton out of the way and into the infield grass to avoid coming home without the hardware.
“Those lapped cars were certainly in the way” Lane firmly exclaimed. “The driver came up to me after the race and apologized to me, and that’s very sportsmanlike.”
As the emotions are always high for every first time winner, this one comes a little more special for Colby, who’s following the footsteps of those of his highly-acclaimed father.
“The biggest thanks has to go to my father, for everything he’s taught me and everything he’s done for me. He’s big shoes to fill and I feel we’re on the right track to do that.”
Lane is also looking ahead to the rest of the 2015 season, as he is “going to try” to run the full season in the Street Stock division.
“We made it work tonight, and Jason ran me clean and everyone else did too. I’m just super excited for this deal”.
The next stop for the CRA Street Stock Series Powered by JEGS will be Friday, April 24 for the Spring Classic 30 at Lucas Oil Raceway (IN).
-By Jordan St. Amant, Speed51.com Midwest Correspondent
-Photo credit: Champions Racing Association