The All-Stars that make up the regional JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour found their greatest foe at Auto City Speedway (MI) Saturday night: two local racers who shared the podium after the Miller 100.
Kyle Hayden, a local who calls Auto City Speedway home, walked away with his first-ever JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour win after battling much of the race with JEGS Tour points leader Carson Hocevar.
Hocevar was the fastest car in Clio, MI all day, but could not find his way around the No. 14H of Hayden. On a late restart, Hocevar spun off turn two, taking him out of contention.
Hayden enthusiastically told Speed51.com powered by JEGS following the race that while he was happy for the win, he wished Hocevar could have stayed up front.
“Worked our way up to the front clean, had a great race with Carson Hocevar. Sad to see him end up at the back there, would have liked to have raced him to the end,” Hayden said. “Just so darn proud of this team, it’s just my uncle and me, that’s our team. This is what we love to do, this is what we love to pour our hearts and souls into. We finally got one these.”
Hocevar, who went on to finish eighth, was disappointed with the turn of events.
“We were making our way to the front and were racing with Kyle and them. We were running up front and then on the restart, got a good restart. We were going to try to cross him over down in two and my spotter called clear. I tried to get down under him when he called clear I got somebody on my inside and got spun around,” Hocevar explained. “I can’t thank KBR enough for the car they gave me this weekend. We win and lose as a team. Unfortunately, we spun out and finished outside the top five. Felt like we had the car to beat. It happens.”
Kyle Crump, another local racer, was able to hold off late charges from Austin Kunert and Jack Dossey III to finish second. Crump said that while the racing was intense, he was happy to see another local competitor win.
“Man it was a blast out there. I don’t get to run with the JEGS Tour too much this year. I had so much fun out there. I was battling three wide at the start, at the end we were two wide, banging doors. Just hard racing. Just a blast.
It means a lot, I’ve ran here a lot over the years when I started back in 2012 in late models. I actually raced with Kyle Hayden back in 2012 when I started. It’s cool to see him get the win. I was battling with him hard at the end. I was hoping I could get it from him. Just didn’t have enough.”
Dossey III went on to finish third following a trying day at Auto City. Dossey III struggled through practice and qualifying, but the contender for this year’s JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour crown was all smiles after the race.
“I’m really happy with the way we came back and gained twelve positions. It was really cool to run with the best, and the only two cars that beat me were locals.”
“Just makes it that much more sweeter. It would have felt good anyway, but to know we struggled and qualified like we did, had to pull out of line and everything. It just makes us feel better and closer as a team. Anything that’s thrown at us we can overcome it and have a top five finish.”
Hope Hornish was fast in practice, but struggled in qualifying. She was able to rebound during the race, collecting her first JEGS Tour top five.
“It was just fun from the start. Started back in tenth, we were a lot better in practice. Could have qualified better but I messed up as the driver with qualifying. But to come back and really finish fourth and have a solid night here was just great. Car was really on rails. It was loose to start but we knew the track would tighten up as we went.”
The JEGS / CRA All-Stars Tour continues on to Dixie Motor Speedway on Friday, August 18 for the Dixie 100. The series then heads to the high banks of Winchester Speedway for the World Stock Car Festival on Sunday, September 3.
For on-demand Trackside Now coverage of Saturday’s JEGS / CRA All-Stars Tour race at Auto City, click here.
-By Patrick Hahe, Speed51.com State Editor (IN / MI / OH)
-Photo credit: Speed51.com
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