Salem, IN — The Vore’s Welding CRA Late Model Sportsman powered by JEGS series came to Mt Lawn Speedway on Sunday for the 46th Annual Raintree 100, the first event in the series Triple Crown Mini-series. Zachary Tinkle took the lead on the ninth lap and held on for the popular win over 2018 Raintree winner Jeff Marcum and third place finisher Billy Hutson. It was Tinkle’s first ever Vore’s Welding CRA Late Model Sportsman feature win.
“Thanks to everybody on the team for giving me the best car here.” Tinkle stated from Victory Lane. “I am very happy for this result. I have been wanting to win this race forever, it means a lot to me.” He would also note later in social media, “This guy (Mt. Lawn Speedway owner Rick Sweigart) knew how special it was to me since my great-great grandfather won the very first feature race there in 1935. Thank you, Rick, for your hospitality and keeping the legacy of this awesome short track going!”
Marcum hustled around Mt. Lawn to set fast time in qualifying and securing the Allstar Performance Fast Qualifier award. He then drew a six for the invert putting Ft. Wayne driver Hutson on the pole. Hutson took off to lead the first lap of the race, but that lead was short lived as Marcum brought out the first caution when he missed the short turn on the first lap, forcing a complete restart.
Despite his ride off the track, Marcum came for the restart. Hutson again took the initial lead, with RJ Norton Jr. running closely behind. Tinkle worked his way back to the front quickly after getting shuffled back during a restart following a caution where he took the lead on the ninth lap.
Tinkle never looked back; he led every lap from there, including lap 46, where he picked up the William Mefford Lap 46 Bonus. Tinkle also picked up the KRJ Race Products Sweet Move of the Race Award for his pass of Hutson for the lead. Marcum was second, Hutson third, Norton fourth and Kent Carson took home fifth. With his fifth-place finish, Carson also secured the Spillers Towing Hardcharger Award.
The Vore’s Welding CRA Late Model Sportsman next event will be on the 3/8’s mile track at Baer Field Motorsports Park on Saturday, July 6th as part of the Crown Jewel Weekend.
More information on all the CRA Series is available at www.cra-racing.com.
-Champion Racing Association Press Release
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