New Castle, IN -- Danny Trent took the lead on the 28th lap and held off Chris Shannon to take his third lifetime Vore’s Welding CRA Late Model Sportsman Powered by JEGS victory in the 2018 series opener at Mt. Lawn Speedway Sunday evening. After inclement weather postponed the first races of the year, a warm sunny day allowed the series to begin its 2018 campaign. This was Trent’s first time to race at Mt. Lawn.
“I had a bad start and got shuttled back to about 4th. After Dave Duncan and Shawn Amor crashed out I took the lead,” Trent said from Victory Lane. “The 32 car (Shannon) ran me really clean. This is a great track, I want to run him more, the pits are great, it is a nice place.”
Tony Brunke took the lead on the first lap before Dave Duncan drove past to take the lead out of Mt. Lawn’s infamous short turn on the second lap. Duncan held the lead setting a blistering pace as he was followed closely by Allstar Performance Fast Qualifier, Shawn Amor.
As Duncan and Amor were racing closely attempting to pass slower cars they came together with Duncan colliding with the outside wall in the first turn. Duncan was unable to continue. Amor remained on the track but was forced to retire as the right-side body of his car was flying loose during the race.
Trent took the lead as the cars came to green. Shannon fought to get to the front and caught Trent, but was unable to pass. “I could catch him, but we were so even I just could not get around him” Shannon stated following the race.
Trent picked up the AR Bodies Cool Move of the Race Award. Kent Carson finished third for his highest finish in a Vore’s Welding CRA Late Model Sportsman event and was awarded the Racer Parts Wholesale Sweet Move of the Race Award. Tony Brutti was fourth and earned the Spillers Towing Hardcharger Award. Zachary Tinkle was fifth, his highest finish ever CRA finish.
The next Vore’s Welding CRA Late Model Sportsman event will be on Saturday, June 23rd at Baer Field Motorsports Park. More information on all the CRA series is available at www.craracing.com.
-CRA Press Release
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