ANDERSON — When opportunity knocked, Muncie driver Bret Miles Jr. opened the door to make a bold pass with two laps remaining to capture the CRA Street Stock 200 Saturday at Anderson Speedway.
Miles used the high line entering Turn 3 to rocket past both race leader Jimmy Kirby and Josh Poore to emerge out of Turn 4 with the lead.
With Miles in the lead, Kirby spun coming off the fourth corner on Lap 199, which gave second place to Poore with Jason Atkinson coming home in third.
For most of the second half of the race Kirby and Poore jostled for position running nose to tail.
Poore took the lead from Miles on the Lap 101 restart with Kirby moving up to third on Lap 108. Miles, who led 97 of the first 100 laps, dropped back to sixth in the early stages of the second half of the race.
With 28 laps remaining Miles used the outside line to get around Calvin Parham for third and set his sights on the two leaders. At times Miles was turning laps three-tenths of a lap faster than Kirby and Poore.
A caution flag on Lap 195 for a spin by Fred Hopkins in Turn 2 set up the final five-lap sprint for the win.
“I was just waiting there,” Miles said. “I took my opportunity when I had it.”
Miles said before the second half the team decided to drop back if the other drivers were getting aggressive.
“In the first half I was protecting my lead,” he said. “We made some adjustments to the car. It took a long time to pass the 33 (Calvin Parham). After that I was coming, the car was really good.”
Poore said the two front-runners slowed down, which allowed Miles to make the late charge.
“I didn’t know how close he was,” Poore said of Miles. “It was the last laps; you have to go for it.”