WINCHESTER — After the front row starters brought out a caution flag on the first lap, Wes Griffith Jr. took advantage of the break to win his first CRA JEGS All Stars Tour race.
Griffith led all 100 laps of the Winchester 100, holding off Stephen Nasse for the entire distance to win by 2.6 seconds on Saturday.
With his third-place finish, Jack Dossey III claimed back-to-back JEGS All Stars Tour championships.
At the start, pole-sitter Billy VanMeter made contact with Corsey Deuser in the fourth corner. Deuser’s day was finished with a broken trailing arm, and VanMeter had to pit for a right front tire.
Griffith got the jump at the start and several times during the ensuing four restarts Nasse attempted to get a run on the inside but was never able to complete the pass.
Dossey ran in the top five the entire race with Travis Braden the driver on the move in the early stages after starting ninth.
Braden moved into the third spot after 40 laps and was in a position to challenge for the lead when his car slowed with 25 circuits remaining.
That followed the final caution period when Carson Hocevar stopped on the track while running in the top five and pitted for a flat tire.
Hocevar charged back to finish fourth.
“Leading all 100 laps is unbelievable,” Griffith said. “Steve (Nasse) raced me really clean all day. I’ve had good cars here before, but today we put it all together.”
Nasse said starting on the inside line on the restarts killed any momentum needed to make the pass for the lead.
“He (Griffith) had a really strong car today,” he said. “At times, I think he was just playing with us. This is the first time the Jett Concrete team came to Winchester, and they gave me a good car.”
Dossey said the goal for the weekend was not to worry about winning the race but claiming the championship.
“I thought about going for the win at the end,” he said. “But we were running for the championship.”
The three other drivers in the chase for the championship all experienced problems.
Mandy Chick crashed during qualifying. Michael Clancy didn’t start the race because of a transmission problem, and Mason Keller suffered several flat tires.
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