New Castle’s Jason Atkinson make it two consecutive Champion Racing Association Street Stock wins in the 75-lap race after exchanging paint with leader Jim Crabtree Jr. on Lap 55.
The racing action got off to a slow start as the caution flag waved five times in the first 20 laps as the 27 drivers in the field jockeyed for track position. Most of the cautions were for single-car spins.
During the opening melee, Crabtree used the outside line on a restart on the front straight to grab the point from early leader Larry Lathan.
By Lap 25, Atkinson moved up to the second position after passing Tyler Marsh on the back straight and was glued to Crabtree’s rear bumper.
There then followed a 30-lap run of green flag racing with Atkinson looking for a way around Crabtree. On Lap 55, as the leaders’ encountered lapped traffic, Atkinson was able to get to the inside of Crabtree.
The two traded paint entering Turn 1 with Atkinson and Marsh getting around Crabtree entering the fourth turn.
“You can’t win in the first 15 laps,” Atkinson said. “You have to take your time and do what you can.”
The eighth and final caution flag waved on Lap 59 when Lathan’s car erupted in a plume of white smoke.
On the restart, Marsh, Calvin Parham and fast-qualifier Josh Poore all tangled on the back straight while battling for the third spot.
Atkinson went on to win by 1.1 second over Crabtree, Dustin Burge, Colby Lane and Larry Matillo.