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Dawson Cram Earns Lead 2 Pro Podium

Seth Eggert | STS

An up-and-down night for Dawson Cram ended with a third-place finish in the Lead 2 Pro division. It was the second time this season, Cram earned a podium in the 2017 Lead 2 Pro season.

Cram started up front and finished up front. By keeping his nose clean and staying ahead of the trouble, Cram found himself in third-place, and on the podium in one of the cleanest races of the night.

The moment of the race came on the final restart when Cram chose to start on the outside of the front row with eight laps to go. In the jockeying for position, Cram pulled away from Austin Green, Jordan Stillwell and Daniel Wilk, but fell behind Kaden Honeycutt and eventual race winner Jordan Black.

“It’s so much fun to come out here to Charlotte Motor Speedway,” Cram said. “I’ve got to thank BoJangles for putting on this series, Charlotte Motor Speedway for letting us be out here, U.S. Legend Cars. We were fast, very fast all day. We were just missing some speed in the center of the corner. We were just tight while others were free.”

Cram and Wilk battled often throughout the race. At one point, the duo battled for the lead, making contact. That allowed Honeycutt to slip by as Cram and Wilk recovered. In the late stages of the race Wilk slipped outside the top five, ending the night in sixth.

“I have got to apologize to the 90 (Wilk), while he was leading my spotter cleared me and I wasn’t clear,” Cram continued. “We got into each other a little bit. It didn’t seem like it messed either of us up that much. It’s good to see the rookies run up front, I was a rookie last year. Hopefully we have a win coming soon.”

Cram was quick to thank his sponsors and his team after the podium finish, “Experience definitely is everything, but I definitely have to thank my CRE guys for giving me a good ride. BoJangles for not only series, but sponsoring me, Fluidyne Coolers, Four Seasons of Lake Norman, everyone who turns a wrench on the car and Josh Berry for spotting me.”

Cram explained that his team has been experimenting, learning from race to race,

“We’ve played around with the car a lot. We tried some different set-ups. We put the car back to Week 1, and it feels really stable right now We just have to find that little bit of speed that the other teams have figured out. They’ve been in it for a while now and we’re just getting started.”

Some of the trouble Cram avoided was an incident involved both Carson Ferguson and Brody Pope. Ferguson and Pope made contact on lap 17 entering turn one, sending Pope spinning. Ferguson was black-flagged, ending his night, and relegating him to a last-place finish. With Ferguson only seven points ahead of Cram, the black flag has championship implications.

Now Cram and his team will look ahead to Round 7 where they hope to stay up front.

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