After winning back-to-back JEGS Tour Pro Late Model championships in 2017 and 2018, Jack Dossey III has filed an early claim on the CRA Super Series championship with a Saturday victory in the Mitch Smith Auto Service 125 at Anderson Speedway in Indiana.
Dossey was the beneficiary of the NASCAR style elimination playoff format in the CRA, winning both of his Pro Late Model championships without a victory.
With his triumph on Saturday, Dossey assured himself an automatic berth into the five-race Super Series playoff and that his championship pursuit will not be noted with any kind of winless asterisk.
Even better, it was his first touring Super Late Model victory in his 19th CRA Super Series start and it came at the track he considers his home.
“I’m at a loss of words, and I can’t think of a better place to do this,” Dossey said in Victory Lane. “Track ownership. Rick. Jerry. Everyone. These people are family to me and have been since I was 12-years-old. I got one of my first wins here and I hope my last one is here.
“This is the start of some good things for us.”
Brett Robinson led 94 of the first 95 laps after starting on the front row but was supplanted from the lead with a bump-and-run in Turns 3 and 4.
Dossey said it wasn’t completely the way he wanted to win.
For hos part, Robinson rebounded to finish third after finishing third in this race a year ago and fourth the year before that.
“For some reason we got third place down, thats for sure,” he said. “We got some work to with forward bite. That’s what we got beat on. (Travis) Braden put so much pressure on us that we couldn’t really save early in the race… This is a two-man show, me and my dad, versus the field and we’re going to get us one soon.”
ARCA championship contender and two-time CRA Super Series champion Travis Braden led the first lap from the pole but quickly fell to second and ran there for much of the afternoon. It was his first series appearance since the Kalamazoo Klash last August.
“We had a chance to win,” Braden said. “We were losing the brakes there at the end and I had to compensate for that a little bit. But we had fun today and made the most of it. You just always walk away from these wishing you had won because that’s the kind of car we brought here today.”
Lastly, Dossey was just excited to get his first win in front of a hometown crowd and racing against his friends.
“It’s a great feeling winning at home in front of fans and family like this,” he said. “Travis and I have raced together for years. We fight hard and can still keep a good friendship in the pits. It’s always fun to race with guys like that when you know they’re going to race you hard but not wreck you. I had a ton of fun tonight and couldn’t be happier.”
- 20 Jack Dossey III
- 26 Travis Braden
- 15 Brett Robinson
- 4 Scotty Tomasik
- 17 Josh Brock
- 29 Austin Kunert
- 777 Cody Coughlin
- 6 Logan Runyon
- 35 Greg Van Alst
- 41 Hunter Jack
- 6X Ryan Issacs
- 28 Jeff Marcum
- 23 Eddie VanMeter
- 22 James Kirby III
- 83 JP Crabtree
- 73 Neil McClelland