Ross Kenseth and Mike Bursley take wins at The CRA Night of the Stars at Lucas Oil Raceway @ Indianapolis
Saturday July 27, 2013
The CRA Jeg’s All-Stars and CRA Super Series invaded Lucas Oil Raceway Park at Indianapolis on Friday night. When the sparks subsided and the dust settled, it was Ross Kenseth and Mike Bursley who took home the hardward. Bursley bested 29 cars in the Jeg’s All-Stars race while Kenseth outdrove 32 in the CRA Super Series event. Bursley took the lead from Chad Finley on lap 64 and was never headed thereafter. Finley held on for a second place finish in front of Dakota Stroup. Spencer Davis crossed the line in fourth while Wes Griffith Jr. came hom fifth. In the Super race, Boris Jurkovic grabbed the point at the drop of the green and held it until lap 22 when Kenseth powered by. Augie Grill challenged him doggedly throughout the next 73 laps of the event, but Kenseth never lost the lead of the race. Terry Fisher Jr. ended the race in the runner-up position. Brian Campbell made a run from 15th starting position to third while Tommy St. John started the race in 25th and methodically diced his way through the field to come home in fourth. Austin Therriault rounded out the top 5 for the CRA Super Series.
On a night that used to host the best NASCAR Truck Series race of the year, the CRA racers put on a heck of a show themselves. The Jeg’s All-Stars in their Pro Late Models were the first race of the evening. Starting from the outside of the front row, Chad Finley jumped to the early lead ahead of pole sitter Jake Griffin. Finley led through the halfway point of the race while Bursley passed Griffin after lap 30 to take over the second spot. After a caution flew for Kenny Wallace blowing a left front tire on lap 45 the restart took place on lap 52 and afforded Dakota Stroup the opportunity to leapfrog Griffin and Bursley. Bursley sliced and diced his way back to the point and on lap 64 wrested the lead away from Finley. Bursley pulled away from the pack until lap 92 when the car of Jimmy Novak went for a spin on the front straight and killed the nose. When the race went back to green Bursley held off Finley over the final eight laps and grabbed the win.
The second race of the evening was the CRA Super Series. The front row was made up of Ross Kenseth and Boris Jurkovic. When the green went in the air, Jurkovic took advantage of being in the high lane and grabbed the lead. Kenseth was content to ride in his tire tracks for some time until Augie Grill, who started fifth, moved into the third position and began to close on the back bumper. Kenseth then turned up the wick on Jurkovic and overtook the leader on lap 22. As Kenseth moved by Jurkovic, Grill followed him and assumed the runner-up spot. Over the next 73 laps, including through a restart for a Ken Schrader spin on lap 30, Grill made repeated attempts to get passed Kenseth. Several times he was able to get a nose in front but never cleared the leader. Grill made a final attempt in turn one on lap 95, driving his car deep in below Kenseth. As he began to wash up the track he turned the car hard to avoid contact with the No. 25 of the leader and ended up spinning himself to the inside of the track to bring out the final caution of the race. On the restart after the Grill spin, Kenseth bolted out to a substantial lead and cruised to the victory.
The CRA Night of the Stars showcased some of the best rising talent in stock car racing and put on a very efficient show. The end result was very pleased fans, happy winners with no truly upset losers and another great night of racing in the history books of Lucas Oil Raceway @ Indianapolis.
This report was provided by an outside PR source and posted by Mike Neff.
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