Griffith Wins JEGS/CRA All Star Tour Feature at Winchester Speedway
Winchester, IN — October 13, 2018
Special from Speed51.com – The JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour race on Winchester 400 weekend has always brought some of the country’s best Late Model talent to compete with the series regulars. On Saturday afternoon, it was a long-time CRA regular in Wes Griffith Jr. leading wire-to-wire to win his first-career JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour race at the legendary Winchester Speedway.
Griffith inherited the pole after original front row starters Billy VanMeter and Corey Deuser got together at the end of the first lap, creating a complete restart. After the restart, Griffith led all 100 laps, holding off challenges from 2017 Southern Super Series champion, Stephen Nasse and two-time ARCA/CRA Super Series champion, Travis Braden to pick up his first win.
“We have tried and tried and we’ve been leading leading races and got taken out,” the 51-year-old Griffith told Speed51.com. “We’ve junked at least five or six here and had good cars. It just finally all came together. Just persistence, that’s all it is.
“From the get-go on Friday we were really strong. We were faster in practice than we ever were in qualifying here. We didn’t get to do a mock run so we had to start fifth but as soon as it was time to go, the thing was there.”
For the majority of the race, Griffith had Nasse all over his bumper looking to take the lead. However, Griffith was able to drive away after the last restart.
“That kid (Nasse) is like a dog on a bone,” Griffith said. “I saw him right there and my spotter was telling me half back, half back, at your quarter, at your quarter, but he raced me clean though. He never touched me. I’ve got to give the kid credit. He’s always raced me clean. I know he’s had trouble in the past with other guys, but I’ve never had trouble with him.”
After hounding the leader for the majority of the race, Stephen Nasse drove to a second place finish in the Jett Concrete No. 9 normally driven by teammate Jeff Choquette.
“We were a little bit tight on the long run,” Nasse said. “I couldn’t get to the gas when I wanted to and that really hurt us. I thought I had something for the 33 (Griffith) there at the beginning, thought he was kind of holding us up. But then he just took off and me and Travis (Braden) were just left racing with each other. It was a good race for us with all the problems we had. Had a water pump go bad in practice yesterday and overcame a few obstacles. It feels good to have the car all in one piece and a top two isn’t bad.”
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