CLEARFIELD, Pa. – Asphalt racing returned to Clearfield County for the first time in several years as the recently renamed CNB Bank Raceway Park under the direction of NASCAR driver Tim Bainey Jr. opened its season Saturday night with the We Area Central PA.com 100 for the TBRA Late Models.
Colt James made the long tow from North Carolina as profitable one as he took the $5,000 win.
Tom Fares Jr. and Dan Lewis led the 20-car field to the green flag with Fares taking the lead at the start with Lewis settling into second but a caution on the opening lap for George Skora, III regrouped the field after Skora slapped the first turn wall, ending his night.
On the complete restart Fares again took the lead with Lewis in second as fifth-place starting Bobby Henry was on the move.
Henry took second from Lewis following a lap six restart and took the lead from Fares on lap eight, but a fast moving James was on his way to the front from his 11th place starting spot.
Another caution slowed the field on lap 11, putting James behind Henry for the restart, and he quickly moved past Henry into the lead. Once he had the lead, the race was for second place as James was burning up the track.
Henry held on to second until the 30th lap when Jimmy Carter moved into second as Henry began to fade. The battle for third then saw Barry Awtey and Glenn Gault Jr. putting on a great battled or the third spot that lasted for several laps.
As the race continued, none stop after the 40th laps, James continued setting the pace and no one was able to get close enough to mount a challenge. At the waving of Roger Osburns checkered flag it was James getting the first win at the newly reopened CNB Bank Raceway Park with Carter, Gault, Matt Barndt from 19th and Lewis rounding out the top five.