MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Brian Campbell and Justin South scored victories at Memphis Int’l Raceway on Saturday in oval racing’s return to the multi-purpose motorsports facility.
The races, sanctioned by the ARCA/CRA Super Series and the JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour, were the first events held at the Memphis oval since 2009.
In the ARCA/CRA portion of the event, Campbell had to charge through the field in order to pick up the victory. He started 10th in the 17-car field. He was up to fifth by lap 14 and slowly began working his way through the rest of the field.
By the time the field made it to the lap 75 adjustment break, Ross Kenseth was the race leader ahead of Anderson Bowen and Campbell. During the restart following the break Campbell quickly dispatched Bowen for second and closed on Kenseth for the lead.
On lap 80 Campbell made the move for the lead, overtaking Kenseth to take the point. One he had the lead, Campbell simply drove away to an uncontested victory in the 125-lap feature. Kenseth crossed the line in second, followed by Derrick Griffin, Donnie Wilson and Eddie Hoffman.
In the preliminary JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour race, South had the dominant car but had to make a late push to overcome Colt James for the victory.
South started fourth but was in the lead by lap four. He went unchallenged for most of the race, but as the laps were winding down something began to go wrong. On lap 93 of the 125-lap event James was able to pass South for the lead. South began to drop through the field before finally spinning to bring out a caution flag on lap 95.
South came to pit road and his crew changed a flat right-rear tire, the reason for his sudden loss of speed. He returned to the track still on the lead lap and when the field returned to racing he quickly began to slice his way back to the front.
By lap 107 South was back in the top five as James battled with Willie Allen for the race lead. A caution on lap 111 made South’s job easier, allowing him to close up on the back of the race leaders. The field returned to racing and South continued his charge, getting to second on lap 113.
Four laps later South completed his march to the front, overtaking James for the race lead on lap 117. Despite a caution on lap 120, South was unbeatable as he held off James to score the victory. Allen, Bowen and Eddie Hoffman completed the top five.