WINCHESTER, Ind. – Defending Winchester 400 winner Travis Braden took a step toward scoring a double by winning the JEGS/CRA All Stars Tour Winchester 100 on Friday at Winchester Speedway.
Indianapolis driver Jack Dossey III was crowned the series champion based on his third-place finish in the final round of the playoffs.
Braden got a huge break when on a restart on lap 94 his car slowed but when David Carter brought out the eighth and final caution of the night, it put Braden back on the point. He led the final 28 laps of the race holding off Hope Hornish for the win. Dossey finished third with Josh Smith and Mike Clancy Jr. rounding out the top five.
“The restarts were wild,” Braden said in victory lane. “We were lucky that we were able to hold Hope (Hornish) off. We had a really good car tonight.”
Hornish, the niece of former Indianapolis 500 winner Sam Hornish, was excited about her career best finish after starting 12th in the field.
Dossey said the team battled all year but was not unable to score a victory.
“I can’t put it into words,” he said of the championship. “How sweet this is.”
Dossey had to step it up when Carson Hocevar slipped past in the middle stages of the race.
“We had a really good car on long runs,” he said.
Hocevar suffered a flat tire with 27 laps remaining and was then penalized two laps for stopping on the track to bring out the caution flag.
The two drivers battled all season for the championship with Hocevar holding the advantage entering the four race playoffs.
Championship contender Austin Kunert got involved in a back straight incident on a lap 73 restart while running seventh and came to a stop against the third turn outside retaining wall ending his bid for the title.
Before the race could be restarted from the Kunert incident the cars of Mandy Chick and Thomas Hufferd tangled in turn two bringing out the fifth caution flag of the night and the fourth after the halfway point.
It was a tough night for early leaders with first David Carter brushing the turn four wall on lap 51 while leading which gave the point to Steve Nasse in the Rick Turner prepared car. Carter was able to return to competition.
Nasse led until lap 72 when an apparent broken right front suspension sent him into the turn two wall ending his night.
Early in the race Jack Smith, who qualified third, broke a right front suspension part on lap six ending his bid for a victory.
The race was red-flagged with 28 laps remaining when the front straight lights went dark.
Travis Braden, Hope Hornish, Jack Dossey III, Josh Smith, Michael Clancy Jr., Kyle Crump, Keith Sterkowitz, Austin Kunert, Eddie Fatscher, Carson Hocevar, Trevor McCoy, David Carter, Stephen Nasse, Thomas Hufferd, Mandy Chick, Ben Welch, Corey Deuser, James Krueger, Mason Keller, Dakota Stroup, Brandon Varney, Jack Smith.