Anderson, IN – Kentucky driver Cole Baxter took home the victory in the CRA Street Stocks Presented by JEGS race when a series of cautions late in the 75-lap race shook up the running order.
Dawson Phillips led the first 68 laps holding off challenges from Baxter, James Kirby III, Andrew Teepe, Dalton Connor, and Calvin Parham.
On lap 69 Phillips spun after contact with Connor and the two drivers were relegated to the tail and third-place running Teepe pitted to have a hanging fender removed.
With Parham in the lead, the field didn’t complete another lap when he and Jordan Hahn tangled which put Baxter on the point.
Baxter was able to maintain the lead winning by .129 seconds over Championship Points leader Conner with fast qualifier Teepe coming home in third.
“It was a heck of a way to win,” Baxter said in the Peterman Brothers Victory Lane. “This car is 21 years old and never imagined it would be here today.”
He said it was great to score his first CRA win at Anderson Speedway.
“Cole probably ran the cleanest race of all of us,” Connor said. “Take want we could here and take it to Winchester.”
Connor is the point leader going into the final race of the season.
Teepe set fast time during qualifying and for the third time this year at Anderson failed to find victory lane.
“It was a pretty rough one,” Teepe said of the tight racing among the front runners. “We were able to come back to finish on the podium. It is what it is.”