ANDERSON – Muncie, Indiana’s Nathan Greene took over the top spot in the CRA Late Model Sportsman race on lap 45 when leader J.P. Crabtree’s car lost oil pressure Saturday at Anderson Speedway.
Crabtree had taken advantage of the high groove around the quarter-mile high banked oval to climb from the sixth starting spot to challenge for the lead. Crabtree took the lead from Greg Stilwell Jr. on lap 12 with an outside pass entering turn one following a caution when Cassten Everidge spun on the back straight.
Before another lap could be completed, the race was red-flagged on lap 12 when the cars of Ronnie Rose, Everidge, Logan Huckeba, Lance Kinder, and Glynn Neal got together on the back straight and into the third corner.
The race got off to a slow start when coming to the green Stilwell spun on the front straight after making slight contact with Rose.
Greene went on to win by six seconds over Tanner Jack and Stilwell in the tune-up for next Saturday’s Madison County 200.
“I didn’t mean to get into him,” Greene said of attempting an inside pass of Crabtree, “but we were racing for the win.”
Jack said his car was pretty good and just needed a little more straightaway speed for the 200-lap race.
“We have a really good baseline set-up for this place,” he said. “Just need to tweak it a little bit.”
Stilwell said following the last caution the tires started to fade and our stagger was off a little bit.
“I think we have a little more to give,” he said for the 200-lap race. “Continue to work at the shop this week.”
The next event for the Vore’s Welding CRA Late Model Sportsman is Saturday, September 23rd for the rescheduled Madison County 200 at Anderson Speedway. The Madison County 200 is the penultimate event of the 2023 season for the LMS.