Winchester, IN – As the 2023 season comes to a close, three Drivers remain in contention for the Vore’s Welding CRA Late Model Sportsman Powered by JEGS Championship. A mixed bag of results for Caleb Reschar, Logan Huckeba, and Greg Stilwell, Jr through the first seven races has kept the three car battle within the 100 point threshold that’s available on Saturday during the 52nd Winchester 400 weekend.
During the first event of the season, the trio finished in the order they currently run in the Championship hunt; Reschar ahead of Huckeba ahead of Stillwell. Josh Sage, the Shadybowl Speedway regular, took home the win while Reschar finished fifth, Huckeba seventh and Stilwell eighth. The completion of the Championship battle truly started taking shape on April 15th at Anderson Speedway.
After leading almost 50 laps, Cassten Everidge and Jeff Marcum found each other and were both sent to the tail after the caution flew. This handed things over to Reschar who held off Everidge’s charge back to the front to collect his first career Vore’s Welding CRA Late Model Sportsman win. Huckeba finished 6th white a struggling Stilwell settled for 9th. A return to Anderson in June looked as though it would open up a two car race for the title.
The championship contenders were ousted from the podium by Jeff Marcum, Tanner Jack, and J.P. Crabtree, however, Huckeba wasn’t far off finishing fourth. He was able to gain points on Reshcar who finished directly behind him in fifth; the Anderson blues continued for Stilwell who exited the event early with mechanical issues.
The points changed again in July after a visit to Salem Speedway. Everidge rebounded and took home the win, while Huckeba and Reshcar both wished for better days. Huckeba brought home sixth whike Reschar retired from the race early after an accident. As for Stilwell, he posted a season’s best third behind early race leader Don Mahaffey.
A summer break in August allowed the three Championship hopefuls to prepare for the final push to the title. Winchester Speedway’s World Stock Car Festival welcomed nearly two dozen cars to tangle with the contenders. The Winchester ringer, Jon Beach dominated the race while Stilwell again got the best of his points pursing counterparts. His fifth place finish led the way over Huckeba’s seventh and Reschar’s 10th.
The final event of the “regular” season was the rescheduled Madison County 200 at Anderson Speedway. Despite the extended race length and 20 cars on the property, Reschar, Huckeba, and Stilwell all finished within two positions of each other. Reshcar took home 6th place honors, Stilwell eighth, and Huckeba ninth. The penultimate race of the season was a perfect recipe for an “anything can happen” scenario during Winchester 400 weekend.
Heading into the weekend with 100 points up for grabs, Reshcar holds a 20 point advantage over Huckeba and 30 points on Stilwell. Last season, these three finished in the same order they sit now, only the positions fourth, fifth, and sixth in the Standings. Regardless of the outcome this weekend, the three Drivers will post their best career Championship Standings finish with the Vore’s Welding CRA Late Model Sportsman.
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