Josh Brock earned his firth ARCA/CRA Super Series top-five finish last weekend at Toledo Speedway and secured himself a spot in the series championship race. Now, all eyes are focused on securing the series championship in the winner-take-all Winchester 400.
“We were all extremely happy with the way we ran at Toledo, especially compared to our past experience there,” said Brock. “We finally got a good working set-up for the future. We qualified second and t run up front was something we really needed to do at Toledo with it being the last chase race. We wanted to make a statement.”
The Cobin, KY driver qualified second and started the 100-lap feature from the eighth position with the invert. Brock quickly worked his way as high as fourth when the caution flew with 28 laps to go. On the restart, Brock got hung three-wide and went around, forcing him to come down pit road. The crew checked over the car and got the No. 17 machine back on track. He restarted 11th and over the final quarter of the race worked his way back through the field for a fifth-place finish, he highest finish of chase drivers.
“On the restart I was trying to get a few positions because I knew the car was good. Unfortunately, another driver decided to go three-wide with me on the outside and there wasn’t room for all of us, which sent me spinning through the corner and infield,” said Brock. “I was lucky to come down pit road, make some repairs and get back out to pass a bunch of cars.”
For Brock it was important to put together a solid race heading into the final CRA race of the year where he will race for the championship. Brock won the regular season point title and maintained the point lead through the first three chase races. The top four in points will now race for a championship at the Winchester 400, with the title going to the driver who finishes highest among the chase competitors.
“It felt really great to make a statement going into the last race,” said Brock. “I know we have the point lead, but at Winchester it resets to zero – first to the line wins the championship. We have to concentrate very hard on our race plan and get it perfect.”
The final CRA race of the year is the Winchester 400 and takes place October 13th– 14th.