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After taking the lead of the CRA Street Stock feature the only worry Josh Poore had was running out of fuel at Anderson Speedway on Saturday.
Poore took the lead an Ivy Tech restart on lap 23 with an outside pass of Mason Keller and remained on the point for the next 52 laps to record the victory.
The start of the race was slowed by eight caution periods during the first 26 laps as the 22 drivers bumped and banged their way around the high banked quarter-mile oval.
Most of the cautions were a result of single car spins with the only multi-car incident taking place on lap seven involving three cars. Andrew Cook with sponsorship from Rickers has climbed seven spots at the start before being pinched into the outside retaining wall in turn four.
Despite all the cautions at the start Keller and James Kirby III provided the fans that braved a cold night great racing by swapping the lead four times over the span of 18 laps.
Poore started fourth in the 22-car field and was shuffled back to eighth at the start but patiently worked his way back toward the front.
After 20 laps he was running third and passed Kirby on a restart entering turn one and three laps later took over the lead for good.
Keller and Kirby continued to battle for the second spot for the next 19 laps until Keller spun in turn three and collected the car of Jimmy Kirby.
The final caution flag waved on lap 62 when Zach Henderson spun and on the restart Poore was able to maintain the lead over Kirby and Phil Jenkins.
At the finish there were only nine cars running in a race slowed by caution period 12 times.
“With all the caution laps I was afraid I was going to run out of fuel,” Poore said. “The team gave me a good car tonight.”
Kirby said battling for the lead early in the race was intense.
“I didn’t have anything for Josh (Poore),” he said.
Jenkins said his car was down on power and the leaders were able to pull away on the straightaways.
“I could compete with them in the corners,” he said. “We need more horsepower.”
Lead changes: 7 among 4 drivers
Lap leaders: Mason Keller, 1-2; Phil Jenkins, 3; Keller, 4-10; James Kirby III, 11-12; Keller, 13; Kirby III, 14-15; Keller, 16-22; Josh Poore, 23-75