Crawley returns to ASCS Victory Lane
Tim Crawley stands in victory lane at Batesville Motor Speedway. (photo CSAS)
BATESVILLE, Ark. – Tim Crawley made all the right moves during traffic laps Friday night at Batesville Motor Speedway and was able to make a long-awaited return to victory lane with the Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series.
It’s been five years and 157 races since his last triumph, although the win was Crawley’s 47th all-time win with the Lucas Oil ASCS and his second at Batesville.
“It feels good to get that car back in front. My whole team is working hard to make that happen, and Ronnie [Pitts] gives us everything we need,” said Crawley, who gave his car owner his first victory on the national circuit.
Crawley tossed the green flag in third, immediately moving up to second when Jordon Mallett took off in the lead. When a pair of warnings emerged in round two, Mallett worked high while Crawley maneuvered the low line.
Bidding his time for the pass, Crawley passed Mallett’s No. 14 on lap six.
Crawley and Mallett got into traffic shortly after, followed closely by Brandon Anderson. On lap 13, Anderson rolled his #55b into the lead, but quickly snagged the wall and flattened his left front tire.
A final warning was issued on lap 17, allowing Crawley to slowly pull away over the next five laps.
With two laps to go, traffic came into play again. Crawley slowed down trying to get the pass on Kevin Hinkle, but he nearly crawled Hinkle’s back while doing so. The misstep brought Derek Hagar and Cody Gardner into the mix.
Crawley’s lead went from over a second to just car lengths at the white flag wave, with heavy traffic in the first and second corners.
With no choice but to open his entry, Crawley launched the track and worked a trio of lapped cars between himself and Hager in second place to secure the win by 1.974 seconds.
The final step of the podium went to Gardner, while Mallett slipped to fourth and Dale Howard rounded out the top five.
Characteristic (25 rounds): 1. 1X-Tim Crawley; 2. 9JR-Derek Hagar; 3. G6-Cody Gardner; 4. 14-Jordon Mallet; 5. 47-Dale Howard; 6. 52-Blake Hahn; 7. 2C-Wayne Johnson; 8. 24-Garet Williamson; 9. 95-Matt Covington; 10. 47X – Sean McClelland; 11. 13C-Chase Howard; 12. 45X – Kyler Johnson; 13. 36-Jason Martin; 14. 91X-Michael Day; 15. 22J-Jax Red Line; 16. 10-Landon Britt; 17. 55B-Brandon Anderson; 18. 187-Landon Crawley; 19. 17B-Ryan Bickett; 20. 2-Dylan Opdahl; 21. 10P-Dylan Postman; 22. 71-Bradyn Baker; 23. 21K-Kevin Hinkle; 24. 37-Ayden Gatewood; 25. 99-Blake Jenkins