Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana

July 27, 2013

Kenseth scores late model win at Lucas Oil Raceway

Burlsey takes Pro Late Model victory.

By Ken de la Bastide
Kokomo Tribune

---- — CLERMONT – At least one member of the Kenseth family will have visited victory lane in Indiana this weekend.Ross Kenseth, son of NASCAR driver Matt, led the final 81 laps of the ARCA/CRA Super Series 100-lap feature at Lucas Oil Raceway on Friday, holding off a determined charge from Augie Grill.Grill started fifth in the field and moved up to the second spot by lap 25 and kept the pressure on Kenseth for the remainder of the race distance.With ten laps remaining Grill made a run for the lead when on lap 95 he got inside of Kenseth entering turn one, but exiting the corner Grill spun, setting up a five-lap dash to the finish.Kenseth was able to drive away from Terry Fisher Jr. over the final five circuits to score his second win at the Indianapolis track. Brian Campbell, Austin Therault and Tommy St. John rounded out the top five.“It was a lot of fun,” Kenseth said, “it was clean racing tonight. It’s special to race at a track like this and\ to win here for a second time.”Fisher said the team worked on setting up the car with old tires.“It felt pretty good,” he said.The early lead was taken by Boris Jurkovic who was passed by Kenseth on lap 19 with an inside move entering turn one. Jurkovic pitted on the first of the three caution flags and recovered to finish sixth.Grill was credited with a 14th finish.It took Michigan driver Mike Bursley 65 laps to take the lead in the JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour but once in front he wouldn’t be denied the victory.Bursley was the fast qualifier and started third in the 100-lap feature, passing early leader Chad Finley on lap 65 with an inside pass down the back straight.Finley led the first 65 laps and held off several challenges from Bursley after the second of three caution periods, before yielding the lead.The final caution flag set up an eight-lap shoot-out when Jimmy Novak hit the front straight wall. The caution wiped out a big lead for Bursley.On the restart he was challenged for two laps and then pulled away to a comfortable win, the second one for Bursley with the traveling Pro Late Model series.Behind Bursley and Finley was a spirited five-car battle for the third position with Dakota Stroup claiming the position with Spencer Davis and Wes Griffith Jr.“This is only our second time here,” Bursley said of Lucas Oil Raceway. “I was concerned about the late caution and the light rain that was falling.” Bursley got his first JEGS All-Stars Tour win in 2012 at his home track of Berlin Raceway, Finley, who recorded a victory earlier in the year at Columbus Motor Speedway (Ohio), said his car got tight past the halfway point going into the corner.“He [Bursley] owns Berlin Raceway (Mich.) and this is a flat track just like that is,” Finley said.NASCAR driver Kenny Wallace started sixth in the 29-car field, brought out the first caution flag when a left front tire went down and eventually finished tenth.Point leader Cody Coughlin finished 11th after starting 23rd.