Veteran Driver Campbell Wins Inaugural JEGS Race at Toledo
Hotshoe Jones & Veteran Hoffman Challenge But Can’t Overcome
By Shelby Scott

Brian Campbell is no stranger to victory lane, but this victory lane was a new one for him as he made history by scoring the first win for the JEGS All Stars Tour Presented by GM Performance Parts Saturday at Toledo Speedway in Ohio.

The CRA / JEGS inaugural weekend got off to a bumpy start for both the Michigan native and the new series as a whole when practice was rained out on Friday.  Saturday was a day jam packed with practices, technical inspection, qualifying, and some pretty exciting racing.

If you had asked Brian Campbell Saturday morning if he would be setting a new track qualifying record, he likely would have said no way. 

“We found some things right before qualifying that we didn’t find on the car that were actually broken, the car actually worked a heck of a lot better qualifying than I anticipated.  It really surprised everybody.”

After the fix, Campbell was able to set a new record of 15.738 seconds in time trials.

When it came time for the race, an invert of 3 was drawn which set Campbell behind Erik Jones and Josh Nelms.  Yet, within the first twenty laps, Campbell had taken the lead from Jones and never looked back.

“We kind of fought Erik Jones on every restart, but pretty much the car was under us all night and we had a good night.”

Erik Jones definitely had a car to beat, but when he started to have engine problems and couldn’t get the inside line from Campbell, Jones saw the race start to fall out of his reach.

“If he would have picked the outside line I think we could have caught him, and I think we really had a long run car, but the restarts hurt us with that motor problem.  We had a great car though and we came home with a really good points night with a third place finish.”

Aside from the battle between Campbell and Jones, there was one other chance for competition for the lead from Eddie Hoffman.  At the very end of the race he made a push to the front and managed to pass Jones.  The veteran was able to get on Campbell’s bumper by the time the checkered flag flew.

The Easter Bunny 100 was a race filled with plenty of action for the fans, between battles for positions and the number of cautions.  Though cautions can be exciting for some fans it was rough on the drivers and equipment.
“The red flags killed us, the yellow flags killed the momentum, it kind of did for everybody, but it was a decent race that got the bugs worked out for everybody.” said Brian Campbell.

Officials from Champion Racing Association would agree that a lot got worked out this weekend. 

“This weekend was great to get under our belt and get rid of the butterflies,” said RJ Scott, co-promoter of the JEGS All Stars Tour for CRA.  “We’re looking forward to a great season with a lot of great teams.”

With an exciting end to the night for the new series and Brian Campbell, this season is sure to have even more great things to come.

Easter Bunny 100 Results
Toledo Speedway (OH)

1 20 Brian Campbell
2 8 Eddie Hoffman
3 4 Erik Jones
4 16 Claude Plante
5 23 Chris Koslek
6 25 Brent Downey
7 176 Jordan Sims
8 42 Chad Finley
9 9 Brandon Watson
10 45 Danny Jackson
11 71 Blake Brown
12 7 David McManus
13 7 Jason Dietsch
14 12 John Turnbull, Jr
15 76 Wes Griffith, Jr
16 28 Jimmy Carter
17 125 Cole Powell
18 72 Thomas Woodin
19 11 Josh Nelms
20 89 Ross Zumbach
21 55 Justin Matson
22 48 Dwayne Baker
23 53 Jimmy Novak III
24 8 Tommy Cook
25 99 Jake Ott
26 5 Jared Marks
27 2 Mike Kugler
28 37 Jordan Dahlke
29 112 Dan Leek
30 1 Cody Coughlin
31 50 Carl Weber
32 128 Jack Smith








 





Brian Campbell win the first CRA JEGS race.  (51 Photo)
               
Blake Brown #71 goes into the wall.  Claude Plante #16 came back for a top five finish. (Courtesy James MacDonald, apexonephoto.com)
               
Cody Coughlin after his opening lap wreck.  (Courtesy James MacDonald, apexonephoto.com)