Cincinnatian Jackson Takes Kentucky Speedway ARCA Lincoln Welders Short Track Title
Driver Danny Jackson used speed to place himself on the front row of a 15-machine ARCA Lincoln Welders Truck Series Kentucky Speedway starting grid and brawn to move his No. 5 Red Bank Transport-Pate Manufacturing Chevrolet to victory lane in "The Kentucky 100" today.
"It was fun to get back out there on Kentucky Speedway's quarter-mile track and work hard to get a victory," Jackson said. "But, this is just a one deal thing, I was filling in."
The 2005 series rookie of the year who now races in the CRA Super Series used the significant Kentucky Speedway short track experience he gained in Legends Series racing there to drive near the midpoint of the field in the early laps after starting second.
Jackson and his No. 5 worked their way back into the top five by the midway point of the race and catapulted to second place with a dramatic three-truck pass in the frontstretch before entering Turn 3 on lap 74 of 100. He then set his sites on race leader Nick Gullatta and his No. 31 Thompson Automotive Chevrolet and made a successful pass for the race lead two laps later.
The Loveland, Ohio native who turned 23 years old on May 11, outlasted a pressuring John Kasmierski in the No. 3 Carpenter's Local 1138-Aeroquip Hoses and Fittings Chevrolet over the last 24 laps to take his first Kentucky Speedway series win. Jackson had won three series pole awards at the track in his prior starts on the quarter-mile paved oval.
He showed the short track prowess that helped him win the 2005 Legends Series national championship earlier in the day by pacing the series practice session with a quick 60.823 mph (14.797 seconds) lap.
The series continues its 12-race schedule at Eldora (Ohio) Speedway on June 7.
Story by Mike Schmaltz
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