Last weekend’s ARCA RE/MAX race at the two-mile Michigan International Speedway marked a lot of firsts for twenty-five-year-old Jefferson native Ryan Crane. It was his first time on a track over 1.5 miles in length and his first in a car that produced speeds well over 180 mph.
One would have never known such at day’s end as Crane brought home his #51 Phoenix Construction Dodge seventh in just his second series start.
After Thursday’s qualifying and practice session got washed out due to heavy rains, Crane was forced to a twenty ninth place starting position and only fifty minutes of practice race day morning to get accustomed to the two mile track and his James Finch owned race car. After quickly getting used to the track, Crane posted the fourteenth quickest time during the abbreviated session.
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