CRA Cancels Cabin Fever Championships at Lucas Oil Raceway

Salem, IN – Champion Racing Association Powered by JEGS officials have announced that the CRA Cabin Fever Championships scheduled for this weekend at Lucas Oil Raceway have been canceled. With a forecast of rain and possibly 3 to 5 inches of snow on Saturday and cold temperatures both days, officials decided it was in everyone’s best interest to go ahead and cancel the event.

“We apologize for any inconveniences,” remarked R.J. Scott, Managing Partner with CRA. “We truly wanted to do everything we could to get this race in with the expected high car counts, but this decision is best for everyone. We decided to go ahead and cancel the event today so people could go ahead and make other plans.”

The Event will not be rescheduled. The season opener for the Vore’s Welding CRA Late Model Sportsman and Lawrence Towing CRA Street Stocks will now be on Saturday, April 7th at Anderson Speedway. More information on all the CRA Series is available at www.cra-racing.com.

—CRA Press Release

By |2018-03-21T14:35:54+00:00March 21st, 2018|CRA Racing Series, Racing News, Regional|Comments Off on CRA Cancels Cabin Fever Championships at Lucas Oil Raceway

Weather Forecast Results in Major CRA SpeedFest 2018 Schedule Changes

Feature Races to Run on Saturday Afternoon

Salem, IN (January 22, 2018) – With the current forecast of rain Saturday night and Sunday, Crisp Motorsports Park officials and Champion Racing Association Powered by JEGS officials have decided to adjust the schedule of events for this weekend’s CRA SpeedFest 2018. All feature racing action will now take place on Saturday afternoon, January 27th, rather than the previous scheduled Sunday afternoon. This change also allows for Sunday to be the scheduled rain date if the rain were to move ahead to Saturday.

“With the forecast of rain Saturday night and Sunday morning, we just felt it would be best for all the racers and the fans to move the features to Saturday afternoon,” remarked Wayne Lyle, Owner of Crisp Motorsports Park. “We looked at the calendar over the next two months, and there just wasn’t a good place to move it, so this was the best alternative to that. We ask for everyone’s help in getting the word out that we will be racing on Saturday afternoon instead of Sunday!”

“This is a great move by the race track,” commented CRA Series Director Glenn Luckett. “The racers and fans can see that the track is to committed to getting the race in this weekend, and by moving the features to Saturday, it gives them the flexibility to race Saturday or Sunday if needed. Everyone can move ahead with their planning knowing that there is a really high probability of racing this weekend, aided by the move to schedule Saturday feature racing.”

CRA SpeedFest 2018 will consist of a $10,000 to win 200 lap ARCA/CRA Super Series Super Late Model special non-points event and a $5000 to win 125 lap JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour Pro Late Model special non-points event. The 200 ARCA/CRA Super Series event will be an eight tire max event that will count yellow flag laps up to lap 175 with Controlled Cautions. The 125 lap JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour event will be a four tire only event that will count yellow flag laps up to lap 100. In addition, CRA SpeedFest 2018 will also feature a 20 lap Legend feature and a 15 lap Bandolero feature.

The event will see some of the best racers in the country competing in the 325 laps of late model feature racing action. Some of the top entries for this weekend’s events include Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series competitors Erik Jones and Corey Lajoie, NASCAR Xfinity Series driver Brandon Jones, NASCAR Camping World Truck Series competitor and SpeedFest 2017 Super Late Model event winner Harrison Burton, SpeedFest 2017 Pro Late Model event winner Casey Roderick, past SpeedFest winners Bubba Pollard and Jeff Choquette.

There are currently 29 cars entered for the ARCA/CRA Super Series Super Late Model event and 30 cars entered for the JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour Pro Late Model event.

The revised schedule of events will kick off with an open practice starting on Friday morning, pits will open at 8am with hauler parking. The track will be open for practice from 10:30am until 3pm, with four alternating 30 minutes sessions each for the JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour Pro Late Models and the ARCA/CRA Super Series Super Late Models, then a final 15 minute session for each group. Tech will open at 12:30pm. There will be another 30 minute session for each group starting a 3pm, for those cars that have cleared pre-tech.

Legends and Bandolero’s will practice and qualify on Friday from 4pm until 5:30pm. JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour Pro Late Models will qualify for Saturday’s event at 5:30pm on Friday, followed by ARCA/CRA Super Series Super Late Models qualifying at 6:15pm. The track will close at 8pm.

Pits will open at 7am on Saturday. Hauler removal will begin at 8am, all haulers must be removed from inside the track by 9:30am. There will be a Chapel Service at 11am. All the drivers competing in the CRA SpeedFest 2018 will be part of an on track autograph session beginning at 12noon, open to all the fans attending Saturday’s event. Driver’s introductions will begin at 1:00pm. The racing will start off at 1:30pm with the Legends and Bandolero features, followed by the SpeedFest 125 for the JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour Pro Late Models, and then the SpeedFest 200 for the ARCA/CRA Super Series Super Late Models will hit the track for the final event of the afternoon.

For those fans who cannot attend, a live pay-per-view broadcast of all the CRA SpeedFest 2018 events will be available on Speed 51 TV. Order your pay-per-view ticket today by visiting Speed51.com.

Track and CRA SpeedFest 2018 information, including purchasing advance tickets, can be found at www.crispmotorsportspark.com.

All information on CRA, including the 2018 rules, license forms and schedules can be found at www.cra-racing.com.

–CRA Press Release

By |2018-01-22T20:36:49+00:00January 22nd, 2018|CRA Racing Series, Racing News, Upcoming Events|Comments Off on Weather Forecast Results in Major CRA SpeedFest 2018 Schedule Changes

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Rookie of the Year Erik Jones to Race at CRA SpeedFest 2018

Salem, IN (January 2, 2018) – 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Sunoco Rookie of the Year Erik Jones has filed an entry to compete in the upcoming CRA SpeedFest 2018, which will be held on Saturday, January 27th and Sunday, January 28th at Crisp Motorsports Park – Home of the Watermelon Capital Speedway located in Cordele, Georgia. As is tradition, this event is held the weekend prior to the Super Bowl every year.

CRA SpeedFest 2018 will consist of a $10,000 to win 200 lap ARCA/CRA Super Series Super Late Model special non-points event and a $5000 to win 125 lap JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour Pro Late Model special non-points event. The 200 ARCA/CRA Super Series event will be an eight tire max event that will count yellow flag laps up to lap 175 with Controlled Cautions. The 125 lap JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour event will be a four tire only event that will count yellow flag laps up to lap 100. In addition, CRA SpeedFest 2018 will also feature a 20 lap Legend feature and a 15 lap Bandolero feature.

Jones will compete in the 200 lap Super Late Model event for KBR Motorsports, the same team he won the 2017 Battle at Berlin 251 with and competed with in last year’s SpeedFest event. Jones was that events Fast Qualifier for the Super Late Models and finished second in the event to winner Harrison Burton.

“Speedfest has been that race on my list that I’ve always wanted to win, but just haven’t been able to put it all together,” remarked Jones. “Last year we sat on the pole, but weren’t able to capitalize and ended up finishing second. The competition is always top notch at this event and I’m hoping this year we are the ones hoisting up that trophy in victory lane.”

Jones was the 2011 JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour inaugural Champion. Jones’s accomplishments since that 2011 season have been astounding. After victories in the ARCA Racing Series, Jones moved to the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series to drive for Kyle Busch Motorsports and was crowned that series 2015 Champion. Also in 2015, Jones won his third straight Winchester 400 and in so doing became the first ever to claim the JEGS/CRA $100,000 Super Late Model Triple Crown by also winning the Redbud 300 and Battle at Berlin 251 that season. Jones also has two Snowball Derby wins and a win in New Smyrna Speedway’s famed Governor’s Cup.

Jones has seven NASCAR XFinity Series wins and seven NASCAR Camping World Truck Series wins to date. His 2017 season with the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series included five top five finishes, 14 top ten finishes and he led a total of 310 laps. Jones is set to replace Matt Kenseth in the #20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota for the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season.

Additional entries for both events are expected to continue to arrive over the next couple of weeks leading up to the event. CRA would like to remind any driver not entered yet that the advance entry deadline for CRA SpeedFest 2018 is January 14th, after that date teams will have to pay an additional $50 late fee to enter.

Track and CRA SpeedFest 2018 information, including purchasing advance tickets, can be found at www.crispmotorsportspark.com.

All information on CRA, including rules, license forms and the entry forms for both CRA SpeedFest 2018 events, can be found at www.cra-racing.com.

By |2018-01-02T17:11:40+00:00January 2nd, 2018|CRA Racing Series, Racing News, Upcoming Events|Comments Off on Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Rookie of the Year Erik Jones to Race at CRA SpeedFest 2018

2018 ARCA/CRA Super Series Powered by JEGS Schedule Released

Numerous High Paying Special Events on the 2018 Schedule

Salem, Indiana (December 7, 2017): Champion Racing Association Powered by JEGS has officially released the 2018 Schedule for the ARCA/CRA Super Series Powered by JEGS. The ARCA/CRA Super Series 2018 season will consist of 16 total races, with 12 of those being point events. 2018 will be the 22nd season of competition for the Template Super Late Model touring series that first raced in 1997.

“We are really excited about the 2018 schedule with the ARCA/CRA Super Series,” remarked R.J. Scott, Managing Partner of CRA. “Our 22nd season will provide our drivers with a great variety of challenging races on some of the best race tracks in the nation, with some of the most prestigious late model events in the country!”

The 2017 Chase format for determining a series champion produced more teams competing for a championship, in every CRA division, than the previous year.  Officials want to see that continue for the tracks and fans, while addressing ways to put more value in being the overall series point’s leaders. CRA will announce final changes to the Chase format for 2018 at the awards banquet on January 5th.

The 2018 racing season kicks off with the traditional non-points opener for both the ARCA/CRA Super Series and the JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour with CRA SpeedFest 2018 at Watermelon Capital Speedway in Cordele, Georgia on Saturday-Sunday, January 27th & 28th. The ARCA/CRA Super Series race will be a 200 lap event, counting yellow flag laps up to lap 175. This event has traditionally attracted the best Super Late Model drivers from both the North and the South in this early season battle.

The ARCA/CRA Super Series will then kick off its 2018 point season on Saturday, April 7th at the famous Fairgrounds Speedway in Nashville. The event will be a co-sanctioned event with the Southern Super Series and the CARS Tour and the race program will include the ARCA Racing Series Presented by Menards.

The series will then head north to Toledo Speedway, located in Toledo, on Saturday, April 14th for a 100 lap event with the outlaw-bodied ARCA Late Models also having a 100 lap feature. From there the series will travel to Anderson Speedway, located in Anderson, Indiana, on Saturday, May 5th, the first of two events on the fast quarter mile oval.

The series will then head to Bristol Motor Speedway as part of the huge Second Annual Short Track U.S. Nationals, an event that will be co-sanctioned by the Southern Super Series and the CARS Tour on Saturday-Sunday May 19th & 20th. Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver Bubba Wallace won the inaugural U.S. Nationals of Short Track Racing Super Late Model event at the famed “last coliseum” last May.

The series will then return to Kil-Kare Speedway in Xenia, Ohio on Saturday, June 2nd. That track reopened in 2017 season after being closed the previous two seasons.

On Monday, June 11th the series will make the first of two visits to Berlin Raceway, for the $20,000 to win Money in the Bank 150. This will be a special non-points CRA sanctioned event in 2018. The series stays in Michigan for its next event at Flat Rock Speedway on Saturday, June 23rd.

On Monday, July 16th the series returns to Anderson Speedway for the famed Redbud 400. The event will return to a weekday event, the Monday after the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series event at Kentucky Speedway. The series will then head to Baer Field Motorsports Park in Fort Wayne, IN on Saturday, July 28th.

The series will head back to Kalamazoo Speedway located just outside of Kalamazoo, Michigan to be part of the famous Kalamazoo Klash event on Wednesday, August 8th. That event will be the first Chase event for the series.

The series will stay in Michigan with the Battle at Berlin 251 at Berlin Raceway on Monday, August 13th. This will be a special non-points CRA sanctioned event in 2018.

The series will then make its first of two visits to the famous High Banks of Winchester Speedway located in Winchester, Indiana for the traditional World Stock Car Festival over Labor Day Weekend, with the feature event on Monday, September 3rd. This event will be the second Chase event for the series.

The series will then head to the famed Lucas Oil Raceway, located just outside of Indianapolis, Indiana on Saturday, September 8th. As previously announced, this event will be the Speed51 Super Select, a winner-take-all invitational non-points race that will pay the winner up to $10,000.

The second visit to Toledo Speedway on Saturday, September 15th is up next for a 100 lap event as part of the famed Glass City 200, which will also include a 100 lap event for the outlaw-bodied ARCA Late Models. This event was very successful event for the series in 2017 and will be the third Chase event for the series.

The ARCA/CRA Super Series will crown their 2018 Tour Champion with the 47th Running of the prestigious Winchester 400 on Sunday, October 14th, in its second visit of the season to Winchester Speedway.

For more information about all four touring series’ within Champion Racing Association Powered by JEGS, please go to the series website at: www.cra-racing.com. You can also follow CRA on Facebook at: www.facebook.com and search for “Champion Racing Association” as well as Twitter at: www.twitter.com/CRAracing.

 

2018 ARCA/CRA Super Series Powered by JEGS

Sat./Sun., January 27-28 Watermelon Capital Speedway

Fri/Sat, April 7 Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville

Saturday, April 14 Toledo Speedway

Saturday, May 5 Anderson Speedway

Sat./Sun., May 19-20 Bristol Motor Speedway

Saturday, June 2 Kil-Kare Speedway

Monday, June 11 Berlin Raceway

Saturday, June 23 Flat Rock Speedway

Monday, July 16 Anderson Speedway

Saturday, July 28 Baer Field Motorsports Park

Wednesday, August 8 Kalamazoo Speedway

Monday, August 13 Berlin Raceway

Sun./Mon., September 2-3 Winchester Speedway

Saturday, September 8 Lucas Oil Raceway

Saturday, September 15 Toledo Speedway

Sat./Sun., October 13-14 Winchester Speedway

By |2017-12-08T17:34:17+00:00December 8th, 2017|CRA Racing Series, Racing News, Upcoming Events|Comments Off on 2018 ARCA/CRA Super Series Powered by JEGS Schedule Released

2018 JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour Schedule Released

Masters of the Pros Event to be Contested at a New Track in 2018

Salem, Indiana (December 7, 2017): Champion Racing Association Powered by JEGS has officially released the 2018 Schedule for the ARCA/CRA Super Series Powered by JEGS. The ARCA/CRA Super Series 2018 season will consist of 16 total races, with 12 of those being point events. 2018 will be the 22nd season of competition for the Template Super Late Model touring series that first raced in 1997.

“We are really excited about the 2018 schedule with the ARCA/CRA Super Series,” remarked R.J. Scott, Managing Partner of CRA. “Our 22nd season will provide our drivers with a great variety of challenging races on some of the best race tracks in the nation, with some of the most prestigious late model events in the country!”

The 2017 Chase format for determining a series champion produced more teams competing for a championship, in every CRA division, than the previous year.  Officials want to see that continue for the tracks and fans, while addressing ways to put more value in being the overall series point’s leaders. CRA will announce final changes to the Chase format for 2018 at the awards banquet on January 5th.

The 2018 racing season kicks off with the traditional non-points opener for both the ARCA/CRA Super Series and the JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour with CRA SpeedFest 2018 at Watermelon Capital Speedway in Cordele, Georgia on Saturday-Sunday, January 27th & 28th. The ARCA/CRA Super Series race will be a 200 lap event, counting yellow flag laps up to lap 175. This event has traditionally attracted the best Super Late Model drivers from both the North and the South in this early season battle.

The ARCA/CRA Super Series will then kick off its 2018 point season on Saturday, April 7th at the famous Fairgrounds Speedway in Nashville. The event will be a co-sanctioned event with the Southern Super Series and the CARS Tour and the race program will include the ARCA Racing Series Presented by Menards.

The series will then head north to Toledo Speedway, located in Toledo, on Saturday, April 14th for a 100 lap event with the outlaw-bodied ARCA Late Models also having a 100 lap feature. From there the series will travel to Anderson Speedway, located in Anderson, Indiana, on Saturday, May 5th, the first of two events on the fast quarter mile oval.

The series will then head to Bristol Motor Speedway as part of the huge Second Annual Short Track U.S. Nationals, an event that will be co-sanctioned by the Southern Super Series and the CARS Tour on Saturday-Sunday May 19th & 20th. Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver Bubba Wallace won the inaugural U.S. Nationals of Short Track Racing Super Late Model event at the famed “last coliseum” last May.

The series will then return to Kil-Kare Speedway in Xenia, Ohio on Saturday, June 2nd. That track reopened in 2017 season after being closed the previous two seasons.

On Monday, June 11th the series will make the first of two visits to Berlin Raceway, for the $20,000 to win Money in the Bank 150. This will be a special non-points CRA sanctioned event in 2018. The series stays in Michigan for its next event at Flat Rock Speedway on Saturday, June 23rd.

On Monday, July 16th the series returns to Anderson Speedway for the famed Redbud 400. The event will return to a weekday event, the Monday after the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series event at Kentucky Speedway. The series will then head to Baer Field Motorsports Park in Fort Wayne, IN on Saturday, July 28th.

The series will head back to Kalamazoo Speedway located just outside of Kalamazoo, Michigan to be part of the famous Kalamazoo Klash event on Wednesday, August 8th. That event will be the first Chase event for the series.

The series will stay in Michigan with the Battle at Berlin 251 at Berlin Raceway on Monday, August 13th. This will be a special non-points CRA sanctioned event in 2018.

The series will then make its first of two visits to the famous High Banks of Winchester Speedway located in Winchester, Indiana for the traditional World Stock Car Festival over Labor Day Weekend, with the feature event on Monday, September 3rd. This event will be the second Chase event for the series.

The series will then head to the famed Lucas Oil Raceway, located just outside of Indianapolis, Indiana on Saturday, September 8th. As previously announced, this event will be the Speed51 Super Select, a winner-take-all invitational non-points race that will pay the winner up to $10,000.

The second visit to Toledo Speedway on Saturday, September 15th is up next for a 100 lap event as part of the famed Glass City 200, which will also include a 100 lap event for the outlaw-bodied ARCA Late Models. This event was very successful event for the series in 2017 and will be the third Chase event for the series.

The ARCA/CRA Super Series will crown their 2018 Tour Champion with the 47th Running of the prestigious Winchester 400 on Sunday, October 14th, in its second visit of the season to Winchester Speedway.

For more information about all four touring series’ within Champion Racing Association Powered by JEGS, please go to the series website at: www.cra-racing.com. You can also follow CRA on Facebook at: www.facebook.com and search for “Champion Racing Association” as well as Twitter at: www.twitter.com/CRAracing.

 

2018 ARCA/CRA Super Series Powered by JEGS

Sat./Sun., January 27-28 Watermelon Capital Speedway

Fri/Sat, April 7 Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville

Saturday, April 14 Toledo Speedway

Saturday, May 5 Anderson Speedway

Sat./Sun., May 19-20 Bristol Motor Speedway

Saturday, June 2 Kil-Kare Speedway

Monday, June 11 Berlin Raceway

Saturday, June 23 Flat Rock Speedway

Monday, July 16 Anderson Speedway

Saturday, July 28 Baer Field Motorsports Park

Wednesday, August 8 Kalamazoo Speedway

Monday, August 13 Berlin Raceway

Sun./Mon., September 2-3 Winchester Speedway

Saturday, September 8 Lucas Oil Raceway

Saturday, September 15 Toledo Speedway

Sat./Sun., October 13-14 Winchester Speedway

By |2017-12-08T17:32:31+00:00December 8th, 2017|CRA Racing Series, Racing News, Upcoming Events|Comments Off on 2018 JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour Schedule Released

JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour Ready to Close out the 2017 Season at Winchester Speedway Friday

Salem, IN. (October 3, 2017) – The JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour Presented by Chevrolet Performance will close out their seventh season of competition this Friday on the famous High Banks of Winchester Speedway, helping kickoff the big 46th Annual Winchester 400 Weekend. A talented field of 23 teams is currently entered to compete in the JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour Winchester 100 Presented by JEGS.com on Friday evening. That event will be the eleventh point’s event of the 2017 season for the series after losing one event to weather.

2017 was the first season CRA has used a Championship Chase format to crown their Champions in all four of its series. Eight drivers were locked into the final four JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour Champion Chase events. After three of those events, four drivers were eliminated, giving four drivers a shot to win the 2017 series Championship. The four includes Carson Hocevar, Jack Dossey III, Michael Clancy Jr. and Austin Kunert, the driver finishing the highest in Friday’s Winchester 100 will be crowned the 2017 Champion.

14 year old Hocevar looks to make series history on Friday. No driver has ever won both the JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour Championship and the Howie Lettow Rookie of the Year Award Presented by VanDoorn Racing Development in the same season. Hocevar has already locked up the Howie Lettow Rookie of the Year Award Presented by VanDoorn Racing Development going into Friday night. The rookie driver has won a series leading three events so far in 2017, a record number of wins for a rookie in one season, becoming the series youngest winner at Kil-Kare Raceway in July, then followed that up with a win at Birch Run Speedway in August, then won the series first Championship Chase event at Winchester on Labor Day Weekend, locking him into the final four. Hocevar was the Fury Race Cars Fast Qualifier a series leading four times at Bristol Motor Speedway, Auto City Speedway, Birch Run, and Owosso Speedway.

Jack Dossey III has had a great season in 2017, and has been on the verge of getting his first series win several times with three second place finishes so far this season at Salem Speedway, Lebanon I-44 Speedway and Owosso Speedway and led 22 laps of the Labor Day Winchester event before low air pressure in a tire cost him a possible win and left him with a 10th place finish in that event. Dossey III was the Fury Race Cars Fast Qualifier at Salem Speedway and at Winchester. Dossey hopes to use his great runs on the High Banked tracks to claim the Championship.

14 year old Michael Clancy Jr. has had a good sophomore season with the series, including six straight top ten finishes up to the last series event at Lucas Oil Raceway, with a series high finish of sixth three times, including the series event at Winchester on Labor Day Weekend. Clancy Jr. was the Fury Race Cars Fast Qualifier at Lebanon I-44 Speedway and at the series last event at Lucas Oil Raceway. Clancy Jr. was running second at Lucas Oil Raceway until an on track incident on a restart ended his day after heavy contact with the outside retaining wall. Clancy Jr. hopes to be near the front of the field on Friday night to be in the Championship running.

Austin Kunert came into the 2017 season with high expectations in his third season of racing with the series, after finishing second in points in 2016 to Champion Cody Coughlin. Kunert has had an up and down season, with several good runs and some bad luck that kept him from being at the top of the points. Kunert has five top five finishes so far this season, with a season high finish of third twice, once at Salem Speedway in June and at Birch Run Speedway in August. Kunert finished second in the Winchester Championship event last season, and hopes to be there again to battle for the 2017 Championship.

Besides the four Championship contenders, other top drivers entered include last year’s event winner and defending Winchester 400 winner Travis Braden, Jack Smith winner of this event in 2015 and at Salem earlier this season, 2013 event winner Corey Deuser, 2017 Owosso Speedway winner Kyle Crump, Mason Keller who finished second in the Labor Day Weekend event and 2017 Southern Super Series Champion Stephen Nasse in Rick Turner’s car, who finished second in the Pro Late Model event at Nashville last Sunday.

Things begin for the Winchester 400 Weekend with an optional load in, hauler parking and pit pass purchases on Thursday, October 5th from 3 to 7pm. Pits open on Friday, October 6th at 9am with rotating practice for all divisions beginning at 1pm. Second round practice and Group Qualifying for the Vore’s Touring Compacts and the Vore’s Welding CRA Late Model Sportsman Series and Lawrence Towing CRA Street Stocks New Star events will start at 4:10pm. The JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour Fury Race Cars qualifying will start at 6:15pm. Racing action will begin at 7pm with 8 lap heat races for the Vores Touring Compacts. The JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour Season Championship Winchester 100 Presented by JEGS.com will be up next. The Vores Touring Compacts 25 lap feature will follow that. The CRA Late Model Sportsman and CRA Street Stocks 25 lap New Star features will cap off the nights racing action.

Pits open on Saturday, October 7th at 8:30am, rotating practice for all divisions will begin at 11am. Second round practice and Group Qualifying for the CRA Late Model Sportsman Series and CRA Street Stocks will begin at 2pm. Qualifying for the Winchester Modifieds Run for the Gun will start at 3:30pm, EDCO Welding Pole Qualifying for the 46th Annual Winchester 400 for the ARCA/CRA Super Series will begin at 4:15pm. The race program will begin at 5pm with the Winchester Modifieds Last Chance race. The 50 lap CRA Late Model Sportsman Series Season Championship event will be up next. The Winchester Modifieds 50 lap Run for the Gun will follow. The 50 lap CRA Street Stocks Season Championship event will cap off this huge night of racing. The Annual Winchester 400 Party in the Pavilion will start in immediately following the races with live music.

On Sunday, October 8th pits will open at 9am. There will be an on track autograph session with all the 46th Annual Winchester 400 drivers starting at 12:30. Opening ceremonies will begin at 1:30 pm with the 46th Annual Winchester 400 taking the green flag at 2pm.

For those fans that cannot attend the Winchester 400 Weekend events, 51 TV Pay-Per-View will broadcast all the racing events on Friday, Saturday and Sunday of the Winchester 400 Weekend. Purchase the live Winchester 400 Weekend broadcast now at Speed51.com.

Additional track and event information can be found at www.winchesterspeedway.com.

More information on all the CRA series is available at www.cra-racing.com.

By |2017-10-04T16:33:39+00:00October 4th, 2017|CRA Racing Series, National, Racing News|Comments Off on JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour Ready to Close out the 2017 Season at Winchester Speedway Friday

2017 CRA Fall Brawl up next for the JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour Championship Chase

Salem, IN. (September 20, 2017) – The JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour Presented by Chevrolet Performance will return to action this Sunday at the famed Lucas Oil Raceway, located just outside of Indianapolis in Brownsburg, Indiana. The 2017 CRA Fall Brawl Presented by EDCO Welding has become a very popular stock car racing event in central Indiana with each feature winner getting an event signature trophy that includes a pair of boxing gloves. There will be feature racing action from five different series including three CRA divisions, the JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour, the Vore’s Welding CRA Late Model Sportsman Powered by JEGS and the Lawrence Towing CRA Street Stocks Powered by JEGS, plus the NSTA Top Speed Modifieds and the Vore’s Compact Touring Series.

Sunday’s Hart’s Auto Center 100 Presented by JEGS.com will be the tenth race of the season for the crate late model series sanctioned by Champion Racing Association. Cole Williams won the series season opener on May 21st at Bristol Motor Speedway and the “Masters of the Pro’s” 144 at Lebanon I-44 Speedway on July 3rd. Jack Smith won the series second event of the season on June 17th at Salem Speedway. Michigan veteran racer Brian Campbell won on July 15th at Berlin Raceway. Kyle Hayden won at Auto City Speedway on August 5th. 14 year old series rookie Carson Hocevar has now won a series leading three events so far this season, getting wins at Kil-Kare Raceway on July 9th, on August 18th at Birch Run Speedway and on September 3 at Winchester Speedway. Kyle Crump won the series last event at Owosso Speedway on September 9th.

With his win at Winchester, the first race of the JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour Championship Chase, Hocevar is currently the only driver locked into the Championship Chase final event to race for the series season Championship on Friday, October 6th at Winchester Speedway. Sunday’s event will be the last Championship Chase event prior to the Championship event, there are seven other drivers competing for the three remaining spots.

Jack Dossey III comes into Saturday’s event second in Championship Chase points to Hocevar, he is 11 points ahead of third place Michael Clancy Jr. Thomas Hufferd is currently in the pivotal fourth place position, 16 points behind Clancy Jr. Austin Kunert is in fifth place, ten points behind Hufferd. Rookie Hope Hornish and Thomas Woodin are tied for sixth place, they are 12 points behind Kunert. Jack Smith is in eighth, he is 17 points behind Hornish and Woodin. All eight of the Championship Chase drivers are entered for Sunday’s event.

Other top CRA drivers entered include Berlin winner Brian Campbell, who has three ARCA/CRA Super Series wins in 2017, Trever McCoy, rookie Mandy Chick, Anthony Danta, Tyler Hufford, Chad Pendleton, James Krueger, Joe Cooksey and ARCA/CRA Super Series competitor Brett Robinson is entered to make his series debut. Three Berlin Raceway racers, who also race part-time with CRA, are entered, including Chris Koslek, Ben Welch and Alec Carll.

2016 event winner Jeff Cannon, a former Illiana Motor Speedway Track Champion, is entered to defend his win. Bowling Green, Kentucky native Dillon Oliver is entered for his second series event of the season after leading several laps at the series Bristol Motor Speedway event in May. Recently crowned Spartan Speedway Performance Automotive Northwest Spartan Stock Series Champion Brandon Varney is entered to make his series debut on Sunday. Fellow Michigan racer Zachary Tinkle is also entered to make his CRA debut on Sunday.

The 2017 CRA Fall Brawl Presented by EDCO Welding gets started on Saturday, with the pit gates opening at 9:00am. Practice starts at 12:30pm for all five divisions divisions, each division will get two rounds of practice. Qualifying for all five divisions begins at 4:00pm on Saturday to set their Sunday feature line-ups.

On Sunday, pit gates open at 10:00am. Racing will begin at 1pm and will include the Elwood Antique Mall and Flea Market 40 Presented by Lyons Truck and Trailer for the Vore’s Welding CRA Late Model Sportsman, the Hart’s Auto Center 100 Presented by JEGS.com for the JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour, the McGunegill Engine Performance 40 Presented by PGG Enterprises for the Lawrence Towing CRA Street Stocks, the Norton Transport 40 for the NSTA Top Speed Modifeds and the D & J Sales 25 for the Vore’s Compact Touring Series to finish off the day.

More event and track information is available at www.lucasoilraceway.com.

More information on the CRA series is available at www.cra-racing.com.

By |2017-09-20T18:06:39+00:00September 20th, 2017|CRA Racing Series, National, Racing News|Comments Off on 2017 CRA Fall Brawl up next for the JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour Championship Chase

First Look at Entry List for 46th Annual Winchester 400

One of the nation’s most prestigious Super Late Model races, the 46th Annual Winchester 400, will take place Sunday, October 8 at Winchester Speedway (IN). With three weeks remaining until the big race, ARCA/CRA Super Series officials released the first look at the entry list on Tuesday morning.

The list, which currently includes the names of 30 Super Late Model drivers, is headlined by defending Winchester 400 winner Travis Braden. The West Virginia driver will be returning to the high-banked Indiana oval hoping to add a second rifle to his collection.

In his way will be a stout field of drivers including Johnny VanDoorn, who is fresh off an ARCA/CRA Super Series win at Toledo Speedway (OH) this past weekend. Carrying the momentum of a win could help VanDoorn find his way to Winchester 400 victory lane for the first time in his career.

VanDoorn will be joined by fellow ARCA/CRA Super Series championship contenders Dalton Armstrong, Logan Runyon and Wes Griffith, Jr. Out of those four drivers, the driver with the best finish at Winchester will be crowned the 2017 series champion.

A pair of Southern Super Series championship contenders – Stephen Nasse and Chandler Smith – are also slated to make the trip to Indiana once their championship battle concludes. They will be joined by defending Southern Super Series champion Donnie Wilson.

Steven Wallace will make the trip from North Carolina to Winchester in hopes of earning his first Winchester rifle.

Kyle Busch Motorsports will be loading up and bringing not one, but two drivers who are both in search of their first rifle. Cole Rouse, a regular behind the wheel of a KBM Late Model, will make his first Winchester 400 trip with KBM, while NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver Noah Gragson will be making his second SLM start this season for the team.

Another big team bringing in two drivers is David Gilliland Racing. Raphael Lessard will be making his return to Winchester after having a strong run in last year’s race. Chase Purdy will also be back behind the wheel of a DGR Super Late Model.

The Fury Race Cars team with young stars Harrison Burton and Christian Eckes hope to be a force to be reckon with at Winchester. Eckes, the defending Snowball Derby champion, is hoping to add the Winchester 400 to his resume while Burton is hoping to continue a hot streak and add a Super Late Model crown jewel win to his resume.

Hope Hornish recently competed at Winchester where she was consistently running in the top five among some stiff competition. She is returning for the big 400-lap feature hoping to have the same strength and become the first female to win the Winchester 400.

Rick Turner, the all-time leader in CRA starts, is also entered with hopes of adding another start to his career total.

The Midwest scene will be represented by drivers such as Jon Beach, inaugural ARCA/CRA Super Series champion Kenny Tweedy, former JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour champion Dan Leeck, Jack Dossey III, Scott Whitehouse, 2016 Winchester 400 runner-up Eddie VanMeter, Hunter Jack, Terry Fisher Jr., Rich Segvich and Kyle Crump.

Other drivers traveling to Indiana include Tennessee’s Mason Mingus, North Carolina’s Trevor Noles and Pennsylvania’s Jordan Miller.

A full list of current entries for the 46th Annual Winchester 400 can be seen below. The list below is a list of early entries with more drivers expected to be added to the list prior to the event.

For more information on the Winchester 400, visit www.cra-racing.com.

—CRA Press Release

By |2017-09-20T17:48:38+00:00September 20th, 2017|CRA Racing Series, National, Racing News|Comments Off on First Look at Entry List for 46th Annual Winchester 400

Braden Makes it Two in a Row with the Win at Kil-Kare Sunday

Salem, IN (July 31, 2017) – Two time ARCA/CRA Super Series Powered by JEGS Champion Travis Braden got his second straight ARCA/CRA Super Series win of the 2017 season in Sunday’s Rapid Fire Pizza 125 Presented by Hot Head Burritos at Kil-Kare Raceway in Xenia, Ohio, just outside of Dayton. Braden picked up his first win of the season with the series on July 21st at Lucas Oil Raceway. Braden competed weekly at Kil-Kare back when it conducted weekly events, and won the first ever ARCA/CRA Super Series event at Kil-Kare back in 2013. Braden was happy to get back to victory lane in the series first visit to Kil-Kare since the 2014 season.

“It feels really good to get back to back wins with this series,” remarked Braden. “This is one of my home tracks, it always feels good to get to victory lane here. We expect to perform well when we race here, and that’s what happened today. Got to thank my whole crew and my owners Myna and Bill Burba, without them I wouldn’t be in victory lane today!”

Series points leader Josh Brock grabbed the early lead from his pole starting position after EDCO Welding Fast Qualifier Justin Alsip drew an eight for the events inverted start. Brock was able to pull away from outside front row starter Greg Stapleton.

2014 series Kil-Kare winner Brandon Oakley quickly got by Stapleton and set his sights on running down Brock. Oakley powered by Brock to grab the lead on lap five and immediately started to pull away from the field.

Braden started patiently working his way through the field from his seventh place starting position to move into second and set his sights on running down Oakley. Braden was able to close on Oakley while the two threaded their way through lap traffic. Oakley got stuck behind the last cars on the lead lap, who were battling for position themselves. Braden made a quick move to the inside to get by Oakley and a couple of cars battling for position to grab the lead on lap 64, earning the AR Bodies Cool Move of the Race Award. Braden and Oakley made some contact, but both drivers gathered in their cars and continued to race without incident.

Things came to a screeching halt on lap 71 when Cody Robinson’s machine went up in flames from a blown engine, bringing out the events first caution and eventual red flag for an extended clean-up of oil on the track. Robinson managed to get out of his burning car without incident as the track safety crew quickly extinguished the flames.

The field went back green for only one lap before the second caution flew for a spin by Oakley while battling for second with David Carter. Stapleton and Hunter Jack spun after the caution flew. Oakley and Stapleton were able to continue but Jack’s day was over.

Braden kept the lead over Carter on the lap 73 restart, quickly pulling away for a sizable lead over Carter. The race went all the way to checkers from that point with Braden getting the win. Braden picked up a Hoosier Racing Tire Performance Award for his win coming from his seventh place starting position.

Carter would finish in second, his best ever finish with the ARCA/CRA Super Series. Carter picked up the FLUIDYNE High Performance Cool Under Pressure Award. Senneker Performance Rookie of the Year candidate Logan Runyon finished in third, also his best ever finish with the series. Runyon picked up his third Senneker Performance Rookie of the Race Award of the season, tying him with Brock for the most rookie awards so far this season.

Local competitor Drew Charlson came from his ninth place starting position to finish in fourth place, earning the Sweet Manufacturing Sweet Move of the Race Award. Alsip would finish in fifth place after going to the pits, where his crew made adjustments to the car after falling back through the field earlier in the event. Alsip would fight back to finish just inches ahead of Donnie Hill. Alsip’s crew picked up the PitBoxes.com Pit Crew of the Race Award, first for their efforts to get Alsip’s car ready for the event after suffering heavy damage in the July 9th JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour event at Kil-Kare, then making the right adjustments on Alsip’s car so he could get his fifth place finish.

Hill would finish in sixth after starting 14th earning a Hoosier Racing Tire Performance Award and the Hamner Racing Engines Hardcharger Award. Brock would finish in seventh, Oakley in eighth, Chad Pendleton in ninth and Stapleton in 10th.

The next ARCA/CRA Super Series event will be the Kalamazoo Klash 125 on Wednesday, August 9th at Kalamazoo Speedway. More information on all the CRA Series is available at www.cra-racing.com.

By |2017-08-09T16:31:32+00:00August 2nd, 2017|CRA Racing Series, Front Page News, Racing News, Regional|Comments Off on Braden Makes it Two in a Row with the Win at Kil-Kare Sunday

Clancy Jr. Picking Up Speed Four Races into 2017 Season

(July 14, 2017) – DuroByte Motorsports and 14 year old driver Michael Clancy Jr. have had a rough start to their 2017 racing season in their first three events with the JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour Presented by Chevrolet Performance, their results have not shown how good the team and Clancy Jr. have been with three DNF’s in those first three events. The team showed it can prepare fast racecars for Clancy Jr., when at the 5th Annual Masters of the Pro’s 144 at Lebanon I-44 Speedway on July 3rd, Clancy Jr. picked up his first ever Fury Race Cars Fast Qualifier Award, out qualifying some of the best Pro Late Model drivers in the country. Unfortunately bad luck struck again during the race when Clancy Jr. was caught up in an on track incident not of his making, which damaged the front right suspension, forcing him to park the car at the competition yellow at lap 100.

Clancy Jr. and the DuroByte Motorsports team headed to Kil-Kare Raceway last weekend for the series’ first ever event at that challenging oval located in Xenia, Ohio. A strong group of drivers were on hand for the event including the CRA regulars and a strong group of local racers and racers with lots of experience at that track including two time ARCA/CRA Super Series Champion Travis Braden and former ARCA/CRA Super Series Kil-Kare winner Brandon Oakley. Clancy Jr. again showed the speed his teams cars have with a solid sixth place qualifying effort of the 23 cars that took times.

With the invert, Clancy Jr. would start in the fifth position and looked poise to shoot for a top five finish when disaster struck on lap two when the car suddenly broke loose and spun in the middle of turns three and four with the field bunched up tightly behind him on lap two. Clancy Jr. managed to escape any damage, but the team brought him to pit road to check the car and make some set up adjustments under the red flag.

From there Clancy Jr. would work his way through the field and avoid a multi-car wreck on lap 40. After that yellow the race would go from green to checkers with Clancy Jr. finishing a solid seventh, his first race of the 2017 season that he avoided any bad luck and got to finish! Clancy Jr. sits fourth in series Championship points after four events.

The series now heads to Berlin Raceway located in Marne, Michigan this Saturday for the third of four straight series events. The event has again attracted a stellar group of racers including the best of CRA and the best of the Berlin Raceway Late Model competitors.

” The Berlin race this weekend will have tough competitors, the locals are always fast there,” remarked Clancy Jr. “Our team will work hard to dial the car in and I will work hard at mastering the line. We will definitely put in the effort to come away with a good finish! ”

“Tracks like Kil-Kare and Berlin are very tough, they definitely challenge any driver,” remarked crew chief Jimmy D Smith. “Michael settled in at Kil-Kare last weekend and did a great job, so we will just keep building on that going into Berlin. We always work hard and Michael is great to work with, so I feel we will be competitive at Berlin.”

DuroByte Motorsports will campaign Howe Racing Chassis Ford’s again in 2017 with Ford engines by Ilmor. The team announced that Made In Detroit and Dalton Industries would return to support Clancy Jr. and the DuroByte Motorsports Team in 2017 along with Ilmor Engineering and Nalett Trucking..

At 13 years old during the 2016 racing season, Clancy Jr. was the youngest regular competitor with the JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour. Clancy Jr. went on to get three top ten finishes during the season, with a top finish of sixth twice, once on the High Banks of Salem Speedway and at the tough quarter mile of Anderson Speedway. Clancy Jr. finished 7th in final series Driver Points and was second in VanDoorn Racing Development Rookie of the Year points.

DuroByte Motorsports, owned by Murray Van Wieringen and spear headed by crew chief Jimmy D Smith, has a proud history of fielding competitive racecars with the JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour and ARCA/CRA Super Series since the 2013 season. More information on DuroByte Motorsports is available at www. durobytemotorsports.com or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/durobytemotorsports.

More information on Michael Clancy Jr. is available at www.michaelclancyracing.com or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/Michael-Clancy-Racing.

By |2017-07-14T20:33:39+00:00July 14th, 2017|CRA Racing Series, Front Page News, Racing News|Comments Off on Clancy Jr. Picking Up Speed Four Races into 2017 Season