Salem, IN (June 13, 2011) – The JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour will head to Dixie Motor Speedway in Birch Run, Michigan this Friday, June 17th for the third event of the inaugural season for the crate motor late model series sanctioned by Champion Racing Association. This will be the first ever CRA event held at the 4/10 mile banked oval owned and promoted by Pam and Jeff Parrish.
The series kicked off its inaugural season on April 23rd at Toledo Speedway were Brian Campbell got the win over a very talented group of drivers. The series second event was held on May 28th at Columbus Motor Speedway were Jimmy Carter got the win after a tough battle with Mid-west veteran Eddie Hoffman that saw a lot of exciting passes and restarts though out the event! The series has had two rainouts so far this season including the last scheduled event at Anderson Speedway on June 4th which has now been rescheduled for July 9th.
Hoffman comes into Friday night’s event as the series point’s leader, but is still seeking his first series win after two straight second place finishes so far this season. The Illinois driver is a numerous time late model feature winner and former crate late model Champion, and is tied for fifth in all-time CRA Super Series victories with eight.
Currently second in series points is 14 year old Erik Jones, he is nine points behind Hoffman. The Michigan teenager finished third in the series season opener at Toledo, he was the Keyser Manufacturing Fast Qualifier at the May 28th event at Columbus and battled back from a mid-race accident to finish 11th. Claude Plante Jr. is currently third in series points, only 15 points out of first place after finishing fourth in both series events this season.
Chad Finley is currently fourth in series points after getting a third place finish at Columbus after coming through the field after a bad qualifying run and then back through the field again after a mid-race spin. The 19 year old has had several ARCA Series starts and will make his NASCAR Nationwide Series debut this Saturday at Michigan International Speedway. Brent Downey is currently fifth in series points after two top ten finishes so far this season. Downey is five points behind Finley.
18 year old Jimmy Novak comes into Friday’s event as the leader in Howie Lettow Rookie of the Year Award Presented by Howe Racing points. Novak finished eighth in Saturday’s event claiming the Howe Racing Rookie of the Race Award. Tom Woodin is currently second in rookie points, 15 year old Cody Coughlin is third.
There will be an open practice at Dixie Motor Speedway on Thursday, pits open at 12Noon, practice will run from 3 to 7:30pm. On Friday pit gates open at 12Noon, practice will begin at 3pm, with qualifying at 5:45pm. An autograph session will be held with the series drivers at 6:15pm. The racing action will begin at 7pm and will include the Dixie 100 Presented by JEGS.com. The night’s program will also feature the Dixie Motor Speedway Figure 8’s, Modifieds and Pure Stocks.
More event information is available at www.dixiemotorspeedway.com . More information on the JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour Presented by GM Performance Parts is available at www.craracing.net .
Champion Racing Association
Contact: Glenn Luckett