Runyon Set To Defend ARCA/CRA Championship

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Logan Runyon will defend his ARCA/CRA Super Series title this year. (Scott Mcilwain photo)

SALEM, Ind. – Reigning ARCA/CRA Super Series powered by JEGS champion and Senneker Performance Rookie of the Year Logan Runyon will seek to defend his championship during the upcoming season.

The 21-year-old racer was crowned champion during the series’ first season with the Championship Chase format. His sixth-place finish in the Winchester 400, the championship event for the series, earned him his first CRA title over fellow Chase finalist Dalton Armstrong, three-time series champion Johnny VanDoorn and Wes Griffith Jr.

Runyon was only the fourth driver to win both the series championship and Rookie of the Year Award in the same season in the 21-year history of the series, joining three-time series champion Scott Hantz, Derrick Griffin and Grant Quinlan.

“Winning the championship was a huge achievement for my team and me last year, especially being my rookie season,” said Runyon. “Our main goal was compete for rookie of the year, along with finishing races, fill the note book and learn every week. We were able to do that and then some.”

Runyon was tied with VanDoorn for the most top-10 finishes with the series in 2017 with nine. He also had the highest percentage of laps completed with the series at 83.9 percent and totaled the most laps completed of any driver with the series at 2,057.

In addition, Runyon was the Cometic Gasket Hard Charger of the Year, gaining more positions than any other driver in the top-15 in final series points.

Runyon will go into the new season with a lot more information, having raced at all the tracks the series will race at this year during the 2017 season. He will also have crew chief Kyle Jones preparing his cars and on top of the pit box for each race once again.

“I’m excited to see what the 2018 season holds for Runyon Motorsports and our races with CRA, especially with the experience we gained during the 2017 season,” Runyon said. “There’s some things and certain tracks we needed to clean up a little and things I need to work on as a driver, but there were a lot of tracks we had really fast cars at last year, which was the first time there for us.  I can’t wait to go back with more seat time and a thicker notebook and capitalize on it and compete for wins, will be ready to go in Nashville.”

The point season is set to begin for the ARCA/CRA Super Series powered by JEGS on April 7 with the North/South Super Late Model Challenge 100 presented by Team Construction at Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville.

CREDIT: CRA Communications

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