CRA: Champion Racing Association Preps for Wild 2015 Season

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SALEM, Ind. — Story by Race Chaser Online Midwest Correspondent Aaron Bearden — Apex One photo —

With a new track championship and returning sponsors, the Champion Racing Association powered by JEGS is gearing up for a wild 2015 campaign.

The association, comprised of four different touring series, has already had two events on the year. John Hunter Nemechek and Chase Elliott won the CRA All-Stars Tour and ARCA/CRA Super Series events ran on Jan. 25 at Watermelon Capital Speedway in Cordele, Georgia. The races were ran as part of the SpeedFest, a weekend of non-points late model races that draws outside talent from NASCAR, the Southern Super Series, and others.

The ARCA/CRA Super Series will host its first point event of the season on April 11 at Toledo Speedway with some special flair. Toledo Speedway officials announced in December a change to the format of the weekend, shortening the feature race from 150 laps to 100. The race will feature both template-bodied ARCA/CRA Super Series and outlaw-bodied ARCA Midwest Tour teams and drivers, just as it has in the past two years. The outlaw-bodied ARCA Gold Cup Late Model Series will run a separate 100-lap event.

“The 2015 format of template and outlaw Late Models running together has been successful previously at Toledo,” noted Ron Drager, track owner and promoter, in a recent press release. “Based on a number of factors, the time is right to make this adjustment. With the two types of race cars we expect to grow the number of race teams participating as well as the race fan attendance. Our goal is to expand on the regional appeal of the concept—it’s the best of Late Model racing, and it is the early spring kickoff to the racing season.”

Following the race at Toledo, the ARCA/CRA Super Series will tour throughout Indiana, Michigan, and Ohio, stopping twice at Anderson Speedway, Berlin Raceway, Columbus Motor Speedway, Lucas Oil Raceway, and Winchester Speedway (including the season finale). The series will also run at Illiana Motor Speedway (co-sanctioned with the ARCA Midwest Tour), Kalamazoo Speedway, Flat Rock Speedway, and Kil-Kare Raceway.

As an added bonus for competitors, the ARCA/CRA Super Series has brought back the JEGS/CRA $100,000 Super Late Model Triple Crown. Under the promotion, any driver that can win the Berlin 251 at Berlin Raceway, Stoops Freightliner Redbud 300 at Anderson Speedway, and Winchester 400 at Winchester Speedway will win a $100,000 bonus. Any driver who wins two races will receive a $10,000 bonus. If no driver wins two of the events, then the driver that accumulates the most points during the races will receive a $5,000 bonus.

“The Stoops Freightliner Redbud 300, with its storied history, has once again risen to one of the best and most exciting Super Late Model races in the country,” said Anderson Speedway owner Rick Dawson in a press release. “The added incentive of the Triple Crown bonus only adds to the prestige of the Event and we are proud to be a part of it.”

The JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour will run the most varied schedule in CRA racing in 2015.  Starting on May 2-3 at Springport Motor Speedway, the series will run 13 races at 12 different tracks over the course of five months. Eleven of the thirteen events will take place in either Indiana or Michigan, while Ohio and Missouri will host one race each. The full schedule can be found at the bottom of the page.

Outside of a May 30 race at Lebanon I-44 Speedway in Lebanon, Missouri, each feature will be 100 laps long. Lebanon I-44 Speedway’s event will be 144 laps. Besides the .555-mile Salem Speedway, all track’s on the JEGS/CRA All-Stars tour are a half-mile or shorter.

The CRA Late Model Sportsman and Street Stock divisions will be a part of a unique track championship in 2015. Looking to bolster its’ oval schedule, Lucas Oil Raceway announced the addition of several races and track championships for the CRA Late Model Sportsman, CRA Street Stocks, and Vore’s Welding Compact Touring Series.

As a part of the deal, both CRA Late Model Sportsman and CRA Street Stocks will run six times at Lucas Oil Raceway. Five of the races for both will come in companion races, while each series will also get a stand-alone race over the summer. The drivers and teams that accumulate the most points at the Clermont, Indiana track will be declared track champions, and be given a trophy.

“Race fans and drivers enjoy the thrilling and competitive nature of our short track races,” said Randy Simpson, general manager of Lucas Oil Raceway. “As a multipurpose facility, we pride ourselves on hosting a wide variety of races on a regular basis. With the announcement of our new oval series, we’re counting down the days until the green flag waves on what will be an exciting 2015 season.”

CRA President R.J. Scott echoed Simpson’s excitement.

“We are excited about the Lucas Oil Raceway schedule and the fact that race fans will get to see more races on the oval,” said Scott. “For the racers, claiming a track championship at one of short track racing’s best facilities will be a very special part of their racing resume. This is an exciting time for racing in the Midwest.”

Along with the six events at Lucas Oil Raceway, the CRA Late Model Sportsman and CRA Street Stocks will run four events at Anderson Speedway and three at Winchester Speedway. The CRA Street Stocks will also run lone events at Shady Bowl Speedway in Degraff, OH, and Kentucky Motor Speedway in Whitesville, KY.

The CRA will also have support from multiple sponsors in their 2015 campaign.

Over recent weeks, the organization has announced new or continued support from Allstar Performance, Quarter Master, Hightower Racing Transmissions, RPM Performance, and JRI Shocks. The organization will continue to be powered by JEGS. The CRA All-Stars Tour will be presented by Chevrolet, while the Late Model Sportsman and Street Stocks will be brought to you by Vore’s Welding and Stealth Trailers, respectively.

The Champion Racing Association has produced many ARCA and NASCAR drivers, including Erik Jones, Cody Coughlin, and Daniel Hemric, and the number continues to grow.

For fans that want to see the future stars of NASCAR, a 2015 trip to the Midwest may be just in order. Stay tuned.

 

ARCA/CRA Super Series 2015 Schedule

April 10-11 — Toledo Speedway — Toledo, Ohio

April 25 — Anderson Speedway — Anderson, Ind.

May 16 — Berlin Raceway — Marne, Mich.

May 25 — Illiana Motor Speedway — Schererville, Ind.

June 16 — Berlin Raceway — Marne, Mich.

June 27 — Columbus Motor Speedway — Columbus, Ohio

July 18 — Anderson Speedway — Anderson, Ind.

July 24 — Lucas Oil Raceway — Brownsburg, Ind.

Aug. 12 — Kalamazoo Speedway — Kalamazoo, Mich.

Aug. 15 — Flat Rock Speedway — Flat Rock, Mich.

Aug. 23 — Columbus Motor Speedway — Columbus, Ohio

Sept. 6-7 — Winchester Speedway — Winchester, Ind.

Sept. 13 — Kil-Kare Speedway — Xenia, Ohio

Sept. 26-27 — Lucas Oil Raceway — Brownsburg, Ind.

Oct. 10-11 — Winchester Speedway — Winchester, Ind.

 

JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour 2015 Schedule

May 2-3 — Springport Motor Speedway — Springport, Mich.

May 23 — Columbus Motor Speedway — Columbus, Ohio

May 30 — Lebanon I-44 Speedway — Lebanon, Mo.

June 20 — Salem Speedway — Salem, Ind.

July 10 — Dixie Motor Speedway — Birch Run, Mich.

July 17 — Anderson Speedway — Anderson, Ind.

Aug. 1 — Berlin Raceway — Berlin, Mich.

Aug. 8 — Auto City Speedway — Clio, Mich.

Aug. 29 — Owosso Speedway — Ovid, Mich.

Sept. 6 — Winchester Speedway — Winchester, Ind.

Sept. 19 — Springport Motor Speedway — Springport, Mich.

Sept. 26-27 — Lucas Oil Raceway — Brownsburg, Ind.

Oct. 9 — Winchester Speedway — Winchester, Ind.

 

CRA Late Model Sportsman 2015 Schedule

March 28-29 — Lucas Oil Raceway — Brownsburg, Ind.

April 24 — Lucas Oil Raceway — Brownsburg, Ind.

May 2 — Anderson Speedway — Anderson, Ind.

May 8 — Lucas Oil Raceway — Brownsburg, Ind.

June 13 — Anderson Speedway — Anderson, Ind.

July 3 — Lucas Oil Raceway — Brownsburg, Ind.

July 17 — Anderson Speedway — Anderson, Ind.

Aug. 16 — Anderson Speedway — Anderson, Ind.

Sept. 6-7 — Winchester Speedway — Winchester, Ind.

Sept. 26-27 — Lucas Oil Raceway — Brownsburg, Ind.

Oct. 9 — Winchester Speedway — Winchester, Ind.

Oct. 10 — Winchester Speedway — Winchester, Ind.

Oct. 18 — Lucas Oil Raceway — Brownsburg, Ind.

 

CRA Street Stocks 2015 Schedule

March 28-29 — Lucas Oil Raceway — Brownsburg, Ind.

April 4 — Shady Bowl Speedway — DeGraff, Ohio

April 24 — Lucas Oil Raceway — Brownsburg, Ind.

May 9 — Anderson Speedway — Anderson, Ind.

May 24 — Kentucky Motor Speedway — Whitesville, Ky.

June 13 — Anderson Speedway — Anderson, Ind.

June 27 — Anderson Speedway — Anderson, Ind.

July 3 — Lucas Oil Raceway — Brownsburg, Ind.

July 31 — Lucas Oil Raceway — Brownsburg, Ind.

Aug. 8 — Anderson Speedway — Anderson, Ind.

Sept. 6-7 — Winchester Speedway — Winchester, Ind.

Sept. 26-27 — Lucas Oil Raceway — Brownsburg, Ind.

Oct. 9 — Winchester Speedway — Winchester, Ind.

Oct. 10 — Winchester Speedway — Winchester, Ind.

Oct. 18 — Lucas Oil Raceway — Brownsburg, Ind.

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