10 Things to Know: 2021 ARCA/CRA Super Series

The ARCA/CRA Super Series season gets underway this weekend at Salem Speedway.  To prepare for the upcoming season, here are 10 Things to Know about the ARCA/CRA Super Series.



1 – The ARCA/CRA Super Series is set to kick off its 25th season this weekend at Salem Speedway (IN). The Midwest Super Late Model series has provide some great racing in their first 24 years, look for more to come this season.


2 – The series was set to kick off the 2021 season with their 70th trip to Anderson Speedway, However, rain shifted the series to Salem Speedway for the first contest of the 2021 season. Races at Anderson have ranged between 100 and 400 laps. Brian Ross is the all-time winner at Anderson with nine wins and Johnny VanDoorn is second win six wins.


3 – While Anderson is a regular stop of the CRA schedule, the trip to Salem for the Super Late Models is the first since 2009, when Johnny VanDoorn beat Scott Hantz by more than five seconds for the win.

This weekend’s ARCA/CRA Super Series race at Salem Speedway will be the first for the series at the track since 2009.

4 – Brian Ross and Junior Hanley both have four CRA wins at Salem Speedway in the past.


5 – While the ARCA/CRA Super Series has not been to Salem Speedway in years, the JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour has been there five times and Cody Coughlin has won two of those races. They are part of this race weekend.  Cole Williams, a former winner, is also in the field.


6 – The history of Salem Speedway runs deep, as series like AAA Stock Cars, ARCA, ASA, USAC, Pro Cup and many others have been a part of the track’s history. The venue opened in 1947.

The ARCA/CRA Super Series schedule has 12 points races in 2021, with the champion being crowned at the Winchester 400.

7 – The ARCA/CRA Super Series schedule will feature 12 points races and 14 overall races that include the Winchester 400, the All American 400, the Battle at Berlin 251 and the Red Bud 400. As always, the champion will be crowned at the Winchester 400 weekend.


8 – The first ever CRA race took place in 1997 at Anderson Speedway. Brian Ross won the 100-lap event with 24 cars answering the call. Bill Baird was second and J.R. Roahrig, Brian Rievley and Jim Cooper made up the top five.


9 – For those that cannot attend the Scott County Tourism Midwest 250, the event will be broadcast live on Speed51.TV.


10 – Johnny VanDoorn and Scott Hantz both share the all-time mark for series championships with three.  Cody Coughlin could join them with his third title this season.


-Story by: Elgin Traylor, Speed51 “Stat Boy”

-Photo credit: Speed51 Photo

10 Things to Know: 2021 ARCA/CRA Super Series