Rolla, Missouri — Kevin Crider Motorsports (KCM) is full steam ahead in preparations for the 2015 racing season. After the recent announcement of the partnership with LFR Chassis out of Mooresville, North Carolina, Crider’s program has grown by leaps and bounds. With the upcoming season fast approaching, Crider’s Rolla, Missouri based shop is excited about their first announcement regarding a driver who will race out of their stables; 17-year-old Cole Rouse.
The Fort Smith, Arkansas teenager will race for KCM during the 2015 racing season. While not chasing a title anywhere, Rouse and KCM plan on an aggressive schedule which includes select appearances in major Pro Late Model events around the country, including select races within the JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour Presented by Chevrolet Performance. He also plans on making his Super Late Model debut later in the year with the ARCA/CRA Super Series Powered by JEGS.
“We’re very excited about 2015,” said Rouse. “I think it will be a great year for us and to get back on track with my career. I also have an exciting opportunity to run with Kevin Crider Motorsports and run there amazing new cars for 2015.” Rouse offered after signing on the dotted line. “I think Kevin has what it takes to get me where I need to be in my third year of racing. Kevin has definitely shown what he can do in the past and I expect to win a great amount of races this year.
“I also can’t thank my dad (Mark Rouse) enough for putting his time and effort into getting me to the highest level of racing someday,” The Natural State driver continued. “We also plan to run a few shows at my home track of Lebanon I-44 Speedway when we’re not running CRA stuff or traveling to other shows. So it’s going to be a busy season and again I can’t thank Kevin Crider enough for the opportunity.” He ended.
During the 2014 racing season, Rouse competed in the JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour where he finished third in the final Howie Lettow Memorial Rookie of the Year title chase. He also scored an impressive eighth overall in the final points standings with three top 10 finishes including an eighth place effort at the legendary high-banks of Winchester Speedway (IN) over the Labor Day Holiday Weekend on August 31st. In 14 races, he finished at least in the top 15 on nine occasions.
“I’m very excited to have Cole as part of the team here at KCM. 2015 is going to be a busy season for the young man.” Added KCM President, Kevin Crider. “We plan on running several races in the JEGS/CRA All-Star Tour and the ARCA/CRA Super Series as well as hitting some ARCA Midwest Tour and Southern Super Series shows too. Cole has proven to be an exceptional talent behind the wheel and we are looking forward to a great year,” Crider stated.
KCM recently announced it would exclusively offer LFR (Leavitt Fuller Racecars) Chassis out of its Rolla, Missouri headquarters. “We’ve ran a variety of chassis’ over the last several years and I just couldn’t find the right one to fit our needs. When Rob (Fuller) started LFR Chassis we were able to meet and design exactly what I wanted. Our new house car has run extremely well everywhere it has been, and I’m excited to be working closely with Rob and the whole LFR team.” Crider explained.
“They offer a quality and attention to detail that is unmatched in the industry. I wanted to really focus on creating a true team environment for all my customers, and having the ability to share information will be a huge benefit to all of us.” Crider continued. In the LFR by KCM Chassis house car debut, Chuck Barnes Jr., steered the prototype machine to a third place finish in the All-American 400 at Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville (TN). Then a strong seventh place qualifying effort by 2011 ARCA/CRA Super Series Champion and Rookie of the Year, Derrick Griffin came at Five Flags Speedway (FL) during the 2014 Snowball Derby in Pensacola, Florida.
LFR Chassis was formed in early 2014 by Rob Fuller and Steve Leavitt to take late model and modified chassis to the next level. The initial year of the company has been a banner year with five wins and multiple podium finishes across modified and late model divisions. The shop in North Carolina has recently expanded and groundbreaking for the Massachusetts facility is set for 2015.
All of the LFR by KCM Chassis’ are built in LFR’s North Carolina facility, and delivered to Missouri for final assembly. The LFR/KCM chassis are assembled using only the best component available and will offer technical support that is second to none. KCM plans to exclusively run LFR Chassis in 2015 and beyond for its house cars and will compete in several touring series throughout the country.
To learn more about Kevin Crider Motorsports, located at 943 Parkwood Drive in Rolla, Missouri, please call: (573) 426-2400. A brand new website will be up and running soon at: www.KCMChassis.com You can also follow KCM on Facebook by going to: www.facebook.com and searching for ‘Kevin Crider Motorsports’. For more information about the Cole Rouse, you can visit the Cole Rouse Racing website at: www.colerouseracing.com as well as Rouse’s Facebook Fan Page by going to: www.facebook.com and search for “Cole Rouse Racing”. Finally the Twitter page as well at: www.twitter.com/colerouse2
-Kevin Crider Motorsports Press Release. Photo credit: M.P.H. Promotions