Salem, Indiana — The newest series sanctioned by Champion Racing Association Powered by JEGS, the Victory Custom Trailers CRA Junior Late Models, will have their much-anticipated inaugural event this Saturday, on the 1/3 mile track at Birch Run Speedway, located just outside Birch Run, Michigan. The Victory Custom Trailers CRA Junior Late Models originally scheduled to have their debut at Flat Rock Speedway on April 28th, but that event was canceled because of weather.
The Victory Custom Trailers CRA Junior Late Models is a new racing series in 2019 to focus on a youth movement for short track stock car racing that will see 10 to 15-year-old drivers compete amongst themselves for both experience and recognition in full size late models with an economical drive train and suspension alternatives. Saturday’s race will be the first of eight scheduled for the series in 2019.
Some of the key components for the rule package for the Victory Custom Trailers CRA Junior Late Models will be the mandated use of the $3900 factory sealed Chevrolet Performance 602 crate engine. Teams will also be utilizing less expensive rear ends, transmissions and springs and spec KONI Shocks. The series will also be racing on 8-inch steel wheels and utilizing 8-inch Hoosier Racing tires.
There are eight teams currently registered to compete for the series inaugural Championship in 2019, with more expected as the season gets going. Drivers registered include Dawson Knaul from Marysville, Ohio, Chase Burda from Columbiaville, Michigan, brothers Zack and Luke Wilhelm from Clio, Michigan, Charlie Keeven from Hazelwood, Missouri, Evan Varney from Richmond, Michigan, Katelyn Hettinger from Dryden, Michigan and Jonathah Shafer from Ashland, Ohio.
Pits will open at 10 am on Saturday. Practice is set to begin at 1pm with the Victory Custom Trailers CRA Junior Late Models receiving two sessions, first a 30-minute session, then a second 15-minute practice and qualifying session. Racing action will begin at 6pm with the heat races for the Birch Run Late Model Sportsman followed by the eight lap heat races for the Victory Custom Trailers CRA Junior Late Models. Feature action will start with the 25 lap Birch Run Late Model Sportsman feature, then the 25-lap inaugural feature for the Victory Custom Trailers CRA Junior Late Models followed by the 100 lap JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour feature. A 30 lap $1500 to win Figure 8 Enduro will cap the evening of great racing action.
More event and track information are available at www.birchrunmispeedway.com.
More information on the Victory Custom Trailers CRA Junior Late Models is available at www.cra-racing.com.
CRA Press Release
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