Salem, IN – Champion Racing Association Powered by JEGS Officials have released the first batch of entries for the $11,000 to Win Masters of the Pro’s 200, Pro Late Model event sanctioned by the JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour Presented by Chevrolet Performance, which will be a one day show at Birch Run Speedway on Friday, June 8th. 2018 will be the sixth edition of the Masters of the Pro’s and for the first time, the event will be contested at the four tenths mile Birch Run Speedway. Fifty Six laps have been added to the traditional 144 lap distance, making this 200 lap race the longest race in JEGS/CRA All-Star Tour history.
To date there are 27 cars already entered for the event, topped by the JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour season opener winner at Birch Run Speedway on April 29th, veteran Michigan racer Brian Campbell. Campbell came from his 17th place starting position to get the win, his sixth all-time victory with the series. Campbell is second on the ARCA/CRA Super Series All-Time Victory list with 24 wins.
Three time ARCA/CRA Super Series Champion and the Lisa Thomas Salon Fast Qualifier at the season opener at Birch Run Speedway, Johnny VanDoorn is entered, seeking his first ever series victory. 2017 series Rookie of the Year and record rookie event winner with three series victories Carson Hocevar is also entered. Hocevar had one of the fastest cars on the track during the season opener, but a flat tire put him two laps down to the field. Hocevar made his ARCA Racing Series debut last Sunday at Toledo Speedway.
2017 series Champion Jack Dossey III is entered, Dossey made his ARCA Racing Series debut earlier this season at Salem Speedway. 2014 series Champion and former series Birch Run Speedway event winner Dan Leeck is also entered. Former Columbus Motor Speedway Champion Kyle Jones is entered, he finished second to Campbell in the season opener.
Several former series event winners are entered including Jack Smith, Eric Lee, Kyle Hayden, Josh Nelms, Travis Eddy, and Florida native Steve Dorer. Other series competitors entered include Mandy Chick, Michael Clancy Jr., Trever McCoy, Josh Smith and DGR-CROSLEY Rookie of the Year candidates Mason Keller and Nathan Bertino.
Other part time series competitors entered include Chris Koslek, Brandon Varney, Marc Jacobs, Shawn Szep, Jeff Roethlisberger Jr., Hunter Jack and Wes Griffith Jr.
Former ASA National Tour competitor Robbie Pyle is entered in the JVM Racing #7. Pyle scored four wins with the ASA National Tour and has an ARCA/CRA Super Series victory. Texas racer Chris Davidson is entered to make the long haul to Michigan to compete in the Masters of the Pro’s 200. Davidson was an 18 time winner with the old USRA Super Late Model Series, which raced mostly in Texas from 1999 through 2006.
The 200 lap event will pay $10,000 to win plus bonuses, making it the highest paying Pro/Crate Late Model event in the country currently scheduled for 2018. In addition, the winner will be awarded a signature green jacket, similar to the one that is known for adorning the champion of golf’s Masters event. The Masters of the Pro’s will be a one day show on Friday, June 8th and will be 200 green flag laps. The event will be an eight tire max race, utilizing controlled cautions, with teams only allowed to change a max of two tires per yellow.
There will be a $1000 cash bonus to the highest finishing driver in the Masters of the Pro’s 200 who has never raced at Birch Run Speedway prior to the 2018 season. There will be a $500 cash bonus to the highest finishing driver who has never raced in the Masters of the Pro’s event prior to 2018. There will be a second $500 cash bonus to the driver traveling the furthest to race in the Masters of the Pro’s 200.
The Masters of the Pro’s 200 will be the second event of the JAS Expedited Trucking Michigan Cup, which will include a mini point series with the five races scheduled in Michigan for the JEGS/CRA All-Star Tour. The program will also involve the season opening Dixie 100 at Birch Run Speedway, and the series events at Auto City Speedway on August 4th, Berlin Raceway on August 11th and Owosso Speedway on August 25th. The driver earning the most points in the JAS Expedited Trucking Michigan Cup would be the JAS Expedited Trucking Michigan Cup Champion and receive a $2,000 cash bonus and trophy at the 2018 CRA Awards Banquet. The winner of the Masters of the Pro’s 200 will receive a $1000 cash bonus from JAS Expedited Trucking.
Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series competitor Chase Elliott won the inaugural Masters of the Pro’s event in 2013. Georgia teenager Anderson Bowen won the 2014 edition. NASCAR Xfinity Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series competitor John Hunter Nemechek, son of NASCAR competitor Joe Nemechek, won both the 2015 and 2016 events. Borden, Indiana’s Cole Williams won the 2017 Masters of the Pro’s.
CRA has extended the advanced entry deadline for the Masters of the Pro’s 200 to Monday, May 28th, after that date teams entering will have to pay a late entry penalty. The Masters of the Pro’s 200 is a 80 point minimum event, any team that presents a car for the event will receive 80 points, teams can only receive more points by qualifying in the top five or finishing in the top ten of the Masters of the Pro’s 200.
More information on the JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour Presented by Chevrolet Performance is available at www.cra-racing.com.
-CRA Racing Press Release. Photo Credit: Speed51.com