Salem, IN – The Lawrence Towing CRA Street Stocks Powered by JEGS will be back in action this Sunday in the series second ever event on the famous High Banks of Salem Speedway, in the Second Annual Casey’s General Store GAS/CRA Challenge. The Lawrence Towing CRA Street Stocks and the Salem Speedway Lucas Oil Great American Stocks will each run separate 50-lap feature point’s events, with the top 12 finishers from each race transferring to the final 50-lap Casey’s General Store GAS/CRA Challenge Race that will pay $1000 to win.
In 2017 Brett Hudson went to victory in the Lawrence Towing CRA Street Stocks 50 lap feature. Skeeter Crum got the win in the Lucas Oil Great American Stocks 50 lap feature. Blake Hillard won the GAS/CRA Challenge 50 lap finally.
“This is a great event bringing the best Street Stock drivers from CRA and Salem Speedway together for three great races,” remarked R.J. Scott, Managing Partner with CRA. “Salem Speedway has always been one of the top Street Stock race tracks in the country, with its traditional Firecracker 200 and Halloween 200 events. The event has a great format letting each series have their separate point’s events, then putting the top finishers together to race for bragging rights on the High Banks!”
Sunday’s event will be the third point’s event of the season for the CRA Street Stocks. In the series season opener Owensboro, Kentucky native Brett Hudson went to victory lane at Shadybowl Speedway on April 21st in the series first Five Crown event of the season. Louisville, Kentucky native Chuck Barnes Jr. won his second straight EDCO 50 at the Short Track U.S. Nationals at Bristol Motor Speedway on May 20th. Both Hudson and Barnes Jr. are locked into the series Championship Chase if they compete in at least 70% of the series events leading up to the season ending four Chase events.
Hudson is the series current point’s leader after two events. Brian Hopkins is in second, he is 27 points behind Hudson. Barnes Jr. is in third place, he is seven points behind Hopkins. Nathan Greene is in fourth place, he is four points behind Barnes Jr. Jacob McElfresh and James Kirby III are tied for fifth place, they are six points behind Greene.
The Great American Stocks have had two events to date, with Todd Kempf and Tim Rivers each winning one event. Kempf and Rivers come into Sunday’s event tied for the GAS points lead. Rookie Baden Stewart is in third place, 10 points behind the leaders. Heath Helton is in fourth place, he is seven points behind Stewart. David Bayens is in fifth place, one point behind Helton.
There is an open practice scheduled for Saturday, pits open at 11am with open practice from 1pm until 2:30pm. Pits open on Sunday at 8:30am. The CRA Street Stocks and Great American Stocks will each have a separate 30 minute practice session beginning at 10:50am. Each series will also have separate qualifying sessions beginning at 12:15pm. The race program is set to begin at 1:30pm and will include the Casey’s Homemade Pizza 50 for the CRA Street Stocks followed by the Caseystogo.com 50 for the Great American Stocks. The Casey’s General Store GAS/CRA Challenge 50 will end the day’s racing action. The Salem Front Wheel Drive Stocks will also be in action on Sunday.
Additional track and event information can be found at www.salemspeedway.com.
For more information on all the CRA series go to www.cra-racing.com.
-CRA Press Release
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