Salem, IN -- The Van Hoy Oil CRA Street Stocks Powered by JEGS will be back in action this Saturday in the series third ever event on the famous High Banks of Salem Speedway, in the Third Annual Casey’s General Store GAS/CRA Challenge. The Van Hoy Oil 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 Van Hoy Oil CRA Street Stocks 50 lap first ever feature at Salem Speedway, while Blake Hillard won the GAS/CRA Challenge 50 lap finally. In 2018 the two reversed their wins, with Hillard getting his first ever CRA victory in the Van Hoy Oil CRA Street Stocks 50 lap feature while Hudson 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!”
Saturday’s event will be the second point’s event of the season for the Van Hoy Oil CRA Street Stocks. In the series season opener Brett Miles Jr. held off a hard charging Hudson to get the win on April 13th at Anderson Speedway. The series scheduled season opener at Lucas Oil Raceway was canceled because of weather. The series Four Crown opener at Shadybowl Speedway scheduled for Saturday, April 27 was postponed until August 24th because of weather.
Miles Jr. is the series current points leader after one event. Miles Jr. is the first driver locked into the Chase for the Championship as long as he competes in 70% of the series races leading up to the Chase. Hudson is in second place, three points behind Miles Jr. Andrew Teepe is in third place, three points behind Hudson. Tyler Marsh is in fourth place, two points behind Teepe. Josh Poore is in fifth place, two points behind Marsh.
Saturday’s race is the second race in the CRA Street Stocks “Road to Bristol” program, Saturday’s winner and second place finisher will have a guaranteed start at the Short Track U. S. Nationals presented by Vore’s Welding at Bristol Motor Speedway on June 1st in the CRA Street Stock A Feature, if they are CRA members and race in the remaining CRA Street Stocks “Road to Bristol” event, which will take place at Mt. Lawn Speedway on May 19th. With his win at Anderson, Bret Miles Jr. has a guaranteed starting spot at Bristol and so does second place finishing Brett Hudson, provided they compete in the remaining “Road to Bristol” events.
The Great American Stocks have had one event to date, with Kyle Hadley getting the win. With the win Hadley leads the GAS points heading into their Saturday night event. Brian Bayer is in second place, one point behind Hadley. Will Kimmel is in third place, one point behind Bayer.
Pits open on Saturday at 2pm. The CRA Street Stocks and Great American Stocks will each have a separate 30 minute practice session beginning at 4:15pm. Each series will also have separate qualifying sessions beginning at 5:45pm. The race program is set to begin at 7:10pm and will include each groups separate 50 lap points event. The Casey’s General Store GAS/CRA Challenge 50 will end the day’s racing action. The Two-Zone Kentuckiana Legend Series will also be in action that evening.
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