Salem, IN – The Lawrence Towing CRA Street Stocks Powered by JEGS will be back in action with the EDCO Welding 50 as part of the Rusty Wallace Automotive Group Short Track U.S. Nationals at Bristol Motor Speedway Presented by Vore’s Welding, this coming Sunday. More than 300 race cars split among six classes are expected to be in competition during the three-day event, including racing in Super Late Models, JEGS Pro/Crate Late Models, Late Model Stocks, Modifieds, Street Stocks and Compacts.
Thanks to Mother Nature, Saturday’s event will only be the second event of the season for the CRA Street Stocks, with two events rescheduled because of rain and another canceled because of cold temperatures. 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. Jake McElfresh finished second in that event with Evan Burch in third place.
Hudson comes into this weekend’s event with the series points lead, he has a 28 point lead over second place Brian Hopkins. The #03 team owned by John Bennett is in third place in series owner’s points, three points behind Hopkins. Nathan Green is in fourth place, he is two points behind the Bennett owned team. McElfresh rounds out the top five, he is two points behind Green. The top four in series owner points, not locked in through qualifying are guaranteed a start in the EDCO Welding 50. By virtue of their first and second place finish at Shadybowl, Hudson and McElfresh are also guaranteed starters for the EDCO Welding 50.
2017 Short Track U.S. Nationals EDCO Welding 50 winner Chuck Barnes Jr. is entered to defend his Bristol win. In all there are 74 cars entered to date from 16 states including Connecticut. Florida, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, Michigan, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia and Wisconsin.
With the Short Track U.S. Nationals format and large car count, the event will be a special point’s event for the Lawrence Towing CRA Street Stocks. The CRA Street Stock Short Track U.S. Nationals at Bristol event will be an 80 point minimum event, every team that has a car at the event will receive 80 points, which is just like finishing 10th in a normal series event. Teams can only receive additional points by qualifying in the top five or finishing in the top 10 of the EDCO Welding 50 A Feature on Sunday.
The Rusty Wallace Automotive Group Short Track U.S. Nationals will kick off on Thursday with pre-parking in the pits and pit pass sales from 4pm until 7pm. There will be a “move in” party at the track from 7pm to 9:30pm with music, refreshments and door prizes.
On Friday there will be practice, qualifying and racing for the JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour, plus practice and qualifying for the I-CAR All-Star Modified Tour, open practice and an All-Star Dash and New Star Feature for the VORES Compact Touring Series. Pits will open on Friday at 9am. Practice will start at 12noon, qualifying at 5pm with racing action starting at 7pm.
On Saturday there will be practice, qualifying and racing for the Cars Late Model Stock Tour and the VORES Compact Touring Series and one practice session and racing for the I-CAR All-Star Modified Tour. The Super Late Models and Lawrence Towing CRA Street Stocks will have open practice only on Saturday. Pits open on Saturday at 9am, practice begins at 11am with qualifying starting at 4:50pm. Racing will start at 5:30pm.
On Sunday the Super Late Models and Lawrence Towing CRA Street Stocks will have practice, qualifying and will race their features. Pits open at 8am, practice will begin at 10:30am with qualifying starting at 12noon. The races will begin at 2pm and will include the EDCO Welding 50 A Feature, plus a 25 lap B Feature and a 20 lap C Feature if needed for the CRA Street Stocks.
The CRA Street Stocks will be group qualifying on Sunday with the 28 fastest cars in that session being locked into Sunday’s EDCO Welding 50 A Feature, with the Allstar Performance Fast Qualifier drawing for the event invert, which can be a five through a possible ten car invert. The top four in series owner points not locked in by qualifying will also get to start in the A Feature.
The next 20 cars in qualifying not locked into the A Feature will go into the 25 lap B Feature, along with the top four in owner points not locked in. The remaining cars will go into the 20 lap C Feature, the top two finishers that choose to forfeit their C Feature purse will transfer to the B Feature. The top four finishers that choose to forfeit their B Feature purse will transfer to the EDCO Welding 50 A Feature.
For those that cannot attend the Rusty Wallace Automotive Group Short Track U.S. Nationals at Bristol Motor Speedway Presented by Vore’s Welding in person, the event will be broadcast live on Speed51 TV. Fans can purchase the live broadcast by going to www.speed51.com.
Additional track and event information, including advance ticket sales, can be found at www.BristolMotorSpeedway.com.
For more information on all the CRA series go to www.cra-racing.com.
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