The four drivers that will be competing for the 2019 ARCA/CRA Super Series championship during the prestigious Winchester 400 have been set. This year’s “championship four” includes defending champions in two different CRA touring series, a former CRA Late Model Sportsman champion gunning after his first Super Series crown, and a young gun that locked himself in for the second year in a row.
Defending ARCA/CRA Super Series champion Josh Brock locked himself into the championship race at Winchester Speedway (N) by virtue of winning the regular season championship. That left six drivers to battle it out over three races at Berlin Raceway, Winchester Speedway, and Toledo Speedway to decide who would join the Kentucky driver in the championship race.
Two drivers would see their championship hopes end before ever reaching the penultimate race of the season. Three-time series champion Johnny VanDoorn skipped the race at Winchester to chase after a $75,000 check at the Canadian Short Track Nationals, while a wreck at Winchester ended 2017 champion Logan Runyon’s season. VanDoorn would have been locked into the championship race with his dominating win at Toledo Saturday night.
That left two-time defending JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour champion Jack Dossey III, former CRA Late Model Sportsman champion Greg Van Alst, Indiana driver Hunter Jack, and 2018 Kil-Kare Raceway winner Austin Kunert to battle it out for a chance to race for the championship. Dossey, Van Alst and Jack will join Brock in the championship four after Saturday night’s race.
Defending ARCA/CRA Super Series champion Josh Brock enters as the favorite to repeat as champion. The Corbin, Kentucky driver earned the biggest win of his career at the North/South Super Late Model Challenge at Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville back in April, and at one point was in the top three in both ARCA/CRA Super Series and Southern Super Series points. He also added a win at Baer Field Motorsports Park at the end of July to solidify himself as regular season champion.
Two-time reigning JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour champion Jack Dossey III made the jump to Super Late Models full-time as his own Crew Chief in 2019. That decision immediately paid off with his first-career win in the season opener at Anderson Speedway. The Indianapolis driver proved he can be a force in extra-distance races as well, leading late before finishing second in July’s Redbud 400.
Anderson, Indiana driver Greg Van Alst is locked into the championship four after failing to qualify in his rookie season one year ago. The 2014 CRA Late Model Sportsman champion earned his first top-five finish in Super Series competition at Baer Field Motorsports Park in July, just one race after earning a sixth-place finish in the Redbud 400 at his home track of Anderson.
Nineteen-year-old Hunter Jack was the last driver to lock himself into the championship four, doing so for the second year in a row. The Butler, Indiana driver had a season-best fourth-place finish at Baer Field and had a sixth-place run in the first race at Toledo in June. He also took his first JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour win at Anderson at the end of June.
The objective to complete in order to become ARCA/CRA Super Series champion is simple: finish ahead of your other three championship competitors. However, there is an added wrench in the process with the Winchester 400 being one of the biggest races in Super Late Model racing.
The Winchester 400 will be contested on Sunday, October 13 at Winchester Speedway. The race will be broadcast live on Speed51.com, with details to be announced at a later date.
-Story by: Koty Geyer, Speed51.com State Editor (IN/MI) – Twitter: @kgeyer3
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