Salem, IN. – The JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour Presented by Chevrolet Performance will head to Angola Motorsports Speedway for the July 4th Holiday Weekend as part of the 101 Lakes Festival with the Powers Automotive 100 Presented by JEGS.com. This will be the first ever series event at the 3/8’s mile banked track set on 78 acres in beautiful Steuben County just outside of Angola, Indiana.
Angola Motorsports Speedway hosted 16 ARCA/CRA Super Series events between the 1998 and 2011 seasons, while also hosting a handful of CRA Late Model Sportsman and CRA Street Stock events. The traditional date for many seasons for the ARCA/CRA Super Series events at Angola had always been around the July 4th weekend. Longtime track owner, the late Dick Poe, decided to bring the series to his track in 1998, the second season of the series. Poe’s longtime driver, hometown favorite Scott Hantz, won a series leading four events at Angola, while former Midwest favorite Bobby Blount has two wins, the first two series events contested at that track. Terry Fisher Jr. won the last ARCA/CRA Super Series event at Angola in 2011.
Angola Motorsports Speedway was purchased by Ft. Wayne businessman Kurt Henry after Poe’s death. The challenging 3/8’s mile track remains as one of the top short track facilities in Indiana. Wes and Crimson Parrish oversee the entire operation of the speedway, they have been a longtime fixture at the track in a variety of ways beginning in the mid 90’s as their vinyl graphics person.
To date there are already 26 cars entered for Saturday’s event, topped by current series point’s leader Dan Leeck who currently holds a two point leader over Illinois veteran racer Josh Nelms, with Corey Deuser in third place, only nine points out of the lead. Howie Lettow Rookie of the Year Presented by Howe Racing Rookie Grant Quinlan is now in fourth place after the 15 year old picked up his first series win in the series last event on June 21st on the High Banks of Salem Speedway. Hunter Baize, who picked up his first ever series win on May 24th at Columbus Motor Speedway, is in fifth place, only one point behind Quinlan.
Other to series drivers entered includes Dominique Van Wieringen, Jaxson Jacobs, Marc Jacobs, Dakota Stroup, Jordan Miller, Kyle Crump, Jack Smith, and fellow Howie Lettow Rookie of the Year Presented by Howe Racing rookies Tristan Van Wieringen, Dalton Armstrong, Cole Rouse and Amber Slagle.
Several part-time series drivers are also entered including Lakeland, Florida native Steve Dorer, who originally grew up in Michigan and vacations not far from Angola. Dorer got a second place finish in the last ARCA/CRA Super Series event at Angola in 2011. Other part-time series drivers entered include Michigan drivers Kyle Hayden, Eric Lee, Jay Sommers, Jerry Andrews and Ben Welch, who will make his first ever CRA start on Saturday. Also Indiana’s Nikky Saxon will make her second ever series start along with Canadian Jordan Sims. Derek Bischak, who competed in a couple of ARCA/CRA Super Series events at Angola including a third place finish in the 2009 event, will make his first ever series start Saturday. Former CRA full-time competitor Jason Dietsch will make his first CRA start of the 2014 season on Saturday.
There is an open practice on Friday, July 4th, pit gates open at 11am with open practice from 12noon to 6pm. There will be a party after the open practice with food courtesy of Angola Motorsports Speedway and prepared by Bubba’s BBQ, with Soundmedic playing music starting at 6pm.
Pit gates open on Saturday, July 5th at 12noon, practice will begin at 3pm with qualifying starting at 5:45pm. The race program will begin at 7pm and will include the Powers Automotive 100 Presented by JEGS.com for the JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour. Also racing on Saturday will be the Angola’s own Superior Auto Modifieds, Randy’s Tranny’s Plus Street Stocks and the Bill’s Professional Towing Mini Stocks. After the racing action there will be a huge Fireworks Show by Camtor Pyrotechnics.