Salem, IN — 2018 JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour Presented by Chevrolet Performance runner up in the Chase for the Championship Mason Keller admits he and his team are not always the best qualifiers in the world, but when it comes to racing he’s right there as one of the best, as he showed throughout the 2018 season. Keller managed to get a win with the series on Labor Day Weekend at Winchester Speedway and claimed the 2018 DGR-CROSLEY Rookie of the Year Award in his first full season competing in a late model.
Racing to the front was not a problem for Keller, starting with the season opening race at Birch Run Speedway, were Keller raced his way from his 18th starting position, to finish in seventh place, gaining 11 positions. At Bristol Keller would come from his 16th place starting position to finish seventh for the second straight event, gaining nine positions. Keller’s biggest charge to the front was at the series second to last event of the season at Lucas Oil Raceway, were Keller would come from his 22nd starting position to finish in ninth place, gaining 13 positions and picking up the Racing Electronics Hardcharger Award for that event.
In all Keller gained a total of 33 positions throughout the 2018 season, earning the Racing Electronics Season Hardcharger Award. For his efforts Keller will receive a $250 Product Certificate from Racing Electronics for the Racing Electronics Season Hardcharger Award and another $250 Product Certificate for finishing runner-up in the 2018 series Chase for the Championship.
Brian Campbell was second in in gained positions with the series in 2018 with 32, only one behind Keller. Campbell was the Racing Electronics Hardcharger Award winner at the series season opener at Birch Run were he gained 16 positions. Trever McCoy was third in gained positions with 25. Anthony Danta was fourth with 23 gained positions, picking up Racing Electronics Hardcharger Awards at Auto City Speedway and Berlin Raceway. Mandy Chick was fifth in gained positions with 22.
Other series drivers picking up Racing Electronics Hardcharger Awards during the 2018 season included Matt Maurer at Bristol Motor Speedway with 18 gained positions, Kyle Hayden at Birch Run with 22 gained positions, Zachary Tinkle at Salem Speedway with seven gained positions, Hunter Jack at Baer Field Motorsports Park with 16 gained positions, Jordan Miller at Winchester Speedway with six gained positions and Chad Pendleton in the Season Championship event at Winchester with 16 gained positions.
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-CRA Racing Press Release
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