Salem, IN – The JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour Presented by Chevrolet Performance will continue its ninth season of competition with the $5,000 to win 100 lap event at the Third Annual Short Track U.S. Nationals Presented by Vore’s Welding this Saturday at Bristol Motor Speedway. More than 200 race cars split among four classes are expected to be in competition during the two-day event, including racing in Super Late Models, Pro/Crate Late Models, Street Stocks and Compacts.
The 100 lap JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour/Pro Late Model Short Track U.S. Nationals events in 2017 and 2018 were some very exciting and action-packed events, with a lot of fireworks both on and off the track. Borden, Indiana’s Cole Williams got the win in the inaugural JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour/Pro Late Model Short Track U.S. Nationals event in 2017. Virginia native Josh Reeves patiently waited for his opportunity to race for the lead and got that opportunity when a late caution took out several leader’s cars, giving Reeves the lead on lap 92 and he was able to hold off Jordon Miller and Matt Maurer to get the win. Miller and Maurer’s second and third place finishes were their best ever CRA finishes.
2018 winner Reeves tops the entry list for the 2019 JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour/Pro Late Model Short Track U.S. Nationals event. Miller and Maurer are also both entered looking to improve upon their series best finishes in this year’s event.
2017 and 2018 JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour Champion Jack Dossey III is entered and is always a threat for the win, especially on the high banked tracks. Dossey III, currently second in ARCA/CRA Super Series points as he looks to claim that series Championship in 2019, got his first CRA win in the ARCA/CRA Super Series season opener at Anderson Speedway on April 6th. Dossey III is the only driver entered to date doing double duty in both the ARCA/CRA Super Series and JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour Short Track U.S. Nationals events.
Former NASCAR competitor Mike Skinner is entered for Saturday’s JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour/Pro Late Model Short Track U.S. Nationals event. Skinner was last year’s Fast Qualifier and led 56 laps of that event on two separate occasions before contact with another car ended his race on lap 71.
Other top CRA drivers entered include 2014 series Champion Dan Leeck, 2018 series Rookie of the Year and Winchester Speedway Labor Day Weekend event winner Mason Keller, 2018 Winchester Speedway Season Championship event winner Wes Griffith Jr., Mandy Chick, Shawn Szep, Trey Craig, Peter McVey and series rookies James Cretacci, James Kirby III the 2018 Van Hoy Oil CRA Street Stocks Champion and Tyler MacKenzie. Both Keller and Kirby III will pull double duty on Saturday by also racing in the Van Hoy Oil CRA Street Stocks Short Track U.S. Nationals event.
Other top drivers entered include 2018 event top contender and former series winner at Memphis International Raceway Justin South, Jake Garcia a recent winner of a Pro Late Model event at Crisp Motorsports Park, Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville Pro Late Model event winner Kyle Ivey in the Sterling Marlin Motorsports entry, Ryan Herbert, Terry Horak, Lee Tissot, Carson Ware, Ricky Moxley and Brandon Curren.
The Short Track U.S. Nationals will kick off on Thursday, May 30 with hauler staging and Early Bird pit credentials on sale from 4pm until 7pm.
Pits will open on Friday at 8am starting with hauler parking. Open Practice for all four divisions competing in the Short Track U.S. Nationals will start at 12noon and continue until 7:15pm.
Pits open on Saturday at 9am. Practice begins at 11am with each division receiving one round. Group qualifying for each division will begin at 1:30pm. Racing will start at 5:30pm with the scheduled Vore’s Compact Touring Series 15 lap C-Feature, followed by the Van Hoy Oil CRA Street Stocks 25 lap B-Feature, the Vore’s Compact Touring Series 20 lap B-Feature, the Van Hoy Oil CRA Street Stocks 50 lap A-Feature, the JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour/Pro Late Model 100 lap feature, the Vore’s Compact Touring Series 50 lap A-Feature and the Super Late Model 100 lap feature will cap the evening of great racing action. Sunday is the scheduled rain date if needed.
For those that cannot attend the 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.
Additional event information and information on all the CRA Series is available at www.cra-racing.com.
-Champion Racing Association Press Release
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