Redbud 400 Winner Returns Home for All-Stars Tour

The East side of Michigan has produced top talent in Pro Late Model racing since the JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour ran its inaugural season 10 years ago.  That year, a relatively unknown kid from Byron, MI named Erik Jones was the first-ever series champion after winning two races during the year.

 

The series returns to the East side this weekend with a stop at Birch Run Speedway, with the local contingent being led by Kyle Crump.  The Brighton native is coming off the biggest win of his career earlier this month at the Redbud 400.

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Less than three weeks after that big win, he returns to the 4/10ths mile that kicked off his racing career for his first start with the series in three years.

 

“It’s pretty cool just because it’s where I started,” Crump told Speed51.  “Just to get the opportunity with Crosstown to go back and race at Dixie is a really cool opportunity and I’m really excited for it.”

 

He enters Saturday’s Shootout at the Dixie with a new Pro Late Model but a familiar race team in Crosstown Motorsports.  He first joined the team on the Outlaw Super Late Model side at the end of 2018 and the partnership has been a strong one, running well throughout the Wolverine State and into Ohio.

 

With a familiar team and a VanDoorn race car similar to the Stan and Judi Rosen-owned Super Late Model, he believes he and Crosstown will be fast right off the bat.

 

“It’s a brand new car from VanDoorn Racing Development so it’s got a really good setup underneath it.  The team’s familiar with setting up good cars for me so I think we’re going to be fast right out of the gate.”

 

Crump has all the momentum in the world going into Saturday’s race after his win at the Redbud 400 on July 12.  He overcame a two-lap penalty in the final 50 laps and passed Austin Nason coming to the white flag to earn his second-career ARCA/CRA Super Series win and the biggest of his career.

 

“It was really motivating for me just because I hadn’t gotten many big wins in my career.  I’ve won at the Kalamazoo Klash and I had won a JEGS Tour race before but I hadn’t won any big ones.  To finally knock one off, it feels really good.”

 

With that win fresh on his mind, Crump looks for another win Saturday with the JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour to propel him into the final months of the 2021 racing season in the Midwest.

 

“It would be really cool to keep the momentum up, especially with a new car and a new team going into the JEGS Tour.  To be able to knock a win off this weekend would be huge for momentum and confidence to keep pushing this year.”

 

Saturday’s JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour race at Birch Run Speedway will be broadcasted live on Speed51.TV.  Click here to subscribe today.

 

-Story by: Koty Geyer, Speed51 National Correspondent – Twitter: @kgeyer3
-Photo Credit: Speed51 Photo

Redbud 400 Winner Returns Home for All-Stars Tour