Salem, IN (February 19, 2019) – Muncie, Indiana racer Jaren Crabtree has announced he will compete with the ARCA/CRA Super Series Powered by JEGS in 2019, for the series Championship and the 2019 Senneker Performance Rookie of the Year Award, beginning with the series first points event of the season on April 6th at Anderson Speedway. 2019 will be his first full season completing with CRA, but the Crabtree name is a familiar one in past CRA seasons with dad Jim Jr. and brother J.P.
Jim Crabtree Jr. is a former full-time competitor with the ARCA/CRA Super Series, he competed in that series first ever event on April 26,1997 at Anderson Speedway. Jim Jr. competed in 144 series events from 1997 through the 2011 season, winning two series events. He finished a best of fourth in series points on three separate occasions. J.P. has raced in ARCA/CRA Super Series, Vore’s Welding CRA Late Model Sportsman and Van Hoy Oil CRA Street Stocks events since the 2011 season. J.P. picked up his first ever CRA win in the 2018 Vore ‘s Welding CRA Late Model Sportsman Season Championship event at Winchester Speedway last October.
Jaren competed in a handful of Van Hoy Oil CRA Street Stock events from 2014 through the 2018 season, also making several Street Stock starts at Anderson Speedway, before purchasing a late model last fall and making his CRA late model debut on Winchester 400 weekend last October. He competed in the JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour Season Championship event on Friday, October 12th, coming from his 21st starting position to finish eighth. On Sunday, October 14th he made his ARCA/CRA Super Series debut in the 47th Annual Winchester 400, coming from his 28th place starting position to finish in 13th.
“I’m excited for the 2019 racing season to begin,” remarked Crabtree. “I know coming into this season that I lack a lot of experience, but my goals are to make laps, be consistent and get valuable seat time. We want to try and make the Chase for the Championship and be in position to compete for the Senneker Performance Rookie of the Year Award. If we make the Chase for the Championship, then we will do our best to get into the final four to compete for the series title in the Winchester 400.”
Crabtree will have a low budget team, going race to race, relying heavily on his family and friends for support throughout the season.
Crabtree added, “Mom and Dad have always supported my racing, I couldn’t do it with out them. My fiancé Jenna is always there to support me, any way she can. My brother J.P. is a huge help with his knowledge of the cars and the tracks we will go race at. My sister Shelbie who does all the PR work for my brother and I, and my Grandma and Grandpa, who have had engines and tires for me since I started racing. Everyone who comes to the race track and dedicates their weekend to help me, people like Mike Sargent, James Butler, Eric Morrow, Wendell Layne, Chris Mefford, Joel Enochs and Derrick Layne. I couldn’t do it without the help of everyone involved.”
Crabtree’s #83 Port City Chevrolet will have sponsor support from the following companies for the 2019 season: JJC Excavation, JJC Tri-axle Trucking, Jim’s Automotive Sales & Service, Judy’s Apartments, J.R.’s Landscaping, G&G Racing Fuels, Advanced Signs and Graphics and Stagger Pros.
More information on all the CRA Series is available at www.cra-racing.com.
-Champion Racing Association Press Release
-Photo credit: Speed51.com