Salem, IN – With the current forecast of rain Saturday night and Sunday, Crisp Motorsports Park officials and Champion Racing Association Powered by JEGS officials have decided to adjust the schedule of events for this weekend’s CRA SpeedFest 2018. All feature racing action will now take place on Saturday afternoon, January 27th, rather than the previous scheduled Sunday afternoon. This change also allows for Sunday to be the scheduled rain date if the rain were to move ahead to Saturday.
“With the forecast of rain Saturday night and Sunday morning, we just felt it would be best for all the racers and the fans to move the features to Saturday afternoon,” remarked Wayne Lyle, Owner of Crisp Motorsports Park. “We looked at the calendar over the next two months, and there just wasn’t a good place to move it, so this was the best alternative to that. We ask for everyone’s help in getting the word out that we will be racing on Saturday afternoon instead of Sunday!”
“This is a great move by the race track,” commented CRA Series Director Glenn Luckett. “The racers and fans can see that the track is to committed to getting the race in this weekend, and by moving the features to Saturday, it gives them the flexibility to race Saturday or Sunday if needed. Everyone can move ahead with their planning knowing that there is a really high probability of racing this weekend, aided by the move to schedule Saturday feature racing.”
CRA SpeedFest 2018 will consist of a $10,000 to win 200 lap ARCA/CRA Super Series Super Late Model special non-points event and a $5000 to win 125 lap JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour Pro Late Model special non-points event. The 200 ARCA/CRA Super Series event will be an eight tire max event that will count yellow flag laps up to lap 175 with Controlled Cautions. The 125 lap JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour event will be a four tire only event that will count yellow flag laps up to lap 100. In addition, CRA SpeedFest 2018 will also feature a 20 lap Legend feature and a 15 lap Bandolero feature.
The event will see some of the best racers in the country competing in the 325 laps of late model feature racing action. Some of the top entries for this weekend’s events include Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series competitors Erik Jones and Corey Lajoie, NASCAR Xfinity Series driver Brandon Jones, NASCAR Camping World Truck Series competitor and SpeedFest 2017 Super Late Model event winner Harrison Burton, SpeedFest 2017 Pro Late Model event winner Casey Roderick, past SpeedFest winners Bubba Pollard and Jeff Choquette.
There are currently 29 cars entered for the ARCA/CRA Super Series Super Late Model event and 30 cars entered for the JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour Pro Late Model event.
The revised schedule of events will kick off with an open practice starting on Friday morning, pits will open at 8am with hauler parking. The track will be open for practice from 10:30am until 3pm, with four alternating 30 minutes sessions each for the JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour Pro Late Models and the ARCA/CRA Super Series Super Late Models, then a final 15 minute session for each group. Tech will open at 12:30pm. There will be another 30 minute session for each group starting a 3pm, for those cars that have cleared pre-tech.
Legends and Bandolero’s will practice and qualify on Friday from 4pm until 5:30pm. JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour Pro Late Models will qualify for Saturday’s event at 5:30pm on Friday, followed by ARCA/CRA Super Series Super Late Models qualifying at 6:15pm. The track will close at 8pm.
Pits will open at 7am on Saturday. Hauler removal will begin at 8am, all haulers must be removed from inside the track by 9:30am. There will be a Chapel Service at 11am. All the drivers competing in the CRA SpeedFest 2018 will be part of an on track autograph session beginning at 12noon, open to all the fans attending Saturday’s event. Driver’s introductions will begin at 1:00pm. The racing will start off at 1:30pm with the Legends and Bandolero features, followed by the SpeedFest 125 for the JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour Pro Late Models, and then the SpeedFest 200 for the ARCA/CRA Super Series Super Late Models will hit the track for the final event of the afternoon.
For those fans who cannot attend, a live pay-per-view broadcast of all the CRA SpeedFest 2018 events will be available on Speed 51 TV. Order your pay-per-view ticket today by visiting Speed51.com.
Track and CRA SpeedFest 2018 information, including purchasing advance tickets, can be found at www.crispmotorsportspark.com.
All information on CRA, including the 2018 rules, license forms and schedules can be found at www.cra-racing.com. Revised schedule of events is attached.
-CRA Racing Press Release. Photo Credit: Speed51.com/Heath Lawson Photo
REVISED: SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
Friday, January 26
8:00 Pits Open
10:30 Late Model “Open” Practice
(Rotating 1⁄2 hour sessions Pros then Supers)
12:30 Pre-Tech open for Late Models Super Late Tire Selection (8 Tires)
2:00 Pro Late Tire Selection (4 Tires)
2:30 Pro’s Final 15 min. “Open” Practice 2:45 Super’s Final 15 min. “Open” Practice 3:00 Late Model “Open” Practice Ends
Super Race Set released for scuffing
3:00 Pro Late Happy 1⁄2 Hour
(only Cars thru Pre-Tech)
3:30 Super Late Happy 1⁄2 Hour
(only Cars thru Pre-Tech)
Pro Qualifying Tires Released
4:00 Legends/Bando Practice/Qualifying
Super Qualifying Tires Released 4:15 Pro Late Cars to Tech
5:00 Super Late Cars to Tech
5:30 Pro Late Qualifying
6:15 Super Late Qualifying
7:00 Qualifying Ends
Super tires returned to impound
8:00 Track Closes
Saturday, January 27
7:00 Gates Open
8:00 Hauler Removal Begins
8:45 Super Late 1st Set Tires Released (Hauler must be removed before you pick up your tires) 9:30 All Haulers MUST be removed from
infield by 9:30 (penalties apply) 9:30 Pro and Super Drivers Meeting 10:00 Super Late Cars to Tech
11:00 Chapel Service
11:45 All Cars must be Gridded
12:00 Autograph Session for All Divisions 12:30 Super Late 2nd Tire Set Released 12:45 Autograph Session Ends
1:00 Driver Introductions (All Divisions) 1:30 Legends Feature 20 Laps or 20 Min
Bando Feature 15 Laps or 15 Min
JEGS Tour /Pro Late Model 125 Lap Race
ARCA/CRA Super Series SpeedFest 200