The ARCA/CRA Super Series is currently one of the longest-running Super Late Model touring series in the country. In its 23-year history, the Champion Racing Associations’s premier series has served as a home for short track veterans, as well as future stars on their way to the upper echelons of racing.
After a long, cold winter in the Midwest, the series is once again ready for liftoff with their season opener this Saturday at Anderson Speedway (IN). Race fans will be able to watch the season opener via a live video stream on the Speed51 Network. Eventual champion Josh Brock got his championship run started at Anderson one year ago by going to victory lane, his first win after beating cancer.
The series then will head to Toledo Speedway (OH) on April 20 for the Spring 200, where they will be joined by the ARCA Gold Cup Series Outlaw Late Models. Brian Campbell won last year’s CRA portion of the Spring 200 for the fourth time in the last five years.
The next two events for the ARCA/CRA Super Series are combination events with the Southern Super Series and the CARS Response Energy Super Late Model Tour in the Volunteer State. They will first compete at Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville on May 4 for the North/South Super Late Model Challenge. Casey Roderick drove from 20th to the front, then held off NASCAR Gander Outdoor Truck Series driver Stewart Friesen for the win last year.
They will then head east to Bristol Motor Speedway for the 3rd Annual Short Track U.S. Nationals. Raphael Lessard scored the win at “The Last Great Colosseum” for Kyle Busch Motorsports one year ago.
The series will head back to the Midwest for a non-points event on Monday, June 10 for the Money in the Bank 150 at Berlin Raceway (MI). In just two years, the Money in the Bank has become one of premier events in the country as one of the richest one-day shows in asphalt Late Model racing. Local driver Brian Campbell stole the lead from Georgia ace Bubba Pollard on a late restart last year to bank $20,000.
After a stop at Flat Rock Speedway (MI) on June 22, the ARCA/CRA Super Series will have their first crown jewel race of 2019 when they return to Anderson Speedway on July 15 for the Redbud 400. In 2018, Raphael Lessard scored his second major win of the year while tempers flared in the pits.
The series then will make a stop at Baer Field Motorsports Park (IN) to end July, followed by back-to-back races in the Wolverine State. They will once again join the card at Kalamazoo Speedway for the prestigious Kalamazoo Klash on August 7, where Johnny VanDoorn won a thrilling caution-free affair last year.
The ARCA/CRA Super Series will then make the one-hour trip north to Berlin Raceway 10 days later for the Battle at Berlin 251. After last year’s race was cancelled, this year’s race will play host to the first-ever ARCA/CRA Super Series and JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour combination event. The Battle at Berlin 251 will also be the first race for the Chase for the Championship for both series.
Winchester Speedway will play host to the traditional Labor Day event at the World Stock Car Festival on September 2, where Jeff Fultz went to victory lane in a rare Super Late Model start one year ago.
A special non-points event will be held at Lucas Oil Raceway on September 7. After being cancelled due to weather one year ago, the inaugural Speed51 Super Select will pit some of the best Super Late Model racers in the country in a 75-lap, winner-take-all invitational.
The penultimate race of the 2019 season will see the series make a return to Toledo Speedway as part of the Glass City 200 for a third year. Defending NASCAR K&N Pro Series East champion Tyler Ankrum shook the monkey off his back when he won for the first time in the ARCA/CRA Super Series last year.
Once again this year, the Winchester 400 will play as the season finale for the ARCA/CRA Super Series season. Last year’s edition was arguably one of the best short track races of 2018, as Jeff Choquette held off a hard-charging Chandler Smith over the final 30 laps to win the 47th Annual Winchester 400. While Choquette was celebrating with the rifle in victory lane, Josh Brock beat his three championship challengers to become the ARCA/CRA Super Series champion.
For more information on everything the ARCA/CRA Super Series has in store for the 2019 season, visit www.cra-racing.com.
-Story by: Koty Geyer, Speed51.com State Editor (IN & MI)
-Photo credit: Speed51.com