Asphalt Wars, a new and exciting event involving three Champion Racing Association Divisions, is set to take place at Baer Field Speedway, in Ft. Wayne, Indiana this Sunday, May 22nd. Veteran CRA racer Jason Dietsch is the promoter of this huge event that will feature a total of four division’s including the CRA Super Series, EDCO Welding CRA Street Stocks, the Vore’s Welding & Steel CRA FWD Compacts and a special event for Modifieds, all on the half-mile track at Baer Field.
The CRA Super Series will be featured in the Asphalt Wars 100. To date the series has had 13 events contested at Baer Field Speedway with three time series Champion Scott Hantz getting the most series wins with five. Hantz won the last series event at Baer Field in 2009, holding off a hard charging Dietsch and Mike Kugler to get the win. Hantz tops the list of entries for Sunday’s event along with fellow Baer Field winner Jeff Lane, who was victorious at the series 2011 season opener on May 7th at Anderson Speedway and comes into Sunday’s event as the series point’s leader.
Other top CRA Super Series competitors who are entered include 2009 and 2010 series Champion John Van Doorn, event promoter Jason Dietsch, also Terry Fisher Jr., Brian Campbell, Robert Maynor, Joe Beaver, Damon Ecoff, Danny Jackson, Tyler Roahrig, Colin Nickolai, Boris Jurkovic, Jay Niewiek, Nick Gullatta, and Adam Purdy. Several Rookie of the Year candidates are entered including leading rookie point’s contender Mason Mingus, who is coming off his best CRA finish with a second in the series opener at Anderson. Other series rookies who are entered include Derrick Griffin, Matt Hall, David Carter, Justin Alsip and Colin Toland.
Other drivers entered for Sunday’s Asphalt Wars 100 include late model great Rich Bickle from Wisconsin, also local late model competitors Mike Kugler and Tommy Cook along with Ohio racers Jeep Pflum and Jack Smith, also Illinois racer Steve Campbell and former series competitor Donald Karr Jr. will return to action after a couple of seasons on the sidelines. To date there are 30 cars already entered for Sunday’s Asphalt Wars 100!
Phil Harper Motorsports has put up some special bonuses for the Asphalt Wars 100, the highest finishing crate motor car will receive a $300 bonus, the second highest will get a $150 bonus and the third highest will receive a $100 bonus.
The EDCO Welding CRA Street Stocks have had five events at Baer Field Speedway to date. Veteran Ft. Wayne racer Steve Christman has the most series wins with two. All five of the previous events were held on the 3/8 mile short track, the Asphalt Wars 50 will be the first time that the Street Stocks have ever raced on the half-mile at Baer Field. If there are 30 or more Street Stocks that qualify for the Asphalt Wars 50, it will pay $1000 to win!
Josh Poore comes into Sunday’s event as the series point’s leader after his victory at Anderson Speedway on April 23rd. CRA Super Series veteran Jeff Lane is second in series points, only six behind Poore. Josh Myers is third, Christman is fourth and rookie J.J. Schafer is in fifth place. Chad Poorman will also compete in Sunday’s event after getting the series season opening victory at Plymouth Speedway.
The Vore’s Welding & Steel CRA FWD Compacts have had four races at Baer Field Speedway with four different winners. All four previous events were held on the 3/8 mile, the 25 lap feature with Asphalt Wars will be held on the half-mile. Dietsch Trailer Sales has put up some extra 1st place payoff money based upon the car count for the FWD event. If there are 20 cars or less in the feature it will pay $200 to win. If there are 25 or more cars in the feature it will pay $300 to win. If there are 30 or more cars in the feature it will pay $400 to win. If there are 35 or more cars in the feature it will pay $500 to win!
The Vore’s Welding & Steel CRA FWD Compacts will begin their 2011 points season this Sunday at Baer Field Speedway after having a non-points event at Plymouth Speedway on April 10th that was won by Tom Hellinga. Several series veterans and rookies will begin their quest for the 2011 series Championship on Sunday including 2009 and 2010 Series Champion Tim Dilg. The series has had two events to date postponed at Winchester Speedway because of weather.
Hauler parking will begin on Sunday at 7:15am. Pit gates will open at 8am. Practice will begin at 10am with qualifying at 12:30pm. The Asphalt Wars will begin at 2pm with four feature events, 100 laps for the CRA Super Series, 50 laps features for the EDCO Welding Street Stocks and Modifieds and a 25 lap feature for the Vore’s Welding & Steel CRA FWD Compacts all on the half-mile at Baer Field Speedway.