The CRA Circle City Classic Presented by Dave’s All-American Pizza and Eatery and SealWrap Repair Tape is set to take place at Lucas Oil Raceway Indianapolis, formally ORP, this weekend. Four CRA divisions will be in action including the CRA Super Series in the SealWrap Repair Tape 100 Presented by McGunegill Engine Performance, the Sullivan RV CRA Late Model Sportsman Series in the Dave’s All-American Pizza and Eatery 40, the EDCO Welding Street Stocks in the Definitive Auto Sales 40 and the Vore’s Welding & Steel CRA FWD Compacts in the Vore’s Welding & Steel 20 Presented by Definitive Auto Sales. CRA officials are expecting over 100 racecars to participate in Sunday’s races!
Sunday’s SealWrap Repair Tape 100 Presented by McGunegill Engine Performance will be the 18th event for the CRA Super Series at Lucas Oil Raceway. Former two time Series Champion Brian Ross is the series leader in victories at that track with four. Several former winners at Lucas Oil Raceway top the great list of 39 entries to date for Sunday’s event including three time winner and current series points’ leader Scott Hantz, along with single event winners Jeff Lane, Kenny Tweedy and Ross Kenseth, son of NASCAR Sprint Cup Champion Matt Kenseth, who won the series last event at Lucas Oil Raceway last September. Kenseth was also the winner of the series last event on May 30th at Columbus Motor Speedway.
Other top CRA drivers entered include 2009 and 2010 Champion John VanDoorn, also Brian Campbell, Terry Fisher Jr., Tommy St. John, Tyler Roahrig, Jason Dietsch, Nick Gullatta, Jay Niewiek, Colin Nickolai, Damon Ecoff, Jim Crabtree Jr., Joe Beaver, Jeep Pflum, Peter Cozzolino, Rick Turner and Boris Jurkovic. Rookie of the year point’s leader Mason Mingus along with fellow rookie competitors Derrick Griffin, David Carter, Justin Alsip and Matt Hall are all entered.
There will be plenty of stiff outside competition for Sunday’s event which has attracted some of the top late model racers in the country including Ryan Blaney, son of NASCA racer Dave Blaney, and fellow North Carolina racers Jeff Fultz, Jerick Johnson and Jerrod Foley. 19 year old Kenzie Ruston will make her CRA debut driving for Jeff Fultz Racing, as will 16 year old Landon Cling driving for Brad Keselowski Racing. Georgia’s T.J. Reaid will be competing with the Kyle Busch Motorsports Team while Donnie Wilson will make the long haul from Oklahoma to race in Sunday’s event. Midwest racers Griffin McGrath from Iowa and Jenny White from Kansas will also be on hand to race this weekend.
The Sullivan RV Late Model Sportsman Series will make their fourth appearance at Lucas Oil Raceway on Sunday. Past series winners their include Gabe Cerny, Mark Lambert and last year’s winner Derrick Griffin. Jason Atkinson comes into Sunday’s event as the series point’s leader after scoring wins in two of the series’ first three events so far this season, including the series season opener at Plymouth Speedway and the series last event at Anderson Speedway. Keith Sterkowitz is in second, 14 points behind Atkinson. Sterkowitz got the other series victory this season at Anderson Speedway. 2009 and 2010 series Champion Charlie Hanna is currently third in series points. Mark Lambert is fourth and rookie Nick Moore is in fifth place.
Sunday’s EDCO Welding CRA Street Stocks event at Lucas Oil Raceway will be the series third event at that facility. Past series winners at Lucas Oil Raceway include Beau Mitchell and Rick Erwin. Josh Poore comes into Sunday’s event as the series point’s leader with one victory and two second place finishes in the series three events so far this season. CRA veteran racer Jeff Lane is in second, only five points behind Poore. FT. Wayne veteran racer Steve Christman is third in series points. Josh Myers is in fourth place with rookie J.J. Schafer in fifth place. Chad Poorman won the series season open at Plymouth Speedway while Brian Hopkins got the win in the series last event on May 22 at Baer Field Speedway. Sunday’s event will also include many of the top drivers with the Frank Kimmel Street Stock Nationals including Chuck Barnes, Kyle Hadley, Frank Kimmel II and Beau Crawford.
Sunday’s event for the Vore’s Welding & Steel CRA FWD Compacts will be their first ever at Lucas Oil Raceway. Because of several rainouts, the series has had only one point’s event so far during the 2011 season, and that was an exciting one on May 22 at Baer Field Speedway as rookie Rick James made a late race pass to take the lead and get the win over fellow rookie Kyle Crump and Jeff Shelmadine. Crump is the series point’s leader by one point over James. Shelmadine is in third place, only five points out of first. Bob Smith is in fourth place with Justin Brown in fifth place.
There will be an open practice on Saturday, pits will open at 12noon, rotating practice for all four CRA divisions will begin at 2pm and end at 6pm. On Sunday pits will open at 8am, practice will begin at 10:30am, with qualifying starting at 12:30pm. The race program will begin at 2:30pm and will include any last chance races and the four CRA Divisions feature events. Camping will be allowed behind turns three and four at the track. Teams are encouraged to leave there pit equipment and racecars in the track overnight Saturday, security will be on hand. Adult general admission tickets will be on sale Sunday at the gate for $16, Students 7 to 16 will be $8, kids 6 and under will be free.
More information on the event and on all the CRA Divisions is available at www.craracing.net.