The CRA Super Series will conclude it’s 2011 racing season with the North/South Shootout 100 Presented by WearCrete Diamond Concrete Polishing as part of the famed 9th Annual North/South Shootout presented in loving memory of Charles Kepley, this Saturday at Caraway Speedway located in Sophia, North Carolina. This will be CRA’s third North/South Shootout event, Jeff Fultz won the event in 2009, while Colt James won last season’s exciting event, both of which were held at Concord Speedway. The North/South Shootout will be held for the first time ever at Caraway Speedway this weekend.
On Saturday CRA will crown its first ever CRA National Late Model Champion, which consist of a drivers best four event finishes in the four CRA Super Series Southern Tour events and the best four finishes in the CRA Super Series Northern Tour events during the 2011 season. 15 year old Chase Elliott, the son of NASCAR great Bill Elliott, is the current leader in CRA National Late Model Champion points heading into Saturday’s North/South Shootout 100. Elliott, a development driver for famed NASCAR owner Rick Hendrick, has a substantial 61 point lead over Ross Kenseth, the closet driver in points to Elliott that is entered for this weekend’s event. Kenseth is the son of NASCAR competitor Matt Kenseth, he is looking to get his third CRA Super Series victory of the season. Elliott is also looking for his third series win of the season after getting victories in the Southern Tour SpeedFest opener at Lanier National Speedway and a Northern Tour victory at Dixie Motor Speedway.
Bubba Pollard, the hottest late model driver in the country with 18 wins so far this season, comes into Saturday’s event as the point’s leader in the CRA Super Series Southern Tour, including a victory in the Southern Tour’s last event on September 17th at Gresham Motorsports Park. Elliott is the closest driver in Southern Tour points that is entered for this weekend’s event, he is 15 points behind Pollard. Driver’s got to drop their worse finish of the season in the CRA Super Series Southern Tour points. 2010 CRA Super Series Southern Tour Champion Ryan Blaney, son of NASCAR racer Dave Blaney, is also entered for Saturday’s event, he is 19 points behind Pollard in Southern Tour points.
Other CRA Super Series Southern Tour regular competitors who are entered include former North/South Shootout winner Jeff Fultz for car owner Curtis Venable in the WearCrete Racing #67, also Randy Gentry, Jimmy Weller and Alan Karnes. 1997 CRA Super Series Champion Kenny Tweedy from Greenfield, Indiana is entered along with his teammate Nate Caruth from Ames, Iowa.
Several local competitors are expected to compete in Saturday night’s event including Grant Davidson from nearby Asheboro, North Carolina. Other drivers entered include three drivers from Pennsylvania who will be making their CRA debuts Matt Barndt, Austin Kochenash and Zane Ziener who will be doing triple duty this weekend by also competing in the NASCAR type Modifieds and in a SK Modified. Also entered are Spencer Wauters, son of famed crew chief Richie Wauters, from Concord, North Carolina as well as David Quakenbush from Lortou, Virginia.
Also making his CRA debut will be 16 year old Scott “The Rocket” Hensley from Olive Branch, Mississippi, driving for Mark Reedy of Kannapolis, North Carolina, who has raced in the previous two CRA North/South Shootout events. Hensley is a multi-time National Legends Car Champion and has been driving a Sprint Car for Ricky Stenhouse, father of NASCAR competitor Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
There is an optional open practice on Thursday, pits open at 9am, and practice will go from 12noon until 6pm. On Friday, pits open at 8am, practice will begin at 11am with qualifying beginning at 5pm. Pit gates open on Saturday at 8am and practice will begin at 10am. There will be a pit party with an autograph session with all the North/South Shootout drivers starting at 12:30pm. The race program is scheduled to begin at 2pm and will include the North/South Shootout 100 Presented by WearCrete Diamond Concrete Polishing for the CRA Super Series.
More information on the 9th Annual North-South Shootout is available by contacting Caraway Speedway at 336-398-7366 or at www.northsouthshootout.com. More information on the CRA Super Series is available at www.craracing.net.