The JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour Presented by GM Performance Parts will head to Illiana Motor Speedway this Saturday, May 14th for the second event of the inaugural season for the crate motor late model series. The famed Chicagoland race track located in Schererville, Indiana is owned and promoted by local businessman Mike Mikuly, and is the last Indiana asphalt racetrack to have template Super Late Models competing weekly.
The series kicked off its inaugural season on April 23rd at Toledo Speedway were Brian Campbell got the win over a very talented group of drivers. Campbell tops the great list of drivers already entered for the Illiana 100 Presented by JEGS.com. Campbell has won two crate late model events in the past at Illiana Motor Speedway but will have strong challenges from several local drivers who are entered that have tons of laps and wins at Illiana including veterans Eddie Hoffman and Josh Nelms, who will both be battling Campbell all season for the series points Championship. Other drivers entered with local ties include former ARCA competitor A.J. Henricksen, Blake Brown, Wes Griffin Jr., Anthony Danta, Austin Woodham, Justin Oertel and A.J. Weltmeyer, the son of Mid-west Legendary racer Dave Weltmeyer.
To date 30 teams have already entered the Illiana 100 Presented by JEGS.com, more are expected between now and race day. Drivers have entered from seven states and Canada. Other top series drivers who are entered include Erik Jones, Brent Downey, Chad Finley, Jason Dietsch, Danny Jackson, Jack Smith, John Turnbull Jr., Claude Plante, Jordan Dahlke, Seth Moody, Cole Powell, and Brandon Watson.
There is also a great group of Howie Lettow Rookie of the Year Award Presented by Howe Racing racers already entered including rookie points leaders Ross Zumbach, and Tom Woodin. Other registered rookies who have entered include Cody Coughlin, Jimmy Novak III, Carl Weber, Jake Ott and Matt Puskarich. Spencer Wauters, son of legendary Crew Chief Richie Wauters, will make his series debut racing a team car to Hoffman out of the TK Racing stables.
Just a reminder to all fans and teams Illiana Motor Speedway is on Central Time. Pit gates open on Saturday at 1pm, practice will begin at 3pm, with qualifying at 5:45pm. The racing action will begin at 7pm and will include the Illiana 100 Presented by JEGS.com. The night’s program will also feature the INEX Legends and always-popular Illiana Pure Stock divisions.
More event information is available at www.illianaspeedway.com. More information on the JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour Presented by GM Performance Parts is available at www.craracing.net.