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SOUTH BOSTON, VA (Nov. 4, 2019) - Matt Craig and Josh Berry executed their teams' plans to perfection on Saturday afternoon at South Boston Speedway in the CARS Tour season finale, the AutosByNelson.com 250 , leading every lap and winning their respective races in dominating style. For Berry, the effort was not enough, as he lost the championship fight by a single point to Bobby McCarty in the most dramatic and thrilling title fight in CARS Tour history.

Tate Fogleman rocketed around the South Boston Speedway during Mahle Pole Qualifying to earn the pole position just thousandths of a second ahead of presumptive champion Matt Craig. Craig, however, wasted no time in continuing his dominance of the day and grabbed the lead out of turn two on the opening lap of the race.

Craig continued unchallenged at the front of the field during a clean and rather eventless feature event. A single competition caution and a slowdown for oil on the track were the only things which allowed Tate Fogleman and the competition to see the back bumper of Craig's No. 54 Chevrolet.

The 2019 season champion led every lap en route to his second victory of the season, a 5.916-second margin over Carson Kvapil, Fogleman, Nolan Pope and last year's champion Jared Fryar.

"I can't tell you it was easy, it takes a lot of hard work at the shop," Craig said in Edelbrock Victory Lane. "The guys will stay at the shop all day and all night sometimes, grinding it out, finding speed every chance we get. That was a good racecar right there. It drove really well, it never really lost any speed the whole race, it was awesome.

"We knew we had a really fast racecar and it was fun to come out here and start the race to win the championship, not have to worry about too much because even when you have good racecars, little things can happen," he continued. "You can break something, get a flat tire, and it can all go away right then."

Josh Berry needed to earn maximum points to give his JR Motorsports team the best shot at a championship, and by sitting on the Hedgecock Pole Position, he added two more points to his total - locking up the season-long award (1 point) for most poles and claiming the bonus point for sitting on an event pole. As expected, he shot out to the early lead on the initial green flag.

Three laps into the race, Bobby McCarty's title hopes were nearly dashed when Craig Moore and Taylor Gray made contact, triggering a five-car melee which also involved Brody Pope, Stuart Crews and Deac McCaskill. The accident started immediately in front of McCarty who narrowly slipped by to avoid disaster.

Following the restart, Berry once again jumped out to the lead and controlled the pace of the 125-lap feature. Despite a rash of cautions late in the race, he continued to be driver everyone chased when the race was under way. The restarts allowed Bobby McCarty to slowly improve his position from his 11th starting spot, restarting in key lanes which permitted him to make passes on the fast and smooth South Boston layout.

Once the final green flag of the race was displayed, McCarty raced his way into second place and held what appeared to be a comfortable lead. Corey Heim eventually reeled in the driver of the No. 22 and McCarty's championship hopes hung in the balance.

Over the final 20 laps, Heim pressured and peeked around the McCarty machine, pulling to the inside on the final two laps. While Josh Berry took the checkered flag in stride nearly three seconds ahead of them, McCarty fought for his life, edging Corey Heim by less than half a car length at the checkered flag. The finish was just enough to give McCarty his second consecutive CARS Late Model Stock Tour title, albeit by a single point over Josh Berry. Had Heim passed McCarty, the tiebreaker would have been decided in favor of Berry.

"We came here and we knew what we had to do," Berry said after his visit to Edelbrock Victory Lane. "Bobby and those guys answered the call. Sure, it's a little disappointing, but when you look back on it we've had a great year. Like I said yesterday, no matter what happened, we weren't going to hang our heads. We did everything we could, and just came up a little bit short in the championship. This place has been tough for me over the last few years and to have the performance that we had today really means a lot.

"I love doing this stuff and working with these guys who are all my best friends, this is just a credit to all these guys for all their hard work," he continued when asked about the narrow defeat adding extra motivation. "I told them, if we were to somehow pull this thing off I wasn't sure what I would do next. So, it sorta leaves a little bit of a chip on my shoulder for next year.

McCarty, like Berry, realized things could have played out a little differently if even the smallest details unfolded differently.

"At the beginning of the race, we knew we had our work cut out for us," McCarty admitted. "We played the restarts and stayed on the outside, picking up a couple spots. We had to race the race differently than we wanted to. We got to around fifth or sixth and the leader was gone, so we backed off and started saving. Really, being on the outside on the restarts is what helped us a lot. I don't know where Corey is, but I owe him, that kid raced me as clean as could be. Congrats to Josh and them, he made me work a whole lot harder than I wanted to work, but he had a really good car. It was the second race in a row nobody's really had anything for him, so we've got to go to work on that. I really have to thank this whole team for standing behind me and pushing me to find everything I needed to find in the car.

"I just thank the good Lord above for everything playing out how it played out," he continued. "If we would've started on the inside on that last restart, we wouldn't have finished second."

The CARS Tour will celebrate its champions and its season December 14 at the Charles Mack Citizen Center in Mooresville, North Carolina before firing up again for another year on March 7, 2020, at Southern National Motorsports Park with twin $10,000-to-win events for both super late models and late model stock cars.

For more information on the CARS Tour, visit their website at CARSRacingTour.com, or follow them on Facebook (@CARSTour), Twitter (@CARSTour), Instagram (@cars_tour), and Snapchat (@carstour). The series also has its own YouTube channel, Roku channel (available through its TV website), and a new publicly available Amazon FireTV app.


CARS Super Late Model Tour
AutosByNelson.com 250
South Boston Speedway - November 3, 2019

1. 54 Matt Craig 125
2. 35 Carson Kvapil 125
3. 8 Tate Fogleman 125
4. 34 Nolan Pope 125
5. 14 Jared Fryar 125
6. 78 Corey Heim 125
7. 21 Bronson Butcher 125
8. 24 Colin Garrett 125
9. 40 Toby Grynewicz 124
10. 16 Molly Helmuth 124
11. 7 Justin Crider 73 Rear End
12. 49 Jeff Batten 44 Mechanical
13. 45 Kodie Conner 7 Qualifying Accident

CARS Late Model Stock Tour
AutosByNelson.com 250
South Boston Speedway - November 3, 2019

1. 88 Josh Berry 125
2. 22 Bobby McCarty 125
3. 78 Corey Heim 125
4. 99 Layne Riggs 125
5. 12 Timothy Peters 125
6. 57 Justin Carroll 125
7. 17 Taylor Gray 125
8. 81 Mini Tyrrell 125
9. 63 Tyler Matthews 125
10. 07 Camden Gullie 125
11. 74 Ronald Hill 125
12. 98 Connor Mosack 125
13. 77 Trevor Ward 125
14. 17F Jared Fryar 123
15. 19C Jessica Cann 121
16. 2 Brandon Pierce 77 Accident
17. 1P Brody Pope 77 Accident
18. 4 Jonathan Findley 76 Accident
19. 54 Drew Dollar 76 Accident
20. 1D Terry Dease 76 Accident
21. 1M Craig Moore 3 Accident
22. 29 Stuart Crews 3 Accident
23. 08 Deac McCaskill 3 Accident


Pro all star series

Ben Ashline Takes Surprise Win In Racing's Return To Lanier


BRASELTON, GA (November 16) – Ben Ashline made the long trip from Pittston, ME count taking the surprise win for the Pro All Stars Series (PASS) Super Late Models Saturday afternoon in the Lanier National 200 at Lanier Raceplex. Ashline's first career PASS victory was the first checkered flag that has flown at Lanier since racing was last held here in 2011.

"We traveled down like 1200 miles, really not knowing what to expect and made a few changes and they worked," said Ashline in victory lane. "Mike [Hopkins] is a great competitor.  We raced hard, we raced clean, and we were racing for the win.  We came down here with high hopes.  This is probably the best race of my career."

After taking the heat race wins, Ryan Moore and Dawson Fletcher led the field to green, with Fletcher moving to the lead on lap two.  The first caution of the day waved on lap 17 when veteran Randy Gentry went for a spin in turn four.  Fletcher continued to lead until another Georgia teenager, Jake Garcia, would bypass him for the top spot on lap 39.

The third caution of the day waved on lap 67 when Brandon Herbert blew a right front tire entering turn three.  On the restart, Ashline got the better of Garcia to take the lead for the first time of the day.  Ashline maintained the lead through lap 108 when Ryan Herbert slammed the frontstretch wall to bring out the fourth caution of the race.

Ashline continued to lead, but was joined up front by 2019 PASS National Super Late Model champion, Mike Hopkins.  Hopkins persistently tried the high line and was able to take the lead from Ashline on lap 141.  But now, the roles were reversed as Ashline applied pressure to Hopkins for the lead. With 47 laps to go, Hopkins slipped, allowing Ashline to make a run on the inside and retake the lead.

Despite a spin by Fletcher with five laps to go, Ashline would go on to take the win in the Lanier National 200 over Hopkins, Moore, Garcia, and Tate Fogleman. Rounding out the top 10 were Kyle Plott, Hudson Halder, Kyle Seig, Fletcher, and Shane Chastain. 

Saturday afternoon's race at Lanier Raceplex concludes the 2019 PASS season, but 2020 is just around the next turn.  The next announced PASS event will be on Saturday, April 11, 2020 when the 15th Annual Easter Bunny 150 goes green at Hickory Motor Speedway.  The complete 2020 PASS schedule will be announced in the coming weeks.  Please continue to monitor ProAllStarsSeries.com and PASS on social media for more on the upcoming season.

For technical information concerning all PASS divisions please send questions to passracing@roadrunner.com.  For media or marketing questions, please contact Alan Dietz at 704-231-2039 or alandietzpass@live.com.  And, don’t forget to “Like” the Pro All Stars Series on Facebook or follow us on Twitter @PASSSLM14 to keep up with breaking news as it happens.



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ARCA Menards Series East 2020 Schedule Announced

Seven-Race Format Features Short-Track Gauntlet


TOLEDO, Ohio (November 6, 2019) – The ARCA Menards Series East officially enters a new era with a seven-race slate in 2020 that will provide a mix of short-track showcases and national series companion events. The compact stand-alone schedule will also allow for the opportunity for competitors to compete for the new ten-race ARCA Menards Series Showdown championship.


The East season will kick off as the main event of the 54th World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing at Florida’s New Smyrna Speedway on Monday, February 10. The champion will be crowned on Saturday, September 12 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway’s Full Throttle Fall Weekend.


Sam Mayer captured the 2019 East title at 16 years of age to become the youngest national or regional series champion in NASCAR history. He’s already counting down the days until the green flag at New Smyrna.


“I am looking forward to returning to the East series to defend my title in 2020,” Mayer said. “I had so much fun racing in that series this year and learned so much at every race. The competition was tough, and I’m sure it will be even better next year. With the series combining, it will give me the opportunity to race against some new drivers and become more competitive. Hopefully we can go out and win a bunch of races and take home another East series championship.”


“We are really looking forward to being a part of the new East series with Sam Mayer,” said Keith Barnwell, GMS Racing manager of driver development and special projects. “This will be a great series for young drivers to hone their skills and prepare for the next phase of their careers. We consider the East series like our home games, and when we travel for the Showdown it will be like home and away. We are looking for the opportunity to defend our home races and our title.”


With the blending of the ARCA Menards Series with the newly renamed ARCA Menards Series East and West, and a consolidated rulebook to go along with it, opportunities now exist for traditional ARCA Menards Series teams to test the waters in the East Series. One team looking to do just that is the ARCA Menards Series reigning championship team, Venturini Motorsports.


“This is a great schedule with excellent spacing between events,” said Venturini Motorsports co-owner Billy Venturini. “Our team will continue to compete in the ARCA Menards Series, as we have since 1982, but this schedule gives us the flexibility to run these seven races as well. It’s great to be able to offer this to the young drivers we are working with in 2020 and beyond.”


Other schedule highlights include:

  • New Smyrna Speedway will host the season opener for the seventh consecutive season. The high-banked half-mile is just ten miles from Daytona International Speedway, and the World Series runs parallel to DAYTONA Speedweeks Presented By AdventHealth at the “World Center of Racing.” Daytona will be the site of the opener of ARCA’s 68th season, with the Lucas Oil 200 Driven by General Tire on Saturday, February 8.
  • A pair of tracks that have hosted both East and ARCA races will be featured on the ARCA Menards Series East calendar: Five Flags Speedway in Pensacola, Florida, and Marne, Michigan’s Berlin Raceway. Five Flags is the home of the Super Late Model crown jewel, the Snowball Derby, held annually in December. The quick half-mile will be the second race on the East schedule on Saturday, March 14. Berlin is the home track of former NASCAR Gander Trucks champion Johnny Benson and has been integral in the early careers of other NASCAR Hall of Famers such as Rusty Wallace and Mark Martin.
  • Toledo Speedway will also transition from the ARCA Menards Series on Saturday, May 16 to give the series a cornerstone event in the Midwest. Toledo’s high-speed half-mile will give a great test for the East drivers and teams. The race will now be the headline event of a full Saturday of racing activity at the popular Glass City oval.
  • The series will be part of two short-track national series weekends: Bristol Motor Speedway on Saturday, April 4, and Dover International Speedway on Friday, August 21. Bristol, the “World’s Fastest Half-Mile,” was swept by Mayer in 2019. Dover moves to the penultimate race on the East schedule as part of the larger national series schedule re-organization for 2020.


The ARCA Showdown will feature ten events with a separate points championship and will include several traditional East race dates, including the annual combination races at Iowa Speedway and WWT Raceway at Gateway.


The complete NBCSN schedule for the ARCA Menards Series East, including broadcast times, will be released at a later date.



2020 ARCA Menards Series East Schedule


Date                                         Track                                                   Location

Monday, Feb. 10                       New Smyrna Speedway                         New Smyrna Beach, Florida

Saturday, March 14                   Five Flags Speedway                            Pensacola, Florida

Saturday, April 4                       Bristol Motor Speedway                         Bristol, Tennessee

Saturday, May 16                      Toledo Speedway                                 Toledo, Ohio

Saturday, July 25                      Berlin Raceway                                     Marne, Michigan

Friday, August 21                      Dover International Speedway                Dover, Delaware

Saturday, September 12            New Hampshire Motor Speedway           Loudon, New Hampshire



2020 ARCA Showdown Schedule


Date                                         Track                                                   Location

Friday, March 6                         ISM Raceway                                       Avondale, Arizona

Sunday, April 19                        Salem Speedway                                  Salem, Indiana

Friday, May 29                          Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course                  Lexington, Ohio

Friday, July 3                            Lucas Oil Raceway                               Brownsburg, Indiana

Saturday, July 11                      Elko Speedway                                     Elko, Minnesota

Friday, July 17                          Iowa Speedway                                     Newton, Iowa

Saturday, August 1                    WWT Raceway at Gateway                   Madison, Illinois

Friday, August 14                      Watkins Glen International                     Watkins Glen, New York

Thursday, September 17           Bristol Motor Speedway                         Bristol, Tennessee

Saturday, September 26            Memphis International Raceway            Millington, Tennessee



Champion Matt Crafton to Spotlight ARCA Menards Series Phoenix Debut

No. 88 Menards Ford to Carry Series Decal This Weekend at ISM Raceway


TOLEDO, Ohio (November 5, 2019) -- Matt Crafton will be promoting a new era in stock car racing when he hits the track for the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series Lucas Oil 150 at ISM Raceway on Friday, November 8.


Crafton, who drives the No. 88 Menards Ford for ThorSport Racing, will be carrying an ARCA Menards Series decal on his race truck, promoting the 67-year-old sanctioning body’s first visit to ISM Raceway in March 2020.


“It’s pretty cool that ARCA will get to race at ISM Raceway next March,” said Crafton.  “Maybe someone will have an empty seat for me.”


Crafton is a two-time Gander Outdoors Truck Series champion who raced at Phoenix for the first time in 1997 in the old NASCAR Southwest Tour. In 2000, Crafton started from the pole and led the first 75 laps before mechanical problems sidelined him early. Although he lost the battle that day, he won the war as he was still able to clinch the series’ championship that day.


That race came just a week after his NGOTS debut with ThorSport, a ninth-place finish at California Speedway. Crafton hasn’t missed a Gander Trucks race since.


The connection between Crafton, ThorSport, ARCA, and Menards runs deep, as Menards has supported all three entities for more than a decade.


Menards has sponsored Sandusky, Ohio-based ThorSport Racing since 2002 and Crafton has been behind the wheel of the team’s No. 88 truck every season since except 2004. Crafton has 451 career starts, more than any driver in series history. He has 14 wins, 16 poles, and 271 top-10 finishes.


He was the series champion in 2013 and 2014, becoming the first driver in series history to win back-to-back championships. He has made three ARCA Menards Series starts, running as a teammate to Frank Kimmel between 2011 and 2012.


Crafton also served as guest analyst for FS1 for the 2019 ARCA Menards Series finale from Kansas Speedway on October 18.


In addition, ThorSport won an ARCA championship with Kimmel in 2013, with Menards as the primary sponsor. It was Kimmel’s record tenth ARCA title, clinched at the season finale at Kansas where Kimmel also broke Iggy Katona’s all-time win record with his 80th series victory.


ISM Raceway announced earlier this year that the one-mile desert oval would host the ARCA Menards Series for the first time ever on March 6, 2020. In addition to the race being the first for ARCA at Phoenix, the race will mark the opening event of the newly announced ARCA Showdown Series, a ten-race schedule that will bring together the teams from the ARCA Menards Series East and West along with the ARCA Menards Series to compete on the same stage for the first time.


The Lucas Oil 150 is set for Friday, November 8 at 8:30 pm ET. The race will be televised live on FS1 and broadcast on select affiliates of the Motor Racing Network and on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio, Channel 90.




McGunegill Engine Performance to Support CRA Divisions Again in 2020


Salem, IN (November 19, 2019) - Officials from Champion Racing Association Powered by JEGS and McGunegill Engine Performance have announced that McGunegill Engine Performance will continue their support of CRA, including the JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour Presented by Chevrolet Performance, for the upcoming 2020 race season. McGunegill Engine Performance will award the 2020 JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour Champion a free rebuild of a Crate Engine, or the cost of the rebuild off the purchase of a MEP GM Equalizer Sealed Engine for Super Late Models. In addition, MEP will also continue to award a $100 Product Certificate to a random racer at each JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour event during the 2020 season.


“This is a great program that McGunegill Engine Performance is continuing to support our JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour,” remarked R.J. Scott, Managing Partner of CRA. “Dewaine and his whole crew have been great supporters of CRA for several years, we appreciate everything they do for CRA and our racers!”  


McGunegill Engine Performance will also continue their sponsorship programs for the Vore’s Welding CRA Late Model Sportsman Series Powered by JEGS and Van Hoy Oil CRA Street Stocks Powered by JEGS for the 2020 season. The Muncie, Indiana based engine builder has had tremendous success with their engine packages developed specifically for the Late Model Sportsman and Street Stock teams.


The highest finisher in the top ten of each Vore’s Welding CRA Late Model Sportsman Series event, who has not received the award previously, will receive a $100 Product Certificate towards labor or purchase of an engine from McGunegill Engine Performance. A $50 Product Certificate will be awarded in the Van Hoy Oil CRA Street Stock division in the same manner at each event. Additionally, McGunegill Engine Performance will award a $1000 Product Certificate by random draw of the top ten finishers in final Vore’s Welding CRA Late Model Sportsman Series points and a $500 Product Certificate by random draw of the top ten finishers in final Van Hoy Oil CRA Street Stocks points at the 2020 CRA Awards Banquet.


McGunegill Engine Performance has been a leader in developing high performance, cost effective race engine solutions. The family run business owned and operated by Dewaine McGunegill, has led the development of the highly successful Sealed Engine Program for Super Late Models over the past decade. Their innovative Sealed Engine package has drastically cut the cost of purchasing a competitive Super Late Model engine. McGunegill Engine Performance has also been a top builder and rebuilder of crate engines competing in Pro Late Model divisions, including the JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour, for many years.


For more information on the MEP engine packages for all the CRA divisions, contact McGunegill Engine Performance at 765-282-1913 or visit their website at www.mcgunegillengines.com.  


More information on all the CRA Series is available at www.cra-racing.com.



Luke Yoder Construction to Sponsor JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour Fast Qualifier Award at CRA SpeedFest 2020


Salem, IN (November 11, 2019) – Champion Racing Association Powered by JEGS officials have announced that Luke Yoder Construction will return as the Fast Qualifier Award sponsor for the JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour event with CRA SpeedFest 2020. Luke Yoder Construction will award that driver with a $400 cash bonus. This will be the seventh year that Luke Yoder Construction has sponsored that award. 


Luke Yoder Construction is your trusted source for superior new home construction and home improvements provided with personable, courteous service. They have more than 10 years of experience in providing construction solutions for residential and commercial customers throughout the greater Perry and Montezuma, Georgia communities. They are fully licensed and insured for your protection and peace of mind. More information on Luke Yoder Construction is available at www.lukeyoderconstruction.com, on FaceBook at www.facebook.com/luke.yoder.397 or by calling 478-952-3420.


CRA SpeedFest 2020 will be held on Friday, January 24th and Saturday, January 25th at Crisp Motorsports Park - Home of the Watermelon Capital Speedway located in Cordele, Georgia. As is tradition, this event is held the weekend prior to the Super Bowl every year.


CRA SpeedFest 2020 will consist of a $10,000 to win 200 lap ARCA/CRA Super Series Super Late Model special non-points event and a $5000 to win 125 lap JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour Pro Late Model special non-points event. The 200 ARCA/CRA Super Series event will be an eight tire max event that will count yellow flag laps up to lap 175 with Controlled Cautions. The 125 lap JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour event will be a four tire only event that will count yellow flag laps up to lap 100.


Additional Track and CRA SpeedFest 2020 information, including purchasing advanced reserve tickets, can be found at www.crispmotorsportspark.com.


Entry forms for CRA SpeedFest 2020 will be released later this month. Additional CRA information on all CRA Series can be found at www.cra-racing.com.



CRA Junior Late Model Series Champ Moving up to JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour in 2020


Salem, Indiana (November 13, 2019): Inaugural Victory Custom Trailers CRA Junior Late Models Champion Chase Burda will be moving up to compete with the JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour Presented by Chevrolet Performance in 2020. The 14-year-old Michigan native had a very impressive season with the Victory Custom Trailers CRA Junior Late Models, getting six feature wins in the series eight events, including a stretch of four wins in a row in the series second event through the series fifth event. Burda had five heat race wins out of the seven events that featured heat races and was the MPM Marketing Fast Qualifier at seven of the eight events. Burda won the series Season Championship event at Anderson Speedway on September 28th to claim the series inaugural Championship.


“It was an awesome feeling,” remarked Chase Burda. “I was really nervous that day, even though I had a lot of confidence coming into the event. I was Fast Qualifier, then played it safe in the heat race to make sure nothing happened. I started second in the feature, once I got the lead, I wasn’t nervous anymore, just focused on hitting my marks and not making any mistakes. When Katie (Hettinger) spun towards the end, I knew that would bunch the field back together for a restart, but I was able to take the lead back and when I saw the white flag, I knew I only had a lap to keep my composure. I was shaking when I got to the checkered flag. My sister, Courtney was there when I climbed out of the car and hugged me. I was so happy! My dad and I had a goal this year to win the CRA Junior Late Model Series Championship and we did it!”


Burda also competed in an IMCA Dirt Modified during the 2019 season, his second season competing on dirt. Burda was named Rookie of the Year in the Dirt Works Eastern Region and became the youngest IMCA Modified driver to earn this award since its inception in 1993.


“As his parents, we are over the moon proud of Chase,” remarked Rob Burda, Chase Burda’s father and car owner. “He sets his goals and goes all in to achieve them. We cannot wait to see what his future holds. He is an incredible driver on both pavement and dirt.”


Chase Burda added, “I have to thank all my sponsors that helped us reach our goals this year, Rob's Service, Finish Line Auto Sales, Express Auto Graphics, Super Flight Oil, Energy Release and U.S.103. I want to thank Chris and Jessie Hettinger for the Jim Hettinger Memorial Race at Toledo, Jim was a big fan of my racing from the beginning, he did a lot to help to help me in my racing career. I would also like to thank Victory Custom Trailers for sponsoring the series, CRA for starting the series and VanDoorn Racing Development, without any of them I wouldn’t have had the opportunity to win the inaugural CRA Junior Late Model Championship.”


Burda will be racing in a VanDoorn Racing Development Chassis with the JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour in 2020, competing for the series Championship and Rookie of the Year honors. The team will also have new Chase Burda Motorsports colors in 2020 that will be revealed soon.


“I’m real excited about the upcoming 2020 season and moving up to race with the JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour,” remarked Chase Burda. “There will be many new challenges in 2020, I haven’t raced very many 100 lap features and there will be a lot of competition in each race, but I am confident we will be up for those challenges!”


More information on all the CRA Series is available at www.cra-racing.com



Hettinger Looks Forward to 2020 Season with the Victory Custom Trailers CRA Junior Late Models


Salem, Indiana (November 8, 2019): 12-year-old Dryden, Michigan native Katie Hettinger has officially announced that she will return to compete with the Victory Custom Trailers CRA Junior Late Models again in 2020. After a very successful inaugural season, the series is looking forward to an even better second season. The Victory Custom Trailers CRA Junior Late Models was a new racing series in 2019 to focus on a youth movement for short track stock car racing designed for 10 to 15-year-old drivers to compete amongst themselves for both experience and recognition in full size late models with an economical drive train and suspension alternatives.


“I am going to be coming back and race with the Victory Custom Trailers CRA Junior Late Models in 2020,” remarked Hettinger. “Johnny and Butch VanDoorn are putting a new car together for me to race with in 2020. I'm really excited to be able to race this series again, this series is a great opportunity for young drivers. 2019 went really well for my first season in a late model. I had fun racing with all the boys and I’m ready to do it again in 2020!”


Hettinger was the only female competitor to race in the series inaugural 2019 season, a season that saw her holding her own with boys from 11 to 14 years old at each event. Hettinger picked up a heat race win in the series inaugural event at Birch Run Speedway on May 18th. Her best feature finish was a third-place finish in the Birch Run inaugural series feature. Hettinger was battling in the top three on the last lap in the series feature event at Corrigan Oil Speedway on August 16th and looked to be on her way to a possible best series finish when she was involved in a turn four wreck as the cars came to the checkers.


Hettinger made the series 2019 Chase for the Championship, competing in the first two series events in the Chase to race for the series Championship, but came up just short in points to qualify in the final three to race for the series inaugural Championship at Anderson Speedway on September 28th. Hettinger finished fourth in the series final points for 2019.


Hettinger added, “One of my goals for 2020 is to qualify for the Chase for the Championship and be in the final three drivers to race for the Championship. Also, I hope that the 2020 race season will be a better season for me now that I am more familiar with the class and the tracks. I would like to thank my sponsors for a great season in 2019 and for supporting me again in 2020: Victory Custom Trailers, PxP Racewear, Race Face TV, Turn One Steering, HD5 Graphics, and my newest sponsor, VanDoorn Racing Development!”


After a very successful inaugural season, CRA officials are already hard at work on the series 2020 schedule and making minor adjustments to the 2020 rule package for the series. Both the 2020 schedule and the 2020 rules package will be released soon. New teams wanting to compete with the series in 2020 need to submit a Driver Resume, that form is available on the CRA web site under the Junior Late Model tab.


More information on the Victory Custom Trailers CRA Junior Late Models is available at www.cra-racing.com




Cretacci Wins JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour Rookie of the Year Award


Salem, IN. (November 7, 2019) – 16 year old Walkerton, Indiana native Jaden Cretacci took a huge step in his racing career for the 2019 season, by committing to run with the JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour Presented by Chevrolet Performance for the series 2019 Rookie of the Year Award and for the series Championship. By finishing 9th in the series Season Championship event on October 12th at Winchester Speedway, Cretacci claimed the 2019 JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour Rookie of the Year Award and finished sixth in the Chase for the Championship in his first full season of racing a late model.


“I'm very excited to be the JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour 2019 Rookie of the Year,” remarked Cretacci.  “It was a tough season to maintain the rookie points lead. I did not think I was going to be able to hang on with some unfortunate mechanical issues we experienced toward the end of the season. Racing with a CRA Series is quite a challenge, there is a lot of drivers that race with us that have a lot of experience. All in all, a good group of competitors.”


The 2019 season would be a huge learning curve for Cretacci but help from former two-time ARCA/CRA Super Series Champion Brian Ross would help with the learning process, especially since the former Mini-Cup racer had never raced on any of the tracks the series competes on. Cretacci season started off shaky with a 19th place DNF finish at Birch Run Speedway after being involved in an accident and a DNF 14th place finish at Bristol Motor Speedway after handling problems.


Things turned around for Cretacci at Anderson Speedway, were he came from his 18th place starting position to finish in 10th place. Cretacci finished 11th at Baer Field Motorsports Park and 14th at the very fast Memphis International Speedway against a stacked field of very talented competitors and qualified for the series 2019 Chase for the Championship.


Bad luck struck at the Battle at Berlin 251 as Cretacci’s day ended in practice after breaking a rear end, damaging his chances to compete for the series Championship, but he was still in the running for the series Rookie of the Year Award.


Cretacci and his team bounced back in a big way on Labor Day Weekend at Winchester Speedway were Cretacci was one of the fastest cars in the series practice sessions. Cretacci would finish in eighth place in that event on the lead lap. Cretacci would finish in 11th at the Fall Brawl event at Lucas Oil Raceway, keeping him atop the series rookie points heading into the season Championship event at Winchester Speedway were his ninth place finish clinched the Rookie of the Year Award.


Cretacci ended up with 548 adjusted points in the series Rookie of the Year standings, with Canadian rookie Tyler MacKenzie in second with 522. Cretacci was the highest finishing rookie in seven of the series nine-point events in 2019. In all Cretacci picked up four top ten finishes in his rookie season.


Cretacci added, “I'd like to thank my sponsors, Community Wide Credit Union, Preferred Warranties, and R & B Car Company. Also, a huge thanks to my crew Brian Ross, Harl Shafer, Grandpa, Lonnie Jimmerson, my Dad and family. Without all of their help racing would not be possible. I would also like to thank CRA for having such a great series for us to run, and JEGS for helping make this series possible. As of right now, our plans for the 2020 season is to float between both the JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour and the ARCA/CRA Super series.”


At the 2019 CRA Awards Banquet on January 3rd, Cretacci will receive a race ready carburetor from VDL Fuel Systems as well as contingency product awards from AP Racing, Holley, Port City Racecars, Howe Racing, Fluidyne, BrakeOMeter and Day Racing Products.


More information on all the CRA series is available at www.cra-racing.com.




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Drivers Ready To Make New Memories At Lanier This Weekend


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NAPLES, ME (November 13) – Ever since the return of stock car racing to Lanier Raceplex was announced earlier this year, fans and drivers alike have brought up memories of great races of the past at the speedway that opened in 1982. On Saturday afternoon, new memories will be made when the Pro All Stars Series (PASS) National Super Late Model Championship will be decided in the Lanier National 200.  While the championship will conclude a season that began at Richmond Raceway in March, the Lanier National 200 will pay $6,000 to the race winner, and an eye-popping $1,000 just to start.  Joining the PASS Super Late Models at Lanier, will be three divisions of Legends cars and the Bandoleros.  The Legends Pro/Masters will race for $500 to win, Semi-Pros will compete for $400 to win, and the Young Lions will race for $300 to win.

Among the early entrants, there are drivers like hometown favorite Shane Chastain and former All Pro Series racer, Randy Gentry, that raced Super Late Models at Lanier in the 1990s and 2000s.  For North Carolina teenager, Kodie Conner, you might think he never had the chance to race there.  But, in his case, you would be wrong.

"I raced a Bandolero at Lanier and we actually won," says Conner, driver of the Ameriprise Financial/Stephen Kidd/Accent Imaging/FK Rod Ends Toyota #45.  "I saw that the track was repaved a few years ago and I feel like that is a good omen since we won the last time we were there.  It's good to go to a track that has been dormant for our type of racing. Everyone is pretty much on a level racing field not knowing what gear or springs to run.  I'm just excited to be racing with PASS again, the series is awesome."    

In addition to the great racing Atlanta metro fans will be able to see on the famed 3/8-mile speedway, camping and trackside parking will be available for purchase the weekend of the race only.  Camping spots can be purchased at the track on race weekend for just $20.  

One of Lanier Raceplex's most famous views is from the tiered trackside parking along the backstretch.  Fans can purchase unreserved spots for just $10 to get a truly unique viewpoint of the Lanier National 200.    

Since being announced earlier this year, the Lanier National 200 has become oneof the most anticipated events of the season.  Hosting oval track racing for the first time in nearly a decade, the Lanier National 200 will crown the 2019 PASS National Champion.  Maine's Mike Hopkins has a commanding lead in the standings thanks to his wins at Richmond and Seekonk.  And, now that all infield buildings have been removed and hauler parking will be in the outside pit area, fans will have an unobstructed view of all the action, no matter where they sit.

Sunoco Race Fuel is the required fuel of PASS and is not available at the track.  Teams can email PASS at passracing@roadrunner.com or leave a message at 207-693-6497 to order fuel.  New England Race Fuel will bring fuel if teams need it.  Fuel must be pre-ordered by November 10.

The Lanier Raceplex will roar back to life on Friday November 15 with practice for PASS Super Late Models and Legends cars from 1PM to 5 PM.  On Saturday, November 16, pit gates will open at 8 AM, followed by practice at 10 AM, heat races for PASS Super Late Models, Legends, and Bandoleros at 12:30PM, followed by the Lanier National 200 and remaining features.  Sunday, November 17 is reserved as a rain date if needed.  

PASS Super Late Model, Legends, and Bandolero entry forms for Lanier Raceplex, can be found at ProAllStarsSeries.com.

The Pro All Stars Series is recognized as North America’s premier sanctioning body for asphalt Super Late Models and boasts such marquee events as the legendary Oxford 250 at Oxford Plains Speedway, Easter Bunny 150 at the historic Hickory Motor Speedway, and the PASS Commonwealth Classic at Richmond Raceway.  For technical information concerning all PASS divisions please send questions to passracing@roadrunner.com.  For media or marketing questions, please contact Alan Dietz at 704-231-2039 or alandietzpass@live.com.  And, don’t forget to “Like” the Pro All Stars Series on Facebook or follow us on Twitter @PASSSLM14 to keep up with breaking news as it happens.



Lanier Just Days Away From Rebirth For PASS Finale

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    NAPLES, ME (November 7) –  In just over a week, the sounds of race engines will again permeate the hills and countryside of North Georgia when the Pro All Stars Series (PASS) Super Late Models hit the pavement at Lanier Raceplex.  Throwing back to the original name of the speedway which has been shuttered for the better part of the last decade, the Lanier National 200 will pay $6,000 to win and $1,000 just to start the feature on Saturday, November 16.  Along with the 200 lap contest, points leader, Mike Hopkins of Maine, will look to be crowned the 12th PASS National Super Late Model Champion.  Joining the PASS Super Late Models in action will be feature events for Legends Pros/Masters, Semi-Pros, and Young Lions, along with racing for Bandeleros.

    Opened as a dirt track by Bud Lunsford in 1982, the .375-mile speed plant hosted the World Of Outlaws Sprint Cars six times, with open wheel legends Steve Kinser and Sammy Swindell each taking the checkered flag twice.  In 1987, Lanier National Speedway was paved and the late Darrell Brown of Alabama scored the win in the first big event there on pavement for the NASCAR Winston All-American Challenge Series. 

    From 1989-1992, Lanier hosted the NASCAR Busch Grand National Series with Ronald Cooper, Chuck Bown, David Green, and Bobby Labonte all taking home the checkered flags.  The track continued to host some of the biggest Super Late Model events in the country through the 1990s as short track pavement legends like Mike Garvey, Freddie Query, Billy Bigley, Jr., Wayne Willard, among others taking home wins at Lanier.  A new generation of drivers came up through the ranks at Lanier in the 2000s, including Bubba Pollard, Casey Roderick and Paul Kelley.

    When PASS initially began sanctioning Super Late Model races in the south, Lanier was one of the first tracks to come on board to host an event.  Georgia native Jason Hogan won the first PASS race there in 2006, while Maine’s Corey Williams took the checkered flag the most recent time PASS held a race at Lanier in 2007.

    Now in its 12th season, Super Late Model racing’s only true national championship will bring drivers together from all over North America to compete next weekend at Lanier Raceplex.  In addition to the grandstands being open, Lanier’s famed trackside parking will be available to fans for this event for just $10.  The track was repaved and all infield buildings were torn down when the facility was transformed to host drifting events and Go-Kart racing for the public.  All race cars will be pitted outside the track so fans will be able to enjoy an unobstructed view of the action from any vantage point at the speedway.  For just $20, fans and teams can camp at the speedway as well.

    Joining earlier entrants like hometown favorite Shane Chastain and former PASS champions, Derek Griffith and Tate Fogleman, Maine’s Ben Ashline and Ryan Moore are entered, along with longtime fan favorite, Randy Gentry.

    Lanier Raceplex officially roars back to life on Friday, November 15 with practice for PASS Super Late Models and Legends cars from 1 PM to 5 PM.  On Saturday, November 16, pit gates will open at 8 AM, followed by practice at 10 AM, heat races for PASS Super Late Models, Legends, and Bandoleros at 12:30PM, followed by the Lanier National 200 and remaining features.  Sunday, November 17 is reserved as a rain date if needed.

    PASS Super Late Model, Legends, and Bandolero entry forms and the complete weekend schedule for Lanier Raceplex are available at ProAllStarsSeries.com


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