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Bristol Asks Sanctioning Bodies to Look at Possibility of Limiting Number of Participants

Teams Encouraged to Enter in the Next Week, Prior to Final Decision Being Made

 

          Salem, IN) - Officials from Bristol Motor Speedway have asked the sanctioning bodies for the Short Track U. S. Nationals at Bristol Motor Speedway presented by Vore's Welding to look at the distinct possibility of limiting the number of participants for the events on May 19-21.  Early interest and entries have indicated to officials that many of the projections for numbers of participants may be exceeded.  With large numbers and limited hours in the day, track officials want to make sure that their participants are fairly served.  The posted schedule of events is very tight, and expanding the numbers of participants even further may not be possible.

 

As a result of this consideration by track officials, teams that have not already entered are encouraged to do so in the next week.  Early entry lists will be posted in the near future, and a final determination of division participant limits may be based on the number of paid entries in each division.  Links to entry forms or entry info can be found below.

 

Super Late Model Entry Form:

https://carstour.wufoo.com/forms/r1jq57kr0e9ybdh/

 

Late Model Stock Entry Form:

https://carstour.wufoo.com/forms/s1ulryl91ww8oph/

 

Pro Late Model/JEGS Tour Entry Form:

https://carstour.wufoo.com/forms/s1gthq3e1035xd0/

 

Street Stock Entry Form:

https://carstour.wufoo.com/forms/s30h5ao0d2ld8g/

 

Compact Entry Info:

http://www.voresracing.com/

 

Modified Entry Info (Online entry to be available 2-13-17):

http://topspeedmods.com/

 

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

 

NEW DETAILS UNVEILED FOR SHORT TRACK U.S. NATIONALS


 
Highlights:
 Tickets and pit passes now available for the Short Track U.S. Nationals, beginning at $45 for a Saturday/Sunday combo GA ticket
 Pit passes available starting at $30 for a Friday pass
 Open test sessions scheduled for April 29 and May 13 at $100 per entry
 Daily schedule for Short Track U.S. Nationals released
 Entry Form Details Updated

 
BRISTOL, Tenn. (Jan. 19, 2017) - Bristol Motor Speedway officials announce additional details on May's Short Track U.S. Nationals, primed to be the largest late model event in history.

 
Tickets and pit passes are now on sale for the event, scheduled for May 19-21, with different levels of purchasing options. In addition, the Speedway will hold two open test sessions to offer teams the chance to tune their cars prior to the late model weekend at the World's Fastest Half-Mile. 

 
''Everyone at Bristol Motor Speedway is looking forward to this new event for 2017,'' said Jerry Caldwell, executive vice president and general manager of Bristol Motor Speedway. ''We're pleased to release important information for both fans and competitors and will continue to do so as the event draws near. The Short Track U.S. Nationals is going to be an outstanding event and we look forward to welcoming racers and their families to the Tri-Cities region and encourage race fans to tune in following the conclusion of the NASCAR All-Star event at Charlotte Motor Speedway.''

 
Grandstand tickets are available individually on Saturday and Sunday or as part of a two-day combo ticket. The two-day combo ticket starts at just $45 for adults and $10 for kids 12-and-under while a Saturday GA ticket is $20 and a Sunday GA ticket is $30. Both single day tickets are $5 for kids 12-and-under. Grandstand access will not be available on Friday.

 
Those interested in a VIP experience can purchase the VIP combo which includes a grandstand seat and a pit pass for $85. Individual pit passes (available for ages 14 and up) are available for $30 on Friday, $35 on Saturday, $40 on Sunday, $70 for a Saturday/Sunday combo and $85 for a three-day combo. Please visit http://www.bristolmotorspeedway.com/tickets/us-short-track-nationals/ for more information on tickets and pit passes. A full pricing grid is available at the end of the release.

 
Camping for both drivers and spectators will be available. Full hook up camping is available for $250 while non-hook up will cost $100. Please contact Daniel Warren at dwarren@bristolmotorspeedway.com for more information on camping availability.

 
The Speedway also will host two open test sessions for competitors prior to race day. Held on Saturday, April 29 and Saturday, May 13, the sessions will cost $100 per entry (car and driver) and $25 per crew. To register, please visit https://events.com/r/en_US/registration/short-track-us-nationals-open-test-days-bristol-april-26567

 
The official daily schedule for the Short Track U.S. Nationals is as follows: (Schedule is subject to change)

 
Thursday, May 18
Competitor parking begins (Late Afternoon)

 
Friday, May 19
Gates open: 8 a.m.
Practice begins: Noon 
(Rotating practice for all divisions)
Practice ends: 7:45 p.m.

 
Saturday, May 20
Gates Open: 8 a.m.
Practice begins: 10 a.m.
(Rotating practice for all divisions)
Practice ends: 2:15 p.m.

 
Qualifying starts: 2:30 p.m. (5 cars groups for Supers, Pros & LMS; large group qualifying for Modifieds and Street Stock)

 
Racing starts: 5 p.m.
Super Late Qualifier #1 50 laps
Super Late Qualifier #2 50 laps
Compact C Feature 15 laps
Street Stock B Feature 25 laps
Modified B Feature 25 laps
Compact B Feature 20 laps
Street Stock A Feature 50 laps
Modified A Feature 50 laps
Compact A Feature 50 laps

 
Sunday, May 21
Gates open: 9 a.m.
Warm-up starts: 11 a.m.
Supers 30 minutes
Pros 15 minutes
LMS 15 minutes

 
Re-Qualify 32: 1 p.m.
Transferred Supers

 
Racing starts: 2 p.m.
Last Chance Races

 
Feature Races:
Super Late Models 100 laps
Pro Late Models 100 laps
Late Model Stock 100 laps

 
Four of the six divisions will be releasing their entry forms this Friday at 2 p.m. The entry form for the Super Late Models can be found at www.cra-racing.com, www.southernsuperseries.com or www.carsracingtour.com. The entry form for the Late Model Stocks can be found at www.carsracingtour.com, while the entry form the for Pro Late Model/JEGS Tour race and the Street Stock portion of the show can be found at www.cra-racing.com.  

 
The final entry forms have not been released yet for the Modified and Compact portion of the event, but they are expected soon and will be found at www.topspeedmods.com and www.vctsracing.com respectively.
Any competitor who is interested in running the event or has questions about the rules, please contact the appropriate series. Series contact information is as follows:
Super Late Models: CRA 812-883-0455 CARS 704-662-9212 SSS 850-944-8400
JEGS/Pro Late Models: 812-883-0455
Late Model Stocks: 704-662-9212
Modifieds: 317-292-2494
Street Stocks: 812-883-0455
Compacts: 765-215-6320

 
Pricing Grid

 
Tickets (General Admission) Early Bird Race Week Kids 12 and under
Saturday, May 20 $20 $25 $5
Sunday, May 21 $30 $35 $5
Sat/Sun combo $45 $50 $10
VIP Sat/Sun (seat/pit combo) $85 $95 N/A (Pit passes for 14 and older)
*Grandstands will not be open Friday

 
Pit Passes Price
Friday $30
Saturday $35
Sunday $40
Sat/Sun $70
3-Day $85
*Must be at least 14 years of age to purchase a Pit Pass

 
About Bristol Motor Speedway 
Forged amid the scenic mountains of Northeast Tennessee near the Virginia state line, Bristol Motor Speedway is The Last Great Colosseum, a versatile multi-use venue that hosts major auto races, football games, concerts and many other captivating events. The facility features a 0.533-mile concrete oval race track with 28-degree corner banking and 650-feet straightaways that offers racing in several NASCAR touring series, highlighted by two major Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series weekends. While at the track, fans are offered a unique viewing experience courtesy of Colossus, the world's largest outdoor center-hung four-sided video screen with a 540,000-watt audio system. The adjacent quarter-mile dragstrip, Bristol Dragway, offers more than 70 events annually, including the marquee NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals. Three football games have kicked-off inside the oval, most notably the 2016 Pilot Flying J Battle at Bristol, where border rivals the University of Tennessee and Virginia Tech met before an NCAA-record crowd of 156,990. In existence since 1961, Bristol Motor Speedway was purchased in 1996 by Speedway Motorsports, Inc., a publicly traded company that is a leading marketer and promoter of motorsports entertainment in the United States. For more information, please visit www.bristolmotorspeedway.com

 

 

Advanced Entries Continue to Arrive for CRA SpeedFest 2017

 Salem, IN (January 12, 2017) - Champion Racing Association Powered by JEGS officials have announced additional entries that have arrived for the upcoming CRA SpeedFest 2017, which will be held on Saturday, January 28th and Sunday, January 29th 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 2017 will once again consist of a 200 lap ARCA/CRA Super Series Super Late Model special non-points event and a 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 and will count yellow flag laps up to lap 175. The 125 lap JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour event will be a four tire only event and will count yellow flag laps up to lap 100. In addition, the SpeedFest 2017 will also feature a 20 lap Legend feature and a 15 lap Bandolero feature.

 

Highlighting the latest group of entries for CRA SpeedFest 2017 is defending Super Late Model SpeedFest event winner Bubba Pollard from Senoia, Georgia. Pollard has been one of the top Super Late Model drivers in the country for many years. Pollard is a two time winner of the $35,000 win Winter Showdown at Kern County Raceway Park in California in February. Pollard already has his first victory of the 2017 season by winning the Red Eye 100 last Saturday at New Smyrna Speedway.

 

Former NASCAR Xfinity Series racer Casey Roderick is entered for the Pro Late Model event in legendary Ronnie Sanders car. Roderick finished third in last year SpeedFest Pro Late Model event. Roderick has scored five Southern Super Series victories the last three seasons. Roderick also has a victory in 2017, he won the 125 lap Pro Late Model race at New Smyrna Speedway last Saturday night.

 

Brandon Setzer, son of former NASCAR great Dennis Setzer, is entered for the Super Late Model event. Setzer led 51 laps of last year's SpeedFest Super Late Model event before contact with another competitor ended his day while leading. Setzer scored three CARS Super Late Model victories over the past two seasons as well as two PASS South Series victories. 

Canadian Raphael Lessard is also entered for the Super Late Model event with David Gilliland Racing. Lessard came on the late model scene in 2016 and opened a lot of eyes while winning the 2016 CARS Super Late Model Tour Championship with a series leading four wins. Lessard got a third place finish his ARCA/CRA Super Series debut at Lucas Oil Raceway in July and was one of the top running cars in the Winchester 400, leading 46 laps before being involved in a lap 395 incident.

Former Watermelon Capital Speedway Late Model Champion Chris Dilbeck is entered to try and best his second place finish in last year's SpeedFest Pro Late Model event. Dilbeck is also entered to make his ARCA/CRA Super Series debut in the Super Late Model portion of SpeedFest 2017.

 

California native Zane Smith is entered for the Super Late Model event. Smith has been a top late model driver the past couple of seasons and will race the full ARCA Racing Series schedule in 2017, he finished third in last year's Super Late Model SpeedFest event after being the events Fast Qualifier.

 

Florida competitor Stephen Nasse is also entered. Nasse went to victory late last season at New Smyrna Speedway and was another one of the fastest cars at the end of the Winchester 400 until the lap 395 incident ended his day.

Other top drivers entered for the Super Late Model portion of SpeedFest include Texas racer Derek Scott Jr., Alabama racer Connor Okrzesik, Georgia's Scotty Ellis and North Carolina's Chase Purdy in a team car to Lessard. CRA veteran competitor Eddie Van Meter is entered, the Indiana native was the 2016 CRA Late Model Sportsman Champion and runner-up in the Winchester 400. Other CRA regulars entered includes Michigan racer Jordan Pruitt and Indiana racer Hunter Jack, who will run for the ARCA/CRA Super Series Rookie of the Year in 2017.

 

JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour regulars Phil and father Andy Bozell are entered to return for the Pro Late Model portion of SpeedFest, they finished seventh and eighth in last year's event.  2016 JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour Rookie of the Year Jack Dossey III is entered and rookie runner-up Joshua James is also entered. 13 year old Michigan native Carson Hocevar is entered. Hocevar made four series starts in 2016 with 3 top five finishes and set the track record in qualifying at Berlin Raceway. He plans to run for the series Rookie of the Year and Championship in 2017.

 

Other drivers entered for the Pro Late Model portion of SpeedFest include Missouri racers Joe Ross, who finished 14th in last year's event , and David Strode who will be making his series debut in a team car to Ross. Veteran Florida racer Stuart Dutton is entered, he is a multi-time winner at Watermelon Capital Speedway and looks to win his first SpeedFest event. New Jersey native Joe Graf Jr., a regular in the SK Modified Light division at Stafford Motor Speedway, is entered to make his SpeedFest and CRA debut. 

 

The drivers above join the list of drivers already entered for SpeedFest including Erik Jones, Sterling Marlin, Harrison Burton, Christian Eckes, Cole Williams, Steve Dorer, Jay and Tate Fogelman, Chandler Smith, Dalton Grindle, Kevin Herbert, Christopher Tullis, Justin South, Bobby Knox Jr., Hunter Byrd and Kent Crane.

 

Additional entries for both events are expected to continue to arrive over the next two weeks leading up to the event. CRA would like to remind any driver not entered yet that the advance entry deadline for CRA SpeedFest 2017 is this Saturday, January 14th, after that date teams will have to pay an additional $50 late fee to enter.

 

Teams are also reminded that CRA SpeedFest 2017 is part of the Road To Bristol, the winner of the Super Late Model event at SpeedFest and the winner and second place finisher of the JEGS Tour/Pro Late Model event at SpeedFest will all have guaranteed feature starts for their respective 100 lap features in the U. S. Nationals of Short Track Racing at Bristol Motor Speedway in May.

 

Track and CRA SpeedFest 2017 information, including purchasing advance tickets, can be found at www.crispmotorsportspark.com.

 

All information on CRA, including rules, license forms and the entry forms for both CRA SpeedFest 2017 events, can be found at www.cra-racing.com

 

''CRA Road to Bristol'' Program Details Announced

CRA Events Prior to Bristol Carry Extra Weight Heading Into the U.S. Nationals of Short Track Racing

            (Salem, IN) - Champion Racing Association (CRA) officials announced today the ''CRA Road to Bristol'' program for teams in the ARCA/CRA Super Series powered by JEGS, the JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour presented by Chevrolet Performance and the Lawrence Towing/CRA Street Stocks. While the U.S. Nationals of Short Track Racing presented by Vore's Welding at Bristol Motor Speedway May 19-21, is being hailed as the biggest short track racing event for 2017, officials see the events prior to Bristol as having major significance as well.

            For the Super Late Models in the ARCA/CRA Super Series, there are four events prior to their inaugural event at Bristol Motor Speedway (co-sanctioned by the CARS Tour and the Southern Super Series). Those events are CRA SpeedFest 2017 at Watermelon Capital Speedway in Georgia, the Southern Super Series co-sanctioned event at Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville in Tennessee, the 7-UP 100 at Toledo Speedway in Ohio and the 125-lap tune up for the Anderson 400 at Anderson Speedway in Indiana. For the U.S. Nationals of Short Track Racing, CRA officials plan to have provisionals for the top two in series points that don't make it through Saturday's qualifying. In addition, guaranteed starting spots in Sunday's 100-lap feature will go to the winners of each one of the events previously mentioned, if those teams do not make it in through Saturday's qualifying.

            The JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour teams will also find a number of different ways to be guaranteed a start in their respective Bristol event. First, the top two in 2017 series points that don't make the event through other qualifying opportunities will have provisional starting spots. Additionally, the top two finishers in the SpeedFest event and the Baer Field Motorsports Park season opening event will have a guaranteed spot in the main event field if they do not make it in through other qualifying opportunities.

            For the CRA Street Stocks, the three events leading up to Bristol are Cabin Fever at Lucas Oil Raceway in Indianapolis, the $3,000 to Win 200 lap event at Shady Bowl Speedway in Ohio (the first event in the CRA Street Stock Four Crown Championship), and a 75-Lap event at Anderson Speedway. The top two in series points that have been to all the events, which fail to make the main feature through other qualifying opportunities, will have a guaranteed starting spot in the U.S. Nationals of Short Track Racing main feature. In addition, the top two finishers in the previously mentioned first three events of the season will also have a guaranteed starting spot if they do not make the main feature through other qualifying opportunities.

            Officials also announced that all main features will have a minimum of 36 cars if necessary to accommodate the guaranteed starters, therefore, plenty of spots are available for ANY team to make the main feature through qualifying on Saturday. Officials expect to have multiple features in every division, therefore EVERY racer present with a legal car, will have the opportunity to race in a feature, with a special ''U.S. Nationals of Short Track Racing at Bristol Motor Speedway'' trophy to honor their victory at the legendary track.

            Full purse details and entry forms are expected to be released on www.cra-racing.com in January.  

 

 

2017 JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour Schedule Released

Series will Feature New Chase Format to Determine Season Champion

 

Salem, Indiana (December 6, 2016): Champion Racing Association Powered by JEGS has officially released the 2017 schedule for the JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour Presented by Chevrolet Performance. The JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour 2017 schedule will consist of 13 total races, with 12 of those being point events. 2017 will be the seventh season of competition for the crate late model touring series sanctioned by Champion Racing Association. 

 

"We are really excited about the 2017 schedule with the JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour," remarked R.J. Scott, Managing Partner of CRA. "We have a great mix of events on the schedule again that will challenge our drivers throughout the season and provide some great racing for our fans!"  

 

A new format to determine a series champion will be used in all CRA divisions in 2017. Similar to the top levels of racing now and all major sports, CRA will utilize a regular season of events to determine those who are eligible to compete in the post season for a championship. The final four scheduled races will be utilized as the playoffs or Chase. Prior to the start of the final four races, the top 8 teams in Wins (then Points) that have attended 75% of the events are eligible for the Chase. Prior to the season's LAST event, the top 4 CHASE TEAMS in Wins (then points) during the CHASE and were at all CHASE events, will race for the season's championship, with the highest finishing team in that event declared the season's champion.

 

''Our new championship format brings more value to winning during the regular season,'' noted CRA co-owner and Series Director Glenn Luckett, ''and it will create great excitement down the stretch. The new championship format will also provide more opportunities to win a championship to more teams.  We floated the idea to a number of different people before deciding to go this route, and while everyone noted it was very different for short track racing, every one of them was excited about its implementation.  The final weeks and the final event of the season will have so much energy and buzz...we're excited to have fans and racers alike experience that excitement.  We think this is going to be great for short track racing!''

 

The 2017 racing season kicks off with the traditional non-points opener for both the ARCA/CRA Super Series Powered by JEGS and the JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour with CRA SpeedFest 2017 at Watermelon Capital Speedway in Cordele, Georgia on Saturday-Sunday, January 28th & 29th. The JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour race will be a 125 lap four tire event, counting yellow flag laps up to lap 100. This event has traditionally attracted the best Pro Late Model drivers from both the North and the South in this early season battle. 

 

The JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour will then kick off its 2017 point season on Sunday, April 30th in the series first ever visit to Baer Field Motorsports Park, located in Fort Wayne, Indiana. The half-mile track has hosted several other CRA events since 1998. 

 

The series will then head south to Bristol Motor Speedway as part of the huge U.S. Nationals of Short Track Racing in a 100 lap event that will pay $5000 to win on Saturday-Sunday, May 20th & 21st. That will be CRA's first ever events at the famed ''last coliseum''.

 

The series will then head to Lebanon I-44 Speedway, in Lebanon, Missouri for the prestigious 5th Annual Masters of the Pros 144 on Saturday, June 3rd. The 144 lap event will pay $8000 to win plus bonuses, making it one of the highest paying crate late model events in the country again in 2017, plus the winner will be awarded a signature green jacket, similar to the one that is known for adorning the champion of golf's Masters event.

 

The series will then visit the famed High Banks of Salem Speedway, in Salem, Indiana on Saturday, June 17th.The series will then make its first ever visit to Kil-Kare Speedway in Xenia, Ohio on Saturday, July 9th. That track will reopen for the 2017 season after being closed for the last two years. The track hosted an ARCA/CRA Super Series event in 2013 and 2014. 

 

The series will then head north for its first Michigan race of the season at Berlin Raceway located in Marne on Saturday, July 15th, the first of three straight series events in that state. The Michigan trip continues on Saturday, August 5th at Auto City Speedway in Clio, and will then head just down the road to Dixie Motor Speedway in Birch Run on Friday, August 18th. 

 

The series will then head to the legendary 1/2 mile high-banks of Winchester Speedway in Winchester, Indiana on Sunday, September 3rd to kick off the famous World Stock Car Festival on Labor Day Weekend. The series will then head to Owosso Speedway in Ovid, Michigan for an event on Saturday, September 9th. 

 

The series will then be the featured event at Fall Brawl 2017 at Lucas Oil Raceway just outside of Indianapolis, Indiana on Saturday-Sunday, September 23rd & 24th. The JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour will crown their 2017 Tour Champion at Winchester Speedway as part of the 46th Annual Winchester 400 Weekend on Friday, October 6th in its second visit of the season to Winchester Speedway. 

 

For more information about all four touring series' within Champion Racing Association, please go to the series website at: www.cra-racing.com. You can also follow CRA on Facebook at: www.facebook.com and search for "Champion Racing Association" as well as Twitter at: www.twitter.com/CRAracing.

 

2017 ARCA/CRA Super Series Powered by JEGS Schedule Released

Series will Feature New Chase Format to Determine Season Champion

Salem, Indiana (December 6, 2016): Champion Racing Association Powered by JEGS has officially released the 2017 Schedule for the ARCA/CRA Super Series Powered by JEGS. The ARCA/CRA Super Series 2017 season will consist of 15 total races, with 14 of those being point events. 2017 will be the 21st season of competition for the Template Super Late Model touring series that first raced in 1997. 

"We are really excited about the 2017 schedule with the ARCA/CRA Super Series," remarked R.J. Scott, Managing Partner of CRA. "Our 21st season will provide our drivers with a great variety of challenging races on some of the best race tracks in the nation, with some of the most prestigious late model events in the country!"  

A new format to determine a series champion will be used in all CRA divisions in 2017. Similar to the top levels of racing now and all major sports, CRA will utilize a regular season of events to determine those who are eligible to compete in the post season for a championship.  The final four scheduled races will be utilized as the playoffs or Chase.  Prior to the start of the final four races, the top 8 teams in Wins (then Points) that have attended 75% of the events are eligible for the Chase.  Prior to the season's LAST event, the top 4 CHASE TEAMS in Wins (then points) during the CHASE and were at all CHASE events, will race for the season's championship, with the highest finishing team in that event declared the season's champion.

''Our new championship format brings more value to winning during the regular season,'' noted CRA co-owner and Series Director Glenn Luckett, ''and it will create great excitement down the stretch. The new championship format will also provide more opportunities to win a championship to more teams.  We floated the idea to a number of different people before deciding to go this route, and while everyone noted it was very different for short track racing, every one of them was excited about its implementation.  The final weeks and the final event of the season will have so much energy and buzz...we're excited to have fans and racers alike experience that excitement.  We think this is going to be great for short track racing!'' 

The 2017 racing season kicks off with the traditional non-points opener for both the ARCA/CRA Super Series and the JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour with CRA SpeedFest 2017 at Watermelon Capital Speedway in Cordele, Georgia on Saturday-Sunday, January 28th & 29th. The ARCA/CRA Super Series race will be a 200 lap event, counting yellow flag laps up to lap 175. This event has traditionally attracted the best Super Late Model drivers from both the North and the South in this early season battle. 

The ARCA/CRA Super Series will then kick off its 2017 point season on Friday-Saturday, April 7th & 8th at the famous Fairgrounds Speedway in Nashville. The event will be a co-sanctioned event with the Southern Super Series and the race program will include the ARCA Racing Series Presented by Menards.

The series will then head north to Toledo Speedway, located in Toledo, on Saturday, April 22nd for a 100 lap event with the outlaw-bodied ARCA Late Models also having a 100 lap feature. From there the series will travel to Anderson Speedway, located in Anderson, Indiana, on Saturday, May 6th, the first of two events on the fast quarter mile oval.  

The series will then head to Bristol Motor Speedway as part of the huge U.S. Nationals of Short Track Racing, an event that will be co-sanctioned by the Southern Super Series and the CARS Tour on Saturday-Sunday May 20th & 21st. That will be CRA's first ever events at the famed ''last coliseum''. 

The series will then head to Baer Field Motorsports Park in Fort Wayne, IN on Saturday, June 10th, that track returned to the series schedule in 2015 after several seasons. 

On Saturday, June 24th the series returns to Anderson Speedway for the famed Redbud 400. The event is being increased to 400 laps for the 2017 addition and it will have an increased purse for the battle on the fast quarter mile.

The series will then be part of an ARCA Doubleheader event on Friday, July 21st at the famed Lucas Oil Raceway, located just outside of Indianapolis, Indiana. The ARCA Racing Series Presented by Menards will also be in action in that event. That will be the only event for the series at Lucas Oil Raceway in 2017.

 

The series will then return to Kil-Kare Speedway in Xenia, Ohio on Sunday, July 30th. That track will reopen for the 2017 season after being closed for the last two seasons. The series last race there in 2014 when Brandon Oakley scored his first ever series victory. 

The series will then head to Kalamazoo Speedway located just outside of Kalamazoo, Michigan to be part of the famous Kalamazoo Klash event on Wednesday, August 9th. The series stays in Michigan for its next event three days later at Flat Rock Speedway on Saturday, August 12th.

The series will then go to Berlin Raceway located in Marne, Michigan on Saturday, August 25th for the Battle at Berlin 251 event with its huge purse and the racer friendly format that was used for last year's 251. This is event will return as a series points race and is scheduled to mark the start of the Championship Chase.

The series will then make its first of two visits to the famous High Banks of Winchester Speedway located in Winchester, Indiana for the traditional World Stock Car Festival over Labor Day Weekend, with the feature event on Monday, September 4th. 

As previously announced the series will return to Toledo Speedway on Saturday, September 16th for a 100 lap event as part of the famed Glass City 200, which will also include a 100 lap event for the outlaw-bodied ARCA Late Models. Each race will pay $5000 to win and $800 to start.

The ARCA/CRA Super Series will crown their 2017 Tour Champion with the 46th Running of the prestigious Winchester 400 on Sunday, October 8th, in its second visit of the season to Winchester Speedway.

For more information about all four touring series' within Champion Racing Association Powered by JEGS, please go to the series website at: www.cra-racing.com. You can also follow CRA on Facebook at: www.facebook.com and search for "Champion Racing Association" as well as Twitter at: www.twitter.com/CRAracing. 

2017 ARCA/CRA Super Series Schedule

DATE TRACK LAPS

Sat./Sun., January 28-29   Watermelon Capital Speedway 200

Fri/Sat, April 7-8***           Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville C-SSS 125

Saturday, April 22         Toledo Speedway 100

Saturday, May 6 Anderson Speedway 125

Sat./Sun., May 20-21*** Bristol Motor Speedway C-SSS/CARS 100

Saturday, June 10 Baer Field Motorsports Park 100

Saturday, June 24 Anderson Speedway 400

Friday, July 21 Lucas Oil Raceway 100

Sunday, July 30 Kil-Kare Speedway 125

Wednesday, August 9 Kalamazoo Speedway 125

Saturday, August 12 Flat Rock Speedway 125

CHAMPIONSHIP CHASE BEGINS -Top 8 in Wins (then Points) that have attended 75% of the events are eligible

Saturday, August 26 Berlin Raceway 251

Sun./Mon., September 3-4 Winchester Speedway 100

Saturday, September 16 Toledo Speedway 100

CHAMPIONSHIP RACE - Top 4 CHASE Drivers in Wins (then points) during the CHASE and at all CHASE events

Sat./Sun., October 7-8 Winchester Speedway 400


 

 

BRISTOL MOTOR SPEEDWAY TO HOST U.S. NATIONALS OF SHORT TRACK RACING; 

SIX TOP DIVISIONS TO COMPETE AT THE LAST GREAT COLOSSEUM IN 2017

Historic inaugural event to showcase the best in the world of short track stock car racing

Highlights:

 *        Bristol Motor Speedway, the World's Fastest Half-Mile, will host the Inaugural U.S. Nationals of Short Track Racing, May 19-21, 2017

 *      Six different categories of stock car racing will be featured at the U.S. Nationals of Short Track Racing, including Super Late Models, Pro (Crate) Late Models, Late Model Stocks, ICAR/Florida-Type Modifieds, Street Stocks and Compacts

 *        The marquee event in the world of Late Model Stock Car racing, which will be presented by Vore's Welding & Steel, will be sanctioned by five different  prominent stock car sanctioning bodies representing eight different racing series.

    *     Multiple NASCAR Cup, Xfinity and Truck drivers are among those expected to register and compete in this signature event at BMS. Several past winners of similar high profile Super Late Model events include Kyle Busch, Chase Elliott, Erik Jones, John Hunter Nemechek and William Byron.

BRISTOL, Tenn. (Dec. 2, 2016) - The world's best late model stock car racers will descend upon the World's Fastest Half-Mile in 2017 when Bristol Motor Speedway, The Last Great Colosseum and one of the most famous short tracks in the world, hosts the Inaugural U.S. Nationals of Short Track Racing, May 19-21.


 

The signature event will be sanctioned by five different sanctioning bodies and for the first time in stock car racing history, will bring together six top categories of racing to compete on the same track in one spectacular weekend of action. Champion Racing Association powered by JEGS (CRA), who took the lead sanction body role in developing this event, will be co-sanctioning the Super Late Model race with their ARCA/CRA Super Series Powered by JEGS along with The CARS Super Late Model Tour (CARS) and the Southern Super Series (SSS).  CRA will also oversee the action for the crate late model event with their JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour presented by Chevrolet and the Street Stocks, while the CARS officials will oversee the Late Model Stock portion of the event with their CARS Late Model Stock Tour.  The compacts will be organized and overseen by the Vore's Compact Touring Series while the Modified portion of the weekend will be sanctioned by International Championship Auto Racing (ICAR) Top Speed Modified Tour.  The U. S. Nationals of Short Track Racing is being presented by Vore's Welding & Steel.


 

''Bristol Motor Speedway is proud to announce today that in 2017 it will host the biggest and what promises to be the most exciting event in short track stock car racing history,'' said Jerry Caldwell, executive vice president and general manager of Bristol Motor Speedway. ''We're looking forward to fans joining us following the NASCAR All-Star race at Charlotte Motor Speedway. It will surely be an event you won't want to miss.''   


 

These powerful and exciting cars thundering around the high banks of Bristol Motor Speedway are guaranteed to produce some thrilling action. At Bristol we have a long history of putting on events that are considered the biggest and the best, and we feel this race weekend has great potential to achieve that status in the world of short track stock car racing.''     


 

The premier event at BMS will join the likes of some of short track racing's most revered events, including the prestigious Snowball Derby in Florida, Indiana's famed Winchester 400 and Nashville's All-American 400.


 

''This event is a dream come true for everyone involved with short track racing,'' noted CRA Founder/President R. J. Scott.  ''Immediately, it becomes an historic and nationally significant event, which everyone will want to be a part of.  There are a few great trophies that everyone wants to have in racing, and you can add the trophy from the U.S. Nationals of Short Track Racing to that list.  Three of the most respected words in racing are Bristol...Motor...Speedway.''


 

Scott went on to add, ''A couple of key people in helping make all this happen are Steve Vore for taking on the role of presenting sponsor and Norm Partin of Nashville for his key role in helping to build this event through his long standing relationship with Bristol Motor Speedway.''


 

''It is thrilling that Vore's Compact Touring Series racers, along with five other great stock car divisions will get the chance to make history with the U.S. Nationals of Short Track Racing presented by Vore's Welding & Steel at Bristol Motor Speedway,'' commented Steve Vore, owner of the Vore's Welding & Steel and the Vore's Compact Touring Series.


 

For the modifieds, ICAR/Top Speed Modified Series owner Dave Muzillo noted, ''I'm looking forward to bringing these types of modifieds that race all around the country, together at one race track, and watch them battle it out for the title at this historic event...it will be exciting!''


 

Multiple NASCAR Cup, Xfinity and Camping World Truck series drivers are expected to compete in this major event at BMS. Several past winners of similar high profile Super Late Model events include Kyle Busch, Chase Elliott, Erik Jones, John Hunter Nemechek and William Byron.


 

''This is an epic announcement for short track fans, drivers, teams, and sponsors,'' said Chris Ragle, CARS Tour Series director. ''This will be the marquee event of asphalt short track racing next year, period. Obviously races like the Snowball Derby, Winchester 400, and Martinsville 300 for Late Model Stocks are crown jewel events, but nothing can compare to competing and putting on an event at Bristol Motor Speedway.'' 


 

the six categories of racing to be featured at the U.S. Nationals of Short Track Racing presented by Vore's Welding & Steel are:

Super Late Models - The premier division of asphalt short track racing cars in the United States. These cars typically feature 600-plus horsepower engines under the hood of a custom built chassis weighing around 2,750 pounds. 

Pro Late Models - These racecars are similar to those in Super Late Model but they all must utilize a specific factory crate engine. The crate engines are built by the participating auto manufacturers, including General Motors and Ford.

Late Model Stocks - These machines evolved in the Carolinas and are raced primarily at weekly asphalt tracks located throughout the Mid-Atlantic region of the United States. These cars weigh approximately 3,100 pounds and their engines pump out about 400 horsepower.

Street Stocks - This entry category is a popular developmental opportunity for those who aspire to gain experience and become future stars of the Late Model Stock scene. The cars in this division must be 1960-2016 models of rear wheel drive street cars that must remain stock appearing and equipped with eight cylinder engines weighing in the neighborhood of 3200 pounds. 

ICAR / Florida-Type Modifieds - This open wheel style of racing originated on the short track paved ovals of Indiana and is now featured at race tracks throughout the country.  The fender-less machines are powered by V8 engines with a minimum weight of 2,600 pounds.

Compacts - This exciting class showcases four and six-cylinder, front wheel drive compact cars. These smaller wheelbase race cars are popular because the class is predominantly made up of the compact cars seen on the streets today.

The weekend schedule will feature practice sessions for all six classes on Friday, May 19.  On Saturday the 20th, practice for all six classes will resume with qualifying for all divisions. Two qualifying races for Super Late Model and main events for Compacts, Modifieds and Street Stocks will be the featured racing on Saturday evening. On Sunday the 21st, the three main classes will get warm up laps starting at 11 a.m. Final qualifying for Super Late Models will be held at 1 p.m. The 100-lap main events for Super Late Models, Pro Late Models and Late Model Stocks will begin at 2 p.m.


 

''I think with today's announcement it goes to show when you are unified and are willing to work together great things can be accomplished,'' said Jack McNelly, CARS Tour Series owner. ''This event took a lot of work and cooperation from all parties to make this event a reality. I don't know a short track racer who doesn't aspire to race at Bristol one day. It's the most iconic short track in North America, if not the world, and come May racers from across the country are going to get that opportunity.''


 

Southern Super Series and Five Flags Speedway owner Tim Bryant summed up the excitement and thoughts looking forward, ''It has truly been exciting to see that all of this is finally going to take place, and it will surely create a buzz in the short track industry.  We've still got a lot of work to do and details to finalize, but it was time to let the world know to put May 19th to 21st on their calendars for this MUST SEE short track event. We are thrilled to be a part of it and look forward to working with everyone.''


 

BMS will provide details on tickets, camping and general information at a later date. Be sure to check back regularly at bristolmotorspeedway.com for updates.  

Racers should follow the websites of the appropriate sanctioning bodies for more news and information when those items are finalized and released this winter.