Four Drivers Set to Battle for 2019 Championship
Salem, IN. (October 8, 2019) – The JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour Presented by Chevrolet Performance will close out their ninth season of competition this Friday on the famous High Banks of Winchester Speedway, helping kickoff the big 48th Annual Winchester 400 Weekend Presented by CB Fabricating. A talented field of 29 teams are currently entered to compete in the JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour Winchester 100 Presented by JEGS.com on Friday evening. That event will be the tenth point’s event of the 2019 season for the series after losing one event to weather and one event that was cancelled.
2019 was the third season CRA has used the Chase for the Championship format to crown their Champions in all five of its series. Six drivers were locked into the final four JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour Champion Chase for the Championship events. The first Chase event at Berlin Raceway was won by non-Chase driver Kyle Jones. The second Chase event at Winchester Speedway on Labor Day Weekend was won by non-Chase driver Stephen Nasse. The third Chase event at Lucas Oil Raceway was won by non-Chase driver Jake Garcia. Rookies Tyler MacKenzie and Jaden Cretacci were eliminated after the Lucas Oil Raceway Chase event as the two lowest in Chase points after the first three events, giving four drivers a shot to win the 2019 series Championship.
The those four drivers racing for the Championship on Friday includes 2019 Regular Season Points Champion Dan Leeck, who was the 2014 series Champion, second in Chase points Mason Keller, a series winner at Winchester on Labor Day Weekend in 2018, third in Chase points Mandy Chick and fourth in Chase points Trever McCoy. The driver finishing the highest of those four in Friday’s Winchester 100 Presented by JEGS.com will be crowned the 2019 series Champion. All six of the original Chase drivers are entered for Friday’s event.
Four-time event winner Travis Barden is entered. Braden won this event in 2011, 2014, 2016 and again in 2017. The 2016 Winchester 400 winner has six total series wins and is the only driver to win this event more than one time. Braden has competed full-time with the ARCA Menards Series the past two years and is the only former Winchester 400 winner entered for Sunday’s Winchester 400.
Florida native Stephen Nasse is entered and comes in as one of the favorites for Friday’s race and Sunday’s 400 after sweeping both the JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour and the ARCA/CRA Super Series 100 lap events on Labor Day Weekend at Winchester.
Defending event winner Wes Griffith Jr. is entered. Griffith Jr. led all 100 laps of last year’s event, holding off Nasse to get the win by just over two and a half seconds.
2017 and 2018 series Champion Jack Dossey III is entered. Dossey III has had great runs at Winchester Speedway with the series but is still looking for his first series win. He finished in third place in last years event to claim the 2018 Championship.
2013 and 2016 series Champion Cody Coughlin is entered. The former Gander Outdoors NASCAR Truck Series competitor has competed in select CRA events in 2019. Coughlin has four total series wins, two in 2013 and two in 2016.
Lucas Oil Raceway series winner Jake Garcia is entered. The 14-year-old Georgia native just recently won the 2019 Pro Late Model Championship at Five Flags Speedway and picked up a Pro Late Model win earlier in the season at Crisp Motorsport’s Park.
South Carolina racer Colby Howard is entered to make his series debut on Friday. Howard recently picked up his second win in the Show Me The Money Series at Montgomery Speedway. Howard also got a win in a Pro Late Model at Five Flags Speedway. Howard has made four ARCA Menards Series starts the past two years with top ten finishes in all four.
Former series competitor Brandon Watson is entered. The Canadian has been competing mostly with the APC United Late Model Series the past several seasons, winning that series 2017 Championship and picking up 14 series wins over the past three seasons.
Other top CRA drivers entered for Friday’s series event include former series Winchester event winner Brandon Oakley, ARCA/CRA Super Series all-time starts leader Rick Turner, Sammy Smith, James Krueger, Matt Maurer, Chad Pendleton, Billy Van Meter, Justin Alsip, Jonathan Martin, Colby Lane, Bob Varney, Brandon Varney, Jared Crabtree and Josh Smith.
Things begin for the Winchester 400 Weekend with an optional load in, hauler parking and pit pass purchases on Thursday, October 10th from 3 to 7pm. Pits open on Friday, October 11th at 10:30am with rotating practice for all divisions beginning at 2:30pm. Second round practice and Group Qualifying for the Vore’s Touring Compacts and the Vore’s Welding CRA Late Model Sportsman Series and Van Hoy Oil CRA Street Stocks New Star events will start at 4:15pm. The JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour Jerico Performance Products qualifying will start at 6pm. Racing action will begin at 7pm with 8 lap heat races for the Vores Touring Compacts. The JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour Season Championship Winchester 100 Presented by JEGS.com will be up next. The Vores Touring Compacts 25 lap feature will follow that. The CRA Late Model Sportsman and CRA Street Stocks 25 lap New Star features will cap off the nights racing action.
Pits open on Saturday, October 12th at 8am, rotating practice for all divisions will begin at 10:45am. Second round practice and Group Qualifying for the CRA Late Model Sportsman Series and CRA Street Stocks will begin at 1:15pm. Qualifying for the ICAR Modifieds Run for the Gun will start at 3:30pm, Hamke Race Cars/Rowdy Manufacturing Pole Qualifying for the 48th Annual Winchester 400 for the ARCA/CRA Super Series will begin at 4pm. The race program will begin at 5pm on Saturday with the ICAR Modifieds Last Chance race if needed. The 40 lap CRA Late Model Sportsman Series Season Championship event will be up next. The ICAR Modifieds 50 lap Run for the Gun will follow. The 20 lap Thunder Roadsters will be next. The 40 lap CRA Street Stocks Season Championship event will cap off this huge night of racing. The Annual Winchester 400 Party in the Pavilion will start in immediately following the races with live music.
On Sunday, October 13th pits will open at 9am. There will be an on-track autograph session with all the 48th Annual Winchester 400 drivers starting at 12:30. Opening ceremonies will begin at 1:30 pm with the 48th Annual Winchester 400 Presented by CB Fabricating taking the green flag at 2pm.
For those fans that cannot attend the Winchester 400 Weekend events, 51 TV Pay-Per-View will broadcast all the racing events on Friday, Saturday and Sunday of the Winchester 400 Weekend. Purchase the live Winchester 400 Weekend broadcast now at Speed51.com.
Additional track and event information can be found at www.winchesterspeedway.com.
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