Salem, Indiana (September 18, 2019): The Victory Custom Trailers CRA Junior Late Models will continue their 2019 Chase for the Championship this Saturday, September 21st in the Jim Hettinger Memorial 30 on the ¼ mile track at Toledo Speedway. Saturday’s event will be the seventh event of the inaugural 2019 season for the series sanctioned by Champion Racing Association Powered by JEGS. The event will be part of the prestigious Central Transport Glass City 200 with the ARCA Gold Cup Series Outlaw Late Models and the ARCA/CRA Super Series.
The Victory Custom Trailers CRA Junior Late Models is a new racing series in 2019 to focus on a youth movement for short track stock car racing that will see 10 to 15-year-old drivers compete amongst themselves for both experience and recognition in full size late models with an economical drive train and suspension alternatives. Friday’s race will be the sixth of eight scheduled races for the series in 2019.
Some of the key components for the rule package for the Victory Custom Trailers CRA Junior Late Models will be the mandated use of the $3900 factory sealed Chevrolet Performance 602 crate engine. Teams will also be utilizing less expensive rear ends, transmissions and springs and spec KONI Shocks. The series will also be racing on 8-inch steel wheels and utilizing 8-inch Hoosier Racing tires.
Luke Wilhelm came away with the victory in the inaugural 25 lap feature for the Victory Custom Trailers CRA Junior Late Models on May 18th at Birch Run Speedway. Chase Burda won four straight feature events with the series, at Baer Field Motorsports Park on July 6th at the Indianapolis Speedrome on July 14th, at Baer Field again on July 27th, and August 10th at Anderson Speedway. Charlie Keeven got his first series feature win in the series last event at Corrigan Oil Speedway on August 16th. Burda has five heat race wins to date and has been the MPM Marketing Fast Qualifier at all six events this season.
Burda was the regular season points Champion and earned an automatic spot in the final three drivers who will race for the series Championship in the series final event of the season at Anderson Speedway on September 28th, as long as he competes in all the Chase events. Keeven also locked himself in as one of the three drivers to compete for the Championship with his win in the first Chase for the Championship event at Corrigan Oil Speedway. The other drivers competing for the final spot include Dawson Knaul, Zack Wilhelm who is four points behind Knaul and Katelyn Hettinger who is two points behind Wilhelm. If one of those three wins the Toledo event they will be locked in as the third driver, if none of those three win, then the highest in points after Toledo will be the third driver.
On Friday, teams have the option to pre-park haulers from 6 to 7pm. On Saturday pit gates open at 10am. Practice will begin at 1pm. Qualifying for the ARCA Gold Cup Late Models and ARCA/CRA Super Series begins at 4:30pm. There will be an on-track autograph session for all three series drivers on the front stretch at 5:30pm. The racing program begins at 6:30pm with the Jim Hettinger Memorial 30 lap feature for the Victory Custom Trailers CRA Junior Late Models, followed by the ARCA Gold Cup Late Models 100 lap feature and then the ARCA/CRA Super Series 100 lap feature.
More event and track information are available at www.toledospeedway.com.
More information on all the CRA Series is available at www.cra-racing.com.