CRA: Buckeye Bash on 2005 schedule

CRA Super Series To Return To Columbus Motor Speedway For The 3rd Annual Buckeye Bash Salem, IN (January 10, 2005) -- CRA Super Series officials have announced that the series will return to Columbus Motor Speedway, located in Columbus, Ohio,...

CRA Super Series To Return To Columbus Motor Speedway For The 3rd Annual Buckeye Bash

Salem, IN (January 10, 2005) -- CRA Super Series officials have announced that the series will return to Columbus Motor Speedway, located in Columbus, Ohio, for the 3rd Annual Buckeye Bash. The event is being moved from its daytime September date the last two years, back to a night race on Saturday, June 4th. The Buckeye Bash will be ran under the lights for the first time ever at Columbus Motor Speedway, but it will not be the first time under the lights for the CRA Super Series at Columbus Motor Speedway. The series first ever event at Columbus Motor Speedway was ran under the lights on Saturday, September 21, 2002. On that night Junior Hanley put on a classic battle with 16 year old Joel Kauffman that wasn't decided until the last lap with Hanley getting the victory. Kauffman finished 2nd and went on to capture the 2002 series championship.

" We are really excited to return to Columbus Motor Speedway for the 3rd Annual Buckeye Bash," remarked R.J. Scott, managing partner with the CRA Super Series. "We are really looking forward to racing under the lights again at Columbus, the track seems to have a little better grip at night, which should mean better racing, even though last years event was exciting all the way to the finish!"

Former ASA Racing Series Champion and current Hooters Pro Cup Series driver Gary St.Amant, a Columbus, Ohio native, jumped out to an early lead in the Federated Auto Parts 150 last season from his outside pole starting position. St.Amant held the lead until Scott Hantz powered by on lap 37 bringing Robbie Pyle with him. Hantz's victory that night was hard earned, as he had to fight off the persistent challenge of ASA Racing Series competitor Robbie Pyle over the last half of the race. Pyle, a former Columbus Motor Speedway competitor competing in his first ever CRA Super Series event, kept the pressure on Hantz all the way until the checkers. Pyle had Hantz sideways several times late in the event, but Hantz managed to make some great saves to hang on for the win over Pyle. St.Amant held on to finish third, with Steve Moenck in fourth and Eddie Van Meter in fifth.

More information on Columbus Motor Speedway is available at www.columbusspeedway.com. Additional information on the CRA Super Series can be found at www.sunocosuperseries.com.

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