CRA: Chuck Barnes Jr triple crown preview

Chuck Barnes Jr. To Compete In CRA Super Series Triple Crown Louisville, KY (June 25, 2007) -- Chuck Barnes Jr. has filed an entry for The 100, a $10,000 to win, 100 lap CRA Super Series sanctioned event at O'Reilly Raceway Park on...

Chuck Barnes Jr. To Compete In CRA Super Series Triple Crown

Louisville, KY (June 25, 2007) -- Chuck Barnes Jr. has filed an entry for The 100, a $10,000 to win, 100 lap CRA Super Series sanctioned event at O'Reilly Raceway Park on Saturday, September 22. That event will be the first event in the CRA Super Series Triple Crown that will also include the Winchester 400 on October 14 at Winchester Speedway and the All American 400 at the Music City Motorplex at the Fairgrounds in Nashville, Tennessee. The Triple Crown will pay a $50,000 bonus to any driver that can win all three events, or a $10,000 bonus to any driver that can win two of the three events. If no one wins more than one event, the driver that accumulates the most points over the three events will earn a $5,000 bonus.

"I am really excited about racing in the Triple Crown events," remarked Barnes Jr. "It's a great promotion for asphalt late model racing, it's something that has been needed for a long time. This format will bring in the best racers from all over the country, and fans will get to see some great racing at all three events. The 100 at ORP will be an awesome event, I want to thank Jim Winters and Chris Gabehart for coming up with the idea and promoting that show!"

Barnes Jr., the 2004 CRA Super Series Champion, winner of the 2004 All American 400 at Nashville as well as a winner with the ARCA RE/MAX Series in 2006 and the 2006 Salem Speedway Late Model Champion, has not raced much in 2007. He spent most of the off-season building his father a new Street Stock, which he used to win the Frank Kimmel Enduro Nationals and its $10,000 first place prize at Kentucky Speedway with Barnes Jr. as the crew chief. Earlier this year Barnes Jr. also became a father, a homeowner, and took on a new full time job, all in a very short time.

" I told my dad I would build him a new car for the Kentucky Speedway show during the winter, it worked out great, he won the race, the first of its type on a speedway, but it left me with very little time to work on my own car, especially with a new full time job, buying a house and helping take care of my son Caiden. I drove Kyle Hadley's late model in a couple of races at Salem Speedway earlier this season with out much luck, but now I'm going to focus my time and effort on getting my car ready to race in the Triple Crown races later this season."

Barnes Jr. had his biggest late model victory of his career in winning the 2004 All American 400 at the Music City Motorplex at the Fairgrounds in Nashville, Tennessee, capping off his 2004 CRA Super Series Championship season, one year after being the series Rookie Of The Year. One of Barnes Jr's four career CRA Super Series wins came at Winchester Speedway during the 2005 season. Barnes Jr. has multiple wins at Salem Speedway, a track very similar to Winchester Speedway.

"The 100 at ORP will be a big challenge right off the bat for us, it's a tough track to figure out and get the right set-up for, we have not had the success their that I have had at Winchester Speedway and at the Music City Motorplex. I know we will have a lot of work to do to be ready for that race, especially with the competition that will be there, but it would be great to win that event, ORP is one of those tracks that racers dream about getting a win at, especially a race like The 100!"

-credit: www.chuckbarnesjr.com

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