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Super Late Models to Vie for Big Money at I-70's World Cup Weekend The 150-lap CRA Sanctioned $5000-to-Win Event is Rich with Bonus Money for Outside Teams (Odessa, MO) -- Officials from the Champion Racing Association (CRA) Super Series...

Super Late Models to Vie for Big Money at I-70's World Cup Weekend

The 150-lap CRA Sanctioned $5000-to-Win Event is Rich with Bonus Money for Outside Teams

(Odessa, MO) -- Officials from the Champion Racing Association (CRA) Super Series and I-70 Speedway, recently announced the details of the Super Late Model event during World Cup Weekend at the legendary ½ mile oval on Saturday night, October 1st. The one-day 150 lap event features a $5000 to win, $500 to start purse for 32 starting positions and only four tires for the race. In addition, track officials have posted bonuses of $400, $300, $200, $100 for the top four MARS finishers, the top four USRA finishers, the top four I-70 regulars and the top four finishers from the remaining unaffiliated teams. In addition, each of the regular Midwest based CRA teams are guaranteed a minimum $200 travel bonus.

The excitement around World Cup Weekend is growing even more these days with the tight points battle in the CRA Super Series. The World Cup event will be the next to last race in the battle for the 2005 Championship. Heading into the race, six different drivers still have a legitimate shot at the Championship title. Currently, Bobby Parsley, the 2003 series champion, holds a slim margin over Eddie Van Meter, Jeff Lane, Eddie Hoffman, J. R. Roahrig, and Chris Gabehart in the tightest points battle in series history. Four of the point contenders raced in last year's World Cup, where many will remember Lane and Hoffman looked to be the class of the field early, only to find Larry Raines edge out Gabehart by ½ a car length at the finish.

Even though the event will be a CRA Sanctioned points-event, interest is high from many I-70 regulars, including 2003 World Cup winner Jenny White. Besides participation from the CRA and I-70 teams, calls have also been coming in from some of the top names in ASA competition and other late model groups. In addition, Jack Roush "Gong Show" finalist Chuck Barnes Jr. is expected to make his World Cup debut. Barnes also won the prestigious All-American 300 in Nashville last year as well as claimed the 2004 CRA Series Championship. Other stars expected to enter include former North Carolina Short Track ace Dave Mader III as well as Wisconsin standout Ryan Mathews, just to name a few.

Through the years, the World Cup event was heralded as one of the premier late model races in the country. Some of the top names in motorsports have been a part of the event, including NASCAR Stars Rusty Wallace and Mark Martin, ASA Stars Dick Trickle, Mike Garvey, Mike Eddy and 2003 Champion Kevin Cywinski, plus local heroes John O'Neil, 2003 Track Champion Jeff Klem and the 2003 World Cup winner Jenny White.

A great weekend of racing is planned, as support divisions of Modifieds, SuperTrucks, Super Stocks, Dash cars and Enduros will practice, qualify and run heat races on Friday night. Friday night Modifieds will run their World Cup 2005 Feature. The remaining classes will run only features on Saturday night of World Cup Weekend headlined by the CRA Super Series 150.

Rules and entry forms for the CRA sanctioned World Cup 150 at I-70 Speedway can be found at: www.craracing.net. Interested parties can also call 812-883-0455. For ticket info, fans can call I-70 Speedway at 816-230-0080 or visit www.i70speedway.net .

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Series Stock car
Drivers Dick Trickle , Rusty Wallace , Jack Roush , Jeff Lane , Mike Garvey , Mark Martin , Ryan Mathews