CRA: Rookie of the Year announced

Tommy St. John Is The 2005 FLF Racecars/Cometic Gasket Rookie Of The Year Salem, IN (November 14, 2005) -- Indianapolis, Indiana native Tommy St. John, driver for Steve Keller Motorsports, has won the 2005 FLF Racecars/Cometic Gasket Rookie...

Tommy St. John Is The 2005 FLF Racecars/Cometic Gasket Rookie Of The Year

Salem, IN (November 14, 2005) -- Indianapolis, Indiana native Tommy St. John, driver for Steve Keller Motorsports, has won the 2005 FLF Racecars/Cometic Gasket Rookie Of The Year Award joining an elite group of racers who have won the award with the series over the past eight years. Past winners of the award include Spanks Overbeck in 1998, Peter Cozzolino in 1999, Scott Hantz in 2000, Joel Kauffman in 2001, Andy Ponstein in 2002, Chuck Barnes Jr. in 2003 and Chris Gabehart in 2004.

St John's adjusted point total came to 1132 points, each registered rookie got to drop their to worst two finishes during the season. St. John's total points included one no-show when mechanical problems kept the team from making the Columbus Motor Speedway event. St. John claimed seven Cometic Gasket Rookie Of The Race Awards during the 2005 season helping him secure the Rookie Of the Year Award. St. John finished ninth in overall 2005 CRA Super Series points in his first full season in asphalt late model competition.

Independence, Missouri teenager Billy Crane finished in second in the FLF Racecars/Cometic Gasket Rookie Of The Year standings with 1038 adjusted points. Crane continued to show improvement on the track through out the 2005 season, and was by far is the leased experienced racecar driver of the top rookie candidates competing with the series in 2005. Crane was the Cometic Gasket Rookie Of The Race Award winner at the Berlin Raceway event on August 20th.

Boris Jurkovic finished in third in the FLF Racecars/Cometic Gasket Rookie Of The Year standings with 761 adjusted points. Jurkovic recorded five Cometic Gasket Rookie Of The Race Awards and was the winner of the series event at Mansfield Motorsports Speedway on April 30th. Jurkovic finished in 13th position in final CRA Super Series 2005 points.

Jason Shively is finished in fourth in the FLF Racecars/Cometic Gasket Rookie Of The Year standings with 632 points that included one Cometic Gasket Rookie Of The Race Award. Shively finished 15th in final CRA Super Series 2005 points.

Patrick Lawson finished fifth in rookie points with one Cometic Gasket Rookie Of The Race Award, Jeff Bland Jr. in sixth, Jason Setser finished in seventh with two Cometic Gasket Rookie Of The Race Awards including the season opener at Anderson Speedway and at Berlin Raceway were he finished second and was the events fast qualifier. John Nutley finished in eighth, the only other competitor to register for the Rookie Of The Year Award in 2005.

Tommy St. John will be officially awarded the FLF Racecars/Cometic Gasket Rookie Of The Year at the 2005 CRA Super Series Awards Banquet on Saturday, January 7th at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Indianapolis, Indiana. St. John will be awarded a Chassis from FLF Racecars, a $500 Product Certificate from Cometic Gasket, a body from Five Star Racecar Bodies, an Internet Site from Speed Media, a carburetor from Blake Carburetion, a racing cam from Reed Cams, a $500 Product Certificate towards a Racing Uniform from Hinchman Racing Uniforms, a set of restraint belts from Impact Racing and another $1000 in Product Certificates from several sponsors of the CRA Super Series. Additional information is available at www.craracing.net.

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