CRA: Tech staff welcomes two racing veterans

TWO RACING VETERANS JOIN CRA SUPER SERIES TECH STAFF (Salem, IN) -- The highly respected Technical Inspection staff of the CRA Super Series just got even better, with the addition of two racing veterans. Joining Chief Technical inspector ...

TWO RACING VETERANS JOIN CRA SUPER SERIES TECH STAFF

(Salem, IN) -- The highly respected Technical Inspection staff of the CRA Super Series just got even better, with the addition of two racing veterans. Joining Chief Technical inspector Darrel Teal, assistant Jesse Teal, and tire impound official Rocky Anderson in Technical Inspection will be new inspectors Jack Gritter and Eddie Chew.

Gritter is a Michigan racing veteran whose career in late models saw him race in four different decades. The Zeeland, Michigan resident retired from racing at the end of the 2002 season. His mark on the racing community was so strong that Berlin Raceway honored him with a retirement celebration complete with a rocking chair that featured a 5-point safety harness. The respect for Gritter went even further as the Grand Rapid Press named their annual award for special achievement in racing, "The Jack Gritter Award."

"I'm really looking forward to this year," commented Gritter. "I've enjoyed the CRA Super Series and the people involved in it, so I know it is a great group to be a part of. Darrel Teal (Chief Technical Inspector) does a great job, and I'm looking forward to learning a lot of things from him. Hopefully, my experience will be valuable too." Jack's wife Deb will also be coming on board with the Series to handle race-day administrative activities.

Eddie Chew also joins the team for the full season in 2005, after getting a few races in last year as support for the tech staff. The Carthage, IN resident is part of a successful racing family from east central Indiana. The Chew family ran a late model into the mid 80's, with brother Jeff behind the wheel. Eddie is still actively involved in racing, and notes as his most memorable moments, his role as winning crew chief for two prestigious Halloween 200 Super Stock victories--one in the Inaugural Race with his brother Jeff driving, and again in 2003 with Johnny Magee behind the wheel.

For Chew, becoming a part of the CRA Tech Staff is a natural fit. "I've followed the CRA Super Series from the day it was born in our own back yard at Anderson Speedway," he noted. "I don't think anyone could have imagined it would turn out to be the great series it has, so it has truly been fun to watch grow. Last year I got my first taste of the behind the scene work with the tech crew at a few races. Darrel (Teal) and the rest of the Series officials have really treated me well, so I'm really looking forward to being a full-fledged member of the staff this year."

Eddie's brother Jeff is expected to lend occasional support to the tech staff during the year, as well as past officials Greg Wood, Blair Huff and Tim Teal. The new officials will see their first action of the year at either the Open Practice at Anderson Speedway on March 26th or at the series opener at Anderson Speedway on Saturday, April 16. For more information on the CRA Super Series visit www.craracing.net.

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