CRA: Tentative 2007 schedule announced

CHAMPION RACING ASSOCIATION OFFICIALS RELEASE TENTATIVE CRA SUPER SERIES 2007 SEASON SCHEDULE Series To Compete In A Huge New Racing Event In Indianapolis Salem, IN (January 7, 2007) -- Champion Racing Association Officials released their...

CHAMPION RACING ASSOCIATION OFFICIALS RELEASE TENTATIVE CRA SUPER SERIES 2007 SEASON SCHEDULE

Series To Compete In A Huge New Racing Event In Indianapolis

Salem, IN (January 7, 2007) -- Champion Racing Association Officials released their tentative CRA Super Series schedule for the upcoming 2007 season during their annual awards banquet held this past weekend in Anderson, Indiana. The 2007 season will be the eleventh season for the Indiana based touring asphalt template late model series sanctioned by Champion Racing Association. The current tentative schedule consists of sixteen total events, fourteen CRA Super Series point's events, as well as the Speedfest 2007 event at USA International Speedway and All American 400 non-points events sanctioned by the CRA Super Series.

The CRA Super Series will open its 2007 season in just a few weeks with the 3rd addition of SpeedFest at USA International Speedway in Lakeland, Florida on January 25th through January 27th. The event is a non-points event co-sanctioned by the CRA Super Series and the Sunbelt Super Late Model Series. The format and schedule are identical to last year's, with open practice and technical inspection on Thursday, January 25th. On Friday the 26th, teams will practice, qualify by region, and race in one of the North or South 100-lap qualifying features, with the top 10 from each transferring to Saturday's SpeedFest 200 Presented By Goodyear. The SpeedFest 200 Presented By Goodyear winner's check will once again be a minimum of $10,000.

The CRA Super Series will open its 2007 points season at the Music City Motorplex in Nashville, Tennessee on March 31st and April 1st in a 150-lap special points event. The event will be a one set of tires event, and will be ran in conjunction with an ASA Late Model Challenge Series event on March 31st and a NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified event on Sunday, April 1st. Since the event will bring in several outside teams, the event will have some special point provisions. The lowest amount of points any team will receive for participating in the event will be 80. Teams will receive additional points for qualifying in the top five or finishing in the top ten in the event.

On April 14th the CRA Super Series will race at Anderson Speedway in Anderson, Indiana, that historic quarter mile Speedplant was the birthplace of the series in 1997. The CRA Street Stocks will accompany the CRA Super Series at that event. >From there the series will travel to the legendary high banks of Winchester Speedway in Winchester, Indiana on Sunday, April 22nd, were the series will be part of that tracks first event of it's 2007 season with the USAC National Sprint Car Series.

The series will then travel to Baer Field Speedway in Ft. Wayne, Indiana on Sunday, May 20th were race fans can get their fill as Champion Racing Association presents the Second Annual CRA Super Sunday which will include racing action from the three Champion Racing Association divisions including the CRA Super Series, CRA Street Stocks and CRA Sportsman.

Next up will be a big holiday weekend double-header and a true late model fans ultimate weekend as the CRA Super Series visits Berlin Raceway in Marne, Michigan on Saturday, May 26th of Memorial Day weekend for a 125-lap event, also racing that night for the first time ever with the CRA Super Series will be the Berlin Raceway Outlaw Late Model cars. The series will travel a short distance to Toledo Speedway on Sunday, May 27th for twin 100 lap feature events in conjunction with the ARCA Glass City Gold Cup Series Outlaw Late Models.

The series stays in Ohio next for the 4th Annual Buckeye Bash at Columbus Motor Speedway in Columbus, Ohio on Saturday, June 2nd. The series will then visit Schererville, Indiana for the Elmer Musgrave Memorial at Illiana Motor Speedway on Saturday, June 23rd. >From there the series travels to Angola Motor Speedway in Angola, Indiana on Saturday June 30th for a 125-lap event.

The series will then return to Anderson Speedway for a 250-lap event as part of the Anderson 400 on Saturday, August 4th. The CRA Super Series will be joined that night by the CRA Street Stocks, which will round out the 400 with a 150-lap event. Both events will be run straight through in 2007 with no breaks.

On Monday, September 3rd the series will return to Winchester Speedway, for the annual Labor Day Weekend World Stock Car Festival, an event that was a huge success in 2005 and 2006. That weekend event will also feature racing action from the CRA Street Stocks and CRA Sportsman with the famous Labor Day Weekend party on Sunday night, September 2nd.

The series will then come to O'Reilly Raceway Park on September 21st and 22nd for the Inaugural Circle Track US Nationals, a huge racing event that will be promoted by Hendricks County Motorsports owner Jim Winters, a former promoter of several late model events in Central Indiana and his CRA Super Series driver Chris Gabehart, who will spearhead the promotion of this historic event on the famed Indy oval located in Clermont, Indiana, right outside Indianapolis.

"Jim Winters and I are both very excited to be offering another event of this caliber to the Super Late Model community," remarked Gabehart. "As racers, we are aware of the desire for more races of this stature at a facility as top notch as O'Reilly Raceway Park. As promoters, we look forward to the challenge of getting this inaugural event off the ground in a successful manner and building it into a staple event for the super late model community as well as one that the Indianapolis racing community can be proud of."

The CRA Super Series event with the Inaugural Circle Track US Nationals will be a 100 lap, four tire event, that will pay the winner $10,000 and will pay $1000 to start. More information on this event will be released at a later date.

"We are elated to be a part of this huge event that Jim and Chris are going to have at O'Reilly Raceway Park," stated Glenn Luckett, Director of the CRA Super Series. "Jim has been a huge supporter of our series since it's beginning and has been a very successful businessman. Chris brings a great passion for late model racing and a desire to be successful, the combination of them working together will bring another successful landmark racing event to the most historic racing city in America."

On Sunday, October 14th the CRA Super Series will return to Winchester Speedway for the 36th Annual Winchester 400. The event was brought back last season, and attracted a top-notch group of racers from all over to compete against the CRA Super Series best in this prestigious event at the historic Winchester Speedway. The event will be the season point's championship event for the series and will be the only series point's event with live tire changing and fuel pit stops.

The season ending event will be the famed All American 400 Weekend on November 3rd and 4th at the Music City MotorPlex in Nashville, Tennessee. Last year 72 teams showed up to try and win this prestigious all star event, one of the best groups of late models ever assembled for a late model event. The race was hailed by many as one of the best short-track races they had seen in a long time. The 2007 addition will be even bigger and better!

The series does have a To Be Announced date of July 21st for an event that is still in the planning stages. The schedule is tentative until that date can be announced and any other event changes. For more information about the 2006 schedule or the CRA Super Series, interested parties can call 812-883-0455 or visit www.craracing.net.

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