CRA: Series points news 2006-05-09

CHRIS GABEHART LEADS CRA SUPER SERIES POINTS AFTER THREE EVENTS Salem, IN (May 10, 2006) -- After three CRA Super Series Presented By Spray Power events in 2006, Chris Gabehart has managed to climb to the top of the leader board in CRA Super...

CHRIS GABEHART LEADS CRA SUPER SERIES POINTS AFTER THREE EVENTS

Salem, IN (May 10, 2006) -- After three CRA Super Series Presented By Spray Power events in 2006, Chris Gabehart has managed to climb to the top of the leader board in CRA Super Series points on the strength of his third place finish in the series second event of the season at Anderson Speedway on April 15th and his second place finish at the most recent series event on April 23rd at Winchester Speedway. Gabehart, the series 2004 rookie of the year, benefited from the series decision to give a minimum of 80 points, the same as finishing 10th, to all series competitors trying to make the series season opening event in Nashville on March 18th. Gabehart's season opening race ended before a green flag lap was scored after being involved in a first turn crash.

Gabehart goes into the series next event, on May 21st at Baer Field Speedway in Ft. Wayne, an event that Gabehart was originally not going to race as the series point's leader. Gabehart's #10 Hendricks County Motorsports ride from the last two years in being run by series CD-2 Rookie of the Year candidate Sondi Eden, a Roush Racing Racing Development Driver with sponsorship from the National Guard. Gabehart was to drive a limited CRA Super Series schedule in the #17 Hendricks County Motorsports entry, while maintaining both Hendricks County Motorsports cars for owner Jim Winters. For now Gabehart will continue to race along with Eden to see what happens with the series points.

Another former CRA Super Series rookie of the year Andy Ponstein currently sits in second in points, 23 behind Gabehart. Ponstein finished 5th in the series season opener in Nashville and backed that up with a second place finish at Anderson Speedway. Ponstein finished a disappointing 18th at Winchester after his brakes failed, but with several teams running limited schedules or having bad luck, Ponstein remains in second place even with the bad finish at Winchester. Ponstein has already filed entries for the series next two events, but Ponstein has not committed for the season.

2005 CRA Super Series rookie of the year Tommy St. John is currently third in series points, 27 points behind Gabehart. St. John's team has overcome adversity several times this season to remain in contention for the series point's championship. St. John finished 16th in Nashville after making several pit stops to repair damage from an incident not of his making during the race. St. John overcame damage from another incident not of his making again at Anderson Speedway to get a 6th place finish. St. John improved his finishes to 5th in the series event at Winchester Speedway, which has resulted in his third place position in points.

Veteran series racer Eddie Van Meter currently sets in fourth 31 points out of first while 2005 CRA Super Series Drivers Points Champion Jeff Lane, the winner of the series event at Winchester Speedway, is in fifth 37 points out of first. Fellow series veterans JR Roahrig and Kenny Tweedy are currently 6th and 7th with rookies John Van Doorn, Michael Gaier and Sondi Eden in 8th, 9th and 10th respectively.

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Series Stock car
Drivers Andy Ponstein
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