CRA: Series to run three events at Winchester

CRA Super Series To Race Three Times On The Legendary High Banks Of Winchester Speedway In 2007 Salem, IN (December 7, 2006) -- CRA Super Series officials have announced that the CRA Super Series will have three events on the legendary ...

CRA Super Series To Race Three Times On The Legendary High Banks Of Winchester Speedway In 2007

Salem, IN (December 7, 2006) -- CRA Super Series officials have announced that the CRA Super Series will have three events on the legendary High Banks of Winchester Speedway again in 2007. The series will have an event with the tracks season opener on Sunday, April 22, an event that will team the series with the USAC National Sprint Car Series again in what has become a huge Central Indiana race fan favorite. The CRA Super Series will again be a part of the Winchester Speedway Labor Day Weekend Stock Car Festival, on Saturday and Sunday, September 2nd and 3rd, an event that has grown into one of the best attended racing events in the region. The series will also return as previously announced for the 36th Annual Winchester 400 on Saturday and Sunday, October 14th and October 15th.

Jeff Lane started on the pole of last April's Manning Service 100 at Winchester Speedway, and he used that starting position to propel himself to his first CRA Super Series victory of 2006 in front of a standing room only crowd. Chris Gabehart started in third position behind Lane and followed Lane closely for the entire race trying to make a pass for the lead. Gabehart never trailed by more than three car lengths, but despite running very strong in the middle part of the race he could not find a way around Lane. The victory was the first at Winchester Speedway for Lane with the CRA Super Series. 1998 series champion Brian Rievley put on a show charging from his 13th place starting position to finish in third. Zach Taylor finished in fourth in his first ever race at Winchester Speedway followed by Tommy St. John in fifth.

Indianapolis, Indiana native Tommy St. John had led several CRA Super Series races, and finished second once, but had never led the lap that counted until Monday afternoon of Labor Day Weekend this past September at Winchester Speedway when he got his first series win in the McGunegill Engine Performance 100 which was part of the Labor Day Weekend World Stock Car Festival Presented By Maple-Tarr Chrysler Dodge Jeep. The 2005 CRA Super Series Rookie of the Year got the win by leading all 100 laps from his pole starting position and holding off the strong challenge of April winner Jeff Lane. Eddie Van Meter finished in third, JR Roahrig in fourth and Scott Hantz in fifth.

The CRA Super Series will sanction the 36th Annual Winchester 400 again in 2007. It will be the fourth time that the series has sanctioned this prestigious event. Scott Hantz, the 2006 CRA Super Series Champion, got to add his name to the list of Winchester 400 Champions by winning the 35th Annual Ed Martin Auto Group Winchester 400 on Sunday, October 15th, 2006. Hantz inherited the lead while running third when current leaders Chris Gabehart and Clay Jones crashed hard after making contact coming out of turn two. Gabehart and Jones had raced side by side for several laps, Jones was racing on 7 cylinders after losing a cylinder early in the event. Both cars were destroyed in the wreck giving the lead to Hantz who was one lap down at the time. Alabama racer Augie Grill would finish in second, Tommy St. John in third, Jim Crabtree in fourth and John Heck in fifth.

Additional information on the CRA Super Series can be found at www.craracing.net Additional information on Winchester Speedway is available at www.winchesterspeedway.com.

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