Chuck Barnes Jr. To Crew Chief For Jason Shively At Salem Speedway
Former CRA Champion Has Been Working for Petty Enterprises
2004 CRA Super Series Champion Chuck Barnes Jr. will be at the Hoosier Hill 100 CRA Super Series event at Salem Speedway this coming Saturday, but not to race, Barnes Jr. will be the Crew Chief for CRA Super Series driver Jason Shively competing in his first ever race on the High Banks of Salem Speedway. The CRA Super Series last competed at Salem Speedway in October of 2004, Barnes Jr. clinched his championship by finishing sixth in that event.
"I’m really looking forward to working with Jason at Salem Speedway," remarked Barnes Jr. "Of course Salem is one of my favorite tracks, it was my family’s home track for many years, I’ve raced Street Stocks, Super Stocks, Late Models and an ARCA car their. I feel like I can really help Jason get comfortable and be competitive in this Saturday’s race."
Barnes Jr. just recently moved back to his hometown, Louisville, Kentucky, after working for Petty Enterprises NASCAR Sprint Cup Team for 10 months in North Carolina.
"I really enjoyed working for the Petty’s, I learned a lot while I was there, but after getting married in March, I just really felt like I wanted to be at home in Louisville with my family and that’s were I wanted to raise my son, so he could be close to his grand parents."
Being a crew chief is not a new job for Barnes Jr., he was been his own crew chief for most of his racing career, and has worked with his dad Chuck Barnes Sr., most recently at the Frank Kimmel Street Stock Nationals at Kentucky Speedway on May
24th were Barnes Jr. helped his father win one of the biggest street stock events in the nation for the second consecutive season.
"I’ve always enjoyed racing cars, but I also enjoy working on them, and seeing a car that I worked on or a driver I’ve helped do well. I’ve been working on racecars since I was a kid and I’ve helped several competitors at Salem Speedway over the years. I got to know Jason and his dad at some CRA shows in the past, Jason called and ask he to work with him at this event. I’ve always worked well with the Port City Chassis, which Jason uses, hopefully with some luck I can help Jason get a good finish Saturday."
Barnes Jr. has four career wins with the CRA Super Series including the prestigious 2004 All American 400 at the Music City Motorplex in Nashville, Tennessee. He is tied for seventh all time for setting event fast times, he holds the track record at Salem Speedway, which he set in qualifying for the 2004 event, with a time of 16.331, which translates to 122.344 miles per hour around the .555 oval. Barnes Jr. was the 2006 Salem Speedway Late Model Champion, and won in his ARCA RE/MAX Series debut in August of 2006.
Jason Shively is currently tied for tenth place in CRA Super Series points after two events in 2008. Shively finished 10th in the season opener at Winchester Speedway on April 27th. He finished 13th in the series second event of the season at Baer Field Speedway on May 18th. 2007 was Shively’s best season with the series when he finished seventh in series points and was the TDR Screen Graphics Sportsman Of The Year. Shively has been racing with the CRA Super Series since a couple of starts during the 2004 season and has been racing full-time with the series since 2006.
Since Chuck Banres knows racecars top to bottom, it is only natural that he'd crew chief when he's not racing himself. (51 Photo)