Barnes Wins JayC Food Stores 100 Series PR Report
2004 Champ Gets It Done At Salem Speedway
2004 CRA Super Series Champion, Chuck Barnes, Jr. didn't decide to race at Salem Speedway until Wednesday, he put together a quick deal for some sponsorship and then raced to the win on Saturday in the CRA Super Series JayC Food Stores 100. JR Roahrig took the early lead from the pole position and held on for the first 37 laps until Barnes made a nice move on the outside in turn two to take the lead after hounding Roahrig every lap prior, up to his winning pass, always right in Roahrig's shadow.
"We were going to come up and watch the race, and then were thinking we have the car why not bring it up and race it." Barnes stated. "We are looking to sell this car and we thought bringing it would make it easier to sell. It is great to win a CRA Super Series race at my home track!"
Barnes had purchased the car and two motors from Jason Dunn a while back, he had decided to keep one motor and had been trying to sell the car and the other motor for the past several weeks with no luck. Former Salem Speedway and part-time CRA Super Series competitor Robert Ohlman formally competed in the car until he quit racing a couple of seasons ago.
Roahrig chased Barnes closely for several laps, until Zach Taylor moved into second place and seemly hooked up to Barnes. Barnes was unable to shake Taylor, and Taylor could not pass Barnes, despite several attempts on several restarts. Taylor's second place finish equaled his best ever with the series which was at the series June 7th race at Salem.
Johnny VanDoorn started seventh and moved up to finish third, former Salem Speedway late model champion Keith Gardner finished fourth after falling back to tenth at the start of the race. Current series points leader Scott Hantz finished fifth and extended his points lead when second in point Boris Jurkovic had ignition problems that resulted in a 19th place finish.
K&N Rookie of the Year contender Adam Purdy marked his first Top 10 finish with the CRA Super Series finishing sixth after starting ninth and running as high as fourth for much of the race. For his great race Purdy was awarded the ARP Bodies Cool Move of the Race Award. He was also awarded the Ringers Gloves Award.
Barnes earned the VDL Fuel Systems Hot Lap of the Race Award, the Kingen Interstate Express Halfway Leader Award and the Fatheadz.com Race Winner Award. Zach Taylor was the K & N Filters Rookie Of The Race Award winner. Keith Gardner took the Appleton Rack & Pinion Fast Qualifier Award.
Robert Maynor started 17th and finished ninth earning him a Hoosier Racing Tire Performance Award and the ISKY Racing Cams/Lane Automotive Hardcharger Award. Scott Hantz received the other Hoosier Racing Tire Performance Award.
K&N Rookie of the Year point leader Aaron Pierce received the Leaf Race Products Hard Luck Award after his engine broke during practice and he was unable start the event. The Shively Race Products Tough Luck Award was given to Jared Smith who had an accident during practice and was able to start the race, but was not able to race for long.
The next event for the CRA Super Series is the McGunegill Engine Performance 100 presented by the U.S. Army. This event is one of the nine feature races at Winchester Speedway during the Annual Labor Day Weekend World Stock Car Festival on August 31 and September 1. For more information about the World Stock Car Festival see www.winchesterspeedway.com. For more information about the CRA Super Series see www.craracing.net.
Chuck Barnes in victory lane. (CRA Photo)