CRA Super Series Set To Open 2008 Season At Anderson Speedway By NASCAR PR
Tour's 44th Race at the Track is Set For This Weekend
The CRA Super Series is set to open its 2008 racing season in the Great Deals 125 at Anderson Speedway this Saturday, April 12th. The famous high-banked quarter mile racetrack located in Anderson, Indiana has hosted more CRA Super Series events than any other track since the series first event ever event on Saturday, April 26, 1997. Anderson Speedway has had a total of 43 CRA Super Series events to date. Former two time series champion Brian Ross is the all-time series victory leader at Anderson Speedway with nine victories.
Three former series Champions head a list of talented drivers entered for Saturday's event including 1997 Champion Kenny Tweedy and 1998 Champion Brian Rievley, both racing cars for long time series car owner Ken Muller and his Muller Motorsports Team with long time late model guru Bill Rievley turning the wrenches on both cars. Tweedy is second in series all time wins at Anderson Speedway with four while Rievley has been to victory lane with the series at Anderson Speedway one time and was the 1997 Anderson Speedway Late Model Champion.
Two time series Champion Scott Hantz has also entered this weekend's event, he also has one series victory at Anderson Speedway. 2006 series Driver Champion Jeff Lane is entered, Lane has two series victories at Anderson Speedway. Other former Anderson winners entered include former ASA Racing Series competitor Jack Landis, series veteran Rick Turner, former Street Stock Champion at Anderson Speedway and winner of the Anderson 400 in 2001 Bull Baker who will switch to number 15 driving for
Jay Seal instead of his familiar number 78 he has campaigned for several seasons with the series.
2007 CRA Super Series rookie of the year John VanDoorn has also filed an entry for Saturday's event in his quest for the 2008 series Championship. The 20 year old claimed his first series victory in a very impressive performance in last seasons Budweiser 250 at Anderson Speedway. VanDoorn would go on to finish second in series points to Champion Chris Gabehart and also scored another impressive victory in the season ending All American 400 at the Music City Motorplex in Nashville, Tennessee.
The CRA Super Series has a very impressive rookie class campaigning for the K & N Filters Rookie Of The Year Award that will begin with Saturdays race. One of those rookie's is a familiar face to local open wheel racing fans, Muncie, Indiana native Aaron Pierce is set to make his CRA Super Series rookie debut in Saturday's event driving a third car for the Muller Motorsports team. Pierce has campaigned Sprint cars in the prestigious Little 500 Sprint Car event at Anderson Speedway, he finished second in 2004, sat on the pole in 2006, and has led 114 laps of that event.
Zach Taylor, from Hartsville, Tennessee is another impressive rookie in this season's class driving for Jim Mougeotte's Great Deals racing team as a teammate to Rick Turner with 2007 series Champion Chris Gabehart as his Crew Chief. 2007 Super Pro Late Model Series Champion Tommy Cook has teamed up with veteran series car owner Floyd Fehl of Ft. Wayne to compete for rookie honors in 2008. Other drivers in the rookie class include Anderson's own Donald Karr Jr., Wisconsin drivers Robert Maynor and Josh Bauer, Illinois driver Nick Baran and Michigan driver Adam Purdy.
Other drivers entered for Saturday's event include Sean Matthuis from Illinois, Jason Dietsch, and A.J. Ganino from Ohio, Indiana's Jason Shively, JR Roahrig and Terry Fisher Jr., and David Flynn who will make his first ever series start coming from Seymour, Tennessee.
There will be an open practice on Friday, April 11th, pits open at 3pm, practice will go from 4 until 8pm. Pits will open on Saturday, April 12th at 12noon, practice will be from 3 to 4pm, qualifying will be at 5:30pm, the race program will begin at 7pm and will include the Great Deals 125 for the CRA Super Series. For information on this weekends event go to www.andersonspeedway.com. For more information on the CRA Super Series go to www.craracing.net.
The CRA returns to action this week.