CRA Fills Out Their Racing Card for Nashville's Spring Clash
150 Lapper for Super Late Models Headlines The Show
Officials from the famed Music City Motorplex at the Fairgrounds in Nashville, Tennessee have released plans for an impressive "2008 Spring Clash" event on March 28th & 29th. The event will include the All American 150 for the CRA Super Series late models, a 75-lap event for the O'Reilly USA Modified Series and a special-points 75-lap Shoot-out event between the CRA Street Stocks and the MCM Sportsman.
This will be the third season in a row that the CRA Super Series has opened its point's season at the famed oval with a 150-lap event. The Saturday night, March 29th event will be a tune-up to the prestigious Adam Petty Memorial All American 400 on Sunday, November 2nd. The All American 150 will pay $5000 to win, but more importantly, the top three finishers will have a guaranteed start for the CRA sanctioned Adam Petty Memorial All American 400.
Fans saw a spectacular race at last seasons CRA event in the spring, when famed Wisconsin driver Nathan Haseleu raced side by side with his friend and fellow northern driver Josh Vadnais over the last 10 laps. Haseleu beat Vadnais to the line from the fourth turn to win his first-ever famed Copley Guitar Trophy, traditionally awarded to special event winners at the Music City Motorplex. Haseleu worked the high groove, giving Vadnais the low groove over those last ten laps. Vadnais actually led lap 146, but Haseleu would grab the lead back for good on the next lap, going on for the victory. Georgia ace, Russell Fleeman finished a close third, trying to get his shot at a win over the last 10 laps before settling for third. Dennis Schoenfield came from 30th to finish fourth and 2007 CRA Super Series Champion Chris Gabehart finished fifth.
This will be the first ever appearance for the CRA Street Stocks at the Music City Motorplex. The CRA Street Stock rules are close enough that the MCM Sportsman can either remove their spoiler and run under their rules, or choose to run under the CRA rules. Both groups are already on the 8" Hoosier Comanche. A quality purse has been posted with $1500 to win, $1000 for second, down to $100 to start for the 75-lap feature. This race will serve as a tune-up for a major Street Stock event that is tentatively planned for later in the year at the Music City Motorplex. Because of the required travel and combined groups, this will not be a full-points event for the CRA Street Stocks, only 25 appearance points will be awarded to all cars in attendance and their will be no entry fee for all CRA Street Stock Licensed Members.
The always-exciting O'Reilly USA Modified Series will join the two CRA groups for the 2008 Spring Clash event. The 75-lap event will be the season opener for the O'Reilly USA Modified Series. The series last competed at the Music City Motorplex in the Fall Brawl this past October in a 125 lap North/South Shootout. Indiana's Tony Dager came away with the win, holding off fellow Indiana racer Scott Tomasik and 2007 O'Reilly USA Modified Series Champion Bob Curry for the victory. The event is expected to attract the top Modified racers from all over the Midwest and South.
The 2008 Spring Clash Weekend will kick off with an open practice for all three divisions on Friday, March 28th. Pits will open at 12noon Central Time; practice will start at 3:30pm and will go until 7:30pm. Pits will open on Saturday, March 29th at 9am, practice will begin at 12noon, with qualifying starting at 4pm. The race program will begin at 7pm on Saturday with last chance races first, then the three feature events starting with the 75-lap event for the O'Reilly USA Modified Series, followed by the All-American 150 for the CRA Super Series, and ending with the 75-lap CRA Street Stock/MCM Sportsman Shoot-out.
The O'Reilly USA Modified Series and the CRA Street Stocks are tentatively scheduled to join the ASA Southeast Series and the CRA Super Series for the Adam Petty Memorial All American 400 Weekend at the Music City Motorplex on October 31st, November 1st & 2nd.
Nathan Haseleu was the big winner in the 2007 Spring Clash at Music City.