On April 11th the CRA Super Series will open its 2009 points season at Anderson Speedway in Anderson, Indiana, that historic quarter mile Speedplant was the birthplace of the series in 1997. Anderson Speedway has had a total of 45 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.
From there the series will travel to the legendary high banks of Winchester Speedway in Winchester, Indiana on Sunday, April 19th, were the series will be part of that tracks first event of it's 2009 season with the USAC National Sprint Car Series. The series has had 25 events to date at Winchester Speedway, Ross and Bull Baker are tied for the most victories there with three a piece.
The series will then travel south to Nashville, Tennessee for a special North/South points 150 lap event on Sunday, May 3rd, at the historic half-mile facility located at the Fairgrounds. The series has a to be announced event scheduled for Saturday, May 16th, more details on this event will be released at a later date.
The series will then return to Anderson Speedway for a first ever Tuesday night special event on June 16th. More exciting announcements on this event will be coming soon! The series will then return to the Highbanks of Salem Speedway on Saturday, June 27th for the Hoosier Hills 100. A total of 21 CRA Super Series events have been contested at Salem, since Kenny Tweedy won a 100-lap race in May of 1997, the second event in the series inaugural season. Ross and Junior Hanley have the most victories at Salem with four a piece.
The CRA Super Series will then be part of the big traditional July 4th Holiday Weekend events at Angola Motor Speedway on Saturday, July 4th. It will be the 14th event for the CRA Super Series at Angola Motor Speedway, Angola native Scott Hantz is the all time series win leader at Angola with four victories driving for Richard Poe Motorsports at what many consider his home track. Promoter Craig Everage has also scheduled a fireworks show as part of that exciting event.
On July 12th the series will return to Plymouth Speedway for a 200-lap event. The track has seen a huge resurgence after being re-opened by racers Bobby Blount and Tom Smith. The track has had several renovations including new pavement in 2007 and concrete pit slabs. Hantz is also the series all-time victory leader at Plymouth with three victories. The series has had six total events to date at Plymouth.
The series will then make its only 2009 visit to the Buckeye state with a July 31st event on the half-mile at Toledo Speedway. This will be the 11th time the series has visited the high profile Toledo track, Canadian legend Junior Hanley has the most series victories there with two.
On Saturday, August 8th the series will make a return visit to the famed Berlin Raceway located in Marne, Michigan in the series only event scheduled in that state in 2009. Michael Blackmer is the new promoter at Berlin and has already made several improvements to the famed facility. There will be a special purse for this 125 lap event that will be announced at a later date. The Campbell family has won four of the seven series events contested at Berlin, legendary late model ace Fred Campbell has three of those victories while his son Brian won last years event.
The series will then be back at Winchester Speedway on Monday, September 7th for the annual Labor Day Weekend World Stock Car Festival, an event that was a been huge success the past three seasons. This 100-lap event has become a traditional warm-up for the Winchester 400. The series will then return to Nashville for a 200 lap special North/South point's event on September 20th. This will be the first time for this event at that track, which is a favorite of drivers form all over the North and the South. This event will serve as a warm-up to the prestigious All American 400.
On Sunday, October 18th the CRA Super Series will return to Winchester Speedway for the 38th Annual Winchester 400. The event was brought back in 2006 and has continued to attract a top-notch group of racers from all over the country to compete against the best from the CRA Super Series in this prestigious event at the historic Winchester Speedway, including NASCAR stars Kyle Busch and David Stremme. Stremme won last season's memorable Winchester 400 holding off a hard-charging Kyle Bush who is still seeking his first Winchester 400 victory. The event will be the season point's championship event for the CRA Super Series.
The series will once again be part of the famed All American 400 on November 1st at the Fairgrounds in Nashville, Tennessee. This event has continued to attract the best late model racers from all over the nation as they compete for another Copley Guitar Trophy and for the fame of being a All American 400 winner. The 2009 season will then conclude with a special 200 lap non-points event that will be announced in the near future.
The schedule is subject to change. For more information about the 2009 schedule or the CRA Super Series, interested parties can call 812-883-0455 or visit www.craracing.net.
2009 CRA Super Series Tentative Schedule:
January 25 – Lanier National Speedway 200 Laps / Braselton, GA (non-points)
April 11 – Anderson Speedway 125 Laps / Anderson, IN
April 19 – Winchester Speedway 100 Laps / Winchester, IN
May 3 – * Nashville Fairgrounds 150 Laps / Nashville, TN
May 16 – TBA
June 16 - Anderson Speedway 125 Laps / Anderson, IN
June 27 – Salem Speedway 100 Laps / Salem, IN
July 4 – Angola Motor Speedway 125 Laps / Angola, IN
July 12 – Plymouth Speedway 200 Lap / Plymouth, IN
July 18 – Baer Field Speedway 100 Laps / Ft. Wayne, IN
July 31 – Toledo Speedway 100 Laps / Toledo, OH
August 8 – Berlin Raceway 125 Laps / Marne, MI
September 7 - Winchester Speedway 100 Laps / Winchester, IN
September 20 - * Nashville Fairgrounds 200 Laps / Nashville, TN
October 18 - Winchester Speedway 400 Laps / Winchester, IN
November 1 - * Nashville Fairgrounds 400 Laps / Nashville, TN (non-points)
November 15 – TBA (non-points)
* (All Nashville events are tentative and subject to the Fair Board's approval of the 2009 track operator. The dates were selected and approved by, what many believe to be, the current leading candidate to receive the board's approval to be the race track promoter for the facility in 2009)