Former CRA Super Series All American winners and two sons of current NASCAR Sprint Cup drivers top a strong list of competitors entered for the CRA Super Series portion of the All American Weekend at the Fairgrounds Speedway in Nashville on October 30th & 31st and November 1st. Drivers from around the country will descend on the historic racetrack to compete in this event, one of the most prestigious stock car events in the country, hoping to receive the famous guitar trophy given to the event winners in Nashville.
Defending 2008 CRA All American winner Chris Gabehart, who now resides in Kennesaw, Georgia, has entered next weekend’s event. The 2007 CRA Super Series Champion has only run a few races in 2009 as he builds his stock car suspension business and has been working with top Pro Late Model racer T.J. Reaid. Recently crowned 2009 CRA Super Series Champion Johnny VanDoorn, the 2007 CRA All American winner, has also entered next weekends event, as he looks to top off his great 2009 season with another guitar trophy. Midwest veteran competitor Eddie Hoffman, a multi-time All American winner with the ASA Late Model Series, is entered as he seeks to get his first CRA All American victory.
Scott Hantz, who got his second CRA Nashville victory on August 23rd, is entered as he seeks his first CRA All American victory to add to his series record two wins at Nashville. Pensacola’s Eddie Mercer is also entered, Mercer got a victory in the spring CRA Nashville event several years ago, but is also still seeking a victory in the All American event.
13-year-old Chase Elliott, the son of NASCAR legend Bill Elliott, is entered for next weekend’s event in both the CRA event and the Season Championship GAS Series event. Elliott is the current points leader in the GAS Series were he has two victories this season, his first in a late model. Elliott has also picked up a victory with the ASA Southeast Series and the PASS South Series in 2009. Elliott got an eighth place finish in the August 23rd CRA Nashville event and is coming off a strong eighth place finish in last Sunday’s CRA Winchester 400.
16 year old Ross Kenseth, the son of NASCAR star Matt Kenseth, is entered in next weekend’s CRA All American event. It will be Kenseth’s first race with the CRA Super Series. Kenseth is coming off a very impressive 2009 season winning the Big 8 Series Championship with a series record five victories, he was a National Short Track Champion and a Wisconsin State Champion.
Two time All American winner Freddie Query will be back at the Fairgrounds next weekend, but not behind the wheel, he will be with protégé Johanna Long, the 17 year old Pensacola native who has turned many heads with her driving abilities the past two seasons. Long captured the 2009 Blizzard Series Championship just a few weeks ago, getting two victories in that series that always attracts some of the best late model drivers from all over the country. Long finished 11th in last season’s CRA All American event and got a very respectable fifth place finish in the August 23rd event at Nashville.
The rest of the names on the list of 40 drivers pre-entered for next weekend’s CRA All American event is just as impressive including top late model competitors Bubba Pollard, John Bolen, Rick Turner, Josh Vadnais, Dennis Schoenfeld, Brian Ickler in the Kyle Busch owned entry, Chris Wimmer, Jeff Fultz, Justin Drawdy, Donnie Wilson, Heath Hindman and Max Gresham just to name a few. Drivers are entered from 20 different states including Ickler, Ricky McCray Jr. and Brandon Loverock from California and ARCA Series competitor Tim George Jr. who comes from New York. There will also be good local representation as local favorite Mark Day will make a return visit to compete in the CRA All American event.
The All American Weekend in Nashville will start with an open practice on Friday, October 30th, pits open and rig parking begins at 1pm Central Time, rotating practice will go from 4pm to 9pm. Pits open on Saturday, October 31st at 8:30am, practice will begin at 11am, qualifying at 3:45pm. There will be racing on Saturday night with 50 lap features for the Howe CRA Late Model Series with the Nashville Super Trucks, the CRA Street Stocks with the Nashville Sportsman cars and for the USA Modifieds.
Pits will open on Sunday, November 1st at 9:30am. There will be an autograph session involving all the drivers at the Grand Stand fence beginning at 12noon. The All American events will begin at 1pm with the 250 lap CRA All American event followed by the 150 lap GAS Series All American event.
More event information is available at www.fairgroundsspeedwayatnashville.com. More information on all the CRA Series is available at www.craracing.net.