The CRA Super Series McGunegill Engine Performance 100 Presented by Crown RV and Boat Cleaner on Labor Day Weekend is getting the attention of a lot of outside talent that normally doesn’t race with the series at their regular events. Most of the outside drivers are entering next weekend’s event in preparation for the 38th Annual Winchester 400 on October 18th, one of the most prestigious late model events held each year in the country.
The entry list for the Labor Day Weekend event includes 13 year old Chase Elliott, the son of NASCAR legend Bill Elliott, from Dawsonville, Georgia. Elliott made his CRA debut in last weekends CRA Budweiser 150 at the Fairgrounds Speedway in Nashville were he started 14th and came home a very respectable eighth against a strong group of 32 racecars that started the event. After a strong career in Legends, Chase Elliott has already begun to make a name for himself in his first year in a late model. He has won two events with the GAS Series pro late models this season and took over the series points lead after a second place finish on August 22 nd at Lanier National Speedway, Elliott’s home track. Elliott won an ASA Southeast Series race at Anderson Motor Speedway in Anderson South Carolina on August 10th. Elliott’s Crew Chief is former late model star Ricky Turner.
16 year old Johanna Long from Pensacola, Florida is also entered. Long captured several Pro Late Model wins last season along with the Pro Late Model Championship at Five Flags Speedway. Long won her first Super Late Model event in the Blizzard Series season opener at Five Flags on April 10th and won a second Blizzard event on June 29th. Long has competed in a handful of CRA events the last two seasons including last weekends event in Nashville were she got her first top five finish with the series coming home min fifth place. Next weekend will be Long’s first event at Winchester.
Former Winchester regular Jeff Fultz is entered for next weekend’s event. Fultz got his first CRA win at this event in 2007. He finished second to Rick Turner last year. Fultz, who now lives in Troutman, North Carolina, has his eyes on the big prize of winning his first Winchester 400. Ft. Pierce, Florida driver Justin Drawdy will return to compete on the Highbanks next weekend. Drawdy has competed in the last two Winchester 400’s, but has had his day end early at both events because of accidents.
Chelsea, Alabama’s Stanley Smith will return to Winchester next weekend. Smith competed in this event last year retiring after 26 laps after being involved in an accident. The former NASCAR Sprint Cup driver also competed in last years Winchester 400, lasting to lap 118 before having to park the car with power steering issues. Oklahoma City, Oklahoma’s Donnie Wilson will make the trip back to the Highbanks next weekend, Wilson has competed in several series big events over the past two years and finished fourth in last years Winchester 400.
The series will have two California drivers racing in next weekend’s event. Brian Ickler from San Diego will compete with the Kyle Busch Motorsports team on Labor Day after competing in a NASCAR Camping World East at Iowa Speedway earlier in the weekend. It will be Ickler’s first series point’s event he has raced in, he practiced and qualified the car for Kyle Busch at last weekends series event in Nashville. Ricky McCray’s team will make the long haul from Highland, California to compete in McCray’s second series event. McCray made his series debut in last weekend’s event in Nashville were he completed 43 laps before parking the car with handling issues.
The McGunegill Engine Performance 100 Presented By Crown RV and Boat Cleaner for the CRA Super Series at Winchester Speedway on Monday, September 7th will be part of the World Stock Car Festival event on Labor Day Weekend, a stock car racing tradition with two full days of on track action. The event will also feature racing from the Howe CRA Late Model Sportsman Series, CRA Street Stocks, Vore’s Welding & Steel CRA FWD Compacts, O’Reilly USA Modifieds and Thundercars.