CRA to Crown a National Super Late Model Champion in 2011
Races from Both North and South Series will be used to Determine a National Champion
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Officials from Champion Racing Association (CRA) announced today the details of a “National Super Late Model Challenge” which will crown a National Super Late Model Champion in 2011. Plans call for a champion to be determined by using the racers best four finishes from CRA Southern races and best four finishes from the CRA Super Series North races.
“This is a great opportunity to bring more recognition to the talented drivers we have racing Super Late Models on the short tracks across America,” noted CRA founder and managing partner R. J. Scott. “This program of using a drivers best four finishes from the North and the South, allows them to still focus on their regional racing, and recognizes the teams that choose to battle outside of their area to be viewed as the Nation’s best.”
CRA will once again have two regional championships that teams from the North and South can compete in. The CRA Super Series, which operates in the Midwest, is the oldest continuously run Super Late Model Series in the country. Johnny VanDoorn is coming off his 2nd consecutive championship with the series that started in 1997. At the annual awards banquet in January, Ryan Blaney will also be crowned as a CRA Champion with his title in the CRA Southern 6-Pack tour. “A year from now,” Scott further noted, “we will be talking about a third, and possibly more important title…that of ‘National Champion’.”
According to CRA co-owner and Series Director Glenn Luckett, there may be more than just bragging rights on the line for those that challenge for the National Title. “We currently have a couple of proposals on the table to bring some incredible awards and accolades to the National Champion and possibly another driver in the top ten of the final National standings,” he stated. “There are currently a core group of drivers that focus on racing in their area, but do some traveling as well, and we think that is the group that we want to bring this special recognition to, and possibly some very special and meaningful awards.”
The full schedules have not yet been released, but the North series will again have a similar looking schedule with 12 to 14 races. The CRA Southern Tour will once again have only six to eight races. Fortunately for the Northern teams, many of the South races will be before or after their North schedule. Performance and attendance at the South races will be critical, as there are limited opportunities to earn points in the South. The first race to earn points in pursuit of a “National Championship” will be at the traditional season opener, “SpeedFest” at Lanier National Speedway during the last weekend in January.
For more information in the coming weeks on the CRA Super Series, its schedules and competing for one, two or three of its Super Late Model titles, plus more information and the final details for the National Super Late Model Challenge, be sure to follow www.craracing.net.
CRA will award a National Super Late Model Championship in 2011. (Dennis Kimble Photo)