Angola Motor Speedway will be the site of a CRA doubleheader this weekend as the Howe CRA Late Model Sportsman Series will race this Friday night July 2nd while the CRA Super Series will make its annual July 4th Weekend stop on Saturday night. The Howe CRA Late Model Sportsman race is a rescheduled event from May 1st that was postponed because of rain.
Friday night’s event will be a total new event for the Howe CRA Late Model Sportsman Series after the series got through practice, qualifying and two laps into the feature before persistent rain caused the event to be postponed on May 1st. Tony Dager was the Allstar Performance Parts Fast Qualifier of the 28 cars that were on hand for that event. Friday’s race will be the third series event ever held at Angola Motor Speedway. Last year Steve Minich Jr. took the lead on lap 46 then had to hold off hard charging Tony Dager to get the win. Billy Hutson finished in third, Lou Stremme in fourth and Rick Rinehart in fifth.
2009 series Champion Charlie Hanna comes into Friday’s event as the series new points leader after winning last Saturday night’s event at Anderson Speedway. Former points leader Jason Atkinson is now second, he is 10 points behind Hanna. Al Cook Jr. has moved into third place, he is 14 points behind Atkinson. 2006 series Champion Keith Sterkowitz’s recent bad luck has dropped him to fourth in series points, he is 16 points behind Cook Jr. Mark Lambert is in fifth place, four points behind Strekowitz.
Stroh, Indiana racer Mike Kugler started in 13th place in last years EMF Corp 125 for the CRA Super Series, he steadily worked his way through the field to pass Scott Hantz for the lead on lap 101, then held off Jack Landis to get his first ever CRA victory. Derek Bischak finished in third, Hantz was fourth and Jason Shively fifth. Angola native Hantz is the all time series victory leader at Angola Motor Speedway with four wins in the 13 series events that have been held there.
There are several former CRA Super Series Angola winners entered for Saturday night’s event including Hantz, Kugler, Jeff Lane, JR Roahrig and Kenny Tweedy. Other series regulars entered include 2009 Series Champion and current points leader John VanDoorn, also Rick Turner, Brian Campbell, Jason Dietsch, Jason Shively, Terry Fisher Jr., Tommy St. John, Nick Lay, Jim Crabtree Jr., Tyler Roahrig, Adam Purdy and Aaron Pierce. Several top series rookies are also entered including Perfect Circle Racecars Rookie Points leader John Long, other rookies entered include Colin Nickolai, Nick Gullatta, Tony Dager and Jay Niewiek.
Lakeland, Florida native Steve Dorer gets the long haul award for Saturday’s event making the trip from Florida to race with the CRA Super Series. The former Michigan native will be in Michigan for the month of July and will compete in a couple of series events during his stay. Several drivers will make their first starts of the 2010 season with the series including Tyler Knuckles, Matt Hall and Kevin Todd.
Friday night will be ProFab “Pack the House Night” at Angola Motor Speedway with a special admission price of $20 a carload. Pit gates open at 1pm, racers need to remember to bring their armbands from the May 1st postponed event to exchange for an armband for Friday night. There will be open practice for the CRA Super Series cars starting at 3pm. Practice for the Howe CRA late Model Sportsman Series will be at 4:45pm. Qualifying begins at 5:30pm. The race program begins at 7pm and will include heat races and the ProFab 75 for the Howe CRA Late Model Sportsman Series along with heats and a feature for the Angola Modifieds.
Pits open Saturday at 1pm, practice begins at 3pm with qualifying at 5:15pm. The race program will begin at 7pm and will include the EMF Corp 125 for the CRA Super Series along with heats and features for the Angola FWD’s and Mini Stocks along with Legend Cars. The Holiday Weekend event will be capped off with a Fireworks Show after the racing events on Saturday night.
Angola Motor Speedway will offer free camping all weekend. More information on this weekends events is available at www.angolamotorspeedway.com. More information on all the CRA series is available at www.craracing.net.