The CRA Super Series will return to Concord Speedway in Concord, North Carolina, for this weekends 8th Annual North-South Shootout. This will be the second year that the CRA Super Series has been a part of this prestigious event promoted by C & C Racing Promotions. This year’s North-South Shootout 125 Presented by WearCrete Diamond Concrete Polishing will be the final event in CRA’s inaugural CRA Southern Six-Pack Tour.
Last years event was an emotional win for Jeff Fultz and the WearCrete Racing Team. Fultz lost his 21-year-old son Johnny in a tragic traffic accident earlier in the week prior to last years North-South Shootout. Fultz decided to go ahead and race the event with a very heavy heart. Fultz took the lead on lap 53 and never looked back in what many described as one of the greatest wins they had ever seen in racing!
It was a very somber victory lane, but Fultz showed the joy of being able to dedicate the win to his lost son. “"This is a very emotional win for me," Fultz stated. " My team gave me a great car and I am so thankful for all the support from everyone this weekend. This ones for Johnny, I know he was helping out there on the track today!"
Jeff Choquette took the early lead from the outside of the front row, but could not hold off fast qualifier Cassius Clark who grabbed the lead on the fifth lap and held it until he pitted on lap 46 with most of the field. Local competitor Bobby Measmer Jr. assumed the lead on the restart after not pitting with the rest of the field, Cooper Faassin took over on lap 50 when Measmer pitted but was chased down by Fultz who grabbed the lead for good on lap 53. 2009 & 2010 CRA Super Series Champion Johnny VanDoorn raced from his seventh starting spot to finish second in his first ever start at the challenging half mile. Clark would hold on to finish in third. Preston Peltier would come from his 18th starting position to finish fourth while Chase Elliott finished in fifth place.
Augie Grill comes into the North-South Shootout 125 Presented by WearCrete Diamond Concrete Polishing as the point’s leader in the CRA Southern Six-Pack Tour after claiming two wins with the Tour at the two Gresham Motorsports Park events. 14-year-old Chase Elliott, son of NASCAR Legend Bill Elliott, is in second place, 18 points behind Grill. Ryan Blaney, the son of NASCAR driver Dave Blaney, is in third place, he is 14 points behind Grill. Fultz is in fourth place and Kyle Busch Motorsports Development Driver T.J. Reaid is currently in fifth place. Blaney won the tour’s Hickory Motor Speedway event while Reaid won the tour’s All American 400 event in Nashville.
There is a strong field of cars entered for this years North-South Shootout 125 Presented by WearCrete Diamond Concrete Polishing led by defending winner Jeff Fultz. NASCAR connections Ryan Blaney and T.J. Reaid are both entered as is Ross Kenseth, son of NASCAR competitor Matt Kenseth, a two time winner with there CRA Super Series during the 2010 season and the ASA Midwest Series Rookie of the Year.
CRA Super Series regulars who are entered include three time Series Champion Scott Hantz, multi-time winner Tommy St. John and Jason Dietsch. Georgia hot shoe Bubba Pollard is entered, along with fellow Georgia driver Allen Karnes. Also entered are Arkansas’s Dennis Schoenfeld, Kansas’s Cody Humphreys, Ohio’s Jared Marks and Jimmy Weller, South Carolina’s Randy Gentry and Terry Horak and Florida racers John Coffman and Daniel Webster. Maryeve Dufault from Quebec Canada is now entered in a team car to Marks, both of which will be crew chiefed by well-known racer and crew chief Larry Moore.
The state of North Carolina will be well represented by Preston Peltier, who was recently crowned the 2010 PASS Series National Champion and Southern Series Champion and Colt James who was the Concord Speedway Pro Late Model Champion. Other Tar Heel competitors entered include Bobby Measmer Jr., Mark Reedy, Roger Lee Newton, Joey Coulter, David Johnson, Chris Lawson, Grant Davidson and Matt Brooks.
More information on the 8th Annual North-South Shootout is available at www.northsouthshootout.com. Event entry forms and more information on the CRA Super Series is available at www.craracing.net.