ARCA/CRA Set For Anderson Invasion


SALEM, Ind. – The ARCA/CRA Super Series Powered by JEGS will return to action this Saturday night at Anderson Speedway, the famous high-banked quarter mile racetrack that has hosted more Super Series events than any other.

Anderson Speedway has hosted a total of 52 series events to date. Former two-time series champion Brian Ross is the all-time series victory leader at Anderson Speedway with nine victories.

This will be the only opportunity for the ARCA/CRA Super Series teams to get some racing on the tight quarter mile prior to the Stoops Freightliner Redbud 300 on July 20, which will now pay a minimum of $10,000 to win and is the second leg in the JEGS/CRA $100,000 Super Late Model Triple Crown.

Three-time series champion Johnny VanDoorn, last year’s defending champion, will not compete full-time with the series in 2013. Fellow three-time series champion Scott Hantz is also not currently planning a full season, so it will be wide open for a possible new series champion in 2013. VanDoorn was the winner of the series season opener at Toledo Speedway on April 20.

There is a very talented group of drivers on the entry list for the Sell It Again Sam 125 presented by Great Deals including several other former Anderson series winners including 1997 series champion Kenny Tweedy, who has four series victories at Anderson. Two-time Anderson winner Rick Turner is also entered along with defending event winner T.J. Reaid.

Fifteen-year-old South Carolina teenager Kyle Benjamin, one of the hottest late model drivers in the country, is also now entered. Benjamin became the youngest winner in ARCA/CRA Super Series history last year when he claimed a win at Lucas Oil Raceway in July.

Benjamin also claimed CRA wins last season with the JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour at Winchester in May and a win in the Super Series season finally at Watermelon Capital Speedway. He also claimed the ARCA/CRA Super Series Southern Tour championship. Benjamin is also competing in selected ARCA Racing Series events in 2013. He finished second in his ARCA series debut at Mobile Int’l Speedway in March.

Other top CRA drivers entered for Saturday’s event includes 2012 Boyne Machine Company Rookie of the Year Travis Braden, local veteran Joe Beaver, Brent Jack, Jay Niewiek, Eddie Van Meter, Brett Robinson, Robert Maynor, Jeep Pflum, Colin Nickolai and 2009 series Rookie of the Year Tyler Roahrig.

Also entered is Indiana teenager Karl Weber and Mark Downey, father of former JEGS Tour regular Brent Downey, who is competing with the JEGS Tour full-time in 2013. Downey is a former full-time legends competitor at Anderson Speedway.