CRA Extends Sanction Agreement With ARCA

ARCA has extended its sanctioning agreement with the CRA Late Model tour through 2019. (Randy Crist Photo)

INDIANAPOLIS – Officials from the Automobile Racing Club of America and Champion Racing Ass’n have announced a three-year extension of the working relationship between the two motorsports sanctioning organizations.

The announcement was made at the 20th annual CRA Championship Awards Banquet in Indianapolis.

ARCA, celebrating its 65th Anniversary Season in 2017, first sanctioned racing activities in CRA’s flagship tour in 2012. The ARCA/CRA Super Series, based in Salem, Ind., was founded in 1997 and features template bodied super late model stock cars racing in the Midwest’s most widely recognized racing events.

“This affiliation has been, from the beginning, about two strong, stable independent racing companies joining forces to create a platform for aspiring stock car racing participants,” said ARCA President Ron Drager. “Glenn Luckett and R.J. Scott have done a great job in organizing and administering racing events and we’ve been fortunate to have had a working relationship with them in various capacities for over 20 years. CRA has grown to become a respected entity in our sport, and our goal is to continue to provide opportunities for drivers, owners, and crew members from the local level to the top tier of motorsports. The ARCA CRA relationship is a good fit.”

The ARCA/CRA Super Series schedule annually features some of the biggest pavement short track late model races in the Eastern US including the Winchester 400 at Winchester Speedway and the RedBud 400 at Anderson Speedway, both in Indiana, the Battle at Berlin 251 at Berlin Raceway in Michigan and CRA SpeedFest at Watermelon Capitol Speedway in Georgia. New to the schedule in 2017 are the US Nationals of Short Track Racing at Bristol Motor Speedway in Tennessee and the Glass City 200 at Toledo Speedway in Ohio.

Cody Coughlin is the defending series champion.

“We look forward to continuing to work with everyone at ARCA,” said Luckett. “The ARCA name is well-established in the racing world and well-respected throughout the racing community. We see this relationship further strengthening CRA and short track racing. Working with ARCA the last five years has been very beneficial for the ARCA/CRA Super Series. Extending our agreement with ARCA for the next three years sets us up to further grow and build on what we’ve been able to accomplish so far.”

The sanctioning agreement extension between ARCA and CRA will continue to offer ARCA member benefits to participants in the ARCA/CRA Super Series, including $500,000 in Participant Accident medical insurance. ARCA will also continue to provide public relations, race operations, and marketing support, while building on the already-strong CRA developmental racing base. Both of ARCA’s short track properties, Toledo Speedway and Flat Rock Speedway, will continue to host ARCA/CRA Super Series events annually.