Erik Jones Among Early SpeedFest 2017 Entries

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Erik Jones has won races in the NASCAR XFINITY Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. (HHP/Harold Hinson Photo)

SALEM, Ind. – Champion Racing Ass’n officials have released the first group of entries for CRA SpeedFest 2017 at Georgia’s Crisp Motorsports Park on Jan. 28-29.

CRA SpeedFest 2017 will once again consist of a 200 lap ARCA/CRA Super Series super late model event and a 125 lap JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour pro late model event.

NASCAR racer Erik Jones tops the early list of entries for CRA SpeedFest 2017. Jones will compete in the 200 lap super late model event for KBR Motorsports, the same team he won the Battle at Berlin 251 in June and at Lucas Oil Raceway in July. In 2017 Jones will move up to race in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series in a second car for Furniture Row Racing as a teammate to Martin Truex Jr.

Also entered is retired NASCAR driver Sterling Marlin, who will compete in the pro late model event. The two-time Daytona 500 winner captured 10 wins during his NASCAR Cup Series career.

Sixteen-year-oldHarrison Burton, son of former NASCAR star and current NBC television analyst Jeff Burton, is entered for the super late model event. The North Carolina teenager competed full-time with the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East in 2016, finishing seventh in series points and won two super late model events at New Smyrna Speedway during Speedweeks last February.

Snowball Derby winner Christian Eckes has filed an entry for the super late model event. Eckes burst on the scene at the end of the 2016 season, first winning the Myrtle Beach 400, then dominating Thanksgiving Classic at Southern National Speedway before winning the Snowball Derby in a photo finish over John Hunter Nemechek.

Others entered in the super late model event included Steve Dorer, Jay and Tate Fogleman and Chandler Smith. The pro late model event also includes entries from Dalton Grindle, Kevin Herbert, Christopher Tullis, Justin South, Bobby Knox Jr., Hunter Byrd and Kent Crane.