SALEM, Ind. – Jaren Crabtree has announced he will compete with the ARCA/CRA Super Series powered by JEGS this season, vying for both the series championship and the Senneker Performance Rookie of the Year Award.
Crabtree’s quest will begin with the series’ first points event of the season, April 6 at Anderson Speedway.
While 2019 will be Jaren’s first full season completing with CRA, the Crabtree name is a familiar one from past CRA seasons, with dad Jim Jr. and brother J.P. both taking part.
Jim Crabtree Jr. is a former full-time competitor with the ARCA/CRA Super Series, competing in the tour’s first event on April 26, 1997 at Anderson Speedway. He competed in 144 series events from 1997 through the 2011 season, winning two races.
The elder Crabtree finished a best of fourth in series points on three separate occasions.
J.P. has raced in various ARCA/CRA Super Series, Vore’s Welding CRA Late Model Sportsman and Van Hoy Oil CRA Street Stocks events since the 2011 season. He picked up his first CRA win in the Vore’s Welding CRA Late Model Sportsman Season Championship at Winchester Speedway last October.
Jaren Crabtree competed in a handful of Van Hoy Oil CRA Street Stock events from 2014 through last season and also made several Street Stock starts at Anderson Speedway before purchasing a late model last fall and making his debut on Winchester 400 weekend.
He competed in the JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour Season Championship event on Oct. 12, coming from 21st starting position to finish eighth. On Oct. 14th he made his ARCA/CRA Super Series debut in the 47th annual Winchester 400, advancing from 28th to finish 13th.
“I’m excited for the 2019 racing season to begin,” said Jaren Crabtree. “I know coming into this season that I lack a lot of experience, but my goals are to make laps, be consistent and get valuable seat time. We want to try and make the Chase for the Championship and be in position to compete for the Senneker Performance Rookie of the Year Award.
“If we make the Chase for the Championship, then we will do our best to get into the final four to compete for the series title in the Winchester 400.”
Jaren Crabtree will have a low budget team, going race to race and relying heavily on his family and friends for support throughout the season.
“Mom and Dad have always supported my racing and I couldn’t do this without them,” he noted. “My fiancé Jenna is always there to support me, any way she can. My brother J.P. is a huge help with his knowledge of the cars and the tracks we will go race at. My sister Shelbie, who does all the PR work for my brother and I, and my Grandma and Grandpa, who have had engines and tires for me since I started racing, have helped as well.
“Everyone who comes to the race track and dedicates their weekend to help me … like Mike Sargent, James Butler, Eric Morrow, Wendell Layne, Chris Mefford, Joel Enochs and Derrick Layne, is appreciated. I couldn’t do it without the help of everyone involved.”