SALEM, Ind. – The Fast Action Racing Team and 13-year-old Charlie Keeven are making plans to compete with the JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour Presented by Chevrolet Performance next year.
Keevan and the Fast Action Racing Team most recently ran the full Victory Custom Trailers CRA Junior Late Model schedule this year.
“We decided to move up and race with the JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour in 2020. We will compete for the Rookie of the Year and the season championship,” said Keevan. “I know it’s a lot more competitive in that series and the features are 100 laps, so I’m preparing myself by working out with a personnel trainer to get ready. I’ve already lost 19 pounds, my goal is to lose 10 more before the season starts. I can’t wait to climb back behind the wheel.”
Keeven started out the season just learning the cars and the tracks, but did win his heat race in the series’ second event of the season at Baer Field Motorsports Park. Keeven really picked up his competitiveness beginning at the Aug. 10 event at Anderson Speedway. He won the first heat that evening, beating series champion Chase Burda, then finished second in the feature to Burda, his highest finish to date.
Keeven carried that momentum on to the Corrigan Oil Speedway event that following week, he finished second to Burda in his heat race. Keeven then took full advantage of his pole starting position for the feature, taking the lead at the start with Burda in tow in second.
Keeven pulled away to a half straight away lead before the yellow waved on lap 21 when Burda spun. On the third attempt to go back green on lap 21 Zack Wilhelm managed to grab the lead from Keeven, but Keeven did not give up. Keeven made the inside pass in turn three coming to the checkers to grab his first series feature win and his first in a late model.
Keeven was one of the six drivers locked into the Chase for the Championship after the Anderson event, and with the win at Corrigan he locked guaranteed an opportunity to race for the title in the series’ season finale at Anderson Speedway. Keeven would finish in second to inaugural champion Burda in the season championship event.
“It was a lot of fun racing with the Victory Custom Trailers CRA Junior Late Models this season,” said Keeven. “It was cool to be part of the first season with the series. We learned a lot and our program really picked up the second half of the season with Brent Downey’s help. Winning the feature at Corrigan Oil Speedway was awesome, I thought I had lost it, but fought back to make the winning pass there on the last lap.”
“Charlie did a great job this year,” said Chuck Keeven, Charlie’s father and car owner. “He’s wanted to race since he could first talk. He just loves it and wants to do whatever it takes to get better. His mom and I are doing whatever we can to help him reach his goals in racing.”
Keeven will be racing in a new Rowdy Manufacturing Chassis in 2020 with Crew Chief Brent Downey calling the shots.