LEBANON, Mo. – A stout field of cars and drivers is already entered for this coming Saturday’s Mercy Masters of the Pros 144 event that will be held at Lebanon I-44 Speedway.
This will be the biggest event to date for the JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour Presented by Chevrolet Performance with the winner taking home a series record $8000 plus a signature green jacket, similar to the one that is known for adorning the champion of golf’s Masters event, along with the coveted signature winner’s trophy from JEGS presented to each series event winner.
This event will be the highest paying Pro Late Model event in the country during the 2013 race season.
The event, which has already attracted 42 entries to date, will feature some of the best late model drivers in the country along with the best from the JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour and the best of the Lebanon I-44 Speedway O’Reilly Auto Parts Late Models.
There is a strong NASCAR flavor with this event with Hendricks Motorsports development driver Chase Elliott entered, the son of NASCAR legend Bill Elliott, who will also be on hand as the Grand Marshall of the event. Chase has become one of the best known late model racers in the country with wins in many of the top late model events in the country such as the Snowball Derby, the Winchester 400, the World Crown and SpeedFest, and what makes those accomplishments even greater, is Chase is only 17 years old.
Elliott will compete in nine NASCAR Camping World Truck Series event is 2013. He finished sixth in his debut at Martinsville and followed that up with a fifth place finish at Rockingham. Elliott will also compete in five ARCA Racing Series events this season and in selected late model events when time allows.
Ross Kenseth, son of NASCAR champion Matt Kenseth, is also entered in a Willard Motorsports car. Kenseth had a storied season in late models in 2012 with victories in the Red Bud 300, All American 400 and Winchester 400. Kenseth got his first win of the 2013 season last Saturday night at South Boston Speedway with the PASS South Series.
Georgia hot shoe Bubba Pollard, who has more wins than any late model driver in the country the past three years, is also entered, along with Speed 51’s 2012 Driver of the Year Daniel Hemric, the 2012 JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour Champion in dominate fashion with a series record eight victories.
The North Carolina fan favorite, with his famous backflip after winning a race, has been competing in Southern Super Series events in 2013 with Carswell Motorsports. The South is also represented by 15 year old Georgia native Anderson Bowen, the 2012 JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour Rookie of the Year and event winner at the series season finally at Watermelon Capital Speedway.
Bowen is competing full-time with the ARCA/CRA Super Series in 2013 along with selected starts in the ARCA Racing Series.