Final Playoff Event to Decide Final Four for the 2018 Championship Event
Salem, IN. (September 25, 2018) – The JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour Presented by Chevrolet Performance will return to action this weekend in the CRA Fall Brawl at Lucas Oil Raceway. Sunday’s Fall Brawl 100 Presented by JEGS.com will be a very special event, it will be the series 100th event since it raced its very first event on April 23, 2011 at Toledo Speedway. JEGS has been the series Title Sponsor since that first season, and last year signed an extension to continue to be the Title Sponsor through the 2020 season. Chevrolet Performance has been the series Presenting Sponsor since the 2011 season.
“We really enjoy our relationship with CRA and all its racers,” remarked John Coughlin with JEGS. “We are all very excited to see the JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour reach their 100th race and counting! We want to wish all the competitors in Sunday’s 100th series event Good Luck! Someone is going to win the coolest trophy ever! Put up your dukes, let’s race!”
Coughlin is referring to the Fall Brawl signature trophy that includes a pair of boxing gloves. That event trophy has become one of the most coveted in Central Indiana. JEGS will help celebrate the 100th series event with event specific hats that will be given to each competitor in Sunday’s 100th race and will be worn by all the CRA officials on Sunday. There is a stout field of 28 cars entered to date for Sunday’s Fall Brawl 100 Presented by JEGS.com.
The series opened its 2018 season at Birch Run Speedway on April 29th, were Michigan veteran Brian Campbell picked up the victory. The series second event was the Short Track U.S. Nationals at Bristol Motor Speedway on May 18th were Josh Reeves came away with the victory. Bubba Pollard won the series third event of the season, the Masters of the Pro’s 200 on June 8th at Birch Run Speedway. Cole Williams was victorious in the series event on June 16th at Salem Speedway. Campbell returned to victory lane in the series event on June 30th at Baer Field Motorsports Park. 2017 series Rookie of the Year Carson Hocevar got his first series win of the season on August 4th at Auto City Speedway. Campbell picked up his third series win of the season in the series event on August 11th at Berlin Raceway. DGR-Crosley Rookie of the Year points leader Mason Keller got his first ever series win in the series last event on September 2nd at Winchester Speedway.
With his win, Keller is the only driver currently locked into the series Championship event at Winchester Speedway on October 12th, as long as he starts Sunday’s race. Sunday’s Fall Brawl 100 is the last of the Chase for the Championship playoff events to decide the other three drivers who will compete for the Championship along with Keller. The other four Chase drivers include 2017 series Champion Jack Dossey III, who has a two point lead over Mandy Chick in Championship points heading into Sunday’s playoff event. Chick is four points ahead of fellow rookie Tyler Hufford. Hufford is 10 points ahead of Michael Clancy Jr. All five Chase drivers are entered for Sunday’s event.
If any of the other four Chase drivers wins Sunday’s event they will be automatically in the Championship four. If none of the four drivers wins, final points will decide who the other three will be, or the final two if one of the other four Chase drivers besides Keller does win.
Series 2018 victory leader Brian Campbell is entered to accomplish several goals. Campbell is the defending event winner and now has a total of four Fall Brawl wins to date and looks to add another pair of boxing gloves to his collection. Campbell is also looking to become the series all time wins leader. With his third win of the season at Berlin Raceway, Campbell tied 2012 series Champion and current NASCAR Xfinity Series driver Daniel Hemric as the series all-time wins leader with eight. Campbell was the winner of the inaugural JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour event in 2011.
2018 series Salem Speedway event winner Cole Williams is also entered. Williams won the 2017 Short Track U.S. Nationals event at Bristol Motor Speedway and the 2017 Masters of the Pro’s event at Lebanon I-44 Speedway.
2017 series Rookie of the Year and 2018 Auto City series winner Carson Hocevar is entered. Hocevar got a rookie record three wins with the series in 2017 and was leading last year’s series Fall Brawl event when a fuel pump failed on lap 53 giving the lead to eventual winner Campbell.
Two time ARCA/CRA Super Series Champion Travis Braden is also entered. The 2016 Winchester 400 winner is third in series all-time wins with six total. Sunday will be his 2018 series debut as he has been competing full-time with the ARCA Racing Series in 2018.
2004 ARCA/CRA Super Series Champion Chuck Barnes Jr. is also entered to make his 2018 series debut. Barnes Jr. has competed mostly with the Lawrence Towing CRA Street Stocks the past several seasons, winning a series record six events in 2017, including claiming the series Fall Brawl event. He won his second straight CRA Street Stocks Short Track U.S. Nationals event at Bristol Motor Speedway this past May. Barnes Jr. also plans to defend his 2017 Fall Brawl CRA Street Stock win Sunday.
Other CRA competitors entered for Sunday’s race include former JEGS Tour Fall Brawl winners Jeff Cannon in 2016 and Jack Smith in 2015, Kyle Jones, Anthony Danta, Trever McCoy, James Krueger, Chris Koslek, Nate Walton, Trey Craig, Cassten Everidge, Ben Welch, Chad Pendleton, Evan Shotko, Brandon Varney and Shawn Szep. Three additional drivers will be making their 2018 series point event debuts, including 13 year old Jake Garcia from Georgia, Joe Maruca from Pennsylvania and South Bend, Indiana veteran racer Bobby Stremme, who won an ASA Late Model Series event at Lucas Oil Raceway.
The 2018 CRA Fall Brawl gets started on Saturday, with the pit gates opening at 8:30am, with load in of all participating teams. The six divisions racing in this year’s Fall Brawl include the Midwest Super Modifieds, the JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour, the Vores Welding CRA Late Model Sportsman, the I-CAR All-Star Modified Tour, the Lawrence Towing CRA Street Stocks and the Vores Compact Touring Series presented by Mercer County Electric. Practice starts at 12noon for all six divisions, each division will get two rounds of practice. Qualifying for all six divisions begins at 4:15pm. Unlike past Fall Brawl’s, there will be racing Saturday night including heats and a feature for the Midwest Super Modifieds, a feature for the Vores Compact Touring Series, plus Vintage Sprint Cars, two Motorcycle Stunts and Fireworks to end the night on Saturday.
On Sunday, pit gates open at 10:00am. Racing will begin at 1pm and will include a 40 lap feature for the Vore’s Welding CRA Late Model Sportsman, the Fall Brawl 100 Presented by JEGS.com for the JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour, a 40 lap feature for the Lawrence Towing CRA Street Stocks, a 40 lap feature for the I-CAR All-Star Modified Tour and the 25 lap Vore’s Cup for the Vore’s Compact Touring Series to finish off the day.
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