MOORESVILLE, N.C. (June 30, 2020) – After a thrilling Solid Rock Carriers CARS Tour event at Hickory Motor Speedway, the series’ Super Late Models are heading up to the Jennerstown Speedway Complex for the Thomas Automotive American Freedom 300 on Saturday, July 4.
The Thomas Automotive American Freedom 300 is co-sanctioned by the ARCA/CRA Super Series powered by JEGS and will mark the CARS Tour’s first-ever race in Pennsylvania. Along with the 200-lap, $20,000-to-win Super Late Model feature, the Independence Day event will also feature a 100-lap Pro Late Model race for the JEGS/CRA All Star Tour presented by Chevrolet Performance and will be capped off by a large-scale fireworks display.
THOMAS AUTOMOTIVE AMERICAN FREEDOM 300 NOTES & QUOTES
Event Name: Thomas Automotive American Freedom 300
Track and Location: Jennerstown Speedway Complex, Jennerstown, Pa.
Length: 0.522 mi (0.840 km)
Laps / Distance: 200 laps / 104.4 mi / 168 km (SLM), 100 laps / 52.2 mi / 84 km (JEGS/CRA All Star Tour presented by Chevrolet Performance)
- Practice: SLM 1:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m., All Star 2:05 p.m. – 2:35 p.m., SLM 2:40 p.m. – 3:10 p.m., All Star 3:15 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.
- Qualifying: SLM 5:30 p.m. (single car), All Star 6:00 p.m. (single car)
- Green: 7:30 p.m., All Star (100 laps) followed by SLM (200 laps)
JEGS/CRA All Star Tour presented by Chevrolet Performance Entry List (19 cars total):
|1||Cody||Coughlin||Delaware, OH||JEGS, CafeCBD.com, CafeNaturals.com||Chevrolet|
|5||Will||Sahutske||Midland, MI||Billy’sUltimateRacingProducts.com, Landrum Performance Springs||Ford|
|11||Jaden||Cretacci||Walkerton, IN||Preferred Warranties, R & B Car Company, Community Wide Federal Credit Union||Toyota|
|D11||Mike||Sweeney||Nesquehoning, PA||Kovatch Inc., Jones Racing Products, B&F General Machine||Ford|
|17||Josh||Brock||Corbin, KY||Stream Restoration Specialists||Chevrolet|
|18||Chase||Burda||Columbiaville, MI||Magnecor Racing Wires, Rob’s Service, Finish Line, Express Auto Graphics, Mac Tools||Chevrolet|
|22||Chad||Pendleton||Grove City, OH||Garmac Racing||Ford|
|23||Mandy||Chick||DeSoto, KS||323.TV, JRC,CPA, LLC, FK Rod Ends, Fragola Performance, AR Bodies, VDR||Chevrolet|
|33||Wes||Griffith Jr.||Crown Point, IN||Solid Steel Inc.||Toyota|
|33F||Albert||Francis||Painsville, OH||Rack Hunter Camo, Francis Engineering, Legan Trucking, Demilta Sand and Gravel||Chevrolet|
|40||Brian||Ross||Lopaz, IN||Miller’s Auto and Body||Toyota|
|40S||Bryan||Shipp||Scottdale, PA||APA Archery, Subway, Three Rivers CJD, Harris Auto Repair||Chevrolet|
|48||Sam||Fullone||North Collins, NY||Fullone Trucking Inc.||Ford|
|51||Stephen||Nasse||Pinellas Park, FL||All American Concrete, Jett Motorsports||Chevrolet|
|53||Zachary||Tinkle||Speedway, IN||Left Paw Press, BTT Consulting, PFC Brakes, Bell Helmets||Chevrolet|
|54||Matt||Craig||Kannapolis, NC||C&C Boiler Sales and Service||Chevrolet|
|55||Charlie||Keeven||Hazelwood, MO||Kimco Concrete, Crafton Contracting, Swift Springs, Brakeometer||Chevrolet|
|88||Trever||McCoy||Caldonia, MI||The Grand Woods Lounge, Amsoil||Chevrolet|
|98||Jimmy||Tucker||Mt. Clemens, MI||Jim’s Catering, The Pleasure Zone, JV Auto Repair, VanDoorn Racing Development||Chevrolet|
Super Late Model Entry List (25 cars total):
|Car #||Driver||Hometown||Sponsor||Car Make||Series|
|08||Tate||Fogleman||Durham, NC||Solid Rock Carrier, Fogleman Soils||Chevrolet||CARS|
|1||Cody||Coughlin||Delaware, OH||JEGS, Cafe CBD.com, Cafe Naturals.com||Chevrolet||CRA|
|6||Logan||Runyon||Cambridge, OH||Triangle Production Systems||Ford||CRA|
|7J||Justin Crider||Statesville, NC||Robin Crider||JDS Glass, Service Partners, Multi-Electrical Services||Chevrolet||CARS|
|7C||Tyler Church||Concord, NC||Tyler Church||Church’s Carpet||Chevrolet||CARS|
|14||Chris||Davidson||Alvin, TX||Davidson Electric, Turner Motorsports||Chevrolet|
|15||Mike||Hopkins||Hermon, ME||Port City Racecars||Chevrolet||CARS|
|17||Josh||Brock||Corbin, KY||Stream Restoration Specialists, Hog Lick Aggregates||Chevrolet||CRA|
|22||Trevor||Noles||Fuquay-Varina, NC||Noles Custom Cabinets||Ford||CARS|
|26||Bubba||Pollard||Senoia, GA||Harrison’s Workwear||Ford||CRA|
|33||Albert||Francis||Painsville, OH||Rack Hunter Camo, Francis Engineering, Legan Trucking, Demilta Sand and Gravel||Chevrolet||CRA|
|35||Jake||Garcia||Monroe, GA||Arrow Creek Investments||Ford|
|35V||Greg||Van Alst||Anderson, IN||CB Fabricating||Chevrolet||CRA|
|35K||Carson||Kvapil||Mooresville, NC||Wehrs Machine||Chevrolet|
|45||Kodie||Conner||Kannapolis, NC||Accent Imaging, CRC Industries, Pro Source Fitness Equipment||Toyota|
|45S||Michael||Simko||Clarkston, MI||Prestige Steel & Supplies||Chevrolet||CRA|
|47||Brian||Campbell||Wyoming, MI||Daily Deals, Senneker Performance, Gro America||Chevrolet||CRA|
|48||Tovia||Grynewicz||Clyde, TX||Winsupply, T&T Plumbing||Chevrolet|
|49||Jeff||Batten||Nashville, NC||Batten Ceramic Tile, Digital Repair||Chevrolet||CARS|
|51||Stephen||Nasse||Pinellas Park, FL||All American Concrete, Jett Motorsports||Chevrolet||CRA|
|51S||Sammy||Smith||Johnson, IA||TMC Transportation||Toyota|
|53||Boris||Jurkovic||Manhattan, IL||Reliable Recovery Services||Toyota||CRA|
|54||Matt||Craig||Kannapolis, NC||C&C Boiler Sales and Service||Chevrolet||CARS|
|78||Corey||Heim||Marietta, GA||Speedway Children’s Charities||Toyota|
|131||Kyle||Crump||Brighton, MI||The Auto-Ranch, R & D Racing||Chevrolet||CRA|
Veteran Brian Campbell Aiming for Victory in First Race with CARS Tour
Former ASA Late Model Challenge Series champion Brian Campbell has 23 victories in the ARCA/CRA Super Series and over 100 wins throughout his illustrious Late Model career. Now, he is ready to get back in the saddle again to chase down his 24th ARCA/CRA Super Series victory and his first in the Solid Rock Carriers CARS Tour.
“We have fun when we go up and win races,” Campbell said. “We win 7-10 races a year, but we only race 13-14 times a year, so we have a 40-50% winning percentage every year. Anything other than winning is not really advantageous for us. I can’t wait for all those CARS Tour guys to come up. I get to race with some of those guys every now and then when we go to special shows like the (Snowball) Derby or Nashville so to have the whole series there with CRA, it’s going to be a good, fun event.”
Campbell does have some experience at Jennerstown Speedway and has raced at the complex throughout his career. Because of that experience, he feels like Jennerstown Speedway regulars will be tougher to beat than other Super Late Model titans such as Bubba Pollard and Stephen Nasse.
“I raced ASA Late Models there years ago and used to watch races with my dad there when I was younger. I have one race there, finished second, but I’ve been there a lot. (Nasse and Pollard) are good competition. They come up and race with us and we beat them all the time. I worry about the guys who have raced around Jennerstown more than I worry about those guys.”
Pollard Hoping to Continue Winning Ways
After getting off to a slow start early in the season, Bubba Pollard will head into Jennerstown fresh off a win at Hickory Motor Speedway in the Solid Rock Carriers CARS Tour and a victory at Five Flags Speedway in the Southern Super Series on Saturday. Pollard, who is one of the most prolific drivers in Super Late Model racing, is hoping to ride that momentum into victory lane in his first Jennerstown start.
“I’m excited about going to Jennerstown,” Pollard said. “I always like going to new places and racing for the first time. We’ve really had a lot of success when we went to new tracks for the first time. I feel like we have a lot of momentum building into Jennerstown for Saturday so I’m really excited to get going. It’s a place I’ve grown up watching old ASA and Pro Cup races at and somewhere I’ve always wanted to race.”
Pollard feels like his win at Hickory Motor Speedway was a turning point for his season, and hopes to hit his stride as big Super Late Model races are right around the corner across the country.
“I feel like we’ve kind of gotten off to a slow start. Our cars, we struggled early on I feel like,” Pollard said. “We weren’t where we needed to be. When we raced at Hickory, we found a few things that we’ve carried over into Pensacola and it worked. Hopefully, it transitions into the same thing at Jennerstown. It’s been a slow start really, but hopefully we can stride and hit our high as all the big races come up.”
CARS Tour Implements Guidelines to Prevent Spread of COVID-19
Until further notice, the CARS Tour will continue to implement policies to prevent transmission of COVID-19. The policies were introduced at Ace Speedway on June 6 and were also used at Hickory Motor Speedway on June 13. These policies include (but are not limited to) the following:
- On Friday, all personnel will have their temperature screened before entering the race track.
- Driver Intros will not be held amongst the crowd, per usual; instead, drivers will be introduced from their cars on the grid.
- Trailers will be spread out across the infield to maintain proper social distancing.
- Spotters will be required to wear masks during the race.
- Masks will be strongly recommended for those who are in the infield and required for all Victory Lane celebrations.
About the CARS Tour
The Solid Rock Carriers CARS Tour is one of the premier short track series in the United States. Drivers compete in Late Model Stock Cars and Super Late Models at the best short tracks across the Carolinas, Georgia, Pennsylvania, Tennessee and Virginia. The CARS Tour can be found on Facebook at “CARS Tour”, on Twitter @CARSTour, and on Instagram as @CARS_Tour. For more information, visit www.carsracingtour.com or call their Mooresville, N.C. offices at 704.662.9212.
About the Champion Racing Association (CRA)Champion Racing Association (CRA) is a racing sanctioning body that primarily oversees the scheduling, administering, and officiating of the ARCA/CRA Super Series for Super Late Models and the JEGS/CRA All-Stars presented by Chevrolet Performance for crate Late Models. CRA also sanctions Late Model Sportsman and Street Stocks. Junior Late Models were added in 2019. Additionally, CRA assists in promoting other racing events and is the sole promoter of two events during the season. JEGS is a major supporter of all CRA series with a multi-year agreement to be the “Powering” company for the sanctioning body and its series. More information on all the CRA Series is available at www.cra-racing.com.