Salem, IN (August 13, 2020) – The Vore’s Welding CRA Late Model Sportsman Powered by JEGS will be back in action this Sunday at Mt. Lawn Speedway, located in New Castle, Indiana for the 47th running of the Norton Transport Raintree 100. The event was originally scheduled to take place on June 28 but was postponed because of weather.
The Vore’s Welding CRA Late Model Sportsman had the honor of helping revive a Central Indiana tradition in the Raintree 100 in 2018, which was ran at Mt. Lawn Speedway from 1971 through the 2013 season. Morristown, Indiana’s Jeff Marcum, the Raintree 100 winner in 2011 and 2012, was the only former event winner in the field in 2018, and he didn’t disappoint the large group of Marcum Racing fans on hand that Sunday evening to watch their favorite driver win his third Raintree 100 over 2007 series Champion Billy Hutson.
In the 2019 Raintree 100, 2019 series Champion Zachary Tinkle put on a clinic in coming away with his biggest win to date in holding off Marcum, leading the last 90 laps, to win the Raintree 100. That win helped him get in the Chase for the Championship and ultimately the 2019 series Championship.
After having several events postponed or canceled because of the COVID 19 pandemic, the series began its 2020 season on June 6th at Anderson Speedway. The season opener saw one of the bigger Vore’s Welding CRA Late Model Sportsman fields in recent memory with a strong field of 26 cars taking the green flag, veteran Tommy Cook came away with the win. Multi-time Anderson Speedway Late Model Champion Jeff Marcum got the win in the series last event, a special 100 lap event on July 25th at Anderson Speedway.
17-year-old series rookie Tanner Jack comes into Sunday’s third event of the season as the series points leader after a second-place finish in the season opener and a sixth-place finish July 25th, he is coming off a win in last Saturday’s Anderson Speedway MEP Late Models 100 lap event. Austin Coe comes into Sunday’s event second in points, he is only one point behind Jack and got a Modified win at Mt. Lawn Speedway last Sunday. Marcum is in third place, he is eight points behind Coe. James Kirby III is in fourth place, he is eight points behind Marcum. Daniel Adams is in fifth place, he is only two points behind Kirby III.
With his win Marcum is locked into the Chase for the Championship as long as he runs in 70% of the series remaining races leading up to the Chase. The top five in points are battling for the series regular season Championship, which gives that driver an automatic spot in the final four drivers who will compete for the series Championship in the final Chase for the Championship event at Winchester Speedway on October 10th.
Marcum tops the list of entries for Sunday’s Norton Transport Raintree 100, as he looks for his fourth win in the event. Other top CRA Late Model Sportsman drivers entered includes former series Champion Hutson, points leader Jack, second in points Coe, Cassten Everidge, Kent Carson, R.J. Norton Jr., Cory Adams, Kevin Gross and series rookie Chris Jennings.
Veteran Indiana racer Dave Duncan is entered to get back behind the wheel to compete in Sunday’s event. The Cicero native is a two-time winner of the Norton Transport Raintree 100.
Jason Atkinson, the series all-time wins leader with 16, is entered in the Troy Cox #9. The New Castle native last raced with the series in 2014 but has been a regular in the Van Hoy Oil CRA Street Stocks for many seasons, including winning two series Championships.
Cambridge City native Kevin Claborn, a regular at Mt. Lawn Speedway for several seasons and a winner in the track’s Thunder Car Division in 2020, is set to make a rare start with the Vore’s Welding CRA Late Model Sportsman on Sunday.
Muncie’s J.P. Crabtree is entered to race Sunday behind the wheel of Anderson Speedway regular Mike Sargent’s car. Former series regular Chris Shannon from Michigan is entered to try and get his first ever Mt. Lawn victory. Fort Wayne, Indiana’s Jeremy Wallen is entered to make his series 2020 debut.
Pit Gates open on Sunday at 12:30pm. The CRA Late Model Sportsman will have two practice sessions starting at 2:30pm. Allstar Performance Qualifying is set to begin at 5:30pm. The race program will begin at 6pm and will include the Norton Transport Raintree 100 for the Vore’s Welding CRA Late Model Sportsman Powered by JEGS. Also racing Sunday will be the Mt. Lawn Modifieds, Thunder Cars in a special 75 lap feature, Stock Compacts in a special 56 lap feature, Crown Vics and Vintage Sprint Cars and Thunder Roadsters.