Jenkins Closes in on Championship as CRA Street Stocks Finish the 2016 Season at Winchester SpeedwayScott Menlen
Salem, IN (October 5, 2016) – Veteran CRA racer Phil Jenkins just needs to start Saturday night’s CRA Street Stocks Powered by JEGS Season Championship 50 lap feature at Winchester Speedway to win his first ever CRA Championship. Saturday’s event will be the 13th event of the season for the CRA Street Stocks and the second event of the season at Winchester Speedway.
Jenkins second place finish in the series last event at Lucas Oil Raceway on September 25th gave him enough points to be position to win the title by just starting the event, as he looks to get his first win of the season. Jenkins finish at Lucas Oil Raceway was his top finish of the season so far, but consistent top five and top 10 finishes during the season put him in position to claim the Championship, while others in the points have suffered DNF’s. The Greenfield, Indiana native has been a streets stock racer pretty much his whole racing career, racing at Salem Speedway and winning the famed Halloween 200, he also followed the Frank Kimmel Street Stocks for several seasons as well as racing with the CRA Street Stocks.
2015 series Rookie of the Year Andrew Teepe is second in points heading into Saturday’s race. Teepe is 32 points ahead of James Kirby III, Kirby picked up his first series win at Anderson Speedway on July 30th. Teepe and Kirby have second and third place locked up between them. Mason Keller is in fourth place in points. Justin Oberlin is in fifth place and has already locked up the CRA Street Stock 2016 Rookie of the Year Award.
Other Series winners in 2016 include Josh Poore and Austin Coe who each have won a series leading three events. Poore got wins in the Shady Bowl Speedway 200 lap Triple Crown event on April 23rd and at Anderson Speedway on May 14th and September 17th. All three of Coe’s wins came at Lucas Oil Raceway on May 6th, July 8th and the series last event on September 25th. Colby Lane has two series wins at Anderson Speedway on August 20th and September 5th at Winchester Speedway. Single event winners include Jason Atkinson in the Anderson Speedway 200 lap Triple Crown event on June 25th, Chuck Barnes Jr. in the Kentucky Motor Speedway 200 lap Triple Crown event on May 29th and Jeff Lane winner of the April 3rd series season opener at Lucas Oil Raceway.
Things begin for the Winchester 400 Weekend with an optional load in, hauler parking and pit pass purchases on Thursday, October 6th from 3 to 7pm. Pits open on Friday, October 7th at 9am with rotating practice for all divisions beginning at 1pm. Second round practice and Group Qualifying for the Vore’s Touring Compacts and the Vore’s Welding CRA Late Model Sportsman Series and CRA Street Stocks New Star events will start at 4:10pm, the JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour Boyne Machine qualifying will start at 6:15pm. Racing action will begin at 7pm with 8 lap heat races for the Vores Touring Compacts. The JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour Season Championship Winchester 100 Presented by JEGS.com will be up next. The CRA Late Model Sportsman Series and CRA Street Stocks 25 lap New Star features will follow. The Vores Touring Compacts 25 lap feature will cap off the nights racing action.
Pits open on Saturday, October 8th at 8:30am, rotating practice for all divisions will begin at 11am. Second round practice and Group Qualifying CRA Late Model Sportsman Series and CRA Street Stocks will begin at 2pm. Qualifying for the Top Speed Modifieds Run for the Gun will start at 3:30pm, EDCO Welding Pole Qualifying for the 45th Annual Winchester 400 for the ARCA/CRA Super Series will begin at 4:15pm. The race program will begin at 5pm with Top Speed Modifieds Last Chance races. The 50 lap CRA Late Model Sportsman Series Season Championship event will be up next. The Top Speed Modifieds 50 lap Run for the Gun will follow. The 50 lap CRA Street Stocks Season Championship event will cap off this huge night of racing. The Annual Winchester 400 Party in the Pavilion will start in immediately following the races with live music.
On Sunday, October 9th pits will open at 9am. There will be an on track autograph session with all the 45th Annual Winchester 400 drivers starting at 12:30. Opening ceremonies will begin at 1:30 pm with the 45th Annual Winchester 400 taking the green flag at 2pm.
For those fans that cannot attend the Winchester 400 Weekend events, 51 TV Pay-Per-View will broadcast all the racing events on Friday, Saturday and Sunday of the Winchester 400 Weekend. Purchase the live Winchester 400 Weekend broadcast now at Speed51.com.
Additional track and event information can be found at www.winchesterspeedway.com.
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