Barnes Sr. Gets the Win in the Crosley Brands 50 at Salem SpeedwayZach Hiser
Salem, IN (April 26, 2021) – Louisville, Kentucky’s Chuck Barnes Sr. grabbed the lead at the drop of the green flag on Sunday afternoons Crosley Brands 50 special event for the Van Hoy Oil CRA Street Stocks Powered by JEGS and the Lucas Oil Great American Stocks on the famous High Banks of Salem Speedway and held off the challenges of son Chuck Barnes Jr. to get the victory in front of a huge crowd attending the Lucas Oil Midwest 250 Presented by Scott County Tourism.
Barnes Sr. took full advantage of his outside front row starting position after Allstar Performance Fast Qualifier Branes Jr. drew a five for the events inverted start for the strong 34 car field. Barnes Sr. was able to pull away with the lead when pole sitter Ken Schrader spun his tires in a team car to Barnes Sr. The top five of Barnes Sr., Barnes Jr., Brett Hudson, Skeeter Crum and Schrader stayed the same throughout the 50-lap event, even on four restarts after cautions.
Barnes Sr. managed to keep the lead on each restart and was able to hold off his son to get the win, his first ever official Van Hoy Oil CRA Street Stocks win and adding to his list as the all-time win’s leader at Salem Speedway.
“It feels good to get this win,” remarked Barnes in victory lane. “It had been a while since I had won a race, you just never know when or if you’re going to get another one, so this is special, especially with my son finishing second behind me. I want to thank everyone on this team for all their hard work, we enjoyed having Schrader race our team car today, I’m glad I got the jump on him at the start, I think he would have been tough to beat!”
The Barnes tandem did one of their famous first and second place burnouts on the front stretch after the race, but lately it had been Barnes Jr. winning and Barnes Sr. in second, but on Sunday it was Sr. getting the win.
Jeffersonville, Indiana’s Skeeter Crum finished in third place, he was the highest finisher with the Lucas Oil Great American Stocks. Owensboro, Kentucky native Brett Hudson finished in fourth while battling with the top five group all day. Schrader would finish in fifth place in his first start at Salem since his ARCA Menards Series last win in 2016.
Tommy Brown Jr. would finish in sixth place, Brian Bayer in seventh, Wayne Edwards in eighth, Jamie Goodman in ninth and Justin Pirtle in tenth place.
The next Van Hoy Oil CRA Street Stocks event will be the first Four Crown event of the season, this Saturday, May 1st at Shadybowl Speedway. More information on all the CRA Series is available at www.cra-racing.com.