Talented Field of ARCA/CRA Late Models to Battle at Anderson on
9, 2012) –
One of the marquee events annually on the Anderson Speedway
schedule will be showcased on Saturday, April 14 when the Anderson 125
presented by Great Deals featuring the ARCA/CRA Late Models will take place.
Other divisions in action include WMDH ThunderCars and G.W. Pierce Front
Wheel Dive Oval.
The CRA Super Series Late Models return for their 51st appearance at the
high-banked quarter-mile oval. The series has a storied history at Anderson
Speedway and the season opening event on April 14th is shaping up to be one
of most thrilling in recent memory.
This weekend’s event officially kicks off the new partnership between
Champion Racing Association and ARCA with the newly named ARCA/CRA Super
The partnership was officially announced last July 28th at the ARCA Racing
Series event at Lucas Oil Raceway. The partnership is providing participants
in the ARCA/CRA Super Series with ARCA member benefits, including
Participant Accident Insurance. In addition ARCA will provide the 2012
ARCA/CRA Super Series Champion and the 2012 ARCA/CRA Super Series Boyne
Machine Company Rookie of the Year with the opportunity to test an ARCA
Racing Series car in the open test at Daytona International Speedway in
The entry list to date of 30 cars for the Anderson 125 Presented by Great
Deals may have the most talented group of drivers the series has ever had
for a season opener or for any regular series event.
The talented list of drivers includes two-time series champion
John Van Doorn, multi-time series titlist Scott Hantz, defending Redbud 300
winner Steve Dorer, 2011 CRA South Champion and 19-time season event winner Bubba Pollard, 2010 All
American 400 winner T.J. Reaid and former ARCA Racing Series winner Billy
Other top drivers racing at Anderson include inaugural series champion Kenny
Tweedy, former ASA Late Model Champion and ARCA/CRA race winner Brian
Campbell, multi-time track champion Joe Beaver and two-time Anderson winner
The event will also feature the hard charging Peter Cozzolino along with
veterans Terry Fisher Jr., Jason Dietsch and Mason Mingus. Competitors that
will make their ARCA/CRA debut at Anderson include talented female drivers
Kenzie Ruston and Becca Kasten along with West Virginia’s Travis Braden, CRA
Late Model Sportsman graduate Mark Lambert, Canada’s Jordan Sims, Iowa’s
Nate Caruth and Ohio’s Johnny Jenkins.
In series history, Brian Ross holds the number one position in victories
with scoring a total of eight at Anderson. Other multiple event winners
include Tweedy (4), Junior Hanley (4), Hantz (4), Jeff Lane (3), Bobby
Parsley (3) and Van Doorn (3). Drivers that have claimed two victories
include Jim Cooper and Rick Turner. Seventeen competitors have scored at
least one win on the quarter-mile oval.
Alexandria driver Hannah Lundy made track history by beating Lonny
Burton to capture the WMDH ThunderCar championship in 2011. Lundy became the
first woman driver to win a track title. During the season Lundy set fast
time eight times during Herald Bulletin qualifying, recorded three feature
wins and finished in the top five a total of 13 times.
The G.W. Pierce Front Wheel Drive Oval division will make their second
appearance of the young season. Jerry Dane won the season opener on April 7
after making a late race pass on Andy Jennings. Third at the checkered flag
was Kevin Harmon with Ron Phipps and Chris Jennings completed the top-five
On Saturday, April 14, spectator gates open at 3 p.m. with the racing
beginning at 7. Admission is $15 for adults and $4 for kids ages 6-12.
Children five and under get in free.