Salem, Indiana (August 19, 2020): The Victory Custom Trailers CRA Junior Late Models will continue their 2020 season with their third event of the season, this Saturday at Anderson Speedway, located in Anderson, Indiana. The COVID-19 pandemic caused several Victory Custom Trailers CRA Junior Late Models events to be postponed or cancelled, CRA officials continue to work with track promoters in trying to reschedule some of those events.
The Victory Custom Trailers CRA Junior Late Models was a new racing series in 2019 to focus on a youth movement for short track stock car racing that saw 10 to 15-year-old drivers compete amongst themselves for both experience and recognition in full size late models with an economical drive train and suspension alternatives. Chase Burda was the inaugural series Champion in 2019, he has now moved up to compete with the JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour in 2020.
Some of the key components for the rule package for the Victory Custom Trailers CRA Junior Late Models will be the mandated use of the $3900 factory sealed Chevrolet Performance 602 crate engine. Teams will also be utilizing less expensive rear ends, transmissions and springs and spec KONI Shocks. The series will also be racing on 8-inch steel wheels and utilizing 8-inch Hoosier Racing tires. The series will compete on 3/8 mile and under racetracks with most events consisting of 8 lap heat races and a 25-lap feature.
14-year-old VanDoorn Racing Development Registered Rookie Jordon Riddick picked up the win in the series season opener at Anderson Speedway on June 13th. It was Riddick’s first ever late model race. 13-year-old second year series competitor Katie Hettinger got her first series win in the series second event of the season on July 11th at the Indianapolis Speedrome. Hettinger passed for the lead on lap four and led the final 26 laps to get the commanding win by just over six seconds.
Hettinger comes into Saturday’s event as the series points leader. 12-year-old Zack Wilhelm is in second, nine points behind Hettinger. 14-year-old Evan Varney is in third place, he is one point behind Wilhelm. Riddick is in fourth place, he is two points behind Varney. 13-year-old series rookie Nash Engdahl is in fifth place, he is three points behind Riddick.
Pits open on Saturday at 3pm. Practice will begin at 4:30pm. MPM Marketing Qualifying will begin at 6:15pm for the Victory Custom Trailers CRA Junior Late Models. Racing action will begin at 7:30pm and will include 8 lap heat races and a 25-lap feature for the Victory Custom Trailers CRA Junior Late Models. Also racing that evening will be the Vore’s Welding CRA Late Model Sportsman in a 75-lap feature, the Fritz/Dietzen Legends, Thunder Roadsters and the Anderson Speedway Crown Vics.