SALEM, IN - The ARCA/CRA Super Series Powered by JEGS will be back in action this Sunday, returning to Columbus Motor Speedway, located in Columbus, Ohio for the Bud St. Amant Memorial 125 Presented by Oakley Blacktop. This event will once again honor local racing legend Bud St. Amant, who passed away in January, 2014 after a long bout with cancer.
Last year’s inaugural Bud St. Amant Memorial was very special with 2013 and 2014 ARCA/CRA Super Series Champion Travis Braden getting the win after an epic battle with Chad Finley. The win was special because Bud’s son, former ASA Racing Series Champion Gary, was Braden’s Crew Chief.
"That win wasn't about me finishing first or racing for a championship, I was racing my hardest because I knew how much it would mean for so many people”, remarked Braden after the emotional win. "To see Gary in victory lane in the inaugural memorial race for his Father and for him to get to experience that, man I have never seen so many smiles and happy people after a race and that is what topped it all off."
Braden is entered to defend his win, but will be behind the wheel of the Bill Burba Motorsports Team #26 that he normally pilots with the JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour, were that team is leading the 2015 Season Championship owner points. He will have veteran local crew chief Mark Metz turning the wrenches for Sunday’s race.
Current ARCA/CRA Super Series Championship point’s leader and Senneker Performance Rookie of the Year point’s leader Grant Quinlan tops the list of CRA regulars entered, the 16 year old picked up his first series victory on August 22nd at Baer Field Speedway and finished second at Columbus in his NASCAR K & N Pro North Series debut on July 4th. Also entered is fellow rookie Hunter Baize, who is second in series points, Baize picked up his second victory of the season on August 15th at Flat Rock Speedway, to go along with his Memorial Day victory at Illiana Motor Speedway. Baize picked up his first JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour win at Columbus in May of 2014. Eddie Van Meter, third in series points, is also entered, Van Meter picked up a series win at Anderson Speedway in April.
Other top CRA drivers entered include two time 2015 series winner Brian Campbell with wins in the series season opener at Toledo Speedway and at Berlin Raceway, 2013 JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour Champion Cody Coughlin, from nearby Delaware, Ohio, who picked up his first series win on Labor Day 2014, Beavercreek, Ohio’s Brandon Oakley, who picked up his first series win at Kil-Kare Raceway last September and 2013 series Rookie of the Year Ali Kern, who picked up her first series win on August 12th at Kalamazoo Speedway. Other CRA regulars entered include Wes Griffith Jr., Paul Shafer Jr. and fellow Senneker Performance rookies Mark Lambert and Jordan Pruitt.
Former JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour winner Corey Deuser is entered in the #15 Todd Robinson owned car along with current JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour rookie competitor Quinnton Bear, another Gary St. Amant protégé, who finished second in the series Kalamazoo Speedway event in August. Michigan racer Chris Koslek is entered to compete in the Stan Rosen owned #131 normally piloted by Nick Gullatta, who is out of the country in Germany for work. JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour competitor Kody Evans is entered to make his second straight series start racing a second Brandon Oakley car.
There are several other local drivers entered including Caledonia, Ohio native Kyle Purvis racing for car owner Jeff Miller and the JVM Racing team out of Lewis Center, Ohio. Purvis got a second place finish in the JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour race at Columbus on May 23rd and is leading the Championship points in the Columbus Modified Division heading into Saturday night. Former CRA regular Justin Alsip of Germantown, Ohio is entered, driving for fellow Germantown native Bill Burba, who will also fill a car for Enon, Ohio’s Mike Stacy. Also entered are local Columbus Late Model competitors Kyle Jones and Chad Pendleton, who come into Saturday night’s Columbus Motor Speedway Season Championship Night, tied for first in Columbus Late Model points. Other Columbus Late Model regulars entered for Sunday’s event includes Cody Robinson, who is only three points behind Jones and Pendleton, along with Howard Muncy, Ryan Fleming and Josh Cahill.
Former NASCAR Sprint Cup competitor Jeremy Mayfield is entered to make his ARCA/CRA Super Series debut in a third Brandon Oakley owned car. The Owensboro, Kentucky native competed in 433 NASCAR Sprint Cup Events between 1993 and 2009 with five wins, 48 top fives and 96 top ten finishes. Mayfield has been racing with the KOMA Unwind Modified Madness Series this season.
The Bud St. Amant Memorial event on Sunday will also feature the Broaster Chicken Top Speed Modified Tour in the Jason Dietsch 50 Presented by One Call Lawncare North/South Shootout event as well as the Tom Whiteside Auto Sales Compact Challenge 40. On Sunday pit gates will open at 9:30am, practice will begin at 12noon, with qualifying at 2pm. The Race Program will begin at 3:15pm and will include an on track autograph session with all the drivers competing in the ARCA/CRA Super Series Bud St. Amant Memorial 125 Presented by Oakley Blacktop.
More event and track information is available at www.columbusspeedway.com. More information on the ARCA/CRA Super Series Powered by JEGS is available at www.cra-racing.com.