Casey’s General Store GAS/CRA Challenge Brings Top Street Stock Teams To SalemCasey’s General Store GAS/CRA Challenge Brings Top Street Stock Teams To Salem

The field rolls through the third and fourth turns prior to the start of the Lucas Oil Great American Stock portion of the 2018 Casey’s General Store GAS/CRA Challenge.

SALEM, IN - The best-of-the-best in street stock type racing will once again converge on Salem Speedway Fueled by the Hoosier Lottery on Saturday night, May 11th for the third annual Casey’s General Store GAS/CRA Challenge.
The north-south shootout, featuring the Salem Speedway Lucas Oil Great American Stocks and the CRA Street Stocks powered by JEGS, is expected to attract the top street stock racers from throughout Indiana and Kentucky.
“We’re looking for another outstanding race,” said Salem Speedway general manager Richard Deaton, who noted that the main event will be run in three 50-lap “legs”.
The CRA Street Stocks and Lucas Oil Great American Stocks will each run 50-lap feature events with the top 12 finishers from each race transferring to the final 50-lap Casey’s General Store GAS/CRA Challenge race.
The first two 50-lappers will be regular season point races for the GAS and CRA teams.
“Drivers in both of these divisions have shown their tremendous ability on some of the most demanding tracks throughout the Midwest and South,” said Deaton.  “The competition level includes drivers that have competed in the upper levels of NASCAR, as well as with ARCA and various late model series.”
Heading the list of expected entries are a couple of Owensboro, Ky., drivers, Brett Hudson and Blake Hillard, winners of the past two GAS/CRA Challenge races, and Chuck Barnes Jr. of Louisville, the defending street stock champion at the U.S. Short Track Nationals at Bristol Motor Speedway.
Other top drivers expected include Todd Kempf, Bret Miles Jr., Will Kimmel, Brian Bayer, James Kirby III, Chuck Barnes Sr., Tony Conway, David Bayens, JJ Schafer, Kyle Hadley, Jason Atkinson, Phil Jenkins, Jimmy Kirby and others.
Miles Jr. of Muncie, Ind., currently leads the CRA Street Stock standings, while Kempf of Huntingburg, Ind., tops the Lucas Oil Great American Stock standings.
The evening of racing action also includes the Tow Zone Kentuckiana Legends Series.
Spectator gates open on Saturday (May 11) and practice begins at 4:15 p.m., with qualifications at 5:45 p.m. and the first race rolling off at 7:10 p.m. (EDT).
Tickets, both reserved and general admission, are currently selling for the Casey’s General Store GAS/CRA Challenge and can be purchased on-line at www.salemspeedway.com or by calling 812-883-6504 or 1-888-246-7223.
Free Ice Cream And Hoosier Lottery Prize Packs
The first 100 junior race fans, age 10 and under, through the spectator gate with a paying adult for the May 11th Casey’s General Store GAS/CRA Challenge will receive a coupon good for one free ice cream cone from the Six Scoops Ice Cream stand, compliments of 06 Brand.  The first 200 paying adults, age 18 and over, through the ticket gate on May 11th will receive a Hoosier Lottery prize pack that is good for two free Hoosier Lottery scratch offs.

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