July 18, 2019
The must-see event of the weekend is the Masters of the Pros at Memphis International Raceway, Millington, TN.
This week’s must-see racing event is one that you may have to head south to go see, as the JEGS/CRA All-Star tour heads to the ¾ mile Memphis International Raceway for the Masters of the Pros 125.
This Sunday’s race is expected to be a hard-fought battle for the $10,000 purse in a race that has produced many well known winners in the past such as current NASCAR Monster Energy Cup driver Chase Elliott in 2013 and current NASCAR Xfinity Series driver John Hunter Nemechek who won the event in back to back years of 2015 and 2016. Other recent winners include Anderson Bowen in 2014, Cole Williams in 2017, and nationally known short track ace Bubba Pollard in last years event.
The event is one of the highest paying pro/crate Late Model races in the country. Alongside the minimum $10,000 victory earnings the winner also will receive a green jacket that is similar to the one given to the winner of the PGA Masters Tournament in Augusta. The race will also pay out a couple of bonuses such as $1,000 cash to the highest finishing driver who has never run the Masters of the Pros prior to 2019 and another cool $1,000 in cash to the highest finishing driver who has not run with the JEGS/CRA All-Star tour this season.
Entered in the event is Brian Campbell, who earlier this season picked up his 10th series win at the Baer Field Motorsports Park. With this win, Campbell now has more JEGS/CRA wins than NASCAR Cup Series rookie of the year points leader and 2012 All-Star Tour champion, Daniel Hemric. Campbell is also second all-time in the ARCA/CRA Super Series wins total which includes a 2013 victory at the Memphis International Raceway.
Also entered are many drivers from across the country such as Tennessee drivers Micheal House from Columbia and Stacy Crain from Nolensville, Alabama drivers Augie Grill from Birmingham and Bobby Reuse from Hoover.
While there are many drivers from the south, there are also some from the northern states such as our home state of Michigan. Previously mentioned Campbell hails from Wyoming, and joining him from the Great Lakes State will be Dan Leek from Birch Run, Trevor McCoy from Caledonia, and Carson Hocevar from Portage, who will also be running in the ARCA Menards Series race in Iowa this week.
Also entered are series regulars such as Corbin, Kentucky’s Josh Brock, and one international driver, Tyler MacKenzie making his way down from Maidstone, Ontario, Canada, rounding out the 20 car field as of Wednesday, July 17.
The 125 lap race will be a eight tire-max event with the event having controlled cautions and allowing teams to only change two tires per yellow flag.
With drivers from all over the country and internationally it will be an all-around exciting race to see who will be able to bring home the trophy in the home of blues.