Presented by Fraza June 18, 2022
Saturday’s race will be one of the few shows that will feature both a 125-lap feature for the template super late models and a 75-lap main event for the track’s weekly ARCA Moran Chevrolet Outlaw Super Late Models. The CRA portion of the night will include drivers from both the ARCA/CRA and the JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour. the two divisions will have different engine requirements and each series will have a winner declared.
As of Wednesday afternoon 22 ARCA/CRA Super Series & CRA All-Stars Tour teams have pre-registered.
A driver whose name was new to me, but I believe will be making big waves in racing in the Midwest the remainder of this year and into next year is Brenton Thornton
Brenton Thornton took the time out of his busy day of testing yesterday to answer a few questions for me so that we can get to know him.
TLC: Please tell me a little bit about your racing history and how you decided to start racing:
BT: My career started when I was young. At the tender age of 37 lol, I’ve been in motorsports for about 25-30 years. I started in go-karts, winning almost 2 dozen trophies. At 16, I moved into a 4-cylinder series and had my first-ever start at Flat Rock Speedway in a rent-a-ride deal. The first ride was a Dodge Neon. I then graduated to street stocks and late models. I was blessed enough to do development driving for some well-known teams in the Carolinas, getting NASCAR Approved in 2007. I have been traveling the Midwest and doing late models shows ever since.
TLC: What are your plans for the remainder of the year and on to 2023?
BT: I’m excited to get back to Flat Rock where my passion really took off. 2022, we have a 6 race plan, including some travel with the ARCA Midwest Touring Series and some B Mod racing in Missouri as well as some dirt racing. 2023, we plan to run the entire Jeg All-Stars Tour and also field a build a car for the CRA Super Series for the larger events. My day-to-day job is working on track development for the big 3 as a test engineer.
TLC: How do you expect your past experience at the track to translate to today’s race?
BT: I have a lot of experience on road courses so the technical side will definitely translate as I hone my skills on asphalt.
Not new to CRA racing by any means, but making his first start of the season is Brian Demland. Brian is looking for luck to turn his way Saturday. A wreck at Anderson Speedway put him on the sidelines last year for a few races. After getting the car back together and in race shape Brian traveled to Berlin Raceway and had an engine failure which ended his 2021 racing season.
The off-season was not any easier for Brian and his family as his sister fought COVID for several months, wondering if she was going to make it through that battle. After 165 days in the hospital, and on her birthday Misty was released from the hospital. As a reminder of how strong she is, and how strong, resilient and special she is, Brian has dedicated the hood of his car to his sister with a yellow rose and the phrase ‘My Sister My Hero’.
After a long off-season, Brian was ready to get the racing season started at Salem Speedway. Before running a single lap in the race the team had to pack the car up and head home as he had again lost a motor.
Someone at the track, either intentionally or by some strange twist of fate, left a silicone bracelet by Brian’s car at Salem. It reads “Never Give Up. You Are Stronger Than You Know’. Words that we all need a gentle reminder of.
4 Justin Schroeder – is a Flat Rock regular & has 2 Flat Rock Titles
09 Brenton Thornton
10 Steve Dorer
13 Nick Egan is the current JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour points leader
15 Brian Demland
17 Ali Kern Dukeshire in her first race since 2016, scored a 13th place at Jennerstown
20 Ethan Stadniczuk has wins in ARCA Factory Enduro/Factory Stocks and Street Stocks at Flat Rock
20V Jeff Vrsek has 2 wins at Flat Rock
22 Jimmy Tucker was the Flat Rock 2016 Enduro champion
22S Evan Shotko 2022 Alan Kulwicki Driver Development finalist
23 Eddie Van Meter is the current ARCA/CRA Super Series points leader
23B Billy Van Meter
28 Kevin Cremonesi
28L David Liaeff has a pair of Street Stock wins at Flat Rock
41 Hunter Jack – 2021 ARCA/CRA Super Series Champion
47 Dakota Stroup
61 Brandon Varney
61V Evan Varney
63 Cassten Everidge
104 Max Fair is a 4th generation driver and has a Street Stock win at Flat Rock
111 Eric Lee is the Outlaw Super Late Model points leader and defending champion, and is pulling double duty Saturday
131 Kyle Crump Jennerstown ARCA/CRA Super Series winner JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour Birch Run/first event of Triple Crown winner
Also racing Saturday;
Vault ARCA Factory Stock
This is the 5th ARCA/CRA Super Series points race in 2022, and the previous winners were:
Anderson April 9 Eddie Van Meter
Salem Speedway April 24 Casey Roderick
Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway May 7 William Byron
Jennerstown Speedway May 7 Kyle Crump – followed by Stephen Nasse Casey Roderick Logan Bearden and Albert Francis
This is the 4th JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour points event in 2022 and the previous winners were:
Salem Speedway April 24 Casey Roderick
Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway May 7 Dylan Fetcho
Birch Run Speedway May 14 Kyle Crump – followed byShotko Dakota Stroup Nick Egan ® and Albert Francis
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