Salem, IN (September 28, 2017) – Outerwears Performance Products is once again sponsoring the Outerwears Crew Chief of the Year Award with the ARCA/CRA Super Series Powered by JEGS for the 2017 season. The award will include a $1000 cash bonus and a trophy. Jeff Lane was the Outerwears Crew Chief of the Year Award winner in 2015, the first season for the award. Scott Neal was the award winner in 2016.
The award has a different format to determine a winner in 2017. The award will be based upon the new Chase format that CRA is using to determine its Champions in 2017. The final four scheduled races will be utilized for the Chase to determine a series Champion and the Outerwears Crew Chief of the Year Award. There are four drivers, Johnny VanDoorn, Dalton Armstrong, Logan Runyon and Wes Griffith Jr., that will battle for the ARCA/CRA Super Series Championship at the 46th Annual Winchester 400 on Sunday, October 8th. The highest finisher of those four drivers in that event will be crowned the 2017 ARCA/CRA Super Series Champion.
The top five eligible teams Crew Chiefs have been awarded points in the three Chase events so far this season, 5 for the highest finisher, down to 1 for fifth highest. The Crew Chief earning the most points in the four Chase events will be the 2017 Outerwears Crew Chief of the Year Award winner.
After three Chase events so far this season, Butch VanDoorn, Crew Chief for his brother Johnny VanDoorn, has moved into first place in the Outerwears Crew Chief of the Year points after their victory at the Toledo Speedway Chase event on September 16th. VanDoorn has a three point lead over Scott Neal, Crew Chief for Armstrong. One of those two will be the 2017 Outerwears Crew Chief of the Year, based upon their drivers finishes at the 46th Annual Winchester 400. If the two are tied in points after the Winchester 400, the Crew Chief with the highest finish in the Winchester 400 will be the 2017 Outerwears Crew Chief of the Year.
Kyle Jones, Crew Chief for Runyon is in third place, he is three points behind Neal and six points behind VanDoorn, he could advance to second, but cannot get enough points to win the award. Jeff Lane, Crew Chief for Griffith Jr., is in fourth place, but cannot advance his position because he is five points behind Neal and eight points behind VanDoorn.
The Outerwears Crew Chief of the Year Award will be presented at the 2017 CRA Awards Banquet, which will be held at the Crowne Plaza Indianapolis Downtown at Union Station on Friday, January 5th, 2018.
Based in Schoolcraft, Michigan, Outerwears has been on the track improving performance and creating champions since 1979. Designed using Terra-Flo technology Outerwears radiator screens provide the perfect balance between airflow and debris deflection, allowing peak airflow and longer radiator life. Outerwears radiator screens will be an important part of the ARCA/CRA Super Series for the 2017 race season. Ask your local dealer for your Outerwears or visit www.outerwears.com.
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