Salem, Indiana (August 11, 2019): Columbiaville, Michigan teenager Chase Burda worked quickly from his third place starting position to get the lead on the first lap and never looked back in winning his fourth straight Victory Custom Trailers CRA Junior Late Models feature in the five events the series has had to date on the fast ¼ mile at the famed Anderson Speedway. The 25 lap feature was the first green to checker feature of the series inaugural season.
“This is great to get four wins in a row,” remarked Burda in victory lane. “The engine had a little miss in the heat, wasn’t sure how it would run in the feature, but it was good. We got a great start and were able to get the lead on the first lap and got the win. Thanks to my family for their support of my racing!”
The Victory Custom Trailers CRA Junior Late Models is a new racing series in 2019 to focus on a youth movement for short track stock car racing that will see 10 to 15-year-old drivers compete amongst themselves for both experience and recognition in full size late models with an economical drive train and suspension alternatives. Saturday’s race was the fifth of eight scheduled events for the series in 2019.
The Victory Custom Trailers CRA Junior Late Models teams participated in two practice sessions on Saturday, Burda was the fastest in both practice sessions. Burda claimed his fifth straight MPM Marketing Fast Qualifier Award, beating out Katelyn Hettinger in the group qualifying session. Charlie Keeven got the win in the first heat, ending Burda’s heat win streak which had been four straight going into Saturday night. Zach Wilhelm got the win in the second heat.
Keeven ran a great feature finishing second to Burda, his best feature finish to date and picked up the AR Bodies Cool Move of the Race Award. Luke Wilhelm finished in third, his third straight third place finish in the last three series events. Hettinger finished in fourth, Dawson Knaul in fifth place and Zach Wilhelm in sixth place.
Saturday’s event was the last event in the series regular season. Burda was the regular season points Champion and earns an automatic spot in the final three drivers who will race for the series Championship in the series final event of the season. The series 2019 Chase for the Championship begins this Friday, August 16th at Corrigan Oil Speedway. Luke Wilhelm locked himself into the Chase with his win in the series season opener. Keeven, Hettinger, Knaul, and Zach Wilhem all earned a spot in the Chase by their points and participation in the 2019 season.
The next Victory Custom Trailers CRA Junior Late Models event will be this Friday, August 16th at Corrigan Oil Speedway. More information on the Victory Custom Trailers CRA Junior Late Models is available at www.cra-racing.com.