Race fans...mark your calendars for Sept. 29 and 30 because the Champion Racing Association (CRA) Super Series Fall Brawl is coming to Lucas Oil Raceway in Brownsburg, Indiana! The pits open at 8:30 a.m. on that Saturday with practice sessions beginning at noon for four different racing series:
  • CRA Late Model Sportsman
  • JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour
  • Street Stocks
  • ARCA/CRA Super Series
Qualifying for each series begins at 4:15 p.m. on Saturday and then be sure to return Sunday for more racing action. Pits open on Sunday at 9:30 a.m., with warm-up laps beginning at noon and racing at 1 p.m. The CRA Super Series Fall Brawl competition begins with CRA Late Model Sportsman series running a 40-lap feature at speeds over 100 mph on the .686-mile track. It's a high-pressure race as the season rapidly approaches the finish line, and the top five drivers are separated by a mere 34 points. The Late Model Sportsman series is a great way to watch a whole bunch of drivers from Indiana and nearby Midwest locations duke it out on the track. Next up is the JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour with driver Daniel Hemric looking to put the finishing touches on his title run in this 100-lap feature. Hemric knows how to succeed at Lucas Oil Raceway. His win here on July 26 capped an amazing run of six victories in just nine races. The Street Stocks then take to the track in a 40-lap feature at speeds topping 90 mph. As with the Late Model Sportsman series, the Street Stocks series is dominated by Hoosier drivers, including A.J. Ridner from Danville, Indiana. Rookie Tyler Marsh tops the standings with 514 points, but Brian Hopkins (509) and Jimmy Kirby (500) are right there, too. In the Fall Brawl's grand finale, the ARCA/CRA Super Series fires up the engines for a 100-lap feature at speeds in the neighborhood of 115 mph. Johnny VanDoorn holds a commanding lead in the standings and is fresh off a second-place finish at Flat Rock Speedway in Michigan on Sept. 8 and a victory at Dixie Motor Speedway in Michigan on Aug. 3. VanDoorn is seeking his third series title -- an accomplishment that has been achieved only once before in the Super Series' 16-year history. For some Hendricks County flavor, keep your eye on the No. 11 car, driven by Peter Cozzolino of Avon, Indiana. The Fall Brawl has it all: local drivers, tight competition, a rookie star, history in the making, and of course, great racing. If you're a fan like me or just love speed, it's not a bad way to spend a fall weekend in Hendricks County.