The long winter is over and the Midwest premier UMP pro crate series takes flight this Friday night at the Fayette County Speedway. The second season of the highly touted Late model tour will kick off on familiar grounds in Brownstown, IL as last year saw Nick Lyons win the PCRA’s first ever event on his way to the 2011 title. The event will pay $1000 to win and $100 to start. The April 27th show will be the first of 13 slated events on the 2012 tour as drivers will fight for a share of the $10,000 point fund presented by Scott Credit Union!
The Midwest’s premier crate late model series, the PCRA, blasts into 2012 season with an exciting 12 race schedule! New tour highlights include trips to the famed PIR in Paducah, Ky and a 2 day “fall brawl” weekend at kankakee speedway. The PCRA series will kick off the season on April 27th at Fayette County Speedway and conclude October 12th at Tricity Speedway on their Crate Championship weekend. All series events will pay a minimum of $1000 to win and a $100 to start. The $10000 series point fund will again be up for grabs to the series top 10 competitors that attend 80% of the races.
Stay tuned to the pcralatemodelseries.com for announcement of additional race as we continue to work with local track for more events. As always we encourage all competitors to contact series promoter Mark Voigt at 618-887-4706 with any questions or concerns.
The PCRA Dirt Late Model Series debuted on the racing scene in 2011. In one short year series founders Deane and Mark Voigt who is known by most as a dirt late model pilot himself, were able to establish Pro Crate Racers of America as the premier racing series in the midwest. Nick Lyons went on to grab the inaugural championship title, however the series is excited to return to the tracks in 2012.
Written By: Todd Turner
Pro Crate Racers of America founder Mark Voigt was pleased with the first season on the Illinois-based circuit, and he is confident things will improve in 2012. The first-year tour drew 125 drivers at 12 races at tracks in Illinois, Missouri and Kentucky, averaging 26 Crate Late Models per event. The Oct. 14 season finale at Tri-City Speedway alone drew 44 cars in an event won by Steve Lance Jr. of Cuba, Ill., while runner-up Nick Lyons of Centralia, Ill., wrapped up the first series championship.
“I’d like to thank everybody for making the PCRA successful the first year and I believe next year will be even better, as we have been in contact already with some of the race tracks.” said Voigt, a long-time dirt and ARCA racer who operates the series. “We were really happy with (the season). “We have more and more racers telling us they are planning to run the series next year.” Voigt said. “So I have really high hopes of higher car counts for next year, and to have more races, too.”
On Sunday, October 16th, engine builder Claude Walker of Part Stop in Bethalto, Ill., inspected the championship-winning engine of Nick Lyons including the valves, ports, crank and more. A Kehrer team member was on hand to witness the inspection and everything was found to be legal. “We completely disassembled it … it passed with flying colors,” Voigt said. “The PCRA congratulates Nick Lyons on his hard-fought victory. They represented our series well and did a good job.”