JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour
The History of the Big O Classic at Owosso Speedway
Jun 7, 2023
The next event on the calendar for the JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour Presented by Chevrolet Performance features a trip to one of Michigan’s most heavily renovated facilities over the off-season. Ovid, Michigan’s Owosso Speedway welcomes in the JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour for the first time since September of 2017 on Saturday, June 10th; this trip however will include a performance on the freshly resurfaced oval that also features new lights, additional parking, and many more plans for facility improvements.
So far this season, the JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour has had two different winners in points paying events, including Chase Burda, who collected his first career JEGS Tour win down the road at Birch Run Speedway last month, and Corey Deuser who grabbed the win last weekend at Salem Speedway. Five total events have been held at Owosso Speedway under the JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour banner and all five events have had different winners.
In 2011 the first race was held at Owosso for the JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour as part of their inaugural season. Local favorite and now NASCAR Cup Series regular, Erik Jones collected the win after setting fast time earlier in the day. Jones beat Josh Nelms and Chad Finley for the win that September. The following September, all time JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour Wins Leader, Brian Campbell swept the day setting fast time and winning the race over Finley and Dave Gentile, Jr. The third visit in 2014 saw Finley continue the trend of setting fast time and winning the race; he bested Grant Quinlan and Jeff Cannon for his win.
The trend of fast qualifiers winning the race was broken in 2016 when Tristan Van Wieringen earned the Fast Qualifier Award, but fell short of even a podium finish that evening. Instead, Travis Eddy went to victory lane ahead of Carson Hocevar and Dan Leeck. The last event held at Owosso also bucked the fast qualifier equals winner trend. Carson Hocevar set fast time while VanDoorn Racing Development teammate, Kyle Crump picked up the win over Jack Dossey III and Kyle Hayden.
For 2023, 20 drivers have preregistered for their chance to go to victory lane at Owosso Speedway on Saturday. Among those on the list are former event winners Crump and Campbell. Since his win in 2017, Crump has become part of CRA royalty winning the 2021 Redbud 400. Meanwhile, Campbell still holds the all-time wins record with JEGS/CRA with 11.. Also expected to unload on Saturday is inaugural Late Model Sportsman winner at Owosso Speedway, Jon Beach. Beach is also a 2021 winner with the JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour, picking up an impressive win at Winchester Speedway
Other notables include two-time JEGS Tour Champion Dan Leeck, current championship points leader Chase Burda, and Championship hopeful Brandon Varney. Saturday at Salem Speedway, Varney posted his best career JEGS Tour finish when he came home third. Fans can also be on the lookout for drivers Steve Dorer, Jeff Vrsek, Ethan Stadniczuk, Evan Shotko, Kevin Cremonesi, and several others.
For more information on the Big O Classic 100 at Owosso Speedway, the JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour, or Champion Racing Association, log onto www.CRA-Racing.com. Find CRA: Champion Racing Association on Facebook and follow @CRARacing on Twitter.
Story – Zach Hiser
Photo - Will Bellamy/Racing America