Salem, IN – Butler, Indiana’s Hunter Jack was officially crowned the 2021 ARCA/CRA Super Series Powered by JEGS Champion in its 25th Anniversary Season Presented by Team Construction after finishing 12th in last Sunday’s 50th Lucas Oil Winchester 400 on the famous High Banks of Winchester Speedway. Jack was the highest finishing of the three 2021 Chase for the Championship competitors to claim his first ever CRA Championship after competing with the series for the last several seasons. Jack beat out 2016 series Champion Cody Coughlin, who finished 14th and Kyle Crump who finished in 17th.
“It means so much to me and my team that we are ARCA/CRA Super Series Champions,” remarked Hunter Jack. “We have worked for this for a couple of years now. All the long nights in the shop and the ups and downs we finally did it! We had a great season showing speed everywhere we went and leading laps.”
Jack had a consistent early season that started with a third-place finish at Salem Speedway on April 25th after leading 44 laps. Jack followed that up with a sixth-place finish in the North/South Super Late Model Challenge at Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway, the highest finishing CRA regular in a tough field of Super Late Model drivers from around the country. A fourth-place finish followed at the Anderson Speedway event in May and followed that with an impressive second place finish at Flat Rock Speedway in June.
Three straight DNF’s with some bad luck followed in the Redbud 400, the Battle at Berlin 150 and at the Glass City 200 event at Toledo Speedway, in which he led the first 43 laps, but his early season good runs had already locked him into the Chase for the Championship as the series Regular Season Champion prior to his Championship finish at Winchester Speedway to close out the season.
Hunter Jack added,” I want to thank Jimmy Tucker for being a great crew chief all season long and making me and Tanner better drivers. I want to thank my mom and dad for everything they do so I can compete at this level. I also want to thank Vandoorn Racing Development for building great race cars and the support they give their customers. I want to thank McGunegill Engine Performance for building great race engines. I would also like to say thank you to CRA for giving us a great series to race in! Lastly, I want to say thank you to everyone that has helped and supported me throughout this awesome season, including my sponsors NAPA M&S Auto Parts, Hartman Autobody, Colormaster. INC, PFC Brakes and Allstar Performance!”
Hunter Jack is the son of long time Outlaw and Template Late Model competitor Brent Jack and the older brother of JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour competitor Tanner Jack, who had a great season in 2021 winning the series Senneker Performance Rookie of the Year and finishing second in that series 2021 Chase for the Championship.
“Our family, our team, our friends have worked extremely hard for many years to accomplish what we did this year,” remarked Team Owner and father Brent Jack. “We won the ARCA/CRA Super Series Championship and nearly won the JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour points, what a story that would have been, brothers winning both series. We also had a car capable of winning the 400 but that wasn’t meant to be after some issues. Jimmy Tucker was on his A game all weekend making great calls, we had great people helping us, Jonathan Martin in the spotters stand, and great support from Vandoorn Racing Development and McGunegill Engine Performance. This is a family operation, I’m very proud of what we accomplished, my two sons work nightly and do most of the work on these cars. We also want to thank all our sponsors and CRA for a great series to race in!”
Hunter Jack picked up two of the 25th Anniversary Season Presented by Team Construction $1,000 Attendance Bonuses during the season and will receive a $2,500 25th Anniversary Season Championship bonus also from Team Construction, which is over and above the regular series points payout and Product Contingency Awards.
Hunter Jack will also get to participate in the ARCA Menards Series Road to Daytona Program at Daytona International Speedway courtesy of the ARCA Menards Series. Jack will get to test an ARCA Menards Series car at Daytona at the ARCA open test there in January.
More information on the ARCA/CRA Super Series can be found at www.cra-racing.com.
-Champion Racing Association Press Release and Photo