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“Racing’s Back! Memphis 250” Coming to Memphis International Raceway

“Racing’s Back! Memphis 250” Coming to Memphis International Raceway

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Salem, IN (June 3, 2013) – Memphis International Raceway (MIR), Rusty Wallace Racing Experience (RWRE) and Champion Racing Association Powered by JEGS (CRA) officials have announced that the newly reopened Memphis International Raceway will host the“Racing’s Back! Memphis 250” CRA sanctioned event on Saturday, October 26th. The ARCA/CRA Super Series Powered by JEGS Super Late Models and the JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour Presented by Chevrolet Performance crate late models will each have a 125 lap race as part of this newly announced special event. Stars from the Rusty Wallace Racing Experience will race a 50-Lap feature between the late model practice and qualifying sessions.

The ¾ mile tri oval was built in 1998 and has hosted numerous local and national events including NASCAR Nationwide Series and Camping World Truck Series events. The track has 11 degree banked turns with 4 degree banked straightaways. It has an 1100 foot backstretch leading into the Tri Oval. The track is home to the Rusty Wallace Racing Experience, which is a partner with Memphis International Raceway on the promotion of this special event.

“The Rusty Wallace Racing Experience is proud that our partnership with Memphis International Raceway continues to expand,” remarked NASCAR legend Rusty Wallace. “I was just out at MIR a couple of weeks ago giving Ride-Alongs with Rusty Wallace Racing Experience, and I really enjoyed my time back in the car on this great racetrack. It was clear that the track is still in great shape and we need to bring racing back to Memphis, so we got to work on bringing racing back to MIR.”
Wallace added, “We are very excited to make the announcement that we are bringing oval track racing back to MIR with the Racing’s Back! Tennessee 250 on October 26th. We look forward to two great races with the twin CRA 125’s and frankly we can’t wait to see racing back on the oval and to welcome back the fans to one of the great short tracks in America.”
“Memphis International Raceway is thrilled to collaborate with Rusty Wallace Racing Experience and Champion Racing Association powered by JEGS bringing the return of oval track racing to ourfacility. Race fans and the community overall felt the void left when racing left the Mid-South. Today, we announce its return,” said Pam Kendrick, Vice President and General Manager“MemphisInternational Raceway is proud to have our brand associated with Rusty Wallace Racing Experience and Champion Racing Association, both well–respected pioneers in the industry. I invite all arearace enthusiasts to witness history in the making as MIR hosts its inaugural race on the oval in conjunction with Rusty Wallace Racing Experience and Champion Racing Association powered by JEGS. This is what Mid-South race fans have been waiting for, come out and show your support aswe continue to grow and expand our racing programs through valuable partnerships and our vision for the future of Memphis International Raceway,” said Kendrick.

“Everyone at CRA is very proud that Rusty Wallace Racing Experience and Memphis International Raceway chose our group to be the one to bring oval track racing back to this awesome facility,” explained R.J. Scott, Managing Partner with Champion Racing Association. “The track is one of the nicest short tracks in the country and will be perfect to host this type of a special event that should attract the top late model racers from all over the country. In these times, it is rare that we get the opportunity to help bring a short track back from being idle, so we want to take every chance we can to assist in bringing a short track back to life!”

Scott went on to note, “This was the weekend the track needed to race to make things work for their schedule, but they recognize the All-American Weekend in Nashville is a week later. They are making plans to accommodate those teams that want to do both and hope to announce some special awards for those teams that are able to race in both events.” The track’s vision is that many teams will make a “Tennessee Swing”to race in both the “All American 400 Weekend” in Nashville and the “Racing’s Back! Memphis 250” in Memphis. The track is even preparing for teams that want to stay on grounds and prep their cars for the following weekend.

“The Rusty Wallace Racing Experience relocated our permanent southeastern headquarters to MIR this year with a new 10,000 square foot maintenance facility,” said Mark Ebert, President of RWRE. Ebert continued, “We can’t wait to share all the improvements we’ve made at MIR with the race teams and the fans as we welcome racing back to this historic short track. Plus with the addition of the RWRE ShootOut we are going to give a few aspiring racers the chance to race against others in equally prepared RWRE Late Models, it should be a great opportunity for some new racers and a great show for the fans.”
Both CRA races with the “Racing’s Back! Memphis 250” will be special post-season events with the ARCA/CRA Super Series Powered by JEGS event paying $5000 to win and the JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour Presented by Chevrolet Performance event paying $4000 to win. Each event will count yellows and utilize just four tire races with a break at lap 75 to refuel and make adjustments. There will be an open practice on Friday, October 25th for both series. The tentative schedule of events calls for pits to open on Saturday at 7am, practice to begin at 9:30, the RWRE Shootout at Noon, and qualifyingfor the late model divisions beginning at 12:30 pm. The Memphis 250 race program will begin at 2:00 pm; all times are Central Time.

More information on Memphis International Raceway is available at www.racemir.com. More information on the Rusty Wallace Racing Experience is available at www.RacewithRusty.com.

More information on the ARCA/CRA Super Series Powered by JEGS and the JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour Presented by Chevrolet Performance is available at www.cra-racing.com.

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