When Series Director, George Gareis Sr came up with the idea of having a separate series for the Crate competitors, the goal was to have the division race for a decent prize fund in addition to the one posted by the New Egypt Speedway. According to George, "we were looking to return the division to where it was years ago with full fields signing into the pit area each race presented."
High Gear Towing stepped up in a big way, becoming the title sponsor and guaranteeing the champion would walk out with $2,000. From there the series began to grow in leaps and bounds, with Gareis continuing to welcome several sponsors on board. The result was a point fund that would now reward the top fifteen finishers.
Among those sponsors coming on board for the inaugural series are Oliver Communications, Precision Hydraulic & Oil, Midstate Communications, 12Z Racing/ CM Motorsports, Lyons Construction, Amy Szwed Designs, Island Performance, Sarah Heil Custom Art, Elite Auto Service, Wilson Power, and Vahlco Wheels.
The series was scheduled to be a ten race event, but due to a few rainouts and one other race eliminated due to a monster truck event, seven races now make up the very lucrative series. To date, eighteen drivers have participated in all six events with a total of thirty eight competitors taking part in the six events already presented.
Going into the final event of the season, Joe Toth is the current point leader. Having a banner season, Toth has scored three wins, two second place finishes, and one fourth place finish. He has a fifty five point lead over Ryan Simmons, but this race will carry with it double points, which means the winner will receive 120 markers. Young David Burns sits in third just seven points behind Simmons with Tom Princiotta a mere six points behind Burns.
Others looking to take home the big win and possibly crack the top five in the final points race include Nick Van Wickle, Eric Palmer, Dan Fleming, Amanda Buchel, and 2022 rookie champion, David Miloszar Jr.
While $2,000 awaits the champion, second place in points will pay $1250, third $1000, fourth $750, and fifth $500.
As the season comes to a close, Gareis is already preparing for the 2023 series. Information will be forthcoming soon about sponsorship programs for the series, the schedule, and the point fund.