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SECA Adds Crate Sportsman To 2015 Lineup

After thorough consideration and planning, (SECA) South Eastern Crate Association is pleased to announce the launch of a 2nd division for 2015. Crate Sportsman will be added under the SECA umbrella of sanctioned divisions.

Crate Sportsman is a weekly division made up of stock bodied cars, utilizing only the GM 602 crate motor (Part #88958602). One set of unified rules will be utilized across the sanctioned tracks opting to allow their drivers to race for the 2015 SECA Crate Sportsman Championship.

In the past, the rules for crate sportsman have been extremely close across each of these tracks. With just a few minor alterations, we are confident that we have a great rules package that will allow all crate sportsman drivers to compete, without inquiring any additional cost(s).

One of the key rule changes will be the 100lb weight break for any driver that is competing with an engine that has factory GM seals, or is sealed by a SECA certified builder with SECA seals.

“The opportunity to unify local tracks with another division is a blessing in itself. We have stated from the beginning that our goal has been to unify the area. The addition of the Crate Sportsman is another example of our commitment to improving the sport by creating an environment that allows neighboring tracks to work together. It also gives us an opportunity to reach more drivers, engine builders, and potential partners", explained SECA's Jason Atkins.

SECA officials plan to meet with drivers, tracks, and engine builders in the coming weeks to introduce to the SECA Crate Sportsman program and field any questions those teams may have heading into the 2015 racing season.

“We have been looking into this for two years now. After lengthy discussion with several tracks and teams, we made the decision to move forward with adding Crate Sportsman. I have always been a fan of the division and I think that the potential is unlimited with the class. I know that all tracks do not currently run this division, but there isn’t anyone that can deny its growth over the past few years", stated SECA's Timmy Mcabee.

For more information about SECA, Crate Late Models, and the introduction of the Crate Sportsman program, please visit www.secaracing.com

Partners of SECA include: City Chevrolet, Hoosier Racing Tires, Collins Signs, Insane Racing Graphics, RockAuto.com, To the Point Embroidery, Heintz Performance, Ellison Racing Engines, Kenny Lamb Racing Engines, Big A's Custom Graphics, Thomas Clarke Performance, Velocita, Gable Automotive, Pro-Comp Machines, G-engineering, Gable Automotive, Hendren Racing Engines & ARbodies

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Ross Bailes Claims 2014 South Eastern Crate Association Championship

In one of the most impressive single season performances ever delivered, Ross Bailes has officially laid claim to the $7,500 SECA City Chevrolet Weekly Championship. In a scoring system that only allows drivers to use their top 15 finishes, Bailes was perfect as he scored the maximum points possible by winning 17 SECA sanctioned events this season starting with the first event of 2014. 

The Clover, SC driver competed in 29 total events and finished outside the top 3 only 5 times during 2014. Bailes also won 3 of 5 SECA Bonus Races against some of the best in the business. Bailes was able to hold off Trent Ivey by 6 points, Ron Parker by 9 points, and Steve Banal by 10 points respectively.

“Teaming up with Wesley and John Page has been an awesome experience. I am just fortunate to get to drive this car for those guys. David Weekly (crew chief) and Wesley pour their hearts out and bust their knuckles just so we can be competitive.  To win multiple championships for them is the icing on the cake. I simply can’t thank those guys enough", stated Bailes.

 In addition to the 2014 SECA Championship, Ross also repeated as Carolina Speedway's track champion in SECA late model competition.  Bailes also bagged the inaugural FUEL Racing Series Championship featuring the highly acclaimed CT525 engine. 
“It’s definitely a good two year run we are on and though we all know things like this never last forever......we are definitely going to enjoy it while we can", added Bailes.

 “We knew Ross and Wesley were going to be serious contenders by the end of May when the team won 4 out of 5 events.  In fact, in that span of races, the one race he didn't win was a photo finish at Friendship where he lost by less than 2 feet.  The level of competition is so stout week in and week out during the season, you just never expect a team to be able to put it all together in this fashion. Congrats to the entire 75 team as they have definitely earned it. We wish they (SECA members) all could win, but then again to watch this championship battle develop and unfold has been nothing less than amazing", commented SECA official Jason Atkins.
 
Ross Bailes, along with the top 20 in the SECA City Chevrolet Weekly Championship Points will be honored at the 2014 SECA/FUEL banquet on November 15th in Blacksburg, SC. More information will follow in the coming weeks about the banquet.

2014 SECA City Chevrolet Weekly Top 20

Ross Bailes 575
Trent Ivey 569
Ron Parker 566
Steve Banal 565
Dale Timms 555
Timbo Mangum 540
Nick Deitz 538
John Ruggerio 531
Chris Cheek 520
Chase Mccormick 517
Josh Langley 513
Benji Hicks 512
Jerry Cochran 494
Grant Jordan 492
Thomas Robinson 484
Taylor Hicks 482
James Plemmons 479
Landon Mitchell 478
Jimmy Watson 477
Greg Pilgrim 467

For more information about SECA please visit www.secaracing.com

Partners of SECA include: City Chevrolet, Hoosier Racing Tires, Collins Signs, Insane Racing Graphics, RockAuto.com, To the Point Embroidery, Heintz Performance, Ellison Racing Engines, Kenny Lamb Racing Engines, Big A's Custom Graphics, Thomas Clarke Performance, Velocita, Gable Automotive, Pro-Comp Machines, G-engineering, Gable Automotive, Hendren Racing Engines & ARbodies


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