CRA SPRINT CARS

Dean Thompson 1985

 

CALIFORNIA RACING ASSOCIATION SPRINT CAR CHAMPS

1946 – Connie Wiedell

1947 – Jack McGrath

1948 – Troy Ruttman

1949 – Bob Denny

1950 – Bob Denny

1951 – Bob Denny

1952 – Harry Stockman

1953 – Nick Valenta

1954 – Jack Gardner

1955 – Nick Valenta

1956 – Art Bisch

1957 – Nick Valenta

1958 – Roy Prosser

1959 – Chuck Hulse

1960 – Don Davis

1961 – Jack Brunner

1962 – Colby Scroggin

1963 – Bob Hogle

1964 – Hal Minyard

1965 – Hal Hinyard

1966 – Don Thomas

1967 – Billy Wilkerson

1968 – Bob Hogle

1969 – Jimmy Oskie

1970 – Billy Wilkerson

1971 – Dick Zimmerman

1972 – Stan McElreath

1973 – Don Hamilton

1974 – Jimmy Oskie

1975 – Bobby Oliverio

1976 – Jimmy Oskie

1977 – Jimmy Oskie

1978 – Rick Goudy

1979 – Jimmy Oskie

1980 – Dean Thompson

1981 – Dean Thompson

1982 – Dean Thompson

1983 – Bubby Jones

1984 – Bubby Jones

1985 – Eddie Wirth

1986 – Brad Noffsinger

1987 – Brad Niffsinger

1988 – Ron Shuman

1989 – Ron Shuman

1990 – Ron Shuman

1991 – Ron Shuman

1992 – Lealand McSpadden

1993 – Mike Kirby

1994 – no champion. Bobby Michnowicz points leader after 4 events. Association was disolved. SCRA was formed as new sanctioning body.

1972 CRA champ Stan McElrath

CRA ROOKIES OF THE YEAR

1960 – Russ Long

1961 – Don Brown

1962 – Al Bartz

1963 – Jim Kierce

1964 – Jimmy Miller

1965 – Chuck Allen

1966 – Bob Evans

1967 – Rick Goudy

1968 – George Farmer

1969 – Steve Chassey

1970 – Clark Templeman

1971 – Tony Simon

1972 – Dean Thompson

1973 – Danny McKnight

1974 – Bobby Olivero

1975 – Lee James

1976 – Buster Venard & Mike Spencer

1977 – Ken Gidney

1978 – Rip Williams & Ric Paronelli

1979 – Brad Noffsinger

1980 – Bart Noffsinger

1981 – Sonny Nutter

1982 – Stan Atherton

1983 – Bobby Michnowicz

1984 – Roger Newell

1985 – Jerry Meyer

1986 – Clark Drake

1987 – Keith Chrisco

1988 – Jeff Bagley

1989 – Robbie Ferguson

1990 – Dennis Rodriguez Jr

1991 – Kenny Webster

1992 – Troy Cline

1993 – Charles Davis Jr

ALL TIME CRA MAIN EVENT WINNERS 1960-1992

1. Dean Thompson 103

2. Bubby Jones 80

3. Ron Shuman 69

4. Lealand McSpadden 69

5. Bob Hogle 63

6. Jimmy Oskie 58

7. Brad Noffsinger 50

8. Eddie Wirth 33

9. Mike Sweeney 31

10. Rick Goudy 31

11. Rip Williams 29

12. John Redican 22

13. Billy Wilkerson 21

14. Tony Simon 20

15. Allen Heath 20

16. Ned Spath 20

17. Paul Jones 20

18. Don Hamilton 19

19. Billy Cantrell 18

20. Hal Minyard 16

21. Ron Rea 15

22. Clark Templeman 14

23. Colby Scroggin 13

24. Jerry Meyer 13

25. Dick Fries 12

26. Buster Venard 11

27. Richard Griffin 11

28. Lee Robinson 10

29. Gene Brown 10

30. Bob East 10

31. Bobby Olivero 9

32. Dick Zimmerman 9

33. Bob Evans 9

34. Chuck Gurney 9

35. Walt Kennedy 9

36. Don Davis 8

37. Billy Boat 8

38. Jay East 7

39. Frank McDaniel 7

40. Bob McCoy 7

41. Gary G. Howard 7

42. Mike Mosley 6

43. Bruce Walkup 6

44. Mike Shaw 6

45. Don Thomas 6

46. Jerry McClung 6

47. Brent Kaeding 6

48. Parnelli Jones 5

49. Billy Vukovich Jr 5

50. Chuck Allen 5

51. Steve Howard 5

52. Lee James 5

53. Ricky Hood 5

54. Danny Jones 4

55. Don Hawley 4

56. Bob Moore 4

57. Hank Henry 4

58. Stan McElrath 4

59. Billy Allen 4

60. Gary Patterson 4

61. Bob Meli 4

62. Jac Haudenschild 4

63. Tim Green 4

64. Jack Hewitt 4

65. Les Crawford 3

66. Jack Brunner 3

67. Dee Jones 3

68. Carld Adams 3

69. Gordon Wooley 3

70. Bud Gilbert 3

71. Danny McKnight 3

72. Darrell Dockery 3

73. Rick Goade 3

74. Tom Hunt 3

75. Tom Roa Jr 3

76. Wayne Bennett 3

77. Stan Atherton 3

78. Jeff Heywood 3

79. Steve Kinser 3

80. Jeff Gordon 3

81. Jimmy Sills 3

82. Mike Kirby 3

83. Frankie Kerr 3

84. Rosie Roussell 3

85. Billy Shuman 2

86. Leroy Van Connett 2

87. Bobby Unser 2

88. Johnny Wood 2

89. Sonny Pratt 2

90. George Benson 2

91. Ace Duncan 2

92. Mike Sweeney 2

93. Tim Elenburg 2

94. Frank Secrist 2

95. George Farmer 2

96. Bob Huebner 2

97. Jim Woods 2

98. Steve Chassey 2

99. Wally Pankratz 2

100. Jimmy Boyd 2

101. Duane Feduska 2

102. Buddy Taylor 2

103. Rusty McClure 2

104. Dennis Matousek 2

105. Kim Craft 1

106. Joe Rush 1

107. Randy Kinser 1

108. Bobby Michnowicz 1

109. Louis Unser 1

110. Rich Vogler 1

111. Joe Saldana 1

112. Davey Hamilton 1

113. Shane Carson 1

114. Billy Felts 1

115. Bill Von Helmolt 1

116. Todd Kane 1

117. Verne Sweeney 1

118. Ed Reed 1

119. Charlie Zabinski 1

120. A.J. Shepard 1

121. Earnie Koch 1

122. Bob Mathouser 1

123. Russ Long 1

124. Jim McElreath 1

125. Bud Sterret 1

126. Bill Moore 1

127. Buzz Rose 1

128. Dick Atkins 1

129. Clay Robbins

130. Hank Arnold 1

131. Cary Congdon 1

132. Don Melton 1

133. Buddy Lee 1

124. Sherman Cleveland 1

125. Walt Reiff 1

126. Dale Reed 1

127. Burt Foland 1

128. Steve Kennick 1

129. Jim Steele 1

130. John Keller 1

131. Weince Bailey 1

132. Gary Ponzini 1

133. Cliff Sealock 1

134. Benton Burns 1

135. Eddie Elder 1

136. Terry Caves 1

137. Al Unser Jr 1

138. Doug Wolfgang 1

139. Larry Clark 1

140. Rick Ferkel 1

141. Sheldon Kinser 1

142. Greg Wooley 1

143. John Andretti 1

144. Bobby George 1

145. Tommy Astone Jr 1

146. Billy Yon 1

147. Ed Organ 1

148. Bob Ewell 1

149. Jimmy Edwards 1

150. Scott Luhdorff 1

Most CRA Car Owner wins – Alex Morales – 155, Bruce Bromme – 142, Ben Kazarian – 63

Most main event wins in one season – 18 Bubby Jones

Most main event wins in a row – 5 Rick Goudy 1978, Dean Thompson 1980 & 81, Lealand McSpadden 1992 & 93

Most laps led in one season – 381 Bubby Jones 1981

Most consecutive top 10 main event finishes – 36 Mike Sweeney

Most heat race wins in one season – 22 Dean Thompson 1981

Most consecutive trophy dash wins – 5 John Redican 1987

Most trophy dash wins in one season – 10 John Redican 1987

Most consecutive fastest qualifying times – 7 Dean Thompson 1980

Most fastest qualifying times in one season – 30 Brad Noffsinger 1987

Most championships – Jimmy Oskie 5

Most consecutive championships – 4 Ron Shuman

Last winner on asphalt – Davey Hamilton in the Tamale Wagon at Tucson

Last winner on dirt – Lealand McSpadden in the Tamale Wagon at Bakersfield

Youngest main event winner on asphalt – Jeff Gordon age 18 at Mesa Marin 12/3/89

Youngest main event winner on dirt – Brad Noffsinger 19, Mike

Mosley 19

CRA 1977 Part 1

CRA 1977 Part 2

 

 

3 thoughts on “CRA SPRINT CARS

  1. I am looking for info on a sprint car #67 that was owned by al freeman, and crew chief elgin freeman. Driver was les Hawkins
    I recently purchased these cars (3 of them) and looking for info so i can restore them
    cars show up on roster between 1988-1993
    any inofrmation or pics would be greatly appreciated.
    Like the pics and info on this site, nice job
    Thanks

  2. Recently looking at old photos and I have a couple of me at about age 2 years sitting in Dean Gardner sprint car about 1941-2. I believe in Huntington Park, California. Can you provide any information about Dean and family. I believe he was married to my stepfather Rex Nowell sister, June? Thanks Paul

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