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Ty Gibbs Scores Clean Sweep with Dominant Victory in ARCA Menards Series Kentuckiana Ford Dealers Fall Classic 200 at Salem Speedway
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Ty Gibbs (No. 18 Monster Energy/ORCA Coolers/Terrible Herbst/Advance Auto Parts Toyota) scored a dominant victory in Saturday night's ARCA Menards Series Kentuckiana Ford Dealers Fall Classic 200 at Salem Speedway. Gibbs thoroughly dominated the entire day as he led the day's practice session, set the fast time in General Tire Pole Qualifying, and led every green flag lap to score his second career series victory.

 

"That's all due to my right foot, the guys who build these great racecars and the man upstairs," Gibbs said in victory lane. "It's great to come out here and get our second win of the season. We aren't racing for the championship so it's all about wins for us."

 

Gibbs finished two seconds ahead of Christian Eckes (No. 15 JBL Audio Toyota), who moved to within five points of championship leader Michael Self (No. 25 Sinclair Lubricants Toyota), who suffered a mechanical problem and finished 14th.

 

"It's great to have Salem behind us," Eckes said. "This isn't my favorite track and to come out of here with that big of a gain on Michael is huge for us. It sucks we couldn't get up there and race Ty for the win but we'll take second and head to Indianapolis and go race for the win there."

 

Self was dejected after giving up 65 of his 70-point lead over Eckes.

 

"We've had too many mechanical problems this season," Self said. "All we want to go is come out here and race for wins. We're going to put tonight behind us and go to Indy and Kansas to go win some races."

 

Corey Heim (No. 22 Speedway Children's Charities Ford) finished third, Bret Holmes (No. 23 Holmes II Excavation Toyota) was fourth and Sam Mayer (No. 21 Chevy Accessories Chevrolet) finished fifth.

 

Just as Chandler Smith (No. 20 Craftsman/828 Logistics Toyota) did in a dominant performance to win last fall at Salem, Gibbs led every green flag lap. He led from the initial start through lap 172 when he was beat off pit road by Eckes. Gibbs retook the lead on the restart at lap 176 and we never headed.

 

The race was slowed five times by cautions. The first, at lap 23, was for debris, while the second, at lap 75, was for Gavin Harlein (No. 55 Autism Awareness #4Presley Toyota), who experienced mechanical issues and stopped at the entrance to pit road. The third caution of the night was for engine issues for Tim Richmond (No. 06 GreatRailing.com Dodge), and Ed Pompa (No. 11 Milwaukee Crusher/Double H Ranch Toyota) - whose Darrell Waltrip-themed throwback scheme earned him the first Jack Harrison Trophy in a fan vote during pre-race festivities - spun on lap 170 to set up the final round of pit stops that allowed Eckes to assume the lead. The fifth and final caution, again for debris, was displayed on lap 186 and set up a nine-lap dash to the checkered for Gibbs.

 

There were two lead changes among Gibbs and Eckes, and the race was completed in one hour, 26 minutes, and 54 seconds at an average speed of 76.640 miles per hour.

 

The ARCA Menards Series will take two weekends off before returning to action on Saturday October 5 with the Herr's Potato Chips 200 at Lucas Oil Raceway. Practice starts the day's activities at 2 pm ET, with General Tire Pole Qualifying at 5 pm ET. The 200-lap main event, scheduled for live broadcast MAVTV, will go green shortly after 8 pm ET. ARCA for Me members can access live timing & scoring, live chat, and live track updates at ARCARacing.com. New users can register for free with a valid email address at ARCARacing.com/login. Discounted adult general admission tickets are available through October 4 at Indianapolis-area Menards locations for just $20. For more information, please visit TrackEnterprises.com.

 1 1 18 Ty Gibbs/Huntersville NC Monster-Terrible Herbst-ORCA-Advance Toyota 200 Running 2 6 15 Christian Eckes/Middletown NY JBL Audio Toyota 200 Running 3 3 22 Corey Heim/Marietta GA Speedway Children's Charities Ford 200 Running 4 5 23 Bret Holmes/Munford AL Holmes II Excavation Toyota 200 Running 5 2 21 Sam Mayer/Franklin WI Chevy Accessories Chevrolet 200 Running 6 10 77 Joe Graf Jr./Mahwah NJ Eat Sleep Race Ford 200 Running 7 8 28 Carson Hocevar/Portage MI GMPartsNow.com-Scotts Chevrolet 200 Running 8 9 20 Chandler Smith/Talking Rock GA Craftsman Tools Toyota 199 Running 9 7 27 Travis Braden/Wheeling WV MatrixCare-Consonus Healthcare-Liberty Vlg Ford 199 Running 10 11 32 Colby Howard/Simpsonville SC Win Tron Chevrolet 199 Running 11 15 11 Ed Pompa/Ballston Spa NY Milwaukee Crusher Co-Double H Ranch Toyota 190 Running 12 14 69 Scott Melton/Rockford MI Melton McFadden Insurance Agency Ford 190 Running 13 17 34 Mike Basham/Henryville IN Darrell Basham Racing Chevrolet 184 Running 14 4 25 Michael Self/Salt Lake City UT Sinclair Lubricants Toyota 134 Running 15 19 06 Tim Richmond/Aurora IL GreatRailing.com Dodge 91 Overheating 16 12 55 Gavin Harlien/Mesa AZ Autism Awareness #4Presley Toyota 74 Engine 17 13 80 Brian Finney/Merritt Island FL Finney Racing Chevrolet 49 Vibration 18 21 48 Brad Smith/Shelby Township MI Copraya.com Ford 40 Oil Pressure 19 18 10 Tommy Vigh Jr./Parsippany NJ Extreme Kleaner-Thomas Coffee Ford 11 Brakes 20 16 1 Dick Doheny/Ballston Spa NY Thomas Coffee Chevrolet 3 Transmission 21 20 0 Benjamin Peterson/Birmingham AL GreatRailing.com Ford 3 Clutch General Tire Pole Award: Ty Gibbs - 17.145 (116.535 mph) Margin of Victory: 2.03 seconds Cautions: 5 for 34 laps Time of Race: 1:26:54 Average Speed: 76.640 mph Lap Leaders: Ty Gibbs 1-172, 177-200 (196); Christian Eckes 173-176 (4) Richmond Water Heaters Halfway Leader: Ty Gibbs Fastest Lap of the Race: Ty Gibbs 17.634 (113.304 mph)

 

 

Ty Gibbs Wins General Tire Pole Award for ARCA Menards Series Kentuckiana Ford Dealers Fall Classic 200 at Salem Speedway

 
 
 

Ty Gibbs (No. 18 Monster Energy/ORCA Coolers/Terrible Herbst/Advance Auto Parts Toyota) led this afternoon's practice and backed it up with the General Tire Pole Award for this evening's ARCA Menards Series Kentuckiana Ford Dealers Fall Classic 200 at Salem Speedway. It's the first career pole award for the 16-year-old grandson of legendary NFL coach and NASCAR team owner Joe Gibbs.

 

Gibbs' fast lap was 17.145 seconds/116.535 miles per hour.

 

"This is a really tough race track but it doesn't intimidate me at all," Gibbs said. "I believe if you're intimidated by a racetrack it already has you beat.

 

"We were fast by ourselves for one lap but I think we have a lot left over for the race too," he continued. "As fast as we were, we actually spent most of the time working on long run speed and I think we're going to be pretty good."

 

Sam Mayer (No. 21 Chevy Accessories Chevrolet), runner-up at Salem in the spring, qualified second at 17.255 seconds/115.793 miles per hour, Corey Heim (No. 22 Speedway Children's Charities Ford), championship points leader Michael Self (No. 25 Sinclair Lubricants Toyota), and Bret Holmes (No. 23 Holmes II Excavation Toyota) rounded out the top five.

 

Christian Eckes (No. 15 JBL Audio Toyota), who sits 70 points behind Self in the battle for the series championship, qualified sixth. Travis Braden (No. 27 MatrixCare/Consonus Health Care/Liberty Village Ford), Carson Hocevar (No. 28 GMPartsNow.com/Scott's Coins/KBR Development Chevrolet), defending race winner Chandler Smith (No. 20 Craftsman Toyota), and Joe Graf, Jr. (No. 77 EAT SLEEP RACE Ford) rounded out the top ten qualifiers.

 

The Kentuckiana Ford Dealers Fall Classic 200 will go green live on MAVTV at 7:15 pm ET. ARCA for Me members can follow along with live timing & scoring at ARCARacing.com.

 2019 ARCA Menards Series Event #18 Salem Speedway, Salem Indiana, 9-14-19 Kentuckiana Ford Dealers Fall Classic 200 POS NO DRIVER/HOMETOWN TEAM & CAR TIME SPEED 1 18 Ty Gibbs/Huntersville NC Monster-Terrible Herbst-ORCA-Advance Toyota 17.145 116.535 2 21 Sam Mayer/Franklin WI Chevy Accessories Chevrolet 17.255 115.793 3 22 Corey Heim/Marietta GA Speedway Children's Charities Ford 17.322 115.345 4 25 Michael Self/Salt Lake City UT Sinclair Lubricants Toyota 17.396 114.854 5 23 Bret Holmes/Munford AL Holmes II Excavation Toyota 17.398 114.841 6 15 Christian Eckes/Middletown NY JBL Audio Toyota 17.406 114.788 7 27 Travis Braden/Wheeling WV MatrixCare-Consonus Healthcare-Liberty Vlg Ford 17.419 114.702 8 28 Carson Hocevar/Portage MI GMPartsNow.com-Scotts Chevrolet 17.446 114.525 9 20 Chandler Smith/Talking Rock GA Craftsman Tools Toyota 17.491 114.230 10 77 Joe Graf Jr./Mahwah NJ Eat Sleep Race Ford 17.530 113.976 11 32 Colby Howard/Simpsonville SC Win Tron Chevrolet 17.550 113.846 12 55 Gavin Harlien/Mesa AZ Autism Awareness #4Presley Toyota 18.063 110.613 13 80 Brian Finney/Merritt Island FL Finney Racing Chevrolet 18.137 110.162 14 69 Scott Melton/Rockford MI Melton McFadden Insurance Agency Ford 18.639 107.195 15 11 Ed Pompa/Ballston Spa NY Milwaukee Crusher Co-Double H Ranch Toyota 18.751 106.554 16 1 Dick Doheny/Ballston Spa NY Thomas Coffee Chevrolet 19.136 104.411 17 34 Mike Basham/Henryville IN Darrell Basham Racing Chevrolet 19.146 104.356 18 10 Tommy Vigh Jr./Parsippany NJ Extreme Kleaner-Thomas Coffee Ford 19.237 103.862 19 06 Tim Richmond/Aurora IL GreatRailing.com Dodge 19.457 102.688 20 0 Benjamin Peterson/Birmingham AL GreatRailing.com Ford 23.327 85.652 21 48 Brad Smith/Shelby Township MI Copraya.com Ford Provisional

 

Ty Gibbs Leads ARCA Menards Series Kentuckiana Ford Dealers Fall Classic 200 at Salem Speedway

 

Ty Gibbs (No. 18 Monster Energy/Terrible Herbst/ORCA Coolers/Advance Auto Parts Toyota) led the way in the lone practice session for this evening's ARCA Menards Series Kentuckiana Ford Dealers Fall Classic 200 at Salem Speedway.

 

Gibbs toured the high-banked 0.555-mile oval at 17.350 seconds/115.159 miles per hour to lead the 21-car field.

 

April's General Tire Pole Award winner Carson Hocevar (No. 28 GMPartsNow.com/Scott's Coins/KBR Development Chevrolet) timed in second fastest at 17.441 seconds/114.558 miles per hour. Corey Heim (No. 22 Speedway Children's Charities Ford) set an identical time as Hocevar to end the session tied for second. Former Salem winner Christian Eckes (No. 15 JBL Audio Toyota) was fourth fastest at 17.501 seconds/114.164 miles per hour and the runner-up finisher in April, Sam Mayer (No. 21 Chevy Accessories Chevrolet), rounded out the top five at 17.525 seconds/114.009 miles per hour.

 

Colby Howard (No. 32 The HOPE Project/YURPAL Chevrolet), current ARCA Menards Series championship points leader Michael Self (No. 25 Sinclair Lubricants Toyota), defending race winner Chandler Smith (No. 20 Craftsman Toyota), Bret Holmes (No. 23 Holmes II Excavation Toyota), and Joe Graf, Jr. (No. 77 EAT SLEEP RACE Ford) rounded out the top ten.

 

The 90-minute session was slowed several times to allow teams to access their transporters, which are parked outside the track. There were two incidents in the session, both involving Scott Melton (No. 69 Melton-McFadden Insurance Agency Ford) who spun once down the backstretch and once down the front stretch. There was no damage in either incident.

 

General Tire Pole Qualifying is up next for the ARCA Menards Series at 4 pm ET, while the Kentuckiana Ford Dealers Fall Classic 200 is set for a 7:15 pm ET green flag. The race will be televised live on MAVTV; ARCA for Me members can access live timing & scoring for all on-track sessions for free with a valid email address at ARCARacing.com.

 

 

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FAST FACTS: Kentuckiana Ford Dealers Fall Classic 200

 

Where:                                    Salem Speedway, Salem, Indiana

When:                                     7 pm ET, Saturday, September 14, 2019

Television:                             MAVTV, Live

Track Length:                        0.555-miles

Most Recent Winner:            Michael Self, April 14, 2019, 89.887 miles per hour

Most Recent Pole Winner:   Carson Hocevar, April 13, 2019, 117.027 miles per hour

Track Qualifying Record:     Zane Smith, April 22, 2018, 118.618 miles per hour

 

  • The Kentuckiana Ford Dealers Fall Classic 200 will be the second visit the ARCA Menards Series will make at Salem Speedway in 2019, and the 106th time in series history dating back to Jack Harrison’s win on October 9, 1955.
  • Jack Harrison won three of the first four ARCA Menards Series races at Salem. He won eleven times overall before losing his life to persistent health issues late in 1957.
  • Sixty-three drivers have won ARCA Menards Series races at Salem. Frank Kimmel leads all drivers with nine, followed by Jack Bowsher with seven, Les Snow, Ramo Stott, and Tim Steele each have four, Jack Harrison, Andy Hampton, Bruce Gould, Dave Dayton, and Tom Hessert III each have three, Bobby Watson, Benny Parsons, Ron Hutcherson, Bob Strait, Ken Schrader, Justin Allgaier, Grant Enfinger, and Christopher Bell all have a pair of wins. Single-race winners at Salem include Herschel White, Troy Ruttman, Nelson Stacy, Don White, Dick Freeman, Earl Balmer, Jim Cushman, Butch Hartman, Elmer Davis, Roy Wathen, Iggy Katona, Bobby Allison, A. Arnold, Lamarr Marshall, Moose Myers, Brad Malcuit, Marvin Smith, Bob Keselowski, Larry Moore, Bob Brevak, Bob Schacht, Scott Neal, Tobey Butler, Bill Baird, Tracy Leslie, Jason Jarrett, Chad Blount, Joey Miller, Billy Venturini, Blake Bjorklund, Brian Keselowski, Patrick Sheltra, Justin Lofton, Steve Arpin, Dakoda Armstrong, Brennan Poole, Chris Buescher, Alex Bowman, Kyle Benjamin, Dalton Sargeant, Austin Theriault, Christian Eckes, Chandler Smith, and Michael Self.
  • Nineteen drivers have earned their first ARCA Menards Series victory at Salem: Bobby Allison, Steve Arpin, Earl Balmer, Christopher Bell, Blake Bjorklund, Tobey Butler, Jim Cushman, Elmer Davis, Dave Dayton, Christian Eckes, Butch Hartman, Shelby Howard, Ron Hutcherson, Larry Moore, Scott Neal, Brennan Poole, Patrick Sheltra, and Billy Venturini. For Allison, Bjorklund, Butler, Davis, Moore, Neal, and Venturini, it was their only career win.
  • Thirteen drivers earned their final, or most recent, career win at Salem: A. Arnold, Bruce Gould, Andy Hampton, Jack Harrison, Shelby Howard, Jason Jarrett, Tracy Leslie, Justin Lofton, Brad Malcuit, LaMarr Marshall, Joey Miller, Ken Schrader, and Roy Wathen.
  • Salem Speedway is the sister track to Winchester Speedway in Indiana, which although not a part of the ARCA Menards Series plays host to the ARCA/CRA Super Series twice each season. There was a third sister track as well, Dayton Speedway, which officially closed in 1981 and was eventually consumed by and now lays under a landfill on the outskirts of Dayton.
  • On the most recent census taken in 2010, there were no witches living in Salem, Indiana. Maybe a few mean old ladies, but no actual witches.
  • The record for the most cautions in an ARCA Menards Series race at Salem is 13, set in April 1998 and matched in April 2004, September 2004, and September 2005.
  • The record for most caution laps at Salem is 109, in a 500-lap race, set in October 1989 in a race won by Bob Schacht.
  • The record for fewest cautions in an ARCA Menards Series race at Salem is one, for eight laps, set in September 2014 in a race won by Tom Hessert III.
  • The record for the most lead changes in an ARCA Menards Series race at DuQuoin is 14 set in September, 1995 in a race won by Tim Steele.
 

 

 

Part-time Drivers Sam Mayer and Carson Hocevar Look to Take the Win - and Valuable Points - Away from ARCA Menards Series Regulars at Salem
 
 
 

The battle for the ARCA Menards Series championship has only three races to go, including Saturday night’s Kentuckiana Ford Dealers Fall Classic 200 at the legendary Salem Speedway. The ultra high-banked half-mile nestled in the hills of southern Indiana, about a half-hour north of Louisville, will be hosting its 106th ARCA race and for two drivers – championship leader Michael Self (No. 25 Sinclair Lubricants Toyota) and runner-up Christian Eckes (No. 15 JBL Audio Toyota) – the stakes have never been higher.

 

Every point will matter over the final three races.

 

It’s one thing to lose points to the driver you’re competing against head-to-head for the championship. But it’s another thing altogether to lose points to part-time drivers, drivers that only run the short tracks and could play a major spoiler in who celebrates after the season finale at Kansas Speedway on October 18 and who ends up wallowing in disappointment.

 

Part-time drivers Sam Mayer (No. 21 Chevy Accessories Chevrolet) and Carson Hocevar (No. 28 GMPartsNow.com/Scott’s Coins/KBR Development Chevrolet) both played a factor in the spring race at Salem and both could not only be factors for the win on Saturday but could also be championship spoilers for either Self or Eckes.

 

Mayer, 16, is from Franklin, Wisconsin, a suburb of Milwaukee. He finished second at Salem in the spring, his best career ARCA Menards Series finish. He’s also a three-time NASCAR K&N Pro Series winner in 2019, including two wins at the high-banked Bristol Motor Speedway, a track very similar to Salem.

 

Mayer thinks he can be a factor to better that runner-up finish in April. He’s also happy the weather forecast looks like it will allow the race to reach its scheduled conclusion after 200 laps, not be cut short by rain just past the midway point as the race was in the spring. He leads the K&N Pro Series East standings by 30 points with just two races remaining.

 

"Going to Salem for the second time I feel like Mardy (Lindley, crew chief) and I will be even better than we were in the spring,” he said. “Mardy and the team have worked really hard this year and have made my cars better and better as we go, and I feel no different this weekend. I also know I'm a better, more experienced driver than I was earlier this year. I feel confident that we can compete for a win. The weather forecast looks good so far, so hopefully we can run the whole race this time.”

 

Hocevar, also 16, hails from Portage, Michigan, near Grand Rapids and the equally legendary Berlin Raceway. Hocevar became the youngest late model winner ever at the near-circular Berlin layout at the age of 13. He earned his second career General Tire Pole Award when he started from the pole in the spring race at Salem and he scored his career-best finish when he trailed Mayer across the line in third.

 

“I’m excited to get back to Salem,” Hocevar said. “We had a lot of success earlier this year, getting the pole, leading a handful of laps and finishing up third. I think we should have a good baseline and improved package from earlier this year, to hopefully get those two extra spots on Saturday night.”

 

While both would like to win, they could also play spoilers merely finishing between Self and Eckes.

 

Headed into the last series race at DuQuoin on August 31, Eckes trailed Self by 105 points. Eckes won, while Self finished fourth. Part-time drivers Logan Seavey and Corey Heim finished second and third respectively, and rather than losing 25 points to Eckes, Self instead lost 35 points. That was fully one-third of his advantage headed into DuQuoin and now, headed into Salem, another 35-point loss would cut Self’s advantage in half with two races remaining.

 

One part-time driver, Chandler Smith (No. 20 Craftsman/828 Logistics Toyota), isn’t involved in the battle for the driver’s championship but is deeply involved in the owner’s championship. His No. 20 team, owned by Billy Venturini, leads the owner’s standings and Smith is determined to keep his team on top. His Venturini Motorsports teammates Self and Eckes know not to expect Smith to give them a break late in the race.

 

“Every point definitely matters for us too,” Smith said. “We really want to get that owner’s championship for Billy and the team. Everyone has worked so hard to make it happen for the 20 team all season long, and I can only speak for what it’s like when I am in the car, but I think we’ve had the best cars out there. I know my teammates are battling for the drivers championship but for

us, it’s all about that owner’s championship.”

 

The ARCA Menards Series will be joined by the Lucas Oil Great American Stocks at Salem Speedway on Saturday night, September 14. Activities will kick off with ARCA Menards Series practice at 12 noon ET, followed by General Tire Pole Qualifying at 4 pm ET. The Great American Stocks 50-lap feature will roll at 5 pm ET, with the Kentuckiana Ford Dealers Fall Classic 200 set for 7:15 pm ET. The race will be televised live flag-to-flag on MAVTV. ARCA for Me members can access live timing & scoring, live chat, and live track updates for free at ARCARacing.com. New users can register for free with a valid email address at ARCARacing.com/login. For ticket information, please visit SalemSpeedway.com.

 

Defending Winner Chandler Smith Heads Back to Salem Looking for Another Win - and One More Lap in the Lead

 
 

Rarely does a new driver step up the ladder into a new racing series and thoroughly dominate.

 

Sure, Davey Allison won two Monster Energy Cup Series races as a rookie back in 1987, but he also finished outside the top ten in 12 of his 22 starts, and failed to finish six times. Six years later, Jeff Gordon would go winless in his rookie season and fail to finish eleven times.

 

Both drivers eventually figured it out, and both have been inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame for their accomplishments in the sport.

 

Chandler Smith (No. 20 Craftsman Toyota) is just seventeen years old. He’s yet to run a full season in the ARCA Menards Series, making appearances on the short tracks in 2018 and adding WWT Raceway and Pocono Raceway to his schedule in 2019. He’s made a total of 18 career starts, which for a driver his age may have been unheard of a decade ago.

 

But that’s far from the most impressive part of the Talking Rock, Georgia native’s brief career.

 

Smith has won six times, finished in the top five thirteen times, and finished in the top ten in every start but one. He’s led 1,422 laps out of 3,177 he’s completed. He also set a modern era ARCA Menards Series record by starting from the General Tire Pole in each of his first four career appearances.

 

It’s not just in ARCA where Smith’s talents have been on display. He’s made the leap into the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series in 2019. In three starts he’s earned two top-five finishes and has been in the top ten in all three. He finished a career best second in his last appearance at Bristol, pushing his average finish to an impressive 4.7.

 

Not bad for a young man not yet eligible to vote.

 

Smith returns to the ARCA Menards Series for the first time since July in Saturday night’s Kentuckiana Ford Dealers Fall Classic 200 at Salem Speedway. In last year’s race, Smith started outside the front row and took the lead on lap one and led 199 of the race’s 200 laps to earn his second win of the season.

 

Hard to believe anyone could improve on that performance, but for Smith he thinks he can.

 

“I guess we just need to go down and lead that one more lap,” Smith joked. “We should have led that lap last year but Gus Dean led a lap on pit road. We did everything else we could do there last year so we need to go get that one extra lap this time.”

 

Smith will undoubtedly be a challenger for the victory at Salem. Being near the front and battling for the victory will put him in proximity to his Venturini Motorsports teammates Michael Self (No. 25 Sinclair Lubricants Toyota) and Christian Eckes (No. 15 JBL Audio Toyota), two drivers that not only will also be battling for the win but are fighting it out for the ARCA Menards Series championship.

 

Smith isn’t involved in the battle for the driver’s championship, afterall, he’s only run nine of the seventeen races so far. But his No. 20 car is leading the owner’s championship standings, which means Smith will not be backing down to his teammates as the race winds to its conclusion.

 

“Every point definitely matters for us too,” Smith said. “We really want to get that owner’s championship for Billy and the team. Everyone has worked so hard to make it happen for the 20 team all season long, and I can only speak for what it’s like when I am in the car, but I think we’ve had the best cars out there. I know my teammates are battling for the drivers championship but for us, it’s all about that owner’s championship.”

 

Smith’s time in the No. 20 Toyota for Venturini Motorsports is limited by the fact, that at seventeen years of age, he is not eligible to compete on the majority of the superspeedways the ARCA Menards Series races on per ARCA rules. Despite only running about half of the races, Smith has built a strong report with the team and believes that is the secret to his success.

 

“All of us are strictly business at the track,” he said. “We all know what we want and what we need and our only job at the track is to get it done. It’s almost like we don’t even have to say it. Everyone knows it and we all work towards it.”

 

The ARCA Menards Series will be joined by the Lucas Oil Great American Stocks at Salem Speedway on Saturday night, September 14. Activities will kick off with ARCA Menards Series practice at 12 noon ET, followed by General Tire Pole Qualifying at 4 pm ET. The Great American Stocks 50-lap feature will roll at 5 pm ET, with the Kentuckiana Ford Dealers Fall Classic 200 set for 7:15 pm ET. The race will be televised live flag-to-flag on MAVTV. ARCA for Me members can access live timing & scoring, live chat, and live track updates for free at ARCARacing.com. New users can register for free with a valid email address at ARCARacing.com/login. For ticket information, please visit SalemSpeedway.com.

 

 

Michael Self Looks to Make it Two-in-a-Row in ARCA Menards Series 106th Visit to Salem Speedway

 
 

April showers bring May flowers. April showers also brought Michael Self (No. 25 Sinclair Lubricants Toyota) a victory lane celebration as he was the beneficiary of a cloudburst just one lap past halfway in the ARCA Menards Series annual April visit to Salem Speedway.

 

It was Self’s second win of the season, and his second career series short track victory, following a win in the season’s second race at Five Flags Speedway in Pensacola, Florida. The back-to-back wins put Self on a trajectory that landed him atop the series championship standings.

 

Although he holds a 70-point advantage over his Venturini Motorsports teammate Christian Eckes (No. 15 JBL Audio Toyota) with three races to go, Self isn’t in the mood to talk about points. All he’s focused on is his next visit to victory lane.

 

It’s a place Self has gotten used to in 2019.

 

In addition to his wins at Five Flags and Salem, Self has also won at Michigan International Speedway and on the dirt at the Springfield Mile. He’ll be going for a season-high fifth win of the year and a season sweep in Saturday night’s Kentuckiana Ford Dealers Fall Classic 200.

 

“I like going to Salem,” Self said. “Of all the short tracks we go to Salem is one of my favorites. I am looking forward to going back there. We had a great car in the spring. Even if it hadn’t rained, we were going to be hard to beat. Shannon (Rursch) and the team gave me a great car and Venturini Motorsports has had a lot of success there in the past. Between myself, Christian, and Chandler we’ve won the last three races there. I know they’re my teammates but those are the guys we’re going to be racing for the win.”

 

Self transitioned into the ARCA Menards Series after achieving success in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West. Self won eight times on a variety of circuits, including road courses, one-mile tracks, and true short tracks. When he made the move into the ARCA Menards Series, Self found superspeedway racing to be his forte. He won the season finale at Kansas in 2017, and followed it with a win in the 2018 season opener at Daytona. His third win at Chicagoland last summer only fortified his reputation as the series’ best big track racer.

 

“I love the style of racing on the big tracks,” Self said. “I like the speed, I like the way you work the air. It really seems to fit my style the best and I have had a lot of success on the bigger tracks.”

But Self’s short track skills, honed back in his K&N Pro Series days, have come to the forefront this season. Not only does he lead the series’ overall standings, he’s also leading the Sioux Chief Short Track Challenge standings with two races remaining. In nine short track races this season, Self has eight top five finishes and three wins. His average start is 4.6 and his average finish is 4.3.

 

His impressive runs on short tracks, combined with his continued strength on the superspeedways, has made him a championship contender. Despite leading the standings since the sixth race of the season at Toledo, the battle for the championship isn’t a topic he wants to talk about.

 

“I am superstitious about it,” he said. “It’s all people ask me. I want to focus on winning races and running the best we can every week. If we are in victory lane then we’ve done all we can do and the points situation will take care of itself.”

 

The ARCA Menards Series will be joined by the Lucas Oil Great American Stocks at Salem Speedway on Saturday night, September 14. Activities will kick off with ARCA Menards Series practice at 12 noon ET, followed by General Tire Pole Qualifying at 4 pm ET. The Great American Stocks 50-lap feature will roll at 5 pm ET, with the Kentuckiana Ford Dealers Fall Classic 200 set for 7:15 pm ET. The race will be televised live flag-to-flag on MAVTV. ARCA for Me members can access live timing & scoring, live chat, and live track updates for free at ARCARacing.com. New users can register for free with a valid email address at ARCARacing.com/login. For ticket information, please visit SalemSpeedway.com.

CGS Imaging Four Crown Championship to be Settled at Salem

 

The Kentuckiana Ford Dealers Fall Classic 200 at Salem Speedway, set for Saturday night at 7 pm ET, is the eighteenth of twenty races on the ARCA Menards Series schedule. With three races remaining in the season, it is positioned as an important race as the championship battle starts to wind towards its conclusion at Kansas Speedway on October 18.

 

But the Salem race carries added significance as it’s also the final event of ARCA’s annual CGS Four Crown championship. It’s the first of three series-within-a-series championships to be decided in 2019, followed by the Sioux Chief Short Track Challenge, which will be settled at Lucas Oil Raceway, and the General Tire Superspeedway Challenge, which will be decided at Kansas.

 

Dating back to 1984, when Davey Allison won the inaugural Four Crown championship, the series-within-a-series celebrates the diversity that has become the trademark of the ARCA Menards Series. With one race on each type of the four different styles of racetracks that the series competes on, the Four Crown includes a restrictor-plate superspeedway, and intermediate superspeedway, a paved short track, and a dirt track.

 

For 2019, the tracks included in the Four Crown were Talladega Superspeedway, won by Todd Gilliland, Michigan International Speedway and the Springfield Mile at the Illinois State Fairgrounds, both won by Michael Self.

 

Self (No. 25 Sinclair Lubricants Toyota) has a 35-point advantage over second-place Bret Holmes (No. 23 Holmes II Excavation Chevrolet), with Travis Braden (No. 27 MatrixCare/Consonus Health Care/Liberty Village Ford) and Joe Graf, Jr. (No. 77 EAT SLEEP RACE Ford) are tied for third 45 points behind.

 

Self will clinch if he finishes in the top six no matter what Holmes or Braden do. For Holmes to win the Four Crown title, he needs to win and have Self finish seventh or worse, or finish eight positions better if he doesn’t win. For Braden or Graf to win, they need to win and have Self finish eleventh or worse and Holmes to finish third or worse. If they don’t win they need to finish twelve positions ahead of Self and five positions ahead of Holmes.

 

Zane Smith won the 2018 CGS Imaging Four Crown championship, becoming the 24th driver to win the coveted title and joining the likes of Bob Keselowski, Bobby Bowsher, Tim Steele, Frank Kimmel, Grant Enfinger, Chase Briscoe, and Austin Theriault as winners.

 

The ARCA Menards Series will be joined by the Lucas Oil Great American Stocks at Salem Speedway on Saturday night, September 14. Activities will kick off with ARCA Menards Series practice at 12 noon ET, followed by General Tire Pole Qualifying at 4 pm ET. The Great American Stocks 50-lap feature will roll at 5 pm ET, with the Kentuckiana Ford Dealers Fall Classic 200 set for 7:15 pm ET. The race will be televised live flag-to-flag on MAVTV. ARCA for Me members can access live timing & scoring, live chat, and live track updates for free at ARCARacing.com. New users can register for free with a valid email address at ARCARacing.com/login. For ticket information, please visit SalemSpeedway.com.

 

 

Christian Eckes Looking for Another Salem Win to Jump Start ARCA Menards Series Championship Chase

 
 

The ARCA Menards Series returns to Salem Speedway for the 106th time in its 67-year history – and for the second time in 2019 – in Saturday night’s Kentuckiana Ford Dealers 200.

Series championship contender Christian Eckes (No. 15 JBL Audio Toyota) qualified second for the spring race at Salem, but he will be making his first start of the season on the 0.555-mile ultra high-banked oval. After qualifying on the front row, Eckes came down with a case of food poisoning and spent the night in the emergency room. After consultation with doctors, family, and his Venturini Motorsports team, it was decided he should sit out and recover. Harrison Burton, who won the season-opener at Daytona, substituted and drove Eckes’ car to an eighth-place finish.

 

Missing the race was a letdown for the Middletown, New York teenager for a couple of reasons. First, he was the defending winner of the race and starting on the front row, he had a great chance to make another trip to victory lane. Second, he gave up a lot of ground in the championship battle, particularly to teammate and race winner Michael Self (No. 25 Sinclair Lubricants Toyota).

 

“It’s going to be weird going back,” Eckes said. “I don’t know that saying we have unfinished business there is the right way to put it, but we’re definitely ready to get back there. We always want to do the best we can no matter where we’re racing but we do have a little extra motivation after what we went through earlier in the season.”

 

In April, Eckes came into Salem with a 155-point advantage over Self in the series championship standings. Leaving, Eckes faced an 80-point deficit. With three races remaining in the ARCA Menards Series season, Eckes is in a full court press as he tries to chase Self down for the series championship lead. He’s 70 points out, and with his win at DuQuoin two weeks ago, he cut 35 points off Self’s lead.

 

“The points we’ve left on the table or lost at places like Talladega really keep you up at night,” Eckes said. “Even with what happened when we missed the race earlier in the year, we probably should be in the points lead. We gave up a lot of points at Talladega and Madison and there were a couple of mile-and-a-halfs that we didn’t run really well at and gave a lot of points up there too.”

 

Although he’s in catch-up mode, Eckes has momentum on his side. In the last four races, he has two wins – at Pocono and DuQuoin – and two second place finishes.

“That’s a big factor for sure,” he said. “I knew all season that this team was capable of running this well and executing but we had a little trouble stringing them together at times. Our average start over the last four races is 1.7 and our average finish is 1.5. We won at both Salem and Lucas Oil Raceway (in Indianapolis) last year, so we think we’re going to be able to keep that going.”

Eckes will have a busy weekend, starting with the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series race in Las Vegas on Friday and ending with the ARCA race at Salem on Saturday night. The races are three time zones apart, and the driver’s meeting at Salem set for 12 hours after the conclusion of the Trucks race at Las Vegas, which means it will be a long night of air travel for Eckes and his entourage.

 

“We have to be in Las Vegas on Thursday and Friday,” he said. “Our flight out of Las Vegas leaves at 11 P.M. We fly into Charlotte and we get in around 6:30 A.M. on Saturday morning. Then we fly from Charlotte up to Salem at 7 A.M. It’s about an hour and a half flight, and the garage area at Salem opens at 9 A.M. It’s going to be a long night and a long day on Saturday.”

The ARCA Menards Series will be joined by the Lucas Oil Great American Stocks at Salem Speedway on Saturday night, September 14. Activities will kick off with ARCA Menards Series practice at 12 noon ET, followed by General Tire Pole Qualifying at 4 pm ET. The Great American Stocks 50-lap feature will roll at 5 pm ET, with the Kentuckiana Ford Dealers Fall Classic 200 set for 7:15 pm ET. The race will be televised live flag-to-flag on MAVTV. ARCA for Me members can access live timing & scoring, live chat, and live track updates for free at ARCARacing.com. New users can register for free with a valid email address at ARCARacing.com/login. For ticket information, please visit SalemSpeedway.com.

 
Herr Foods to Sponsor ARCA Menards Series Race at Lucas Oil Raceway
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Herr’s® to sponsor ARCA Menards Series event at Lucas Oil Raceway

 

Herr Foods, Track Enterprises and the Automobile Racing Club of America (ARCA) announced today that Herr’s will sponsor the ARCA Menards Series fall visit to Lucas Oil Raceway in Brownsburg, Indiana.

 

The Herr’s Potato Chips 200 is scheduled for Saturday night, October 5 at 8:00 pm CT. ARCA practice and General Tire Pole Qualifying will precede the 200-lap feature event, which is scheduled for live broadcast coverage on MAVTV. There will also be a compete Thunder Roadsters program on the night’s racing card.

 

“We continue to benefit from the exposure ARCA provides us as we grow the Herr’s brand nationwide,” commented Bob Clark, VP of Marketing at Herr Foods, Inc..

 

The Herr’s 200 will be the championship event for the Sioux Chief Short Track Challenge, ARCA’s championship within a championship contested at tracks one mile in length or less. After nine of eleven events, Michael Self leads Bret Holmes by 140 points with only races at Indiana’s Salem Speedway and the Herr’s Potato Chips 200 at Lucas Oil Raceway yet to be contested.

 

The Lucas Oil event will also be the second-to-last race of the season for the ARCA Menards Series, with the season finale set for October 18th at Kansas Speedway.

 

Beginning on August 26, Indianapolis area Menards stores will offer local race fans the chance to “Save Big Money” by purchasing advance, discounted race tickets to the Herr’s Potato Chips 200. Tickets at participating Menards locations are just $20. Fans purchasing the advance discounted tickets at any of the area Menards locations will also receive a pair of free sunglasses at the track.

 

For more information about the Herr’s Potato Chips 200 or where to buy discounted tickets, visit www.arcaracing.com.

 

“We are excited to partner with the Herr’s Brand to bring the ARCA Menards Series to Lucas Oil Raceway, and the greater Indianapolis market,” said Jeff Abbott, Promotions Manager and Spokesperson for Menards. “Our racing program has a long history in Indianapolis, including wins at Indianapolis Motor Speedway with Paul Menard in 2011 and in the Indianapolis 500 earlier this year with Simon Pagenaud. Indy is an important market to Menards, and Lucas Oil Raceway is a great racetrack. We always look forward to being in the Indianapolis market and look forward to continuing our history with a great event at a great short track.”

 

Race promoter Track Enterprises spearheaded the ARCA Menards Series return to Lucas Oil Raceway for the first time since 1985 in 2011 with current Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series regular Ty Dillion winning in ARCA’s first visit to the 0.686-mile oval in 26 years. Ten-time ARCA national champion Frank Kimmel, a native of nearby Jeffersonville, Indiana, found victory lane in 2012, and current NASCAR XFINITY Series title contender and 2016 ARCA Menards Series champion Chase Briscoe, a native of Mitchell, Indiana, won in 2016. Last year, Christian Eckes earned his third win of the season over eventual series champion Sheldon Creed.

 

“We’re excited to bring ARCA back to Lucas Oil Raceway, and to showcase the series to the great race fans of Indiana,” said Bob Sargent, President of Track Enterprises. “Indianapolis is a great sports town and more importantly, a great racing town. Not only is it home to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, it’s home to one of the greatest short tracks in the country in Lucas Oil Raceway. It’s a great fit for the ARCA Menards Series cars and we look forward to another great race.”

 

 

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ARCA/CRA Super Series Releases Entry Form for the 48th Annual Winchester 400

Event to Feature Two Day Cost Savings Schedule for Winchester 400 Cars

 

Salem, IN (September 12, 2019) – ARCA/CRA Super Series Powered by JEGS officials have released the entry form for the 48th Annual Winchester 400, which takes place on the famous High Banks of Winchester Speedway in Winchester, Indiana on Sunday, October 13th. This event is one of the top short track events in the country. Some of the past winners since CRA began sanctioning the event include names like Kyle Busch, Chase Elliott, Erik Jones, David Stremme, Ross Kenseth, Scott Hantz, Brian Ross, Travis Braden, Ryan Lawler, Boris Jurkovic, Bobby Parsley, Noah Gragson and last year’s winner Jeff Choquette.  

 

The Winchester 400 is 400 laps counting cautions and is a 12 tire race. The event will once again feature Controlled Cautions in an effort to save teams the cost of bringing in professional pit crews.  When a yellow comes out teams will have two laps to service their race car without losing laps or positions on pit road. Those cars will then line up behind the cars that did not pit at that yellow. Teams not getting out of the pits in the two laps will have to fall to the tail of the field and will risk losing laps. As in the past, teams will only be allowed to change a max of two tires per yellow.

 

The schedule for the ARCA/CRA Super Series teams competing in this year’s Winchester 400 will once again be reduced in an effort to save teams money. In the past those teams have loaded in on Thursday evening and practiced on Friday. Starting last year those teams did not unload until Saturday morning and will have two one-hour practice sessions on Saturday, prior to Hamke Race Cars/Rowdy Manufacturing Qualifying.

 

“We decided last year it was in everyone’s best interest to not bring the Winchester 400 cars into the track until Saturday morning of Winchester 400 Weekend,” remarked Charlie Shaw, Owner of Winchester Speedway. “This saves the teams the cost of loading in on Thursday and a day of practice on Friday. It will also help with making pit road less congested on Friday when the JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour is racing, the Winchester 400 teams will now have most of pit road to themselves on Saturday. We are always looking for ways to make this event better for the racers!” 

 

The event will pay $16,000 to win plus bonuses, which includes $6,000 in lap leader money, which is $15 per lap led. There will be bonuses of $1000, $600 and $400 to the top three finishing traveling non-regular CRA teams.  There is a $1500 bonus to the highest finishing Crate Engine car and $500 to the second highest finishing Crate Engine car. A $1500 bonus to the highest finishing driver who has never raced in the Winchester 400 before and $500 to the second highest finishing driver who has never raced in the Winchester 400 before. $1000 bonus to the highest finishing driver with no top three finish in any prior Winchester 400 and a $1000 bonus to the highest finishing driver with less than three CRA Starts.

 

In addition, Hamke Race Cars/Rowdy Manufacturing will pay a $400 bonus to the events Fast Qualifier and Progressive Racing Engines will pay a $200 bonus to the driver who advances the most positions. 

 

Pits open on Saturday, October 12th at 8:00am, rotating practice for all divisions will begin at 10:45am. The ARCA/CRA Super Series teams will have a one hour practice session beginning at 11:05am and a one hour final practice session at 1:30pm on Saturday. Hamke Race Cars/Rowdy Manufacturing Pole Qualifying for the Winchester 400 will begin at 4:00pm on Saturday.

 

On Sunday, October 14th the pits will open at 9am. There will be an on-track autograph session with all the Winchester 400 drivers starting at 12:30. Opening ceremonies will begin at 1:30 pm with the 48th Annual Winchester 400 taking the green flag at 2pm.

 

Additional track and event information can be found at www.winchesterspeedway.com.

 

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Van Hoy Oil CRA Street Stocks Continue Chase Sunday at Lucas Oil Raceway

Fall Brawl Feature Event to Pay $1,000 to Win

 

Salem, IN (September 12, 2019) – The Van Hoy Oil CRA Street Stocks Powered by JEGS will be back in action this weekend in the 2019 CRA Fall Brawl Presented by Elwood Antique Mall & Flea Market at the famed Lucas Oil Raceway, located just outside of Indianapolis in Brownsburg, Indiana. The CRA Fall Brawl has become a very popular stock car racing event in central Indiana with each feature winner getting an event signature trophy that includes a pair of boxing gloves.

 

Sunday will be the eleventh event of the 2019 season for the Van Hoy Oil CRA Street Stocks, who opened their 2019 season at Anderson Speedway on April 13th, were Bret Miles Jr. got the victory. Chuck Barnes Jr. won the second event of the season on June 1st at Bristol Motor Speedway. Jason Atkinson picked up the win at the series third event of the season on June 29th at Baer Field Motorsports Park. Amonett got the win in the series fourth event of the season, the non-points $5,000 to win Crown Jewel event at Baer Field on July 6th.

Ben Tunney won the fifth event of the season at the Indianapolis Speedrome on July 14th. Amonett returned to victory lane in the sixth event of the season on July 28th at Mt. Lawn Speedway. Chad Pendleton picked up his first series win in the series seventh event on August 4th at Kil-Kare Raceway. Brett Hudson got the win in the eighth event of the season at Anderson Speedway on August 10th and the ninth event on August 24th at Shadybowl Speedway. 2011 series Champion Jeff Lane got the win in the series last event at Winchester Speedway on Labor Day Weekend.

The series began its 2019 Chase for the Championship at Winchester Speedway on Labor Day Weekend. The second event of the Chase will be this weekend’s Fall Brawl event. The third event of the Chase will be at Anderson Speedway on September 28th with the Season Championship event on Saturday, October 12th on Winchester 400 Weekend.

 

Andrew Teepe was the regular season points Champion and is locked into the final four drivers who will race for the series Championship, as long as he competes in all the three remaining Chase events. After the Winchester event Jacob McElfresh is second in Chase points to Teepe. J.J. Schafer is in third, he is only three points behind McElfresh. Atkinson is in fourth, he is two points behind Schafer. Leading series rookie Dallas Frueh is in fifth place, he is 16 points behind Atkinson. Daniel Adams is the final Chase driver in sixth, he is two points behind Frueh.

 

The 2019 CRA Fall Brawl gets started on Friday with an open practice, pits open at 4pm, open practice will go from 6 to 9pm.

 

On Saturday the pit gates will open at 8:30am. The six divisions racing in this year’s Fall Brawl include the Midwest Super Modifieds, the JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour, the Vores Welding CRA Late Model Sportsman, the I-CAR All-Star Modified Tour, the Van Hoy Oil CRA Street Stocks and the Vores Compact Touring Series powered by Mercer County Electric. Practice starts at 12noon on Saturday for all six divisions, each division will get two rounds of practice. Qualifying for all six divisions begins at 4:15pm.

 

There will be racing Saturday night including heats and a feature for the Midwest Super Modifieds, plus Vintage Sprint Cars and a Motorcycle Stunt Show. Also, on Saturday there will be a Vendor midway featuring flea market vendors and a swap meet, with racing vendors expected in attendance as well as a huge car show with trophies and door prizes. During Saturday’s racing activities, event promoter Dave Duncan will recognize some important people to Motorsports throughout the Midwest and around the country with a special awards presentation.

 

On Sunday, pit gates open at 10:00am. Racing will begin at 1pm and will include a 40 lap feature for the Vore’s Welding CRA Late Model Sportsman, the Fall Brawl 100 Presented by JEGS.com for the JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour, a 40 lap special $1,000 to win feature for the Van Hoy Oil CRA Street Stocks, a 40 lap feature for the I-CAR All-Star Modified Tour and the 25 lap feature for the Vore’s Compact Touring Series to finish off the day.

 

More event and track information is available at www.lucasoilraceway.com.

 

For more information on all the CRA series go to www.cra-racing.com.

 

 

Vore’s Welding CRA Late Model Sportsman Continue Chase Sunday at Lucas Oil Raceway

Fall Brawl Feature Event to Pay $1,200 to Win

 

Salem, IN (September 11, 2019) – The Vore’s Welding CRA Late Model Sportsman Powered by JEGS will be back in action this weekend in the 2019 CRA Fall Brawl Presented by Elwood Antique Mall & Flea Market at the famed at Lucas Oil Raceway, located just outside of Indianapolis in Brownsburg, Indiana. The CRA Fall Brawl has become a very popular stock car racing event in central Indiana with each feature winner getting an event signature trophy that includes a pair of boxing gloves.  

 

The Vore’s Welding CRA Late Model Sportsman Powered by JEGS kicked off their 2019 season at Anderson Speedway on April 13th were Jeff Marcum got the win. Zachary Tinkle got the win in the series second event of the season at Mt. Lawn on June 30th. Austin Coe got the win in the series third event of the season at Baer Field on July 6th on the tracks Crown Jewel Weekend. Justin Alsip picked up the win in the fourth event of the season at Kil-Kare Raceway on August 4th. Ronnie Rose got the win in the series Triple Crown Championship event at Anderson Speedway on August 17th, the fifth event of the season. 2007 series Champion Billy Hutson won the series last event on Labor Day Weekend at Winchester Speedway and is the defending winner of the Fall Brawl event.

 

The series began its 2019 Chase for the Championship at Winchester Speedway on Labor Day Weekend. The second event of the Chase will be the Fall Brawl this Sunday, the third event of the Chase will be at Anderson Speedway on September 28th, with the final Championship event on Saturday, October 12th on Winchester 400 Weekend.

 

Corey Setser was the regular season points Champion and is locked into the final four drivers who will race for the series Championship as long as he competes in all three Chase events leading up to the Championship event. With his win at Winchester, Hutson is also now locked into the final four drivers to compete for the Championship. The other four drivers earning the right to compete over the next two point events to decide the last two drivers to compete for the series Championship on Winchester 400 weekend include third in Chase points Austin Coe, Kent Carson who is 14 points behind Coe, leading series rookie Brian Demland who is two points behind Carson, Triple Crown Champion Zachary Tinkle who is eight points behind Demland.

 

The 2019 CRA Fall Brawl gets started on Friday with an open practice, pits open at 4pm, open practice will go from 6 to 9pm.

 

On Saturday the pit gates will open at 8:30am. The six divisions racing in this year’s Fall Brawl include the Midwest Super Modifieds, the JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour, the Vores Welding CRA Late Model Sportsman, the I-CAR All-Star Modified Tour, the Van Hoy Oil CRA Street Stocks and the Vores Compact Touring Series powered by Mercer County Electric. Practice starts at 12noon on Saturday for all six divisions, each division will get two rounds of practice. Qualifying for all six divisions begins at 4:15pm.

 

There will be racing Saturday night including heats and a feature for the Midwest Super Modifieds, plus Vintage Sprint Cars and a Motorcycle Stunt Show. Also, on Saturday there will be a Vendor midway featuring flea market vendors and a swap meet, with racing vendors expected in attendance as well as a huge car show with trophies and door prizes. During Saturday’s racing activities, event promoter Dave Duncan will recognize some important people to Motorsports throughout the Midwest and around the country with a special awards presentation.

 

On Sunday, pit gates open at 10am. Racing will begin at 1pm and will include a 40 lap, special $1,200 to win feature for the Vore’s Welding CRA Late Model Sportsman, the Fall Brawl 100 Presented by JEGS.com for the JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour, a 40 lap feature for the Van Hoy Oil CRA Street Stocks, a 40 lap feature for the I-CAR All-Star Modified Tour and the 25 lap feature for the Vore’s Compact Touring Series to finish off the day.

 

More event and track information is available at www.lucasoilraceway.com.

 

Information on all the CRA Series is available at www.cra-racing.com

 

 

Fall Brawl up Next for the JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour This Weekend

Final Playoff Event to Decide Final Four for the 2019 Championship Event

 

Salem, IN. (September 10, 2019) – The JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour Presented by Chevrolet Performance will return to action this weekend in the 2019 CRA Fall Brawl Presented by Elwood Antique Mall & Flea Market at the famed Lucas Oil Raceway, located just outside of Indianapolis in Brownsburg, Indiana. The CRA Fall Brawl has become a very popular stock car racing event in central Indiana with each feature winner getting an event signature trophy that includes a pair of boxing gloves.

 

Sunday’s event will be the series eighth event of the season, Johnny VanDoorn picked up the win in the series season opener at Birch Run Speedway on May 18th. Former NASCAR competitor Mike Skinner picked up the win in the series second event of the season at Bristol Motor Speedway on June 1st. Auburn, Indiana’s Hunter Jack got the win in the series third event of the season at Anderson Speedway on June 29th. Series all-time winner Brian Campbell picked up his 10th career series victory in the fourth event of the season event at Baer Field Motorsports Park on July 6th. Bubba Pollard won the Masters of the Pro’s 125 at Memphis Motorsports Park on July 21st, the fifth race of the season. Kyle Jones won the Battle at Berlin 251 on August 17th, the sixth race of the season. Florida native Stephen Nasse won the series last event on Labor Day Weekend at Winchester Speedway.

 

Sunday’s race will be the third event in the series 2019 Chase for the Championship, which began with the Berlin Raceway event and included the Winchester Speedway event. Dan Leeck was the regular season points Champion and is locked into the final four drivers who will race for the series Championship. Mason Keller is second in series Chase points to Leeck. Mandy Chick is in third place, she is 37 points behind Keller. Trever McCoy is in fourth place, he is 12 points behind Chick. Rookie Tyler MacKenzie is in fifth place, he is 28 points behind McCoy. Current Rookie points leader Jaden Cretacci is in sixth place, 23 points behind MacKenzie. All six series Chase competitors are entered for Sunday’s Fall Brawl event.  

 

If any of the other five Chase drivers wins Sunday’s event, they will be automatically in the Championship four. If none of the five drivers wins, final points will decide who the other three will be to race Leeck for the series 2019 Championship.

 

Defending event winner Brian Campbell is entered, he now has a total of five Fall Brawl wins to date and looks to add another pair of boxing gloves to his collection. Campbell is the series all-time wins leader with 10, NASCAR driver and 2012 series Champion Daniel Hemric is second with eight wins.

 

Other CRA competitors entered for Sunday’s race include Florida native and former series event winner Steve Dorer, 2018 series Winchester Championship event winner Wes Griffith Jr., 2019 ARCA/CRA Super Series Flat Rock event winner Brian Bergakker, 2019 Kil-Kare CRA late Model Sportsman event winner Justin Alsip, James Krueger, Trey Craig Josh Smith and Jimmy Tucker.

 

Several drivers will travel several miles to compete with the series on Sunday, including Georgia native Jake Garcia, a winner earlier this year in a Pro Late Model event at Crisp Motorsports Park, Iowa native Sammy Smith, who led several laps of the series event at Anderson Speedway this year, North Carolina native Jessica Dana and Virginia native Howie Disavino III, who will both be making their series debuts Sunday.

 

The 2019 CRA Fall Brawl gets started on Friday with an open practice, pits open at 4pm, open practice will go from 6 to 9pm.

 

On Saturday the pit gates will open at 8:30am. The six divisions racing in this year’s Fall Brawl include the Midwest Super Modifieds, the JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour, the Vores Welding CRA Late Model Sportsman, the I-CAR All-Star Modified Tour, the Van Hoy Oil CRA Street Stocks and the Vores Compact Touring Series powered by Mercer County Electric. Practice starts at 12noon on Saturday for all six divisions, each division will get two rounds of practice. Qualifying for all six divisions begins at 4:15pm.

 

There will be racing Saturday night including heats and a feature for the Midwest Super Modifieds, plus Vintage Sprint Cars and a Motorcycle Stunt Show. Also, on Saturday there will be a Vendor midway featuring flea market vendors and a swap meet, with racing vendors expected in attendance as well as a huge car show with trophies and door prizes. During Saturday’s racing activities, event promoter Dave Duncan will recognize some important people to Motorsports throughout the Midwest and around the country with a special awards presentation.

 

On Sunday, pit gates open at 10:00am. Racing will begin at 1pm and will include a 40 lap feature for the Vore’s Welding CRA Late Model Sportsman, the Fall Brawl 100 Presented by JEGS.com for the JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour, a 40 lap feature for the Van Hoy Oil CRA Street Stocks, a 40 lap feature for the I-CAR All-Star Modified Tour and the 25 lap feature for the Vore’s Compact Touring Series to finish off the day.

 

More event and track information is available at www.lucasoilraceway.com.

 

More information on all the CRA Series is available at www.cra-racing.com

 

 

Lane Becomes All Time Van Hoy Oil CRA Street Stock Victories Leader with Win at Winchester

 

Salem, IN (September 3, 2018) – Veteran CRA competitor Jeff Lane capped off a big day at Winchester Speedway on Monday by getting the win in the Van Hoy Oil CRA Street Stocks Powered by JEGS feature in the World Stock Car Festival event, after winning the ICAR Modifieds All-Star Tour feature just prior to the CRA Street Stock feature.

 

“This is a great way to end the weekend,” remarked Lane in victory lane. “Got to thank my car owner Loyd Davis and all the guys who put a ton of work into getting this car ready for this weekend. The car was fast all weekend, we knew it would be good in the race if we could get to the front. We got out front and we were good to go after that. I have to thank all the sponsors and a special thanks to my wife Linda.”

 

Jacob McElfresh grabbed the lead at the drop of the green flag from his pole starting position after Allstar Performance Fast Qualifier Lane drew a six for the events inverted start. The top 10 cars were all fighting hard for positions at the drop of the green flag. McElfresh continued to lead with two time series Champion Jason Atkinson making his way to second.  

 

Lane quickly started his march to the front. Lane had a good battle with Atkinson for position, before making the pass for second place. Lane went to work on McElfresh and made the pass on lap 20 to take the lead. From there Lane went unchallenged to win by almost two seconds. The win makes Lane the series all-time winningest driver with 14 victories to date, breaking a tie with Atkinson and Josh Poore. Lane picked up the AR Bodies Cool Move of the Race Award for his pass of McElfresh.

 

McElfresh finished in second, highest of the series Chase of the Championship drivers. J.J. Schafer made some great moves at the end of the race to get a third-place finish and picked up the KRJ Race Products Sweet Move of the Race Award. Atkinson finished in fourth with 2016 series Champion Phil Jenkins in fifth place. Thomas Skiles and Josh Sage picked up the series heat race wins on Sunday night.

 

The next race for the Van Hoy Oil CRA Street Stocks is with the Fall Brawl event at Lucas Oil Raceway on Sunday, September 15th, the second event of the 2019 Chase for the Championship for the series.

 

For more information on all the CRA series go to www.cra-racing.com.

 

 

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Stretch Run To Decide PASS North Championship Begins At Oxford Plains  

 

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NAPLES, ME (September 11) – Following the enormous success of the 46th Annual Oxford 250, Pro All Stars Series (PASS) North racers should be well rested as they begin the stretch run to decide the championship this weekend at Oxford Plains Speedway.  With the season starting to wind down, a big field of PASS North Super Late Models and PASS Modifieds are expected on Sunday afternoon for a big day of racing planned at Oxford Plains.

The battle for the Northeast's most prestigious Super Late Model championship has come down to five drivers, all within 100 points of one another.  New Hampshire's DJ Shaw looks to defend his title from a year ago, knowing that a bad finish could prove disastrous with a big field expected on Sunday.

Vermont's Nick Sweet was finally able to score his elusive first win in PASS in early August at Oxford Plains.  Now Sweet sits just 31 markers behind Shaw.  A strong runner-up finish in the Oxford 250 has moved defending PASS National Champion, Derek Griffith, up to third in points.  While 5-Time PASS National Champion, Ben Rowe, and two-time Oxford Plains winner in 2019, Garrett Hall, sit fourth and fifth respectively, as they look to pounce should any of the leads encounter trouble this weekend.

But, they will not be the only contenders.  This year's Oxford Plains Speedway track champion and 2017 Oxford 250 winner, Curtis Gerry, will be back at his home track looking to continue his mastery of the speedway. And, former PASS North & South Champion, Mike Rowe, returns as he seeks his first PASS North win since 2015.  

A strong field is expected for Sunday afternoon’s action at Oxford Plains Speedway, including former Oxford 250 winner, Scott Robbins., along with fellow Mainers like Ben Ashline, Tim & TJ Brackett, Reid Lanpher, and Alan Wilison.  Former track champion Gabe Brown is entered, along with fellow Granite State racer, Dan WInter, while Vermont's Bobby Therrien will make the tow over from Vermont.

The PASS Modified division has seen a major resurgence in 2019, led by points leader Spencer Morse.  But, Morse's hands could be full as Jairet Harrison, Mike Carigan, Kate Re, Matty Sanborn, Tyler King, and Justin Larsen have all made trips to victory lane this season.

Action gets under way on Sunday with practice starting at 10 AM, heat races at 1:30 PM, and main events to follow for the PASS North Super Late Models, PASS Modifieds, Street Stocks, and Bandits.

PASS Super Late Model entry forms for Oxford Plains Speedway, White Mountain Motorsports Park and Thunder Road International Speedbowl, along with the PASS National Championship finale at Lanier Raceplex in Georgia, can be found at ProAllStarsSeries.com.

The Pro All Stars Series is recognized as North America’s premier sanctioning body for asphalt Super Late Models and boasts such marquee events as the legendary Oxford 250 at Oxford Plains Speedway, Easter Bunny 150 at the historic Hickory Motor Speedway, and the PASS Commonwealth Classic at Richmond Raceway.  For technical information concerning all PASS divisions please send questions to passracing@roadrunner.com.  For media or marketing questions, please contact Alan Dietz at 704-231-2039 or alandietzpass@live.com.  And, don’t forget to “Like” the Pro All Stars Series on Facebook or follow us on Twitter @PASSSLM14 to keep up with breaking news as it happens.

 

2019

2/9 - Daytona International Speedway, Daytona Beach, Florida

3/9 - Five Flags Speedway, Pensacola, Florida

4/14 - Salem Speedway, Salem, Indiana

4/26 - Talladega Superspeedway, Talladega, Alabama

5/4 - Fairgrounds Speedway, Nashville, Tennessee

5/19 - Toledo Speedway, Toledo, Ohio

5/23 - Charlotte Motor Speedway, Concord, North Carolina

5/31 - Pocono Raceway, Long Pond, Pennsylvania

6/7 - Michigan International Speedway, Brooklyn, Michigan

6/14 - Madison International Speedway, Madison, Wisconsin

6/22 - Gateway Motorsports Park, Madison, Illinois

6/27 - Chicagoland Speedway, Joliet, Illinois

7/13 - Elko Speedway, Elko, Minnesota

7/19 - Iowa Speedway, Newton, Iowa

7/26 - Pocono Raceway, Long Pond, Pennsylvania

8/18 - Illinois State Fairgrounds, Springfield, Illinois

8/31 - DuQuoin State Fairgrounds, DuQuoin, Illinois

9/14 - Salem Speedway, Salem, Indiana

10/5 - Lucas Oil Raceway, Brownsburg, Indiana

10/18 - Kansas Speedway, Kansas City, Kansas

 

2019 ARCA/CRA Super Series Powered by JEGS

DATE                                       TRACK                    LAPS

Sat./Sun., January 25-26          Watermelon Capital Speedway              200

Sat, April 6                       Anderson Speedway                       125

Saturday, April 20                 Toledo Speedway                        100

Saturday, May 5                 Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville              100

Fri./Sat., May 30-June 1           Bristol Motor Speedway                   100

Monday, June 10                 Berlin Raceway                          150

Saturday, June 222                 Flat Rock Speedway                      125

Monday, July 15                 Anderson Speedway                      400

Saturday, July 27                Baer Field Motorsports Park                100

Wednesday, August 7            Kalamazoo Speedway                     125

Sun./Mon., September 1-2           Winchester Speedway                           100

Saturday, September 7              Lucas Oil Raceway                        75

Saturday, September 21          Toledo Speedway                              100

Sat./Sun., October 12-13          Winchester Speedway                     400

 

 

 

2019 JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour Schedule

DATE                                             TRACK                                     LAPS

Sat./Sun., January 25-26                            Watermelon Capital Speedway                   125

Sunday, April 28                                     Flat Rock Speedway                            100

Saturday, May 18                                    Birch Run Speedway                                   100

Sat./Sun., May 30-June 1                            Bristol Motor Speedway                             100

Saturday, June 29                                    Anderson Speedway                            100

Sunday, July 7                               Baer Field Motorsports Park                          100

July 20 or August 3                                  TBA                                              100

Saturday, August 10                              Berlin Raceway                                100

Saturday, August 24                              Owosso Speedway                             100

Sunday, September 1                             Winchester Speedway                                   100

Sat./Sun., September 14-15                         Lucas Oil Raceway                              100

Friday, October 11                                   Winchester Speedway                                   100


 

2019 Vore’s Welding CRA Late Model Sportsman Schedule

DATE                                      TRACK                                               LAPS

Sunday, March 31                  Lucas Oil Raceway                                40

Saturday, April 13                  Anderson Speedway                              75

Saturday, May 11                   Baer Field Motorsports Park                  75

Sunday, May 26                      Mt. Lawn Speedway                            100

Sunday, June 30                      Mt. Lawn Speedway                              75

Saturday, July 20                    Baer Field Motorsports Park                100

Saturday, August 17               Anderson Speedway                             100

Sun/Mon, September 1-2       Winchester Speedway                            40

Sat/Sun, September 14-15      Lucas Oil Raceway                                40

Saturday, September 28         Anderson Speedway                               75

Friday, October 11                 Winchester Speedway (Special Non-Points)     25

Saturday, October 12              Winchester Speedway                            40

 

 

 

2019 Van Hoy Oil CRA Street Stock Schedule

DATE                                      TRACK                                               LAPS

Sunday, March 31                  Lucas Oil Raceway                                40

Saturday, April 13                  Anderson Speedway                              75

Saturday, April 27                  Shady Bowl Speedway                        200

Saturday, May 11                   Salem Speedway                                   50

Sunday, May 19                      Mt. Lawn Speedway                           200

Saturday, June 1                     Bristol Motor Speedway                       50

Saturday, June 15                   Anderson Speedway                            200

Saturday, June 29                   Baer Field Motorsports Park                 75

Sunday, July 14                      Indianapolis Speedrome                      200

Sun/Mon, September 1-2       Winchester Speedway                           40

Sat/Sun, September 14-15      Lucas Oil Raceway                               40

Saturday, September 28         Anderson Speedway                              75

Friday, October 11                 Winchester Speedway (Special Non-Points)     25

Saturday, October 12             Winchester Speedway                            40

 

 

 

2019 CARS Response Energy Tour Schedule

March 9       Southern National Motorsport Park – Kenly, NC 

March 23     Hickory Motor Speedway – Hickory, NC 

April 6-7      Orange County Speedway (Old North State Nationals) – Rougemont, NC     

May 3          Ace Speedway – Elon, NC     

May 4          Fairgrounds Speedway – Nashville, TN

May 18        Motor Mile Speedway – Radford, VA   

June 1          TBA   

June 8          Langley Speedway – Hampton, VA 

June 22        Dominion Raceway – Thornburg, VA 

July 13         Carteret County Speedway – Swansboro, NC

August 2-3   Hickory Motor Speedway (Throwback 276) – Hickory, NC   

August 24    Orange County Speedway (Mid Atlantic Classic) – Rougemont, NC

Nov. 2          South Boston Speedway – South Boston, VA 

Nov. 16        Dominion Raceway Road Course – Thornburg, VA   

*Co-sanctioned race with CRA, SSS, and CARS Tour

**Non-points race

***Additional $10,000 to win SLM race at already schedule event TBD

 

 

2019 PASS North Schedule 

April 14 - Oxford Plains Speedway (ME)

April 28 - Rain Date for April 14 at Oxford

May 11 - Star Speedway (NH)

May 19 - Speedway 51 (NH)

May 26 - Thunder Road (VT)

June 2 - Oxford Plains Speedway (ME)

June 16 - Speedway 95 (ME)

June 23 - New Hampshire Motor Speedway

June 30 - Oxford Plains Speedway (ME) - Non Winner's Race

July 7 - TBA

July 14 - Oxford Plains Speedway (ME)

July 20 - White Mountain Motorsports Park (NH)

July 31 - TBA

August 4 - Spud Speedway (ME)

August 23 - 25 - Oxford Plains Speedway (ME) - Oxford 250

September 15 - Oxford Plains Speedway (ME)

September 21 - White Mountain Motorsports Park (NH)

September 28 - Thunder Road (VT)

October 19 - Oxford Plains Speedway (ME)

October 26 - Seekonk Speedway (MA)

November 9 - TBA

 

2019 PASS National Championship Schedule

February 23 - Dillon Motor Speedway (SC)

March 30 - Richmond Raceway (VA)

April 20 - Hickory Motor Speedway (NC)

June 23 - New Hampshire Motor Speedway

August 25 - Oxford Plains Speedway (ME)

October 26 - Seekonk Speedway (MA)

 

2019 PASS Modified Schedule 

April 14 - Oxford Plains Speedway (ME)

May 19 - Speedway 51 (NH)

June 2 - Oxford Plains Speedway (ME)

June 16 - Speedway 95 (ME)

June 30 - Oxford Plains Speedway (ME)

July 14 - Oxford Plains Speedway (ME)

August 4 - Spud Speedway (ME)

August 23 - Oxford Plains Speedway (ME)

August 25 - Oxford Plains Speedway (ME)

September 14 - Oxford Plains Speedway (ME)

September 21 - White Mountain Motorsports Park (NH)

October 19 - Oxford Plains Speedway (ME)

 

2019 ARCA Midwest Tour Schedule

May 5 – Madison Int’l Speedway – Oregon, Wis.

May 18 – State Park Speedway – Wausau, Wis.

May 25 – Jefferson Speedway – Jefferson, Wis.

May 27 – Wisconsin Int’l Raceway – Kaukauna, Wis.

June 16 – The Milwaukee Mile – West Allis, Wis.

June 29 – Rockford Speedway – Loves Park, Ill.

Aug. 6 – Wisconsin Int’l Raceway – Kaukauna, Wis.

Aug. 16 – Madison Int’l Speedway – Oregon, Wis.

Aug. 31 – Dells Raceway Park – Wisconsin Dells, Wis.

Sept. 21 – TBA – TBA

Oct. 6 – LaCrosse Fairgrounds Speedway – West Salem, Wis.

 

     
     
 

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