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Chandler Smith Scores Third ARCA Menards Series Win of 2019 with Dominant Performance at Elko Speedway

 

 

Chandler Smith (No. 20 Craftsman/828 Logistics Toyota) recovered from a mid-race spin to win the ARCA Menards Series Menards 250 at Elko Speedway on Saturday night. Smith, who started seventh, was dominant throughout the race, able to drive way to a full straightaway lead on several occasions on his way to his third series victory of the season.

 

Although he had the dominant car, Smith did have to work for it. He slid in oil laid down in turn one by another competitor and spun on lap 146 and dropped to the tail of the lead lap. By virtue of a fast car and numerous mid-race cautions that continued to jumble the running order, Smith was able to knife his way back to the lead by lap 209. From there, he was able to drive away to nearly a full straightaway lead crossing the stripe 4.147 seconds ahead of second-place finisher Ty Gibbs (No. 18 Monster Energy/ORCA Coolers/Terrible Herbst/Advance Auto Parts Toyota).

 

“I was so mad when I spun down there in one,” Smith said post-race. “I was the only one riding the top groove at that point and there was oil all over the place. It just went around so slow, like it was in slow motion. I though we might have had a tire go down or maybe even got hit. I was just mad. You definitely didn’t want to hear our radio traffic after that happened.”

 

For his part, Gibbs thought he could have challenged Smith for the win but lost track position on the final restart and couldn’t ever close the gap.

 

“Everyone jumbled up on the final restart,” Gibbs said. “We lost a ton of track position and just couldn’t make it up.”

Sam Mayer (No. 21 Chevy Accessories Chevrolet) finished third.

 

“It was a crazy night out there but we don’t have any scratches on the car,” he said. “We’ll take it. We have some K&N Pro Series races coming up over the next month so we won’t be back until Salem and Indy in the fall, but we think we’ll be able to come back and get us a win in one of those two races.”

 

Michael Self (No. 25 Sinclair Lubricants Toyota) finished fourth by inches over Corey Heim (No. 22 Speedway Children’s Charities Ford). Self was racing for position with General Tire Pole Award winner Christian Eckes (No. 15 JBL Audio Toyota) on the final lap when the two made contact, sending Eckes for a smoky spin off turn four coming to the checkered. Eckes would finish eleventh, the final driver on the lead lap.

 

“Right now I can’t think of anything else from this race but the last lap,” Self said afterwards. “I absolutely hate that we got into Christian on the last lap. He’s not only my teammate but he’s one of my best friends. It puts a real damper on the night.”

 

The race was action-packed, with a slew of cautions for incidents throughout the middle stages of the race. One of those cautions involved championship contenders Bret Holmes (No. 23 Holmes II Excavation Chevrolet) and Travis Braden (No. 27 MatrixCare/Consonus Health Care/Liberty Village Ford). The two made contact on the frontstretch on lap 198, with Holmes catching a piece of the wall and Braden receiving body damage to the rear end of his car. Four laps later the two came together again with Braden spinning. Holmes finished ninth while Braden finished 12th.

 

Next up for the ARCA Menards Series is the Fans with Benefits 150 at Iowa Speedway on Friday, July 19. Practice is set for 12:45 pm ET/11:45 am CT, General Tire Pole Qualifying follows at 4:45 pm ET/3:45 pm CT, and the Fans with Benefits 150 will go green at 9 pm ET/8 pm CT. The race will be televised live on MAVTV. ARCA for Me members can access live timing & scoring, live user 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. Fans can purchase tickets at a 15% discount at Des Moines area Menards locations.

 

 

Christian Eckes wins pole

Christian Eckes (No. 15 JBL Audio Toyota) won the General Tire Pole Award for tonight’s Menards 250 at Elko Speedway, nipping by Ty Gibbs (No. 18 Monster Energy/ORCA Coolers/Terrible Herbst/Advance Auto Parts Toyota) by just 0.024 seconds. Eckes’ fast lap was 14.403 seconds/93.730 miles per hour, giving him his first pole award since the season opener at Daytona and the fourth in his ARCA Menards Series career.

 

Eckes also led practice earlier in the afternoon, also narrowly edging Gibbs in that session as well.

 

“We almost won here in 2017,” he said. “We had the pole here last year and almost won again so I hope we can close the deal tonight with our JBL Audio Camry. Kevin Reed and the Venturini Motorsports guys have given me a great car. We’ll try to keep the fenders on it and end up in victory lane.”

 

Gibbs’ fast lap was 14.427 seconds/93.575 miles per hour around the tight 0.375-mile oval, giving him his second front row start of the season and his first since he also started second at Nashville.

 

Corey Heim (No. 22 Speedway Children’s Charities Ford) will start third after turning a lap of 14.516 seconds/93.001 miles per hour. Heim is driving for the team that won the last ARCA Menards Series event at Chicagoland Speedway with Ty Majeski driving. Michael Self (No. 25 Sinclair Lubricants Toyota), who won General Tire Pole Awards earlier this season at Toledo, Charlotte, Michigan, and Chicagoland, qualified fourth with a lap of 14.521 seconds/92.969 miles per hour. Self’s lap was matched to the thousandth of a second by Carson Hocevar (No. 28 GMPartsNow.com/Scott’s/KBR Development Chevrolet), the General Tire Pole Award winner earlier in the season at Salem Speedway. Self will start fourth with Hocevar fifth.

 

Joe Graf, Jr. (No. 77 EAT SLEEP RACE Ford), Chandler Smith (No. 20 Craftsman/828 Logistics Toyota), Sam Mayer (No. 21 Chevy Accessories Chevrolet), Travis Braden (No. 27 MatrixCare/Consonus Health Care/Liberty Village Ford) and Bret Holmes (No. 23 Holmes II Excavation Chevrolet) rounded out the top ten qualifiers.

 

The only incident in General Tire Pole Qualifying involved Tommy Vigh, Jr. (No. 10 Thomas Coffee/Hardware Hank Ford), who spun while crossing the line to take the checkered flag and made slight contact with the inside wall. His team will make repairs and he will drop to the tail of the field for the start of the Menards 250.

 

The Menards 250 is set for a 10 pm ET green flag and will be televised live on MAVTV. ARCA for Me members can follow along with live timing & scoring, live user chat, and live track updates at ARCARacing.com. New users can register for free with a valid email address at ARCARacing.com/login.

 

Christian Eckes Leads ARCA Menards Series Practice at Elko Speedway
 

Christian Eckes (No. 15 JBL Audio Toyota) waited until the very end of the 90-minute practice session for tonight’s Menards 250 at Elko Speedway to set the fastest lap of the session, knocking Ty Gibbs (No. 18 Monster Energy/ORCA Coolers/Terrible Herbst/Advance Auto Parts Toyota) off of the top of the leaderboard in the final seconds of the session.

 

Gibbs moved to the top within the first 15 minutes with a lap 14.686 seconds, but Eckes made a charge late in the session with a lap at 14.524 seconds/92.950 miles per hour around the tight 0.375-mile oval located about 30 minutes outside of Minneapolis. His fast lap was the 49th of 51 laps he turned in practice.

 

Gibbs, grandson of legendary NFL Hall of Fame coach and NASCAR Hall of Fame inductee Joe Gibbs, stayed second at 14.532 seconds/92.898 miles per hour. His fastest lap was the 41st of 47 that he turned on the session.

 

Corey Heim (No. 22 Speedway Children’s Charities Ford) was third with a lap at 14.628 seconds/92.289 miles per hour. Sam Mayer (No. 21 Chevy Accessories Chevrolet) was fourth at 14.632 seconds/92.264 miles per hour and Bret Holmes (No. 23 Holmes II Excavation Chevrolet), who is currently second in the ARCA Menards Series championship standings, rounded out the top five at 14.639 seconds/92.219 miles per hour.

 

Chandler Smith (No. 20 Craftsman/828 Logistics Toyota), Carson Hocevar (No. 28 GMPartsNow.com/Scott’s/KBR Development Chevrolet), Michael Self (No. 25 Sinclair Lubricants Toyota), Hailie Deegan (No. 55 TRD 40th Anniversary Toyota), and Travis Braden (No. 27 MatrixCare/Consonus Health Care/Liberty Village Ford) rounded out the top ten.

 

There were only two incidents in practice, though only one brought on the caution flag. Eric Caudell spun in turn two the first time he was on the track but did not make contact and did not stop, not drawing a caution flag. Late in the session, Caudell spun in turn two again stopping in the grass at the bottom of the track and drawing a caution. He ended the session 14th of the 20 cars that took time.

 

General Tire Pole Qualifying is up next at Elko Speedway with the first car slated to roll at 5:15 pm ET/4:15 pm CT. The Menards 250 is scheduled to go green shortly after 10 pm ET/9 pm CT and will be televised live on MAVTV. ARCA for Me members can follow along with live timing & scoring, live track updates, and live chat at ARCARacing.com. New users can register for free with a valid email address at ARCARacing.com/login.

 

 

Ty Majeski Scores Third ARCA Menards Series Win of 2019 in Bounty 150 at Chicagoland Speedway

 

Ty Majeski (No. 22 Crestliner Boats Ford) scored his third ARCA Menards Series win of the season with a dominant performance in the Bounty 150 on Thursday night at Chicagoland Speedway. Majeski led 72 of the race’s 100 laps and at times opened up a 12-second advantage on the field. Several late-race cautions allowed the field to close the gap, but Majeski would reopen the advantage repeatedly, eventually winning by 9.179 seconds over second-place finisher Harrison Burton (No. 20 Ruud Toyota).

 

“We’ve won all three races in a different way,” Majeski said. “We didn’t have the best car at Charlotte and beat them on a couple of late race restarts, we got them in the pits at Pocono, we almost got them on fuel mileage at Michigan and we wore them out with the best car here tonight.”

 

Majeski’s biggest challenge throughout was to stay focused on hitting his marks and not abusing his tires.

 

“The last thing I wanted to do was to build up a fifteen second lead and blow the right front out from driving it too hard and abusing it,” Majeski said. “I just wanted to hit my marks and keep the car out of trouble and bring it home. This is as much about showcasing Chad Bryant Racing and the stuff they build as it is showing the world what I can do and it would make me look horrible to throw away a car that dominant.”

 

The battle behind Majeski over the last 20 laps was intense and Burton, Bret Holmes (No. 23 Techworks Trailers Chevrolet), Michael Self (No. 25 Sinclair Lubricants Toyota), and Travis Braden (No. 27 MatrixCare/Consonus Health Care/Liberty Village Ford) all swapped positions throughout. Burton would end up coming out on top of that battle.

 

Burton is doing double duty this weekend, bouncing back and forth between the ARCA car and the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck garage.

 

“The two drive so differently,” Burton said. “There’s a lot more off-throttle time in the ARCA car. It’s a bit of an adjustment after spending so much time in the Truck. We had a great night with the Venturini Motorsports team. We aren’t running for the drivers championship over here, but they are leading in the owner’s points and it’s really important for us to keep them up front.”

 

Holmes finished third, his best finish of the season, a year after parking his family-owned team for this race as the team struggled with performance.

 

“Last year at this time we were 450 points out of the points lead and had run every race,” Holmes said. “This year we are 30 points out of the lead. It’s a night and day change. We’re getting better every week. We finished ahead of Michael (Self) tonight but he still will get those bonus points for the pole and leading laps. That’s the next step we need to make as a team. We went from the top ten to the top five. Now we need to go to finishing first or second and leading laps.”

 

Self ended up fourth after starting from the General Tire Pole, but it was an adventurous night.

 

“I made a couple of mistakes on pit road that cost us a lot of spots,” Self said afterwards. “I left before the left rear tire was on the car on the final stop and instead of restarting fourth we restarted ninth. The last lap was a good one, the best lap I ran all night. I wish we could have had a couple more laps so I could do more of what we did on the last lap.”

Braden rounded out the top five.

 

“It was great to be here and be competitive with the guys at the front of the pack,” he said. “We know what we need to do. We know we aren’t where we need to be. Nights like tonight show us we can get to where we need to be and compete with these guys.”

 

The race got off to a halting start as three caution flags were displayed in the first twenty laps. The first was when Morgen Baird (No. 11 Founders Brewing Company/Rave Associates Toyota) stalled in turn four on lap 5, the second was when Jason Miles (No. 1 NJC Real Estate Ford) suffered nose damage on the ensuing restart, and the third was when Eric Caudell (No. 7 Honoring America’s Warriors Toyota) spun into the infield on lap 17.

 

Other cautions involved Tanner Gray (No. 54 Valvoline/Durst Inc.), who slapped the wall in turns one and two on lap 54, Christian Eckes (No. 15 JBL Audio Toyota) who spun with a flat left rear tire on lap 64, and Joe Graf, Jr. (No. 77 EAT SLEEP RACE Ford) who spun into the backstretch grass on lap 77. The six cautions slowed the field for a total of 31 laps and kept the race’s average speed to 112.617 miles per hour.

 

There were six lead changes among four drivers. Self, Eckes, and Burton all led in addition to Majeski.

 

The ARCA Menards Series will take next weekend off before returning to action in the Menards 250 at Elko Speedway on Saturday July 12. Practice will begin at 2:15 pm ET/1:15 pm CT, General Tire Pole Qualifying is set for 6:15 pm ET/5:15 pm CT, and the race will go green shortly after 10 pm ET/9 pm CT. The race will be televised live on MAVTV, and ARCA for Me members can follow along with free live timing & scoring, live chat, and live track updates at ARCARacing.com. Discounted tickets are available at Minneapolis/St. Paul-area Menards locations.

 

1 2 22 Ty Majeski/Seymour WI Chad Bryant Racing Ford 100 Running 2 5 20 Harrison Burton/Huntersville NC Venturini Motorsports Toyota 100 Running 3 7 23 Bret Holmes/Munford AL Holmes II Excavating Chevrolet 100 Running 4 1 25 Michael Self/Salt Lake City UT Sinclair Lubricants Toyota 100 Running 5 20 27 Travis Braden/Wheeling WV MatrixCare-Consonus Healthcare-Liberty Vlg Ford 100 Running 6 3 18 Riley Herbst/Las Vegas NV Monster-Terrible Herbst-ORCA-Advance Auto Toyota 100 Running 7 19 15 Christian Eckes/Middletown NY JBL Audio Toyota 100 Running 8 4 32 Austin Wayne Self/Austin TX Win Tron Chevrolet 100 Running 9 9 46 Thad Moffit/Trinity NC Performance Plus Ford 100 Running 10 10 69 Scott Melton/Belding MI Meldon McFadden Insurance Agency Toyota 99 Running 11 13 77 Joe Graf Jr./Mahwah NJ EatSleepRace Ford 99 Running 12 12 06 Tim Richmond/Aurora IL GreatRailing.com Toyota 94 Running 13 11 11 Morgen Baird/Jackson MI Founders Brewing-Rave Associates Toyota 82 Running 14 15 7 Eric Caudell/Piedmont OK Honoring America's Warriors Toyota 72 Electrical 15 6 54 Tanner Gray/Mooresville NC Gray Motorsports-Valvoline-Durst Inc. Toyota 53 Accident 16 16 48 Brad Smith/Shelby Township MI Copraya.com Chevrolet 29 Suspension 17 14 10 Tommy Vigh Jr./Parsippany NJ Extreme Kleaner-Thomas Coffee Ford 25 Vibration 18 18 0 Con Nicolopoulos/Columbus MI GreatRailing.com Chevrolet 14 Handling 19 17 1 Jason Miles/Indian Trail NC NJC Real Estate Investors Ford 8 Sway Bar 20 8 28 Stefan Parsons/Cornelius NC GMPartsNow Chevrolet 5 Brakes General Tire Pole Award: Michael Self - 30.436 (177.421 mph) Margin of Victory: 9.179 secondsCautions: 6 for 31 laps Time of Race: 1:19:55 Average Speed: 112.617 mph Lap Leaders: Michael Self 1-14 (14); Ty Majeski 15-55, 69-80, 82-100 (72): Christian Eckes 56-59, 81 (5): Harrison Burton 60-68 (9) Richmond Water Heaters Halfway Leader: Ty Majeski Fastest Lap of the Race: Ty Majeski - 30.677 (176.028 mph

 

Michael Self Speeds to Fifth ARCA Menards Series General Tire Pole Award of 2019 for Chicagoland Speedway Bounty 150

 

For the second consecutive week, Michael Self (No. 25 Sinclair Lubricants Toyota) will start from the General Tire Pole for an ARCA Menards Series race in the state of Illinois. Last week Self led the field to the green at WWT Raceway in Madison, and after a fast lap in qualifying for the Bounty 150 he will lead the field to the green at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet.

 

Self’s fast lap 30.436 seconds/177.421 miles per hour around the 1.5-mile tri-oval. Self edged out Ty Majeski (No. 22 Crestliner Ford), who timed in at 30.498 seconds/177.061 miles per hour.

 

“I have upped my pole production over every previous year in my career by five hundred percent,” Self said. “This is goes to Shannon Rursch and my guys who work these Sinclair Lubricants Toyotas. They are the ones who’ve turned me into a good qualifier.”

 

Self is the defending winner of the Bounty 150, and his starting position gives him optimism to make it two-in-a-row tonight.

 

“It’s all about who can make the right adjustments tonight when the track changes,” Self said. “This place changes a lot from day to night so Shannon and the guys will have to be ready to make some big changes every time we come down pit road.”

 

Riley Herbst (No. 18 Monster Energy/ORCA Coolers/Terrible Herbst/Advance Auto Parts Toyota) qualified third at 30.756 seconds/175.575 miles per hour. Hebst is driving for the team that won the WWT Raceway event with Ty Gibbs at the wheel. Austin Wayne Self (No. 32 Win-Tron Racing Chevrolet) was fourth at 30.905 seconds/174.729 miles per hour, and Harrison Burton (No. 20 Ruud Toyota) rounded out the top five at 30.923 seconds/174.627 miles per hour.

 

Tanner Gray (No. 54 Gray Motorsports/Valvoline/Durst, Inc. Toyota), Brey Holmes (No. 23 Techworks Trailers Chevrolet), Stefan Parsons (No. 28 KBR Development Chevrolet), Thad Moffit (No. 46 Performance Plus Motor Oil Chevrolet), and Scott Melton (No. 69 Melton McFadden Insurance Agency Ford) rounded out the top ten qualifiers.

 

Christian Eckes (No. 15 JBL Audio Toyota) and Travis Braden (No. 27 MatrixCare/Consonus Health Care/Liberty Village Ford) were not able to make a lap in qualifying due to mechanical issues. Both will start at the tail of tonight’s race.

 

The Bounty 150 will go green shortly after 8 pm ET live on FS1. ARCA for Me members can access free live timing & scoring, live chat, and live track updates at ARCARacing.com.

 

 

 

Ty Majeski Starts Hunt for Third ARCA Menards Series Win of 2019 with Fastest Lap in Practice for Bounty 150 at Chicagoland

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On a hot and steamy afternoon at Chicagoland Speedway, Ty Majeski (No. 22 Crestliner Boats Ford) turned the fastest lap in practice for tonight’s ARCA Menards Series Bounty 150. Majeski waited until the last moments of the 90-minute session to blister the 1.5-mile tri-oval at 30.520 seconds/176.933 miles per hour. He knocked Michael Self (No. 25 Sinclair Lubricants Toyota), who turned his fast lap in the opening moments of the session, off the top of the leaderboard. Self’s fastest lap was 30.938 seconds/174.543 miles per hour.

 

Self led his two Venturini Motorsports teammates as Christian Eckes (No. 15 JBL Audio Toyota) was third and Harrison Burton (No. 20 Ruud Toyota) was fourth. Eckes’ quick lap was 30.959 seconds/174.424 miles per hour while Burton’s lap was 31.131 seconds/173.461 miles per hour. Riley Herbst (No. 18 Monster Energy/ORCA Coolers/Terrible Herbst/Advance Auto Parts Toyota), driving for the team which won last week at WWT Raceway, was fifth at 31.132 seconds/173.455 miles per hour.

 

Majeski is going for his third win of the 2019 season, and his third in his last four starts. He won at Charlotte and Pocono, and was leading on the last lap at Michigan before he ran out of fuel coming to the checkered allowing Self to sneak past and take the win.

 

The session was stopped only once for an incident, that being when Joe Graf, Jr. (No. 77 EAT SLEEP RACE Chevrolet) had a mechanical failure while leaving pit road. Graf spun and made contact with the inside pit wall, doing damage to the nose of his primary car. Graf was checked and released from the infield care center while his team unloaded their backup car.

 

Tanner Gray (No. 54 Gray Motorsports/Valvoline/Durst, Inc. Toyota), Austin Wayne Self (No. 32 Win-Tron Racing Chevrolet), Bret Holmes (No. 32 Holmes II Excavation Chevrolet), Travis Braden (No. 27 MatrixCare/Consonus Health Care/Liberty Village Ford), and Scott Melton (No. 69 Melton McFadden Insurance Agency Ford) rounded out the top ten.

 

General Tire Pole Qualifying is slated next for the ARCA Menards Series teams with the 20-minute timed session rolling off at 5:35 pm ET/4:35 pm CT. The Bounty 150 will go green shortly after 8 pm ET/7 pm CT and will be shown live on FS1. ARCA for Me members can follow along with every lap turned by every car exclusively at ARCARacing.com. New users can register for free with a valid email address at ARCARacing.com/login.

 

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CHAMPIONSHIP RACING ASSOCIATION

Tunny Wins Van Hoy Oil CRA Street Stock Crown Four Crown Event at Indianapolis Speedrome

Salem, IN (July 15, 2019) – Indianapolis native Ben Tunny has been a regular visitor to victory lane at the Indianapolis Speedrome, mostly in the track’s tough Figure 8 Division, but on Sunday, Tunny got the win in his first ever Van Hoy Oil CRA Street Stocks start, taking car owner Shawn Smith to his first ever series win in the series first $3000 to win Four Crown event of the 2019 season battling the heat and a tough group of racers at the series’ first ever event on the tight 1/5th mile track.

“This is one of the toughest wins I’ve ever gotten”, remarked a very overheated Tunny in victory lane. “It was hot out there and 200 laps is a lot of laps around this track. At the break we talked about Shawn getting in and doing the second 100 laps, but I decided I started this race and I want to finish it, and we parked it in victory lane. I appreciate Shawn letting me drive his car and all the support of my fans, sponsors and everyone who helped us today!”

Louisville, Kentucky native Alan Williams Jr. grabbed the early lead from his pole starting position after Allstar Performance Fast Qualifier Jason Atkinson drew a six for the events invert. Williams led until lap 27 when Jason Thompson worked his way by, Williams car faded quickly with some mechanical issues. Atkinson was glued to Thompson’s bumper through out the laps leading up to the 100 lap break, Thompson held off Atkinson on several restarts is the first 100 laps. The racing was tight and furious through out the field in the first 100 laps.

Thompson continued to lead at the drop of the green flag on the start of the second 100, while Atkinson was shuffled back several positions on a restart just past the 100 lap halfway mark. Series regular Andrew Teepe, who had been in a tough battled through out the top five through out the early stages of the race, got by Tunny on a restart to get second place and closed quickly on Thompson. On lap 122, Teepe made contact with Thompson in turns one and two, sending Thompson around causing a yellow flag, putting both drivers to the tail of the lead lap and handing the lead to Atkinson who had worked his way back to the front.

Tunny had also been shuffled back on a restart but had worked his way to Atkinson’s back bumper and looked to have the better handling car as he caught Atkinson on the longest green flag run over the last 75 laps of the event. Tunny got under Atkinson whose car was slipping up the track. Tunny made the winning pass for the lead on lap 175 and cruised to the win by a little over three seconds. For his pass to get the lead, Tunny earned the AR Bodies Cool Move of the Race Award.

Atkinson would hold on to get second. Thompson battled his way back to finish in third and received the KRJ Race Products Sweet Move of the Race Award. Brandon Roberts battled in the top ten throughout the race and got a fourth-place finish in his series debut. Series regular J.J. Schafer also battled hard in the top ten through out the event to get a fifth-place finish.

2018 Four Crown Champion Jake McElfresh came from his 20th place starting position to finish in sixth and earned the TCI Hardcharger Award. Teepe would regroup and finish in seventh. Former series Champion Jimmy Kirby finished in eighth. Local Thunder Car competitor Josh Garr finished in ninth. Alex Ware finished in 10th in his series debut.

The next Van Hoy Oil CRA Street Stocks event will be the second Four Crown event of the season at Mt. Lawn Speedway on Sunday, July 28th.  More information on all the CRA Series is available at www.cra-racing.com.


 

Chase Burda Gets Second Straight Victory Custom Trailers CRA Junior Late Model Series Feature Win

Salem, Indiana (July 14, 2019): Chase Burda, from Columbiaville, Michigan, had to work a little harder than last weekend’s win at Baer Field Motorsports Park, but he worked his way from the back of the field after some contact with the leader and went on to get his second straight win with the Victory Custom Trailers CRA Junior Late Models at the Indianapolis Speedrome on Sunday afternoon.

“I had to work a little harder for this one,” remarked Burda in victory lane. “The cars got a little damage, I was worried after the contact that it wouldn’t be right, but I took my time and worked my way to the front to get our second late model win. It feels great to get this win. I’m already looking forward to the next race!”

The Victory Custom Trailers CRA Junior Late Models is a new racing series in 2019 to focus on a youth movement for short track stock car racing that will see 10 to 15-year-old drivers compete amongst themselves for both experience and recognition in full size late models with an economical drive train and suspension alternatives. Saturday’s race was the third of eight scheduled events for the series in 2019.

The Victory Custom Trailers CRA Junior Late Models teams participated in two practice sessions on Sunday, Burda was the fastest in the first practice session and the second session, which was also their group qualifying. Burda claimed his third straight MPM Marketing Fast Qualifier Award. From there the first of two heat races rolled off as the drivers were participating in their first ever races for CRA at the Indianapolis Speedrome. Burda got the win in the first heat, he now has three heat wins on the season. 11-year-old Dawson Knaul got the early lead and pulled away to get the win in the second heat race, it was his first heat race victory with the series.

Charlie Keeven got the early lead in the 25 lap feature from his pole starting position after the three car inverted start, leading his first ever series feature lap before contact from Burda spun both cars giving the lead to Birch Run Speedway event winner Luke Wilhelm. Wilhelm led to lap 10 before being passed by his younger brother Zach Wilhelm, who got to lead his first ever series feature laps. Burda quickly closed on Zach Wilhelm, and patiently waited for an opening, which he got on lap 17 to get by and take the lead for good.

Zach Wilhelm finished in second and picked up the AR Bodies Cool Move of the Race for his pass of his brother to get the lead. Luke Wilhelm finished in third place. Katelyn Hettinger finished in fourth place with Keeven in fifth place.  

The next Victory Custom Trailers CRA Junior Late Models event be a return visit to Baer Field Motorsports Park on Saturday, July 27th. More information on the Victory Custom Trailers CRA Junior Late Models is available at www.cra-racing.com.

 

 

 

Coe Gets First Vore’s Welding CRA Late Model Sportsman Feature Win at Baer Field

Salem, IN (July 9, 2019) – Fort Wayne, Indiana’s Austin Coe, turned around a season beginning streak of bad luck to get his first ever Vore’s Welding CRA Late Model Sportsman powered by JEGS win Saturday night at Baer Field Motorsports Park. Coe had a battery go dead in the series season opener at Anderson Speedway, then had a suspension part break at Mt. Lawn Speedway on June 30th putting him in the turn one wall causing heavy damage to his car. The team rolled out the backup car Saturday and it was the class of the field getting the win in the Crown Jewel 75.

“It feels really good to end the bad luck we have been having with a win here at my home track,” remarked Coe in Victory Lane. “The car was good in practice and I knew it would be good in the feature. To beat Tommy Cook here is always an accomplishment, he’s tough! I have to thank my dad and my whole team for all their hard work. I also want to thank Coe nation, we have a great group of fans who support us, it makes this win even more special with them here!”

After an afternoon shower, single car qualifying was cancelled for the series and practice results from earlier in the day were used to set the line-up. Coe was fastest in practice and drew a five for the invert putting Brian Janes and Cory Setzer on the front row. Setzer was able to use the outside line to grab the early lead after he and Janes raced side by side at the drop of the green flag. Cook and Coe quickly moved to the front with Cook taking the lead from Setzer on lap five.

Coe took second from Setzer and started to track down Cook. Coe caught Cook and made the inside pass to take the lead on lap 17, as his car stuck in the bottom groove on the 3/8’s mile track at Baer Field better than anyone else. Coe continued to stretch out his lead until the caution flew on lap 47 for a huge wreck in turn one that ended the day for Tanner Jack, Clay Curts and Neal Richardson.

Coe was able hold off Cook on the restart and go on to grab his first Vore’s Welding CRA Late Model Sportsman win by almost four seconds over Cook. Coe picked up the AR Bodies Cool Move of the Race for his winning pass of Cook. With his win Coe joins series Mt. Lawn Speedway event winner Zachary Tinkle as drivers locked into the series 2019 Chase for the Championship, as long as they compete in 70% of the series races leading up to the Chase.

Janes dropped back several positions at the start of the race but came back through the field to pass Cook and get a second-place finish. Cook finished in third. 2007 series Champion Billy Hutson came from his 12th place starting position after mechanical issues in practice to finish in fourth earning both the KRJ Race Products Sweet Move of the Race Award and the Spillers Towing Hardcharger Award. Local racer John Gatton Jr. finished in fifth place.

Setzer finished in sixth with series Rookie of the Year competitor Brian Demland in seventh, giving Fort Wayne natives the top seven finishing positions. Jeremy Wallen, a late addition to the field, finished in eighth.

The Vore’s Welding CRA Late Model Sportsman return to Baer Field Motorsports Park for their next event on Saturday, July 20th for the second event of the series Triple Crown, which will be contested on the ½ mile track. More information on all the CRA Series is available at www.cra-racing.com.

 

 

Campbell Closes in on Wins Record with Victory in the Ross Mortgage 100 at Toledo Speedway

 

Salem, IN (July 1, 2019) – Veteran Michigan racer Brian Campbell has now closed to within two wins of tying ARCA/CRA Super Series Powered by JEGS all-time wins leader Scott Hantz with his dominating victory in the Ross Mortgage 100 at Toledo Speedway Sunday. Sunday’s event was a rescheduled event from April 20th because of weather. The win is Campbell’s 29th all-time series win and second of the 2019 season.

 

“Our plan was to get to the front as fast as possible and just try to cruise to the win,” remarked Campbell in victory lane. “We knew that racing in the heat, the tire fall off and the tire degradation would be heavy, so we had to get to the front as fast as we could, and it worked out for us. This team puts a lot of work into these cars and it pays off. Senneker Performance builds a great race car, and it showed again today!”

 

Harold Fair Jr. took the early lead from his outside pole starting position after Hamke Race Cars/Rowdy Manufacturing Fast Qualifier Travis Braden drew a nine for the events inverted start. Fair Jr. had built a sizable lead over second place Kyle Crump, when his day came to halt on lap 14 after slamming into Trever McCoy’s car on the front stretch who had spun with Mike Mazzagatti. Fair Jr. and McCoy were both fine, but both cars were done for the day.

 

During the red flag several cars pitted for adjustments, including Braden, Cody Coughlin and Hunter Jack, and went to the tail of the field for the next restart.

 

Crump pulled away with the lead on the lap 14 restart, while the cars in the back, started working their way to the front, creating some exciting racing through out the field, while Campbell started making his way to the lead.  Campbell closed to Crumps bumper and made the winning pass on lap 23. From there Campbell just had to manage lap traffic to get the win as the race went to the checkered flags with Campbell winning by just over two seconds.

 

With coming from his eighth place starting position to get the win, Campbell picked up a Hoosier Racing Tire Performance Award and the Progressive Racing Engines Hard-Charger Award, as well as receiving the Beyea Headers Halfway Leader Award.

 

Braden looked to have the fastest car at the end of the race but could not catch Campbell for the opportunity to race for the win. Braden earned the AR Bodies Cool Move of the Race for his run back through the field. Braden’s crew were awarded the PitBoxes.com Pit Crew of the Race Award for the changes they made to the car under the red, which helped Braden race back through the field and get a second-place finish.

 

Three-time series Champion Johnny VanDoorn finished in third place and earned the FLUIDYNE High Performance Cool Under Pressure Award. Coughlin raced back from the tail to finish in fourth place. Crump would finish in fifth place.

 

Jack finished in sixth, 2018 series Champion and current series points leader Josh Brock finished in seventh, Canadian Brandon Watson finished in eighth, Jack Dossey III finished in ninth and earned a

Hoosier Racing Tire Performance Award and the Senneker Performance Rookie of the Race Award, Hayden Sprague rounded out the top ten.

 

The next event for the ARCA/CRA Super Series will be the Redbud 400 on Monday, July 15th at Anderson Speedway. Additional information on the ARCA/CRA Super Series can be found at www.cra-racing.com.


 

 

 

 

Tinkle Takes Important Victory in Raintree 100 at Mt. Lawn Speedway for Vores Welding CRA Late Model Sportsman

Salem, IN (June 30, 2019) – The Vore’s Welding CRA Late Model Sportsman powered by JEGS series came to Mt Lawn Speedway on Sunday for the 46th Annual Raintree 100, the first event in the series Triple Crown Mini-series.  Zachary Tinkle took the lead on the ninth lap and held on for the popular win over 2018 Raintree winner Jeff Marcum and third place finisher Billy Hutson.  It was Tinkle’s first ever Vore’s Welding CRA Late Model Sportsman feature win.

“Thanks to everybody on the team for giving me the best car here.”  Tinkle stated from Victory Lane. “I am very happy for this result. I have been wanting to win this race forever, it means a lot to me.” He would also note later in social media, “This guy (Mt. Lawn Speedway owner Rick Sweigart) knew how special it was to me since my great-great grandfather won the very first feature race there in 1935. Thank you, Rick, for your hospitality and keeping the legacy of this awesome short track going!”

Marcum hustled around Mt. Lawn to set fast time in qualifying and securing the Allstar Performance Fast Qualifier award. He then drew a six for the invert putting Ft. Wayne driver Hutson on the pole.  Hutson took off to lead the first lap of the race, but that lead was short lived as Marcum brought out the first caution when he missed the short turn on the first lap, forcing a complete restart.

Despite his ride off the track, Marcum came for the restart.  Hutson again took the initial lead, with RJ Norton Jr. running closely behind.  Tinkle worked his way back to the front quickly after getting shuffled back during a restart following a caution where he took the lead on the ninth lap.

Tinkle never looked back; he led every lap from there, including lap 46, where he picked up the William Mefford Lap 46 Bonus. Tinkle also picked up the KRJ Race Products Sweet Move of the Race Award for his pass of Hutson for the lead. Marcum was second, Hutson third, Norton fourth and Kent Carson took home fifth. With his fifth-place finish, Carson also secured the Spillers Towing Hardcharger Award.

The Vore’s Welding CRA Late Model Sportsman next event will be on the 3/8’s mile track at Baer Field Motorsports Park on Saturday, July 6th as part of the Crown Jewel Weekend.

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

 

 

Hunter Jack Gets First JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour Win at Anderson Speedway

 

Salem, IN (July 1, 2019) – Auburn, Indiana’s Hunter Jack survived a hard-fought race to get his first ever JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour Presented by Chevrolet Performance victory in Saturday night’s Sport Clips 100 Presented by JEGS.com at Anderson Speedway. The win was Jack’s second ever CRA win, he picked up a Vore’s Welding CRA Late Model Sportsman win last season.

 

“Wow this is a great win for my team, my family and my sponsors,” remarked Jack in victory lane. “This place is tough, you have to fight for every inch. There was a lot of hard racing tonight, especially on all those restarts, but once I got out front after the last caution the car was really good. It’s great to pick up this first JEGS Tour win here at Anderson Speedway!”

 

Jack grabbed the early lead after Jerico Performance Products Fast Qualifier Cody Coughlin drew a six for the events inverted start. Jack managed to pull away from Scotty Tomasik at the drop of the green flag with Steve Dorer in third.

 

The early mover was 15-year-old Sammy Smith, who was making his first ever series start for Wimmer Motorsports. Smith fought his way past Tomasik, then Dorer to close on Jack. Jack and Smith battled for several laps before Smith was able to get to the inside and make the pass on lap 29. Smith then pulled away to a sizable lead and started to catch the back of the field. Smith then made contact with Tanner Jack, younger brother of Hunter, who was battling to stay on the lead lap. Both cars spun with some damage. Both made hasty repairs and return to the field.

 

The field struggled to get laps completed with five straight cautions in the two lap 54 and 55 period, including one involving Brandon Oakley spinning on the front stretch and sliding through the grass back onto the track in turn one and collecting Mandy Chick who had no place to go. Both cars were heavy damaged, but both drivers were okay.

 

On the last restart Dorer made slight contact with the front stretch wall giving Jack the opportunity to shoot out to the lead. From there the race would go to the checkers with Jack picking up the win by almost two seconds.

Jack would pick up the AR Bodies Cool Move of the Race Award for continuing to keep the lead on several restarts.

 

Florida native Dorer would finish in second and picked up the FLUIDYNE High Performance Cool Under Pressure Award. Former series Champion and event winner Cody Coughlin came from his sixth place starting position to finish in third. Smith would battle back from the tail of the field to finish in fourth. Smith’s Wimmer Motorsports team picked up the PitBoxes.com Pit Crew of the Race Award for their hasty repairs of Smith’s car who was involved in two yellows and still came through the field to finish in fourth.

 

Cassten Everidge came from his 11th place starting position to finish in fifth and picking up a Hoosier Racing Tire Performance Award. Wes Griffith finished in sixth, Dan Leeck in seventh and Tomasik in eighth. Trever McCoy came from his 19th place starting position to finish in ninth and pick up a Hoosier Racing Tire Performance Award and the Racing Electronics Hardcharger Award. Series rookie Jaden Cretacci finished in tenth.

 

The next JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour Presented by Chevrolet Performance event will be this Sunday, July 7th at Baer Field Motorsports Park. More information on the JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour Presented by Chevrolet Performance is available at www.cra-racing.com


 
 

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Cars late model series

BERRY TURNS CARS TOUR CHAMPIONSHIP TIDE WITH WIN AT CARTERET COUNTY

SWANSBORO, NC (July 15, 2019) - Josh Berry made the most of his second career trip to Carteret County Speedway by winning Saturday night's Solid Rock Carriers Crystal Coast 125. The victory was his third of the season and gave him a double-digit margin in the CARS Tour championship standings with three races remaining.

Mother Nature did not play nice most of the day on Saturday at Carteret County. Persistent, pop-up rain showers kept the track wet most of the afternoon until a single 15-minute practice for the CARS Tour could hit the track at 4pm, followed by time trials where Chad McCumbee claimed the Hedgecock Pole Award.

McCumbee was the rabbit everyone chased for the first part of the race, leading a bumper to bumper train of competitors around the .410-mile layout for laps on end. A handful of relatively minor caution flags peppered the opening portion of the race before the aggression level picked up.

Once the race crossed its halfway point on lap 63, eight addditional caution periods came over the speedway. Following one of the many restarts on lap 70, Josh Berry took advantage of a slip by Chad McCumbee to steal the race lead off of turn two on lap 73 and slowly began to pull away until the next caution on lap 82 for a Stacy Puryear spin.

A caution for Ronald Hill's accident on lap 108 led to the most consequential accident of the night. With 16 laps to go, Deac McCaskill appeared to slip off of turn two and moved to the inside to attempt to block the oncoming advances of Bobby McCarty. The pair made contact, sending McCarty sliding sideways into the outside wall and triggered a seven-car pileup. Among those involved were contenders Layne Riggs, McCarty, Justin T. Carroll, Brandon Pierce, Josh Yeoman, and Circle Track Warehouse Hometown Hero Brandon Clements.

With most of his competition eliminated, Berry jumped to the lead on the ensuing restart and pulled away to his third victory of the season over Deac McCaskill by nearly a full second at the checkered flag. Sammy Smith came from 24th starting spot to finish third and claim the MPI Hard Charger Award, while Layne Riggs and Justin S. Carroll completed out the top five.

"It was tough, we just tried to manage it early on. The outside is tough on these restarts and we wanted to try and keep ourselves on the bottom," Berry said in Edelbrock Victory Lane. "We got to second and was hoping to pressure for the lead and then the caution came out so we got stuck on the outside for a bit. We had a great car at the end, and I know Deac was pretty good, he made a good run there before we caught all that traffic. Just an awesome night, I'm so thankful to be doing this still, I've been doing this for a long time. Dale Jr., Kelley, L.W, everyone's stuck behind me, and Mark Thomas at All Things Automotive.

"I try not to look at the points, but you've got to be smart at the same time," Berry continued when asked about being in position for his second tour championship in three years. "We had a good lead go away very quickly a few weeks ago. We just have to keep pushing. If we keep bringing good cars and can stay up front - you obviously hate to see an accident like that, I don't know what happened, but you hate to see that. You know, I work on these things and I know how hard they are to fix and how hard they are to put together. You never want to see people wreck like that. At the end of the night, I feel like we had the best car and we got the job done."

The CARS Late Model Stock Tour is rejoined by the Super Late Model Tour on August 2-3 at Hickory Motor Speedway for the 3rd annual Throwback 276. A number of NASCAR and short track legends will be appearing to sign autographs and dozens of throwback paint schemes will be racing around the .363-mile layout steeped with history and known as "The Birthplace of NASCAR Stars."

For more information on the CARS Tour, visit their website at CARSRacingTour.com, or follow them on Facebook (@CARSTour), Twitter (@CARSTour), Instagram (@cars_tour), and Snapchat (@carstour). The series also has its own YouTube channel, Roku channel (available through its TV website), and a publicly available Amazon FireTV app.





CARS Late Model Stock Tour
Solid Rock Carriers Crystal Coast 125
Carteret County Speedway - July 13, 2019

POS NUM DRIVER LAPS REASON OUT
1. 88 Josh Berry 125
2. 08 Deac McCaskill 125
3. 12 Sammy Smith 125
4. 99 Layne Riggs 125
5. 91 Justin S. Carroll 125
6. 77 Trevor Ward 125
7. 63 Tyler Matthews 125
8. 81 Mini Tyrrell 125
9. 07 Camden Gullie 125
10. 16 Chad McCumbee 125
11. 7 Brandon Clements 114 Mechanical
12. 22 Bobby McCarty 109 Accident
13. 2 Brandon Pierce 109 Accident
14. 57 Justin Carroll 109 Accident
15. 2Y Josh Yeoman 109 Accident
16. 74 Ronald Hill 108 Accident
17. 51 Matt Cox 103 Mechanical
18. 17P Stacy Puryear 82 Mechanical
19. 4 Jonathan Findley 66 Accident
20. 90 Terry Carroll 66 Accident
21. 54 Drew Dollar 66 Accident
22. 19 Cameron Bowen 66 Accident
23. 1 Craig Moore 59 Radiator
24. 19C Jessica Cann 45 Accident

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Pro all star series

John Karklin Takes Carolina Sprint Tour Win At Lake View

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LAKE VIEW, SC (July 6) – Veteran John Karklin started on the pole and withstood several challenges from Brandon McClain to claim the TriboDyne Lubricants Carolina Sprint Tour win Saturday night at Lake View Motor Speedway.

"I took a few years off and came back racing and we were able to get the win here tonight," said Karklin in victory lane. "We went up to New York and raced and hustled back down here 900 miles so we could run this race. The track was just awesome tonight."

When the green flag fell on the 25-lap Sprint Car feature, Karklin got the advantage over heat two winner, McClain, as they entered turn one. The first caution of the race would wave on lap 8 when heat one winner, Sean Vardell, went over the turn one embankment. The final caution would wave when John Frutchey had a solo spin in turn four on lap 15. The racing was exceptional as the Carolina Sprint Tour machines navigated four grooves of racing from the top to the bottom of the 4/10-speedway. At the checkers, Karklin took the win over McClain, Jake Karklin, Steve Surniak, and Daniel Oliver. Rounding out the top ten were Shawn Mott, Terry Peters, State Line Designs Hard Charger Frank Peters, Mike Jackson, and Bronzie Lawson.

Johnny Pridgen of Marion, SC started on the pole and led every lap to take the Late Model win. It was his first win since April when he took the Blue Ridge Outlaws win at Lake View. The only caution of the race waved with three laps to go when David Linville lost an engine, briefly causing a fire underneath the hood of his machine. Following Pridgen to the checkered flag were Dean Bowen, Johnathon Ward, Dustin Perritt, and points leader, Chris Miller.

In the Limited Sportsman feature, pole sitter Jonathan Hardee held off a furious charge from Chris Powers for his first career win. On the initial start, contact with Powers sent Jamie Barnes spinning and collected Stevie Reaves and Wesley Hooks. Following Hardee and Powers at the finish were Scott Lewis, Barnes, and Perry Page.

Joey Wilks started from the pole and led flag-to-flag for his third Renegades win of the year. Jeffrey Batten and Tom Lovett tried to keep pace, but would finish second and third, ahead of Donald Williams and Ricky Chavis.

Kyle "Joker Style" Jenks claimed a dominating win in the Stingerz division for the second weekend in-a-row. Combined with a win last Friday night at Fayetteville Motor Speedway, Jenks has won in his last three starts. Rookie Jaden Locklear started on the pole but a broken tie rod on lap one ended his night early. Following Jenks at the finish were Robert Pfouts, Derek Kemper, Brian Mercer, and Julio Cifuentes, Jr.

Lake View Motor Speedway will be in action again on Saturday night, July 20 when the Mid-East Modified Tour returns, along with a special event for the Late Models, plus Limited Sportsman, Renegades, Stingerz, and the Bell & Bell Vintage Modifieds. Be sure to “Like” Lake View Motor Speedway on Facebook and go to @LakeViewDirt on Twitter to keep up on all that’s going on in 2019 or visit lakeviewmotorspeedway.com.

 

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arca midwest tour

Johnson an All-Star in Rockford Victory

 

Full Event Results

By Craig McCay

Loves Park, IL- Former National Short Track Championship Winner Casey Johnson returned to victory lane following Saturday Night’s Kar Korner All-Star 100 for the ARCA Midwest Tour Super Late Models at Rockford Speedway. In doing so, Johnson became just the fifth driver to win the Big Three at Rockford, joining the likes of Shear, Trickle, Schill and Hoffman in the 72 year old record book as having won Spring Classic, the All-Star 100 and NSTC.

Former Track Champion Jake Gille took command of the early race, bolting to the lead ahead of his front row mate Rich Bickle, Jr. Gille’s night came to an abrupt end when the rear suspension gave way collecting a number of cars and ending the night for Steve Rubeck and Ricky Baker in addition to Gille. Following a brief red flag, Bickle inherited the top spot ahead of John DeAngelis, Jr, Paul Shafer, Jr and Casey Johnson. By the fifteenth circuit, fast qualifier Austin Nason had muscled his way into third from his eleventh starting spot and set his sights on the lead duo of Bickle and Johnson. 

Rookie of the Year contender Ryan Farrell no sooner made his way to the top five when an oil fire filled the front of his machine with big flames and plenty of smoke. Farrell would return to action, many laps down. Once racing resumed, it took Nason four laps to secure the lead on lap 25, and it appeared the race was now for second as Nason checked out on the field. Rear end issues bit the defending All-Star 100 winner as Nason’s car fell off the pace on lap 42, he would be joined in the infield two laps later when motor issues bit defending track Champion Jon Reynolds, Jr’s X machine, bringing out the caution. A red flag would follow the attempted restart as Shafer slammed the outside wall coming to the green flag, collecting Brad Kossow and fifth place Justin Mondiek.

Another Rookie contender, Carson Kvapil had slowly made his way towards the front, landing inside the top five a quarter of the way through the contest. With the mishaps of his fellow running mates, Kvapil now found himself on Bickle’s back bumper. The former All-Star 100 and NSTC winner briefly fell to second on the scoreboard as Kvapil charged to his inside and into the lead on lap 46. That lead was short lived as Bickle hustled back around Kvapil two laps later with Johnson in tow. With 35 laps remaining Johnson darted to the inside of Bickle and into the lead. Johnson survived two more restarts, one for a solo spin and another involving then third place running Bickle and fourth place running John Beale with eleven laps to go. Kvapil, who had moved into second by the final caution, hounded Johnson, even tapping the rear bumper of the 47 machine a couple of times but was unable to pass for the lead. 

Johnson and Kvapil were joined in the top five by Kossow, Kahler and DeAngelis. The top three and DeAngelis all took their cars to the attention of their crews at some point during the 100 lap marathon event that took over an hour and twenty minutes to complete, while Max Kahler who won the NASCAR Late Model Star Spangled 76 earlier in the evening posted a top five effort in his first career Super Late Model run. Seven-Time Rockford Speedway Champion Ricky ‘The Rocket’ Bilderback layed claim to the top honors in the Celebrity Spectacular Drags.

The ‘Stars and Cars’ of the ARCA Midwest Tour return to action on Saturday Night July 27 at State Park Speedway in Wausau, WI. They will compete in the Larry Detjens 125, part of the Larry Detjens Memorial Weekend at the quarter mile paved oval. Qualifying is slated for 4:30 with racing action beginning at 6pm. For additional information visit www.midwesttour.racing

 

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Chandler Smith and Ty Gibbs Take Battle for ARCA Menards Series Sioux Chief Short Track Challenge Championship to Iowa Speedway

For the thirteenth time in the track’s 14-year history the ARCA Menards Series will compete at the seven-eighths mile Iowa Speedway, located just east of Des Moines, in Newton, Iowa. The Fans with Benefits 150 is slated for an 8 pm CT green flag on Friday night, July 19.

 

The race is one of eleven on tracks one mile in length or shorter on the ARCA Menards Series schedule, making it round seven of the Sioux Chief Short Track Challenge. The championship-within-a-championship offers drivers that cannot compete on the superspeedways due to age restrictions a chance at racing for a championship. Kyle Weatherman won the inaugural Short Track Challenge title in 2015. He was just seventeen years of age when the season started and not eligible to compete on tracks longer than one mile until he turned 18 mid-way through the season. Despite missing five early-season races, Weatherman was still able to compete for and win a championship.

 

This year’s Sioux Chief Short Track Challenge is shaping up to be a battle between another pair of talented teenagers, both of whom have already scored wins this season. Seventeen-year-old Chandler Smith (No. 20 Craftsman/828 Logistics Toyota) leads the standings with 1105 points, 55 more than second place sixteen-year-old Ty Gibbs (No. 18 Monster Energy/ORCA Coolers/Terrible Herbst/Advance Auto Parts Toyota).

 

Smith comes into the Iowa race fresh off a dominant win at Elko Speedway last Saturday night, the third of three consecutive short track wins for the Talking Rock, Georgia native. Smith has already led 518 laps on the season, leading the series’ overall Valvoline Lap Leader standings despite only competing in seven of the 13 races the series has held coming into Iowa. In addition to his propensity for leading laps, and lots of them, Smith is also known for his prowess in qualifying. He earned the General Tire Pole Award in each of his first four ARCA Menards Series starts, which set a modern era record, and he’s won three pole awards already this season. He also started from the pole earlier this season in the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series race at Iowa Speedway, leading 55 laps before a pit road penalty sent him to the back of the field. He recovered to finish eighth. Driving for Kyle Busch Motorsports, Smith finished fourth in his second career Gander Trucks start at WWT Raceway outside of St. Louis in just his second career start.

 

Smith finished second in the ARCA race at Iowa last summer, crossing the finish line just about a quarter of second behind winner and eventual series champion Sheldon Creed. It was the first time Smith did not lead at least one lap in his ARCA career, something he’d like to change in this year’s running of the Fans with Benefits 150. He’ll take some lessons learned in that Gander Trucks start earlier this season back to the seven-eighths mile D-shaped oval.

 

“This is a short track but it’s a big short track,” Smith said. “The biggest thing I will take back is how much I moved around the racetrack and all of the grooves. It’s a fast track and aerodynamics are important. I learned some things in the Truck race and I will be able to play around with some aero as well.”

 

Despite the track’s larger-than-most-other-short tracks size, it still has a lot of the same characteristics as the third-miles and half-miles that are where most stock car drivers get their start in racing.

 

“Iowa drives just like a short track does,” he said. “A place like Gateway, that’s nothing at all like a short track. You need a really wide arc getting into turn one at Iowa. Then you’re back on the throttle really fast. That’s why I was so successful in the Truck earlier this season. It fits my short track background really well. It has a lot of short track mentality to it. It’s a mixture between an intermediate and a short track with sweeping corners and you move around a lot. Especially in turns three and four. You can really carry a lot of speed through there.”

 

Gibbs is in his first season of competition in the ARCA Menards Series. Driving for his grandfather, legendary NFL Hall of Fame coach and NASCAR Hall of Fame car owner Joe Gibbs, he will be making his eighth career start in the Fans with Benefits 150. A winner earlier in the season at WWT Raceway, Gibbs has been stout in each of his previous races. He finished second in three of his first four series appearances, at Five Flags Speedway, Salem Speedway, and at Toledo, and then again last Saturday night at Elko Speedway. Despite his relative lack of experience, Gibbs has been solid in everything he’s raced this season. He won a major late model stock car race to open the season at Myrtle Beach Speedway, has collected top-five finishes in both of his appearances in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series, and has never been outside of the top ten in his six ARCA starts.

 

There are a few goals Gibbs would like to achieve leaving Iowa Speedway, but two of them are predicated in on the first: winning the race. His secondary goals are closing that points gap in the Short Track Challenge standings and positioning his father Coy, the listed team owner, better in the series’ owners points standings. The 18 car, which Gibbs shares with Riley Herbst, is currently third in the standings 155 points behind the Venturini Motorsports No. 20 car that Smith will be driving.

 

“That’s the seventh time I’ve finished second,” Gibbs said of his runner-up finish to Smith at Elko. “We’re going to change that at Iowa. We had a pretty solid day at Elko. We just got caught up in some lapped cars and couldn’t make up the ground we lost.  It’s kind of funny that we’ve been second as much as we have but we’re here to win.”

 

Practice at Iowa Speedway is scheduled for 12:45 pm ET/11:45 am CT with General Tire Pole Qualifying to follow at 4:45 pm ET/3:45 pm CT and the Fans with Benefits 150 to close the night at 9 pm ET/8 pm CT. The race will be televised live flag to flag on MAVTV. ARCA for Me members can access free live timing & scoring, track updates, and live user chat at ARCARacing.com. New members can register for free with a valid email address at ARCARacing.com/login. Discounted tickets are available by using coupon code MENARDS15 on any ticket purchase at IowaSpeedway.com, including Saturday’s Iowa 300 for the NNT Indycar Series.

 

 

FAST FACTS: Menards 250 presented by MatrixCare

 

Where:                                Elko Speedway, Elko New Market, Minnesota

When:                                 Saturday, July 13, 2019, 10 pm ET/9 pm CT

Television:                          MAVTV, Live

Track Length:                    0.375 miles

Most Recent Winner:      Gus Dean, July 14, 2019, 62.570 miles per hour

Most Recent Pole Winner:            Christian Eckes, July 14, 2019, 94.300 miles per hour

Track Qualifying Record:               Justin Haley, June 21, 2014, 94.525 miles per hour

 

•             Elko Speedway is the shortest track on the ARCA Menards Series schedule at just 0.375 miles in length. The race is scheduled for 250 laps, which translates to just 94 miles. While it is the longest race on the schedule in terms of lap count it is the shortest scheduled race length, in miles, in the 2019 season.

•             There have been five previous ARCA Menards Series races at Elko Speedway dating back to the series’ first visit to the three-eighths mile oval in 2012. There has not been a repeat winner in those five previous visits. Winners include Brennan Poole in 2012, Frank Kimmel in 2013, Grant Enfinger in 2014, Austin Theriault in 2017, and Gus Dean in 2018.

•             There have been five previous General Tire Pole Award winners in the five previous ARCA Menards Series races at Elko Speedway: Alex Bowman in 2012, Ken Schrader in 2013, Justin Haley in 2014, Riley Herbst in 2017, and Christian Eckes in 2018.

•             The General Tire Pole Award winner has yet to win a race at Elko Speedway. The best finish for the pole starter was in 2018 when Christian Eckes finished second to winner Gus Dean.

•             The deepest a winner has started in the field was seventh when Gus Dean won in 2018.

•             Two Elko Speedway winners have gone on to win the ARCA Menards Series championship: Frank Kimmel won in 2013 on his way to his record tenth series title while Austin Theriault won in 2017 on his way to his first series crown.

•             The last two Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series winners are former General Tire Pole Award winners at Elko. Alex Bowman earned his first Cup Series win two races ago at Chicagoland Speedway. He won the pole for the first ARCA Menards Series race at Elko Speedway in 2012. Justin Haley scored his first Cup Series win in just his second series start in the rain-delayed, rain-shortened Coke Zero Sugar 400 at Daytona International Speedway on Sunday. Haley set the track record with his pole run in 2014.

•             Elko New Market, Minnesota, is a suburb of Minneapolis-St. Paul, known as The Twin Cities. There are over 700,000 people in the Twin Cities, and over a million people in Hennepin County. Per capita, there are more golfers in Minnesota than any other state. Despite Minneapolis-St. Paul being known as the Twin Cities, research suggests the rate of twin births is higher in several other states including New Jersey, Massachusetts, and Connecticut. The “Land of Ten-Thousand Lakes” branding is on point, though, and there is one recreational boat for every six Minnesota residents.

•             There has yet to be a first-time ARCA Menards Series winner at Elko Speedway.

•             Only one driver has earned his last or most recent ARCA Menards Series victory at Elko Speedway: Gus Dean in 2018.

•             The record for most cautions in an ARCA Menards Series race at Elko Speedway is eight, three times in 2013, 2017, and 2018. The record for most caution laps is 77 set in 2017.

•             The record for the fewest cautions in an ARCA Menards Series race at Elko Speedway is four, set in the series’ first visit to the track in 2012. The record for fewest caution laps, 26, was also set in 2012.

•             The record for most lead changes, 12, was set in 2018. The fewest times the lead was exchanged was four, set in 2012 and matched in 2014.

 

 

travis Braden Anticipates Spectacular Short Track Battle in Menards 250 at Elko Speedway

It’s been a remarkable season for Travis Braden (No. 27 MatrixCare/Consonus Health Care/Liberty Village Ford) so far. Braden, a back-to-back champion of the ARCA/CRA Super Series for super late models, made his first foray into the ARCA Menards Series in 2015 and scored an improbable victory in his debut race at Lucas Oil Raceway in suburban Indianapolis. A graduate of West Virginia University with dual degrees in aerospace and mechanical engineering, Braden transitioned to a full-time driver with RFMS Racing at the end of the 2017 season.

 

After a fifth-place finish in the 2018 championship battle, Braden and team were reenergized for a title run in 2019. The Don Fike-owned squad, which now has only two full-time employees including Braden, had some great performances in 2018, including three top-five finishes in the final six races of the season and a chance to win at DuQuoin before a late-race incident shortened his day after leading 17 laps. Hopes were high that momentum would carry over into 2019 and to some extent it had.

 

Braden scored ten top-ten finishes in the first twelve races of 2019, including a season-best fourth at Madison International Speedway in June. He had led the series championship standings early in the season, too, taking two turns at the top as he and Michael Self (No. 25 Sinclair Lubricants Toyota) traded the lead in April and May.

 

Braden, as one of those two full-time employees, is as hands-on as he can be. He works on the racecars during the week, along with Casey Swift, utilizing that mechanical engineering degree. They are assisted by long-time NASCAR crew chief Jim Long at the race track.

 

"Jim is working for us only at the events as of right now, so it is just Casey and I full time," Braden said. "Jim coordinates with us on a daily basis in regards to the setups and we go from there."

 

Long was the winning crew chief when Ricky Rudd won at Indianapolis in 1997 and guided former Cup champion Terry Labonte to his final career victory in 2003 at Darlington. Adding him to the team, even just on weekends, is a change Braden hopes gives his “little team that could” an extra boost to get back to victory lane and allows them to stay in contention for the series championship.

 

"The recent changes at RFMS Racing are not something that we plan to dwell and carry on and on," he said. "We are all very anxious as we are gearing up for these final eight races, and that is the sole focus of each member of our team right now. It has already been a pleasure working with Jim, and the working relationship he has already built with us will be, I believe, very valuable to our success."

 

That extra boost could come in handy in this Saturday’s Menards 250 presented by MatrixCare at Elko Speedway. Not only is the race one Braden and his team believe they have a chance to win, it’s also located less than an hour from his team sponsor MatrixCare’s headquarters. The company is the presenting sponsor of the race, and will have a lot of people in attendance watching Braden go for his first win of the season.

 

"This was a great time for us as a group last year, and I know how MatrixCare does things - so this year’s will be even bigger," Braden said. "The added pressure to win will surely make this one exciting. As a driver, you’re always one hundred percent, but it just seems like days like these always have an added sense of the spectacular show that you always hope for.  If we can pull this thing into Victory Lane, anticipate one of the largest and loudest celebrations you’ve ever seen!"

 

The tight confines of the three-eighths mile Elko oval could lead to one of the more physical races of the ARCA Menards Series season. Braden, who also has to work on his own racecars, isn’t one to intentionally go out and knock fenders with the competition. But he also realizes he may not have a choice, especially late in the going.

 

"It’s always intense on short tracks, and this is the shortest, so you do the math," he said with a laugh. "It’s going to be pressure-filled start-to-finish.  Elko tends to allow for two grooves of racing in the corners, but those tiny straightaways sure get narrow if you end up side-by side.  Sparks will fly at some point.  You will have to be aggressive and take risks at some point in the race if you want to go to the winner’s circle.  There’s no room to breathe until you get there."

 

Practice for the Menards 250 presented by MatrixCare at Elko Speedway is set for 2:15 pm ET/1:15 pm CT, General Tire Pole Qualifying is scheduled for 6:15 pm ET/5:15 pm CT, and the 250-lap feature event will go green shortly after 10 pm ET/9 pm CT. The race will be televised live on MAVTV, and ARCA for Me members can follow every lap made by every car entered throughout every on-track session with free live timing & scoring at ARCARacing.com. Discounted tickets to the Menards 250 are available at nearly 40 Minneapolis-St. Paul Menards locations for just $20. For more information, please visit TrackEnterprises.com or call 217-764-3200.

 

 

Joe Graf, Jr. Goes Back to Where It All Began Looking to Finish What He Started Last Year in Menards 250

Last year’s Menards 250 presented by MatrixCare left several drivers feeling as though they left a potential victory on the table.

 

Gus Dean, driving for Win-Tron Racing and team owner Kevin Cywinski, used a unique pit strategy and some old-fashioned good luck to hold off an aggressive Joe Graf, Jr. (No. 77 EAT SLEEP RACE Ford) in a three-lap dash to the checkered. Graf began his racing career driving Bandolero cars at the three-eighths mile oval located in Elko New Market, just about 30 minutes outside of Minneapolis-St. Paul. He used that knowledge of the track to put himself in contention for what could have been his first career victory but came out on the short end of a fender-banging duel with Dean.

 

Graf took those lessons and went on to earn his first career ARCA Menards Series victory later in the season at Berlin Raceway, knocking fenders with eventual runner-up Zane Smith over the final couple of laps to score the win.

 

He's now known as one of the more physical drivers in the series, but Graf makes no apologies for his driving style.

 

“It’s hard to get into Victory Lane, so you have to get up on the wheel and do what it takes. I want to win. I thrive on winning and when you’ve had the year that I have, I make no mistake about doing what I can to put our Chad Bryant Racing team in Victory Lane. I respect my competitors but at the same time, I have a job to do. Sometimes being aggressive can get you in trouble, but for me if being aggressive and sometimes even using the fenders propels our team forward, then it’s something I shouldn’t apologize for.”

 

Graf will put that aggression to use as he tries to score his second career ARCA Menards Series victory on Saturday night. He knows the rough-and-tumble style of racing that the series produces on short tracks will only be heightened on the series’ shortest racetrack.

 

“Being at the front and on the bottom,” he chuckled. “I learned a lot last year. Gus and I raced hard. Yeah, it got a little physical on the restart but I don’t think anyone expected different. You need to have tires, track position and luck to win at Elko. I’ve been waiting to get back to Elko since last year and I feel like it may be one of my best opportunities to get back in Victory Lane this season.”

 

Practice for the Menards 250 presented by MatrixCare at Elko Speedway is set for 2:15 pm ET/1:15 pm CT, General Tire Pole Qualifying is scheduled for 6:15 pm ET/5:15 pm CT, and the 250-lap feature event will go green shortly after 10 pm ET/9 pm CT. The race will be televised live on MAVTV, and ARCA for Me members can follow every lap made by every car entered throughout every on-track session with free live timing & scoring at ARCARacing.com. Discounted tickets to the Menards 250 are available at nearly 40 Minneapolis-St. Paul Menards locations for just $20. For more information, please visit TrackEnterprises.com or call 217-764-3200. 

 

Bret Holmes Not Afraid to Knock Fenders at Elko Speedway in Search of First Career ARCA Menards Series Win

 
 
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One of the pleasant surprises of the 2019 ARCA Menards Series season has to be the charge by Munford, Alabama’s Bret Holmes to the front of the series championship point standings. Holmes (No. 23 Holmes II Excavation Chevrolet) sits second entering Saturday’s Menards 250 presented by MatrixCare at Elko Speedway, just 30 points behind leader Michael Self (No. 25 Sinclair Lubricants Toyota).

 

Just one year removed from parking his family-owned team’s racecars due to a frustrating and uncompetitive start to the 2018 season, Holmes finds himself in the thick of the fight week-in and week-out in 2019. With crew chief Shane Huffman setting up – and upgrading – the team’s fleet of racecars and making calls from on top of the pit box throughout the races, Holmes has seen his results improve dramatically. The 22-year-old building sciences major at Auburn University has already racked up five top-five finishes, one shy of doubling his previous career total, and ten top-ten finishes in the first twelve races of the season.

 

He’s coming to Elko looking to bolster his position on the points standings by scoring his first career series victory. He had success in his only other career appearance at the 0.375-mile track located about a half-hour outside of downtown Minneapolis/St. Paul. He started on the front row and was part of an nine-car battle for the win that resulted in a fourth-place finish in 2017. Holmes had to dodge a massive crash at the start-finish line on the final lap to score that finish as three of the drivers in front of him were involved.

 

Holmes has a vested interest in putting his cars back onto the team’s 18-wheel transporter in one piece, but he’s not afraid to knock fenders and swap some paint if it means he scores that elusive first win.

 

“I don’t mind it if it comes down to it,” Holmes said. “I own all of this stuff so it’s different when a driver owns all of the stuff. It’s more family-based and I work with our construction company and we try make as much money as we can to come do this. I don’t think a lot of the guys we are racing against have that thought. I don’t mind it and I don’t want to outright wreck people but I don’t mind replacing some body panels.”

 

Holmes isn’t known for an overly aggressive style on the racetrack. He’s much more in the style of a Mark Martin than a Dale Earnhardt. He won’t knock you out of the way for no reason, as Earnhardt was known for and often took joy in doing, but rather he will get physical as a way to return the favor.

 

“I race you like you race me,” he said. “That’s how it was earlier in the season at Toledo. Me and Michael Self, that was probably the hardest and closest I have ever raced somebody. We bumped a few times. He tried to take my entry to the corner away and I washed up a little on exit. That was the best and hardest I raced with someone. And we did it without knocking somebody out of the way or making someone loose. When it comes down to it I will, and if I get bumped I will do it back.”

 

While Holmes tries to live by those rules of the road, even he’s not sure how it would play out if he was in a fender-swapping duel for the win on the final lap.

 

“I’ve never been in second right on someone’s bumper to win a race, but it will come down to a split-second mental decision there,” he said. “I don’t think I would be blatant about it but I haven’t won a race yet. I won’t outright wreck someone to do it. If I am close and I haven’t won that first one yet, I would think about doing anything I could.”

 

Although Holmes and team are looking forward to the series’ annual trip to the Minneapolis/St. Paul area, don’t look for him to be taking in too many sights around the Twin Cities.

“I haven’t looked into it too much,” he said. “It might sound kind of lame but we get in to these races so late. We work until three o’clock on travel days then we go pick up the guys and then fly off to the racetrack. We get to go to all of these cool places but we don’t usually have a lot of time to go see anything interesting. We’re working hard at our business so we can go race, and then we go race. There’s not a whole lot of time for anything else.”

 

Holmes and the rest of the ARCA Menards Series returns to action on Saturday July 13 in the Menards 250 presented by MatrixCare at Elko Speedway. Practice at Elko Speedway is set for 2:15 pm ET/1:15 pm CT, General Tire Pole Qualifying is scheduled for 6:15 pm ET/5:15 pm CT, and the 250-lap feature event will go green shortly after 10 pm ET/9 pm CT. The race will be televised live on MAVTV, and ARCA for Me members can follow every lap made by every car entered throughout every on-track session with free live timing & scoring at ARCARacing.com. Discounted tickets to the Menards 250 are available at nearly 40 Minneapolis-St. Paul Menards locations for just $20. For more information, please visit TrackEnterprises.com or call 217-764-3200. 

 

 

 

America's Hottest Young Driver Hailie Deegan Comes to Elko Looking for First Career ARCA Menards Series Victory

 

The hottest driver in all of motorsports right now isn’t Alex Bowman, winner of the recent Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Chicagoland Speedway. It’s not Simon Pagenaud, who drove to victory in the Indianapolis 500, either. Not to take away from either driver’s accomplishments, they aren’t the talk of the sport the way Hailie Deegan is.

 

Deegan (No. 55 TRD 40th Anniversary Toyota) will make her first visit to the three-eighths mile Elko Speedway in Saturday night’s Menards 250. The track, the smallest on the ARCA Menards Series schedule, has a lot of similarities to another three-eighths mile she raced on earlier this season, Colorado National Speedway in Erie, Colorado. Deegan competed in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West there on June 8 and made a last-lap bump-and-run pass for the win, her second of the season and her third career series win. In each of those victories, Deegan made a last-lap pass for the win and each of those passes involved some contact with the leader.

 

Deegan makes no apologies for her style of full-contact racing. It’s something she’s been taught and the timing of it is no coincidence.

 

“It’s funny because people say I will be in second and I try to be dirty,” she said. “They say I take my swing on the last lap because I don’t have any other chances. I take my swing on the last lap because I was trained to do it on the last lap. I could do it earlier no problem. But I wait for the last lap because I know if I do it earlier they will come back at me. That’s what my driving coach has taught me. It’s on the last lap and always on the last lap because that’s what really matters. We practice it two or three days a week. Taking your shots with one lap to go. That’s when you have to take your moves. The last race I should have won it easily but there was a caution that took away the twelve car-length lead I had coming to the checkered. It goes by each situation, but people will either love it or hate it. I won’t make everyone happy even when I make the cleanest pass possible.”

 

While she doesn’t like making comparisons to other drivers, it’s hard to not see the similarities in her take-no-prisoners approach to the last lap and another famous driver’s approach to the same situation.

 

“I always looked up to Dale Earnhardt coming into racing,” she said. “I think 90 percent of the racers here have. He’s arguably the number one figure in NASCAR, ever. I think it’s something that people respect him a lot and anyone who is a true racer respects Dale Earnhardt. There aren’t any true racers that don’t. People take that differently but in the end he was a badass racer and everyone knew he was.”

 

Deegan has never been to Elko Speedway before, and although she does have plenty of short track experience and success under her belt so far, she still likes to come to a new venue prepared. She has spent as much time as she can learning the nuances of Elko’s racing surface and characteristics from a far, mostly through reviewing footage of previous races there.

 

“Tracks that are on the Toyota simulator, I go on that,” she said. “I practice on the simulator at home. I watch a lot of footage. I watch a lot of past races, test sessions, anything I can get my hands on I study as much as I can. When I get on the track I want to be as fast as I can instantly, I don’t want to worry about getting up to speed. I want to get to the track on top of my game. I really like watching old races because you can see where the fast guy is running and what he’s doing different than everyone else. You get to see where you can make passes, which is crucial on these short tracks. That’s the hardest part. Watching it and learning it is like a straight guideline. It’s like having the answers to a test.”

 

With wins in the K&N Pro Series West already in the record books, Deegan is anxious to get the ball rolling similarly in the ARCA Menards Series. She has a methodical approach, and with a top-ten finish at Pocono she’s now ready for her first ARCA top five run.

 

“Coming out of the gate really strong is big for me,” she said. “I like to come out of the gate strong and not have to work at it to get up to speed too much. I like to make my goal for each race and then get better throughout the day. The goal for Elko is a top five. We have a top ten in the ARCA series now we need a top five. Once we get that first top five then we’ll adjust to our first win. We need to set a new goal every week and then work our way into it.”

 

Deegan and the rest of the ARCA Menards Series returns to action on Saturday July 13 in the Menards 250 at Elko Speedway. Practice at Elko Speedway is set for 2:15 pm ET/1:15 pm CT, General Tire Pole Qualifying is scheduled for 6:15 pm ET/5:15 pm CT, and the 250-lap feature event will go green shortly after 10 pm ET/9 pm CT. The race will be televised live on MAVTV, and ARCA for Me members can follow every lap made by every car entered throughout every on-track session with free live timing & scoring at ARCARacing.com. Discounted tickets to the Menards 250 are available at nearly 40 Minneapolis-St. Paul Menards locations for just $20. For more information, please visit TrackEnterprises.com or call 217-764-3200. 

 

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Prestigious $15,000 to Win Redbud 400 up Next for the ARCA/CRA Super Series

 

Salem, IN (July 12, 2019) – The ARCA/CRA Super Series Powered by JEGS will return to action this Monday in the prestigious $15,000 to win 53rd Annual Redbud 400 Presented by Mesha McCarty State Farm, Mitch Smith Auto Service and Perfecto on the fast quarter mile of Anderson Speedway, located in Anderson, Indiana. Past CRA winners of the prestigious Redbud race include Rapheal Lessard in 2018, Steve Wallace in 2017, Dalton Armstrong in 2016, Erik Jones in 2015, Daniel Hemric in 2014, Johnny Van Doorn in 2013, Ross Kenseth in 2012, Steve Dorer in 2011, Scott Hantz in 2010 and Kyle Busch in 2009.

 

Sunday’s series event will be the seventh event of the 23rd season of competition for the ARCA/CRA Super Series. The series opened its 2019 season at Anderson Speedway on April 6th were Senneker Performance Rookie of the Year points leader Jack Dossey III got the win, his first with the series. The series second event of the season was the North/South Super Late Model Challenge 100 at Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville on May 5th were Josh Brock got his second ever series win. Florida native Stephen Nasse picked up the victory in the series third event of the season at Bristol Motor Speedway on June 1st.

 

Brian Campbell picked up the win in the series fourth event of the season, the special non-points Money in The Bank 150 at Berlin Raceway on June 10th. Brian Bergakker picked up his first ever series win in the series fifth event of the season at Flat Rock Speedway on June 22nd. Campbell went back to victory lane in the series last event at Toledo Speedway on June 30th.

 

2017 series Champion Brock comes into Monday’s event as the series points leader, besides Brock’s big win in Nashville, he has two other top five finishes in the series events so far this season including a fifth-place finish at the series Anderson Speedway season opener and a fourth-place finish at the series Bristol Motor Speedway event. Brock is locked into the series 2019 Chase for the Championship with his win at Nashville, as long as he competes in 70% of the races leading up to the Chase for the Championship.

 

Hunter Jack comes into Monday’s event second in points, he is 93 points behind Brock. 2017 series Champion Logan Runyon is third in points, he is 25 points behind Jack. Dossey III is fourth in points, he is nine points behind Runyon and with his victory at Anderson, is also locked into the series 2019 Chase for the Championship. Greg Van Last is fifth in series points, he is five points behind Dossey III. Austin Kunert is sixth in points, he is 12 points behind Van Last. All the top six in points are entered for the Redbud 400.

 

2014 Redbud 400 winner Daniel Hemric, who is competing with the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series for Rookie of the Year honors this season, is hooking up with Wimmer Motorsports to make his return to Anderson to compete in the 53rd Annual Redbud 400 Monday. Hemric was the JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour 2012 Champion.

 

Other drivers entered include former event winners Dalton Armstrong, Johnny VanDoorn and Steve Dorer, two-time series Champion Travis Braden, 2016 series Champion Cody Coughlin, Florida drivers Stephen Nasse and Jett Noland, ARCA Midwest Series winner Austin Nason, Eddie Van Meter, Brett Robinson, Brandon Oakley, Kyle Jones, Jeff Marcum, J.P. Crabtree, Zachary Tinkle and Ryan Issacs.

 

The 53rd Annual Redbud 400 Presented by Mesha McCarty State Farm, Mitch Smith Auto Service and Perfecto will be 400 laps counting yellows. The Redbud 400 will also feature Controlled Cautions, which were first used for this event in 2017 with great success. When a yellow comes out teams will have three 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 three laps will have to fall to the tail of the field and will risk losing laps.

 

There will be an open practice on Sunday, pits open at 3pm with practice from 4 to 8pm. Pits open on Monday at 11am. Practice will go from 1:30pm to 3:15pm. Hamke Race Cars/Rowdy Manufacturing Qualifying will begin at 4:45pm. There will be an autograph session with all the events drivers starting at 6pm. The 53rd Annual Redbud 400 Presented by Mesha McCarty State Farm, Mitch Smith Auto Service and Perfecto will go green at 7:30pm.

 

For those that cannot attend the Monday’s 53rd Annual Redbud 400 Presented by Mesha McCarty State Farm, Mitch Smith Auto Service and Perfecto in person, the event will be broadcast live on Speed51 TV. Fans can purchase the live broadcast by going to www.speed51.com.

 

Additional track and Redbud 400 event information can be found at www.andersonspeedway.com.

 

More information on the ARCA/CRA Super Series can be found at www.cra-racing.com

 

 

Victory Custom Trailers CRA Junior Late Model Series Ready for Speedrome Sunday

Salem, Indiana (July 10, 2019): The newest series sanctioned by Champion Racing Association Powered by JEGS, the Victory Custom Trailers CRA Junior Late Models, will have their third event of their inaugural 2019 season this Sunday at the Indianapolis Speedrome, located in Indianapolis, Indiana. The Victory Custom Trailers CRA Junior Late Models will join the Van Hoy Oil CRA Street Stocks in the first ever CRA event at the Indianapolis Speedrome.

The Victory Custom Trailers CRA Junior Late Models is a new racing series in 2019 to focus on a youth movement for short track stock car racing that will see 10 to 15-year-old drivers compete amongst themselves for both experience and recognition in full size late models with an economical drive train and suspension alternatives. Saturday’s race will be the third of eight scheduled races for the series in 2019. The series has had one event canceled because of weather another rescheduled because of weather.  

Some of the key components for the rule package for the Victory Custom Trailers CRA Junior Late Models will be the mandated use of the $3900 factory sealed Chevrolet Performance 602 crate engine. Teams will also be utilizing less expensive rear ends, transmissions and springs and spec KONI Shocks. The series will also be racing on 8-inch steel wheels and utilizing 8-inch Hoosier Racing tires.

13-year-old Luke Wilhelm came away with the victory in the inaugural 25 lap feature for the Victory Custom Trailers CRA Junior Late Models on May 18th at Birch Run Speedway.14-year-old Chase Burda, got the win in last Saturday’s second event of the season at Baer Field Motorsports Park, as part of the huge Crown Jewel Weekend.

Burda leads the series Championship points standings after two events. Luke Wilhelm is in second, he is four points behind Burda. Katelyn Hettinger is in third place, 13 points behind Wilhelm. Charlie Keeven is in fourth place, four points behind Hettinger. Zack Wilhelm is in fifth place, three points behind Keeven.

There is open practice time for the Victory Custom Trailers CRA Junior Late Models as part of the Indianapolis Speedromes Race Program on Saturday, from 3 to 5pm and again at 7:40pm. On Sunday, pit gates open at 10am. Practice will begin at 11:30am. The race program is set to begin at 2pm and will include the Victory Custom Trailers CRA Junior Late Models 8 lap heat races and 25 lap feature.

More event and track information are available at www.speedrome.com.

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

 

 

Van Hoy Oil CRA Street Stocks 2019 Four Crown Series Starts Sunday at Indianapolis Speedrome

 

Salem, IN (July 11, 2019) – The Van Hoy Oil CRA Street Stocks Powered by JEGS will kick off their 2019 Four Crown Series this Sunday, with their first ever event at the Indianapolis Speedrome. The Four Crown Series will feature four 200 lap, $3000 minimum to win events. The second Four Crown event will be at Mt. Lawn Speedway on Sunday, July 28th, the third Four Crown event will be at Anderson Speedway on August 10th, and the Four Crown Series Championship event will now be at Shadybowl Speedway on Saturday, August 24th. The Speedrome event was originally scheduled to be the Championship event, but the Shadybowl, Mt. Lawn and Anderson events all had to be rescheduled because of weather.

 

The Van Hoy Oil CRA Street Stocks had a very popular Triple Crown Series from 2014 through 2016 with the events at Shadybowl Speedway, Kentucky Motor Speedway and Anderson Speedway. Jason Atkinson won the Triple Crown Series Championship in 2014 and 2015 with Brett Hudson winning the 2016 Championship. The series was expanded to the Four Crown Series for 2017 with Chuck Barnes Jr. winning the title. The series was expanded to a Five Crown Series in 2018, but two events were cancelled because of weather, Jacob McElfresh was the 2018 Champion.

 

In addition to the $3000 minimum to win for each event, there will be a Points Champion from the four events who will receive a $1000 bonus. Second in points will receive a $600 bonus, third place a $400 bonus, then there will be two $250 bonuses from a random draw from the cars that attended all four events. Each of the Four Crown Series events will be 4 tire races, all four will have a break at lap 100 to add fuel and make adjustments. Each Four Crown event winner and the overall Champion will receive a specially designed buckle from Crumrine Buckle Manufacturing.

 

Saturday will be the fifth event of the 2019 season for the Van Hoy Oil CRA Street Stocks. The series opened their 2019 season at Anderson Speedway on April 13th, were Bret Miles Jr. got the victory over hard charging Brett Hudson. Chuck Barnes Jr. won the second event at the Short Track U. S. Nationals presented by Vore’s Welding at Bristol Motor Speedway on June 1st. Jake Hinton won the series third event at Baer Field Motorsports Park on Saturday, June 29th. Ryan Amonett won this past Saturday’s $5,000 to win Crown Jewel 60 non-points special event also at Baer Field Motorsports Park.

 

Former series Champion Jason Atkinson leads the series Championship points coming into Sunday’s event.  Jacob McElfresh is in second place, he is 19 points behind Atkinson. Andrew Teepe is in third place, he is four points behind McElfresh. J.J. Schafer is in fourth place, he is 24 points behind Teepe. Brett Hudson is in fifth place, he is 29 points behind Schafer.

 

There is open practice time for the Van Hoy Oil CRA Street Stocks as part of the Indianapolis Speedrome’s Race Program on Saturday, from 3 to 5pm and again at 7:40pm. On Sunday, pit gates open at 10am. Practice will begin at 11:30am. The race program is set to begin at 2pm and will include the Four Crown 200 for the Van Hoy Oil CRA Street Stocks. The Victory Custom Trailers CRA Junior Late Models will also be part of Sunday’s race card.

 

More event and track information are available at www. speedrome.com.

 

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

 

Owosso Event Removed from JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour 2019 Schedule

Salem, IN (July 9, 2019) – Officials from Champion Racing Association (CRA) Powered by JEGS announced today that the previously scheduled JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour presented by Chevrolet Performance event at Owosso Speedway on August 10th has been removed from the schedule.  The agreement to have the race was made with previous ownership, while new ownership had hoped to continue the event in 2019.  Unfortunately, new ownership is not prepared to host the event this, their first year of overseeing the track.  CRA officials will continue to communicate with Owosso officials with the hope of the event returning to the 2020 Schedule. No dates will be added to replace the 2019 Owosso event.

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

 

 

Lots of Talent in Entries to Date for the $15,000 to Win Redbud 400

 

Salem, IN (July 4, 2019) – The ARCA/CRA Super Series Powered by JEGS has released the entries to date for the prestigious $15,000 to win 53rd Annual Redbud 400 Presented by Mesha McCarty State Farm, Mitch Smith Auto Service and Perfecto, which will take place at Anderson Speedway on Monday, July 15th.

 

Past CRA winners of the prestigious Redbud race include Rapheal Lessard in 2018, Steve Wallace in 2017, Dalton Armstrong in 2016, Erik Jones in 2015, Daniel Hemric in 2014, Johnny Van Doorn in 2013, Ross Kenseth in 2012, Steve Dorer in 2011, Scott Hantz in 2010 and Kyle Busch in 2009.

 

Topping the very talented list of drivers entered to date is 2014 winner Daniel Hemric, the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Rookie of the Year Candidate is hooking up with Wimmer Motorsports to make his return to Anderson to compete in the 53rd Annual Redbud 400.

 

2017 winner Steve Wallace is entered to try and get his second Redbud 400 victory. The son of former NASCAR Legend Rusty Wallace put on a great show battling Lessard to get his win in 2017. The former NASCAR competitor finished in fifth place in last years Redbud.

 

2013 Redbud winner Johnny VanDoorn is entered. The three-time ARCA/CRA Super Series Champion is driving for T.K. Racing.

 

2011 Redbud winner Steve Dorer from Lakeland, Florida is also entered. Dorer scored one of the most exciting Redbud 400 wins ever, he passed Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series competitor Chase Elliott using the second groove in turns three and four to get the win.

 

Fellow Florida competitor Stephen Nasse is entered, he is coming off a big win in the U.S. Short Track Nationals at Bristol Motor Speedway. Nasse’s teammate Jett Noland, also from Florida, is entered in a Jett Motorsports entry.

 

ARCA Midwest Tour regular Austin Nason has entered. The Illinois native won the Midwest Tour Father’s Day event at the Milwaukee Mile on June 16th.

 

Current ARCA/CRA Super Series Championship point’s leader Josh Brock is entered. Brock picked up his first ever series win at Anderson Speedway on May 5th, 2018 and picked up a huge win in this year’s North/South Shootout at Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville on May 5th.

 

Senneker Performance Rookie of the Year points leader Jack Dossey III is entered. The 2017 and 2018 JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour Champion picked up his first ARCA/CRA Super Series win in the series season opener at Anderson Speedway on April 6th.

 

Two-time ARCA/CRA Super Series Champion and current ARCA Menards Racing Series competitor Travis Braden is entered.

 

2016 Series Champion Cody Coughlin is entered. The former NASCAR Gander Truck Series regular has won at Anderson in the ARCA/CRA Super Series and the JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour. 2017 ARCA/CRA Super Series Champion Logan Runyon is also entered, looking to get his first series victory.  

 

Other top CRA competitors already entered include former series winners Austin Kunert and Brandon Oakley, Hunter Jack who won the JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour race at Anderson last Saturday, Greg VanAlst and Brett Robinson both former Anderson winners in the Vore’s Welding CRA Late Model Sportsman series, J.P. Crabtree, and 2018 Van Hoy Oil CRA Street Stock Champion James Kirby III.

 

Zachary Tinkle, winner of last Sunday’s Vore’s Welding CRA Late Model Sportsman Raintree 100 at Mt. Lawn Speedway, has entered to make his ARCA/CRA Super Series in the Redbud 400.

 

Multi time Anderson Speedway MEP Late Model Champion Jeff Marcum is entered. Marcum won the Vore’s Welding CRA Late Model Sportsman season opener at Anderson Speedway on April 13th.

 

The 53rd Annual Redbud 400 Presented by Mesha McCarty State Farm, Mitch Smith Auto Service and Perfecto will be 400 laps counting yellows. The Redbud 400 will also feature Controlled Cautions, which were first used for this event in 2017 with great success. When a yellow comes out teams will have three 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 three laps will have to fall to the tail of the field and will risk losing laps.

 

Additional track and Redbud 400 event information can be found at www.andersonspeedway.com.

 

CRA has extended the advanced entry deadline to Tuesday, July 9th, teams entering the event after that date will have to pay the late entry fee. Redbud 400 entry forms, schedule of events and ARCA/CRA Super Series rules and regulations can be found at www.cra-racing.com

 

 

JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour Ready for Crown Jewel Event at Baer Field Motorsports Park Sunday

 

Salem, IN (July 3, 2019) – The JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour Presented by Chevrolet Performance will return to action this Sunday in the Crown Jewel 100 Presented by JEGS.com at Baer Field Motorsports Park located just south of Fort Wayne, Indiana. The JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour will be part of a huge historic weekend of racing at Baer Field Motorsports Park, the three day event will also feature a $20,000 to win ICAR Modifieds All-Star Tour event, the Van Hoy Oil CRA Street Stocks in there 60 lap $5,000 to win Crown Jewel event, the Vore’s Welding CRA Late Model Sportsman and the Victory Custom Trailers CRA Junior Late Models.

 

Saturday’s event will be the series fourth 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 won his first ever JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour event last Saturday at Anderson Speedway in the series third event of the season.

 

Topping the list of entries for Saturday’s event is current series points leader Dan Leeck, who was the series 2014 Champion and has one series win to his credit at Birch Run Speedway during the 2015 season. Second in points Mandy Chick is entered, she is 22 points behind Leeck. Third in points Mason Keller is also entered, the series 2018 Rookie of the Year is six points behind Chick. Fourth in points Trever McCoy is entered, he is six points behind Keller. Leading series rookie Jaden Cretacci is also entered, he is fifth in points, 14 points behind McCoy.

 

Brian Campbell, the winner of last years first ever series event at Baer Field, is also entered. Last season Campbell passed Daniel Hemric as the series all-time wins leader, he now has nine series victories coming into this Sunday’s event. Campbell picked up his 29th all-time ARCA/CRA Super Series win last Sunday at Toledo Speedway.

 

Anderson Speedway event winner Hunter Jack is entered, he won a Vore’s Welding CRA Late Model Sportsman event at Baer Field last August, his first ever CRA win. Hunter’s brother Tanner is also entered, he is a former Baer Field Late Model event winner.

 

Former series event winner at Auto City Speedway Eric Lee is entered as is former Columbus Motor Speedway multi-time Champion Chad Pendleton.

 

15-year-old Sammy Smith is entered to make his second series start. Smith led 24 laps in his series debut last Saturday at Anderson Speedway, he came back from the tail of the field after being involved in two cautions to finish fourth.

 

Other top CRA drivers entered include Anthony Danta, Tyler Hufford, Cassten Everidge, James Krueger, Matt Maurer, Jaren Crabtree and Jimmy Tucker.

 

Former ICAR Modifieds All-Star Tour Champion and Fort Wayne native Jonathan Martin is entered to make his JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour on Sunday.

 

There are two sessions of open practice for the JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour on Saturday, pits open at 8am. The JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour will have a 40-minute session at 12:30pm and a 30-minute session beginning at 4:45pm.

 

Pits open on Sunday at 8am. There will be a 45-minute practice session for the JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour beginning at 9:30am. Jerico Performance Products Qualifying will begin at 11am. Racing action will begin at 1:15pm and will include the Crown Jewel 100 Presented by JEGS.com for JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour.

 

More track and event info can be found at www.baerfieldmotorpark.com.

 

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


 

 

 

Victory Custom Trailers CRA Junior Late Model Series Ready for Baer Field Saturday

Salem, Indiana (July 2, 2019): The newest series sanctioned by Champion Racing Association Powered by JEGS, the Victory Custom Trailers CRA Junior Late Models, will have their second event of their inaugural 2019 season this Saturday on the 3/8’s mile track at Baer Field Motorsports Park, located in south of Fort Wayne, Indiana. The Victory Custom Trailers CRA Junior Late Models will be part of a historic huge weekend of racing at Baer Field Motorsports Park this weekend, the three day event will also feature a $20,000 to win ICAR Modifieds All-Star Tour event, a $5,000 to win Van Hoy Oil CRA Street Stocks event, the JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour, and the Vore’s Welding CRA Late Model Sportsman.

The Victory Custom Trailers CRA Junior Late Models is a new racing series in 2019 to focus on a youth movement for short track stock car racing that will see 10 to 15-year-old drivers compete amongst themselves for both experience and recognition in full size late models with an economical drive train and suspension alternatives. Saturday’s race will be the second of eight scheduled races for the series in 2019. The series has had one event canceled because of weather another rescheduled because of weather.  

Some of the key components for the rule package for the Victory Custom Trailers CRA Junior Late Models will be the mandated use of the $3900 factory sealed Chevrolet Performance 602 crate engine. Teams will also be utilizing less expensive rear ends, transmissions and springs and spec KONI Shocks. The series will also be racing on 8-inch steel wheels and utilizing 8-inch Hoosier Racing tires.

12-year-old Luke Wilhelm from Clio, Michigan, came away with the victory in the inaugural 25 lap feature for the Victory Custom Trailers CRA Junior Late Models on May 18th at Birch Run Speedway.14-year-old Chase Burda, the first ever MPM Marketing Fast Qualifier Award for the series at Birch Run, finished in second in the feature after winning the fast heat. 11-year-old Katelyn Hettinger, who won one of the 8 lap heat races at Birch Run, finished in third in the feature.

Luke Wilhelm leads the series Championship points standings after one event. Burda is in second, one point behind Wilhelm. Hettinger is in third place, three points behind Burda. Evan Varney is in fourth place, four points behind Hettinger. Jonathan Shafer is in fifth place, four points behind Varney.

On Saturday, pit gates open at 8am. Practice will begin at 9am. The race program is set to begin at 5:15pm and will include the Victory Custom Trailers CRA Junior Late Models 8 lap heat races and 25 lap feature.

More event and track information are available at www.baerfieldmotorpark.com.

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

 

 

 

$5000 to win Crown Jewel Event Up Next for the Van Hoy Oil CRA Street Stocks at Baer Field Motorsports Park

 

Salem, IN (July 2, 2019) – The Van Hoy Oil CRA Street Stocks Powered by JEGS will return to action this Friday and Saturday, July 5th and 6th at Baer Field Motorsports Park, for the 60 lap $5,000 to win Crown Jewel special non-points event on the 3/8’s mile track at Baer Field. The Van Hoy Oil CRA Street Stocks will be part of a historic huge weekend of racing at Baer Field Motorsports Park, the three day event will also feature a $20,000 to win ICAR Modifieds All-Star Tour event, the JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour, the Vore’s Welding CRA Late Model Sportsman and the Victory Custom Trailers CRA Junior Late Models.

 

Saturday will only be the fourth event of the 2019 season for the Van Hoy Oil CRA Street Stocks after having two events canceled because of weather, one at Lucas Oil Raceway and at Salem Speedway and three Four Crown events that have been rescheduled at Shadybowl Speedway, Mt. Lawn Speedway and most recently at Anderson Speedway because of weather.

 

The series opened their 2019 season at Anderson Speedway on April 13th, were Bret Miles Jr. got the victory over hard charging Brett Hudson. Chuck Barnes Jr. got the win in the Short Track U. S. Nationals presented by Vore’s Welding event at Bristol Motor Speedway on June 1st. Jake Hinton was the series most recent winner at Baer Field this past Saturday night in the Crown Jewel tune-up event.

 

Here is how the starting field will be determined for the 60 lap $5,000 to win Crown Jewel event. All cars will single car qualify. Cars will be staggered into six 10-lap heats (ex: FQ in heat one, 2nd fast in heat two, etc). Heats will have a four-car invert. Top three transfer to Crown Jewel A-Main. Teams that transfer from heats must use same tires in Crown Jewel A-Main. Two 20-lap B-Mains staggered and lined straight up from heat race finishes. Top 3 from each B-Main transfer to A-Main.

 

The 60 lap $5,000 to win Crown Jewel Field will be made up of 18 cars from heats, 6 cars from B-mains, and the two fastest cars that didn’t transfer from heats or B-Mains. Field line up based on heat race results, then b-main results, then 2 fastest from times. (Winner of first heat on pole, winner of 2nd heat starts second, etc). Promoter may add additional starters to the tail of the field at his discretion.

 

On Friday, Pits open at 10am. Practice will begin at 12noon. The Van Hoy Oil CRA Street Stocks will qualify at 3:45pm. Racing will begin at 6pm with the Van Hoy Oil CRA Street Stocks 10-lap heat races.

 

On Saturday, pit gates open at 8am. Practice will begin at 9am, with the Van Hoy Oil CRA Street Stocks warm-up session at 2:30pm. The Van Hoy Oil CRA Street Stock B Mains will take place at 4pm. The race program will begin at 5:15pm and will include the Van Hoy Oil CRA Street Stocks 60 lap $5,000 to win Crown Jewel event.

 

More event and track information are available at www.baerfieldmotorpark.com.

 

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


 

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OXFORD PLAINS SPEEDWAY ANNOUNCES THE GRAND MARSHALL FOR THE 2019 OXFORD 250

NAPLES, ME – (July 12) Pro All Stars Series (PASS) President and Oxford Plains Speedway owner Tom Mayberry is pleased to announce the 2019 Grand Marshall for the Oxford 250.  Bob Bahre, former owner of Oxford Plains Speedway, has agreed to serve as the Grand Marshall for this year’s event. 

 

Bob Bahre purchased Oxford Plains Speedway in 1964.  He ran it with his brother Dick Bahre until they sold it in 1987.  It was under Bob’s leadership that the first Oxford 250 came to be.  It began in 1974 as a 200 lap event, being expanded to 250 laps the following year.

 

Bob and his family made many improvements to the track under his ownership.  Bob is known as a successful businessman in the Oxford Hills area and beyond.

 

“We are extremely honored that Bob will be this year’s Grand Marshall, 55 years after he took ownership of the track,” said Tom Mayberry, the current owner of Oxford Plains Speedway.

 

Following his time at Oxford Plains, Bahre went on to build New England’s only superspeedway in Loudon, NH, the New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

 

The 46th Annual Oxford 250 will be held on August 23-25 and nearly 50 PASS Super Late Models are currently entered.  For additional information, please got to OxfordPlains.com or ProAllStarsSeries.com.

 

This weekend, the Honey Badger Bar & Grill 150 for the PASS North Super Late Models will be held at Oxford Plains Speedway.

 

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arca midwest tour

Kenseth Returns to Madison August 16, Looks for Howie Lettow Classic Win

Oregon, WI- Former NASCAR Champion Matt Kenseth will return to Madison International Speedway on Friday Night August 16 to compete in the Howie Lettow Classic 100 presented by Zimbrick Chevrolet. Kenseth, the 1994 Champion at ‘Wisconsin’s Fastest Half Mile’ will compete for the $5,000 top prize against the top ARCA Midwest Tour Super Late Model drivers in the same #8 SUPERSEAL car, prepared by Pathfinder Chassis, that he drove to victory in the Slinger Nationals earlier in July. This will mark the first appearance by Kenseth at his home track since winning a 100 lap contest in 2014, his 27th career feature win at the high banked paved oval.

“I’m looking forward to getting back on the track at Madison. It’s my home track. I have a lot of great memories there and I’m hoping to make some more. I will never forget the first time my dad brought me there to watch a super late model race. It was the biggest, fastest track I had been to at the time and I was in awe when I heard and saw the super lates flying around there.” Kenseth reflected. “To this day I get excited thinking about the races I have watched and the races that I have won there. There’s nothing like going home.”

A VIP Meet and Greet Party will take place allowing fans the opportunity to attend a Q&A session with the 2003 NASCAR Cup Champion, get up to two items autographed and have a professional picture taken with Kenseth. The VIP Experience will include a custom ticket good for the VIP area and general admission seating, water and soft drinks as well as the autograph and photo opportunities listed above. A limited number of VIP Experience Passes are available for advance purchase at misracing.com/tickets for $108 each.

Adult general admission tickets for the Howie Lettow Classic are just $20, with Whelen Heroes and Senior tickets $18, students ages 12-17 are $15, ages 6-11 $5 with kids ages 5 and under admitted free. Take advantage of the MIS Family Ticket and get up to two adult admissions and up to four youth admissions ages 17 and under for $50. Spectator gates will open at 3:30pm, practice begins at 4pm with qualifying getting underway at 6:15pm. A full racing program which includes preliminary events and features for the ARCA Midwest Tour, Midwest Trucks and Midwest Dash Series will begin at 7:30pm. Madison International Speedway is located at 1122 Sunrise Road between Oregon and Stoughton, WI. For additional information visit www.misracing.com or call 608-835-9700.

 

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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