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ARCA veteran Hessert ready for Menards 200 home game at Toledo

May 12th, 2016

TOLEDO, Ohio- Just four races deep in 2016, ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards veteran Tom Hessert is in a really good place. On the heels of a very solid day at Talladega last time out, the Cherry Hill, New Jersey driver is fourth in championship standings. He’s especially excited about the next stretch of ARCA races beginning with the Menards 200 at Toledo Speedway May 22.

“Toledo’s always been good for us,” Hessert said. “When things are going well, we’re typically in the top-five at Toledo. Based on what we got done there last year, we have a shot at the win.” Hessert indeed had a great day last year at Toledo, qualifying third and finishing second to race winner Todd Gilliland. He’s also got a lot of laps around the half-mile short track with 12 previous starts, every ARCA race at Toledo since 2008. He’s not just making laps either. In fact, Hessert’s earned nine top-10 finishes at Toledo, including six top-fives.

“I love Toledo. It’s deceivingly fast. People don’t appreciate that until they’ve been there. I like it hot out…place gets greasy and we seem to do well in that atmosphere. It’s always challenging. Being so fast, the preferred groove is usually on the inside, unless you get ‘em on a restart…roll the top and steal a position. It’s definitely not an easy place. Passing can be difficult. You find yourself working someone for a long time.” Hessert notes that it’s not just the track that’s challenging. “Pit road is very, very narrow and it can be tough. There are limited spots that have openings to get in or out. You tend to see more contact on pit road (at Toledo).

You want to stop a little short, so you can leave yourself room to get out, but that’s not always possible based on what’s going on around you. I really think, from an overall perspective, that Toledo is one of our more challenging tracks.” In addition to all the challenges that make up Toledo Speedway, a victory in the Menards 200 presented by Federated Car Care would be extra special for Hessert, who celebrates his 30th birthday the day of the race. Hessert recently finished fourth at Talladega, led the most laps and won the Menards Pole presented by Ansell. Hessert also won the pole at Toledo in 2011. In addition to Hessert’s runner-up run last year, he finished third at Toledo twice, in 2010 and 2009. He also led 133 laps in the second race in 2010 before a broken sway bar caused him to lose four laps for repairs.

Hessert, who drives the iconic No. 25 Venturini Motorsports car, feels he may have his best shot yet at winning the championship this year. He’s just 95 points from first…not much in ARCA where a driver can make as many as 250 points in one event. “We’re usually clawing our way back in points, but we’re sitting pretty good right now. We’re not as far back points-wise, so I’m happy about that.” Hessert’s also happy about going back to the New Jersey Motorsports Park road course right after Toledo. It’s no wonder…Hessert finished second last year at New Jersey too, but that’s another story.

The upcoming Menards 200 at Toledo is considered a home game for the ARCA Racing Series. With its national headquarters just 10 minutes from the track, this year’s race will be the 75th ARCA race at Toledo since the tour debuted on the half-mile oval on Benore Road on April 21, 1963 – Iggy Katona the inaugural winner. ARCA Racing Series on-track activities begin Saturday, May 21 with two practice sessions from 11:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and from 1:00 to 1:45 p.m. Menards Pole Qualifying presented by Ansell follows at 3:30. Saturday’s action will conclude with feature race events for the ARCA Truck Series and the ARCA-sanctioned Sportsman division. Raceday Sunday gets underway with an on-track driver autograph session from 12 noon to 1:00. Pre-race ceremonies and driver introductions follow. The Menards 200 is scheduled to start at 2:00.

All ARCA Racing Series on-track activities will be featured in live timing and scoring and live chat at arcaracing.com. The Menards 200 is also live on the American Sports Network.

Cody Coughlin Scores Huge Home State Victory at Toledo

April 17th, 2016

Toledo, OH – Cody Coughlin returned home to Ohio and returned to victory lane in the same day. The Joe Gibbs Racing Development Driver started third in the 7-Up 100 Saturday for the ARCA / CRA Super Series at Toledo Speedway and won the race in convincing fashion while driving the Team JEGS No. 1 Toyota Camry.

“This feels great, especially because we struggled at the beginning of the year,” said the 20 year-old Coughlin. “We made a change and brought Jack (Smith) in to be the crew chief. He and Kevin Hamlin have really clicked so well. They gave me a great race car and that makes my job easier for sure.”

Coughlin did his job to the best of his abilities Saturday afternoon. He fell back to fourth in the early stages of the race, but he stayed patient. The Delaware, Ohio native worked his way back into third and then set his sights on the top-two drivers.

When the leaders encountered lapped traffic, Coughlin pounced. He made an aggressive three-wide move in turn four to take over second place.

“You have to be careful on your tires at this place,” explained Coughlin, who is also racing part-time for Kyle Busch Motorsports in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. “When you do get an opportunity to take a spot, you have to take it and that’s what I did with that aggressive move.”

Coughlin took the lead off of turn two with 35 laps to go and started to drive away until a crash brought out the red flag with about 28 laps to go.

After the lengthy cleanup, Coughlin was able to drive away from the field on the restart to claim the checkered flag at Toledo in just his second race with his new crew chief.

Cody and John Coughlin celebrate Cody’s win at Toledo.

“We’ve been friends for a long time so I knew that we would click quickly,” Coughlin said. “I didn’t know if we’d necessarily have the speed, but we have both the speed and the friendship and that is really great.”

This is Coughlin’s first victory since he won the 100-lap Labor Day ARCA / CRA Super Series (Super Late Model) race at the famed Winchester Speedway in Indiana during the 2014 season.

Coughlin believes he has more wins coming. For that reason, he’s leaving Toledo Speedway with a smile on his face that no one can wipe off.

“I couldn’t be happier with this JEGS Toyota Camry,” Coughlin said. “I’ve really got to thank Jack Smith for coming on board and giving me a great race car, as well as all of my guys, Kevin Hamlin (team manager), Scott (Wimmer, spotter) and Dave (crew-member). We’ve all worked so hard and I’m blessed to have the Lord on my side to provide me with this opportunity. My parents (Di and John), as well as my sister Kennedi are my biggest cheerleaders, and I can’t thank them enough for their endless support. I’m so glad that they were here with me today to join in this celebration.”

Cody Coughlin’s next race is on May 6 at Kansas Speedway in his Kyle Busch Motorsports No. 51 Toyota Tundra for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. Coughlin’s next Super Late Model race is the following day, on May 7, at Anderson Speedway in Indiana.

For more information on Cody Coughlin and Team JEGS, visit www.teamjegs.com and follow Cody on Twitter, @Cody_Coughlin. Follow Team JEGS on Twitter, @TeamJEGS, and “Like” JEGS Performance on Facebook. Also be sure to check out Cody’s new website, www.codycoughlin.com. Any other inquiries for Cody Coughlin can be sent to Bob Dillner via email at bd51sports@gmail.com.

First North VS South combo race next at Angola Motorsport Speedway on Saturday, July 18th

June 30th, 2015

Angola, Indiana (Monday, June 29, 2015): The Broaster Chicken ICAR Top Speed Modified Tour announces a couple of schedule changes affecting the 2015 racing season in the Northern Division. Due to the weather related cancelations that have plagued the 2015 campaign at Auto City Speedway (MI) as well as tough economic times, both ICAR and Auto City officials have mutually agreed to cancel the ICAR North event scheduled for Saturday, July 11th. This event was to be the third race of the year at the Clio, Michigan speed plant. Travis Eddy and Jason Parish have wins there.

In addition, the Saturday, September 19th event scheduled at Springport Motor Speedway will be moved to another facility in the state of Michigan as Springport Officials have also cited weather related cancelations of weekly events as well as tough economic times. ICAR Officials are working diligently to replace the Springport race with another venue within the Great Lakes State. While ICAR Officials will make every effort to keep the date the same for the 2015 ICAR Top Speed Modified Tour Northern Division Season Championships, a date change is also possible for this event as well.

“Times are tough right now up in Michigan and all of us at ICAR certainly don’t want to be the reason a track has financial troubles. We wish Joe DeWitte and his staff at Auto City as well as Jeff Parish and his staff at Springport the very best.” Offered ICAR President, Dave Muzzillo. “Hopefully both tracks can get things moving in the right direction and in the future, we can go back to both tracks. We thoroughly enjoy bringing 25-30 plus of the best Modifieds in the Midwest to each track and hope to do so again down the road.” He added.

The first combination race pitting the Northern and Southern Divisions head to head is the next race on the schedule. The fast 3/8s (0.375) mile semi-banked paved oval of Angola Motorsport Speedway, located just south of the Indiana / Michigan state line and near the ICAR Home Offices in Angola, Indiana will host the Genuine Broaster Chicken 50 Presented by Sweet Leaf Tea on Saturday, July 18th. The Entry Form is now available and due at the ICAR Home Offices by Thursday, July 16th. In the first appearance for ICAR back on June 6th for the Southern Division, Trei Deubel scored the win ahead of Danny Jackson, Bud Adams, Brian Nester and Josh Nester the top five.

The next week, both divisions will head in opposite directions and race at two tracks that have both hosted ICAR only one other time. On Saturday, July 25th the Southern Division will head to the 1/2 (0.500) mile semi-banked paved oval of Sandusky Speedway (OH) in Sandusky, Ohio as part of the prestigious 38th Annual Hy-Miler Nationals for ISMA Supermodifieds. The ICAR Top Speed Modified Tour Southern Division will race in the Genuine Broaster Chicken 50 Presented by Hy-Miler Convenience. In their 2014 appearance at the historic Buckeye State oval, Tyler Shullick took the win ahead of Travis Eddy, Chad Poole, David Dobbins and Kenny Sharp who completed the top five.

The following day, on Sunday, July 26th the Northern Division will head north to the 1/4 (0.250) mile semi-banked paved oval of Spartan Speedway, located south of Lansing in Mason, Michigan for the Brian Heeney Memorial Wild Child 100 Presented by Performance Automotive Northwest. In last year’s appearance at the immaculate Great Lakes State facility, Jordan Pruitt, now a rookie of the year title contender in the ARCA/CRA Super Series, took the win ahead of Travis Eddy, Brian Nester, Dan Loughan and Jim Butler were the top five. This is the tracks signature event for Modifieds and for the first time, it will be an ICAR event. Entry Forms for both Sandusky & Spartan will be available starting on Friday, July 3rd.

For more information about the remainder of the 2015 racing season within both the Northern and Southern Divisions of the Broaster Chicken ICAR Top Speed Modified Tour, go to the series website located at: www.topspeedmods.com. You can also follow along all season long on the Facebook page at: www.facebook.com/TopSpeedModifieds and on Twitter as well at: www.twitter.com/ICARModifieds.

For more information about Angola Motorsport Speedway, the host track for the first Northern VS Southern Division combination race of the 2015 season, go to their website at: www.raceangola.com Finally for more information about Sandusky Speedway and Spartan Speedway, go to their respective websites located at: www.sanduskyspeedway.com and www.spartanspeedway.com.

Cody Coughlin Finishes Sixth in Menards 200 at Toledo

May 22nd, 2014

(TOLEDO, OH) – Never give up. That was the lesson learned by Joe Gibbs Racing development driver Cody Coughlin on Sunday afternoon at Toledo Speedway (OH). Despite fighting the track position battle throughout the ARCA Racing Series Menards 200, Coughlin was able to hang tough and claim a career-best sixth-place finish in his No. 55 JEGS.com Toyota for Venturini Motorsports.

After starting Sunday’s race in the ninth position, Coughlin battled within the top-10 until the first caution flag flew on lap 51. A brief mix-up on pit road dropped the 18 year old from Delaware, Ohio back to the 12th spot. Coughlin was able to make up ground quickly on the ensuing restart to get back into the top-10 where he battled for most of the event.

During the closing stages of the race, Coughlin picked off a number of cars and was able to make his way to the sixth spot as the checkered flag waved. Sunday’s finish was Coughlin’s second top-10 finish in three ARCA Racing Series starts.

“We were pretty fast there at the end,” said Coughlin. “We just didn’t have any track position all day and that just kills you at a track like this. When we got behind my teammate (race winner) Justin Boston and the 98 car (Mason Mitchell) we could run with them somewhat. We could stay in the same zip code. If we can just get some better track position, I think that will fix most of it. We’re just going to work on a few things and go from there, but today was a very solid day overall.”

As Coughlin prepared to leave the half-mile Toledo Speedway oval to make the three-hour trip back to his hometown of Delaware, Ohio, he was able to take away a number of positives from Sunday’s race.

“There are a lot of positives to take away from today,” said Coughlin. “Never giving up would be one of them. There was a time I didn’t even think we’d be in the top-10. The Venturini Motorsports crew gave me a great car that allowed me to stick with it and secure a great finish at the end of 200 laps.”

Another thing that Coughlin will be able to take away from Toledo, Ohio is the fact that he and his No. 55 JEGS.com Toyota team have shown consistent improvement in all three of his ARCA Racing Series events thus far. After opening his season with a 13th-place finish at Mobile International Speedway (AL), Coughlin improved on that finish with a ninth-place finish at Salem Speedway (IN) and on Sunday he improved his finishing position once again by finishing sixth.

“It’s great to know that we are improving every time we go to a race track,” said Coughlin. “I have received a great amount of support from Venturini Motorsports and Joe Gibbs Racing. I also can’t go without thanking my family for all their support. My mom (Di), dad (John), and sister (Kennedi) have always been there for me.

“I’d also like to thank God for keeping me safe and allowing me to do what I love.”

Next on Coughlin’s ARCA Racing Series schedule will be the Pocono ARCA 200 at Pocono Raceway (PA) on Saturday, June 7.

For more information on Cody Coughlin and Team JEGS, visit www.teamjegs.com and follow Cody on Twitter, @Cody_Coughlin. Follow Team JEGS on Twitter, @TeamJEGS and “Like” JEGS Performance on Facebook.

Justin Boston earns career-first ARCA victory; wins Menards 200 at Toledo Speedway

May 21st, 2014

(TOLEDO, Ohio) – Justin Boston finally got ‘The Kiss.’

Boston, driver of the No. 25 ZLOOP Toyota, visited victory lane at Toledo Speedway Sunday afternoon, winning his first ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards race. Afterward, he received a kiss from team owner Bill Venturini, an organizational custom.

“This is great to be here,” Boston said. “I’m not sure what to say even. So many times we’ve missed this; it’s good to finally get the win.”

Boston took the lead from Grant Enfinger on lap 181 in the Menards 200 presented by Federated Car Care and held off a charge from Menards Pole winner Mason Mitchell to win. It was Venturini Motorsports first win at Toledo since Bill Venturini himself went to victory lane in 1987.

“I can’t thank all of the guys at Venturini and back at the shop enough for this,” Boston said. “All I had to do was drive the car. It was fun to drive this car today.”

The race was over in just one hour and 15 minutes with only four cautions for 32 laps. Matt Tifft, in the Crunch’N Nutter Chevrolet, was not only the SCOTT Rookie Challenge winner, but he finished third in the race, just ahead of team owner Ken Schrader, who finished fourth in the Federated Auto Parts Chevrolet. John Wes Townley, in the Zaxby’s Toyota, finished fifth in another Venturini car. Cody Coughlin, also in a Venturini car, was sixth in the JEG’s Toyota, the first car a lap down.

Frank Kimmel cut a tire late in the race and finished 14th, the first time out of the top 10 in 37 races.

Mitchell, however, in the Thermal Technologies Services Ford, finished in the top 10 for the 14th straight time.

“We just couldn’t get up there at the end,” Mitchell said. “We were definitely fast, probably the fastest car. I just made a few mistakes there during the race and cost us some track position. I tried to just stay calm and try and get to the front. We just came up a little short.”

Tifft, who had a huge cheering section in the grandstands, was happy with his finish.

“It was fun running with Kenny all day,” he said. “It was great to be able to stay in front of him. We were set up for the long runs really well. We had a good day today.”

Kimmel, Spencer Gallagher and Josh Williams all had a tire go down late in the race. Kimmel said it was just a matter of the tires being abused.

“We usually don’t have such long runs like that,” Kimmel said. “We were just abusing those tires today.”

Coughlin finished just ahead of Justin Allison, who had a career-best finish of seventh. Austin Wayne Self was eighth, Michael Lira ninth and Karl Weber in 10th.

Mitchell edged point leader Grant Enfinger for the most laps led, 69 to 67. Enfinger led from laps 115 to 177, but went a lap down late in the race, finishing 12th.

Schrader said his team struggled all weekend on the car, but was happy with the top-five finish.

“I will tell you what,” he said, “The big winner today was the people in those grandstands. It was a great day at Toledo and a big turnout. The crowd saw a good race today.”

Boston, meanwhile, had a near flawless day in winning his first ARCA race. It was a big day for the team, which has had several misfortunes early in the season, despite winning a pole at both Mobile Speedway and Salem Speedway. He was the SCOTT Rookie of the Year in 2013 and came into this season with Kevin Reed as his crew chief of the No. 25. Reed had six wins last year.

“I’m pumped for this,” he said. “We should have been here before, but we’ll take it.”

For complete race results and much more….. www.arcaracing.com

Kimmel recalls first ARCA win at Toledo Speedway; looking for record 10th Toledo win this Sunday in Menards 200

May 16th, 2014

(TOLEDO, Ohio) – Toledo Speedway will forever be a special place for 10-time ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards champion Frank Kimmel. It was the site of his first ARCA victory in 1994, and the place where he would, time and time again, return to the 7-UP Winners Circle, for a record nine wins at the renowned half-mile oval.

That said, it’s hard to believe that nine years have passed for the ARCA icon without a Toledo trophy. The last time Kimmel won at Toledo was 2005. Considering he’s the all-time ARCA winner with 80 wins overall, Kimmel is long overdue for a return trip to Toledo’s victory lane.

“You would have to remind me of that,” Kimmel said.

“I can’t believe it’s been that long; that means we’re overdue. An ARCA race has never been easy to win, and they’re not getting any easier.”

To make things more complicated for the 52-year-old driver, several ARCA teams tested at Toledo ahead of this Sunday’s (May 18) Menards 200 presented by Federated Car Care; however, Kimmel’s No. 44 Win-Tron Racing Ansell-Menards team was not one of them.

“I’d say those guys (that tested) would have the upper hand. It’s really important to test whenever you get the opportunity. We would love to be able to come and test, but, financially, it’s not always possible. But it doesn’t matter how many times you’ve won in the past; the technology is always moving around on these cars. There isn’t a lot of time in practice weekend of the race either.”

Kimmel, who was 32 when he won that first ARCA race at Toledo in ’94, acknowledges that the kids that are coming to compete in ARCA in the modern era are getting tougher and tougher to beat.

“Now you’ve 15-16 year old kids coming to race. And, they’re all in the very best equipment. It used to be when you’d get a young guy coming in to race – back then guys in their late 20′s was considered young – they would often make mistakes because they just hadn’t competed in these big- heavy cars anywhere yet. These kids now are all testing, and they’ve been racing since they were four. It’s a different game these days.”

Kimmel remembers his first win at Toledo like the back of his hand.

“I remember the tremendous amount of relief I felt after that first win – you never forget it. The race itself was one heck of a battle all the way through. Bobby Bowsher, (Bob) Keselowski and (Dave) Weltmeyer were all really running good – it was a very competitive field. And there were also several restarts – thank goodness single file at the time – near the end of the race that were complicating things.

“But I remember being so happy, especially for my car owners at the time – the Shirley’s…feeling so good for them. We were all so happy.

“I also remember that my wife Donna wasn’t there. She rarely missed one of my short track races, but she couldn’t be there that day. I remember calling her. She asked, ‘How’d you do?’ I told her we won it; she thought I was lying. It was a really special day.

“Toledo’s a very special track for that reason alone, but special too because we’ve had so much success there over the years. We’d sure like to add that 10th win (at Toledo), but looking at the entry list, that will be no simple thing.”

Asked if there were any special secrets to success at Toledo, Kimmel responded, “Toledo’s a pretty standard half-mile, and that’s what makes it so good. Even without testing, at least you know exactly what you’ve got when you get there. It’s the perfect size track for these big, heavy cars, and it’s such a good show, from the grandstands and from the driver’s seat. I just love the place.”

Frank Kimmel Appearances at Menards

Frank Kimmel will be appearing at local Toledo area Menards stores on Friday, May 16, including the Oregon store from 4-5:30 p.m. and the Toledo North Menards, near Toledo Speedway, from 6:30 – 8 p.m.

Weekend Schedule/Coverage

Tickets are on sale now for the Menards 200 presented by Federated Car Care at Toledo Speedway. Tickets are $15, compared to $25 on race day, and are now available at Menards stores in Toledo, Defiance, Holland, Oregon, Sandusky and Findlay.

The weekend’s activities include two ARCA Racing Series practice sessions Saturday, May 17 from 11:45-12:30 and 1-1:45, with Menards Pole Qualifying presented by Ansell at 3:30. An ARCA-sanctioned Sportsman feature race will follow qualifying Saturday afternoon. The Menards 200 is Sunday at 2, with an autograph session from noon to 1. Pre-race and driver introductions follow the autograph session.

The Menards 200 is live on FOX Sports 1.

ARCAracing.com will provide live timing & scoring and live streaming audio of all on-track activities both Saturday and Sunday.

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Cody Coughlin Finishes Seventh in Border Wars at Toledo Speedway

April 15th, 2014

(DELAWARE, OH) – Cody Coughlin came home with a strong top ten finish in the 7-Up 150 Border Wars race at Toledo Speedway. The Joe Gibbs Development driver finished seventh in an event that featured the best of the ARCA/CRA Super Series and the ARCA Midwest Tour.

The 18-year-old from Delaware, Ohio started 17th and paced his way up to the top ten throughout the 150-lap event on the famous half-mile oval.

“The team did a great job of making the adjustments at the break,” Coughlin said after the race. “After starting 17th, it feels really good to come out of here with a single digit finish.”

It is the third time that Coughlin tied his best finish in an ARCA/CRA Super Series event.

“We always want to improve, but unlike a lot of races, there are 30 really good cars here and to finish seventh among those is really special,” Coughlin said. “We will keep going at it. We will get a top-five car, then a top-three car and get some wins.”

Earlier in the day, Coughlin qualified 17th out of 41 of the best Midwest drivers that tried to qualify for the event. The top 20 were locked into the field.

Coughlin applauds his team for their efforts this weekend.

“To come to this race with the tough competition and be really competitive says a lot about this team.”

The team consists of: Crew Chief Nick Easton, Team Manager Kevin Hamlin, and former NASCAR driver Scott Wimmer serving as Spotter. And in the pit area, Team JEGS features an A-class crew, which includes Dave Holt, Jeremy Wilbert and Tony Collier.

He is also thankful to his family, his mother Di, father John, and sister Kennedi for their support.

He also thanks God for a safe race today and is thankful for the opportunities he is given throughout his racing career.

Coughlin’s next start will be on Sunday, April 27th where he will make his second start in the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards at Salem Speedway in Salem, Indiana driving the No. 55 JEGS.com Toyota prepared by Venturini Motorsports.

“I am real excited to be going back to Salem Speedway, we won last year with our JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour car,” Coughlin said. “But ARCA is a different animal and we are going to try to get it dialed in and see if we can get a top-five finish or another win at Salem.”

This will be his second of 12 scheduled starts in the ARCA Racing Series with Venturini Motorsports under the supervision of Joe Gibbs Racing this year.

For more information on Cody Coughlin and Team JEGS, visit www.teamjegs.com and follow Cody on Twitter, @cody_coughlin. Follow Team JEGS on Twitter, @TeamJEGS and “Like” JEGS Performance on Facebook.

Justin Allison to carry on family legacy in ARCA’s 51st race at Daytona

February 7th, 2014

(TOLEDO, Ohio) – The legacy of the Allison name is well documented in the annals of stock car racing.

It started with brothers’ Bobby and Donnie Allison – part of the infamous Alabama Gang – who barnstormed across the south racing stock cars, eventually landing in NASCAR where they became household names.

Eventually, the torch got handed down to the second generation of Allison’s. Brothers’ Davey and Clifford were well on their way up the NASCAR charts before their lives were cut short in tragic accidents.

Onto the third generation of Allison’s where Justin Allison, the grandson of NASCAR legend and International Motorsports Hall of Fame driver Donnie Allison, is now trying to scratch his name into the big-league stock car history books.

And the most common question the third-generation Allison gets is that good old-fashioned standby, the one about carrying on the family legacy. “I wish I had the perfect answer for that one,” said the 21-year-old Salisbury, N.C. driver.

“I get asked that more than any other question, and, honestly, I just don’t have an answer for that; I can’t really explain it. I suppose I’m going to have to sit down and give that some serious thought.”

Allison has just one ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards start in last year’s Kansas Speedway finale where he finished 11th driving the No. 88 Ford for Team BCR, which also fields cars for ARCA winner Grant Enfinger, who just happens to be from Alabama.

At any rate, it’s now onto Daytona Int’l Speedway for the 51st running of the Lucas Oil 200 presented MAVTV American Real Saturday, February 15. Allison tested at Daytona in December during ARCA’s three-day open test.

“I found Daytona to be a little easier than Kansas. Just pretty much hold it to the floor and turn left. In fact I found it easier than any short track I’ve ever raced on. I’m sure it’ll all be a different story in the race when we’re all hooked up in the draft and swapping spots. I’m looking forward to learning more about what speedway racing’s all about.”

Justin’s grandfather Donnie had some great runs at Daytona over the years, winning the Firecracker 400 in 1970. His best finish in the Daytona 500 was third in 1969. He also finished fourth in the 500 in 1979. Donnie won 10 NASCAR Sprint Cup races over his career, including the World 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway in 1970. Donnie also finished fourth in the Indianapolis 500 in 1970.

“He’s (Donnie Allison) always giving me advice. He pretty much told me that you really have to pay attention at that track (Daytona) more so than the rest. He’s given me a lot of great advice. With all the experience he has in stock cars, there isn’t a paper big enough for all the advice he’s got.”

Asked if, because of his last name, he feels the pressure, Allison answered, “Yes and no. There’s always pressure there regardless of your last name. I’m not really sure what the expectations are for me; I guess it depends on who’s doing the evaluating.

“I really don’t let it bother me. I just do my thing and try to block out the unwanted pressure.”

Despite Allison’s ARCA rookie status, his goals are clear for Daytona.

“Our goal is to win it. Obviously, we have to run the whole race to accomplish that, and I know I’ve got a lot to learn out there. I’m really looking forward to the experience, but if we’re there at the end, our goal should be nothing short of winning it. That’s why we do this.”

Allison plans to run in at least 10 ARCA Racing Series events in 2014, which so far includes the announced televised races on FOX Sports 1 and 2. Howard Bixman, longtime ARCA car owner and Team BCR manager, will serve as Allison’s crew chief. Bixman is also a former ARCA driver. The team’s No. 88 Havaco-Multi Services Ford at Daytona will be powered by Roush Yates Engines.

Enfinger, already a two-time ARCA winner in 2013 with victories at Mobile Int’l Speedway and Iowa Speedway, will serve as teammate and team mentor to Allison throughout the season.

The Allison family has an enduring history with the ARCA Racing Series reaching back to 1975 when Bobby Allison won the ARCA race at Salem Speedway.

Bobby, a three-time winner of the Daytona 500, also brought both his sons, Davey and Clifford, through the ARCA Racing Series ranks as part of their driver development en route to NASCAR.

Davey, the 1984 ARCA Rookie of the Year, made 40 career ARCA Racing Series starts from 1980 through 1986, finishing second in championship standings in 1984 and third in 1985. He also won eight races over his ARCA career, including four wins at Talladega Superspeedway, two at Atlanta Motor Speedway, one at Middle Georgia Speedway and one at Lucas Oil Raceway. His ARCA career includes 21 top-five finishes and 25 top-10s overall, and five pole awards – three at Talladega, one at Atlanta and one at Lorain County Speedway. Davey, like his father before him, won the Daytona 500 in 1992.

Davey’s younger brother Clifford made 12 ARCA Racing Series starts from 1988 through 1992 finishing a career-best second two times at Michigan Int’l Speedway and Pocono Raceway in 1992.

The Lucas Oil 200 presented by MAVTV American Real at Daytona is live on FOX Sports 1 Saturday, February 15, and precedes NASCAR’s Sprint Unlimited, also live on FOX Sports 1.

Pre-race ARCA Iowa notes; LaJoie aiming for 3 for 3; ARCA’s milestone season matters

September 6th, 2013

(TOLEDO, Ohio) – Two for two is pretty cool, but three for three could be thrice as nice. Corey LaJoie, son of two-time NASCAR Nationwide Series champion Randy LaJoie, is two for two in the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards win column in 2013 with victories at Chicagoland Speedway and Pocono Raceway. The 21-year-old rookie is aiming for what would be his third career win in his third start this year at Iowa Speedway if he can pull off the win Saturday in the Prairie Meadows 150. LaJoie is entered in the No. 17 Dewey’s Automotive Group-Roulo Brothers Racing Ford, which is the same car he won in at Pocono and Chicagoland.

Milestones matter

Considering the ARCA Racing Series is more than 60 years old, milestones matter, and they’re piling up in 2013.

Headed into the 18th of 21 races in 2013, there have been 11 different winners, including the youngest winner in series history (Kyle Benjamin/15 at Madison Int’l Speedway) and oldest winner in series history (Ken Schrader/58 at the DuQuoin State Fairgrounds). That puts 43 years between the youngest and oldest series winner. Additionally, the 2013 season has produced the youngest driver to ever compete (Kyle Benjamin/15) and the oldest (James Hylton/79). The 64 years between the two represent more longevity than the series itself – ARCA in its 61st season.

Eyes on milestone man Kimmel at Iowa Nine-time champ and current point leader Frank Kimmel is most certainly a big part of this milestone season, earning his 79th career-win at Winchester Speedway in late June. His most recent win ties him with Iggy Katona as ARCA’s all-time series winner. With just four events remaining in 2013 (Iowa, Salem Speedway, Kentucky Speedway and Kansas Speedway), Kimmel, who won at Iowa in 2007, is arguably well on his way to a record 10th series title with a 305-point lead over runner-up driver and SCOTT Rookie Challenge contender Mason Mingus. Kimmel is also the all-time superspeedway lap leader with 2,746 laps-led in 85 races. His overall career laps-led total is even more impressive at 11,072. Kimmel has led at least one lap in 11 races this season, the most since 2006 when he led laps in 13 races. His 448 laps led this season are the most for him since he led 669 laps in 2005.

2013 repeat race winners and pole winners Repeat race winners in 2013 have been Frank Kimmel (3), Ken Schrader (2), Corey LaJoie (2) and Brennan Poole (2).

Nine different drivers have won Menards Pole Awards presented by Ansell in 2013. Mason Mitchell has back-to-back poles (Berlin & Springfield) and set track qualifying records at both events. Other repeat pole winners are Ryan Blaney, Andrew Ranger and Ken Schrader. Schrader earned his 17th career pole award last time out at DuQuoin, and his 17th career win to match.

Local favorite Mitchell on Iowa media blitz

Mason Mitchell is certainly making the most of his home track experience. The W. Des Moines, Iowa local favorite has embarked on a two-day media blitz Wednesday and Thursday during which he will engage in four radio interviews, one newspaper interview and a TV appearance for his sponsor Happy Cheeks.

This week also marks the first time that Mitchell’s sponsor Happy Cheeks will air a commercial on Des Moines CBS affiliate KCCI TV-8. Since climbing aboard the No. 82 Empire Racing-Happy Cheeks Ford at Pocono, Mitchell has earned two Menards Pole Awards presented by Ansell, one top-five finish and five top-10s.

Venturini’s No. 15 fast in 2013 The Venturini Motorsports No. 15 car has visited victory lane five times this season with four different drivers: John Wes Townley (Daytona), Erik Jones (Berlin), Brennan Poole (Michigan, Springfield) and Kyle Benjamin (Madison). Benjamin is back in the 15 car for Iowa, the biggest track, length-wise, the 15-year-old Easley, South Carolina driver will have ever raced on to date.

SCOTT Rookie Challenge battle tight to Iowa There is a new driver atop the SCOTT Rookie Challenge standings after DuQuoin. Justin Boston, driver of the No. 25 ZLOOP Computer & Electronics Recycling Toyota, following his third place finish at DuQuoin, has moved ahead of Mason Mingus in the rookie of the year title fight by just two points. Mingus had led from the second race of the season (Mobile) up until last Monday’s race at DuQuoin. SCOTT Rookie Challenge points are calculated by taking the best 15 finishes of the season.

Kimmel and Hessert only former Iowa winners entered Frank Kimmel, who won at Iowa in 2007, and Tom Hessert, victorious at Iowa in 2010, are the only former Iowa winners entered. Kimmel, who now drives for ThorSport Racing, won in ’07 for nine-time ARCA car owner champ and Newton, Iowa native Larry Clement. Hessert’s victory at Iowa in 2010 came in a Cunningham Motorsports car. Following the 2010 season, Hessert moved over to Ken Schrader Racing, but has since come back to Cunningham Motorsports fulltime beginning this year. Hessert, who finished second at DuQuoin last Monday, won earlier this year at Salem with the Cunningham organization.

Cunningham Motorsports 2-time Iowa winners

Although there have been no repeat driver winners at Iowa, Cunningham Motorsports has repeated in the Iowa win column with two different drivers – Parker Kligerman in 2009 and Tom Hessert in 2010.

Self entered in 2nd Cunningham car

Hessert’s Cunningham teammate this year at Iowa will be 17-year-old rookie Austin Wayne Self in the No. 22 Dodge. In four career starts, Self has not finished outside the top-10 with a career-best mark of second at Winchester Speedway. Self also finished fourth at Berlin Raceway, sixth at Toledo Speedway, and 10th at the New Jersey Motorsports Park road course.

Enfinger returns The Prairie Meadows 150 also marks the return of Fairhope, Alabama’s Grant Enfinger to ARCA competition. Enfinger, who earned his career-first ARCA win at Mobile Int’l Speedway earlier this year, finished second at Iowa in 2012. Enfinger is entered in the No. 90 Motor Honey-Casite-American Hammered Ford for car owner Howard Bixman. Enfinger finished fifth at Michigan Int’l Speedway in mid-June, which was the last time he drove in an ARCA race.

Fast females Two drivers from the female ranks are entered at Iowa – Caracas, Venezuela’s Milka Duno and 17-year-old Taylor Ferns, from Shelby Township, Michigan. Duno is currently tied for sixth with Mason Mitchell in national championship points. Shawna Robinson is currently the highest finishing points finisher in series history with a sixth place points finish in 2000. Both Duno and Ferns drive for Venturini Motorsports. Ferns has been impressive in her ARCA debut this year with finishes of ninth at Mobile and the Springfield mile dirt, and 10th just last Monday at DuQuoin.

16-year-old Weatherman one to watch

16-year-old Kyle Weatherman has also been quite impressive in his ARCA debut this year. In just three starts, the Wentzville, Missouri rookie finished fourth at Salem and Winchester, two of the most challenging short tracks on tour. He also finished 12th at Toledo.

Iowa live on FOX Sports 2 and re-airs on FOX Sports 1

The Prairie Meadows 150 will air live on FOX Sports 2 at 9:00 p.m. ET, and will re-air on FOX Sports 1 next-day Sunday at 8:00 a.m. ET.

Practice for the Prairie Meadows 150 at Iowa Speedway is from 1:30-3:00 p.m. Saturday, September 7 with Menards Pole Qualifying presented by Ansell following at 5. The eighth annual Prairie Meadows 150 is scheduled to start at 8 p.m. local time.

Chase Elliott ready for back-to-back ARCA races at New Jersey and Pocono

July 25th, 2013

(TOLEDO, Ohio) – ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards SCOTT rookie Chase Elliott made headlines earlier this year at Pocono Raceway where the 17-year-old driver became the youngest superspeedway winner in history.

The Dawsonville, Georgia driver, who is also entered in the ARCA road course race this Sunday at New Jersey Motorsports Park, held back a stiff last-lap charge from 17-year-old Erik Jones at Pocono in June to earn the top prize on the track known as the “Tricky Triangle”.

Elliott, son of NASCAR champion Bill Elliott, will be coming back to Pocono for the ModSpace 125 Friday, August 2 to defend his newly-acquired title. However, the driver of the No. 9 Aaron’s Dream Machine-Hendrickcars.com Chevrolet, says the defense of the aforementioned title will not be his primary focus.

“I’m not really focused on defending a title,” Elliott said.

“I don’t look at it (the race) any differently. I’m going to go back and give it just as much of an effort as before. Well, maybe a little more.

“I think it’s really neat and I’m obviously very excited to have that accomplishment (youngest superspeedway winner). Hopefully we can keep it that way and go back to Victory Lane at Pocono in a couple of weeks.”

At any rate, Elliott is certainly looking forward to heading back to Pocono.

“I really enjoy going to Pocono. I think it’s a fun race track that puts on some really good racing, and I’m looking forward to going back.”

Elliott also understands that Pocono is certainly unlike any other track on tour.

“I would say it’s (Pocono) unique more than anything. Three turns and long straightaways are different than the other tracks out there. It’s definitely a place of its own and takes time to get used to. I’m excited to go back after our success there earlier this season.”

Prior to the ModSpace 125 at Pocono, Elliott will be competing in the Barbera’s Autoland 150 presented by Driven Racing Oil this Sunday, July 28 at New Jersey Motorsports Park.

Elliott could add yet another feather in his cap by winning the race at New Jersey thereby becoming the youngest ARCA Racing Series road course winner in history. The ARCA Racing Series has been racing on road courses since 1958. Casey Roderick is currently the youngest ARCA road course winner in history after winning at New Jersey Motorsports Park in 2010 at the age of 18.

In last year’s race at New Jersey, Elliott finished second in his road course debut, losing the lead on the final lap when road course veteran and two-time NASCAR Canadian Tire Series champion Andrew Ranger, also entered at New Jersey, wrestled it away.

New Jersey Motorsports Park, Barbera’s Autoland 150 presented by Driven Racing Oil
Schedule (July 27-28)
Practice for this year’s Barbera’s Autoland 150 presented by Driven Racing Oil is Saturday, July 27 from 11:20 a.m. – 12:50 p.m. with final practice afterwards from 1:40-2:40. Menards Pole Qualifying presented by Ansell follows final practice at 4:30. Sunday’s race is scheduled to roll off at 1.

Pocono Raceway, ModSpace 125 Schedule (August 1-2)
The ModSpace 125 gets started with practice from 3:00-5:00 Thursday, August 1. Menards Pole Qualifying presented by Ansell gets underway at 1:15 Friday, August 2. The ModSpace 125 race is scheduled to get the green flag at 5:15 Friday. The ModSpace 125 is also live on SPEED at 5 eastern.

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Chase Elliott Looks to Make More ARCA History at Road America; Dillon, Blaney, Ranger, Kimmel, Mingus Among Entrants for SCOTT® 160 Saturday, June 22

June 16th, 2013

(TOLEDO, Ohio) – Seventeen-year-old Chase Elliott just became the youngest stock car superspeedway winner in history with his victory in the Pocono ARCA 200 in early June.

Elliott could add yet another feather in his cap by winning the SCOTT® 160 at Road America Saturday, June 22. And if the Dawsonville, Ga. driver does, he would become the youngest ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards road course winner in history. Considering the ARCA Racing Series has been racing on road courses since 1958, the milestone is certainly worth crowing about. Currently, Casey Roderick is the youngest ARCA road course winner in history after winning at New Jersey Motorsports Park in 2010 at the age of 18.

To suggest Elliott could come up a winner at Road America would be an understatement. In fact, he finished second in his ARCA road course debut at New Jersey last year. Elliott lost the lead on the final lap when road course veteran and NASCAR Canadian Tire Series champion Andrew Ranger, also entered at Road America, passed Elliott on the final circuit.

In addition to the Elliott-Ranger rematch at Road America, the entry list for ARCA’s first appearance on the four-mile, 14-turn Elkhart Lake, Wis. road course is getting more interesting by the moment.

NASCAR Sprint Cup, Nationwide and Camping World Truck Series veteran Austin Dillon has now filed an entry in the No. 52 Ken Schrader Racing Chevrolet. Dillon, the grandson of Richard Childress, is seeking additional road course experience in an effort to be more competitive on road courses in NASCAR. Dillon’s younger brother, Ty Dillon, was the 2011 ARCA Racing Series driving champion.

The diverse flavor among entrants certainly does not end there. Ryan Blaney, son of NASCAR Sprint Cup veteran and World of Outlaws sprint car champion Dave Blaney, has also filed an entry in the No. 22 Cunningham Motorsports Dodge, which is a driver development team for Penske Racing, which Blaney drives for in NASCAR competition.

After signing with Penske Racing in July of 2012, Blaney ran seven Nationwide races and 13 Camping World Truck races, celebrating his first Truck Series victory in only his third start at Iowa Speedway, thus becoming the youngest winner in NASCAR Truck Series history.

Other entrants for the first annual SCOTT® 160 at Road America include nine-time ARCA Racing Series champion and current point leader Frank Kimmel in the No. 44 Ansell-Menards Toyota, and top rookie contender Mason Mingus in the No. 32 Call 811 Before you Dig Toyota. Mingus, who just graduated from high school, is currently second in championship points.

More than 30 entries are expected for ARCA’s first go at Road America.

The SCOTT® 160 will mark the 17th time the ARCA Racing Series has raced on a road course, reaching back to its inaugural road course appearance in 1958. Former ARCA road course winners also include Fred Lorenzen, Nelson Stacy, Curtis Turner, Jack Bowsher, Darrell Waltrip, Ken Schrader, Bob Schacht, and Justin Allgaier to name a few.

Rain or shine, the inaugural SCOTT® 160 at Road America for the ARCA Racing Series will go on June 22 alongside the NASCAR Nationwide Series for an action-packed stock car double header.

Practice for the SCOTT® 160 is from 3:05-5:30 p.m. Friday, June 21. Menards Pole Qualifying presented by Ansell is scheduled to take place Saturday morning at 9:05 a.m. with the SCOTT® 160 to follow at 12:45.

ARCAracing.com will feature live timing and scoring and live audio coverage of all ARCA’s on-track activity at Road America.

For ticket info, please visit RoadAmerica.com.

Ken Schrader win Menards 200 at Toledo; Becomes Oldest winner in ARCA Racing Series history

May 22nd, 2013

(TOLEDO, Ohio) – Ken Schrader won the Menards 200 presented by Federated Car Care Sunday afternoon at Toledo Speedway, making him the oldest winner in ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards history.

Schrader started second in his Federated Auto Parts Chevrolet and led 163 laps. The NASCAR veteran took command of the lead early in the race and held off a long side-by-side battle with Grant Enfinger and took the checkered flag while waving to a capacity crowd. Schrader pitted on lap 129 and came out second behind Josh Williams, who stayed on the track while most of the rest of the front runners pitted. Schrader, driving the No. 52, quickly got around Williams and got the front — and stayed there. Schrader is 10 days shy of his 58thbirthday.Enfinger cut a right front tire late in the race and finished 15th.

Mason Mingus, who entered the race second in points, placed second with Frank Kimmel third, Justin Boston fourth and Matt Tifft fifth. “I love it,” Schrader said in Victory Lane. “That’s five (at Toledo). We’ll take it. But, now, it means nothing because we have to go to Elko.”

Schrader’s Federated Car Care team celebrated in victory lane. It was his fifth win at Toledo Speedway and 16th all-time ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards win. After Enfinger’s car slowed, Schrader had a huge lead as Mingus was his closest competitor, but was a good distance away.

“We were just making laps at that point,” Schrader said. “We knew we had a big lead. We just had to keep it out front.” Mingus, in the Win Tron Racing Diamond Equipment-811 Call Before You Dig Chevrolet, stayed up front all race but couldn’t get close enough to Schrader at the end.

“We’re pretty excited with second,” Mingus said. “I think we were close. We needed a caution there at the end to bunch up the field a little bit. “But, I’m really happy with second. We gained 10 points on Kimmel. We’re getting closer.”

Kimmel, in ThorSport’s Ansell-Menards Toyota, spun in turn four on lap 85 and had to pit, but fought back for a Third-place finish. He leads the point race heading into the next ARCA Racing Series event at Elko Speedway June 1. “We kept battling all day,” Kimmel said. “To finish third, we’re good with that.”

Several ARCA Racing Series SCOTT Rookie Challenge competitors turned in great efforts. Mingus was the SCOTT Rookie Challenge winner for the second race in a row. Justin Boston, in the ZLOOP Computer and Electronics Recycling Toyota, was right behind Kimmel and Matt Tifft fifth and Austin Wayne Self sixth. Tifft and Self were making their ARCA Racing Series debuts.

Mason Mitchell placed seventh in the Happy Cheeks-BeavEx-Roulo Brothers Ford; Williams came home eighth in his Southwest Florida Cable Construction Ford while Kelly Kovski, driving for Allgaier Motorsports, and Cunningham Motorsports driver Tom Hessert rounded out the top 10 in his Barbera’s Autoland Dodge. Enfinger’s long side by side battle with Schrader kept fans on the edge of their seats for several laps. Smoke was continually coming out of his Hewes Concrete Polishing-Motor Honey-Casite Ford, especially the last laps before his tire went flat.

“I think we had some issues with it from Salem,” he said. “It was a really good car, though. It was good all weekend. I think I kind of over drove it a little bit because of that and, eventually, we blew the right front.” Pole sitter Kyle Benjamin led the first 21 laps before Schrader got under him while the two were battling lapped traffic. On lap 44, Benjamin’s car slowed and went off the pace and pitted for problems.

The race will be re-broadcast on SPEED at noon Monday.

About ARCA

The Automobile Racing Club of America (ARCA) is among the leading auto racing sanctioning bodies in the country. Founded in 1953 by John and Mildred Marcum, the organization administers more than 100 events each year in multiple racing series, including the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards, the ARCA/CRA Super Series, the ARCA Truck Series and the ARCA Midwest Tour, plus weekly racing at Toledo and Flat Rock Speedways.

Kyle Benjamin becomes youngest polesitter in ARCA history Saturday at Toledo Speedway; Menards 200 field set

May 19th, 2013

(TOLEDO, Ohio) – Kyle Benjamin became the youngest Menards Pole Award presented by Ansell winner in ARCA Racing Series history Saturday, winning the pole for Sunday’s Menards 200 presented by Federated Car Care.

Benjamin turned a blistering lap that was just shy of the Toledo Speedway qualifying record.

“It was smooth,” Benjamin. “I wasn’t expecting that.” Benjamin, 15, will start on the front row Sunday in his The Truth Band-Renton Coil Spring Chevrolet owned by Venturini Motorsports, in next to NASCAR veteran Kenny Schrader, driving the No. 52 Federated Auto Parts Chevrolet.

Benjamin will be making his third career ARCA Racing Series start. The Easley, S.C. resident is now the youngest pole winner in series history, a distinction previously held by Erik Jones, now a NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver.

“We have a really good racecar,” Benjamin said. “I didn’t think the qualifying would go that good. I was thinking we could run a .90 (15.90), but when they came on and said it .80 (15.872), it was really cool.”

Mason Mingus, in the WinTron Racing Diamond Equipment 811-Call Before You Dig Chevrolet, will start third, Frank Kimmel in the Menards Ansell Toyota fourth and Tom Hessert, in the Cunningham Motorsports Barbera’s Autoland Dodge fifth.

Hessert is the most recent short track winner on the ARCA Racing Circuit, having won at Salem Speedway last month.

Kimmel, Mingus and Hessert are the top three in the ARCA Racing Series point standings entering the Toledo Speedway event and all start in the top five.

Two cars — the 16 of Kelly Kovski and the 91 of Robert Bujdoso — crashed during practice and crews were working on the cars as qualifying continued.

Official Starting Lineup, Menards 200 presented by Federated Car Care at Toledo Speedway

About ARCA

The Automobile Racing Club of America (ARCA) is among the leading auto racing sanctioning bodies in the country. Founded in 1953 by John and Mildred Marcum, the organization administers more than 100 events each year in multiple racing series, including the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards, the ARCA/CRA Super Series, the ARCA Truck Series and the ARCA Midwest Tour, plus weekly racing at Toledo and Flat Rock Speedways.

Mason Mingus; Win-Tron Racing Focused On Toledo Speedway

May 16th, 2013

TOLEDO, Ohio- After a career-best runner up position two weeks ago at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway, Mason Mingus and his Win-Tron Racing team know that they must keep their strong start to the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards season alive with Sunday’s Menards 200 presented by Federated Car Care at Toledo Speedway. In the first four races of the year, the Brentwood, Tennessee native has been wrestling with nine-time ARCA champion Frank Kimmel for control of the championship standings. With one pole, two top-fives and four top-10s, just a mere 30 points separates the long-time veteran from the favorable rookie.

This weekend at the Northern Ohio 0.5-mile oval, the teenager is hoping to gain control of the top spot, further proving that his team will be a contender for the championship. To aid their battle, the Win-Tron Racing team led by 2009 ARCA championship crew chief Mark Rette participated in a private test session last week, where the driver and team left pleased with their results. “After the test, I think we’ll have a better car than we did at Mobile,” offered Mingus, who sat on the pole and finished a strong fourth in the second race of the season. “I cannot say enough about this Win-Tron Racing team. We are a determined bunch. My debut at Toledo last year was okay. We weren’t bad, but we weren’t great either. I think the benefit of testing will really play into our hands on Sunday.” Right now, the 18-year old knows that the cagey presence of Kimmel is something he’ll have to get used to as he tries to bring the Mooresville, North Carolina-based team their first ARCA championship.

“We knew going in, and its fact right now that, Frank Kimmel is the driver everyone’s chasing,” added Mingus, driver of the No. 32 Diamond Equipment / Call 811 Before You Dig Toyota Camry. “Thankfully, we’ve had an extremely strong start to the season, so he hasn’t been able to get too far ahead as far as the point standings are concerned. But, Toledo Speedway is another great track of his, so we felt testing will at least help balance the playing field as far as we’re concerned.” He continued, “I feel really good going into this race though. We have had really good short track cars this year and I have learned a lot since the race there last year. I hope I can get my first ARCA win at Toledo this weekend. I’m confident that (Mark) Rette and the guys have given me a car capable of that. It’s also a great opportunity for our sponsor Call 811 Before You Dig. Ohio 811 is bringing a lot of representatives to the race, so we definitely want to have a good showing for them too.” Entering Toledo, the Tennessean has 17 ARCA Racing Series races to his credit. During that tenure, he has acquired two top-fives and 11 top-10 finishes, including a second-place run at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway in May 2013. Additionally, a pole run last month, also at Mobile (Ala.) International Speedway is his best time trials effort to date.

The Menards 200 presented by Federated Car Care (200 laps / 100 miles) is the fifth of 21 events on the 2013 ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards schedule. The 72nd ARCA race at Toledo Speedway is a two-day show. Practice begins Saturday, May 18 with a forty-five minute practice session planned from 11:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. A final practice is scheduled from 1:00 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. Menards pole qualifying presented by Ansell is set for later in the day, slated to begin at 3:30 p.m. The event will take the green flag Sunday, May 19 shortly after 2:00 p.m. The race will be televised live on SPEED. Additional coverage including timing and scoring available through the ARCA Racing Network (ARN) online at (http://www.arcaracing.com/) . All times are local (Eastern). Learn about Call 811 Before You Dig and what it can do for you by connecting to (http://www.call811.com/) For more on Mason Mingus, please visit.(http://www.masonmingusracing.com/) Mingus tweets too. Follow him on Twitter @Mason_Mingus.
About Win-Tron Racing:
Located in Mooresville, North Carolina, Win-Tron Racing is the home of one the most potent ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards single-car operations. Owned by former racers Kevin Cywinski and Nate Thiesse, the team since has acquired the assets of County Joe Racing has become a favorable fixture on the circuit. Since Win-Tron Racing’s inception in 2007, the team has hosted a variety of drivers including leading drivers James Buescher, Blake Bjorklund, Justin Marks, Matt Merrell and Brandon McReynolds to their first career ARCA victories. In 2013, the team will begin its seventh year of competition with a presence in the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards, the NASCAR K&N Pro Series (East) and the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.

Toledo Speedway busy with more testers in prep for Menards 200; 2012 ARCA champ/Nationwide driver Chris Buescher Coaches rookie Mitchell

May 15th, 2013

(TOLEDO, Ohio) – Monday afternoon provided yet another opportunity for ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards teams to test at Toledo Speedway in preparation for this weekend’s Menards 200 presented by Federated Car Care.

ARCA Racing Series championship defenders, the Roulo Brothers, and Cunningham Motorsports spent all day on the half-mile track, each team with two drivers.

The Roulo Brothers brought 2012 ARCA national champion driver Chris Buescher, who played the role of coach and mentor to SCOTT Challenge Rookie contender Mason Mitchell, who took his first laps around Toledo Monday morning. Buescher has won four of the last five ARCA races at Toledo. While there are no plans for Buescher to race in the upcoming Menards 200, the NASCAR Nationwide Series driver understands the track as well as anyone, and arguably better than many.

“I honestly don’t know what it is,” Buescher said. “You know I hated this track after my first two runs here. Ever since then, I’ve had something click and have been able to get around here pretty decent. I think Mason should be in good shape
come next week. The car’s pretty close; I like how it’s driving. I feel like we’ve made some gains, and we’re going to get him back in here before too long and see what he thinks about what we’ve been working on this morning.”

According to Buescher, who finished 12th in the recent Nationwide race at Darlington, he feels Mitchell is getting up to speed quickly.

“He’s a quick learner; he’s done a really nice job this year,” added Buescher. “They had some luck not go their way so far, but just trying to speed up the learning curve as much as possible.”

Mitchell was grateful to have Buescher helping.

“I’m getting some good tips from the one and only Chris Buescher,” Mitchell said. “Everything’s going pretty good right now. It’s (Toledo Speedway) got its own character. Just gotta figure out everything, just like anywhere else. It’s pretty smooth.”

Cunningham Motorsports, led by NASCAR champion crew chief Paul Andrews, tested with veteran and former Toledo polesitter Tom Hessert and newcomer Austin Wayne Self, who, like Mitchell, took his first laps on the fast Toledo half-mile.

“First time I’ve seen the track,” Self said. “The car’s feeling pretty good. We put stickers on it; it’s been a lot more comfortable with those. Just working on trying to get the car a little better, to get the good run off the corner; but I think we’re pretty happy right now the way it’s going.

“It’s a really cool track. You get here, and it doesn’t look like it’s going to be a real fast track, but you get on there, and it’s a lot faster than it looks, so I’m excited to see what it’s going to be like with all the cars on it.”

Self, 17, is slated to make his series debut in the No. 22 Cunningham Motorsports Dodge in this Sunday’s Menards 200.

Outside of Hessert’s wins at Iowa and Salem, the Cherry Hill, Jew Jersey driver has had some of his best finishes at Toledo, finishing third back-to-back in 2009 and 2010. He was also fourth in 2011, the year he won the pole, and finished fifth last year. Ironically, Hessert has never tested at Toledo.

“I’ve never had the opportunity to test here in the past, so it’s pretty cool to be able to spend the day up here,” Hessert said. “It’s the car we ran at Mobile. It’s actually a car I ran a lot when I was with Cunningham in 2010, so it’s nice to be back in it. It’s a little snug right now; we’re working on it. We’ll figure it out as the day goes on.

“Hopefully, we’ll get that little bit extra we need to try and get the win up here. I’m sure we’ll make a long run – just gotta get it to where it’s driving a little better on the short run first.”

Discount Tickets on Sale Now for Menards 200 Tickets are on sale now for the Menards 200 presented by Federated Car Care at Toledo Speedway. Tickets are $15, compared to $25 on race day, and are available at Menards stores in Toledo, Defiance, Holland, Oregon, Sandusky and Findlay.

The weekend’s activities include ARCA Racing Series practice and qualifying plus the ARCA Truck Series Grogan’s Towne 50-lap race on Saturday, May 18. The Menards 200 is Sunday, with an autograph session at noon and the race at 2 p.m.

The Menards 200 presented by Federated Car Care is live on SPEED.

About ARCA

The Automobile Racing Club of America (ARCA) is among the leading auto racing sanctioning bodies in the country. Founded in 1953 by John and Mildred Marcum, the organization administers more than 100 events each year in multiple racing series, including the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards, the ARCA/CRA Super Series, the ARCA Truck Series and the ARCA Midwest Tour, plus weekly racing at Toledo and Flat Rock Speedways.

Focus Shifts To Toledo Speedway and the Border Wars 7-Up 150 for Brian Campbell and KBR Development

April 17th, 2013

Grand Rapids, Michigan–After a weekend in Nashville, Tennessee that he’d like to forget, Brian Campbell’s focus immediately shifts to one of his favorite tracks on the schedule, the ½ (0.500) mile high-banked paved oval of Toledo Speedway in Toledo, Ohio for the first ever ARCA/CRA Super Series Powered by JEGS and ARCA Midwest Tour combined event; the Border Wars 7-Up 150 on Saturday, April 20th.

In his last race, the Music City 125 at Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville in Nashville, Tennessee for the Inaugural Southern Super Series event, Campbell was forced out of the event on just lap 14 after contact with another car sent him into the back stretch wall. “There’s no need to race that hard, that early in the race.” Explained the Campbell right after the race. “We had a good car and were moving forward and that happens. Not too happy about it.” He added at the time.

Now Campbell and the KBR Development Team will re-shift all of their focus on the historic ½ mile in the Buckeye State at a track where Campbell has enjoyed success. In 2012, when the race was an ARCA/CRA Super Series only event, Campbell withstood several strong challenges from fellow West Michigan standout, Johnny VanDoorn to score the popular victory.

“Toledo is a fun track. It’s fast and wow there is certainly a lot of entries,” Stated the 34-year-old. “We’ve ran with the majority of the teams entered at one time or another, but to have all of these strong teams together for one show; It’s going to be a challenge to defend our title in this race. But I know the KBR Development crew is up to the challenge and we’ll be there in the end.” He added.

In addition to select events within the ARCA/CRA Super Series Powered by JEGS, the ARCA Midwest Tour and the Southern Super Series during the 2013 racing season, Campbell will also make several appearances in the JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour Presented by Chevrolet Performance as well as at his home track of Berlin in the tracks’ Budweiser Super Late Models Series for Template Bodied Super Late Models.

It is at Berlin where Campbell, the 2011 Coors Light Super Late Models Series Champion, is the strongest as he is the only driver in the four year history of the Rowdy 251, an ARCA/CRA Super Series sanctioned event featuring NASCAR Sprint Cup Series star, Kyle Busch to actually defeat Busch in the race as he was the winner in the first edition of the event in 2009. Busch has since rallied to win the last three events adorning his nickname.

For the remainder of the 2013 racing season, Campbell’s familiar white #20 KBR Development / Ford Fusion will carry sponsorship decals on the side of his machine from McGunegill Engine Performance as well as Port City Racecars, Penske Racing Shocks, Handy Wacks Products and M.P.H. Promotions.

To learn more about Brian Campbell as well as KBR Development Teammate, Wes Griffith Jr., who will make a run at the 2013 JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour Presented by Chevrolet Performance Championship starting on Sunday, April 28th at Springport Motor Speedway in Springport, Michigan in the running of the Cabin Fever 100 Presented by JEGS.com, go to the KBR website located at: www.teamkbr.com You can also log onto the teams’ Facebook Fan Page at: www.facebook.com/teamkbr and on the team Twitter Page as well at: www.twitter.com/teamkbr

Patience Yields Tom Hessert Top-Five; Points Lead At Toledo Speedway

May 23rd, 2012

TOLEDO, Ohio – A gallant effort by Tom Hessert III Sunday afternoon at Toledo Speedway yielded the Cherry Hill, New Jersey native his second consecutive top-five finish of the year and ultimately the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards championship point’s lead following the conclusion of the Menards 200 presented by Federated Car Care.

After practice on Saturday, the team led by veteran crew chief Donnie Richeson adjusted their No. 52 Federated Auto Parts Chevrolet Impala accordingly for Menards pole qualifying presented by Ansell. During time trials, Hessert laid down the 10th quickest lap and noted that his racecar was impeccably improved from earlier in the day.

The green flag waived shortly after 2:00 p.m. Sunday afternoon with the 25-year old hovering in the top-15 through the race’s first 70 circuits. An extremely loose No. 52 Federated Auto Parts Chevrolet Impala saw Hessert manhandling his automobile in order to stay with the lead group. Lap 66 offered the first opportunity for Richeson to bring his pilot to pit road for two right side tires and fuel which sat him for 14th for the impending restart on lap 69.
Hessert’s strong day was nearly thwarted when the No. 42 of Clay Rogers went for a spin on the frontstretch on lap 73 and in the direct path of Hessert. Superb car-control and attentiveness by the ARCA veteran allowed him to escape the scene of the incident completely unscathed.

By the halfway point, the former CARS Pro Cup Series (formally known as the USARacing Pro Cup Series) had climbed back to 10th and clearly on the move. Chaos however broke out on the backstretch on lap 111 immediately throwing a yellow-flag over the track and another opportune time for Richeson to bring the No. 52 Federated Auto Parts Chevrolet Impala for his final planned stop of the day. A jam-packed pit road with mere inches separating the racecars leaving the congested area, Hessert would find himself 13th for a lap 117 restart. 11 laps later, Hessert had cleverly maneuvered his Ken Schrader Racing (KSR) vehicle into ninth and posting some of the quickest laps in the field.
With 50 laps remaining, Hessert found himself eighth and the slickness of the sun-covered track aiding them in their effort in catching the cars ahead of him.

By lap 152 after a brief caution, Hessert found himself sixth on the grid and in the clutches of the No. 58 of Chad Hackenbracht. By lap 181, Hessert was finally able to make the move by Hackenbracht rising to fifth overall.

With the track under green flag conditions, Hessert quickly began reeling in the third and fourth place cars of Grant Enfinger and Clint King – but ran out of laps to make the passes. Instead, Hessert took the checkered flag in fifth, notching his fourth top-10 finish in the year’s first five contests.

The team’s efforts during the 200-lap contest allowed the former NASCAR Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car star to swallow a 55-margin to previous championship leader Brennan Poole and gain sole control of the championship standings and hold a 15-point cushion over second-place competitor Chris Buescher. “Overall, it was a strong day for everyone on this Federated Auto Parts Racing team,” said Hessert. “We had to chase the handling of our car a little bit, but I don’t think we were alone in that department. In the end, our car was handling at it’s best and we just needed a couple more laps to get around those guys ahead of us. But, still we’ll take fifth and the points lead and see if we can’t keep this momentum on our side heading to Elko. I’m just really proud of Donnie (Richeson) and the guys and can’t thank Ken
Schrader (team owner) for the opportunity.”

Next up on the tour is the sixth stop of the season at Elko (Minn.) Speedway, a new track for the series’ 60th anniversary tour. The Akona 200 presented by Federated Car Care is set for Saturday, June 2. The green flag is set to fly shortly after 8:00 p.m. in the one-day show with live radio coverage available through the ARCA Racing Network online at ARCARacing.com. Exiting Toledo, Hessert has 88 career ARCA Racing Series starts. In those outings, he has maneuvered two poles, one win, 21 top-fives and 47 top-10s.

For more on Tom Hessert III, please visit (http://www.tomhessert.com/) . Hessert has joined the Twitter crave. Follow and connect with him @TomHessert.

Chad Hackenbracht Drives To Hard Fought Top-10 Finish At Toledo Speedway

May 22nd, 2012

TOLEDO, Ohio – An uncharacteristically warm day at Toledo Speedway presented its challenges to many of the competitors in the Menards 200 presented by Federated Car Care, but New Philadelphia, Ohio native Chad Hackenbracht would not be denied a top-10 finish in the fifth race of the season.

After practice on Saturday, the team led by veteran crew chief Kevin Reed adjusted their No. 58 Tastee Apple Chevrolet Impala accordingly for Menards pole qualifying presented by Ansell. Being the first machine to tackle Toledo Speedway for time trials, Hackenbracht laid down an impeccable lap but would fall to seventh overall, awarding the Mooresville, North Carolina-based team with their fifth straight top-10 start of the year. The green flag waived shortly after 2:00 p.m. Sunday afternoon with the 20-year old hovering in the seventh position through the race’s first 50 laps. For a number of laps, Hackenbracht stalked the No. 12 of Jared Marks and finally made the move around the fellow Ohio native by lap 52 moving him into the sixth position.

By lap 75, Hackenbracht remained in the sixth spot, but 10 laps later had climbed into the top-five. Five laps later though, Hackenbracht relinquished the spot to Grant Enfinger on newer tires. At the half-way point, the rising star sat sixth and remained there until the caution flag waived on lap 111 allowing the opportunity for Reed to bring his protégé to pit lane for the first time of the day. A crowded pit lane saw the CGH Motorsports pilot exit behind Tom Hessert and restart the race in the 13th position.

By lap 128, Hackenbracht sliced his way back into the top-10 and passed the No. 52 of Hessert to move into the eighth spot. Four laps later, he moved passed the No. 15 of Ryan Reed for seventh where he idled through lap 150. Five laps later, the No. 58 returned back to the top-five in fifth, where he stayed through lap 181 when Hessert bumped him back to sixth. Through the remaining 19 laps, an ill-handling automobile would work against the driver, losing two more positions respectively before taking the checkered flag in the eighth position, delivering the team their third top-10 effort of the season.

“We’ll take a top-10 finish, but the run wasn’t exactly what we were hoping for,” said Hackenbracht. “We just could not get our No. 58 Tastee Apple Chevrolet Impala to adapt to the track conditions. The weather was surely unusual and I think it affected a lot of the cars out there, ourselves included. We fought a greasy track and a tight and loose racecar all day, we were just trying to hang on for track position, I just couldn’t move forward. Still, the car is in one-piece and we can march on to Elko and look to put ourselves back in the top-five there.” His 13th career top-10 occurred in his 33rd ARCA Racing Series race. In the race for the championship, Hackenbracht slipped to fourth overall but gained significant ground for the top-spot and now sits just 30 markers from first now in control by Tom Hessert. Entering Toledo, he sat 70 points out of the prime spot.

Next up on the tour is the sixth stop of the season at Elko (Minn.) Speedway, a new track for the series’ 60th anniversary tour. Hackenbracht however hails prior experience at the track in the Legends Car Series where he won
the National Asphalt Championship in 2008. The Akona 200 presented by Federated Car Care is set for Saturday, June 2. The green flag is set to fly shortly after 8:00 p.m. in the one-day show with live radio coverage available through the ARCA Racing Network online at ARCARacing.com.

CGH Motorsports still has marketing partnerships available for the 2012 ARCA Racing Series season. Interested parties can contact Jordan Dahl at Jordan@cghmotorsports.com or 570.234.5449.

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About CGH Motorsports: CGH Motorsports http://www.cghmotorsports.com/, established in 2007 by Ohio entrepreneur Greg Hackenbracht is located in a 10,000 sq. foot facility located in Mooresville, North Carolina. CGH Motorsports is home of rising sensation Chad Hackenbracht, who competed in nine ARCA Racing Series races in 2010 after an aggressive ARCA testing schedule in 2009. Chad Hackenbracht is the 2008 National Asphalt Legends champion, winning 33 percent of his races and finishing in the top-10, 85 percent of the events he competed in. The team has stepped up their commitment from a partial schedule in 2010 and ran a full-effort in 2011, and will attempt another full season of competition in 2012.

Brandon Kidd Has “No Kidding” Attitude For Toledo

May 17th, 2012

TOLEDO, Speedway- – Brandon Kidd, a well-known figure on the DIRTcar Crate Late Model (DCCLM) tour will take a brief hiatus from slinging on the dirt and return to the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards in Sunday’s Menards 200 presented by Federated Car Care at Toledo Speedway.

Late last week, Andy Belmont Racing (ABR) announced that the 20-year old will compete in a minimum of four ARCA Racing Series events beginning with the fifth race on tour Sunday afternoon driving the No. 2 NASCAR Racing Experience Ford Fusion.

Even though the Manlius, New York native has zero experience at the half-mile oval nestled in the backyard of ARCA’s corporate office, Kidd and his crew chief Lee Leslie are relying on the success of a recent test at Toledo Speedway to help the rising phenom score big in his fifth career ARCA start on Sunday afternoon.

“I’m stoked about being back in the ARCA Racing Series and this great opportunity with Andy Belmont Racing,” said Kidd. “I’ve never been or seen Toledo Speedway before the test, but I feel with the number of laps we’ve turned it will be extremely beneficial for us.”

He added, “I enjoy short track racing, three out of four of my prior ARCA starts have come on short tracks. I savor the fact in a challenge of short track racing, where you never know what’s going to happen. Over the years, ABR has shown that they are a fierce threat on the ARCA tour, especially when it comes to short tracks, so I’m anxious to see what we can do on the track.”

In his four previous ARCA starts at Berlin (Mich.) Raceway, Iowa Speedway, Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis and Pocono (Pa.) Raceway respectively, the New Yorker has amassed a best finish of 12th at Berlin in his inaugural debut in 2010. Keen to improve on that finish from nearly two years ago, Kidd knows that patience will be critical to the 200-lap slugfest this weekend.

“We’ve done a lot of testing between Toledo and Caraway (N.C.) Speedway to get me ready for Sunday. It doesn’t matter though how much testing you do — nothing is like the race itself. I have the utmost faith in Lee (Leslie, crew chief) and the guys and we’re going to do everything in our power to bring the No. 2 NASCAR Racing Experience Ford Fusion home with a satisfying finish.”

Kidd added, “I want to thank NASCAR Racing Experience, Myrtle Beach Speedway, Romano Auto Dealerships and Pinnacle Investments for jumping on-board with us this weekend. I hope my good vibes about the race come true.” Andy Belmont, team principal at ABR offered his sentiments on this weekend’s activities. “Brandon’s incredibly upbeat and that’s great music to this entire team. Not only does he have faith in himself, but he is comfortable with all the guys on the team. He hasn’t set any major goals for himself – he just wants to go out there, do the best he can for his sponsors and us
and that’s exactly what we plan to do.”

Following, Toledo, Kidd will return to the tour with ABR at Iowa Speedway (July 13), Lucas Oil Raceway Park at Indianapolis (July 27) and a to-be-determined race. Mikey Kile will be a teammate to Brandon Kidd in the No. 1 ModSpace Ford Fusion giving the field a double-dose of short track racing Andy Belmont Racing style. The Menards 200 presented by Federated Car Care (200 laps / 100 miles) is the fifth of 20 events on the 2012 ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards schedule. The 71st ARCA race at Toledo Speedway is a two-day show.

Practice begins Saturday, May 19 with a forty-five practice session planned from 11:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. A final practice is scheduled from 1:00 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. Menards pole qualifying presented by Ansell is set for later in the
day slated to begin at 3:30 p.m. The event will take the green flag Sunday, May 20 shortly after 2:00 p.m. The race will be televised live on SPEED with additional coverage including timing and scoring available through the

ARCA Racing Network (ARN) online at _arcaracing.com_ (http://www.arcaracing.com/) . All times are local (Eastern). For more on Brandon Kidd, please visit _brandonkiddracing.com._ (http://www.brandonkiddracing.com/) Additional information on Andy Belmont Racing is available by logging on to _AndyBelmont.com._ (http://www.andybelmont.com/) About Andy Belmont Racing (ABR):
Andy Belmont Racing (_AndyBelmont.com_ (http://www.andybelmont.com/) ) is a competitive and respected motorsports operation who fields race cars in the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards. ABR has been serving the motorsports community and winning for nearly 25 years. Currently, the team fields
a full-time ARCA Racing Series program for series winner Mikey Kile in the No. 1 ModSpace Ford Fusion.

Kasten Earns Top-Five ARCA/CRA Finish With a New Car and Little Practice on a New Track

May 2nd, 2012

CONCORD, NC – The odds were stacked against 21-year-old Becca Kasten and her BDI Racing team in Sunday’s ARCA/CRA Super Series 7-Up 100 at Toledo Speedway in Ohio. Rain prevented the team from shaking down a brand-new Lefthander chassis for the first time on Saturday; that left only an abbreviated practice round on Sunday as its first on-track experience.
To top things off, the driver had never seen the Toledo track before, so her car’s laps were also her first at the half-mile Toledo facility. Add a stout 36-car field around her and there were plenty of opportunities for Kasten and the team to scratch their heads.

But, after some hard work and some good calls in the pits by crew chief Toby Nuttleman, Kasten rocketed from her 25th-place starting spot into the top-10 by halfway of the 100-lap affair. She continued her climb into the top five and finished in fifth at the fall of the checkered flag.

“I can’t believe how well we ran considering where our expectations were after practice and qualifying,” said Kasten, who is competing full-time for the ARCA/CRA Super Series Championship in 2012. “The whole situation for the day was an uphill battle, with us learning a new car. We changed four shocks and springs before qualifying – four shocks and springs we had never tested. After the last-chance race, we changed the rear shocks again. In the feature, I don’t even know if we were that good, but everyone else’s car seemed to turn to junk after 20 laps. That was really fun. We were very pleasantly surprised.

“That was the biggest example of not giving up in any race that I’ve ever been a part of. You never know what’s going to happen in the race. It’s a good day that came out of what could’ve been a bad day.”

The race weekend may not have gone according to plan before the green flag flew, but Kasten and the team had hit on a strong race package by the time the event kicked off.

“The way the race went, we were running in the top-10 by about lap 50. Then once I got to about seventh or eighth, I thought we may have a shot for a top five. We got up to the top five group of cars and then there were a bunch of cautions. I had to keep restarting on the bottom in fifth, so I wasn’t able to pick up any more than that. All the restarts we were able to get some spots by running the high line, so that’s where I was really able to gain the most all race long. But, when there was a long green flag run, we were already up to seventh and I couldn’t believe it.”

“It wasn’t just that it was a new car, but that track was completely new to me. I was a second off the pace in practice. I knew that it was a new car so I had to take my time with it, so we had to overcome those two huge variables – a new car and a new track. The way practice went that day, there was less than 30 minutes of green-flag practice for all 36 cars to get on track. You can’t control the weather and the schedule was really tight. But when I’m struggling, my guys pick me up and when they’re struggling, I try to pick them up, so that’s what we were able to do at Toledo.”

The next event for Kasten and the No. 51 BDI Racing team will be in the ARCA/CRA Super Series on May 12th at Berlin Raceway in Marne, Michigan. If you are interested in supporting the pairing of Becca Kasten and the BDI Racing team in 2012, please contact the team at marketing@bdiracing.net for unique marketing opportunities. The team’s websites, beccakasten.com and bdiracing.net are currently under construction for the 2012 campaign.

Claude Plante Jr., Begins ARCA Allegiant Late Model Gold Cup Series Title Run At Toledo Speedway*

April 26th, 2012

Chesterfield,, Michigan –The 2012 racing season begins for Chesterfield, Michigan veteran, Claude Plante Jr., this
Saturday & Sunday, April 28-29th as the Great Lakes States veteran will begin his charge after the ARCA Allegiant Late Model Gold Cup Series Championship in the running of the 7-Up 100 at the legendary ½ (0.500) mile high-banked paved oval of Toledo Speedway in Toledo, Ohio.

“We’re excited about making an all-out effort to win the Gold Cup championship this year. We have never tried it before and only raced at Flat Rock one time ever so it will be a challenge but one we are up for.” The 39-year-old stated as final preparations for the ARCA Gold Cup Series opener continue. “This weekend is the season opener at Toledo and the test
went really well last weekend so we feel that we have a car that can compete for the win this weekend.”

Plante Jr., is no stranger to the fast ½ mile located just south of the Michigan / Ohio state line as he scored his first ever Feature Win in a full-bodied stock car at the track back in 1996 in Late Model Sportsman competition in the tracks Season Championship event. On that day, he started shotgun on the field and methodically picked his way through the
field before making a daring three-wide pass for the lead on the outside of the top two drivers in points (Art Rozane and Russ Wood) and would take the checkered flag just ahead of both competitors.

Plante Jr., is hoping that past success at the historic ½ mile will resurrect itself this weekend in the &-Up 100; “We have some great support from DTS Drive Train Specialists and R.J.S. Safety Equipment along with Van’s Tire and Wheel from Richmond, Michigan and Precisionwerx of Marine City, Michigan has really come forward and given us some support and made much of what we are doing possible so a big thank you to Justin and Maryanne.” He ended.

After the Series Opener at Toledo, race #2 will be at Spartan Speedway in Mason, Michigan, a tight ¼ (0.250) mile semi-banked paved oval located south of Lansing, Michigan on Memorial Day Weekend Sunday, May 27th. Plante Jr., has visited victory lane there once before in the Super Pro Late Model Series (Now JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour Presented by GM Performance Parts) back in 2010. From there, the series visits another ¼ mile, Flat Rock Speedway in Flat Rock Speedway on three occasions while also returning to Toledo in August.

During the 2011 racing season and in eight starts within the JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour Presented by GM Performance Parts, Plante Jr., has recorded two top five finishes as both top fives are season high fourth place finishes at Toledo in the VR-12 / Easter Bunny 100 Presented by JEGS.com and then again at Columbus Motor Speedway in Columbus, Ohio in the Coughlin Cars 100 Presented by JEGS.com.

In addition, Plante Jr., also has six top 10 finishes and all eight starts within the series have resulted in at least a top 15 showing. He’s also won the Five Star Racecar Bodies Hard-Charger Award within the series on three separate occasions during the Salem, Indiana based series’ inaugural season at Toledo, Dixie Motor Speedway, and Rockford Speedway. Despite missing the final three series races, he would finish 11th in the points standings and earned the series’ Hard-Charger Award.

For the 2012 season, Plante Jr’s #16 Outlaw Bodied Super Late Model with a Port City Racecars chassis will carry sponsorship decals from; Precisionwerx as well as D.T.S. Drive Train Specialists, Van’s Tire & Wheel, R.J.S. Safety Equipment, Newby Racing Engines, and M.P.H. Promotions.

To learn more about Claude Plante Jr’s 2012 racing season and to inquire about additional sponsorship opportunities that are still available, please call: 1 (989) 666-0839. You can also go to the Claude Plante Jr. Motorsports Facebook Fan Page by clicking on: www.facebook.com and search “Claude Plante Jr. Motorsports”

Ryan Wilson Blends To A Career Best ARCA Finish At Toledo Speedway

October 21st, 2011

TOLEDO, Ohio- With points not a major concern for Lakeville, Minnesota-based Win-Tron Racing, It was all about Ryan Wilson as the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards closed out their 2011 season this past Sunday with the running of the Federated Car Care 200 at Toledo Speedway.

Wilson, making his second consecutive start for Win-Tron Racing and fourth of the season behind the wheel of the No. 32 Champion Brands Toyota Camry, the team was anxious to get their rookie driver on the track. Knowing that their prior success with rookies at the half-mile oval had offered a boastful point, the team still had to make sure that their Randleman, North Carolina native was comfortable behind the wheel.

It didn’t take long for Wilson to show his comfort zone at Toledo Speedway as he quickly wrestled his No. 32 Champion Brands Toyota Camry around the track and instantly showcased as one of the strongest cars in the field by posting the third quickest lap overall by the conclusion of first practice. In happy hour, the final practice session leading up to qualifying, the
team’s attempt at a qualifying run would be halted due to lap traffic, but the veteran ARCA team still showcased the 11th fastest lap. Turning their efforts to qualifying, the NASCAR Whelen-All American Series (NWAAS) amateur took to the Northern Ohio racetrack contesting to make his fifth career start overall. Picking up the pace from his quickest lap in practice, Wilson overall maneuvered the 14th best lap after 42 cars took an attempt to make the season finale.

“I’m beating myself up right now,” said Wilson. “The Win-Tron Racing guys have given me a real fast car and I messed up a little bit in qualifying. I plan to make it up to them, Champion Brands and Southern Pharmacy Services during the race.”
Unfortunately, teams returned to the ARCA-owned racetrack on Sunday under gloomy skies and consistent rain showers. Ultimately, the start of the contest would be pushed-back nearly two hours before the command to fire engines was given. ARCA would choose to utilize the 35-car starting field to finish the track drying process throwing both the green and yellow flags simultaneously for the first 40 circuits of the contest. With the yellow flag retracted and the green “officially” given to the field, Wilson was anxious to get the front and he didn’t hide it. Quickly moving in the 13th position by lap 45, Wilson set his sights on the strong group of lead cars ahead of him. Just six laps later, Wilson found himself inside the top-10 and posting lap times comparable to the leaders.

Normal short track racing consists of typical beating and banging and Wilson had demonstrated that fact by lap 58 as contact while racing to inch up the leader board would cause a tire rub and ultimately force a trip down pit road during an early race caution where crew chief Mike Chaffee advised his team to change right side tires and pull the fender from the No. 32 Champion Brands Toyota Camry before sending their driver back into competition.

Finding himself deep in a lead lap group, Wilson restarted 18th but quickly began making progress and found himself in 13th by lap 92. Moving into 12th by lap 121, another yellow flag waived allowing Chaffee to bring his driver down pit lane for two left side tires and a splash of fuel. The strategy call would pay off and move the winner of last Fall’s Richard Petty Driver Search II back into the top-10 in ninth on lap 124. Tight racing would see Wilson shift in the running order over the next 25
laps slipping to as low as 11th before climbing into eighth on lap 144. With 50 laps remaining, Wilson would make a pass by the No. 68 of Will Kimmel for seventh and the two late model drivers would duke it out for that position for many laps before eventual contact was made sending Kimmel into the outside wall and Wilson barely escaping unscathed.

Trying to shake off the incident and re-focus on the job at hand, Wilson continued to move forward and had lifted into the sixth position by 178. Wilson hovered in sixth coming to the white flag only to see the yellow flag raise just seconds later throwing the field into overtime and also rising the 19-year old to fifth after the leaders collided in turn two. On the restart, Wilson would find himself in a torrid battle with the No. 36 of Grant Enfinger where the two would hash it out the entire final lap with the No. 36 pulling ahead of the No. 32 by inches at the checkered flag with Wilson delivering a sixth place finish, accelerating past his prior ARCA best of ninth at Pocono (Pa.) Raceway earlier this season. Upon conclusion of the race, Wilson unbuckled himself from his automobile and personally found Will Kimmel to apologize about the incident near the end of the race. After the two conversed, Wilson then digested the afternoon’s race with the members of his team.

“First, I hate what happened to Will (Kimmel),” Wilson said. “We were racing real hard and it was completely unintentional. Second, I’d like to thank the Win-Tron Racing team for giving me such a good racecar. It was a blast to drive this thing. We were able to come from the back to the front and stay there. The battle on the last lap was intense, but we (Grant Enfinger) raced each other as clean as we could and he just got us by a hare.” He added, “This was my fourth race with Champion Brands as a sponsor and I was proud to represent them. We were excited to have Southern Pharmacy Services on-board for Toledo and we’re hoping to put some stuff together during the off-season that will see us back on track together in 2012.”
Nate Thiesse, co-car owner of Win-Tron Racing offered his sentiments on the Federated Car Care 200. “We’re impressed, especially with Ryan never seeing Toledo Speedway before arriving on Friday night. He’s an incredible person with a wealth of talent. He did an amazing job during the race and showed that he has the ability to race with the best of the best in ARCA. We’re proud to end the year with a positive finish, just like we started the year and to have been associated with Ryan and his group this season. We’re going to work hard towards trying to keep him in this seat for 2012.” Wilson has five career ARCA Racing Series starts to his credit. In those five outings, he has maneuvered two top-10s, four top-15s and a career-best qualifying effort of fifth at Pocono (Pa.) Raceway. Wilson has also controlled the ARCA field once for three laps at Kansas Speedway. Next up for the ARCA Racing Series is the 2011 championship banquet which is set for Saturday, December 10th at the Northern Kentucky Convention Center in Covington, Ky., near Cincinnati. The top-20 drivers and top-10 owners and drivers will be recognized for their participation in the series this year.

Chris Buescher Wins after Intense Finish at Toledo Speedway;

October 18th, 2011

(TOLEDO, Ohio) – The smoke cleared and a path opened, leaving Chris Buescher to drive to his third win in the last four ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards races and his third victory in two years at Toledo Speedway.

Buescher’s victory in the Federated Car Care 200 sealed the ARCA Racing Series Rookieof the Year title for the Roulo Brothers Racing driver by two points over Ty Dillon,440-438. Buescher also won at DuQuoin, Ill. and Salem, Ind., both in September.

Dillon finished second in the race to complete his rookie season and the 2011 ARCA Racing Series championship.

At 19, Dillon (No. 41 Bass Pro Shops/Hemelgarn Chevrolet) is the 29th champion and the youngest champion in the history of the ARCA Racing Series. The Richard Childress Racing driver is the first rookie champion since Andy Hillenburg won ARCA’s top
prize in 1995.

After leading 46 of the first 164 laps and losing the lead to Dillon, Buescher (No. 17 Reliance Tool/David Ragan Ford Ford) held second place until being passed on Lap 188 by Brennan Poole (No. 25 Engineered Components Chevrolet).

Poole put Dillon in his sights and closed the lead margin as the final 10 laps started to tick off, hoping to deny the eventual champion of his eighth victory of the year. Poole, who won at Salem, Ind. in his ARCA debut in May, drove equal with Dillon
in the fourth turn on Lap 197 – making side-by-side contact – and passed him one lap later.

Poole held the lead through Lap 199, but Dillon bumped Poole out of the way on Lap 200, which would have been the race’s final circuit if not for the caution flag thrown by ARCA Racing Series officials. Before the yellow flag flew, though, Buescher
- who had been one second behind in the waning laps – drove past a stalled Dillon and Poole’s turned car to take the lead.

Buescher held the lead until the green and white flags flew together on Lap 206. He then drove away to the win on a one-lap shootout, matching his final position in both races at Toledo last year.

Chad McCumbee (No. 1 ModSpace Ford) finished third, Menards Pole Award presented by Ansell winner Tom Hessert (No. 52 Federated Auto Parts Chevrolet) was fourth, and Grant Enfinger (No. 36 Hoosier Tire Midwest/RaceTires.com Dodge) ended the race fifth.

Ryan Wilson, Clint King, Chad Hackenbracht, Charles Evans Jr., and Jared Marks finished sixth through 10th, respectively.

More race information will be available in a detailed press release from the ARCA Racing Series.

The ARCA Racing Series will wrap up the 2011 season with the Championship Awards Banquet at the Northern Kentucky Convention Center in Covington, Ky., near Cincinnati, on Saturday, December 10.

The ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards featured 19 events at 16 tracks on its 2011 schedule. The series has crowned an ARCA national champion each year since its inaugural season in 1953, and has toured over 200 race tracks in 28 states since its inception. In 2011, the series has tested the abilities of drivers and race teams over the most diverse schedule of stock car racing events in the world, visiting tracks ranging from 0.4 mile to 2.66 miles in length, on both paved and dirt surfaces as well as a left- and right-turn road course.

Founded by John Marcum in 1953 in Toledo, Ohio, the Automobile Racing Club of America (ARCA) is recognized among the leading sanctioning bodies in the country. Closing in on completing its sixth decade after hundreds of thousands of miles of racing, ARCA administers over 100 race events each season in two professional touring series and local weekly events.

Win-Tron Racing Looking To Do What They Do Best At Toledo Speedway

October 14th, 2011

TOLEDO, Ohio- – Joey Miller, Blake Bjorklund, James Buescher, Justin Marks and Matt Merrell are just some of the drivers that Win-Tron Racing has propelled to their first career ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards victory. This Sunday, the Lakeville, Minnesota-based team will be looking to add Ryan Wilson to that roster as the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series (NWAAS) standout returns to action for Sunday’s Toledo ARCA 200 presented by Federated Car Care at Toledo Speedway.
Wilson, a native of Randleman, North Carolina returns to the helm of the No. 32 Champion Brands Toyota Camry / Southern Pharmacy Services / Win-Tron Racing Toyota Camry after a strong 11th place outing at Kansas Speedway in the Kansas Lottery 98.9.

After tackling a short track at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis in July followed by two speedways races at Pocono (Pa.) Raceway and Kansas Speedway respectively, the 19-year old returns to somewhat normal territory by tackling another short track for his fifth career ARCA start. While the rising star has yet to see the half-mile pavement in person, he isn’t necessarily worried about the challenges he may face, as his Mike Chaffee-led organization has blossomed at the Northern Ohio track over the past several years.

“I’ve been told that Toledo (Speedway) has some similar characteristics to Caraway (N.C.) Speedway, my hometown track back in North Carolina,” said Wilson, winner of last Fall’s Richard Petty Driver Search II. “I’m fired up about Toledo this weekend because it’s a short track and because a top-10 finish was stolen from us in the last couple of laps at Kansas because of a lapped car last Friday night. I want to make up for that this weekend.” Using pit strategy in his intermediate track debut, Wilson was able to lead the field for three laps, but the avid short track ace wants to pace the field for his talent and speed this weekend and put his Win-Tron Racing team in contention for their second win of the year.

“You never forget leading laps in racing,” offered Wilson. “It was a cool experience (at Kansas) but it’s more about just being smart to lead laps, we also want to be the fastest and lead laps and have everyone chasing us. I know that we have the chance to do that on Sunday. Not only would a win be incredibly special for me, but I know it would be a great boost for
Win-Tron and Champion Brands heading into the off-season.” For co-owner Nate Thiesse, the opportunity to have Wilson back at the controls on Sunday means that he might just be the driver that steals the spotlight away from the ARCA regulars.

“Ryan is definitely gaining a lot of attention really quickly and for obvious reasons, “said Thiesse. “He was incredibly smooth and fast at Kansas and he did exactly what we wanted him to do. Now, we’re heading to a track that he should be adequately comfortable and with our prior success there, we’re hoping for a potent combination. It sure would be a great way to end the season with the team celebrating in victory lane with one of racing’s future stars.”

Thiesse added, “We’re working hard on our 2012 plans and Ryan is definitely in the cards. We would love to see him run for the championship next year if we can put everything together. His devotion and talent are beyond his years and I feel he can really represent not only our team and marketing partners well but the series too. Hopefully we can make it a reality.”
As for Wilson, the opportunity to run full-time for Win-Tron Racing would be a dream come true. “It’s been my dream to run at tracks like Daytona and Talladega,” Wilson explained. “I have a lot of people that believe in me and want to see that happen. We’re (hopefully) not going to stop until we make that happen. Hopefully, what we’re working on will materialize into
something grand for 2012.”

In addition to Champion Brands, Win-Tron Racing and Wilson welcome Southern Pharmacy Services as an associate marketing partner for the 2011 ARCA season finale.

The Toledo ARCA 200 presented by Federated Car Care (200 laps / 100 miles) is the 19th of 19 events on the 2011 ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards schedule. The 70th ARCA race at Toledo Speedway is a two-day show. Practice begins Saturday, October 15 with a forty five minute practice session planned from 12:00 p.m. – 12:45 p.m. A final forty five minute “happy hour” session has been etched in from 1:40 p.m. – 2:25 p.m. Menards pole qualifying presented by Ansell is set for later in the day slated to begin at 4:00 p.m. A one hour on-track autograph session has been etched in from 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. on race day (Sunday). The contest will take the green flag shortly after 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 16. The event will be televised live on SPEED with additional race coverage including live timing and scoring throughout the 1,331st race for the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards since it was formed in 1953 will be available through the ARCA Racing Network (ARN) online at http://www.arcaracing.com presented by http://www.arcanation.com . All times are local. Further information including driver opportunities with Win-Tron Racing is available by visiting http://www.win-tronracing.com or contacting Nate Thiesse at 612.306.1641

For more on Champion Brands LLC and their extensive line of products, please log on to http://www.championbrands.com or http://www.championsusechampion.com Additional input on Ryan Wilson is available by logging on the web at http://www.ryanwilsonmotorsports.com

Matt Merrell Keen On Prevailing In Road Course Debut

May 19th, 2011

(MILLVILLE, New Jersey) – - After cleverly mastering his fourth consecutive top-10 finish of the season last weekend at Toledo Speedway, Matt Merrell will tackle some unfamiliar turf as the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards treks to New Jersey Motorsports Park (NJMP) for Sunday’s ModSpace 150.

The Portland, Texas native has endured several different types of race tracks during his young career. From short tracks, to intermediate tracks and even the intimidating superspeedways of Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway and Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway but this weekend the opportunity to strengthen his resume by competing at a road course is an opportunity and not a hindrance.

“I’m more than ready,” said Merrell. “You have to approach tracks that you have never been to before with optimism. Who knows, I might even surprise myself this weekend. The biggest thing for me this weekend is not to break what we’ve already built so far in 2011 including moving up to second in points. A good run will help keep us in this championship chase.” And that platform that Merrell has built in 2011 has been impressive. With a third place outing at Daytona, a ninth at Talladega, a fifth at Salem (Ind.) Speedway and a third in the most recent adventure at Toledo Speedway, the possibilities of keeping his streak alive remain at an all-time high.

“I cannot boast enough about this Win-Tron Racing team,” added the 26-year old protégé. “Nate, Kevin, Mike (Chafee, crew chief), Mike (Resop, car chief) and the rest of the guys are some of the best in the business. They know what they are doing even when it comes to road course racing, so I’m just eager to get behind the wheel of our No. 32 Champion Brands Dodge Charger.”

To help prepare the former USARacing Pro Cup Series star for his first tango with NJMP, Merrell recently attended the Bob Bondurant School of High Performance Driving at Firebird Raceway. Merrell spent four days under grueling testing conditions which included three days of testing in a Chevrolet Corvette C6 Grand Sport and spent his last day in a Formula 1200 open-wheel car.

“I learned a lot at the school,” Merrell mentioned. “You learn the typical dos and don’ts, but you also get to experience some of what could happen first-hand for yourself. I know that even tough I wasn’t in a stock car, the techniques will no question help me on Sunday.”

An added bonus for Merrell is that he has developed a bond with former Win-Tron Racing pilot Justin Marks who erupted with his first career ARCA victory win at Palm Beach (Fla.) International Raceway with the Lakeville, Minnesota based team last February.

“Being able to lean on Justin the past couple weeks has been a huge bonus,” sounded Merrell. “He has told me what to be prepared for this weekend at New Jersey. He’s told me what to expect, what could happen and how to setup and make a move on the competition, that all helps. I’ve taken a lot of input in from him and it’s planted into my mind. I know that if I need to, I can also pick up the phone and call him this weekend too.”

Nate Thiesse, co-owner of Win-Tron Racing isn’t worried about his driver’s inexperience heading into the fifth race of the year. “Matt will be fine. One of his brightest abilities is how well he is able to adapt quickly to new surroundings and New Jersey this weekend will be the perfect scenario. I think with the help of the Bob Bondurant School and talking with Justin (Marks), we won’t see anything less that what Matt has delivered all year long.”

The lone road racing contest of the year signifies the fourth race that Champion Brands will heed the role as the primary sponsor for the Lakeville, Minnesota-based team. Headquartered in Clinton, Missouri Champion Brands LLC produces and blends more than 300 products including fuel, oil and engine additives and lubricants for the automotive, heavy truck, agricultural and specialty markets.

Entering New Jersey, Merrell is second in the ARCA Racing Series championship standings 95 points behind leader Ty Dillon and five markers ahead of nine-time champion Frank Kimmel in third. Currently, the Win-Tron Racing team holds the reins with Kimmel Racing as the only two teams to finish inside the top-10 in all four races thus far in 2011.

Merrell will make his 18th career start in the ARCA Racing Series presented Menards at NJMP this weekend. In his previous 17 outings, Merrell has eight top-fives including runner-up finishes of second at Berlin (Mich.) Raceway and Pocono (Pa.) Raceway (August) in 2009 and 10 top-10s. His best start position for Win-Tron Racing occurred at the tricky triangle of Pocono (Pa.) Raceway where he qualified his No. 32 _CollinsHope.org_ (http://www.collinshope.org/) Dodge Charger second in June of 2009.

The ModSpace 150 (67 laps / 150 miles) is the fifth of 19 events on the 2011 ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards schedule. The fourth ever ARCA event held at New Jersey Motorsports Park is a two-day show. Practice begins Saturday, May 21 with an hour and a half practice session planned from 11:15 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. A final “happy hour” session has been etched in from 1:45 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. Menards Pole by Ansell qualifying is slated to begin at 4:30 p.m. The field will take the green flag on Sunday May 22 shortly after 1:00 p.m. The race will not be televised but event coverage including live timing and scoring throughout the weekend will be available through the ARCA Racing Network (ARN) online at _arcaracing.com_ (http://www.arcaracing.com/) presented by _ARCANation.com. _(http://www.arcanation.com/)

Further information including driver opportunities with Win-Tron Racing is available by visiting _win-tronracing.com_ (http://www.win-tronracing.com/) or contacting Nate Thiesse at 952.469.1839.

Ty Dillon Wins Tense Menards 200 Presented by Federated Car Care at Toledo Speedway for Fourth ARCA Victory

May 17th, 2011

(TOLEDO, Ohio) – Short track racing is known for close, exciting action and flaring tempers, and the Menards 200 presented by Federated Car Care gave Toledo Speedway fans some of both, as ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards rookie Ty Dillon spun nine-time series champion Frank Kimmel just over 10 laps from the checkered flag and drove to his second win of 2011.

With Kimmel (No. 44 Ansell/Menards Ford) leading on Lap 189 and appearing ready to win for the first time in 48 races – a stretch dating back to late 2008 – Dillon (No. 41 Hemelgarn Enterprises Chevrolet) moved Kimmel off of the white line around
the bottom of the track and into a spin, assuming an advantage he would not relinquish.

Dillon fended off challenges by Grant Enfinger (No. 36 Acme Dismantling Dodge) and Matt Merrell (No. 32 Champion Brands Dodge) over the final two restarts to win by 0.291 seconds and drive to Victory Lane for the fourth time in seven career ARCA
starts.

“It was an awesome day,” Dillon said. “As soon as we unloaded, I felt like we had the fastest car for sure. We even cut short our practice, and I don’t like to do that, but we knew we had the fastest car. Our pit crew did awesome. I went in fifth and came out second. We came in, tightened up, and she took off.”

Dillon’s celebration was not without controversy. Following an extended burnout, Dillon drove to Toledo Speedway’s Sunny D Victory Lane with the checkered flag in hand – until parking the car and seeing a waiting Kimmel standing nearby. Kimmel
took the flag from his hand and threw it to the ground, and opened Dillon’s window net to speak to the driver who had taken away his chance at a win. After the race, Dillon understood Kimmel’s anger.

“I was approaching behind him for a long time there, probably 40 or 50 laps,” Dillon said. “I was being as patient as I can. We came up on some lapped cars, and he was starting to get loose; I was getting in deeper and deeper. My car was getting better and better.

“I hate that it happened that way. I wrecked him. It was my fault, but it’s racing. Stuff like that happens. I really look up to Frank and he’s helped me out a lot this year. Hopefully, we can get over this and everything will be alright.” Within a stone’s throw of Victory Lane after the race, Kimmel was not pleased. “I wasn’t blocking or doing anything; I was just running my lap,” Kimmel said. “He just hit me wherever he could and then he got me in the left rear corner and ran me around. It’s just frustrating as heck. You race so hard, and you race clean, and we didn’t have a scratch on the car all day. “I just asked him, ‘How can you celebrate a win like that?’ It’ll come back. It’s a long season, and we have to race all year.”

Kimmel finished ninth.

Tim George Jr. (No. 31 Richard Childress Racing Development Chevrolet) finished fourth after suffering early damage, matching his best result on a short track. Two-time Toledo Speedway winner Chris Buescher (No. 17 David Ragan Fan Club Ford) also battled back from early damage to finish fifth.

John Stancill, in his first ARCA Racing Series event, finished sixth. Chad McCumbee and Dakoda Armstrong followed in seventh and eighth, respectively. After Kimmel, Kenzie Ruston finished 10th in her ARCA debut. Venturini Motorsports fielded the cars for Stancill and Ruston in their first race.

Ohio native Chad Hackenbracht finished 11th and 17-year-old Josh Williams was 12th. Sixteen-year-old Jared Marks, a debut driver from nearby Napoleon, Ohio, finished 13th, one spot ahead of Tom Hessert. Milka Duno was 15th.

Matt Crafton, the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series points leader, led 13 laps and finished 18th.

The full recap from the Menards 200 presented by Federated Car Care will be released shortly.

SCA’s Tork® Performance(TM) Wipers Headed for ARCA Tracks

May 17th, 2011

(TOLEDO, Ohio) – SCA Tissue and its Tork® brand of Wipers announced today at Toledo Speedway plans to serve as an official product sponsor in the wiper and shop towel category in the Automobile Racing Club of America (ARCA). The yearlong partnership is a first for SCA, and will help the Tork brand gain further visual traction within the automotive industry, which continues to be an important focus for SCA.

The brand will kick off the partnership today during the Menards 200 presented by Federated Car Care at Toledo Speedway, in which drivers will sport the Tork brand logo on their uniforms and cars. Additionally, teams will receive samples of Tork Advanced ShopMax(TM) Wipers and Tork Premium 520 Multipurpose Cloths. Throughout each race in 2011, SCA will reward the top four finishing Tork Wiper customers who also sport the Tork logo on their car and uniform with a product gift Certificate.

“SCA’s line of Tork Wipers and Performance(TM) dispensers are a perfect fit for ARCA. Tork’s innovative quality and designs make them a valued addition to the industry,” said Mark Gundrum, vice president of marketing and communications for ARCA.

“The ARCA partnership is an opportunity for SCA to gain additional traction in the automotive segment while showing appreciation to our loyal customers in the industry,” said John Drengler, vice president of product and marketing at SCA Tissue North America. “Crew members, car engineers, and mechanics insist on using the right tool for the job and continue to switch from conventional textile shop towels that can contain residual oil, grease, and chemicals inhibiting performance and requiring
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The 200-lap, 100-mile Menards 200 presented by Federated Car Care will begin at 2 p.m. Sunday, with live timing and scoring and live audio coverage presented by ARCA Nation at ARCARacing.com.

The ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards has crowned an ARCA national champion each year since its inaugural season in 1953, and has toured over 200 race tracks in 28 states since its inception. The series tests the abilities of drivers and race teams over the most diverse schedule of stock car racing events in the world, annually visiting tracks ranging from 0.4 mile to 2.66 miles in length, on both paved and dirt surfaces as well as a left- and right-turn road course.

Founded by John Marcum in 1953 in Toledo, Ohio, the Automobile Racing Club of America (ARCA) is recognized among the leading sanctioning bodies in the country. Closing in on completing its sixth decade after hundreds of thousands of miles of racing, ARCA administers over 100 race events each season in two professional touring series and local weekly events.

Sean Corr Finding Comfort Level At Toledo Speedway

May 16th, 2011

(TOLEDO, Ohio) – - Mother Nature graciously allowed the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards teams to practice on Saturday afternoon after persistent rain in the morning had all indications of a complete washout.

Thanks to overcast skies and quick work by Toledo Speedway and ARCA officials, the half-mile oval was quickly dried allowing Sean Corr and the remainder of the ARCA Racing Series teams to participate in a 55-minute practice session from 2:05 p.m. – 3:00 p.m., nearly an hour and a half delay following the original practice slot. During the session, Corr in his No. 82 _Roush Yates Performance_ (aoldb://mail/write/roushyatesparts.com) / _Roush Yates Engines_ (aoldb://mail/write/roushyatesparts.com) / Empire Racing Ford Fusion tackled the historic Northern Ohio short track for the first time. Quickly following in-line behind the likes of Frank Kimmel, Matt Crafton and Tom Hessert – Corr would continue to show massive improvement not only in his comfort level but on the score sheet as well.

Chassis adjustments from crew chief Howard Bixman allowed Corr’s car to find more grip on the asphalt surface which inched the No. 82 _Roush Yates Performance_ (aoldb://mail/write/roushyatesparts.com) / _Roush Yates Engines_ (aoldb://mail/write/roushyatesparts.com) / Empire Racing Ford Fusion up the leader board. Overall, the ARCA Racing Series Rookie of the Year contender circled the track 58 times notching his fastest lap of 17.074 seconds at 105.424 miles per hour, landing the Mooresville, North Carolina based team 17th on the speed chart. “We made some huge strides start to finish,” said Corr, who enters Sunday’s Menards 200 presented by Federated Car Care eighth in the championship standings. “This is a new car for us at Empire Racing and it feels really comfortable. Howard (Bixman, crew chief), John (Bellesfield, team manager) and the team made some tweaks during the session and it seemed to improve the handling, so we’re going in the right direction.”
With a final practice scheduled from 3:40 p.m. – 4:30 p.m., Corr is hoping that the rain will hold off and allow his family- owned team some more time on the race track.

“We didn’t have the opportunity to test, but the field is really tight and we’re right in the mix. That’s comforting. More track time though, the better. So hopefully, the rain will stay away and we can use that final 50 minute session to make some even bigger gains. It would be nice to get a good finish for _Roush Yates Performance_ (aoldb://mail/write/roushyatesparts.com) , _Roush Yates Engines_(aoldb://mail/write/roushyatesparts.com) , BoomText and everyone who support Empire Racing.” When ARCA Racing Series revised the practice schedule due to inclement weather earlier this afternoon, it also forced the sanctioning body to cancel Menards pole qualifying presented by Ansell originally set for later today. The field will now be set according to the rule book which reverts back to the 2010 ARCA Racing Series car owner standings. _Roush Yates Engines_ (aoldb://mail/write/roushyatesparts.com) , _Roush Yates Performance Products_ (aoldb://mail/write/roushyatesparts.com) , BoomText and TransGroup will all serve as associate marketing partners for Corr’s
14th career ARCA start this weekend. Recently, Empire Racing and BoomText officially announced the “Hard Corr Fans” program powered by BoomText, a mobile marketing campaign which allows fans to pledge towards becoming an official member of the Empire Racing team – not to mention helping three of Corr’s personal charities. To join the campaign, fans just simply have to text the word “CORR” to 411247 where they will receive an automated safe-secured link to join the “Hard Corr Fans” team. The activation of the project continues this weekend at Toledo.

The Menards 200 presented by Federated Car Care (200 laps / 100 miles) is the fourth of 19 events on the 2011 ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards schedule. The 69th ARCA race at Toledo Speedway is a two-day show. Practice continues Saturday, May 14th with a 55 minute session planned from 3:40 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. An hour on-track autograph session has been etched in from 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. on race day (Sunday). The contest will take the green flag shortly after 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, May 15. The race will not be televised nationally but event coverage including live timing and scoring throughout the weekend will be available through the ARCA Racing Network (ARN) online at _arcaracing.com_ (http://www.arcaracing.com/) presented by _ARCANation.com. _ (http://www.arcanation.com/) For the second consecutive race at Toledo Speedway, the anticipated thriller will be available locally on television through the Buckeye CableSystem Sports Network (BCSN) Sunday night at 9:00 p.m. All times are local.

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Maryeve Dufault Sets Sights on Second Short Track Race of Her Career: Toledo Speedway

May 15th, 2011

(MOORESVILLE, North Carolina) — 2011 ARCA Series Racing presented by Menards Rookie of the Year candidate, Maryeve Dufualt and her No. 12 VR-12 / Dodge Motorsports Dodge Charger are gearing up for the fourth event on this years racing schedule, the Menards 200 at Toledo (Ohio) Speedway. Two weeks ago, the Sorrel Quebec, Canada native made her first ever short track career debut at Salem (Ind.) Speedway and claimed a respectable 13th place finish for the Tony Marks Racing (TMR) team. Salem, with its unforgiving high banks is much different than the half-mile semi-banked track of Toledo, so testing the No. 12 VR-12 / Dodge Motorsports Dodge Charger this past Monday proved to be a successful venture for Dufault.

“Toledo is smooth compared to Salem”, said Dufault. “We got a few good sessions in on Monday, and I think it’s going to be really good. I am really, really happy with the team. They have worked really hard to get the car ready for Toledo and I think it’s going to be really good. I still have some learning of short tracks since this is only my second short track race
in my life, but I feel good about the track.” Dufault is having a great 2011 rookie season, but she is very keen on
knowing that the series schedule brings some challenges with each event and with that also comes the challenge of competing against seasoned drivers in the series as well.

“With every track there are new challenges and short track racing definitely has those”, added Dufault. “I am racing with people who have been racing on short tracks for a lot of their career, whereas this is only my second time. There is still a lot to learn. I just have to take my time, be smart and really take in what every lap has to offer.”

Team owner and Ohio native, Tony Marks, his hopes are optimistic for this weekend as well, especially after the test session last Monday was assisted by Jarit Johnson. “Maryeve is a very focused and talented driver”, said Marks. “I am very happy with her performance and all the dedication she has with this team. They guys in the shop have worked really hard for a performing car this weekend, and all we can do is go out there and do our best. This is a really big weekend for me personally, TMR, and VR-12. We have our sponsors here, it’s a home track and my son Jared (Marks) is competing Sunday as well, so we are all are looking forward to having a really good weekend.”

The Menards 200 presented by Federated Car Care (200 laps / 100 miles) is the fourth of 19 events on the 2011 ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards schedule. The 69th ARCA race at Toledo Speedway is a two-day show. Practice begins Saturday, May 14th with an hour and a half practice session planned from 12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Menards pole qualifying presented by Ansell is set for later in the day slated to begin at 3:30 p.m. An hour and 15 minute on-track autograph session has been etched in from 12:00 p.m. – 1:15 p.m. on race day (Sunday). The contest will take the green flag shortly after
2:00 p.m. on Sunday, May 15. The race will not be televised nationally but event coverage including live timing and scoring throughout the weekend will be available through the ARCA Racing Network (ARN) online at http://www.arcaracing.com/%20/%20http:/www.arcaracing.com/ presented by http://www.arcanation.com/ For the second consecutive race at Toledo Speedway, the anticipated thriller will be available locally on television through the Buckeye CableSystem Sports Network (BCSN) Sunday night at 9:00 p.m. All times are local.

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Menards 200 at Toledo Speedway Up Next for ARCA Racing Series

May 11th, 2011

(TOLEDO, Ohio) – Not only is Toledo Speedway a Midwestern short track that serves as a reminder of ARCA’s beginning days in the 1950s, but it’s a half-mile oval that sits less than 10 miles from the series’ headquarters in Temperance, Mich. and tightly
within the grounds of Ohio’s long racing tradition.

This week, the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards makes its 69th appearance at its home track, as Sunday’s Menards 200 presented by Federated Car Care marks the fourth race of the 2011 season.

Scheduled for 200 laps and 100 miles, the Menards 200 will put a period on a triple header of weekend racing action in Toledo. The weekend’s feature race will take the green flag at 2 p.m. on Sunday, and will be preceded by practice at 12:30 p.m. and Menards Pole Qualifying presented by Ansell at 3:30 p.m. Saturday.

Live timing and scoring and live audio coverage of all ARCA Racing Series activity will be provided by ARCA Nation and the ARCA Racing Network at ARCARacing.com.

Chris Buescher (No. 17 Roulo Brothers Racing Ford) will return to the track after winning both of the series’ events at Toledo last season, in May and in September. Buescher’s first victory was also his career first, as he led 126 of 200 laps to hold off Joey Coulter and Tom Hessert (No. 52 Federated Auto Parts Chevrolet).

Frank Kimmel (No. 44 Ansell/Menards Ford), the nine-time ARCA champion whose name tops numerous lists in the ARCA history books, holds the ARCA record with nine victories at Toledo Speedway.

Though Kimmel and Buescher are the only past Toledo winners entered, Hessert, Chad McCumbee (No. 1 ModSpace Ford), Dakoda Armstrong (No. 22 Ferrellgas Dodge), and Ty Dillon (No. 41 Richard Childress Racing Development Chevrolet) are other ARCA Racing Series race winners set to take the green flag.

While the series just raced at Salem – similar to Toledo as a banked short track – in a race won by Brennan Poole over Dillon and Kimmel, McCumbee is one driver who knows that Toledo is a far different challenge.

“It’s a huge difference,” McCumbee said. “Both of them are really fast, but you attack the track totally different. I’ve been fast at Toledo, but it’s two totally different packages in the setup.

“For a half-mile race track, it’s very fast. With the configuration, there’s a ton of grip in the asphalt there. There’s normally a high attrition rate, and you have to be really smart to keep the car under you, keep the brakes under you, keep the tires under you.”

Matt Crafton, a 10-year NASCAR veteran who drives for ThorSport Racing in the Camping World Truck Series, will enter the third ARCA event of his career in the No. 88 Messina Wildlife Management/Menards Ford. The car is a Kimmel Racing entry featuring ThorSport preparation. Crafton finished fifth last May in his ARCA debut at Toledo, and fifth again at Iowa in July.

The first of two ARCA Racing Series events at Toledo this season will be preceded by the Buckeye 305 Sprint Car Series on Friday, May 13, and the ARCA Truck Series on Saturday, May 14.

The ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards features 19 events at 16 tracks on its 2011 schedule. The series has crowned an ARCA national champion each year since its inaugural season in 1953, and has toured over 200 race tracks in 28 states since its inception. The series tests the abilities of drivers and race teams over the most diverse schedule of stock car racing events in the world, annually visiting tracks ranging from 0.4 mile to 2.66 miles in length, on both paved and dirt surfaces
as well as a left- and right-turn road course.

Founded by John Marcum in 1953 in Toledo, Ohio, the Automobile Racing Club of America (ARCA) is recognized among the leading sanctioning bodies in the country. Closing in on completing its sixth decade after hundreds of thousands of miles of racing, ARCA administers over 100 race events each season in two professional touring series and local weekly events.

ARCA Racing Series Drivers Maryeve Dufault and Jared Marks Highlight May 12 Event at Grogan’s Towne Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram

May 7th, 2011

(TOLEDO, Ohio) – ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards rookies Maryeve Dufault and Jared Marks will sign autographs and meet race fans and consumers at Grogan’s Towne Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram in Toledo on Thursday, May 12. The event is scheduled in promotion of the ARCA Fan Fest at Toledo Speedway from May 13-15, headlined by the Menards 200 presented by Federated Car Care on May 15. Grogan’s Towne Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram is an official sponsor of the ARCA Safety Initiative and a sponsor of the May 13 race event at Toledo Speedway.

The fan event, scheduled from 5-7 p.m., will feature a live radio remote from Toledo’s K100 Country. The ARCA pace cars will be on site, as will the ARCA safety vehicle – a Dodge Journey supplied by Grogan’s Towne. Dufault’s show car, a Tony Marks Racing Dodge, will appear at the event. Dufault, a Canadian rookie who is one of two female drivers running a full-time schedule in the ARCA Racing Series, and Jared Marks, a Napoleon, Ohio teenager who will make his ARCA debut in the Menards 200, will sign autographs from 6-7 p.m.

Consumers attending the event will have the chance to win Menards 200 race tickets and suite passes in addition to the grand prize, a ride in the official ARCA Racing Series pace car supplied by Grogan’s Towne Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram. Grogan’s Towne Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram is located at 6100 Telegraph Road, just south of the Michigan/Ohio border. The Grogan’s Towne Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram Night at Toledo Speedway on Friday, May 13 will be highlighted by the annual visit of the Buckeye 305 Sprint Car Series, as well as a full program of Toledo Speedway’s regular divisions. The event will mark the opening of ARCA Fan Fest 2011, the interactive fan event surrounding the spring ARCA Racing Series event weekend at
Toledo Speedway.

For over 50 years, Grogan’s Towne Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram has offered exceptional service, unbeatable specials and the latest selections of new and pre-owned vehicles. Located at 6100 North Telegraph Road in Toledo, Ohio, Grogan’s Towne has your favorite Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge and Ram models at competitive prices. They are dedicated to assisting you with all of your automotive needs and providing the best service possible.

The ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards has crowned an ARCA national champion each year since its inaugural season in 1953, and has toured over 200 race tracks in 28 states since its inception. The series tests the abilities of drivers and race teams over the most diverse schedule of stock car racing events in the world, annually visiting tracks ranging from 0.4 mile to 2.66 miles in length, on both paved and dirt surfaces as well as a left- and right-turn road course.

Founded by John Marcum in 1953 in Toledo, Ohio, the Automobile Racing Club of America (ARCA) is recognized among the leading sanctioning bodies in the country. Closing in on completing its sixth decade after hundreds of thousands of miles of racing, ARCA administers over 100 race events each season in two professional touring series and local weekly events.

MARYEVE DUFAULT / JARED MARKS MEDIA CONTACT: Chris Knight, Knight Motorsports Management _chris@chrisknightpr.com_ (mailto:chris@chrisknightpr.com) 239.834.9797

Jared Marks Hopes For Hopping Performance At Toledo Speedway

April 23rd, 2011

(TOLEDO, Ohio) It’s only fitting with the VR-12 / Easter Bunny 100 presented by Jegs.com set for this Saturday night at Toledo Speedway that rising star Jared Marks is looking for a hopping performance when the JEGS / CRA All-Stars Tour takes the green flag in their season opener at the historic half-mile oval.

After strapping in his No. 5 VR-12 / Dodge Motorsports / Victory Water Dodge Charger early in the season at New Smyrna (Fla.) Speedway, the youngster has shifted his attention towards school. Now, with his sophomore season dwindling down, Marks can slowly begin to trade his school books in for steering wheels.

The Tony Marks Racing (TMR) development driver is not only looking for a satisfying performance in an event that is supported by his sponsor, VR-12, but the 16-year old is looking to find his niche at a track that he can consider his hometown place.

“It’s an important weekend for us,” said Marks, who will return to Toledo Speedway on May 15 to compete in the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards race. “I think our No. 5 VR-12 / Dodge Motorsports / Victory Water Dodge Charger will be fast. No doubt that the race will go by quick, so I don’t have a lot of time to waste. But, to have a shot to win, you have to be around in the end. So, hopefully we’ll keep our fenders clean and make our mark when it counts.”

He continued, “I appreciate VR-12 stepping up their commitments in racing and sponsoring the race Saturday night. It’s an honor to carry their colors and I hope we can thank them a little more with a strong finish.” The avid late model competitor also explained how he will utilize this weekend’s race as a test session as well.

“The more laps I can gain at Toledo, it will only help me with the ARCA car next month,” he explained. “Our goal and focus is to go out there this weekend and win, but it’s also our intentions to learn some stuff that could aid us on the ARCA side in a couple of weeks. Toledo is a tough track; it’s no cookie-cutter for sure. The more laps the merrier as far as I’m concerned.”

Tony Marks, owner of Tony Marks Racing (TMR) offered his thoughts on having his son represent VR-12 in their first nationally sponsor Late Model event. “VR-12 has become an instrumental part of Tony Marks Racing. Their dedication and support to TMR has been amassed our expectations and stepping up to the plate and sponsoring an event only shows their commitment to growing their name in the racing family. I have no doubt that with the equipment and personnel that we’ve surrounded Jared with for this weekend, we should have a good reason to hopefully celebrate.”

In addition to a Late Model program, TMR also fields a full-time ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards entry for Canadian Maryeve Dufault in the No. 12 VR-12 / Dodge Motorsports / Victory Water Dodge Charger. Dufault recently scored a superb 12th place finish in the ARS most recent event at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway. See the buzz that VR-12 is creating by clicking over to their website at
VR-12.com . For additional information on TMT, Inc. please visit; tmtcompanies.net.   To learn more about Jared Marks and Tony Marks Racing, please click over to Tmr-racing.com Quench yourself with Victory Water, see how at Victoryh20.com.

About Tony Marks Racing (TMR): Tony Marks Racing was founded in 2009 through the passion for racing of team owner and former driver Tony Marks. Marks is the successful owner of TMT, Inc., a logistics, warehousing and packaging company with over 400 employees whose customers are mainly comprised of Fortune 100 companies.

Marks began his racing career in 1985 getting behind the wheel of everything from drag racers, Dirt Late Models, SCCA Formula Fords, USAC F2000 Open Wheel and ARCA cars. Tony personally raced until 2005 amassing numerous wins, championships and track records along the way until he then changed his focus from driver to owner and began building racing programs for his children Jared (16 years old) and Rachel (13 years old). Under the auspices of TMR, Jared began his racing career in 2002 in quarter midgets and now competes in late model, CRA, ASA and ARCA Series events while Rachel continues her development program racing quarter midgets and Bandoleros.

TMR has been at the forefront of charitable giving through its’ “Driving Against Hunger” and “Million Meal Challenge” race programs which have raised over $200,000 for Forgotten Harvest in 2010 at the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and NASCAR Nationwide Series events at Michigan International Speedway.

For the NASCAR events TMR along with TMT, Inc. partnered with Forgotten Harvest for the “Million Meal Challenge For Our Kids” which helps to bridge the hunger gap while schools are out of session and feeds 20,000 children per day in the Detroit metro area. Forgotten Harvest was significantly displayed on the entry of Chase Austin during both the Truck and Nationwide events at Michigan International Speedway along with logos of “Million Meal Challenge” sponsors Walgreen’s, United Race Group, Holyfield’s Choice Alka-Power Water and Vitamin Spice. Evander

Holyfield was also instrumental in the challenge, acting as Grand Marshall for the August race and announcing his “Fight Against Hunger” on behalf of Forgotten Harvest.

As the first race team to “Drive Against Hunger” through their partnership with Forgotten Harvest, TMR plans to continue their alliance with Forgotten Harvest and once again “Drive Against Hunger” during the 2011 season.

“Menards 200″ ARCA Racing Series Event at Toledo Speedway

March 9th, 2011

(TOLEDO, Ohio) – Officials from the Automobile Racing Club of America (ARCA) and Menards, Inc. announced today that the Wisconsin-based home improvement retailer has renewed its sponsorship of the “Menards 200″ – the spring ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards event at Toledo Speedway – for the 2011 season.

The announcement came as part of the annual Toledo Speedway preseason press conference, held at the Speedway Bar and Grille on the track grounds.

The Menards 200 on Sunday, May 15 will highlight the 7th Annual ARCA FanFest Weekend at Toledo Speedway, a three-day racing spectacular which will also include the Buckeye Sprint Car Series on Friday, May 13, and the ARCA Truck Series on Saturday, May 14. A fan-interactive festival – featuring numerous interactive displays and options for race fans of all ages – will be held on the speedway property all three days. Fans will have the chance to “Save Big Money at Menards,” as Toledo-area Menards locations will offer advance sale tickets for the Menards 200 at a 40 percent discount off of the regular ticket price.

“Menards remains a very important strategic marketing partner, not only for Toledo Speedway, but for the entire ARCA Racing Series,” said Mark Gundrum, vice president of marketing and communications for ARCA. “Their involvement with the tour as the series’ presenting sponsor, a co-primary team sponsor, and an event sponsor positions them as one of ARCA’s most important marketing partners.”

Officials also revealed that the Menards 200 will be scheduled for a “same-day-delay” television broadcast throughout Northwest Ohio on Buckeye Cable Sports Network (BCSN). The Menards 200 will feature ARCA Racing Series drivers racing for 200 laps on Toledo Speedway’s challenging half-mile paved oval. The race has gained a reputation with fans and competitors as one of the most entertaining and demanding on the circuit, complete with speed and thrilling side-by-side action. Chris Buescher drove the No. 17 Roulo Brothers Racing Ford to the first two wins of his ARCA Racing Series career at Toledo Speedway last season, sweeping the season slate on the series’ home track.

ARCA Racing Series practice for the Menards 200 is scheduled to begin at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 14, with Menards Pole Qualifying presented by Ansell following at 3:30 p.m. The Menards 200 will take the green flag at 2 p.m. on Sunday, May 15.

The ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards has crowned an ARCA national champion each year since its inaugural season in 1953, and has toured over 200 race tracks in 28 states since its inception. The series tests the abilities of drivers and race teams over the most diverse schedule of stock car racing events in the world, annually visiting tracks ranging from 0.4 mile to 2.66 miles in length, on both paved and dirt surfaces as well as a left- and right-turn road course.

Founded by John Marcum in 1953 in Toledo, Ohio, the Automobile Racing Club of America (ARCA) is recognized among the leading sanctioning bodies in the country. Closing in on completing its sixth decade after hundreds of thousands of miles of racing, ARCA administers over 100 race events each season in two professional touring series and local weekly events.

Veteran Schrader Does the ARCA Toledo-DuQuoin Double; Racing in 5 Events in 6 Days

August 29th, 2009

TOLEDO OH – For 54-year old NASCAR/ARCA veteran Ken Schrader, it’s business as usual.

On track to race in at least 100 events this year – a pace he’s been on for the last 30 years – the Fenton, Missouri favorite will add five more next week, including ARCA RE/MAX Series events at Toledo Speedway (Friday, September 4) and the DuQuoin
State Fairgrounds mile-dirt (Monday, September 7).

“Yah, I get tired,” said Schrader, “but I never get tired of it.”

That’s a good thing because Schrader’s itinerary next week is going to keep him hopping from Wednesday through Monday.

It starts at Macon Speedway (Illinois) Wednesday night where Schrader is scheduled to race a modified on the tight, high-banked Macon dirt bullring.

“Thursday night I’m going to bond with Drager (ARCA president Ron Drager),” added Schrader.

And that’s because Schrader will head from Macon to Toledo Speedway for Friday night’s ARCA RE/MAX 200 presented by Federated and Belle Tire.

Schrader is a four-time winner at Toledo with victories in ’97, ’04, ’05 and ’06. However, Schrader did not fare well at the historic Toledo half-mile in the spring. “Thought we had second, but we wound up destroyed.”

From Toledo, Schrader will steer west to his own I-55 Speedway in Pevely, Missouri where he’ll climb in his dirt late model for more short-track fun Saturday night. On Sunday, it’s off to Eagle, Nebraska to race a dirt modified. Schrader will wrap things up Labor Day Monday at the DuQuoin State Fairgrounds where he’ll race in the ARCA RE/MAX Series Southern Illinois 100.

“I can’t miss DuQuoin,” said Schrader. “That place is just too special for me. It’s one of the first tracks my daddy took me to when I was a kid. I remember sleeping in the back of his station wagon excited as could be. Got to see all my heroes race there. The place was special then, and it still is today.” Schrader has competed in every Southern Illinois 100 at DuQuoin since 2001. In addition to winning back-to-back in 2006 and 2007, Schrader finished second in 2003, third in 2002 and 2008, fourth in 2001 and eighth in 2004.

“We ran 94 races last year, and 119 the year before. You can say we’ve averaged about 100 a year since the early 80s. I actually have a book at home that documents every race I’ve run.”

The upcoming events at Toledo and DuQuoin will mark Schrader’s 56th and 57th starts in the ARCA RE/MAX Series since his series debut at Daytona in 1981.

Overall, Schrader has 15 career ARCA RE/MAX Series wins on all types of tracks including short tracks, superspeedways, dirt tracks and even road courses. ARCA RE/MAX Series practice at Toledo is scheduled from 2:00 to 3:30 PM Friday, September 4 followed by Menards Pole Qualifying presented by Ansell at 5:00 PM. The ARCA RE/MAX 200 presented by Federated and Belle Tire is scheduled to start at 8:30 PM under the lights. Practice for the Monday, September 7th Southern Illinois 100 at the DuQuoin State Fairgrounds is scheduled from 9:00-10:00 AM local time with Menards Pole Qualifying presented by Ansell at 11:00. The race is scheduled to get underway just after 1:00 PM.

Both events at Toledo and DuQuoin will feature live streaming video and audio of all the on-track activity at ARCAracing.com.

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ARCA PR/Media Department (734) 847-6726
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17-year-old Chad Finley to make ARCA RE/MAX Series debut this weekend at Toledo Speedway for Brad Keselowski Racing.

May 17th, 2009

DeWitt, Michigan- All the anticipation, preparation, and testing for 17-year-old Chad Finley will all come together this Sunday, May 17th at Toledo Speedway in Toledo, Ohio.

The historic 1/2 mile high-banked paved oval will host the ARCA RE/MAX Series’ sixth race of the 2009 racing season, the Menards 200 Presented by Federated Car Care. NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver, Paul Menard as well as veteran, Ken Schrader, and eight-time series champion, Frank Kimmel are amongst the 33 entries turned in thus far.

Finley will be amongst the cars and stars of the nation’s most diverse touring series as the DeWitt, Michigan driver will make his ARCA debut behind the wheel of the #29 Auto Value / Bumper to Bumper Parts Stores and Certified Service Centers Chevrolet for Brad Keselowski Racing.

“We tested at Toledo at that went really good,” An excited Finley stated as he prepares for his ARCA RE/MAX Series debut. “I’m excited to get the chance to make my first start in ARCA. Wayne Setterington and all the guys from B.K.R. (Brad Keselowski Racing) have done a great job preparing the car, so hopefully we get a good finish.”

There’s a lot of talent in this series that’s for sure.” He added. “If I need some advice, I’ll lean on Kenny Schrader. He’s helped my Dad (Jeff Finley) a bunch and I’m sure he will help me. I can’t wait for this weekend, I’m looking forward to it.” The Great Lakes State teenager ended.

So far in four (4) overall Outlaw Super Late Models starts in 2009, Finley has one (1) Feature Win, which came at his home track of Spartan Speedway in Mason, Michigan on April 25th as well as a second place finish also at the tight 1/4 mile semi-banked paved oval on May 8th. The Great Lakes State teenager currently leads the tracks’ Super Late Models points standings.

In addition, he led the first 49 laps of the 2009 Main Event Racing Series season opener at Angola Motor Speedway in Angola, Indiana on May 2nd before finishing second to eventual winner, John Doering Jr. Finley also has a 10th place finish in the 2009 season opener at Berlin Raceway in Marne, Michigan back on April 18th.

Throughout the 2009 racing season, all of Finley’s cars will sport prominent decals from Auto Value / Bumper to Bumper Parts Stores and Certified Service Centers as well stickers from AutoParts2020.com on his #29 Chevrolet in the ARCA RE/MAX Series as well as his #42 Outlaw Bodied Super Late Model.

In addition, more sponorship comes from; Northside Service, Neal’s Truck Parts of Grand Rapids, Nalett Trucking, Joe Gibbs Driven Racing Oil, Velocity Graphix, Howe Racing Enterprises, M.P.H. Promotions, and Brad Keselowski Racing.

To learn more about Chad Finley and to inquire about sponsorship opportunities for the 2009 racing season in the ARCA RE/MAX Series as well as other select events this season and in 2010, e-mail the team at: biz@chadfinley.com

Patrick Sheltra Hopes Momentum Continues

April 17th, 2009

ROCKINGHAM, North Carolina – Still on cloud nine from his first career win in the ARCA RE/MAX Series at Salem Speedway two weeks ago, Patrick Sheltra heads to Rockingham Speedway this weekend looking to keep the momentum alive in Sunday’s ARCA RE/MAX Carolina 200.

The victory was noted as a Cinderella story for Sheltra, who battled back from injuries sustained in the 2009 ARCA RE/MAX Series opener at Daytona. In his first race back in an ARCA car since the wreck, Sheltra qualified a career best fourth, led a career high 84 laps before capturing his first ever stock car checkered flag. Reflecting on the win, Sheltra is hungry for more and returns to Rockingham Speedway this weekend looking to make it back-to-back victories in the
ARCA RE/MAX Series.

“We’re ready to go and tame the Rock on Sunday,” said Sheltra, an Indiantown, Florida native. “The win at Salem was huge for our team and we would like to keep the momentum going this weekend.” Sheltra made his Rockingham Speedway debut last May and while the finish wasn’t exactly what he hoped for, Sheltra know has a better understanding of the track and it’s characteristics. “Rockingham is a neat place,” Sheltra said. “It’s one of those places you cannot compare with anything else we compete on. It does have similarities to some of the other ARCA tracks, but Rockingham by itself is a very demanding race track.”

The 22-year old added, “We came here in March and tested. We were good, but we were looking to be a little better. I know we’ve made some changes to the car which should reflect a better on-track performance for practice and the race. We plan to be a factor this weekend that’s for sure.” Crew Chief John Hayden has elected to use Sheltra Motorsports Chassis No. 6 this weekend at Rockingham Speedway. This is the same piece the team raced with at Rockingham last year. The team converted the former Joe Gibbs Racing chassis from a Chevrolet to a Dodge Charger during the off-season. It will be run for just the second time in Sheltra’s career. Chassis number 5 will serve as the team’s back-up automobile. That former Joe Gibbs Racing entry is the same automobile that Sheltra rocketed to his first victory at Salem Speedway earlier this month. Earlier this week, Sheltra Motorsports announced a new marketing partner for Rockingham Speedway in http://www.buckedupapparel.com/. Founded in 2005, The Bucked Up “Antlers with Attitude” brand engages the spirit of outdoor enthusiast of all ages. Their customers are brand loyal, and are skilled in their sports. Bucked Up has found that they are passionate about their families, their friends, and their communities. They want to make a unique statement with their apparel and they also want it to be fashion forward in regards to design, fabric, and message.

“This match fits me perfectly,” sounded Sheltra, in regards to his new affiliation with http://www.buckedupapparel.com/. As everyone knows I’m an avid hunter at heart, so to be able to promote a growing company that carries swift and slick apparel like they do is truly a perfect match for this race team.”

Entering Rockingham, Sheltra has 48 ARCA RE/MAX Series starts to his credit with one career victory at Salem Speedway (April 2009). Sheltra also holds second place efforts at Toledo Speedway (May 2008) and the DuQuoin State Fairgrounds (September 2008) with four additional top-five finishes, (fourth) at Toledo Speedway (October 2008), (fifth) at Talladega Superspeedway (October 2008), (third) at Illinois State Fairgrounds (August 2007) and (fourth) at Berlin Raceway (July 2007) while holding additional top-10s at Nashville Superspeedway (August 2008), Michigan International Speedway (June
2008), Kentucky Speedway (May 2008), Kansas Speedway (April 2008), Iowa Speedway (April 2008), Kentucky Speedway (June 2007), DuQuoin State Fairgrounds (September 2007) and Toledo Speedway (October 2007). A fourth place qualifying effort at Salem Speedway (April 2009) is Sheltra’s best time trials efforts to date. He has controlled the ARCA field four times for 101 laps.

In addition to running a full ARCA RE/MAX Series schedule this year, Sheltra will also run a limited dirt schedule and also plans to run selected NASCAR Nationwide Series events with his Whitesville, Kentucky based Sheltra Motorsports team.
The ARCA RE/MAX Carolina 200 (200 laps / 200 miles) is the third of 22 events on the 2009 ARCA RE/MAX Series schedule. The third ever ARCA race at Rockingham Speedway is a two-day show. Practice begins Saturday, April 18 with an hour and a half practice session planned from 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Menards Pole by Ansell qualifying is set for later in the day slated to begin at 2:30 p.m. The event will take the green flag on Sunday, April 19 shortly after 1:00 p.m. The race will be televised live on SPEED with additional live broadcasting available through the ARCA Racing Network (ARN) online at http://www.arcaracing.com/. All times are local.
For more on Patrick Sheltra, please visit http://www.patricksheltra.com/.

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Hey Race Fans….It’s up to you. Will the Toledo tradition continue beyond 2009?

April 16th, 2009

Lexington, MI – Opening day for baseball might be over but it’s just around the corner for some race fans. April 25th, 2009 mark the first race in the ASA Late Model Series North division. The third annual Glass Breaker 125 is set to place at the ultra fast, high banked half mile in Toledo, Ohio.

“The Last couple of years we have fought weather, and that certainly hasn’t helped with fan count, but hopefully the weather will be good and we can see if the fans in this area what this tradition to continue” stated series owner Ron Varney. I really want this event to continue and we feel that with a $10 ticket and an afternoon race, that we have removed any reason that the fans may have for staying home, so this really is a challenge to all the fans in the area to come out and show us that they want us back at Toledo in 2010” continued Varney.

In what many consider the most difficult of the ASA Late Model divisions, the North opener is sure to be a great race. Expected are current ASA Late Model North division Champion Eddie Hoffman, former Champ Trent Snyder, USPRO Champion Dave Gentile Jr. and multiple race winner Brian Campbell.

Landon Cassill the Nascar Nationwide Series 2008 Rookie of the year will also make his second start of the season with ASALMS for the North Opener at Toledo. Landon was the only driver in the ASALMS history to have won an event in all three divisions of the series.

Also on the bill are the USA Modified’s, with 35-40 modifieds expected to show up it should be a great race and a great field of cars. It he best of both worlds, some of the best template late models in country and the fast open wheeled modifieds.

Don’t forget you can catch all the action Toledo’s sister track Flat Rock Speedway after the checkered flag fly’s, with racing at the Rock starting at 7:00 pm.

So fans it really is up to you, come on out to Toledo Speedway April 25th, 2009, gates open at noon, tickets are just $10 and racing starting at 2:30 pm. Let’s keep this tradition alive.

ASALMS History at Toledo Speedway 0.500 Mile High-Banked Paved Oval ASALMS Northern Division Track Record:
8 Eddie Hoffman 15.884 = 113.322 MPH (06/01/2008)
2008 Feature Winner: 8 Eddie Hoffman (06/01/2008)

USPRO Cup Series Track Record:
80 Bob Varney 16.187 = 111.200 MPH (06/01/2008)
2008 Feature Winner: 7 Jason Dietsch (06/01/2008)

ASALMS Challenge Division Track Record:
8 Eddie Hoffman 15.766 = 114.369 MPH (04/21/2007)
2007 Feature Winner: 89 Travis Dassow (04/21/2007)\

Friday, April 24
9:00 AM ASALMS Officials to Track
10:00 AM Registration Opens
10:30 AM Rig Parking
11:00 AM ASALMS Safety Tech
12:00 PM ASALMS Driver/Crew/Spott Mtg
1:00 PM ASALMS Practice
2:00 PM USA Mod Practice
3:00 PM ASALMS Practice
4:00 PM USA Mod Practice
5:00 PM ASALMS Practice
6:00 PM USA MOD Practice
7:00 PM Practice Ends
8:00 PM Track Closes
Saturday, April 25
7:00 AM ASALMS Officials to Track
7:30 AM Reg/Pit Gate Open
8:00 AM ASALMS Driver/Crew/Spot
9:00 AM ASALMS Practice 90 Min
10:30 AM USA Mod’s Practice 60 min
10:45 AM ASALMS Qualify Tech
12:00 PM ASALMS Qualifying
1:15 PM USA Mod Qualifying
2:25 PM National Anthem
2:30 PM USA Mod Dash (6 Laps)
2:45 PM USA Mod Heat (10 Laps)
3:00 PM USA Mod B-Main 15
3:20 PM Autograph (45 min)
3:45 PM ASALMS Pre Race Ceremonies
4:00 PM ASALMS Glassbreaker 125
5:30 PM USA Mod Feature 50

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Mansfield Replaces Nashville on 2009 ARCA RE/MAX Series Schedule

February 23rd, 2009

TOLEDO, OH-Mansfield Motorsports Park in Ohio will play host to an ARCA RE/MAX Series race on June 20, replacing an event previously scheduled for that date at the Music City Motorplex in Nashville, Tennessee.

The change in venue was approved by ARCA officials after promoter Joe Mattioli III reached an agreement with Mansfield Motorsports Park owner Mike Dzurilla to run the event at Mansfield.

“We’ve worked with Joe and the Mattioli family for decades, and this request falls under our guidelines for realigning an event date,” said ARCA President Ron Drager. “Mansfield is a quality facility and we know how Ohio race fans have supported events like the ARCA RE/MAX Series at Toledo Speedway and the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series at Mansfield in the past. We look forward to June 20.”

Mansfield Motorsports Park opened in 2002, and hosted NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, ASA, USAR Pro Cup, ARCA Lincoln Welders Truck Series and numerous other events. MMP hosted eight racing weekends last season, but track management announced in December 2008 that economic conditions would cause the track to cease operations. The agreement between Mattioli and Dzurilla assures that there will be racing at Mansfield in 2009.

“Mansfield is a first class facility and Mike Dzurilla has an outstanding staff there,” said Mattioli. “They have a great track record of producing spectacular events and I am thrilled to be working with them. It is the perfect track to showcase the exceptional competition of the ARCA RE/MAX Series.”

The Mattioli family is well known for their ownership and management of Pocono Raceway. Pocono has hosted 47 ARCA RE/MAX Series events since the first in 1969. Joe Mattioli III promoted ARCA RE/MAX Series races at South Boston Speedway in Virginia
and was the promoter at Music City Motorplex in Nashville from 2003 through 2008.

“I am honored to be working with Joe and his staff,” said Dzurilla. “They bring to Mansfield a proven track record of professionalism that we have been striving towards for the past five years. In my opinion, we have the best and most loyal fans
in the world, and I am ecstatic to be able to bring them a top quality racing event such as the ARCA RE/MAX Series.”

The ARCA RE/MAX Series opened its 57th season of competition February 7 at Daytona Int’l Speedway with James Buescher winning, and will next see action April 5 at Salem Speedway in Indiana.

CONTACTS
ARCA PR: Jackie Franzil/Don Radebaugh (734) 847-6726
Joe Mattioli (570) 646-0898
Mike Dzurilla (419) 524-0183

Bryan Silas Surges To Seventh Top-10 Finish At Toledo

October 17th, 2008

TOLEDO, Ohio (October 16, 2008) – - Finally, Bryan Silas’s Toledo Speedway
luck has changed. After encountering nothing but rough finishes in his past
three events at the legendary half-mile oval, Silas’s hard work finally paid
off after securing a seventh place finish in Sunday’s Hantz Group 200 by
Belle Tire & Federated Car Care.

With NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series crew chief Dave McClure calling the shots
for the 21-year old Silas in the final event of the 2008 ARCA RE/MAX Series
season, Silas was looking to bounce back from his awful run at Talladega
Superspeedway the week before and put a nice period on a successful and
noteworthy second-half turnaround for the Fast Track Racing team.
Silas proved that his recent hardship at Toledo Speedway wasn’t going to
keep him down as the Stuart, Florida native notched an impressive 14th place
effort in the lone practice session of the weekend after maneuvering his Andy
Hillenburg-owned machine around the track in 16.571 seconds at 108.624 miles
per hour.

“Our Nortrax-Palm Beach Grading Chevrolet has been pretty good since
unloading it off the truck,” said Silas, who’s competed in the NASCAR Craftsman
Truck Series and USAR Hooter’s Pro Cup Series when not dabbling in the ARCA
RE/MAX Series. “Dave McClure has stepped in as crew chief this weekend and he’s
done an excellent job. We hope to keep this positive start to the weekend
going.”

The smiling face that Silas has been accustomed to showing in the ARCA
RE/MAX Series garage this year turned to a frown following ARCA SIM Factory pole
qualifying after Silas could only manage the 26th fastest lap in qualifying.
Posting a lap of 16.715 seconds or 107.688 miles per hour was over one-tenth
of a second slower than his fastest practice lap earlier in the day.
“I’m frustrated,” Silas admitted. “I don’t know what happened; we weren’t
able to pick up any from our practice time and instead lost a little ground.
I know the key to running up-front at a short track is starting up-front. We’
ve been able to come from the back to the front before and we’ll have to do
it again.”

At the start of the Hantz Group 200 by Belle Tire & Federated Car Care,
Silas wasted little time trying to slice his way through the competitive field.
Making ground early, Silas was able to make a massive dent as yellow flags
tended to waive often in the first half of the race.

Though avoiding the chaos on track, Silas was able to bolt into the top-15
after a standard round of pit stops occurring near lap 70.
Avoiding a multi-car incident on lap 90 surged Silas into the top-10 and the
development driver would never relinquish that spot even after another pit
stop well into the second portion of the race.

Tight battles with fellow drivers Patrick Sheltra, Tom Hessert, John Wes
Townley and Tayler Malsam would prove to be great action for the fans with Silas
hanging on to take the checkered flag seventh, securing a career best finish
at Toledo Speedway. The effort was also Silas’s fourth top-10 effort in the
past six races.

“I’m ecstatic with that finish,” said Silas. “We had a good day. For once
the cards really played into our favor. We kept our car out of the mess on
the track and we used pit strategy to our advantage and stayed with some really
good cars. I’m proud of everyone on the Fast Track Racing team. We have some
momentum heading into the off season and hope we can carry it over to
Daytona in February.”

Nortrax, Shell Rotella T, Holland Pump, Oasis, Palm Beach Grading (PBG) and
Rockingham Speedway all sponsored the No. 11 Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS in the
21st event on the 2008 ARCA calendar.
Silas closes out the 2008 ARCA RE/MAX Series capturing 12th in the
championship standings accumulating 4,230 points. Silas captured seven top-10
finishes including a career best finish of sixth in September at Chicagoland
Speedway.

“This year was tough, we had more top-10 finishes than last year but weren’t
able to finish in the top-10 championship points. We’re disappointed with
that, but we’re also encouraged with our performances. There was a lot of
competition and we started showing some serious consistency in the second half of
the season and I hope that will move over with us as we’ll be back for
another year of ARCA next year,” Silas commented.

“Hopefully next year we can finish in the top-five, win a race or two and be
in reach of a championship.”

Next up for Fast Track Racing will be the ARCA RE/MAX Series Championship
Awards Banquet set for Saturday, December 6, 2008 at the Northern Kentucky
Convention Center in Covington, Kentucky. Following the banquet, Fast Track
Racing will prepare for a three-day test at Daytona International Speedway
(December 19, 20 and 21) in preparation for the 2009 season opener for the ARCA
RE/MAX Series next February.

Exiting Toledo, Silas has 50 ARCA RE/MAX Series starts to his credit with a
career best finish of sixth at Chicagoland Speedway (September 2008) with
additional top-10 performances of seventh at Toledo Speedway (October 2008),
eighth at Kentucky Speedway (May 2008), Iowa Speedway (April 2008), Salem
Speedway (April 2007 and April 2008) and Kentucky Speedway (July 2007), a ninth at
Salem Speedway (September 2008) and a 10th at USA International Speedway
(March 2007) and DuQuoin State Fairgrounds (September 2008). He holds a career
best short track time trials effort of seventh at Berlin Raceway (July 2007).
A fourth place qualifying effort at Pocono Raceway (June 2007) is Silas’s
best speedway run to date. He has controlled the ARCA field for 26 laps in three
races.

Patrick Sheltra Caps Off Season With Top-Five Finish At Toledo

October 17th, 2008
TOLEDO,  Ohio (October 15, 2008) - - The  final two races of the 2008 ARCA
RE/MAX Series season proved to be critical for  Patrick Sheltra and he certainly
made the best of them by capturing his second  consecutive top-five finish
with a fourth place run in Sunday’s Hantz Group 200  by Belle Tire and Federated
Car Care.
Sheltra’s  effort notched his third consecutive top-10 and second straight
top-five  performance at Toledo Speedway in the No. 60 _Environmental Protection
Services and Engineering  Concepts_ (http://www.epsec.org/)  Chevrolet Monte
Carlo SS fielded by the Whitesville, Kentucky-based  Sheltra Motorsports.
Sheltra’s  ninth top-10 finish of the season didn’t come easy as the
Indiantown, Florida  native was forced to come from the back of the pack to find
himself in  contention for the season finale for the ARCA RE/MAX  Series.
Despite  only maneuvering the 22nd fastest time in practice, Sheltra informed
 his team led by veteran crew chief John Hayden that his car was real good. “
This  car is reacting the same way we did in the spring. The competition is a
little  stiffer this second time around but we’re ready for that. I’m
optimistic heading  into qualifying, but we have a good piece for the race.”
In  ARCA SIM Factory pole qualifying, Sheltra picked up the pace but it didn’
t help  his starting position. Sheltra’s two-lap hustle around the half-mile
oval was  clocked at 16.681 seconds at 107.907 miles per hour, locking the
second year  ARCA team 24th on the starting grid. Sheltra’s time trials effort was
 over a tenth quicker than his best practice lap earlier in the  day.
“I’m  not real happy with the starting spot, but it is what it is,” sounded
Sheltra,  who finished second at Toledo Speedway in May. “Like I said earlier,
we have a  good racecar, we’ll just have to mind our manners and move up as
cleanly as  possible during the race.”
At  the start of the Hantz Group 200 by Belle Tire and Federated Car Care,
Sheltra  quickly started posting times identical to the leaders. Holding Sheltra
back  though would be the unusual amount of yellow flags. With the little
green flag  racing in the first fifty circuits of the event, Sheltra was able to
overtake  his competitors and successfully moved into the top-20 by lap seven. 

Moving  up the ladder, Sheltra had climbed into the top-15 by lap 34 when two
of the  championship leaders tangled. Moving towards the front, Sheltra
advised his team  of the water temperature inside his Grace Sheltra owned
automobile had climbed  into the high 240s. Crew Chief Hayden advised his protégé to
keep an eye on the  issue.
Sitting  steady and picking off one competitor at a time, Sheltra found
himself  comfortable inside the top-15 until the next yellow flag waived. With the
water  temperatures rising inside the _Environmental Protection Services and
Engineering  Concepts_ (http://www.epsec.org/)  Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS,
Sheltra was called for a trip to pit road  to take off some tape and cool off his
motor just past one-quarter of the  distance of the 200-lap event.
With  the temperature easing, Sheltra was able to refocus and head back to
the front.  Typical short track beating and banging was the norm at Toledo
Speedway and  Sheltra wasn’t afraid to use his bumper if needed to move up in the
running  order.
What  Sheltra didn’t expect was a slowing Ken Butler III to stop directly in
front of  him for another spinning car which caused some minor sheet metal
damage to the  team’s No. 60 automobile. With a significant tire rub, the team
took the  opportunity on the next caution to come in and pull out the fender and
send  their driver back into battle.
Still  holding a prime position in the top-10, Sheltra restarted 10th and
had moved into the fourth position before signaling a tight racecar through
radio communication. Inside fifty laps remaining, Sheltra dipped down pit road
one final time for the season and changed two tires and made a chassis
adjustment to correct the handling issue.
Restarting  eighth, Sheltra blasted back to fourth and had a shot at the
leaders on the  final restart of the season but fell short, crossing the line
fourth, his fourth  top-five finish of the season.
“A  total team effort. We had a good car, just ran out of laps. It was a
crazy race  today. A lot of messy contact. We played it smart and avoided the
wrecks which  put us near the front at the end of the race. The last restart of
the day didn’t  go well for us otherwise; I think we would have had something
for the top three.  It happens. I’m really proud of my guys for their hard work
this season and  we’ll be back and better than ever in 2009. I also have to
thank our marketing  partners for their continued support all year long. This
year would not have  been possible without them,” said Sheltra, the 22-year old
rising star.
He  added, “Congratulations to Justin Allgaier (race winner and 2008 ARCA
RE/MAX  Series champion). I’m really happy for him!”
With  his superb finish at Toledo Speedway, Sheltra locked sixth in the 2008
ARCA  RE/MAX Series championship standings accumulating 4580 markers, forty
points  ahead of seventh place competitor John Wes Townley. Last season in his
inaugural  year of ARCA competition, Sheltra completed in 22 of the scheduled
23 races and  finished seventh in the final championship rundown.
Sheltra  earned the Casite Hard Charger award for his efforts at Toledo
Speedway and for  the second consecutive season earned the Hard Charger award title
which will be  presented to him at the Championship Awards Banquet in
December.
With  his sophomore ARCA season complete, Sheltra will shift focus and head
to the  NASCAR Nationwide Series where he and his Sheltra Motorsports team will
compete  in the final two events of the season at Phoenix International
Raceway and  Homestead-Miami Speedway.
Next up ARCA style for Sheltra  Motorsports will be the ARCA RE/MAX Series
Championship Awards Banquet set for  Saturday, December 6, 2008 at the Northern
Kentucky Convention  Center in Covington, Kentucky. Following the banquet,
Sheltra  Motorsports will prepare for a three-day test at Daytona International
Speedway  (December 19, 20 and 21) in preparation for the 2009 season opener
for the ARCA  RE/MAX Series next February.
Exiting  Toledo, Sheltra has 46 ARCA RE/MAX Series starts to his credit with
a career  best finish of second at Toledo Speedway (May 2008) and the DuQuoin
State  Fairgrounds (September 2008) with four additional top-five finishes,
(fourth) at  Toledo Speedway (October 2008), (fifth) at Talladega Superspeedway
(October  2008), (third) at Illinois State Fairgrounds (August 2007) and
(fourth) at  Berlin Raceway (July 2007) while holding additional top-10s at
Nashville  Superspeedway (August 2008), Michigan International Speedway (June 2008),
Kentucky Speedway (May 2008), Kansas Speedway (April 2008), Iowa Speedway
(April  2008), Kentucky Speedway (June 2007), DuQuoin State Fairgrounds
(September 2007)  and Toledo Speedway (October 2007). An eighth place qualifying
effort  at Kansas  Speedway (April 2008) is Sheltra’s best time trials efforts to
date. He has  controlled the ARCA field three times for 17 laps.
For  more on Patrick Sheltra, please visit  _PatrickSheltra.com_
(http://www.patricksheltra.com/) .
About  Sheltra Motorsports:
Sheltra  Motorsports (_sheltramotorsports.com_
(http://www.sheltramotorsports.com/) ) is a three-tier Motorsports  operation
consisting of dirt and asphalt
competition. Patrick Sheltra, a 22-year  old native of Indiantown,  Florida
competes in the UMP and WoO  (Dirt) Series; while also running a full schedule
in the ARCA RE/MAX Series (No.  60) and a limited schedule in NASCAR. Sheltra
Motorsports ownership is combined  of Richard, Grace and Patrick Sheltra. The
team is headquartered  in Indiantown, Florida with additional operations in
Richmond, Indiana and  Whitesville, Kentucky.

Sheltra Motorsports; Patrick Sheltra Return To Toledo Looking To Seal The Deal

October 12th, 2008

TOLEDO, Ohio (October 9, 2008) – - Feeling refreshed off his thrilling
top-five finish in last week’s ARCA RE/MAX Series event at Talladega
Superspeedway, sophomore driver Patrick Sheltra returns to Toledo Speedway looking to
seal the deal in the final race of the season in Sunday’s Hantz Group 200 by
Belle Tire & Federated Car Care.

In May, Sheltra blossomed into the spotlight by taking his family-owned team
to the front and was in contention for win number one before having to
settle for second in his only third attempt at the tricky Toledo Speedway. With
two top-10s in three starts at the Northern Ohio race course, Sheltra looks to
cap off his second season of competition with a win highlighted by a
positive end to a record-setting season.

Entering this weekend’s race, Sheltra has been noted as a sleeper and with
two runner up finishes already tallied on his resume this season, the
Indiantown, Florida native is ready to celebrate in victory lane.
“Toledo Speedway is a magical place,” said Sheltra, who enters the race
with eight top-10 finishes under his belt this season. “I really didn’t care
for the track after my first race here last May but we really found something
here last October and after our awesome run here a couple months ago, I’ve
been counting down the days to come back.”

Sheltra added, “Not only am I excited, but the entire team is feeling really
good about the weekend. We all think that this is our weekend. It won’t be
easy though. There is some stout cars entered and we’ll have to race smart and
do what we did in May, if we’re even going to have a shot at the win. We’re
bringing the same car back, so I’m feeling really good.”

Earlier this week, the team announced a new marketing partner who has leaped
aboard the Grace Sheltra owned team for season finale. Environmental
Protection Services and Engineering Concepts
(http://www.epsec.org/) (EPSEC
Corp.) will adorn the hood and the deck lid of the team’s No. 60 Chevrolet Monte
Carlo SS for Sunday’s festivities.

Environmental Protection Services and Engineering Concepts www.epsec.org target
(EPSEC Corp.) is a full service contracting company with skills and experience to manage,
build and support a wide variety of project disciplines. EPSEC Corp. strives to perform
beyond excellent services that excels in craftsmanship, remains in budget, delivers
on time, and stays current and competitive within the industry; always working with
the customers’ best interest in mind.

“We’re excited about this new partnership with _Environmental Protection
Services and Engineering Concepts_ (http://www.epsec.org/) ,” sounded Sheltra, who also hosted a second place finish on the dirt at the DuQuoin State
Fairgrounds in September. “We’re looking at ending the season on a high note and
how awesome it would be to take _Environmental Protection Services and
Engineering Concepts_ (http://www.epsec.org/) to victory lane in their very first race.”

Crew Chief John Hayden has elected to bring Sheltra chassis number 4156 to
Toledo Speedway this weekend. The primary machine will be the same Chevrolet
that Sheltra maneuvered to the second position in May and a ninth place finish
earlier this year at Iowa Speedway. It also collected an eighth place finish
at Toledo Speedway last October

“We acquired this car from Richard Childress Racing and it has been a good
addition to our stable,” noted Sheltra. “Other than Cayuga where we got taken
out and a motor failure at Berlin Raceway, this piece has finished in the
top-10. We were running in the top-10 when both incidents occurred at Cayuga
and Berlin, so we know that this car has kept its remarkable track record.
Hopefully, if all the cards fall our way, we can take it to victory circle for
our first time Sunday afternoon.”

With his impressive restrictor plate performance last weekend, Sheltra
propelled himself to sixth in the ARCA RE/MAX Series championship standings
sitting 30 points ahead of his closest competitor. Knowing that a win would be a
nice way to cap off the season, Sheltra admits he’ll probably be point racing
too.

“Believe me if we can win the thing, we’re not going to hold anything back,
but if we can’t, we’re going to try to finish strong. We’ve had an uphill
climb in the standings here lately and really need to finish sixth. Whatever
happens though, I’m extremely proud of the Sheltra Motorsports team for all
their hard work this season and even more appreciative to all of our marketing
partners for their commitment to our team this season. We didn’t win the
championship, but we had a good year and we’ll have another shot at the title
next year!”

Entering  Toledo, Sheltra has 45 ARCA RE/MAX Series starts to his credit with
a career  best finish of second at Toledo Speedway (May 2008) and the DuQuoin
State  Fairgrounds (September 2008) with three additional top-five finishes
(fifth) at  Talladega Superspeedway (October 2008), (third) at Illinois State
Fairgrounds  (August 2007) and (fourth) at Berlin Raceway (July 2007) while
holding  additional top-10s at Nashville Superspeedway (August 2008), Michigan
International Speedway (June 2008), Kentucky Speedway (May 2008), Kansas
Speedway (April 2008), Iowa Speedway (April 2008), Kentucky Speedway (June  2007),
DuQuoin State Fairgrounds (September 2007) and Toledo Speedway (October
2007). An eighth place qualifying effort at Kansas Speedway (April 2008) is  Sheltra
’s best time trials efforts to date. He has controlled the ARCA field  three
times for 17 laps.

The Hantz  Group 200 Belle Tire &  Federated Auto Care (100 miles/200 laps)
is the 21st of 21 events on  the 2008 ARCA RE/MAX Series schedule. The  64th
trip to Toledo Speedway is a two-day show. Practice  begins Saturday, October 11
with an hour and a half practice session planned  from 12:30 p.m.-2:00 p.m.
ARCA SIM Factory pole qualifying is slated to begin at  3:30 p.m. The field
will take the green flag for the  final time in 2008 on Sunday, October 12
shortly after 2:00 p.m. The race will  air live on SPEED beginning at 2:00 p.m.
Additional race coverage including live  timing and scoring will be available
online at _arcaracing.com_ (http://www.arcaracing.com/) .
All times are local. 

For  further input on Environmental Protection Services and Engineering
Concepts,  please logon to _Epsec.org_ (http://www.epsec.org/)
For  more on Patrick Sheltra, please visit  _PatrickSheltra.com_
(http://www.patricksheltra.com/) .
About  Sheltra Motorsports:
Sheltra Motorsports (_sheltramotorsports.com_
(http://www.sheltramotorsports.com/) ) is a three-tier Motorsports operation consisting of dirt and asphalt competition. Patrick Sheltra,
a 22-year old native of Indiantown, Florida competes in the UMP and WoO (Dirt)
Series; while also running a full schedule in the ARCA RE/MAX Series (No. 60) and
a limited schedule in NASCAR. Sheltra Motorsports ownership is combined of Richard,
Grace and Patrick Sheltra. The team is headquartered in Indiantown, Florida with
additional operations in Richmond, Indiana and Whitesville, Kentucky.

Andy Hanson At The Controls For Win-Tron Racing At Toledo

October 11th, 2008

TOLEDO, Ohio (October 9, 2008) – - ASA Late Model Series driver Andy Hanson
made an impressive debut for Win-Tron Racing this past May at Toledo
Speedway and with that success comes opportunity as Win-Tron Racing has selected
Hanson to drive in the 2008 ARCA RE/MAX Series season finale Sunday afternoon at
Toledo Speedway.

With literally no experience in the ARCA RE/MAX Series before his inaugural
start earlier this year, Hanson stepped in and took control at Toledo
Speedway. After practicing very strong, the Ramsey, Minnesota native bolted to the
top spot in ARCA SIM Factory pole qualifying, giving Win-Tron Racing their
first pole of the season while marching forward in the race to lead 31 laps
before settling for a eighth place finish. Hanson’s qualifying run shattered the
previous track record as well etching his name into the record books by
becoming the first car in ARCA RE/MAX Series history at Toledo Speedway to post a
qualifying time in the 15-second bracket. Five months later, Hanson is back and
ready for another strong showing.

“I’m excited to be back,” said the 19-year old driver. “To have another
shot in the ARCA RE/MAX Series with Win-Tron Racing is a big deal to me. We had
a great showing in May and I know we can come back here and do it again.”
Hanson continued, “Toledo is such a neat place to race. A fast track but
you need to be in control there. It’s a handling track too. You have to be able
to grip your tires with the racetrack or you’re out to lunch. Even with one
race together, we were able to find a setup that worked for us. We’re going
to unload with the same package and hope for good things this weekend.”
When asked what his goals are for this weekend, Hanson was quick to react.
“We want to win,” sounded Hanson. “Win-Tron Racing deserves to be in
victory lane and I feel we have all the ingredients to make it happen. I enjoyed
working with crew chief Mike Chaffee and the rest of the team. I’m hope were’
going to be able to roll off the truck and pick up where we left off. If not,
we have some time to get back there. Nonetheless, the goal stays the same
for the race. Winning is the big picture.”

He added, “It’s going to be a competitive race. I’ve looked at the entry
list and there are some tough teams and hungry drivers entered. We’re ready for
that though. We’re hungrier for a win. Staying out of trouble and staying
alert can be the biggest challenge for any race team this weekend.”
Long Haul Trucking and Auto Repair Service will serve as the primary
sponsors on Hanson’s Dodge Charger for the season finale this weekend. “This is not
only an important race for me, but it’s equally as important for my sponsors
once again. This race is televised, so I want to attract some attention. It’
s extra important for me to go out there and stay focused so we can put this
team in the spotlight. Finishing strong in the last race of the year is a big
confidence booster for anyone going into the off season,” Hanson noted.
Win-Tron Racing Nate Thiesse commented on this weekend’s activities, “We’re
thrilled to welcome Andy Hanson and his sponsors back to the team. We feel
confident that we’re going to unload strong and hope to be a threat. It’s
important for us to finish the season on a high note as we prepare to make next
year an even stronger year. As he showed in May, Andy definitely has the
credentials to get the job done for us this weekend.”

Entering Toledo, Win-Tron Racing sits 15th in the ARCA RE/MAX Series owner’s
standings after 20 races. 180 credits separate car owner Kevin Cywinski from
the 14th position held by Andy Hillenburg (No. 11). The team maintained
their position from their last outing at Talladega Superspeedway where James
Buescher recorded a 31st place finish, enduring transmission failure after
sitting on the ARCA SIM Factory pole.

Further information on Win-Tron Racing is available by visiting
win-tronracing.com or contacting Nate Thiesse at 952.469.1839. For more on
Andy Hanson please visit, AndyHansonRacing.com.

The Hantz Group 200 Belle Tire & Federated Auto Care (100 miles/200 laps)
is the 21st of 21 events on the 2008 ARCA RE/MAX Series schedule. The 64th
trip to Toledo Speedway is a two-day show. Practice begins Saturday, October 11
with an hour and a half practice session planned from 12:30 p.m.-2:00 p.m.
ARCA SIM Factory pole qualifying is slated to begin at 3:30 p.m. The field
will take the green flag for the final time in 2008 on Sunday, October 12
shortly after 2:00 p.m. The race will air live on SPEED beginning at 2:00 p.m.
Additional race coverage including live timing and scoring will be available
online at arcaracing.com

Looking For Toledo Victory Sunday

May 17th, 2008

Sheltra, driving his camouflaged No. 23 Brady Ranch-Sheltra & Son Construction-All About Flowers Chevrolet Monte Carlo started third and quickly sought
the two leaders before overtaking them early in the run. Sheltra kept his
competition at bay to score his first major triumph of the 2008 season.
“This is awesome,” said Sheltra. “I have to thank my entire dirt team for
all of their hard work. We had a great night and a strong car. Hopefully
tonight’s victory can lead into a much bigger win in Sunday’s ARCA race.”
Earlier in the night, Sheltra advanced to the feature after finished second
in his heat.

With a popular win in the books, Sheltra will drive overnight to Toledo,
Ohio where he will participate in practice and ARCA SIM Factory pole qualifying Saturday at Toledo Speedway for the seventh race of the 2008 ARCA schedule, the Hantz Group 200 by Federated Car Care.

The 22-year old Sheltra heads to the half-mile oval looking for his second
consecutive top-10 effort at the legendary oval after securing an impressive
top-10 finish last October.

“Momentum is on my side and I’m pumped up and ready to go,” continued
Sheltra. “With the win tonight, I feel we can go to Toledo this weekend and make it two-for-two. My asphalt Sheltra Motorsports team has worked hard all season long and we feel like we’ll have the car to beat for Sunday’s race.”
The Hantz Group 200 by Federated Car Care (100 miles/200 laps) is the
seventh of 21 events on the 2008 ARCA RE/MAX Series schedule. The first of two events held at Toledo Speedway this season is a two-day show. Practice begins Saturday, May 17 with an hour and half practice session planned from 12:30 p.m.-2:00 p.m. ARCA SIM Factory pole qualifying is slated to begin at 3:30 p.m. The field will take the green flag on Sunday, May 18 shortly after 2:00 p.m.

The race will tape-delayed on MavTV with the first showing scheduled for May
23rd at 8:00 p.m. EST. Additional race coverage including live timing and
scoring will be available online at arcaracing.com

All times are local.

Sheltra Motorsports to Support Big Brothers Big Sisters Charity at Toledo

May 16th, 2008

At present, six ARCA RE/MAX Series teams have pledged support of Big
Brothers Big Sisters of Northwestern Ohio, the Charity of Choice for the 4th annual ARCA Fan Fest, scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, May 17 & 18 at Toledo Speedway.

Sheltra Motorsports, by way of the Patrick Sheltra Foundation, was the
first ARCA RE/MAX Series team to donate to the cause and more teams have come
forward in support of the charity.

“We are very excited about our strong involvement with the Big Brothers Big
Sisters of Northwestern Ohio this weekend at Toledo Speedway,” said Chris
Knight, Public Relations Representative for Sheltra Motorsports and driver
Patrick Sheltra. “I am also extremely grateful to the other teams that are making a huge difference for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwest Ohio.”
Sheltra Motorsports has donated $250 to Big Brothers Big Sisters of
Northwestern Ohio so that children in the program can ride for free on carnival rides at the ARCA Fan Fest. Andy Belmont Racing with driver Tom Hessert III, Fast Track Racing with driver Bryan Silas and Win-Tron Racing with driver Andy Hanson, have also contributed to the cause.

“This is a great cause and we are thrilled to be a part of it,” said former
ARCA RE/MAX Series driver and current car owner Andy Belmont. “We hope the
kids really have a great time and we look forward to seeing their smiling faces this weekend.”

In addition to sponsoring the carnival rides for Big Brothers Big Sisters of
Northwestern Ohio, Sheltra Motorsports will donate $1 to the organization
for every lap the team completes in Sunday’s Hantz Group 200 presented by
Federated Car Care. The team has challenged other teams to match the pledge. So far, Spraker Enterprises and Team Glock Racing with driver Dexter Bean have vowed to match the $1 contribution. Hixson Motorsports with driver Donny Kelly has exceeded the pledge, vowing to donate $1.50 to the Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Northwestern Ohio for every lap the team completes in Sunday’s ARCA RE/MAX Series race.

The Fan Fest will serve as a prelude to the ARCA Touring Series double
header weekend, featuring the ARCA Lincoln Welders Truck Series Champion Credit Union 50 on Saturday afternoon, May 17, and the ARCA RE/MAX Series Hantz Group 200 presented by Federated Car Care on Sunday, May 18.

“We are excited to partner with Big Brothers Big Sisters for this event, and
hope to help them in their efforts to find matches for kids who want and
need a big brother or big sister,” said Mark Gundrum, VP Marketing and
Communications for ARCA.

The 4th Annual ARCA Fan Fest has been designed as a family and fan friendly
motorsports promotion allowing ARCA fans to interact with ARCA officials,
drivers, teams, crews, and sponsors at ARCA’s hometown track. In addition, fund raising efforts including a raffle for motorsports collectables and a 50/50 raffle will be administered on behalf of the charity.

“Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwestern Ohio is very excited to team with
ARCA for the 4th annual Fan Fest,” said Bruce Johnson, VP of Fund Development
BBBSNWO. “It is a proven fact that a positively mentored child will become a
competent, confident and caring adult. I would encourage everyone to come
out and enjoy some great racing, while investing in the future-the children!”

The Fan Fest, which will take place in the parking lot area directly in
front of Toledo Speedway, is free to the public. Fans will be required to
purchase tickets to enter the speedway for the racing action.
If you’re interested in making a pledge on behalf of the Big Brothers Big
Sisters of Northwestern Ohio for the 4th Annual ARCA Fan Fest, please contact
ARCA (734) 847-6726.

Toledo Speedway is located at 5639 Benore Rd., Toledo OH, near the
intersection of I-75 and Alexis Road. For more information, please call ARCA at (734) 847-6726, or Toledo Speedway at (419) 727-1100.

Bryan Silas Solid In Toledo Despite Finishing Position

October 19th, 2007

Returning to the track that Silas made his presence known in 2006, Silas was
banking on his past performances to pay off in his first full season of ARCA
competition. “I always like coming to Toledo,” said Silas heading into the weekend. “The track has been pretty kind to me in the past and I’m really hoping it will be again this weekend.”

Carrying the “Inside The ARCA RE/MAX Series on RaceTalkRadio.com, logo on board the team’s hood, Silas was looking to give the show and the fans something positive to talk about. Heading into the first practice, Silas knew the fastest way around the half-mile oval but was leaning on finding a positive and fast setup that would pay off. During the hour and a half session, Silas produced the 34th fastest time with a time of 17.641 seconds at 102.035 MPH.

“We’re not all that happy with the way that we are running right now,” Silas offered after practice. “We’re struggling with the setup of the car and we’
ll make some massive adjustments and hope they pay off for us.” Even with optimism, Silas kept a happy game face on and headed into ARCA SIM Factory pole qualifying looking to give nothing less than 150 percent and produce a positive qualifying lap. During his two lap hustle around Toledo Speedway, Silas posted a time of 17.343 seconds at 103.788, 29th fastest just one off from the guaranteed starting positions. Silas would have to rely on a
provisional for entry into Sunday’s season finale.

“We hate to take a provisional, but the good news is we found some speed and
I think I can motor myself to the front in the race. Next year I think you
will see an incredible improvement in our qualifying efforts. It’s something
that we’ve already talked about and will be one of our primary focuses next
year.”

Thinking ahead to the season finale, Silas was focused and revving to go for
200 laps of excitement. It the start of the Hantz Group 200, Silas immediately began nailing the throttle and picking up positions. Starting from the 32nd position, Silas began thundering his familiar No. 11 Chevrolet Monte Carlo through the field and controlled the 25th position when the first caution flag waived on lap 12. During the breather, Silas reported to his team that the car was very comfortable and he felt like if he got to the front he could stay there. Back to racing, Silas would join the field for a long span of green flag racing and during the run Silas would continue to click off competitors one at a time with the thought of moving into the top-20 before halfway.

When the caution flag returned on lap 56, Silas had already accomplished his
goal and moved himself solidly into the top-20. Over the course of the next forty laps, Silas would continue to turn very respectable lap times but because of being caught up in a heavy amount of traffic leader Michael McDowell was able to quickly reel in the pack and take Silas from the lead lap just after halfway. Despite falling off the lead circuit, Silas kept himself in control and thinking about the big picture, finishing the race. Luck is something that has not been on Silas’s side for much of the 2007 season and it continued at Toledo as the yellow flag waived just two laps later after Silas had been lapped. The Fast Track Racing team utilized the yellow flag to bring Silas down on pit road for a series of adjustments, four tires and fuel. The team sent their driver back into competition but reminded their rookie driver to remain in control and concentrate.

Back to racing, Silas was again turning very respectable lap times.
Throughout the second half of the race Silas remained in a huge cluster of race cars. On lap 123, Silas joined the group in turn three when a large number of cars made contact sending Silas into the rear of another competitor forcing some right side damage to his No. 11 Chevrolet Monte Carlo.

With the damage minimal, the team elected to keep Silas on the track and in
the top-15. Back to racing conditions, Silas informed the team that the car
was overheating and the water temperature had climbed up to 270 degrees.
On lap 149, two cars ahead of Silas made contact with him. Even though
Silas pumped his brakes to avoid plowing into the car directly in front of him, he did make contact with the car. The hit caused the No. 11 to bust the oil line forcing smoke and oil to pour out from underneath Silas’s machine. Sliding in his own oil caused the rookie to lose control and head into the wall in turn one.

Climbing from his racecar, Silas waived to the crowd smiling but frustrated.
The Fast Track Racing team inspected the car and deemed it was damaged
beyond repair forcing the team to exit from competition. The 20 year-old rookie would be credited with a disappointing 28th place finish. “Our typical luck,” said Silas. “We had a good car; I am telling you it was
fast. We went to the front in a hurry and we were going to be able to stay
there. It’s a shame. Everyone on the Fast Track Racing team did a good job, I’
m proud of them. Just one of those circumstances where lady luck has not
been on our side and this weekend was another statement to that.”
He added, “It’s a shame that the season has come to an end, but I’ve
learned an awful lot and it will only help me as we plan to return to full time competition in 2008. I want to thank my team, sponsors and supporters for everything, it’s been a blast!”

Silas finished the season ninth in the championship standings with three
top-10 finishes. The effort will reward Silas an on-stage appearance at the ARCA RE/MAX Series Championship Awards Banquet at the Northern Kentucky
Convention Center in Covington, Kentucky on Saturday, December 8.
Exiting the 2007 ARCA RE/MAX Series season, Silas has 29 ARCA RE/MAX Series
starts to his credit with a career best finish of eighth at Salem Speedway
(April 2007) and Kentucky Speedway (July 2007) while holding an additional
top-10 performance at USA International Speedway (March 2007). He holds a career best short track time trials effort of seventh at Berlin Raceway (July 2007). A fourth place qualifying effort at Pocono Raceway (June 2007) is Silas’s best speedway run to date. He has controlled the ARCA field for 23 laps in two races.

For more on Bryan Silas please visit, BryanSilasRacing.com

Patrick Sheltra Showcases Short Track Talent At Toledo

October 19th, 2007

“I know everything thinks we were crazy to bring a brand new car to Toledo,
but we wanted to be competitive and we had to have a car that was built for
short tracks and this one was,” said Sheltra prior to the long practice
session of the weekend.

Heading towards his second career start at ARCA’s home turf, Sheltra was
banking on the team’s setup to guide him through a clean but respectable
practice session. During the hour and a half session, Sheltra posted the 21st
fastest lap with a time of 17.226 seconds or 104.493 MPH. “We’re not bad, but we’re sandbagging a little bit,” remarked Sheltra. “We’re focusing on race runs. We know it’s important to qualify up front but we think no matter where we start we have a car that can move forward quickly.”

Making some minor adjustments, Sheltra headed into ARCA SIM Factory pole
qualifying optimistic. Punching out a lap of 17.005 seconds at 105.851 MPH,
Sheltra would ironically find himself 21st on the starting grid for the season finale. “I said it earlier; I think the car is going to run strong in the race. That’s about where I thought we would qualify. The boys on the Sheltra Motorsports team have done a phenomenal job of making sure this car is in tip-top shape for tomorrow’s race, so I have no worries. I’m just going to drive the car like I stole it,” sounded Sheltra.

Warmer weather conditions greeted the teams on Sunday a day after blistering
cold temperatures kept the teams in sweatshirts and heated race haulers.
After meeting and greeting with fans for nearly an hour and a half before the
race, Sheltra would put on his helmet and build himself into competition mode. At the start of the Hantz Group 200,Sheltra blasted out of the pack like a rocket ship. Quickly finding himself in the top-20, the Indiantown, Florida native radioed to his crew that his machine was fast and he was biding his time but overtaking positions he could grab.

When the first caution flag waived on lap 12, Sheltra had moved up to the
17th position. On the restart, the multi-colored and bright No. 60 Chevrolet
Monte Carlo began studying its prey looking for the best way to maneuver past
his closest competition.

The race would settle into a fair amount of green flag racing with Sheltra
continuing to march through the leader board and move into the 11th position
by the time the next caution flag waived approaching lap 54.
While some teams elected to pit, the Sheltra Motorsports team decided to
stay out and use track position to their advantage.

Restarting in the top-10, Sheltra would continue to move up the leader board
and sit eighth just after halfway when the yellow flag waived which allowed
the lead pack to their lone trip to pit road. The Sheltra Motorsports team
bolted on four new Hoosier tires while adding Sunoco Racing fuel. The driver
called for no adjustments and the group returned to racing action strongly
inside the top-10.

Over the next sixty laps, Sheltra would flirt with the top-10 before bolting
into the top-five approaching lap 150. Able to see leaders Michael McDowell,
James Buescher and Frank Kimmel, Sheltra would use traffic to his advantage
to cut his distance from the lead pack to nearly inches.

Trying to thrust himself into the lead, Sheltra would be pinned by the No.
66 which allowed a strong line of outside cars to overtake the No. 60 with
Sheltra falling in line in fifth place.

Still in a tight group of competition, Sheltra would try to return to the
front pack but the driver would also have to fend off a strong group of
challengers from behind.

Inside twenty laps to go, as Sheltra headed down the backstretch, the No. 22
nailed Sheltra going into turn three which forced the No. 60 to spin and
make contact with the wall. Frustrated, Sheltra refired his machine and joined the leaders under the caution flag.

Under the yellow, Sheltra showed his displeasure to the No. 22 by pulling up
alongside Ken Butler III and venting his frustration. Sheltra would soon
withdrawal his anger and head down pit road where the Sheltra Motorsports team surveyed the minimal damage and sent their driver back into competition.
Starting outside the top-10, Sheltra would quickly take off on the restart
and immediately return to the top-10. The caution flag would waive a few laps
later as Butler III went for a spin down the backstretch.

Under the caution flag, Sheltra asked his crew what position he was in. The
team radioed back ninth with the talented driver vowing to his team that he
would try to gain a few more spots.

Restarting the race inside five laps to go, Sheltra picked off the No. 4 of
Ray Mooi, Jr which allowed Sheltra to grab eighth and cross the checkered
flag. It was Sheltra’s fifth top-10 finish of the season.

After the race, Sheltra climbed from his car and darted over to the No. 22
pit to speak with Butler III about the incident. The two spoke peacefully but
got their prospective point’s acrossed.

“It was a good day for the Sheltra Motorsports, but it could have been a
whole lot better. We should have been sitting in the top-five but we made a nice recovery from the spin and were able to put ourselves back in the top-10, so I’m ecstatic about that. This was a new car to us and it performed awesome. We never made any adjustments on the car all day long and I’m just tickled to death with our performance. I think everyone knew we were here.”
When asked about his incident with the No. 22, Sheltra offered, “That is the
second time in three races that he has gotten together with us and both times we were all running very strong. It’s disappointing that patience goes out the window inside twenty laps to go. It’s just plain frustrating and not fair. We should have been finished around fourth or fifth but instead had to settle for eighth. It sucks,that’s the bottom line.”

With his strong performance on Sunday, Sheltra locked the seventh position
in the ARCA RE/MAX Series championship standings while also rewarding his
mother Grace Sheltra with a top-10 performance in the owner’s standings. The duo will accept their awards at the ARCA RE/MAX Series Championship Awards
Banquet at the Northern Kentucky Convention Center in Covington, Kentucky on
Saturday, December 8.

“We’ve had a good season. It started out a little rough, but we worked hard
and it awarded us with a solid finish in the point standings. We’re coming
back next year and looking to give no mercy, so I’m not worried, we’re going
to be a threat, I promise you that.”

In addition to accepting their awards at the ARS Championship Awards Banquet
the team will also formally announce their 2008 plans with new additions at
the annual press conference the prelude to the banquet.

Continuing their sponsorship of Sheltra’s No. 60 entry this past weekend was
CP Concrete Products, US Construction, SawHorse Outfitters, Brady Ranch and
FloraGanics. For more on Patrick Sheltra, please visit PatrickSheltra.com

Michelle Theriault & Team GLOCK Deliver ARCA Career Best At Toledo

October 17th, 2007

“This is a good car. I really like this track. It fits my racing groove perfectly. I want to thank everyone on the team for giving me a great racecar,” said Theriault after practice. With the impressive time set in practice, the team was looking forward to ARCA SIM Factory pole qualifying. After drawing 18th to qualify, Theriault quickly radioed that she had a problem. Before making her lap, Theriault encountered a problem with the kill switch button which caused the engine to shut off. The team had to manually reset the engine beating the required five minute clock set by ARCA officials.

Theriault would now be the last car to qualify to gain a berth in Sunday’s
ARCA RE/MAX Series season finale. During her two laps Theriault jumped from
33rd fastest (which would not have gained the team a guaranteed starting
position after the first lap) to a competitive 24th fastest lap after producing a time of 17.133 seconds at 105.060 MPH. “It was a little scary there for a second,” said Theriault. “The good news is we were able to bounce back from that and we can now concentrate on the race.”

With temperatures a little warmer from a cooler than normal day on Saturday,
Theriault remained focused and was ready to get down to business. At the start of the Hantz Group 200 presented by Belle Tire, Theriault quickly wasted no time getting to the front. Staying in contention with the lead group and turning times very comparable to the leaders, Theriault quickly moved into the top-20 by lap 12 when the first caution flag waived.

Theriault reported the car was good, but she was being cautious and looking
at the big picture of finishing the race. Back to racing, Theriault continued
to hover inside the top-20. While producing very competitive lap times, the field was no match for pole sitter Michael McDowell who was setting a blistering pace. He eventually caught the group of cars that Theriault was racing in approaching on lap 54 taking her from the lead circuit. Vowing not to loose any more laps, Theriault continued to race her group hoping to stay on McDowell’s tail. The caution flag would waive on lap 56 when Phillip McGilton went for a spin on the backstretch.

Despite dropping off the lead circuit, Theriault remained focused on getting
to the front. With more than half of the field off the lead circuit, the
team knew a good finish was still in the books.

Opting to stay out on the race track, Theriault would throttle hard on the
restart trying to gain the lap back. Unfortunately, to no avail, she would be
forced to settle back and continue to make laps and race with the best of the
best in the development series for NASCAR.

With the yellow flag waiving on just after halfway with Theriault holding
the 16th position, Theriault opted to bring her machine down pit road for fuel and tires before the team sent Theriault back into battle.

On the restart, Theriault continued to produce competitive lap times while
also moving through the running order. A series of yellow flags would keep
Theriault in the top-15 hunt. With 50 laps to go, Theriault controlled the 15th position but using her veteran short track skills, the No. 37 GLOCK continued to move up through the field and claimed the 11th position when the checkered flag waived on lap 200.

“It was a good day,” Theriault noted. “We kept our nose clean, I learned a
lot and the car was good. I think another 10 laps or so we could have raced
Phillip McGilton for the 10th position, but I’m extremely happy with our
performance at Toledo. I like this place. I am looking forward to coming back soon. This definitely gives us some momentum heading into the All-Star show in Irwindale later this week.”

Car owner and spotter Jeff Spraker offered, “Michelle did a fantastic job. I
am really proud of her. She did a great job maneuvering her way through the
field and she kept her nose clean all day long. I’m happy.”

Theriault will now prepare for this week’s TOYOTA All-Star showdown at
Irwindale Speedway in Irwindale, California. The showdown is a non-championship event full of competitors from the NASCAR Busch East and West Series. Theriault earned an invitation from her successful rookie campaign in the NBES.

Cycle Country To Support Dexter Bean; BlackJack Racing In Toledo

October 16th, 2007

Cycle Country Accessories Corp (ATC on the AMEX) has a rich 26 year history
of producing accessories for the Power Sports Industry. These products are
attached to ATVs and UTVs to increase both the “fun factor” and utility of
these off-road vehicles. Cycle Country is best known for their ATV mounted
snow and work plows. The company also manufactures, in their NW Iowa plant, a full line of hunting equipment, food plot 3 point implements, pull behind
Rough Cut mowers, equipment racks, sprayers, trailers, Perf-Form™ oil filters, and molded wheel covers.

Cycle Country’s motto is “Work Hard, Play Hard.” With this in mind, their
engineers are constantly developing new products to extend the capabilities of the ATV/UTV. They are “made in America” products and have stood the test
of time for both design ruggedness and features in demand. Cycle Country is
the only ATV plow manufacturer that offers a lifetime warranty on their
plows. The company sells their products through a network of over 12,000 dealers located throughout the USA, as well as Canada, Europe and Asia.
The company maintains a “user friendly” web site at cyclecountry.com
that guides the user through the selection process for their specific ATV/UTV. Assembly manuals are available from their Website as well.
“We’re very excited to have a corporation like Cycle Country on board with
us this weekend at Toledo,” said Dexter Bean, driver of the No. 6 Five Star
Telecom-Cycle Country Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS. “We’ve had a great season and
as a team we would like nothing more than to close out our successful year
with a win on Sunday for Cycle Country and the rest of our sponsors.”

“We are very proud to be supporting Dexter and the team at Toledo Speedway
and have him represent the company at such an exciting short track,” stated
Randy Kempf, President & CEO of Cycle Country. Entering Toledo, Dexter Bean, a native of Westby, Wisconsin has 50 ARCA RE/MAX Series starts to his credit with five top-five finishes and 16 top-10 efforts. He holds a career best finish of second at Salem Speedway and Pocono Raceway (April 2007 and June 2007). He owns the 2006 ARCA SIM Factory pole award at Salem Speedway September 2006) while hoisting a career-best speedway time trials effort of fourth at Pocono Raceway (June 2006). Bean has also led 138 laps in six races.

The Hantz Group 200 presented by Belle Tire (200 laps/100 miles) is the 23rd
of 23 races on the 2007 ARCA RE/MAX Series schedule. The 62nd ARCA race
held at Toledo Speedway is a two-day show. Practice begins Saturday, October 13 with an hour and-a-half hour practice session planned from 12:30-2:00 p.m.
ARCA SIM Factory pole qualifying is set for later in the day at 3:30 p.m. The
event will take the green flag on October 14th, shortly after 2:00 p.m. The
race will be televised live on SPEED with additional race coverage online at
arcaracing.com. All times are local.

For more on Dexter Bean and BlackJack Racing, please visit DexterBean.net
For additional input on Cycle Country, please logon to CycleCountry.com
Dexter Bean, BlackJack Racing, Toledo Speedway Notes of Interest:
· Dexter Bean will make his fourth career start at Toledo Speedway
Sunday. In the fall event last year, Bean started 17th and finished 24th.
Earlier this year, Bean started 15th and finished 17th after being spun out late in the event.
· Crew Chief Chris Bires is the brother of NASCAR Busch Series driver
Kelly Bires and the brother in-law to NASCAR Nextel Cup Series driver Johnny
Sauter and NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series driver Tim Sauter.
· Dexter Bean has set a new personal record this year excelling past
his 2006 ARCA RE/MAX Series stats after posting three top-fives and 10 top-10
finishes after 22 races this season. Last year, Bean had recorded two
top-fives and five top-10s.
· BlackJack Racing hopes to announce their 2008 racing plans at the
ARCA RE/MAX Series Championship Awards Banquet in Covington, Kentucky on
Saturday, December 8.

James Buescher Looks To Record Another Top-10 In Season Finale At Toledo Speedway

October 13th, 2007

In his last go-around with Minnesota’s Country Joe Racing, Buescher
collected a fourth place finish at Salem Speedway and his second straight top-10 at the half-mile bullring. Now returning to another bullring aka ARCA’s home turf Toledo Speedway, Buescher is searching for his second victory of the season.

“Toledo, here we come,” said Buescher, the 17-year old phenomenon. “I’ve
had so much fun in the ARCA RE/MAX Series this year. We’ve been competitive in every single event this year and we’re going to Toledo this weekend looking to end the season on a high note.”

He continued, “I couldn’t have asked for a better team to be associated
with. These guys work hard and we’ve been able to deliver some stellar results. I knew coming into this season that we would have some great runs, but I didn’t imagine the kind of record we’ve produced. It’s a good feeling, believe me.”

Even with the confidence that Buescher is carrying into the season finale
this weekend, there’s one obstacle that the avid driver faces, Toledo Speedway. “I’ve never competed at Toledo Speedway before,” added Buescher. “The team ran earlier this year with Matt Merrell and they had a good solid run. I’m not sure what to expect right away, so when I get to the track on Friday for the Fan Fest, I plan to take a close look at the track so I know what I’m up against before practice on Saturday.”

Buescher noted, “Practice is crucial anywhere, but a track you’ve never
visited it’s extremely crucial. My crew chief Mike Chaffee has a good setup for the race, so it’s going to be about me getting comfortable and I plan to do that quickly on Saturday. I would be surprised if we didn’t qualify in the
top-10. After that, we can turn all of our focus to the race itself.”
Nate Thiesse, Director of Operations for County Joe Racing offered, “Our
first short track race of the season we put James in the seat and he went on and delivered us a victory. We think we have a shot at doing the same in the
final short track race of the season on Sunday. No matter what the outcome is, we’ve enjoyed the season with James and we’re looking forward to working with him again next year.” Mercedes Homes and Red Line Oil will sponsor the No. 32 Dodge this weekend at Toledo Speedway.

Before turning all of his attention towards making his inaugural Toledo ARCA
RE/MAX Series start, Buescher will join a host of drivers at the third
annual ARS Fan Fest at Toledo Speedway on Friday, October 12 from 5:00-6:30 p.m. local time.

The Hantz Group 200 presented by Belle Tire (200 laps/100 miles) is the 23rd
of 23 races on the 2007 ARCA RE/MAX Series schedule. The 45th ARCA race
held at Toledo Speedway is a two-day show. Practice begins Saturday, October 13 with an hour and-a-half hour practice session planned from 12:30-2:00 p.m.
ARCA SIM Factory pole qualifying is set for later in the day at 3:30 p.m. The
event will take the green flag on October 14th, shortly after 2:00 p.m. The
race will be televised live on SPEED with additional race coverage online at
arcaracing.com. All times are local.

For more on Country Joe Racing, please visit CountryJoeRacing.com

James Buescher, Country Joe Racing, Toledo Speedway, Notes of Interest:
* James Buescher will make his seventh career ARCA start Sunday. In
his previous six efforts, Buescher scored the win in the inaugural ARCA RE/MAX Series event at USA International Speedway (Lakeland) while posting a clean sixth place run at Salem Speedway in April before returning to the top-five at Berlin Raceway with a stout third place effort in July. Last month, Buescher made his dirt track debut showing further talent by reeling in a seventh place finish. Following Springfield, Buescher made another start at The Milwaukee Mile. After qualifying on the front row, Buescher was in contention for the win when a mechanical failure took him from the hunt finishing 28th. In his most recent effort, Buescher dazzled his competitors once again with a stout fourth place finish at Salem Speedway.
* Last fall at Toledo, Country Joe Racing finished third after
starting fourth with driver Blake Bjorklund aboard. In 2005, the organization
finished eighth after delivering a fourth place qualifying effort with ARCA RE/MAX Series Rookie-of-the-Year driver Joey Miller.
* James Buescher will make 800 left hand turns on Sunday afternoon.
· Country Joe Racing sits eighth in the 2007 ARCA RE/MAX Series car
owner standings entering Toledo Speedway. The organization, who has fielded a
car for a number of drivers this season, is 35 markers from seventh place
controlled by car owner Clarence Brewer (No. 47).
* James Buescher joins Michael Annett, Todd Hansen, Joey Miller and
Brian Scott as the only repeat drivers for Country Joe Racing this season.
Buescher will make his seventh start for CJR this season. The team has fielded a car for Ryan Howard (Daytona), James Buescher (USA International Speedway, Salem, Berlin, Springfield, Milwaukee, Salem and Toledo), Joey Miller (Nashville, Pocono – August, DuQuoin and Chicagoland), Todd Hansen (Kansas and Kentucky), Dan Fredrickson (Winchester), Matt Merrell (Toledo), Michael Annett (Iowa, Nashville – August and Gateway International Raceway), Johnny Sauter (Pocono – June), Chris Wimmer (Michigan) and Brian Scott (Kentucky – July and Talladega Superspeedway) this season.

Patrick Sheltra Returns To Toledo To End Rookie Season On High Note

October 13th, 2007

Sheltra, driving the No. 60 Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS for his family owned
Sheltra Motorsports team has enjoyed success in his inaugural ARCA campaign but the 21-year rising star will admit he turns to ARCA’s hometown turf to
hopefully reward him with a season best finish and some momentum leaning into his sophomore season in 2008.

Earlier this year the avid dirt competitor made his Toledo Speedway debut.
After qualifying 21st, Sheltra encountered some early race hiccups but battled back to finish 28th. This weekend he returns to the half-mile oval looking for a rematch and his fifth top-10 finish of the year.

“I’m looking forward to Toledo,” said Sheltra. “I had some bad luck there
in the spring, but we are going to the race this weekend looking to give no
mercy. We’ve worked hard on our short program in the second half of the season and I strongly believe that we’ll continue to show our improvements this weekend.”

Coming off his restrictor plate debut at Talladega Superspeedway last
Friday, Sheltra knows the two races are a complete 360 but he is banking on the experience of his Sheltra Motorsports team led by crew chief and former ARCAdriver John Hayden and team manger Keith Strunk.

“My guys have been great,” sounded Sheltra. “I couldn’t ask for a better
bunch. We’ve been able to preserve through some misfortune this year. I truly
believe it has only made our team stronger. That will continue over to 2008,
I promise.” Another reason that the Indiantown, Florida native is eager to get to Toledo Speedway is because the team will unveil a new hot rod courtesy of Richard Childress Racing. “We are going to have an excellent car this weekend,” Sheltra added. “This is our real first short track car in our stables and we’re excited about it. The guys in Kentucky have been working hard to get this machine ready to go and the tell me it’s going to be fast.”
He added, “I’ll have a new spotter this weekend at Toledo too. Jennifer
Belmont who is a popular spotter in the ARCA RE/MAX Series will be guiding me
this weekend. I’m excited to have someone of her caliber up there maneuvering
me through the field and traffic. I know she’ll do an awesome job this weekend and I’m glad she’s on our side.”

Sitting seventh in the championship standings with just once remaining,
Sheltra knows that a competitive finish walking away from Toledo can help him
claim a strong position and a guaranteed spot on the stage at the Championship
Awards Banquet on December 8.

“I can’t wait for the banquet. It’s going to be a great time. I can’t
catch the other Justin (Marks) in sixth but we gained some points over Justin
(South) in eighth but we have to head to Toledo this weekend with the same
outlook we’ve had all year. If we don’t give 150 percent, we don’t need to be
here. No worries though, we’re going to give 150 percent.”

Continuing their sponsorship of Sheltra’s No. 60 entry this week is CP
Concrete Products, US Construction, SawHorse Outfitters, Brady Ranch and
FloraGanics. Before turning all of his attention towards making his second career Toledo ARCA RE/MAX Series start, Sheltra will join a host of drivers at the third annual ARS Fan Fest at Toledo Speedway on Friday, October 12 from 5:00-6:30 p.m. local time.

Following Toledo, Sheltra and Co. will announce their plans for the 2008
season at the ARCA championship awards banquet at the Northern Kentucky
Convention Center in Covington, Kentucky on Saturday, December 8.

The Hantz Group 200 presented by Belle Tire (200 laps/100 miles) is the 23rd
of 23 races on the 2007 ARCA RE/MAX Series schedule. The 45th ARCA race
held at Toledo Speedway is a two-day show. Practice begins Saturday, October 13 with an hour and-a-half hour practice session planned from 12:30-2:00 p.m.
ARCA SIM Factory pole qualifying is set for later in the day at 3:30 p.m. The
event will take the green flag on October 14th, shortly after 2:00 p.m. The
race will be televised live on SPEED with additional race coverage online at
arcaracing.com. All times are local.

For more on Patrick Sheltra, please visit PatrickSheltra.com Patrick Sheltra, Sheltra Motorsports, Toledo Speedway Notes of Interest:
* Sheltra sits seventh in the ARCA championship standings and third in
the ARCA RE/MAX Series Rookie-of-the-Year standings despite missing the
season opener at Daytona International Speedway in February.
· Patrick Sheltra will make his 24th career ARCA RE/MAX Series start
on Sunday afternoon. In his previous 23 starts, Sheltra has collected two
top-fives at Berlin Raceway (July 2007) and Illinois State Fairgrounds (August 2007) while holding additional top-10s at Kentucky Speedway in June and DuQuoin State Fairgrounds in September.
· Patrick Sheltra is a native of Indiantown, Florida
* Patrick Sheltra and members of his Sheltra Motorsports team will
officially announce their 2008 ARCA RE/MAX Series plans at the Championship
Awards Banquet at the Northern Kentucky Convention Center in Covington, Kentucky on December 8.
* Sheltra Motorsports will participate in the three-day open ARCA
RE/MAX Series test at Daytona International Speedway on December 14, 15 and 16 in preparation for the ARCA 200 at Daytona in February of 2008.

Bryan Silas Turns To Toledo Looking For Terrific Performance

October 13th, 2007

The 20-year old rookie has enjoyed success this season but over the course
of the past 22 races, Silas has also been on a roller coaster ride. Strong
runs soured by bad racing luck have plagued the Fast Track Racing team in the
point standings but as the likable rookie has stated exiting Talladega, “We’re going to Toledo to end our season on a high note!”
A lot of attention has already been surrounding the FTR (Fast Track Racing)
team as it was publicly announced last Tuesday that car owner Andy Hillenburg
had purchased North Carolina Motor Speedway which has been renamed to
Rockingham Speedway by Hillenburg. The team carried the track’s new logo during last Saturday’s Mountain Dew 250.

“I am super excited for Andy,” Silas mentioned. “He has been on cloud nine
every since he was announced as the new owner. He has a lot in store for the
track and the fans. I’m really fired up for the future of Rockingham Speedway.
”The half-mile bullring of Toledo Speedway is a track that Silas has been
accustomed to. With a start in 2006 and another one earlier this year, Silas
knows how to wheel his No. 11 Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS around ARCA’s hometown
track. With a little luck, Silas is feeling extra confident about Sunday’s
race. “We’ve had two top-10s on the short tracks this year and what a better way to close out our season with another one on Sunday,” said Silas, who pulled double duty last weekend at Talladega competing in both the ARCA RE/MAX and NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series events. We had an excellent run going in the spring but fell victim to problems on pit road. We recovered to finish in the top-15 but we’re looking for more than that this weekend, a lot more.”

He continued, “I can’t believe it’s the final race of the season. Where has
this season gone? I’ve had a blast this year but some of the finishes don’t
mount to the performances we had on the track. Daytona, Nashville, Kentucky,
Pocono, and Milwaukee the list goes on and on. The good thing is we can
utilize the experience from this season and try to make our 2008 program a lot stronger.”

When asked to compare Toledo Speedway to the rest of ARCA’s short track’s
Silas pondered for a moment but replied, “It’s one of the smoothest that we go to. It’s a nice place and provides a great race for the fans. I enjoy the
short tracks, I really do. You can’t just be good at a short track though, you have to be lucky too. One minute you can be leading and the next minute you are sitting in the garage watching the end of the race from there. That’s
just how short tracks go.”

Silas noted, “I’m lucky to have my car owner Andy Hillenburg up in the
spotter’s tower coaching me on. He is a great teacher, mentor and friend. He has taught me an awful lot this year and I strongly believe that we would not be sitting where we are right now if it hadn’t been for all his hard work.”
Locking the ninth position in the ARCA RE/MAX Series point standings, Silas
is battling another race. Sitting 240 points from eighth and 45 markers ahead
of tenth, Silas looks to retain the ninth position and guarantee a position
on stage at the ARCA Championship Awards Banquet in December.

“We’ve said all along that we wanted to finish in the top-10 in the point
standings and we are in prime position to do so this weekend at Toledo. We don’t have a chance at catching Justin South for eighth but we have to keep Josh Krug behind us. I don’t want to give up ninth. We’ve been locking down that spot for a while now. I think it’s a pretty good table topper considering everything we’ve dealt with this season. I’m looking forward to my first ARCA banquet and it will give me that much more confidence to remain focused on making our 2008 season a much better one.

Nortrax, Shell Rotella T, Holland Pump and Palm Beach Grading (PBG) will all
sponsor the No. 11 Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS in the 62nd ARCA event held at
Toledo Speedway. “It’s the last race of the season and everyone wants to end their season with a good finish. I think it’s going to make the race that much more competitive. I’m glad to see the race is televised and we’re carrying an onboard camera so we’re gunning towards giving our sponsors and fans back home something to cheer about.”

Heading into Toledo, Silas has 28 ARCA RE/MAX Series starts to his credit
with a career best finish of eighth at Salem Speedway (April 2007) and Kentucky Speedway (July 2007) while holding an additional top-10 performance at USA International Speedway (March 2007). He holds a career best short track time trials effort of seventh at Berlin Raceway (July 2007). A fourth place qualifying effort at Pocono Raceway (June 2007) is Silas’s best speedway run to date. He has controlled the ARCA field for 23 laps in two races. Before turning all of his attention towards making his third career Toledo ARCA RE/MAX Series start, Silas will join a host of drivers at the third annual ARS Fan Fest at Toledo Speedway on Friday, October 12 from 5:00-6:30 p.m. local time.

The Hantz Group 200 presented by Belle Tire (200 laps/100 miles) is the 23rd
of 23 races on the 2007 ARCA RE/MAX Series schedule. The 45th ARCA race
held at Toledo Speedway is a two-day show. Practice begins Saturday, October 13 with an hour and-a-half hour practice session planned from 12:30-2:00 p.m.
ARCA SIM Factory pole qualifying is set for later in the day at 3:30 p.m. The
event will take the green flag on October 14th, shortly after 2:00 p.m. The
race will be televised live on SPEED with additional race coverage online at
arcaracing.com. All times are local.

For more on Bryan Silas please visit, BryanSilasRacing.com

Visit Fast Track Racing on the web at, FastTrackRacing.com

Bryan Silas, Fast Track Racing, Toledo Speedway, Notes of Interest:

· For the third time in his ARCA RE/MAX Series career, Bryan Silas will
compete at Toledo Speedway in Toledo Ohio. Last October, Silas started
21st and climbed his way to a season-best 16th place finish. Earlier this year, behind the wheel of his FTR-owned Chevrolet Monte Carlo Silas started 30th and used the 200-lap event to secure an impressive 15th place finish.

· After Sunday’s ARCA RE/MAX Series season finale, Silas is scheduled
to compete in two more NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series (NCTS) events this season with the races announced at a later date.

· Silas will make 800 left hand turns on Sunday afternoon.
* Fast Track Racing (FTR) will participate in the three-day open ARCA
RE/MAX Series test at Daytona International Speedway on December 14, 15 and
16 in preparation for the ARCA 200 at Daytona in February of 2008.

Dexter Bean Looking To End Record Season On High Note At Toledo

October 13th, 2007

And while Toledo hasn’t been the kindest to Bean, he is looking to change that statistic. Bean along with crew chief Chris Bires went back to the drawing board and believe they’ve come up with a setup that will reward them with their fourth top-five or 11th top-10 of the season while also hopefully collecting their first ever win.

“Toledo hasn’t been one of my favorite race tracks,” offered Bean. “But
that can change this weekend. We were running the best we ever had earlier this year and were taken out with a handful of laps left. We think our race day setup from May will help us tremendously this weekend.” Bires and Bean have both given the nod to bring the “black” No. 6 Five Star Telecom Chevrolet Monte Carlo to the half-mile bull ring this weekend. In the car’s last outing, the team collected a seventh place finish at Chicagoland
Speedway after starting 22nd. The team has only run the machine at tracks of a mile and a half or greater, so the organization is optimistic about bringing it to Toledo, but they feel with the heavy amount of practice on Saturday and their prior success on the short tracks this season, the team will be near the top. “We destroyed our good short track car when we blew the tire at Salem,” offered Bean. “The team has worked hard since Salem to transfer this car from a speedway machine to a short track car. I think it will pay off. We were awarded with our first top-10 with this car at Chicagoland last month and there’s no doubt in my mind that we can go out there this weekend and back that performance up.”

He continued, “Short track racing isn’t all about skill, it’s about luck
too. You can be at the right place at the right time and the bad luck will
strike. You just have to go into each race with a positive outlook and the notion to win and that’s exactly what we’re going to do this weekend.”
With no primary sponsorship locked for Toledo, BlackJack Racing is glad to
have local longtime supporter Five Star Telecom (FST) on board as an associate sponsor. Since their beginning in 1973, FST has become one of the largest interconnect companies in the Upper Midwest, with multiple locations serving
the tri-state area.

Entering Toledo, Dexter Bean has 50 ARCA RE/MAX Series starts to his credit
with five top-five finishes and 16 top-10 efforts. He holds a career best
finish of second at Salem Speedway and Pocono Raceway (April 2007 and June
2007). He owns the 2006 ARCA SIM Factory pole award at Salem Speedway (September 2006) while hoisting a career-best speedway time trials effort of fourth at Pocono Raceway (June 2006). Bean has also led 138 laps in six races. BlackJack Racing is still seeking additional primary and associate sponsors for the remainder of the season and for 2008. For sponsorship inquires, please contact BlackJack Racing at 608.634.4242.

Before turning all of his attention towards making his fourth career Toledo
ARCA RE/MAX Series start, Bean will join a host of drivers at the third
annual ARS Fan Fest at Toledo Speedway on Friday, October 12 from 5:00-6:30 p.m. local time.

The Hantz Group 200 presented by Belle Tire (200 laps/100 miles) is the 23rd
of 23 races on the 2007 ARCA RE/MAX Series schedule. The 45th ARCA race
held at Toledo Speedway is a two-day show. Practice begins Saturday, October 13 with an hour and-a-half hour practice session planned from 12:30-2:00 p.m.
ARCA SIM Factory pole qualifying is set for later in the day at 3:30 p.m. The
event will take the green flag on October 14th, shortly after 2:00 p.m. The
race will be televised live on SPEED with additional race coverage online at
arcaracing.com. All times are local. For more on Dexter Bean and BlackJack Racing, please visit DexterBean.net Dexter Bean, BlackJack Racing, Toledo Speedway Notes of Interest:

· Dexter Bean will make his third career start at Toledo Speedway
Sunday. In the fall event last year, Bean started 17th and finished 24th.
Earlier this year, Bean started 15th and finished 17th after being spun out late in the event.

· Crew Chief Chris Bires is the brother of NASCAR Busch Series driver
Kelly Bires and the brother in-law to NASCAR Nextel Cup Series driver Johnny
Sauter and NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series driver Tim Sauter.

· Dexter Bean has set a new personal record this year excelling past
his 2006 ARCA RE/MAX Series stats after posting three top-five and 10 top-10
finishes after 22 races this season. Last year, Bean had recorded two
top-fives and five top-10s.

· Dexter Bean is scheduled to attend the third annual ARCA Fan Fest
at Toledo Speedway next Friday, October 12 for an autograph session at Toledo
Speedway from 5:00-6:30 p.m.

TOLEDO’S GLASS CITY 200 ENTRIES READY; 19TH EDITION SET FOR SEPT. 22 (8-21-07)

August 27th, 2007

Race fans will have a chance to win cash and plane tickets at this year’s event. The $500 Wynn’s/LV Enterprises Challenge will award a lucky race fan $500. The leader of the race at lap 100 will draw out the winning name at the ½ way mark of the event during the 20 minute break. The lap 100 leader will also pick up a $500 cash bonus, courtesy of Wynn’s/LV Enterprises.

And another fan will take home 2 round-trip tickets from Toledo to St. Petersburg, Florida, courtesy of Allegiant Air. Fans can register Saturday when they arrive at the track.

A few changes in the schedule for the 2007 edition of the event have been implemented. Friday’s activity will now consist only of an optional practice session for both the Late Models and the ARCA Sportsman cars. In previous years, the day prior to the 200 included a race card for the support classes. The Friday, September 21 schedule shows the pit area opening at noon for rig parking, pit pass and tires sales, along with the beginning of technical inspection. The practice session is set for 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. and the garage area closes at 8:30 p.m. Friday.

Saturday’s schedule has the pits opening at 9 a.m., with practice at Noon, time trials at 3 and racing at 5 p.m. A rain date of Sunday, September 23 has been established, with a 1 p.m. start time if needed.

The prestigious fall classic has constantly drawn the top Late Model drivers in the Midwest. The 200 lap event not only features the local Toledo and sister track Flat Rock, MI Speedway drivers, but drivers from tracks across Michigan, Ohio, Indiana and Canada.

The race originated in 1968 under the direction of ARCA founder John Marcum, with the win going to legendary Joy Fair. The event ran for ten consecutive seasons until the track was sold. In 1999, Marcum’s grandson, Ron Drager, the current President of ARCA and co-owner of Toledo along with his business partner Roy Mott, purchased the speedway and promptly revived the race. The Glass City 200 immediately rose to prominence in the Late Model racing circles of the Midwest, becoming one of the most sought-after titles.

Former winners include Fair in 1968, Joe Ruttman, 1969 and 1973, Bob Senneker in 1970, 1971 and 1977; Danny Byrd, 1972; the late John Anderson, 1974; Ohioan Jim Bickerstaff, 1975; Ed Cooper, 1976; Tim Felver, 1999; Tim Ice, 2000; Jr. Hanley, 2001; Steve Sauve, 2002, 2003, 2004; John Doering, 2005 and 2006, Jack Landis.

The winner will also receive 2 round-trip tickets from Toledo to St. Petersburg, FL, courtesy of Allegiant Air and the Howe Racing Enterprises bonus of a $300 product certificate and $500 if in a Howe chassis. Other posted awards as of press time include the $500 Kayo Lumber Fast Qualifier Award; $250 Burge Wrecking Hard Charger (Most Improved position) in the 200, and $100 All Star Performance product certificates to the 8th and 12th place finishers in the event.

R & M Recycling returns to sponsor the 25 lap B Main contest, but a new twist for this year puts the winner of the B Main into the Glass City 200 field, courtesy of Bazell Race Fuels/Sunoco Race Fuels. DTS/Drive Train Specialists has signed on to sponsor one of the last-chance races, with the other last-chance race still open for sponsorship to date.

Giles Auto Body, Celebrations, Clean Sweep and the Toledo Blade have also pledged their support with sponsorship for the Glass City 200.

The track will offer a $5 discount to all Michigan Auto Racing Fan Club Members and Dayton Auto Racing Fan Club members for Saturday’s event by showing their card at the ticket window. The track will also admit all Scouts in uniform FREE to the biggest race of the season at the ½ mile paved oval.

Saturday’s race card will include practice, time trials, last-chance races, the 25 lap B Main and the Miller Lite Glass City 200 lap race, plus a last-chance race and 40 lap ARCA National City Bank Sportsman feature, along with a 25 lap ARCA A-1 Auto Parts Factory Stock main event.

Reserved seats are now on sale for the race by calling the track at 419-727-1100. Cash, VISA and Mastercard will be accepted for advance ticket orders only. The speedway is located on Benore Road at the I-75/Alexis Road exit on the Michigan-Ohio border. For up to date information, check out toledospeedway.com.

TOLEDO’S GLASS CITY 200 ENTRIES READY; 19TH EDITION SET FOR SEPT. 22 (8-21-07)

August 25th, 2007

Race fans will have a chance to win cash and plane tickets at this year’s event. The $500 Wynn’s/LV Enterprises Challenge will award a lucky race fan $500. The leader of the race at lap 100 will draw out the winning name at the ½ way mark of the event during the 20 minute break. The lap 100 leader will also pick up a $500 cash bonus, courtesy of Wynn’s/LV Enterprises.

And another fan will take home 2 round-trip tickets from Toledo to St. Petersburg, Florida, courtesy of Allegiant Air. Fans can register Saturday when they arrive at the track.

A few changes in the schedule for the 2007 edition of the event have been implemented. Friday’s activity will now consist only of an optional practice session for both the Late Models and the ARCA Sportsman cars. In previous years, the day prior to the 200 included a race card for the support classes. The Friday, September 21 schedule shows the pit area opening at noon for rig parking, pit pass and tires sales, along with the beginning of technical inspection. The practice session is set for 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. and the garage area closes at 8:30 p.m. Friday.

Saturday’s schedule has the pits opening at 9 a.m., with practice at Noon, time trials at 3 and racing at 5 p.m. A rain date of Sunday, September 23 has been established, with a 1 p.m. start time if needed.

The prestigious fall classic has constantly drawn the top Late Model drivers in the Midwest. The 200 lap event not only features the local Toledo and sister track Flat Rock, MI Speedway drivers, but drivers from tracks across Michigan, Ohio, Indiana and Canada.

The race originated in 1968 under the direction of ARCA founder John Marcum, with the win going to legendary Joy Fair. The event ran for ten consecutive seasons until the track was sold. In 1999, Marcum’s grandson, Ron Drager, the current President of ARCA and co-owner of Toledo along with his business partner Roy Mott, purchased the speedway and promptly revived the race. The Glass City 200 immediately rose to prominence in the Late Model racing circles of the Midwest, becoming one of the most sought-after titles.

Former winners include Fair in 1968, Joe Ruttman, 1969 and 1973, Bob Senneker in 1970, 1971 and 1977; Danny Byrd, 1972; the late John Anderson, 1974; Ohioan Jim Bickerstaff, 1975; Ed Cooper, 1976; Tim Felver, 1999; Tim Ice, 2000; Jr. Hanley, 2001; Steve Sauve, 2002, 2003, 2004; John Doering, 2005 and 2006, Jack Landis.

The winner will also receive 2 round-trip tickets from Toledo to St. Petersburg, FL, courtesy of Allegiant Air and the Howe Racing Enterprises bonus of a $300 product certificate and $500 if in a Howe chassis. Other posted awards as of press time include the $500 Kayo Lumber Fast Qualifier Award; $250 Burge Wrecking Hard Charger (Most Improved position) in the 200, and $100 All Star Performance product certificates to the 8th and 12th place finishers in the event.

R & M Recycling returns to sponsor the 25 lap B Main contest, but a new twist for this year puts the winner of the B Main into the Glass City 200 field, courtesy of Bazell Race Fuels/Sunoco Race Fuels. DTS/Drive Train Specialists has signed on to sponsor one of the last-chance races, with the other last-chance race still open for sponsorship to date.

Giles Auto Body, Celebrations, Clean Sweep and the Toledo Blade have also pledged their support with sponsorship for the Glass City 200.

The track will offer a $5 discount to all Michigan Auto Racing Fan Club Members and Dayton Auto Racing Fan Club members for Saturday’s event by showing their card at the ticket window. The track will also admit all Scouts in uniform FREE to the biggest race of the season at the ½ mile paved oval.

Saturday’s race card will include practice, time trials, last-chance races, the 25 lap B Main and the Miller Lite Glass City 200 lap race, plus a last-chance race and 40 lap ARCA National City Bank Sportsman feature, along with a 25 lap ARCA A-1 Auto Parts Factory Stock main event.

Reserved seats are now on sale for the race by calling the track at 419-727-1100. Cash, VISA and Mastercard will be accepted for advance ticket orders only. The speedway is located on Benore Road at the I-75/Alexis Road exit on the Michigan-Ohio border. For up to date information, check out toledospeedway.com.

Jesse Saunders is ready for the 2007 Season in the ASALMS Northern Division

April 25th, 2007

After a dismal season last year that included an accident that took him out of
contention for the ASALM (Now Madison Late Models) championship at Madison with four races to go, Saunders is ready to forget last year and look ahead to 2007.

“Last year we had absolutely no luck,” explained Saunders. “We lost our primary
sponsor to run the North Series just before the first race. Then we were in a wreck while running 3rd in points at MIS that forced us to miss the rest of the season.”

Saunders, 21, will be gunning for the 2007 ASALMS Northern Division championship along with the Rookie of the Year title; however this year won’t be without its challenges. Saunders has only raced at four of the ten tracks on the schedule but remains confident that with the resources available to him, he will be able to adapt quickly to the new tracks.

“We built a new car during the off season and I think we have some good equipment to make us contenders,” said Saunders. “I’m excited to get back to driving the car and happy to have my crew back from last year.”

ANNETT NOTCHES 7th IN TOLEDO DEBUT; ASALMS NORTH UP NEXT

April 25th, 2007

Iowa native Annett, 20, and his #12 TMC Racing Ford Fusion team turned the fourth fastest laps in practice but searched for setups that would benefit them later in the race. The trade off was a car that had handling issues in qualifying but would come in as the laps clicked off. Starting from the twelfth place berth, Annett avoided trouble and was able to regain a firm foothold in the top-10 in the last fifty laps of the race as his car adjusted to the traffic just as the team had anticipated. Unfortunately, the strong performance in the closing laps were only enough to earn a seventh place finish ­ still an impressive feat for a sophomore driver tackling the fierce competition in the premier division of the ASALMS.

³We tested at Toledo but the track conditions and temperatures were quite
different than what we had to work with on race day,² commented Annett
following his third consecutive top-10 finish. ³We were looking to find a
bit more speed in practice and kept the car loose thinking that as the sun
set, the track would cause our car to tighten up and we should be in the
hunt. The TMC Team kept fine-tuning adjustments and we did have a great car
for the last 50 laps and were much better on the long runs but we just ran
out of time. It was still a good points day and I am happy we were able to
salvage another top-10 finish.²

Annett, who is in his second season of competition with the ASA Late Model
Series¹ Challenge Division, powered his #12 TMC Transportation Ford Fusion
to a top-10 finish in all events to date on the 2007 tour. His consistent
performances at San Antonio, Nashville and now Toledo have poised the team
with a strong seventh place position in the points¹ standings and within
striking distance of the top-5.

“With a break in the Challenge Division action, this weekend we will compete
in our first race of the season with the ASALMS North Division,² added
Annett. ³We will participate in a selected number of races with that tour
this year but I¹m really looking forward to this weekend¹s race at
Indianapolis because we will have several guests from TMC Transportation at
the track and it¹s always nice to have that added energy and excitement
knowing so many people are there to support our team.²

The TMC Racing Team will return to the track this weekend at O¹Reilly
Raceway Park at Indianapolis for their 2007 ASA Late Model Series¹ North
Division season debut. Annett¹s #12 Ford Fusion is one of 50+ pre-entries
scheduled to attempt the ³A.S.I. Limited 100 presented by Lucas Oil and Ed
Martin Automotive Group² on April 27-28, 2007. The ASA Challenge Division
will return to competition on May 11-12, 2007, at Cedar Rapid¹s Hawkeye
Downs Speedway in Annett¹s home state of Iowa.

Michael Annett¹s black & gold #12 Ford Fusion carries sponsorship from TMC
Transportation ­ The Leader in Open Freight Services, Allstate Peterbilt
Group, Marmon Highway Technologies, Benson International, Northland Motor
Oils & Lubricants and Pilot Travel Centers. Log on to
http://www.michaelannett.com for the latest news on Michael Annett and TMC
Racing.

Keeton Hanks Slides His Way to Top-Five at Toledo

April 23rd, 2007

“Toledo was a great experience for me,” said Hanks. “I had never even seen
the track before, and it was good being able to get some laps and to learn
to adapt to that was as challenging as it is. I was really amazed at how it
was really hard to pass.

“We had a fourth-place car and we put it in fourth place. It was a good
weekend.”

It wasn’t exactly an easy feat for the young driver to do, however. Hanks
started the race from the 15th position and had to work his way up through
the field.

“We went out in qualifying and kind of messed ourselves up by qualifying
15th. I was pretty worried, but then the race started and the track really
changed. I just tried not to get in anyone’s way and tried to avoid all of
the wrecks. To get a top-five finish out of that, you can’t complain at
all.”

Once the race was underway, things didn’t get any easier for the young
driver. He had to be able to react quickly to the things that happened out
on the track.

“I am a racer, I like all tracks. I don’t really have a favorite, but
Toledo was a good track and one I will look forward to going back to.
Everything happens really fast there. You have to be able to react pretty
fast.

“We actually got really lucky in the race. A couple of cars in front of us
made contact and actually spun the leader. We were running about sixth, and
I slowed up to avoid it and got tagged from behind. We went spinning, but I
was able to chase the car. We made a complete 360 turn, but we were able to
keep going and keep our spot.

“The car was a rocket from them on. I have some of the hardest working guys
in the pits. They got the car set up right for me, and it was a really good
day for us.”

This fourth-place goes a long way in the ultimate goal of the season;
bringing home the 2007 ASA Late Model Challenge Series Championship for the
Allen-Hock Motorsports team.

“We got our season started off wrong in Texas, but everyone is going to have
one of those weeks,” added Hanks. “We just need to keep putting it in the
top-five each week, and hopefully the win will come after that. We will
keep digging ourselves out of the hole.”

The next ASA Late Model Challenge Series event will be held on May 12th at
Hawkeye Downs Speedway (IA).

For more information on Keeton Hanks or Allen-Hock Motorsports, please
contact Jeremy Troiano at (704) 788-2134 and stay tuned for the all new
Allen-Hock website coming soon.

The Glass Breaker 200 (Part II) set for this Friday and Saturday April 20-21,2007 at the Toledo (OH) Speedway

April 17th, 2007

The Glass Breaker 200 was been postponed a week and is now set for this Friday and Saturday April 20-21, 2007 at the famed 0.500 Mile High Banked Paved Oval of the Toledo (OH) Speedway, located right across the Michigan/Ohio border in Toledo, Ohio.

This event, originally scheduled for April 13-14, 2007 will mark the ASALMS first ever appearance at the historic Buckeye State speed plant. In addition to the ASALMS Challenge Division’s third race of the 2007 season, the ASALMS will be joined by the open wheeled O’Reilly Auto Parts USA Modified Series, who will open their 2007 Season as part of the history making Glass Breaker weekend!

Heading into the Third of 11 Points Races, 12 Overall on the 2007 ASALMS Challenge Division Calender; Buda, Texas driver, Colt James, the winner of the 2007 Season Opener, the Alamo 200 in San Antonio, Texas maintains his points lead over Eddie Hoffman by 15 markers (360-345). Music City Spring Clash 200 Winner, Derek Thorn leads fellow freshman, Andy Hanson by just 10 markers (308-298) in the chase for the Pat Bourdow Memorial Rookie of the Year championship.

In light of the Postponement, the Glass Breaker 200 Entry Form Deadline has been extended! The entry form for the Glass Breaker 200 is still available and now due to the ASALMS home offices in Lexington, Michigan by TODAY Monday April 16, 2007.

2. The 2007 ASALMS Northern Division Season Opener at the O’Reilly (IN) Raceway Park at Indianapolis is fast approaching.

Lexington, Michigan (04/16/2007): The ASA Late Model Series Presented by GM
Performance Parts 2007 season in both the ASALMS Challenge and Southern Division is in progress. The ASALMS Northern Division will open the doors on their 2007 Racing Season in less than two weeks.

The ASALMS Northern Division will begin their second season at one of the most
famous and historic tracks in the Midwest in late April. This race in the past has been held in Mid-July and has been one of the tracks where every team in the ASALMS marks the date on the calender no matter what. This season will definitely be no exception especially now that it’s the 2007 Season Opener!

The ASALMS Northern Division will kick off the 2007 Racing Season at the immaculate O’Reilly (IN) Raceway Park at Indianapolis (Formally Indianapolis Raceway Park) on Friday and Saturday April 27-28, 2007 in the running of the A.S.I. Limited 100 Presented by Lucas Oil Products and Ed Martin Automotive Group. Joining the ASALMS Northern Division 2007 Season Opener will be the Miniature Motorsports Racing Association (MMRA) Super Cup Series.

The entry forms for the first race of the 2007 season ASA Late Model Series Northern Division is available and due to the ASALMS Home Offices in Lexington, Michigan by Next Monday April 23, 2007 to avoid the late fees.

3. The Watermelon Capital (GA) Speedway and the ASALMS Southern Division team up for the Watermelon Bowl 125.

Lexington, Michigan (04/16/2007): The ASA Late Model Series Presented by GM
Performance Parts expanded into the Southern region of the United States during the 2006 season with the creation of the ASALMS Southern Division. The Southern Division grew steadily throughout the 2006 season and the series has started the 2007 season off with a bang.

An ASALMS Southern Division record 41 cars were on hand for the 2007 Season Opener in Bronson, Florida and those teams will have plenty of time to get prepared for the second race of the 2007 campaign, which will come almost two months after the Opener; The cars and stars of the ASALMS Southern Division will travel to the Watermelon Capital (GA) Speedway in Cordele, Georgia on Friday and Saturday May 4-5, 2007 for the running of the Watermelon Bowl 125.

Heading into Cordele, Georgia, Rob Partelo, who led all 100 laps of the 2007 Season Opener, the Camp Boggy Creek 100 Presented by Pennzoil, Dalton Zehr Racing, and FLF Racecars, leads both the Overall and the Rookie of the Year Points Standings after his first career ASALMS Feature win in his first ever start!

Partelo leads Bowling Green, Kentucky’s Bo Miller by 12 points (195-183) while also leading the Rookie of the Year title chase by 16 points (195-179) over fellow Floridian; Sean Murphy, the current Pat Bourdow Memorial Rookie of the Year Points Leader in the crown jewel of the ASALMS, the Challenge Division.

The entry form for the second event of the 2007 season in the ASALMS Southern
Division is now available and due to the ASALMS home offices in Lexington, Michigan by Monday April 30, 2007 to avoid the late fees.

USA Mods Open 2007 Toledo Season

March 22nd, 2007

Practice for both groups is set for Friday, April 13 from 1p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Glass City oval. Saturday’s schedule has practice starting at 9:30 a.m., qualifying goes at 2, an on-track autograph session is set for 4:30 and the racing action has a 5:30 p.m. start Saturday evening. The ASA cars will compete in the GM Shootout and the Glassbreaker 200 lap feature race. The USA Modifieds will stage heat races, last-chance event and their feature event. The rain date for is Sunday, April 15.

A large field of cars for both touring series is expected for the weekend. ASA drivers expected include Brian Campbell, Eddie Hoffman, Charlie Menard, Robbie Pyle, Michael Simko and a host of others. The USA Modified car count is expected to be quite large. The group visited Toledo in 2006 and 43 cars showed on a Friday evening in September.

The Army National Guard will be at the speedway Saturday from 4 to 5:30, with a rock climbing wall, football toss, basketball shooting and more, and the Guard unit will also take part in pre-race ceremonies.

Advance tickets are available by calling ASA at 800-385-2503.

Royal, ALlegiant Air Team Up For Toledo Late Model Gold Cup Series

March 18th, 2007

Allegiant Air flies out of Toledo Express Airport, featuring discount air fares to Orlando and the Tampa-St. Petersburg, FL area and is entering into their initial sponsorship at the track this season.

A point system will be put in place for the 4 events and a champion crowned for the races. Allegiant Air will award a pair of round-trip tickets from Toledo to Orlando, Florida to the top drivers in the final point standings. In addition, several pair of tickets will also be awarded to race fans in drawings at selected Gold Cup races and at the Glass City 200 this year.

All drivers will be required to hold an ARCA driver’s license. ARCA rules apply, including all safety aspects of the 2007 rulebook for ARCA Late Models. The track utilizes the Late Model Alliance body measurement program, which is part of the rulebook.

Each race will award $2500 to the winner, with $500 posted to start the contest for the 24-car field. A solid payoff goes down the line will also continue. Bonus money is also posted, including the $100 Fast Qualifier Award and the $50 Burge Wrecking Hard Charger Award.

The 4 race dates for the 100 lap features are Sunday, May 27; Friday, June 22; Friday, July 20 and Sunday, September 2. A special 50 lap non-point race will be held Friday evening, May 11 at the Glass City oval in preparation for the Series.

Entry forms will be mailed and available April 1.

Veteran Landis Grabs Glass City Glory

September 27th, 2006

The entire weekend was plagued by cool temperatures, cloudy skies and rain showers, but the day ended in brilliant sunshine as Landis enjoyed his win. The Kayo Lumber $500 pole qualifying award went to Johnny Belott with an awesome lap of 15:045, topping Don St. Denis, John Doering Jr., Dennis Strickland and Andy Ponstein. With 20 cars locked in out of 46 qualifiers, Paul Pelletier was 20th at 15:449. Times were incredibly fast with the overcast skies, setting up a very fast track. A pair of last-chance races saw the top 3 from each move to the 200, with Michael Simko taking the GFS Marketplace event over Jack Varney Jr. and Chad Guinn. Jay Sommers topped the DTS last-chance race to move to the 200, along with Brad Birr and Jake Francis. Cord Ehhart’s name was drawn for the 31st starting spot as the
Bazell Race Fuels Lucky Dog Award.

The 200 lap contest had problems on the start when Sommers clipped the turn 3 wall, putting the 31 car field into a complete re-start. Front row starter Brian Keselowski jumped into the lead and moved out to a fairly comfortable margin. A series of yellow flags bunched the field, but Keselowski continued to motor away from Doering, Tim Felver, Mike Luberda Jr. and Freddie Campbell. Doering hit pit road on lap 35 and then Campbell clipped the backstretch wall on lap 38, ending his day. Ponstein had moved from 8th to 5th by lap 49, Dave Kuhlman came from 13th to 7th and Harold Fair Jr. from 15th to 8th as the laps wore on. On lap 51, Felver had his engine expire, sending him down pit road, while Keselowski also pitted, handing the lead to Luberda. Kuhlman had moved to 2nd by lap 54 and pressured Luberda lap after lap. The yellow appeared on lap 90 just as Kuhlman nosed the number 24 under Luberda for the lead, but scoring went back to the last completed lap, reversing the order and giving Luberda the lead again. Luberda held it as they raced to the lap 101 break, giving the AuGres, MI driver the $1000 Wynn’s-LV Enterprises Half-Way Bonus Award. Luberda then drew out the name of race fan Pam McCreery of Grand Blanc, MI, who won the Fan Challenge Award and $1000 also, courtesy of Wynn’s and LV Enterprises.

25 cars answered the call after the 20 minute break, with Luberda, Kuhlman, Harold Fair Jr., Belott, Landis and Ponstein in the top 6. At lap 112, Sauve tagged the turn 3 wall, sending him to the pits for repairs. On the ensuing re-start, the fireworks began when St. Denis and Simko tangled coming to the green, sending Simko into the wall. Simko jumped from his car, waited for St. Denis and flung his helmet at the car, jumped into the windshield of St. Denis and the fight was on, as St. Denis exited his car and the two exchanged blows. The pair were separated and were done for the afternoon. Back to racing, and Kuhlman nosed under Luberda on lap 118 to take the point and set sail. The 2006 Toledo Gold Cup champ looked poised to capture his first Glass City 200 race, but got caught up in an incident on lap 137 in the front straight. Jake Francis, Dr. Bob DuCharme and Brad Birr also got caught up into the mess.

Kuhlman’s car sustained heavy damage, ending his fine run to the front. Luberda again found himself in the lead after the lengthy delay, with 10 cars still on the lead lap at lap 137.

As the green came back out, several drivers started to make their moves. Sauve, off the back of the pack, had motored into 6th by lap 142, while the battle in front got heated up. Belott, shadowing the #40 of Luberda, nosed under the leader on lap 153 and checked out, looking for the big win. Landis moved to second on lap 161, while Ponstein hung tough in the top 3. The day-long strange twist of events continued on lap 168 when Belott slowed and shot down pit road. At the same time, Sauve had engine trouble with a big puff of smoke, bringing out the yellow again. This time, Landis found himself on top, ready to reel in a big payday. Jack was up to the task as he kept a safe lead over the pack on his way to the win and a big victory celebration, calling it “definitely the biggest” win of his career. Jack pocketed $7,320 for his efforts, while Luberda rode home second, grabbing $6,320 in the process. Mike also won the Wynn’s/LV Enterprises $500 bonus to the highest-finishing driver in his first Glass City 200 event. Ponstein was third, Brent Jack completed a great day with fourth spot and ageless Harold Fair Sr. came from 27th to finish fifth and the Burge Wrecking Most Improved $250 bonus. Keselowski got back to sixth, the final car on the lead lap. Dennis Strickland, Jack Varney Jr., Rick Sheppard and Jeff Bailey completed the top ten finishers.

Landis will also pick up a $300 bonus from Howe Racing Enterprises for his win, while Varney and Jay Sommers notched the $100 All Star Performance Gift Certificates for their 8th and 12th place finishes in the 200, respectively.

The Engine Pro/Clevite 77 Engine Bearing winners were Brad Birr and Mark Dimitroff for their 13th place finishes in the 200 and B Main, respectively.

Joe Hawes took the $1000 top prize for his win in the 30 lap R & M Recycling B Main for the Late Models that did not make the 200. Kevin Stahl was second, with Justin Schroeder, Jim Froling, Steve Peters, Roger Blackstock, Chris Benson, Steve Cronenwett Jr., Stan Yee Jr. and Bob Mikolajczyk completing the top 10. A lap 1 incident saw Mark Dimitroff and Ed Hage tangle and pound the turn 3 wall, damaging both cars. Neither driver was injured.

Track champion Ron Allen concluded a great season by winning the companion 40 lap ARCA Sportsman feature event. Art Rozane led the first 6 laps until Chad Guinn slid by to take command. Guinn had Allen and later Howard Kelley Jr. applying pressure as the lead trio ran nose to tail for the final 15 laps. Allen tried high and low to get by Guinn, and finally on lap 37, slid inside to take the lead on lap 38 as Ron held on for the victory. Guinn was second, Kelley Jr. third, Carl Bumgardner fourth and Dave Arnold fifth, followed by Greg Stilwell, Brian Norton, Joe Coursen, Rozane and Lou Hill. Kelley Jr. set fast time at 17:432 for the 31 car field. Brian Graybill took the 12 lap last-chance race over David Kind, Nick Mitchell, Rick Grzych, Tom O’Leary IV and Patrick Zorn. Those drivers filled out the 24 car starting field.

Toledo Speedway’s 2006 season has now concluded. The final activity of the season is Sunday, October 8 with the annual Public Flea Market and Racer’s Flea Market from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the track parking lot. For the complete rundown of the Glass City 200 weekend, check out the track’s official website at www.arcaracing.com.

Glass City 200 Entry List Grows

September 21st, 2006

The rain date for Saturday’s race is Sunday afternoon, September 24 at 1 p.m. A record $80,000 purse has been posted for the prestigious event. The 200 lap contest pays $7000 to the winner, and, with bonus money and contingency awards, a driver could walk away with over $10,000 for the weekend!

The Late Model count is expected to grow by another 10 cars, while additional Sportsman and USA Modifieds are a good bet for the 18th running of the Great Lakes Chevy Dealers/Budweiser Glass City 200 weekend. “The phone calls started this morning, and we’re confident we’ll have between 42-47 Late Models, which is outstanding in this day and time,” noted Scott Schultz, General Manager of the track. “The USA Modified office called us this afternoon and they are expecting at least 10 more cars. The Glass City 200 always brings out the top pavement Late Model drivers in the Midwest. We are very enthused about the mix of classes and the addition of the USA Modifieds for the show. If the weather cooperates, we’re in for a great, great weekend of racing.”

The Late Model drivers have 3 chances to make the 200 field; time trials, which takes the top 20 in qualifying; last-chance races, which will see the top 3 finishers in each race move to the 200; and the Bazell Race Fuels “Lucky Dog” Award. All the drivers that do not make the 200 field will be put into a hat and one name will be drawn for the 31st and final starting position for the 200 lap contest. There are also three (3) provisionals set aside for the top point men in the Toledo Royal Truck and Trailer Glass City Gold Cup final points of 2006 that do not make the field, and one (1) spot for a Flat Rock Speedway high point man that also does not make the field.

The 2-day event, co-sponsored by Qualite Sports Lighting Systems and WNWO TV 24, takes a new twist this year with the Friday, September 22 show consisting of the USA Modified program and features for the short track classes. While the Late Models will sign in and go through a partial inspection as usual on Friday, they will also hit the track in an optional practice session at 7 p.m. The National City Bank Night Friday race show begins at 7:30 p.m. Friday is also Scout Night, with all scouts in uniform and leaders in uniform or with an ID card admitted FREE. The track will also host Racing Fan Club Night for MARFC AND DARF Club members on Friday. The annual Budweiser Bash in the Speedway Bar and Grille will take place after Friday’s racing card.

Saturday, September 23 the ARCA Sportsman class will join the Late Models for the big day. Practice starts at noon, the run for the Kayo Lumber $500 pole award goes at 3 and racing starts at 5 p.m. The Sportsman class will practice, qualify, run a last-chance race and a 40 lap main event, while the Late Models will practice, qualify and run the Gordon Food Service and DTS last-chance races to fill the field for the 200. The 30 lap R & M Recycling B main, for cars that do not make the 200, will award $1000 to the winner. The night will be highlighted by the Great Lakes Chevy Dealers/Budweiser Glass City 200, presented by Qualite Sports Lighting Systems and WNWO TV-24.

Saturday’s action is scheduled for taping by the local cable access sports channel of the Buckeye Cable Sports Network (BCSN). The race will also be carried live on Eagle 99 FM Radio.

Wynn’s and LV Enterprises have posted $1000 for the Half-Way leader at the 100 lap break. The 2 long-time sponsors of the track will also award a $500 bonus to the highest finishing driver making his first Glass City 200 start. And just to make things more exciting and interesting, Wynn’s and LV Enterprises will also award $1000 to a lucky race fan. The leader of lap 100 will draw out the name at the break Saturday night. All fans in attendance will receive an entry form upon their arrival to the track.

Advance tickets for the weekend are just $25 per ticket, a savings of $15 per person! The ticket is valid for entry for both Friday and Saturday’s action, and must be purchased before 5 p.m. September 21. Friday’s ticket price is $15 per adult, while Saturday’s ticket is $25 per adult. Children 6-14 are just $3 each per day, and under 6 are admitted free. Cash, VISA and Mastercard are accepted for advance ticket orders only. Tickets are on a cash-basis only on race days. Free camping is available on the west end of the track grounds, but no hook-ups are available.

The track phone number is 419-727-1100. Toledo Speedway is located on Benore Road at the I-75/Alexis Road exit on the Michigan-Ohio border. Check out the track’s website at www.arcaracing.com. Go to the Toledo Speedway icon, scroll to the event schedule and click on the event for the pre-entry lists and a complete time schedule for the weekend.

Night of Destruction Packs the Stands at Toledo

September 20th, 2006

Race Car bowling was the first event of the night, and the contest went an extra “frame”, with Jeff Maran and Kent Jones sharing top honors and a pair of bowling pins as trophies. The back-up race drew a huge roar from the crowd as Art LaFreniere put his car on its roof after taking the checkered flag! Allen Bland Jr. drove his sister Amanda’s car to the win in the back-up race.

Freniere made quick repairs to his machine and came back to capture the 15 lap ARCA Factory Stock Figure 8 feature. He was shadowed by Phil Lesniewski the entire distance, with Craig Osenbaugh right with the lead pair. They finished that way at the stripe, with fourth to Anthony Terris and fifth to Lonnie York, followed by Tim Barrie, Joe Whisman, Jones and Bland Jr.

The duo of Jeff Maran and Troy Brehmer sped to the win in the 12 lap Figure 8 train race, which features 2 cars chained together; the front car has the engine, the back car the brakes! The champs cruised to victory over Allen Bland/Craig Osenbaugh, Darren Koester/Kelly Koester and Frankie Bockstantz/Kevin Bockstanz. Track officials announced that several of these events will be staged at both Flat Rock and Toledo in 2007.

Figure 8 driver Joe Whisman led the field to win the Boat Figure 8 race. Factory Stocks towed boats and trailers around the Figure 8 course. Anthony Terris lost his boat on the first lap, while Amanda Bland’s boat came loose entering a turn and nicked the back stretch wall, ending her run. Dave Frantz, trying to catch Whisman, got his boat and trailer on its side, promptly hit the infield tire and righted his rig and continued on! Joe took an extra lap and spun around after the checkered flag and the boat broke loose and rolled right down pit road!

And, of course, the grand finale of the night was the School Bus Figure 8 feature event. It started with track starter bringing his bus onto the front stretch with a marriage proposal to his lady, and the rest is history as John got down on one knee and begged her! In the race, which saw several first-time bus drivers, Bridge sped away from the field to win the contest over Mike Mills, Theresa Saravella, Mary Baldwin, Joe Koester, Bill Wright, track Figure 8 champ Jeremy Vanderhoof and Dennis Whisman. Heat wins went to Bridge and Koester. The event featured the usual body slams and a intersection hit by Whisman.

Toledo Speedway concludes its 2006 season with the 18th running of the Great Lakes Chevy Dealer/Budweiser Glass City 200 Late Model invitational Friday and Saturday, September 22-23. Presenting sponsors of the weekend are Qualite Sports Lighting Systems and WNWO TV 24. Friday, the USA Modifieds, with a field of over 35 cars expected, pay a visit to the fast ½ mile for a 50 lap feature. The track’s Figure 8’s, 4 Cylinders and the Factory Stock/Flat Rock B-C Street Stocks will also compete with features only. The Late Models have an optional practice session scheduled for 7 p.m., with the National City Bank Night program slated for a 7:30 p.m. start. It’s also Scout Night-all scouts in uniform will be admitted free of charge Friday! The speedway will also host Racing Fan Club Night September 22.

Saturday, September 23 practice begins at noon for both the ARCA Sportsman and Late Models. Time trials are at 3 and race time has a special start at 5 p.m. for this event. The Sportsman cars will qualify, run a last-chance race and a 40 lap feature. The Late Models will qualify, run the DTS and Gordon Food Service last-chance races, the R & M Recycling 30 lap B Main, followed by the Glass City 200 lap feature. A field of 40 Late Models is expected, with entries received from the top drivers in the Midwest.

A lucky race fan will walk away $1000 richer Saturday in the Wynn’s/LV Enterprises Half-Way Challenge. The companies will award $1000 to the leader of lap 100, and that driver will also pull the name of a fan at the lap 100 break for a $1000 award.

Entry lists for the USA Modifieds, Sportsman and Late Models can be found at the track’s official website at www.arcaracing.com.

USA Mod Entry List Strong for Glass City 200 Weekend

September 15th, 2006

The USA Modified National Tour rolls into Toledo for the much-anticipated race on their 2006 schedule. The group had their show cancelled by rain at the track in July, and, with most tracks closed and point racing over for the year, a large field of cars is expected. Tour officials are expecting 30-40 of the machines, which run without front fenders and low, slanted roofs. Many tracks in the Tri-state area feature the Modifieds as a weekly class. The Toledo date is a point race for the series, and many drivers will be making their first trip to the ultra-fast speedplant.

The Modifieds will run as part of National City Bank Night Friday evening, September 22. The race card will also see feature events for the ARCA Figure 8’s, 4 Cylinders and a division for the Toledo Factory Stocks/Flat Rock B-C Street Stocks. Friday’s schedule also includes an optional ½ hour practice session for the Glass City 200 Late Models. Practice begins at 4 p.m. for the Mods, followed by practice for the 3 short track divisions at 5 p.m. At 5:30, the USA Mods will qualify, followed by qualifying for the other classes. The optional Late Model practice session starts at 7, and the racing card for the evening begins at 7:30 p.m. The annual Budweiser party at the Speedway Bar and Grille takes place after the race program Friday night.

Saturday, September 23 is 200 race day! The pits open at 10 a.m. and practice begins at noon. Time trials for the Kayo Lumber $500 pole award starts at 3 and racing Saturday begins at the special time of 5 p.m. The ARCA Sportsman cars will also compete in Saturday’s program, with practice, qualifying, a last-chance race and a 40 lap feature event. The Late Models will practice, qualify, run a pair of last-chance races, a 30 lap B Main for non-qualifiers for the 200, followed by the 200 lap main event.

A total purse of over $80,000 has been posted for the big weekend, one of the most prestigious season-ending events in the Midwest. Should the Saturday race be hit by weather, a rain date of Sunday, September 24 has been set, with a 1 p.m. start.

Some lucky race fan will walk out with $1000 Saturday night, courtesy of Wynn’s and LV Enterprises Half-Way Challenge. The leader of lap 100 will collect $1000, and will then draw a name out of the hopper to award a fan $1000 also, courtesy of Wynn’s Oil and LV Enterprises.

The race also will feature its first coverage by both television and radio. Toledo’s Buckeye Cable Sports Network (BCSN) will tape the 200 for telecast at a later date, while Eagle 99 Radio out of Fremont, OH will carry the race live to its listening audience.

Race fans can save big on pre-sale tickets for the 200 weekend. Tickets are just $25 for the weekend if they are purchased prior to 5 p.m. Thursday, September 21. Cash, Visa and Mastercard are accepted for advance orders only. Tickets on race days are on a cash-basis only. To obtain tickets, call the track office at 419-727-1100.

For up to date information, including pre-entry lists for the 200, Sportsman and Modifieds, check out the track’s official website at www.arcaracing.com.

ARCA RE/MAX Series Heads for Home Toledo Turf

August 31st, 2006

Bill France Triple Crown

This year’s Hantz Group 200 marks the 60th appearance of the ARCA RE/MAX Series at Toledo Speedway since debuted there in 1963. It also kicks off the 2006 Bill France Triple Crown, a particularly grueling stretch that includes three very diverse tracks: the Toledo Speedway short-track (Sept 1), the DuQuoin State Fairgrounds mile-dirt (Sept 4) and the 1.5-mile Chicagoland Speedway (Sept 9), all in the space of 9 days. Some past Bill France Triple Crown champions include Frank Kimmel, Tim Steele, Brent Sherman, Bob Keselowski, Tracy Leslie, Bill Venturini, Bobby Bowsher and Davey Allison.

Andersons ARCA Fan Fest

The action at Toledo Speedway kicks off Thursday with the Andersons ARCA Fan Fest presented by Wolverine Boots from 5 p.m . to 8 p.m. Dealer groups, in cooperation with Ford Racing, will display the “Ford Tech Tour” mobile marketing semi-tractor trailer as part of the fan fest, offering fans the opportunity to view several Ford Racing vehicles and interactive activities, plus the latest line of Ford Production Passenger vehicles. In addition to the Ford Tech Tour, several racecar simulators, show cars and activities for kids are scheduled, including rides in real ARCA/NASCAR style stock cars around the Toledo Speedway. An autograph session with up to 20 ARCA drivers from all divisions is scheduled from 7pm to 8pm. The National Pork Board will be on hand serving free pork, and admission to The Andersons Fan Fest presented by Wolverine Boots is free.

Competitive Field With International Flavor

Currently, 42 drivers from 17 states and three countries are entered for Toledo’s Hantz Group 200 competing for the 35 starting positions in the 200-lap main event. Seven-time series champion and current point leader Frank Kimmel leads the charge. Horgen Switzerland’s Hans-Peter Schappi is scheduled to make his career-first series attempt at Toledo in Andy Hillenburg’s #11 Chevy Monte Carlo. Amherstburg, Ontario’s Terry Jones, who already has 16 ARCA RE/MAX Series starts, is also entered.

King Kimmel at Toledo

Kimmel is the all-time winner at Toledo with nine victories. Toledo was also the site where Kimmel earned his career-first ARCA RE/MAX Series win in 1994. Since Kimmel’s first win at Toledo, only the late Blaise Alexander and Ken Schrader have been victorious (other than Kimmel) at Toledo. Kimmel’s victory march at Toledo also includes 5 consecutive from 2000-2004. Kimmel is also the defending Hantz Group 200 race winner, edging David Ragan at the final stripe by about two feet in last year’s short-track Toledo thriller.

Championship Points Battle

With six races left in 2006, Kimmel, chasing an unprecedented eighth series crown, leads the national championship points by 170 points over four-time Daytona ARCA 200 winner Bobby Gerhart headed to Toledo. While Kimmel lead in overall points, Gerhart, who opened the season with a big win at Daytona, leads in Superspeedway Challenge points, which is a separate point fund for superspeedways only.

Rookie of the Year Battle Tight

The ARCA RE/MAX Series Rookie of the Year chase is especially close with Tipp City, Ohio rookie Ryan Howard leading by just 10 points over Laurel, Arkansas driver Ryan Foster. Howard drives for Mark Gibson Racing while Foster is a teammate to Kimmel. Brett Rowe, the 2005 ARCA Lincoln Welders Truck Series champion, is currently third in Rookie points 20 points out of first with Isanti, Minnesota driver Blake Bjorklund trailing in fourth 40 points out. Bjorklund won the Pork Pole at the Milwaukee Mile last Sunday and led 35 laps in the race.

Fierce Competition; 15 Different Winners in 17 Events

Phil Bozell’s victory at the Milwaukee Mile last Sunday made him the 15th different winner in 17 events in 2006. The victory tied a record set in 1992 for the most different winners in a single season. Bozell also became one of 10 first-time series winners in 2006, which is a record for a single season. Justin Allgaier, with his victory on the Springfield IL mile-dirt two weeks ago, is yet another first-time winner this year. Allgaier finished second twice at Toledo, once to Kimmel in ’04 and the other to Schrader in the spring of ’06. Allgaier also led the most laps at Milwaukee (64) and finished 4 th in the Milwaukee race. In fact, the last three ARS winners were first-time winners to include Brent Sherman’s thrilling victory at Michigan Int’l Speedway on August 18th. Sherman is entered for Toledo in his own Serta Mattress Ford with veteran crew chief Lee Leslie directing.

Hillenburg Enters McCumbee

Andy Hillenburg, the 1995 ARCA RE/MAX Series driving champion, has also entered a second car with NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series driver Chad McCumbee at the helm. McCumbee finished fourth in RE/MAX Series points in 2005 driving for Hillenburg before moving on to the Craftsman Truck Series fulltime in 2006. Ashley Parlett, who finished 28 th in the May Toledo ARS race, will serve as McCumbee’s crew chief at Toledo.

Other Notable Entrants

Making his first series attempt at Toledo is Louisville, Kentucky driver Chuck Barnes, Jr. Barnes’ resume includes the 2004 CRA Super Series late model championship and a street stock championship at Salem Speedway in 2000. Also entered is Amber Cope, the niece of Daytona 500 champion Derrick Cope.

Kevin Swindell, son of 3-time national sprint car champion Sammy Swindell, is the youngest driver entered at 17, while James Hylton, who turned 72 on August 26 th, is the oldest. Hylton, currently 22nd in driver points, is in the final year of his driving career that includes three runner-up finishes in the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series point standings. Hylton’s final driving season is his ‘White Flag Tour’.

Next-Generation ARCA Drivers Entered

Sons of former ARCA RE/MAX Series champions entered include Billy Leslie (Tracy Leslie 1988), Todd Bowsher (Jack Bowsher 1963, 64 & 65), Billy Venturini (Bill Venturini 1987 & 91) and Brian Keselowski (Bob Keselowski 1989). Both Venturini and Keselowski were first-time series winners in ’06. Clarkston, Michigan’s Michael Simko, in the Hantz Group Chevy, is yet another next-generation ARCA driver entered.

Past winners at Toledo through the years include Bobby Bowsher, Benny Parsons, Blaise Alexander, Iggy Katona, Ken Schrader, Bill Venturini, Ramo Stott, Andy Hampton and Bob Strait to name a few. Of the drivers entered, only Kimmel is a former RE/MAX Series race winner at Toledo. 16 winners have won from the Pork Pole at Toledo.

ARCA RE/MAX Series practice is from 2:00 – 3:30pm with Pork Pole Award Qualifying going off at 5:00. The Hantz Group 200 presented by Belle Tire is LIVE on SPEED at 9:00pm Eastern. The race also re-airs Monday, September 4 th at 12 noon ET.

Glass City 200 Entries Ready

August 24th, 2006

The Super Late Model invitational is set for Friday and Saturday, September 22-23 at Toledo Speedway. Several changes are in store for the 2006 edition of the season-ending event, including moving the race to Saturday night under the brilliant new Qualite lighting system that was installed in May. Another of the changes is the scheduling of a USA Modified race Friday evening. The rain date for the 200 is Sunday, September 24 at 1 p.m. A cash purse of over $80,000 has been posted for the big weekend.

A field of 45-55 Late Models is expected to enter the contest, and based on the competition of the Royal Truck and Trailer Glass City Gold Cup Series at the track this year, the race should be another classic. The 2005 race was shortened to 101 laps due to rain, with John Doering Jr. scoring the win. The Gold Cup Series consisted of 4-100 lap contests, with Dave Kuhlman crowned the champion via his 3 victories. 3-time Glass City 200 champ Steve Sauve collected the other win. An average field of 34 cars competed in the Series during the season and a total of 49 drivers were at the track for the 4 contests. The 200 lap contest pays $7000 to the winner and $1000 to start the race. With bonus monies and awards, a driver could walk away with over $10,000 in cash and prizes.

Two new awards may also bring a few more entries to this year’s event. Wynn’s and LV Enterprises have posted $1000 for the Half-Way leader at the 100 lap break. The 2 long-time sponsors of the track will also award a $500 bonus to the highest finishing driver making his first Glass City 200 start. And just to make things more exciting and interesting, Wynn’s and LV Enterprises will also award $1000 to a lucky race fan. The leader of lap 100 will draw out the name at the break Saturday night. All fans in attendance will receive an entry form upon their arrival to the track.

Kayo Lumber will again award $500 to the fast qualifier, while Bazell Race Fuels will sponsor the “Lucky Dog” Award, which puts all drivers that do not make the field for the 200 into a random drawing for the 31st starting spot in the 200. Burge Wrecking has posted $250 for the Most Improved Position Award, and Howe Racing Enterprises has posted $300 to the winner and $500 if in a Howe chassis. The 8th and 12th place finishers in the 200 will receive a $100 All Star Performance product certificate, while the 13th place drivers in the B Main and the 200 will be awarded a set of Clevite 77 Engine bearings from Engine Pro.

Lap money is also up for grabs, with the leader of each lap getting a $10 bonus per lap. FLF Race Cars, Perfect Circle Race Cars (50 laps each), Giles Auto Body, Monroe Asphalt, VAS-KO, INC. and NEMSYS, Inc. Computer Solutions (25 laps each) are the lap money sponsors.

National City Bank will sponsor the Friday activities at the .5-mile paved oval. DTS and GFS Food Service will serve as the last-chance race sponsors for the Late Models, with R & M Recycling picking up the B Main race sponsorship.

The Friday, September 22 schedule will see the Late Model teams arriving at noon for rig parking, tire sales, engine pumping and over/under tech inspection. The USA Modifieds will arrive at Toledo to compete in a 50 lap main event, and a large field of Mods is expected at the speedway. The track’s Figure 8, 4 Cylinders and the combined group of ARCA Factory Stocks/Flat Rock B-C Street Stocks will also be in action for the National City Bank Night race card.

Practice begins at 3:30 for the Mods, followed by practice for the short track divisions at 4:30. Time trials are set for 5:30.

An optional practice session for the Late Models will take place at 7 p.m. and the racing action is set for a 7:30 p.m. start.

Friday is also Scout Night, with all scouts in uniform and leaders in uniform or with an ID card admitted FREE. The track will also host Racing Fan Club Night for MARFC AND DARF Club members on Friday. The annual Budweiser Bash in the Speedway Bar and Grille will take place after Friday’s racing card.

Saturday, September 22 the ARCA Sportsman class will join the Late Models for the big day! Practice starts at noon, the run for the Kayo Lumber $500 pole award goes at 3 and racing starts at 5 p.m. The Sportsman class will practice, qualify, run a last-chance race and a 40 lap main event, while the Late Models will practice, qualify and run a pair of last-chance races to fill the field for the 200. The 30 lap R & M Recyling B main, for cars that do not make the 200, will award $1000 to the winner. The night will be highlighted by the Great Lakes Chevy Dealers/Budweiser Glass City 200, presented by Qualite Sports Lighting Systems and WNWO TV-24.

Saturday’s action is scheduled for taping by the local cable access sports channel of the Buckeye Cable Sports Network (BCSN).

In addition to the $1000 Wynn’s/LV Enterprises Half-Way Fan Award, fans have the opportunity to purchase tickets for the weekend at just $25 per ticket, a savings of $15 per person! The ticket is valid for entry for both Friday and Saturday’s action, and must be purchased before 5 p.m. September 21.

Friday’s ticket price is $15 per adult, while Saturday’s ticket is $25 per adult. Children 6-14 are just $3 each per day, and under 6 are admitted free. Cash, VISA and Mastercard are accepted for advance ticket orders only. Tickets are on a cash-basis only on race days. Free camping is available on the west end of the track grounds, but no hook-ups are available.

The track phone number is 419-727-1100. Toledo Speedway is located on Benore Road at the I-75/Alexis Road exit on the Michigan-Ohio border.

Guinn Returns to Toledo Win Column

August 22nd, 2006

Guinn darted into the lead at the start of the Sportsman contest and had plenty of company from Ron Allen and later on from Jim Froling. A lap 13 yellow slowed the pace when Greg Stilwell tagged the turn 3 wall and then got clipped by Lonnie York. Fast qualifier Adam Purdy (17:566) had no place to go and was also collected in the incident. All 3 drivers were done for the night. Guinn withstood Allen’s bid for the win to grab the victory. Froling was right on Allen’s bumper for third, fourth was a fast-closing Art Rozane (in his first race of the year) and fifth went to Dave Arnold, followed by Kevin Stahl, Randy Cornett, Terry Jones (also his first race this year in the class), Scott Barnes and former track champ Jerry Cook, who was in town for the MIS NASCAR event. Cook is the car chief for Tony Stewart’s machine. Cook piloted Chad Stilwell’s machine. Heat winners were Froling, Howard Kelley Jr. and Barnes.

Jeremy Miller led all 25 circuits to score the win in the ARCA Casite Figure 8 Season Championship feature event. Jeremy Vanderhoof finished second, giving him the edge to take the 2006 track championship for the division, his first-ever title. Troy Herrmann was third in the feature, followed by Dennis Whisman, Sam Hall, Chuck Pankow, Randy Roberts, Cory Bussell, Tom O’Leary Jr. and Joe Whisman. Robbie Loving and Whisman grabbed the heat race wins.

Josh Bunting capped off his night by winning the 20 lap ARCA A-1 Auto Parts Factory Stock event, holding on as Cory McCaughey made a last-lap charge in traffic in the bid for the win. Dave Arnold Jr. was third, Ryan Beabout fourth and Tony Gazda recorded his best finish of the season with a fifth place run. Dave Golembiewski, Rick Cousino Sr., Jeff King, Landon Schuster and Amanda Bland completed the top ten finishers. Tim Shine led the way to win the 10 lap B Main over Dale Hiner, Brian Ringger, Mike Hasson and Kent Jones. Heat wins went to Amanda Bland (her first checkered flag), Matt Bunting, Eric Huston and Dennis Randall.

The night was capped off with the Figure 8 Train race, which features 2 cars chained together. The front car has the engine, the back car has the brakes! The wild and tremendously entertaining 15 lap feature saw constant intersection traffic, fender-banging and parts scattered across the track, along with some real racing for the $1000 win! Howard Kelley Jr. and Tom O’Leary III led for much of the event. On the final lap with four trains trying to get through the intersection, Jeff Maran and Troy Brehmer snuck by to take the point and held on for the victory as the crowd roared their approval! Kelley Jr./O’Leary III took second, the fast-closing team of brothers Darren and Kelley Koester were third, Craig Osenbaugh/Rick Cousino fourth and fifth went to Mike Mills/Josh Bunting. Sixth went to Assistant track manager Greg Riddle and chief starter Frankie Bockstanz, minus no steering and a tire! The event proved to be so popular that track officials have added another $1000 to win contest to the September 15 T-Mobile Night of Destruction!

Friday, August 25 the MSA winged Super Modifieds travel to Toledo Speedway for NAPA Auto Parts/U.S. Utility Night. The Sportsman and Factory Stocks are also in action, along with the annual Faster Pastor race and Flying Nun race! Yes, real nuns and real pastors racing at Toledo! Race time is 7:30 p.m.