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Kyle Benjamin takes Winchester ARCA 200 checkers

August 8th, 2017

WINCHESTER, Ind. — It would have been difficult to hold off Kyle Benjamin over the course of 200 laps Sunday afternoon at Winchester Speedway, and in the end it proved impossible. But it certainly wasn’t out of the question, and it even looked possible until Zane Smith’s car broke coming to the final restart inside of 20 laps from the finish.

With Smith gone from the mix, Benjamin, in the No. 28 MDM Motorsports Toyota, cruised under the checkered flag as winner of the 28th running of the Winchester ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards 200.

“This is the coolest track,” said Benjamin. “It’s a track I’ve always wanted to win at…and I’ve been trying for a while. It’s nice to finally get it.”

Benjamin almost didn’t get it, however. He was the fastest car all day and led the most laps by a long shot, but he had one stubborn Zane Smith in front of him with the lapometer clicking away. Benjamin caught Smith with 40 laps to go and immediately went to work on the leader, looking on the low side lap after lap, and even drawing alongside a half dozen times, and each time Smith refused the challenge. Then a caution for debris brought the final yellow flag out coming up on 20 laps to go. Coming to the restart, Smith’s car just didn’t go, falling off with a broken transmission. Smith coasted to pit road, and climbed out.

Smith didn’t provide much commentary, but he did say with a smile, “Transmission. It was all of a sudden on the restart. We’ll just chop this one up and throw it away.”

If Smith is going to toss this one out, you can bet that Benjamin will hold onto this win for a lifetime.

“Winchester is one that every driver wants to win,” Benjamin said. “This is big for me….one I’ve always wanted. I’m not sure if we would have gotten around Zane Smith. I think we were better on long runs but he would have been tough to get by. He was really smooth and did a great job…I hate it for him. We were a little faster and I think we could have maybe gotten by off the corner…we were just waiting to get a run. If it would have happened, it would have been late in that last run. The MDM Motorsports guys were awesome today.”

Christian Eckes, in the Venturini Motorsports-New York Bus Sales Toyota, stepped up in the end and got within five lengths of the leader, but fell back about a half-second and the final stripe. The Middletown, N.Y. rookie tied his career-best finish in second.

“This place is so cool…maybe the most fun I’ve ever had at a race track,” said Eckes. “You have so many lines to work with. We started kind of slow in practice but once we got around other cars in the race, we were really good. We definitely had a great long run car…couldn’t get fired off too well on the restarts. But 30-to-40 laps into the run, the car came to us. Not sure if we could have gotten to the 28, but we had a good of a shot as anyone.”

Austin Theriault padded his championship lead, coming home third in the No. 52 Ken Schrader Racing Ford. Theriault fell back in the opening laps, but got going better toward the end.

“When we struggle like we did today and overcome it, it teaches us a lot,” said Theriault. “We started the race way too free, but at the same time, the car wasn’t turning well either. You can’t adjust for both so we went the route to where I could at least drive it, and tightened it up. Good day all things considered.”

Sargeant, Theriault’s closet competitor for the championship, lost ground to Theriault after he cut a tire and plugged the turn one wall. Sargeant, after several pit stops for repair, returned to competition but eventually fell from competition 37 laps shy of the finish.

Travis Braden finished fourth in Don Fike’s No. 27 MatrixCare-Consonus Health Care Ford.

“I’m extremely happy,” said Braden. “I wish we could start fresh from the get-go. We were a little tight in the center all day…I should have noticed that in practice. We were too soft on the right front…loose in, then in the center we’d lose the nose. But a great day for the RFMS 27 team…I appreciate the opportunity.”

Gus Dean finished fifth in the No. 32 GREE Cooling Products Toyota for Win-Tron Racing.

Benjamin started the weekend off with a bang, earning a new one-lap track record Saturday in General Tire pole qualifying. On race day, the Easley, S.C. 19-year-old driver took off like a rocket at the onset and paced the first 137 laps as the leader. Then he got shuffled back to seventh on a pit stop that took longer than his front-running counterparts, but quickly raced his way back through the pack. By the time he got to Smith, who led 59 laps, Smith was puckered up and ready to fend off his greatest challenger, which he most certainly did before the drive-line failure.

Shane Lee, Chase Purdy and Bret Holmes finished sixth through eighth. Justin Fontaine finished a career-best ninth, the last car on the lead lap. Quebec’s Raphael Lessard finished 10th, one lap town.

RESULTS

The ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards travels next to the Illinois State Fairgrounds mile dirt in Springfield for the Herr’s Potato Chips 100 Sunday, August 20. The mile dirt classic is live on MAVTV.

Dylan Ames Registers Runner-Up Finish at Winterfest

February 25th, 2016

Harvest, Alabama – Dylan Ames lifted the lid on his 2016 season behind the wheel of his Ames Land & Cattle Company #77 Capital Race Car/Jay Dickens Racing Engine Super Late Model on Saturday afternoon during the Winterfest at Winchester Speedway, where he registered a runner-up finish.

Dylan Ames made the trip to Winchester Speedway (Winchester, Tennessee) on Saturday debuting his brand-new #77 Capital Race Car in the unsanctioned WinterFest. After registering the 4th fastest time in the 31-car field in
qualifying, Ames secured the 4th-starting spot for the $3,000-to-win, main event.

As the race went green, Dylan quickly worked his way into the 2nd spot. He looked to be a contender for the win before heavy contact from another competitor caused him to slip back a few spots. Throughout the remainder of the 40-lap event he rebounded to finish in the runner-up position behind race winner, John Owenby. Riley Hickman, Jason Hiett, and David Brannon rounded out the top five.

“This new Capital Race Car was awesome from the moment we unloaded it,” noted Ames. “It’s unfortunate that we basically got run over by another driver early there in the feature because I truly believe we had the car to
beat. It goes that way sometimes though, so we’ll just look ahead to the next race.”

For more results from this event, please visit www.WinchesterSpeedway.net.

Next on tap for Ames is a trip this Saturday, February 27 to Johnny Stokes’ Magnolia Motor Speedway (Columbus, Mississippi). He will compete in the Super Late Model portion of the 8th Annual Frost Buster. For more information on this event, please visit www.MagnoliaDirt.com .

Dylan Ames would like to thank his marketing sponsors, which include Ames Land & Cattle Company, Jay Dickens Race Engines, Capital Race Cars, Hoosier Tire South by Brian, R2C Performance Products, and MSR Mafia Marketing & Website Services.

For the latest news and updates on Dylan Ames, please visit www.DylanAmes.com .

Coughlin Goes Pink for Breast Cancer Awareness at Winchester

October 9th, 2015

(Delaware, Ohio) – The Winchester 400 at Indiana’s Winchester Speedway is a special race in the world of short track racing, but it will be special this weekend for Cody Coughlin and the Team JEGS crew for an all together different reason. Coughlin and the team will be honoring all who are affected by breast cancer by running a special pink scheme on the No. 1 Toyota Camry.

The JEGS Foundation does a lot to raise funds and awareness for breast cancer research all throughout the year, but especially during the month of October, which is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. In addition to a pink-numbered car, Cody Coughlin and his crew will be handing out gift packages at Sunday’s pre-race autograph signing to those affected by the disease. It is a tradition that was started a few years ago, and is one that Coughlin looks forward to when he arrives at Winchester Speedway in October.

“Everybody has been affected by this disease in some way, whether directly or indirectly,” said Coughlin. “It’s just nice to be able to help someone out in any way, even a little way such as what we do with the car decals and our gift packages.” Coughlin will have another decal on the side of his race car this weekend. This one is for Winchester Speedway’s long-time gate operator, Finley Lane. Mr. Lane passed away just a few days after the running of the Winchester 100 on Labor Day last month at the age of 79.

“One of the best things about coming to Winchester was getting to speak with Mr. Lane,” said Coughlin. “We always park our motorhome near his gate. He was one of the first people I would see in the morning and one of the last I’d see at night while at Winchester, and he always had a smile on his face. It’s an honor to have a decal in his memory on my car this weekend. Our thoughts and prayers are with Mr. Lane’s family.” The Coughlin family’s personal experiences with cancer drove them to assist in building awareness of the many faces of cancer and help generate dollars through race earnings to advance cancer research.

The JEGS Foundation “Racing for Cancer Research”helps advance cancer research and build awareness. The motto “Racing for Cancer Research”was coined because of the donations generated by race and corporate earnings. The Coughlin family features the JEGS Racing for Cancer Research ribbon on all race cars and uniforms to raise cancer awareness. The ribbon may be a simple symbol, but it displays a meaningful sentiment.

The JEGS Foundation “Racing for Cancer Research” is honored to be affiliated with one of only 39 nationally-designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers, The Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute at The Ohio State University in Columbus, OH.

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. Any other inquiries for Cody Coughlin can be sent to Bob Dillner via email at bd51sports@gmail.com.

Double-Duty Is The Plan For 19-Year-Old Quinnton Bear At Labor Day Holiday Weekend World Stock Car Festival

September 3rd, 2015

Avon, Indiana: A golden opportunity awaits 19-year-old Quinnton Bear at his favorite race track. The legendary 1/2 (0.500) mile high-banked paved oval of Winchester Speedway (IN), located east of Muncie and west of the Indiana / Ohio state line in Winchester, Indiana will host the Labor Day Holiday Weekend World Stock Car Festival on Sunday-Monday, September 6-7th. For Bear, he’ll be doing double-duty starting on Sunday the 6th in the JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour Presented by Chevrolet Performance in the Winchester 100 Presented by JEGS.com.

Then on Labor Day Monday, September 7th, the Avon, Indiana driver will get back behind the wheel of two-time reigning ARCA/CRA Super Series Powered by JEGS Champion, Travis Braden’s familiar West Virginia University / Chevrolet. The car, which will again be renumbered #94 while still carrying the blue and yellow WVU colors, will have the support of the Travis Braden Motorsports team and Crew Chief, Gary St. Amant. This will be Bear’s second start for Braden and third overall in the ARCA/CRA Super Series.

“I would like to thank everyone that made this opportunity possible. Very grateful for the opportunity at hand. What I’m most looking forward to is going to a track that I’ve done fairly well at and know pretty well.” Offered the Hoosier State teenager. “Winchester has shown success for the #94 and the Travis Braden Motorsports Super Late Model has always run well there as well. Driving the Travis Braden Motorsports for the second time this season is something I’m definitely looking forward to and now it’s time to just go after the best finish that we can get. We are way overdue for a win. We have an awesome team with both cars and it’s time to show what we can do in both races” He added.

In two ARCA/CRA Super Series starts, one in the Braden ride and one in his own JEGS/CRA car, Bear garnered a ninth place finish in the Circle City 100 Presented by Greg Hubler Chevrolet at Lucas Oil Raceway (IN) on July 24th. He then went and scored an impressive second place finish at Kalamazoo Klash XXIII in the Boyne Machine Company 125 at Kalamazoo Speedway (MI) on August 12th. After Winchester, Bear has at least one more start planned in order to keep his 2016 Rookie eligibility intact for the full schedule next season.

Prior to his ARCA/CRA start, his quest for the 2015 JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour Overall and Howie Lettow Memorial Rookie of the Year title is the primary objective for the holiday weekend in Eastern Indiana. The Winchester 100 Presented by JEGS.com will highlight the Sunday portion of the World Stock Car Festival Weekend. “Our goal is still the championship in the JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour. We will do everything we can and get the best finish we can at the remaining four races on the schedule. Winchester being up next gives us little bit more confidence going in.” He ended.

So far in 2015 in JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour competition, he is the top freshman in the chase for the coveted Howie Lettow Memorial Rookie of the Year title by a wide margin while sitting an impressive third overall in points. He has four top five finishes with a season high finish of a second at Dixie Motor Speedway (MI) on July 10th in the Dixie 100 Presented by JEGS.com. His top five’s also account for his four top 10s as Bear is the only driver left to have competed in every JEGS/CRA race this season including the non-points SpeedFest 2015 in January at Watermelon Capital Speedway (GA).

For the rest of the 2015 racing season in the JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour, Bear’s familiar #94 Buzze Racing / Quinnton Bear Racing / Chevrolet will have additional sponsorship decals and support from Bear’s Lawn Service as well as Bassett Racing Wheels, Sparco, PGG Enterprises, McGunegill Engine Performance and M.P.H. Promotions.

For more information and to inquire about additional sponsorship opportunities for the rest of the 2015 campaign, go to the team website located at: www.quinntonbear.com You can also go to the Facebook Fan Page at: www.facebook.com/bearracing94 on Twitter at: www.twitter.com/QuinntonBear94 and on Instagram at: www.instagram.com/bearracing_94

Rookie Brandon Jones wins in ARCA debut at Winchester; learns from veteran Ken Schrader at historic track

July 9th, 2014

(WINCHESTER, Ind) – Veteran Ken Schrader didn’t win Sunday’s Herr’s Chase The Taste 200 presented by Federated Car Care, but he taught teenager Brandon Jones a thing or two, and the lessons probably helped Jones get to victory lane at Winchester Speedway.

Jones became the second driver of the 2014 ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards season to win in his ARCA debut, passing runner-up Mason Mitchell in turn four of the final lap of the race. Mitchell was leading the race at the white flag and through much of the backstretch when Jones drove hard into the corner, made contact and passed Mitchell, beating him to the checkered flag.

“I drove it in as hard as I could and luckily it stuck,” said the 17-year-old Jones, who hails from Atlanta. “I kind of got into him, which I hated to do.”

Jones started second behind Menards Pole Award winner Schrader and was in the top five much of the race. During a green flag run that went nearly 100 laps, Jones said Schrader taught him a little bit about the venerable Winchester Speedway.

“I saw him (Schrader) sort of drop back there early in the race,” Jones said. “He was saving his tires. I kind of drove the tires off of mine. That really made a difference. After we put on tires, that’s what I tried to do.”

Jones stayed on the lower end of the top five for a second long green flag run. When a caution flew late in the race, he pitted for more tires and came out second.

“The Turner Scott guys gave me a great pit stop,” Jones said. “Once I got out there, I knew we had a car that was capable of winning.”

Mitchell was disappointed with second, but called the bump by Jones a racing incident.

“It was the last lap,” he said. “He did what he had to do. It’s alright. It’s okay. We’ll go on to the next race and win that one.”

Mitchell, in the No. 98 Musselman’s-Wildlife Foundation of Florida-TTS Ford, closed the point gap with Grant Enfinger to 10 points. Enfinger finished fifth after getting as high as second.

“When we unloaded we were off,” Enfinger said. “But (Crew chief) Kelly Kovski made some great calls and I felt like the car improved. On that long green flag run, we were really good. When we got those late cautions, our car wasn’t set up for those short runs.”

Justin Boston finished third in the ZLOOP Toyota while Schrader was fourth.

Boston got caught up in an opening lap mishap that took out SCOTT Rookies Kyle Weatherman and Anderson Bowen, but recovered enough to earn the top-five finish, his third of the season.

“I thought we could have had a shot at it in the end,” Boston said. “I thought the two of them (Mitchell and Jones) were both going to wreck and we might pick up the win.

“Either way, the Venturini guys gave us a good car. I didn’t think it was going to be when we first got here, but (crew chief) Kevin Reed made some changes and really improved the car.”

Venturini Motorsports put four cars in the top 10. Besides Boston’s third-place car, rookie drivers J.J. Haley was sixth and Cody Coughlin seventh while John Wes Townley was eighth in a great showing for the longtime ARCA team.

Schrader led 88 laps throughout the day after picking up his 18th ARCA pole and becoming the oldest driver in series history to win a short track pole. He almost pulled off his 18th series win.

“We had a bad vibration for a lot of laps, but nothing fell off and nothing broke,” he said. “Then, that caution came out. We didn’t need that caution. I really wanted to add my name to the list of stock car winners here at Winchester.”

Mitchell led a race-high 90 laps. The race had four cautions for 29 laps. It marked the halfway point of the 2014 ARCA season.

Defending race winner Frank Kimmel got caught up in a late race wreck and finished ninth. Austin Wayne Self was 10th and Karl Weber 11th.

Jones, in the No. 4 Exide Chevrolet, became the second driver of the season to win in a Turner Scott Motorsports car, owned by Steve Turner. He led laps 58 to 78, then lap 200. His biggest fan in the crowd had to be his mother, Becky, who watched her son make the last lap pass to lead the most important lap of the day, then do a burnout on the front stretch in front of the Winchester faithful.

“I know he was saving tires, but when those late cautions came out, I knew it was on,” she said. “I’m so happy that he finally got a win. He’s been working so hard for a long time. I’m happy for him and this team.”

The ARCA Racing Series was making its 25th appearance at the 100-year-old Winchester Speedway and the main event of an event-filled weekend. A new historical marker was dedicated, a sprint car race and top speed modified cars, plus dozens of historical cars were part of the weekend.

“This is just awesome,” Jones said. “It’s a great track. It’s pretty crazy that the track has been around this long. I’m very happy to add my name to the great list of winners here.”

The Winchester race will re-air on CBS Sports Network at 4 p.m. on Monday, July 7 and at 10 a.m. on July 13.

The ARCA Racing Series has a week off before returning to the Midwest with the Ansell ActivArmr 150 at Chicagoland Speedway on July 19. That race will be televised live on Fox Sports 2.

Kimmel Wins at Winchester; Ties Iggy Katona’s All-Time ARCA Win Mark of 79 Victories

July 3rd, 2013

(WINCHESTER, Ind.) — Frank Kimmel made Winchester Speedway a little more historic Sunday afternoon.

Kimmel won the Herr’s Chase the Taste 200 to claim his 79th all-time ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards victory. In doing so, he tied Iggy Katona for the all-time series victory record.

“Every once in a while you have one of those near flawless days,” the 51-year-old Kimmel said after a long post-victory celebration. “This was one of those days for us.”

It was a remarkable day for the Indiana native, winning for the third time of the season and sixth time at Winchester Speedway. He led 158 laps of the 100-mile, 200-lap event. At the end, he had to hold off a hard challenge from teenager Austin Wayne Self in the AM Technical Solutions Dodge, who finished a length away.

“He had a fast car, but I knew if I didn’t make a mistake, held my line and stayed in the middle and didn’t spin out or something that he would have a hard time passing me,” Kimmel said.

Rounding out the top five were Brennan Poole in the No. 55 Break the Cycle Toyota for Venturini Motorsports, Kyle Weatherman in the No. 11 Rogers Automotive Group/Pat Rogers Harley-Davidson Dodge and Mason Mitchell in the Happy Cheeks-BeavEx-Reliance Tool Ford.

Self said he needed a few more laps to catch Kimmel. “With a couple of laps to go, I told myself I was either going to win this race or scrape the wall trying,” Self said. “We had a really good car. I’m happy with the finish. Now we know what this car can do.”

Weatherman advanced 18 spots from his 22nd starting position and led five laps. Menards Pole Qualifying presented by Ansell was rained out on Saturday, meaning Weatherman had to start near the back. “It’s too bad qualifying was rained out,” Weatherman said. “We had a really fast car and were able to pass a lot of cars. We have a lot of racing to go.”

Poole attributed his top five finish to some nifty changes made by his pit crew and even had to come from a lap down.

“We had a decent car, then lost a lap and got it back,” Poole said. “It was a solid finish.”

Besides the historic win, Kimmel also extended his point lead because his closest two competitors – Mason Mingus and Tom Hessert – had problems. Hessert rebounded to finish sixth in the Barbera’s Autoland Dodge while Mingus settled for 12th,
his first time outside the top 10 all season.

The race started under caution as the cars worked to dry the track from a morning rain. Kimmel led those first 10 laps under caution; then, as the race went green, led until lap 106. Mingus finally tracked down Kimmel and made the pass for the lead on lap 107, but got caught up in a lap 128 multi-car crash in turn two. From there, Weatherman inherited the lead, then pitted for four tires, as did all of the lead-lap machines, including Mitchell, who won the race off turn pit road. Kimmel came out on the tail-end of the lead lap cars after a lengthy pit stop for a missed lug nut. Mitchell led for 15 laps until Kimmel took over the lead for good on lap 149.

Kimmel was presented a sign by ARCA Racing Series officials in post-race, commemorating the 79th win. He said he started to think about win No. 79 just before the end of the race.

“It crossed my mind, but then I told myself not to think about it too early,” he said. “When I saw the checkered flag, it was a sort of a flood of emotion. It is a big deal.”

Kimmel got his first ARCA Racing Series victory in 1994, also on a half-mile track, at Toledo Speedway.

“This is really something to enjoy,” he said. “There were some family and friends here. It’s Indiana, my home state. Any win at Winchester is great, but this one I’m really going to enjoy.”

Driver James Swanson, in the No. 06 GreatRailing.com Ford, was transported to an area hospital for observation. He was soon cleared and released. That was one of five cautions on the day for 47 laps.

The ARCA Racing Series will next travel next to Chicagoland Speedway for the July 21 ActivArmr 150.

Sunday’s Herr’s Chase the Taste 200 from Winchester Speedway will be broadcast on NBC Sports Network at 11 p.m. Aug. 1.

Chad Hackenbracht Sets Record Straight with New Shirt

June 26th, 2011

(WINCHESTER, Ind. ) – With Chad Hackenbracht finding his way to the top 10 at the end of a race for the first time last month and then scoring his first top-five finish last week, the New Philadelphia, Ohio driver figured it was time to make it known exactly how his last name is pronounced.

Last week at Michigan International Speedway, the driver unveiled a new T-shirt that’s making the rounds in the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards garage, a garment featuring a clever quiz of sorts that asks exactly: “What’s a Chad Hacken-something?” Having heard his name often pronounced by fellow competitors, journalists, and fans as “Hack-en-brack,” the 19-year-old and his advisors decided to have some fun with the common misconception, releasing a T-shirt that gives the following answers for what a “Hacken-something” might be. The choices on the shirt, showcased by SPEED reporter Bob Dillner on the RainEater Wiper Blades 200 broadcast, were as follows:

A. Fancy German Beer
B. Small Brazilian Amphibian
C. What your father does when he has a sinus infection
D. A Race Car Driver
E. Name of scientist responsible for discovering time travel
F. Eighth color in the rainbow
G. An in-grown toe nail

The answer, of course, is D, for Race Car Driver, and the Tastee Apple Chevrolet’s driver even included a simple pronunciation guide at the bottom of the chart, instructing readers to pronounce his name “Hock-en-bra.” Hackenbracht watched the race broadcast on replay to review his fourth-place finish, and smiled when seeing the clip featuring his novelty wear. “It was pretty cool to see the shirt on TV,” he said. “When I got off the track I had 18 missed texts, all from people that wanted a shirt. It was a really big hit and it’s pretty cool that SPEED did that for us.” Hackenbracht said that his name has been represented incorrectly for some time, and that he had fun working to educate others on the correct pronunciation.

“Almost everyone mispronounces my last name,” he said. “The Hacken-something started from a Canadian drifter I know who couldn’t say my last name so he just called me Hacken-something, so from there we gave the idea to the ad agency and they had a blast coming up with the shirt! Common ways that people say it wrong are ‘Hack-en-brack,’ ‘Hock-en-brach,’
‘Hack-en-sack’…they just keep getting stranger and stranger.

“But now they’ll know how to say it correctly!” Hackenbracht will compete in Saturday night’s Winchester ARCA 200 presented by Federated Auto Parts at Winchester Speedway, which is the ninth of 19 races in the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards season. Practice begins at 1:45 p.m. and lasts for 90 minutes, and will be followed by Menards Pole Qualifying presented by Ansell at 4:45 p.m. The 200-lap, 100-mile race begins at 8 p.m., with live coverage available at ARCARacing.com.

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Sean Corr; Empire Racing Armed For Winchester Assault

June 25th, 2011

WINCHESTER, Indiana – - ARCA Racing Series (ARS) presented by Menards championship contender Sean Corr for the third time in his stock car career will compete at a short track when the sanction takes aims at Winchester (Ind.) Speedway for Saturday night’s Winchester ARCA 200 presented by Federated Auto Parts.

Not only is Corr seeking redemption on a short track but the Goshen, New York native is aiming for his first career top-10 finish as the ARCA Racing Series reaches the halfway point of their year. Thus far in 2011, Corr and his family-owned Empire Racing team have delivered seven top-20 finishes including a career-best of 11th at Pocono (Pa.) Raceway earlier this month. Last Friday at Michigan International Speedway, Corr flexed his muscle in his No. 82 Roush Yates Performance / Roush Yates Engines / Empire Racing Ford Fusion running as high as third in the RainEater Wiper Blades 200 before a parts failure resulted in a deflated tire which ultimately resulted in a 24th place finish. Still, with the team’s effort last week, Corr heads to the breathtaking Winchester (Ind.) Speedway this weekend looking to pick up right where his team left off.

“I’m anxious to get to Winchester, because it will be a great opportunity to finish what we started last week but also further intensify my racing resume with another short-track race under my belts. Our team has definitely had our fair share of ups and downs, so it would be satisfying to keep our nose clean and bring home our No. 82 Roush Yates Performance / Roush Yates Engines / Empire Racing Ford Fusion with a good finish.” With starts at Salem (Ind.) Speedway and Toledo Speedway respectively this year, Corr knows what to expect leaning into a short track brawl. However, he also knows that seeing the checkered flag is crucial to the team’s overall mission.

“These short track races are no joke,” offered Corr. “The competition is strong and you have to be on your game nearly every lap. Salem and Toledo were completely different and I heard that Winchester is its own beast. We cannot predict what will happen on Saturday night, all I know is that I want and need to complete all 200 laps.” Armed with a new short-track car to the Empire Racing fleet, the team’s No. 82 Roush Yates Performance / Roush Yates Engines / Empire Racing Ford Fusion is nearly identical to their Toledo Speedway vehicle which was running in the top-10 in the late stages of the event before contact from a veteran resulted in a 20th place finish.

“The team has been working hard to get this car ready to go for this weekend,” added the 27-year old. “We’ve added some great new cars to our fleet this year. The car we had at Toledo really came to life late in the race, so if we can build off of that, then we should be in good shape on Saturday night.”

Another goal this weekend is for Corr to retake ninth in the ARCA Championship standings Winchester ARCA 200 presented by Federated Auto Parts friend and colleague Chad Hackenbracht. “Points are important, we’ve said that from the beginning,” Corr sounded. “Everyone in the top-10 is fighting for a place and we are no exception. Communicating with my spotter and keeping on my toes on Saturday will be vital to a good finish which could move us up the ladder.” Corr will make his 19th career start on Saturday night. In his previous 18 races, the avid dirt racer has maneuvered nine top-16 efforts and 14
top-20 finishes including seven of the first eight contests in 2011. Pocono Raceway hoists the track with Corr’s career best finish of 11th in June 2011. An eighth place qualifying effort at the 2.5-mile triangle also in August 2010 is also a personal best accomplishment to date.

The Winchester ARCA 200 presented by Federated Auto Parts (200 laps / 100 miles) is the ninth of 19 events on the 2011 ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards schedule. The 22nd ARCA race at Winchester is a one-day show. Practice begins Saturday, June 25 with a one hour and half practice session planned from 1:45 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. Menards Pole by Ansell qualifying is slated to begin later in the day at 4:45 p.m. The field will take the green flag later that night shortly after 8:00 p.m. The race will not be televised but event coverage including live timing and scoring throughout the 1,321st 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. For more on Sean Corr, Empire Racing and marketing partnership opportunities for the 2011 racing season, please visit (http://www.empireracingllc.com/) .

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About Empire Racing: Established in 2009, Empire Racing LLC. (http://www.empireracingllc.com/) ) is a two-tier professional Motorsports organization consisting of dirt and asphalt competition. Sean Corr, a 27-year old hailing from Goshen, New York pilots the team’s automobiles in the DIRTcar Series and Automobile Racing Club of America (ARCA). In 2011, the team will
attempt to run for a championship in the ARCA Racing Series with aspirations of moving into the National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR). The team is headquartered in Goshen, New York with an additional operation in Mooresville, North Carolina.