SPARTA, Ky. – The entry list for the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards open test at Kentucky Speedway Tuesday, Sept. 19 continues to grow. The test, in preparation for the Crosley 150 Friday night, Sept. 22, is open to the media.
Current ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards championship leader Austin Theriault leads the charge for the open test, entered in the No. 52 Ken Schrader Racing Ford. Theriault, of Fort Kent, Maine, has been in the headlines a lot this year with 6 wins on the season, including three straight recently at Road America, DuQuoin and Salem.
Also entered is a trio of MDM Motorsports Toyotas with drivers Zane Smith (Huntington Beach, Calif.), Sheldon Creed (Alpine, Calif.) and Vinnie Miller (Ortonville, Mich.). MDM has also been in the news a lot with four wins with four different drivers — Justin Haley and Talladega, Harrison Burton at Toledo, Kyle Benjamin at Winchester and Brandon Jones at Michigan. Smith, in his first start with MDM at Salem, finished second to race winner Theriault back on Sept. 9.
Venturini Motorsports is also entered with three Toyotas — Dahlonega, Ga.’s Spencer Davis in the 25, Middletown, N.Y.’s Christian Eckes in the 55, and a driver TBA on the team’s third entry.
Cunningham Motorsports is coming with three drivers — Shane Lee (Newton, N.C.), Ty Majeski (Seymour, Wis.) and Dalton Sargeant (Boca Raton, Fla.). Sargeant is currently second in championship points on the strength of three wins this year at Salem, Iowa and Lucas Oil. Majeski fits under the Roush Fenway Racing driver development banner.
Joe Gibbs Racing is also planning to test with ARCA SCOTT Rookie of Year contender Riley Herbst (Las Vegas, Nev.) Herbst made headlines at Pocono back in June where he won in his career-first Pocono attempt.
ARCA championship team Mason Mitchell Motorsports is entered with Wentzville, Mo.’s Kyle Weatherman and a driver TBA on the team’s second entry.. Win-Tron Racing is also coming with a pair of drivers — leading SCOTT Rookie of the Year contender Gus Dean (Bluffton, S.C.) and Justin Fontaine (Asheville, N.C.).
Other test entries include Nick Higdon (Kimmel Racing), Codie Rohrbaugh (CR7 Motorsports), Josh Williams (Josh Williams Motorsports) and AJ Fike (RFMS Racing).
Tuesday, Sept. 19 Open Test Schedule/Media Coverage
2 Sessions: Morning (9 a.m. to noon) and Afternoon (1 – 5 p.m.). There will be an hour break for lunch from noon – 1. ARCAracing.com will provide Live Timing, Scoring and Live Chat Board for all on-track activities for the open test.
Kentucky ARCA History
Three-time ARCA Racing Series champion Tim Steele won the inaugural ARCA race at Kentucky in 2000. From there the list of ARCA winners at Kentucky includes Ryan Newman, Frank Kimmel, Kyle Busch, Steve Wallace, Erik Darnell, Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., Michael McDowell, James Buescher, Corey LaJoie, Parker Kligerman, Brennan Poole, Ryan Reed and Austin Cindric.
Kimmel, the 10-time ARCA Racing Series champion, is the all-time Kentucky winner with four victories – his last win there in 2005. Kimmel, the all-time ARCA winner with 80 victories, is also the all-time lap leader at Kentucky with 557 laps led in 12 races.
This year’s Crosley 150, the 24th ARCA race at Kentucky since the inaugural event in 2000, will serve as the show-opener for the next-night NASCAR XFINITY Series MyrtleBeach.com 300, all part of General Tire Super Weekend.
Raceday Schedule, Friday, September 22
Practice for the Crosley 150 is Friday afternoon, Sept. 22 from 1 – 2:30 p.m., followed by General Tire Pole Qualifying at 5;10. The Crosley 150 is scheduled to get the green flag just after 8.
In addition to Live Timing and Scoring and Live Chat at arcaracing.com of all on-track activities, the Crosley 150 is live on FS1.