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6/25/13 - ARCA Rookie Mitchell says he can 'get it done' at Winchester; 24th Herr's Chase the Taste 200 Sunday June 30

5/25/13 - MIKE ORDWAY SR CAPTURES MSA FLAT ROCK VICTORY

5/11/13 - JACKSON-MCKEE-MILLER CLINCH FLAT ROCK VICTORIES

5/10/13 - HANTZ CAPTURES HOLLYWOOD CASINO 100 WIN AT TOLEDO

5/6/13 - Head's Up! Toledo Testers on the Way all week at Toledo Speedway, all in Prep for Menards 200 Coming May 18-19; Allgaier Motorsports Leads off Tuesday 

5/5/13 - News, Notes & Quotes from Talladega; ARCA Champ Buescher Honored at Int'l Motorsports Hall of Fame Ceremony

5/4/13 - LEE-SELMI-STUDT TAKE FLAT ROCK WINS

5/3/13 - FROLING LEADS TOLEDO WIN PARADE

 

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ARCA Rookie Mitchell says he can 'get it done' at Winchester; 24th Herr's Chase the Taste 200 Sunday June 30

(TOLEDO, Ohio) - SCOTT Rookie Challenge contender Mason Mitchell is in it to win it. The W. Des Moines, Iowa driver could also use some good luck to go with it.

Most everything else is already in place - an ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards championship Roulo Brothers Racing (RBR) team, a sponsor who can see the potential, a talented up-and-coming racer in the chair - everything's there, except some good ole-fashioned luck. If he can get the good luck to go along for the ride this weekend, Mitchell says he can "get it done" in the Herr's Chase The Taste 200 at Winchester Speedway Sunday, June 30.



"I really think we can get it done," Mitchell said.



"The track is similar to Salem, and we ran really well there. If I can get into a rhythm and groove in the race (at Winchester) like we did at Salem, I think we can win it. If we could just get some good luck on our side for once."



Beyond the necessary good luck, Mitchell is also arguably challenged for the fact that he's not seen most of the tracks where ARCA goes, let alone raced on them. Having not been to 80% of the tracks, Mitchell has to rely on another sensory app - that would be hearing.



"Like most of the tracks in ARCA, Winchester's another one I haven't seen yet. I've seen pics obviously, but, right now, I'm going on what I hear. I take advice from my team; I take every tip I can get."



Taking advice from the Roulo Brothers is certainly not a bad idea. The Roulo Brothers - Gary and Russ - just added their 32nd career ARCA win last weekend at Road America where 2012 ARCA champ Chris Buescher, in a second RBR Ford, passed two cars on the final lap to win the race. While Buescher has raced on road courses before, it was Mitchell's first experience on a road course.



"It was fun; I love it," added the driver on the No. 99 Happy Cheeks Ford.



It was fun for a while anyway, until he ran out of gas.



"I don't fault anyone for getting low on fuel. The road course thing was all new to me; I had never been to a road course in my life, and I was not that fast in practice. But once we got in the race, my confidence started to build, and we got a lot faster - so much faster that we were probably burning more fuel than we realized. I think if that didn't happen, we had a top-five in the making. I was getting more confident with every lap."



It's been that kind of year for Mitchell, who seemed to be turning things around at the onset of June when he finished an impressive fifth at Pocono Raceway, his first time on the 'tricky' 2.5-mile triangular track.



Then it turned on him at Michigan where he had a tire go down followed by a subsequent trip into the outer retaining wall. Then, the rotten luck at Road America. There was also Salem Speedway in April where, on a track he had never seen before, he had figured out in short order, and charged up to third in the race, all the while tracking down the leaders. Then, according Mitchell, he got crashed off turn four, thus ending another promising run.



"If we can take away the bad luck, I think we can impress a lot of people."



Actually, he's already impressed a lot of people. In fact, it hasn't been all bad for Mitchell this year. He did also finish seventh at Toledo, eighth at Mobile, and 11th at Elko. And, heading into this weekend's big show at Winchester, Mitchell is still fifth in championship standings.



"I'm really looking forward to Winchester. I've heard about it for a long time - always followed the Winchester 400." 



It would certainly not be surprising that Mitchell has heard about Winchester "for a long time." The track, which predates World War I, is one of the oldest operating speedways in the country, debuting in 1914 as a flat half-mile dirt oval. It remained as such through 1921 before the legendary high-banks were added in time for the 1922 season. The track would not be paved until 1952. But the track configuration, which includes 33 degrees of banking in the corners, has remained unchanged for 90-plus years.



"Winchester's just one of those tracks that everyone in the racing business has heard of because it's been around forever. And everyone wants to win on it, and that includes me. Today (June 25) is my 19th birthday, so this would be a really cool birthday present - a win at Winchester. It doesn't get any better than that. I'm going to be an old racecar driver soon, so I have to win fast."



Indiana native Frank Kimmel is the leading ARCA Racing Series winner at Winchester, with five victories (1996, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2006) followed by three-time series champ Tim Steele, who won four times (1993, 1995, 1997, 2001). Billy Leslie won from the pole in 2007. Leslie's father and 1988 series champion Tracy Leslie was also a winner at Winchester, triumphing in 1988 and 1999. Cunningham Motorsports has gone back-to-back with Winchester wins with Dakoda Armstrong in 2011 and Alex Bowman in 2012. 



Don O'Dell won the inaugural ARCA race at Winchester in 1957. Other ARCA winners at Winchester over the years include Jack Bowsher (1964), Ralph Latham (1972), Bobby Watson (1972) and two-time series champion Marvin Smith, who won back-to-back races in 1982 and 1983. Other winners include Bob Keselowski (1990), Gary Bradberry (1994) and Bob Strait (1998).



The Herr's Chase the Taste 200 serves as the grand finale in an all-ARCA branded weekend during which the ARCA Truck Series will kick things off with a 50-lap feature followed by the main event from the ARCA CRA Super Series Saturday, June 29. The big ARCA triple header race weekend will culminate with the Herr's Chase the Taste 200 finale Sunday afternoon.



All three divisions will divide track time Saturday with back-to-back practice sessions beginning at 11:30 a.m. Menards Pole Qualifying presented by Ansell for the ARCA Racing Series is scheduled for 5 p.m., followed by the ARCA Truck Series race at 6, and the ARCA CRA Super Series race at 7.



The Herr's Chase the Taste 200 is scheduled to begin Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m., preceded by pre-race ceremonies at 1:30. 


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MIKE ORDWAY SR CAPTURES MSA FLAT ROCK VICTORY

Flat Rock, MI -May 25, 2013: Flat Rock Speedway hosted the MSA Super Modifieds Saturday night. Mike Ordway Sr. made the trip from Fremont, New Hampshire and grabbed the 40 lap feature win, holding back Moe Lilje in a great run to the finish. Clyde McKee edged out Grant Hedges in another great finish to win the ARCA DTS Drive Train Specialists Street Stock main, while Robbie Loving scored the win in the 20 lap ARCA Parts Galore Figure 8 race. The evening concluded with a fireworks show.


While no driver got near the 9 second bracket in time trials, Mike McVetta did set the pace for the MSA Super Modifieds in qualifying with a 10.488. The track got faster as the night went on and was in great shaped by feature time. Brad Wyatt and Bobby Dawson brought the field to the green flag, with Dawson charging out front. Charlie Schultz hopped Dawson's wheel coming out of turn 4 and clipped the wall just past the start/finish line, causing the first caution of the night. After the restart, Mike Ordway Sr. began his charge to the front, along with Trent Stephens. Stephens began to make up ground on the leader, but Ordway Sr. was on the move and grabbed the lead. Moe Lilje passed Stephens to gain that second position in lap 29 and caught Ordway with 10 to go. Moe actually pulled even with Ordway, but lapped traffic came into play, allowing the New Hampshire driver to stay on top of the 40 lap main for his win, just edging Lilje, at the stripe. Stephens was third, Mike Ordway Jr. fourth and McVetta fifth, followed by Matt Marlow, Dawson, Brad Wyatt, Jon Henes, Schultz and Kevin Jaycox Jr. Schultz and McVetta notched the heat race wins.

Jerry Lee and Robbie Loving started on the front row for the 20 lap ARCA Parts Galore Figure 8 feature. Loving held first the first 9 laps, and on lap 10 the red flag came out when Dennis Whisman had an engine let go, coating the track with oil. On the restart, Jeremy Miller raced his way past Lee to take the second spot, and just 2 laps later, another red flag appeared when Jeremy Fragassi stalled out in the middle of the intersection. Jerry Lee could not avoid Jeremy and crashed into the back end of his car, ending both of their nights. The race resumed and top 5 runner Billy Earley dropped out in lap 15 as the race wound down. Loving held the point and sailed to the win, notching the weekend sweep as he also was the winner at Toledo Friday night. Miller was second, Chris Cox piloted the Anthony Terris machine to third, Danny Gaddis was fourth and Jeremy Vanderhoof fifth. Greg Studt, Danny Apperson, Scott Apperson, Randy Roberts and Stephanie Bradley were next in line to complete the top 10. Cox and Gaddis won the heats, while Studt set the Fastime Racing Engines and Parts quick time at 20.777.

A tremendous run by Clyde McKee nosed out a fabulous run by Grant Hedges and the rest of the field to win the 25 lap ARCA DTS Drive Train Specialists Street Stock feature. Tim Moore had some car issues when his gears kept slipping, causing him to pull into the infield shortly after the first caution. McKee held onto first spot but had to battle Hedges and Rob Moore for the win. Rookie Corey Duane was an early challenger but fell back a bit as the laps wound down. With Hedges on the outside lane and Moore in the low groove, the duo swapped 2nd back and forth. With 2 laps to go, Hedges made his bid for the win as he pulled even and actually got by McKee by a nose. Clyde battled back and darted out front coming to the stripe and the checkered flag for the exciting finish, McKee's 2nd win of the season. Hedges came up just a bit short to take second, Rob Moore was right on the bumper of the leaders for third, Guy Fire took fourth and Scott Selmi was fifth. The top 6 ran in a pack for much of the race, concluding a great night of racing at the track. Chad Guinn, Joe Haener, Fastime Racing Engines and Parts fast qualifier Landon Schuster (13:578), Scot Bunge and Danny Bennett completed the top 10. Corey Duane, Chris Fitzpatrick and Dennis Helsel were the heat race winners.

Saturday, June 1 is the date for the Glass Unlimited Autograph night at Flat Rock Speedway. Fans can walk onto the track and meet their favorite drivers. The on-track autograph session will start at 6:15 p.m. and racing begins at 7 p.m. The track will also host its annual Racer's Reunion.

Another round of the DTS Drive Train Specialists Street Stocks, Parts Galore Figure 8's, ARCA 4-Cylinders and the Moran Chevrolet Late Models will hit the track for more great entertainment. 

Flat Rock Speedway is located on Telegraph Road, just 5 minutes from I-75 or I-275. The track phone number is 734-782-2480. Log onto www.flatrockspeedway.com for further information, or like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/toledoflatrock or follow us on Twitter @flatrockspeed. 





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JACKSON-MCKEE-MILLER CLINCH FLAT ROCK VICTORIES

Flat Rock, Michigan-May 11, 2013: The sun played peek-a-boo after an 80 minute rain delay at Flat Rock Saturday night. The rain, clouds and blistering winds didn't stop the drivers or fans from missing the action. Danny Jackson scored the victory in the ARCA Truck Series Safety Kleen 100, Clyde McKee pulled into the newly-painted Sun Drop victory lane in the 25 lap ARCA DTS Drive Train Specialists Street Stock contest, while Jeremy Miller was the winner of the 20 lap ARCA Parts Galore Figure 8 race.



It was the first race of the year for the ARCA Truck Series and birthday boy Danny Jackson set the pace in qualifying with the fastest time at 12.643 and cruised along to the victory. Shawn Szep and Bob Mikolajczyk started the night on the front row. Chad Poorman spun out in turn 1 right after the green flag waved, resetting the field. Danny Jackson and Levi Mansfield had a rough battle most of the race for second place, while Szep ran out front. Paul Hahn spun out on lap 39 for the second caution of the night, while Brandon Huff went a little sideways in lap 89 causing the final caution of the evening. Jackson got to the number one spot and was strong out front as he took the win in the 100 lap contest, followed by Hahn, Szep, Dave Bice, Mikolajczyk, Levi Mansfield, Cody Quarrick, Brad Yunker, Huff and Bobby Dale Earnhardt, the grandson of NASCAR legend Dale Earnhardt.



The ARCA DTS Drive Train Specialists Street Stock 25 lap feature saw Nick Shanks and Rich Frantz bring the field to the green. Shanks wrestled away the lead, but Clyde McKee got by for the top spot on a restart. The red flag waved on lap 14 when Aaron Greathouse stalled in turn 2 and Tim Moore slid into Aaron in a hard collision. No drivers were injured. 11 laps remained and there was great action in the top 3 as McKee was low, Scott Selmi on the high side and Shanks looking for racing room. McKee held off a great battle to the finish to grab the checkered flag. Shanks dipped under Selmi on the final lap to clinch second, Selmi's great run netted him third, Rob Moore fourth and Grant Hedges fifth. Rich Frantz,.rookie Corey Duane, Joe Haener, rookie Guy Fire and Chris Fitzpatrick were next in line at the stripe. Tim Moore was the Fastime Racing Engine and Parts fastest qualifier with a lap of 13:437. Scot Bunge, rookie Danny Bennett and Selmi were the heat race winners. Bennett's win was his first-ever checkered flag in Street Stock competition.



It was a caution-free ARCA Parts Galore 20 lap Figure-8 race with Carleton's Jeremy Miller grabbing the lead on the green and maintaining the top spot to notch the victory. Danny Gaddis and Greg Studt were battling for second most of the race, including several door to door paint-swapping laps, but in lap 19 Gaddis slowed and dropped out of the contest. Last week's winner Greg Studt finished second, Billy Earley was third, Jeremy Vanderhoof fourth and Robbie Loving finished fifth. Dennis Whisman, Dan Apperson, Anthony Terris, Gaddis, Ian Jezylo, Stephanie Bradley and Jerry Lee were next in line at the finish. Vanderhoof again set the Fastime Racing Engines and Parts quick time at 20:656. Miller edged out Terris to also grab the heat race win. 



Saturday, May 18 is UAW Local 3000 Scout Night, featuring the Enduro 250, boat Figure-8, the ARCA 4-Cylinders and MCR Dwarf Cars. ALL scouts in uniform, both boys and girls, get in free! The fast-action entertainment begins at 7 pm!



Flat Rock Speedway is located on Telegraph Road, just 5 minutes from I-75 or I-275. The track phone number is 734-782-2480. Log onto www.flatrockspeedway.com for further information, like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/toledoflatrock or follow us on Twitter @flatrockspeed.



Make sure you know where to be every Saturday night all summer long as Flat Rock Speedway celebrates its 60th Anniversary season, with racing every Saturday night through September 14.





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HANTZ CAPTURES HOLLYWOOD CASINO 100 WIN AT TOLEDO

Toledo, Ohio-May 10, 2013: What started out as a fairly nice day turned cool and windy at Toledo Speedway Friday night, and despite a 75 minute rain delay, Angola, IN driver Scott Hantz sailed to victory in the Hollywood Casino 100 for the ARCA Glass City Gold Cup Late Model Series. Scott Altman, representing the casino, presented Hantz the Gold Cup in the Sun Drop Winner's Circle. Jim Froling and Greg Studt were also feature winners as the Glass City oval.

A total of 21 outlaw-bodied Late Models were on hand for race number 1 of the 6-race Series for the new season. A very competitive group of drivers put on a great show for the hardy fans that withstood the weather issues. Johnny VanDoorn topped the speed charts in time trials at 15:014 and drew a 10 for the inversion for the 100 lap contest.

Former track champ Don St. Denis returned to Toledo and led the first 20 laps of the contest. Steve Needles took over the top spot on lap 15, moving up from his 5th starting spot, with a fast Harold Fair Jr. in tow. VanDoorn climbed from the 10th spot to 4th by lap 17, and got to third at lap 19. Rookie Joe Corson brought out the first yellow on lap 32, putting the field into the double-file restart formation. Needles stayed in front, VanDoorn dipped low and got by Fair and then tried to squeeze under Steve in turn 3, only to spin and bring out the yellow again. VanDoorn ducked down pit lane, as did several others, including front runner Brent Jack, who timed in 2nd quick. When the race resumed, Needles started putting some distance between he and Fair, while Scott Hantz began to move up and got by Fair Jr. for second spot at lap 39. At lap 50, the top five were Needles, Hantz, Fair, Jack and Tim Felver, the 1999 Glass City 200 winner.

Jake Francis and Dakota Carlson began to move up and the duo battled with Fair Jr. for nearly 20 laps for position. On lap 62, Needles car quit in turn 3 with smoke billowing out the exhaust pipes, ending his night much the same way it did just 4 laps from the end of last year's Glass City 200 while leading the event. This gave Hantz the lead and Scott charged along, moving in and out of lapped traffic. Brent Jack really started pouring the coals to his machine, as he whittled away at Scott's lead, but ran out of laps as the checkered flag fell on Hantz, who was not planning to race as late as Wednesday morning. Jack's fine run gave him second spot, Francis recorded a great run to take third, Carlson got to fourth and Fair Jr. took fifth. Felver, Mike Root, St. Denis, Dave Stehouwer and Nick Bailey completed the top ten finishers. The Series returns to Toledo July 12.

Make it 2 for 2 for Jim Froling in the ARCA ACME Dismantling Sportsman events at Toledo so far in the young season. The 35 lap contest was cruising along with defending track champ Ron Allen in command, followed by Mike Young and Froling within striking distance. A lap 29 yellow set up a double-file restart. Allen and Young made contact coming down to the green and Ron spun in turn 1. Both cars went to the tail of the field, giving Froling the point. On that re-start, Dan Grigsby got sideways coming off of turn 4, collecting several cars including Young, who tagged the wall hard. All drivers were ok. Froling powered the #46 to the win over Norm Lewallen, 14-year old rookie JJ Haley (in his first Toledo start), Kenny McKay Jr. and Allen. Kent McCloskey, Andy Harding, David Frantz, 16 year-old rookie Amber Slagle (also her first Toledo start) and Young rounded out the top 10. Kyle DeLisle posted the fast time at 17:196, but had mechanical woes in the feature, ending his night.

Greg Studt was the winner in the 25 lap ARCA X Car feature race on the short track. Tom O'Leary IV was the early leader but received a speeding ticket, ending his run. Studt, the fast qualifier at 11:576, took control of the race and raced to the win. Archie Padgett collected second spot, Rich Frantz was third, Jeff King fourth and Rick Cousino fifth, followed by Brian Ringger, rookie Kevin Huston, Randy Padgett Jr., O'Leary IV and Matt Ringger.

There is no racing scheduled for Friday, May 17 as the speedway prepares for the Menards 200 presented by Federated Car Care for the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards Stock Car Series Saturday and Sunday, May 18-19. The superspeedway-style cars will make their one and only stop in the Glass City for this event, led by Series point leader and 9-time ARCA champ Frank Kimmel. Kimmel also captured the ARCA event at Talladega SuperSpeedway back on May 3. NASCAR driver Ken Schrader is also entered for the 200 lap contest.

The Toledo Blade Day includes practice and qualifying for the ARCA cars and the Grogans Towne 50 lap ARCA Truck race Saturday, May 18. Practice begins at 11 a.m. and racing starts at 3. 

Race day is Sunday, May 19, with the on-track autograph session with all the drivers set for Noon, and the green flag to fly at 2 p.m. The ARCA Fan Fest will be held in the track parking lot both days, and the band The Truth will entertain fans in pre-race festivities.

A few reserved seats still remain for the race, and may be obtained by calling 419-727-1100. A Saturday race ticket is included with the purchase of a Sunday race ticket. This offer is only valid with tickets purchased through the track office.

Toledo Speedway is located on Benore Road at the I-75/Alexis Road exit (behind Meijer store). Log onto www.toledospeedway.com for further information, or like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/toledoflatrock or follow us on Twitter @toledospeedway.

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Head's Up! Toledo Testers on the Way all week at Toledo Speedway, all in Prep for Menards 200 Coming May 18-19; Allgaier Motorsports Leads off Tuesday 

TOLEDO, Ohio (5-6-13) - Things are heating up at home for the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards. In preparation for the 72nd Menards 200 presented by Federated Car Care at Toledo Speedway May 18-19, several teams are steering towards the renowned half-mile, semi-banked oval in Toledo this week for testing. 

Allgaier Motorsports Testing Tuesday; Justin Allgaier to Attend 
Several teams are searching for a headstart for the Toledo race, including Allgaier Motorsports, scheduled to test Tuesday, May 7. NASCAR Nationwide Series driver Justin Allgaier, the 2008 ARCA Racing Series champion, mentioned during the live SPEED broadcast from Talladega that he'd be in attendance Tuesday at Toledo to assist his former ARCA crew chief and fellow Springfield, Illinois resident Kelly Kovski dial-in the Allgaier Motorsports machine. Kovski, who has never raced at Toledo, typically drives in two ARCA events per year - at the Illinois State Fairgrounds dirt mile and the DuQuoin State Fairgrounds dirt mile. Allgaier, already a winner on the Nationwide Series tour, earned his ARCA championship in dramatic fashion at Toledo in '08 by winning the race after championship contenders Scott Speed and Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. took themselves out of competition during the race via an on-track scuffle. 

Thursday Testing Busy with Three ARCA Teams 

Venturini Motorsports Testing 15-year-old Kyle Benjamin (Thursday) 
Three ARCA Racing Series teams are scheduled to test Thursday. Venturini Motorsports is bringing 15-year-old prodigy Kyle Benjamin. Benjamin became the youngest driver in ARCA history to start an ARCA race at Mobile Int'l Speedway back in early March; and oh by the way, the Easley, South Carolina high school freshman finished second in the race. Benjamin is also the youngest ARCA CRA Super Series winner in history after winning at Lucas Oil Raceway last year at the age of 14. He also won four straight late model races at New Smyrna Speedway (Fla.) during Speedweeks, 2013. If Benjamin were to win at Toledo, he would officially become the youngest ARCA Racing Series winner in history, surpassing the mark set by the current youngest winner James Buescher, who won an ARCA race at 16, two days shy of his 17th birthday. 

Win Tron Racing Testing Mason Mingus (Thursday) 
SCOTT® Challenge Rookie of the Year contender Mason Mingus (Brentwood, Tenn.) is also scheduled to test alongside Venturini Motorsports. Mingus, currently second in championship points, just 30 points away from veteran Frank Kimmel, has been in the headlines a lot lately, having not yet finished out of the top-10 in the first four events of the season. Furthermore, Mingus is coming off a career-best second place finish at Talladega Superspeedway last Friday. The 2009 ARCA Cometic championship crew chief Mark Rette calls the shots for Mingus. 

Kimmel Racing Testing Two (Thursday) 
Kimmel Racing, coming with two rookie drivers on Thursday, will share the track with Venturini and Win Tron. Korbin Forrister (Cedartown, Ga.), who finished a career-best 13th at Talladega in a Cunningham Motorsports car last Friday, is scheduled to test for Kimmel Racing, as is newcomer and 15-year-old Michael Lira (Port Orange, Fla.), scheduled to make his series debut in the Menards 200 presented by Federated Car Care. Eight-time Cometic championship crew chief Bill Kimmel (brother of Frank Kimmel) calls the shots at Kimmel Racing. 

Championship Team Roulo Brothers Racing Sunday-Monday 
Roulo Brothers Racing, the defending ARCA Racing Series championship team, is tentatively scratched in for Sunday and Monday (May 12-13) with SCOTT® Challenge Rookie of the Year contender Mason Mitchell of Des Moines, Iowa positioned in the driver's seat. The Roulo Brothers have enjoyed considerable success over the years reaching back to 1993 when the Roulo's won with Dave Weltmeyer driving. They came back in 1997 to win with Ken Schrader driving. The Roulo Brothers have also had much recent success at Toledo with 2012 ARCA Racing Series championship driver Chris Buescher at the helm. Buescher has won four of the last five races at Toledo. Mitchell is currently fifth in championship standings. Schrader, not currently scheduled to test at Toledo, is, nonetheless, entered for the race in his own Ken Schrader Racing Federated Auto Parts-sponsored car. Schrader is a four time ARCA winner at Toledo with victories in 1997, 2004, 2005 and 2006. 

Cunningham Motorsports Coming with Two (Monday) 
Cunningham Motorsports is currently slated to test its two-car team at Toledo Monday, May 13 with veteran driver Tom Hessert (Cherry Hill, N.J.) and rookie Austin Wayne Self (Austin, Texas). Hessert is one of the more recent ARCA winners, having won at Salem Speedway in late April. Hessert has also had considerable success at Toledo over the years with finishes of third in 2009 and 2010, fourth in 2011, and fifth in 2012. Hessert also earned the Menards Pole Award presented by Ansell at Toledo in 2011. Self will be making his career-first ARCA attempt at Toledo. Cunningham Motorsports won at Toledo in 2009 with Parker Kligerman driving. Kligerman has since moved onto the NASCAR Camping World Truck and now Nationwide Series fulltime. 

Katona/Kimmel Match-Up 
Six-time ARCA national champion Iggy Katona won the inaugural ARCA race at Toledo on April 21, 1963. Since then, winners over years include Jack Bowsher, Benny Parsons, Ramo Stott, Bruce Gould, Dave Dayton, Bill Venturini, Bob Keselowski, Bob Strait, Ken Schrader, Justin Allgaier, Ty Dillon and Frank Kimmel, to name several. Kimmel is the all-time Toledo winner with nine wins, including his career-first ARCA victory at Toledo in 1994. Kimmel, the most recent winner on tour (Talladega Superspeedway), is second only to Katona on the all-time ARCA win list with 77 wins to Katona's 79. 

Tickets on sale now for Menards 200 at Toledo
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 will be available starting Friday 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.



CONTACT: 
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(419) 574-2685 (mobile)

ddonnelly@arcaracing.com 



Don Radebaugh, ARCA

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News, Notes & Quotes from Talladega; ARCA Champ Buescher Honored at Int'l Motorsports Hall of Fame Ceremony

(TALLADEGA, Ala.) - 5/5/13 - The pre-race festivities at Talladega Superspeedway got started early for the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards. Like all ARCA Racing Series champions, the 2012 ARCA titlist Chris Buescher was honored during the annual black-tie Int'l Motorsports Hall of Fame induction ceremony Thursday night. NASCAR champion Bobby Allison honored Buescher on stage before Buescher's likeness was officially unveiled on the ARCA Wall of Fame inside the museum. The ARCA Wall of Fame, completely restored just last year, includes an impressive assortment of imagery representing 60 years of ARCA racing dating back to 1953. The ARCA Wall of Fame features all 30 different ARCA champions from 1953 forward, Buescher being the latest addition. 

Rick Hendrick, Dale Inman, Rusty Wallace and Don Schumacher were this year's inductees into the prestigious Int'l Motorsports Hall of Fame at Talladega. 


Kimmel inches closer to Katona's all-time win mark 
Frank Kimmel inched ever so closer to yet another all-time ARCA record with his victory in the 51st Int'l Motorsports Hall of Fame 250 at Talladega Superspeedway. The victory, shortened by 21 laps due to rain (Kimmel's one other win at Talladega in 2006 was shortened due to darkness), marked Kimmel's 77th career win, just two wins shy of Iggy Katona's all-time ARCA win milestone mark of 79 wins. "That's a big deal to me," Kimmel said about the win record. "I've never been a big stat guy, but Iggy was a hero of mine. He raced with my dad." Meanwhile the nine-time ARCA champion padded his point lead headed to the next event on tour - the Menards 200 presented by Federated Car Care at Toledo Speedway Sunday, May 19. Kimmel also increased his career laps-led total to 10,756. The second-generation ARCA driver now has 249 top-five finishes and 336 top-10s. Kimmel is already the all-time Toledo ARCA winner with nine victories, including his career-first at Toledo in 1994. 


Rookie Mingus hot on heels of veteran Kimmel; earns SCOTT® Challenge Rookie title at Talladega 

While Kimmel basks in the glow of his most recent win at Talladega, he ought not get too comfortable with rookie Mason Mingus on his bumper. Mingus, who finished a career-best second on the heels of Kimmel at Talladega, earned the SCOTT® Challenge Rookie of the Race award, and trails Kimmel by just 40 points headed to Toledo for the next race. Thirty-three years separate 51-year-old Kimmel and 18-year-old Mingus creating a bit of an odd match-up - a teenager who's still in high school and a grown man with kids graduating from college. "It's kind of the way it's been over the last decade here," Kimmel said. "If it's not Mason, it's some other rookie coming with all the right equipment and lots of talent. Mason might be new around here, but he's been around for a while. He's driven late models quite a bit, and has shown a lot of promise. I consider him a formidable opponent for sure." Mingus and his father Donnie Mingus were the first to congratulate Kimmel in Victory Lane at Talladega. 



Career days for Armstrong, Jones, Ferrier, Cushman, Forrister and more 
If it was a bad day for a few, it was a great day for many. In addition to Mingus's career-best finish, the same is true for Caleb Armstrong, who steered the Venturini Motorsports 55 car to third in the final running order. Canadian Terry Jones, a former Toledo Speedway Sportsman division track champion, finished a career-best fifth, ahead of John Ferrier and George Cushman, who finished seventh and eighth, respectively, both career-best efforts. Longtime ARCA competitor Mark Gibson crew-chiefed for Ferrier. Chilhowie, Virginia's Cody McMahan also finished 12th in his career-first ARCA start. Barry Fitzgerald and Galen Hassler also earned career-best finishes of 18th and 20th, respectively. Josh Williams (sixth) and Benny Chastain (19th) tied their career-best finishes. 


Rough day for Venturini Motorsports
Caleb Armstrong was the lone bright star among the Venturini Motorsports four-car team at Talladega. While Armstrong came out clean, his Venturini Motorsports teammates did not fare so well. It started when John Wes Townley's pole speed was disallowed resulting from unapproved suspension mounting/placement. Townley, who opened his year with a win at Daytona, started at the back and raced his way up inside the top-10 early on before contact with his teammate Milka Duno resulted in Townley making hard contact with outside and inside safer barrier walls. His car was destroyed but Townley walked away unhurt. Later on, Duno and Thomas Praytor made contact during a restart that triggered a multi-car crash off turn two that took out Duno and her other Venturini Motorsports teammate Justin Boston. No drivers were injured in the mishap; however, Duno and Boston were out for the race. 



Gallagher, Hessert caught up in Big One
After earning a career-best second place finish at Salem Speedway the weekend before, Spencer Gallagher's day at Talladega ended early after getting caught up in the multi-car wreck off turn two. "What an up and down day here at Talladega Superspeedway," Gallagher said. "My Gallagher Motorsports crew led by Dave (Hirsch) gave me an excellent Chevrolet this weekend that responded to everything I needed it to do. I knew I had to drop to the back when our water was overheating but the crew got me fixed up during the pit stop and we were headed back to the front. It's unfortunate we got caught in someone else's wreck but that's racing and we will rebound at Toledo Speedway in two weeks." The Gallagher Motorsports crew attempted to fix the battered machine, but deemed the damage terminal. When the event ended early due to rain on lap 73, Gallagher was scored with a 27th-place finish. Tom Hessert, last week's Salem winner, was also caught up in the big pile-up. Hessert was scored in 26th after his crew got him back out just in time for the closing laps. Clay Campbell, Bo LeMastus, Donnie Neuenberger and James Hylton were also caught up in the same wreck. There were no injuries.



Four teams penalized in post-qualifying inspection

Four teams were penalized for post-qualifying technical inspection violations after qualifying Thursday. Each of the four teams had their qualifying times/speeds disallowed based on the violations of rules and procedures specified in the 3-1-13 ARCA Technical Bulletin related to the event. The Cunningham Motorsports #22 driven by Korbin Forrister and the Turner Scott Motorsports #66 driven by Mark Thompson failed to meet minimum rear quarter panel height as referenced in item 13. The Bobby Gerhart Racing #5 driven by Bobby Gerhart and the Venturini Motorsports #15 driven by John Wes Townley had unapproved suspension mounting/placement as referenced in items 17, 18 and/or 19. All four teams earned provisional starting positions for the International Motorsports Hall of Fame 250. 



Duno earns Menards Pole Award presented by Ansell 
Milka Duno became the first female ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards driver since 1988 to win the pole at Talladega Superspeedway. Duno had the second-fastest time in the Menards Pole Qualifying presented by Ansell but when the time of Venturini Motorsports teammate John Wes Townley was disallowed following post-qualifying inspection, Duno was announced as the pole winner. "This is fantastic," Duno said following her award. "We have been trying, trying, trying for the pole ever since Daytona. All day, I made my crew chief (Kevin Caldwell) crazy, saying 'what do we need to do?'" Patty Moise won back-to-back poles at Talladega in 1988. 


SPEED hits 200 with ARCA
The SPEED network broadcasted its 200th all-time ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards race at Talladega Superspeedway Friday. The network, which will become Fox Sports 1 in August, has been broadcasting ARCA Racing Series events since 1997 reaching back to an event at Salem Speedway where the series debuted on Speedvision, the predecessor to SPEED. "This speaks to the benefit of having a long-term partnership," said ARCA President Ron Drager. "We are able to work very closely together with everyone at SPEED. It is important to us, our race teams and the sponsors involved with our series to have that level of exposure." SPEED is broadcasting five of the first eight ARCA Racing Series events of the 2013 season and 10 races total. From Talladega, SPEED follows ARCA to Toledo for live coverage of the Menards 200 presented by Federated Car Care Sunday, May 19. 

More Opportunities for ARCA champ Justin Allgaier
After Justin Allgaier secured the 2008 ARCA Racing Series championship, the Riverton, Illinois driver sped off for the NASCAR Nationwide Series where he currently drives fulltime for Turner Scott Motorsports. Allgaier's phone is also ringing with television opportunities. The Nationwide Series winner served as an additional color analyst for the entire Talladega broadcast, working alongside play-by-play guy Rick Allen and color commentator Phil Parsons. The Twitter board lit up with continual praise for the job Allgaier did during the broadcast.



SCOTT® Brand announces title sponsorship role in inaugural ARCA event at Road America 
Officials from Kimberly-Clark Professional, Road America and ARCA announced Friday just prior to the race, that SCOTT® Brand products will serve as title sponsor for the 2013 ARCA Racing Series event presented by Menards at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin. The SCOTT® 160 is set for Saturday, June 22. ARCA's visit to the four-mile Road America road course will be run in conjunction with the NASCAR Nationwide Series as a same-day doubleheader. SCOTT® Brand is also an official sponsor of the ARCA series with the SCOTT® Challenge Rookie program. 


Farewell tour for James Harvey Hylton; caught up in Big One 
James Hylton's final go at Talladega did not end as he had hoped. The 78-year-old Inman, South Carolina stock car legend got caught up in the big pile-up off turn two. "We were just riding around minding our own business when they started wrecking in front of us. It's unfortunate; we lost another really good car. I'm a little sore, but I'm fine." Hylton, along with his two crew members, longtime crewmember Terry Strange and his son James Hylton, Jr., pushed his car to the starting grid on pit road at Talladega. The 2013 season will mark his farewell tour behind the wheel of his famous No. 48. "I've been thinking about this for quite a while," Hylton added. "I'm 78, and the time has come." Hylton made 602 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts since 1964, winning twice at Talladega and Richmond. Since 1997, Hylton has made 147 ARCA starts. Hylton also finished 15th in the ARCA race at Talladega, on the lead lap, in 2009 at the age of 74. 


ARCA on the march; heading home to Toledo 
From the biggest, most sweeping track at Talladega, to one of the tightest short tracks on tour at Toledo Speedway, the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards is off and running for the 2013 season. After competing in the 51st annual Int'l Motorsports Hall of Fame 250 at Talladega, the series, born in Toledo in 1953, heads home to Toledo where the 72nd Menards 200 presented by Federated Car Care takes shape on the historic Toledo half-mile, high-banked oval Sunday, May 19. Frank Kimmel is the all-time Toledo winner with nine wins. The Menards 200 is live on SPEED at 2:00 p.m. eastern. The broadcast is only one of two short track races you'll see on SPEED, the other being the Prairie Meadows 150 race at Iowa Speedway in early September. 


NASCAR/ARCA veteran Ken Schrader enters Toledo
Ken Schrader is already preparing for what will be his 61st career ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards start in the Menards 200 presented by Federated Car Care at Toledo Speedway Sunday, May 19. Federated, which sponsors most of Schrader's racing endeavors, will also be the title sponsor on his No. 52 Federated Auto Parts Chevrolet in the ARCA Racing Series. "We haven't raced Toledo in a few years, and I'm really looking forward to it. It's always been one of my favorite ARCA tracks. Tom (Hessert) put our Federated car on the pole there a couple years ago, and won the race at Salem (Speedway) last year, so we've got some good momentum. We'd like to be running the Federated ARCA car everywhere, like we did with Tom; but our situation changed. Even though we can't run the entire ARCA schedule, what the change did do was allow me to come back and play more, and that's just fine with me. I'm really looking forward to it." Schrader is slated to race in at least four ARCA Racing Series events in 2013 to also include the Akona 250 presented by Federated Car Care at Elko Speedway on June 1, the Southern Illinois 100 presented by Federated Car Care at the DuQuoin State Fairgrounds (mile-dirt) on Labor Day, September 2, and the Kentuckiana Ford Dealers 200 presented by Federated Car Care at Salem Speedway on September 14. 



Tickets on sale now for Menards 200 at Toledo
Tickets are now on sale for the ARCA Racing Series Menards 200 presented by Federated Car Care at Toledo Speedway May 19. The tickets are being offered at six Menards stores in northwest Ohio. Tickets are $15, compared to $25 on race day, and are available at Menards stores in Toledo, Defiance, Holland, Oregon, Sandusky and Findlay. 


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.



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(419) 574-2685 (mobile)

ddonnelly@arcaracing.com 



Don Radebaugh, ARCA

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LEE-SELMI-STUDT TAKE FLAT ROCK WINS

Flat Rock, Michigan-May 4, 2013: It was another gorgeous Saturday night for racing at Flat Rock Speedway. Eric Lee pulled into the Sun Drop victory lane in the 50 lap ARCA Moran Chevrolet Late Model feature, Scott Selmi got the victory in the 25 lap ARCA DTS Drive Train Specialists Street Stock contest, while Greg Studt was the winner of the 20 lap ARCA Parts Galore Figure 8 race.

In the 50 lap Moran Chevrolet Late Model feature, Derek Wiley set fast time in qualifying with an 11.828. Wiley rolled a 7 for the inversion, putting Paul Pelletier and Scott Pemberton on the front row. Just 2 yellow flags slowed the action. Pelletier zipped into the lead, but a lap 3 caution for Steve Cronenwett Jr. and Scott Pemberton bunched the field. Lee moved to the outside lane in the double-file restart and took command as the race went back to green flag action. Eric held a slight lead over Dennis Strickland the rest of the distance to clinch the victory. Strickland held on to second, Cronenwett Jr. was strong, coming from the back and making up a bunch of ground to finish third, while Stan Yee Jr. got by rookie Frank Jiovani on the final lap to take fourth spot. Joe Hawes, Pemberton, Wiley, Jeff Plumb and Jim Alvis rounded out the top ten. Defending champ Pelletier dropped out of the race in the early stages. Cronenwett Jr. and Alvis captured the heat race events.

A total of 26 cars took the green flag for the 25 lap DTS Street Stock feature. Clyde McKee and Scott Selmi started on the front row. A few cautions and a red flag slowed things. Selmi edged by McKee on lap 8 to grab the lead and Scott was able to hold on to the top spot for the rest of the race to claim the victory and pulled into the Sun Drop victory lane. Landon Schuster came back after a hard crash last Saturday to take second, Tim Moore was third, Tadek Stadniczuk fourth and Grant Hedges fifth, followed by rookie Guy Fire, Rob Moore, Rich Frantz, Kyle Worley and Scot Bunge. Tim Moore's lap of 13.575 was good enough for the Fastime Racing Engines and Parts fast time in the qualifying session. Heat race winners were rookie Corey Duane, Rob Moore and Jeff Luttermoser.

Greg Studt captured the 20 lap Parts Galore Figure 8 feature, edging out Dennis Whisman for the victory. Last week's winner Jeremy Vanderhoof took third, getting by Billy Earley with 2 laps to go, sliding Billy back to fourth. Jerry Lee was fifth, with Jeremy Miller, Danny Gaddis, Robbie Loving, Danny Apperson and Ian Jezylo completing the top ten. Vanderhoof set the Fastime Racing Engines and Parts quick time at 20.881. Lee and Studt notched the heat race wins.

Saturday, May 11is the date for the 100 lap ARCA Truck Series race at Flat Rock Speedway. Another round of DTS Drive Train Specialists Street Stocks and the Parts Galore Figure 8's will also hit the track for more great entertainment. The green flag waves at 7 pm.

Flat Rock Speedway is located on Telegraph Road, just 5 minutes from I-75 or I-275. The track phone number is(734) 782-2480. Log onto www.flatrockspeedway.com for further information, or like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/toledoflatrock or follow us on Twitter @flatrockspeed.

Make sure you know where to be every Saturday night all summer long as Flat Rock Speedway celebrates its 60th Anniversary season, with racing every Saturday night through September 14.

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FROLING LEADS TOLEDO WIN PARADE


Toledo, Ohio-May 3, 2013: Toledo Speedway kicked off its weekly Friday night race cards with Jim Froling, Robbie Loving, Tom O'Leary IV and David Katafiasz capturing feature wins on a cool yet comfortable night at the Glass City oval.

The 35 lap ARCA ACME Dismantling Sportsman feature started with Howard Kelley Jr. taking the lead early in the contest. Jim Froling charged up on the outside lane of Kelley and the duo ran door to door until they touched, sending the pair into a wild spin down the front straight in front of the rest of the pack. Everyone avoided contact, Kelley accepted responsibility and that put Froling back into the lead. Jim stayed in front the rest of the way despite pressure from defending champ Ron Allen for the rest of the distance. Mike Young got by Kyle DeLisle in the late stages to take third, DeLisle came home fourth and Kenny McKay Jr. took the fifth spot, followed by Kelley Jr., Norm Lewallen, Kent McCloskey, Dan Grigsby and David Frantz. Allen set fast time at 17:033 with the heat race wins going to DeLisle and Kelley Jr.

2-time champ Robbie Loving slipped by defending track champ Dennis Whisman early on and sped to victory in the 20 lap ARCA Parts Galore Figure 8 feature race. Whisman chased Robbie the rest of the way to grab second, Chris Cox was right there in third, Anthony Terris took fourth and Randy Roberts was fifth. Whisman took the heat race win.

The all-new R & M Recycling X Car division got their season going at Toledo Friday, with 5 different types of cars competing against each other. There are just 5 rules plus the safety package for the group and the variety of cars put on a solid show. Tom O'Leary IV piloted his modified-style machine to the win in the 25 lap contest. O'Leary IV grabbed the point on lap 8 and sailed to the victory over AJ Padgett, Randy Padgett, Rick Cousino, Rich Frantz, Matt Ringger, Jeff King, Craig Osenbaugh and rookie Kevin Huston. O'Leary posted quick time at 11:671, while Frantz took the heat race win.

Just two ARCA 4 Cylinder machines were on hand for the first race of the season for the class. David Katafiasz topped rookie John Decker in the 10 lap event.

Friday, May 10 the ARCA Glass City Gold Cup Late Models pay a visit to Toledo for the Hollywood Casino 100. A good field of the top outlaw-bodied Late Models should be on hand for race number 1 of their 6 race series in 2013. Defending Series champ Dakota Carlson will lead the field of entries for the 100 lap contest on the ˝ mile paved oval.

Fans will see two ˝ mile divisions in competition next Friday, as the ARCA ACME Dismantling Sportsman cars will also run a full race card on the big track. The R & M Recycling X Cars will hit the short track for their 2nd night of action May 10.


The pit gates open at 1:30, practice begins at 4 (front gates open at 4), time trials are at 6 and racing begins at 7:30 p.m. All seating is general admission for this event.

Log onto www.toledospeedway.com for more information, or you can like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/toledoflatrock or follow us on Twitter @toledospeedway. The track is located on Benore Road at the I-75/Alexis Road exit on the Michigan-Ohio border. The phone number is 419-727-1100.



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