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Gus Dean is throwing himself back 39 years.
 
The Bluffton, S.C. native and his Win-Tron Racing team will participate in Saturday night’s ARCA throwback weekend at Salem (Ind.) Speedway recognizing Dean’s hero and early career driver coach Donnie Allison.
 
Dean’s No. 32 Baker Distributing Co. | GREE Cooling Products Chevrolet will sport Allison’s iconic maroon-colored Hawaiian Tropic scheme and signage rewinding back to Allison’s scheme most recognizable in the 1979 Daytona 500 where Allison and Cale Yarborough were involved in a last-lap accident with a fight ensuing after both drivers realized they had lost the “Great American Race.”
 
Allison, an original member of the Alabama Gang served as a driving coach to Dean through his earlier years of Motorsports competition in South and North Carolina.
 
While Allison is not heavily involved today, the two maintain a great friendship and speak often. 
 
“I’m so happy to carry Donnie’s colors this weekend at Salem,” said Dean. “Thank you to Baker Distributing, GREE and Tradewinds for allowing us to do this.
 
"We did a huge throwback scheme to my car owner Kevin Cywinski last year – but this year I wanted to do something for Donnie who has been instrumental in making my racing career successful.
 
“I hate that he can’t be at the track this week, but he saw the car first hand and is excited to watch the race on Saturday night.”
 
The 24-year-old invades Salem’s annual fall classic looking for his second ARCA Racing Series win of the season and his fourth consecutive top-10 finish at the 0.555-mile high-banked short track.
 
In April, Dean qualified his No. 32 GREE Cooling Products | Baker Distributing Chevrolet and proved that he had a winning race car before circumstances on pit road and ultimately being collected in a late-race entanglement left the Mooresville, N.C.-team with an eighth-place run.
 
This weekend, Dean wants to win at one of his favorite tracks on the circuit.
 
“My crew chief Jamie Jones gave me a fast-enough car to win in the Spring and we didn’t get it done,” added Dean. “It wasn’t our fault, but we left Salem in the spring wondering what could have been.
 
“I don’t want to do that this weekend. Not for a throwback weekend. Outside of the championship pictures, it’s about points and wins for us. And it would be really cool to take our No. 32 Baker Distributing Co. | GREE Cooling Products Chevrolet to Victory Lane in these throwback colors.”
 
Last weekend at Lucas Oil Raceway, the reminiscent of Tropical Storm Gordon soaked the Indianapolis area and postponed the Shore Lunch 200 until Sat., October 6.
 
Not having an opportunity to bounce back from a DuQuoin disaster, Dean is antsy to get back behind the wheel. 
 
“I know that ARCA and Lucas Oil did everything they could, but Mother Nature wouldn’t cooperate last weekend. It stunk. I think it was going to be a good show and I believe we had a car capable of another top-five run.
 
"We’ll see what develops in a couple weeks.
“I’m ready to get to Salem though. Just three races left this year before we begin preparing for 2019 and Salem provides a great opportunity to get our Win-Tron Racing team back in Victory Lane.”
 
Team owner Kevin Cywinski says the team has been ready for their return to Salem for months.
 
“We should have a car capable of winning this weekend,” he said. “It’s a track that Gus just immediately had a knack for. We finished second there last year and proved that we had one of the fastest cars on the track.
 
“I don’t expect anything different this weekend. The car looks great with the Donnie Allison throwback and the guys are pumped to be apart of this new ARCA tradition. Should be a fun day on Saturday.”
 
In 44 career ARCA Racing Series starts, Dean captured his first career victory in his second ever start at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway after starting second in Apr. 2016, while earning his second win at Elko Speedway in July 2018. Overall, Dean has two poles (Pocono July 2018; Springfield August 2018), two wins, 12 top-five and 25 top-10 finishes.
 
The Kentuckiana Ford Dealers ARCA Fall Classic (200 laps | 111 miles) is the 18th of 20 races on the 2018 ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards schedule. Practice begins Sat, Sept. 15 with an hour and a half session planned from 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. General Tire pole qualifying is set for 4:00 p.m. The race is set to take the green flag that night shortly after 7:15 p.m. The event will be broadcasted live on MAVTV, while ARCARacing.com will stream live timing and scoring throughout the day’s activities. All times are local (ET).
 
For more on Gus Dean, please visit his all new website at GusDean.com or like him on Facebook.  Dean tweets too. Follow him on Twitter @GusDean.
 
For additional information on GREE Racing, please like them on Facebook and follow them on Twitter @GREE_Racing. 
 
Learn more at Win-TronRacing.com, Facebook or on Twitter @WinTronRacing.
 
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It’s safe to say no driver is looking forward to returning to Salem Speedway for this weekend’s ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards Kentuckiana Ford Dealers Fall Classic 200 more than the driver of the No.15 JBL Audio Toyota, Christian Eckes.

Eckes, already a two-time ARCA Series winner, thrilled onlookers back in April with a late race, side-by-side battle with teammate Chandler Smith before capturing the checkered flag for his first series victory.

“Winning at this level, in this series is not easy, winning at Salem is even tougher,” says Eckes. “I’ll always remember my first win. I’m excited to get back for another shot. Kevin Reed (Crew Chief) and this JBL Audio team has been on point all season long. Saturday night will be tough – you can expect another strong field of cars but we’ll be ready to defend.”

The Middletown, NY native has a lot of reasons to like his chances of repeating. Eckes has been on a roll this season. In addition to capturing his first ARCA Series win at Salem, the 17-year old driver repeated as a series winner last month at Springfield. He also won his first General Tire Pole award at Elko back in July.

Saturday night’s race will mark Eckes’ fourth career start on the high banks of Salem. During his first track appearance back in the Spring of ’17 he led 91-laps before settling for an 8th place finish. He led another 72-laps earlier this year on his way to victory lane.

Over the course of his 11-races entered on the ’18 season Eckes has led laps in six events for 250-laps. Averaging a fifth place starting spot the college freshman has notched five top-5’s and six top-10’s on the season campaign.

The Kentuckiana Ford Dealers Fall Classic 200 presented by Meadow View/Salem Crossing from Salem Speedway is slated to go green Saturday, September 15 at 7:15pm. MAVTV will carry live broadcast coverage starting at 7:00pm. Spectator gates open on Saturday at 11:15 a.m., with practice getting underway at 12-noon. Qualifying is set for 3:00pm. All times Eastern Standard Time.

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The upcoming ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards Kentuckiana Ford Dealers Fall Classic 200 at Salem Speedway will have a decidedly local flavor with four hometown favorites entered.

Will Kimmel (No. 69 FASS Diesel Fuel Systems Ford), of nearby Sellersburg, Indiana, enters Salem fresh off a career-best second-place finish at DuQuoin.

The Kimmel family, including family patriarch Bill Kimmel, Sr., brothers Frank and Bill, and cousins Frankie and Will, all established themselves as winning drivers on the short tracks of southern Indiana. Bill, Sr. has three career ARCA wins, Frank is the all-time leading ARCA winner with 80 wins and 10 national championships, and Bill served as Frank's crew chief for the vast majority of those wins and series titles. Frankie has transitioned into a spotter and driver coach, while Will is still in search of his first career ARCA Racing Series win.

"Finishing second, for a team like ours, was almost like a win," Kimmel said. "We go up against these bigger teams that race with much bigger budgets and we're able to compete with them at places like DuQuoin. We always run good at Salem too. It's an important race for us and we always put a lot of attention and effort into it."

Kimmel's father, and team owner, Bill will field a second entry for seventeen-year-old Baden Stewart (No. 68 Stewart Automotive Ford). Stewart, who resides in Salem, has been a regular competitor in Salem's Great American Stocks division, picking up his first win in a 50-lap feature in August. He currently sits second in the division's point standings with just two races remaining, including a 50-lapper immediately before Saturday's 200-lap ARCA race.

"This is a dream come true," Stewart said. "For a kid from Salem to get a chance to come and race in the ARCA race with the Kimmels is something I only dreamed about. The goal is to go out and run all 200 laps, stay out of trouble, and see where we end up. If we can do that, I think we'll have a good chance to finish in the top ten."

Both drivers will do double duty on Saturday, as they will also compete in the Meadow View/Salem Crossing 50 for the Great American Stocks.

Jack Dossey III (No. 99 Munn's Construction/Norton Trucking/Hart's Auto Toyota) will make his second series start on Saturday. Dossey, from nearby Wanamaker, finished 18th at Salem in April. Dossey, currently second in the CRA Jegs All-Star Tour championship standings, believes his small family-owned team can contend for a top-ten finish at Salem.

I have a lot of laps at Salem,” Dossey said. “I've run pretty good there in our late model stuff. I am pretty confident going in. The race in the spring didn't go as planned, but I think we can go out and contend for a top ten finish. A top five would be like getting a win. We don't have a huge budget; we do a lot with a little, so to go out and run with the best in the business is huge for us.”

Series regular Mike Basham (No. 34 Darrell Basham Racing Chevrolet) will be in search of his second career top ten finish and the first ever at his home track. The Basham family, a part of the ARCA Racing Series since 1973, races out of Henryville, Indiana. The ARCA races at Salem have been a family tradition for as long as he can remember.

I have been going to Salem my whole life,” Basham said. “I can remember going to Salem when the grandstands were covered and they had a bridge to the infield. I have watched dad race here many times and it is like coming home. My dad was track champion here a few years in a row he even caught the grass on fire once. My uncle, brother, and cousins have all raced at Salem as well. My mom, dad, step mom, uncles, cousins, daughter, and granddaughter will be there and it doesn't get any better than that. I want to run as hard as I can while still trying to take care of the car and try to beat Hillenburg's cars.”

The Kentuckiana Ford Dealers Fall Classic 200 is scheduled for Saturday, September 15 at Salem Speedway. Practice is set for 1 pm ET, with General Tire Pole Qualifying slated for 4 pm ET, the one-hour on-track driver autograph session is set for 5:45 pm ET, and the Kentuckiana Ford Dealers Fall Classic 200 will go green at 7:15 pm ET. The race will be televised live on MAVTV; ARCARacing.com will have live timing & scoring, track updates, and scanner audio throughout the day for registered users.

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The excitement has been building all season as the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West heads to Las Vegas this week to compete on a dirt track for the first time in nearly 40 years.

 

The Star Nursery 100 at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway Dirt Track on Thursday has attracted a lot of attention since it was first announced when the 2018 series schedule was released.

 

Bill McAnally Racing will field five entries for the race, with two stars of NASCAR returning to the series for this special event. Christopher Bell and Brendan Gaughan will join BMR’s current lineup of drivers – Derek Kraus, Cole Rouse, and Hailie Deegan.

 

Bell, who competed with BMR in two K&N West events in 2015, will drive BMR’s No. 60 NAPA Belts & Hoses Toyota Camry at Las Vegas. The Norman, Oklahoma native made a name for himself as a teenager racing sprint cars on dirt tracks across the country. He has quickly made his way up the ranks in NASCAR, winning the championship in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series in 2017 and battling for this year’s championship in the NASCAR XFINITY Series.

 

Gaughan, who hails from Las Vegas, won back-to-back K&N West championships with the Bill McAnally-led team in 2000 and 2001. He went on to compete in all three national divisions in NASCAR. Gaughan will be driving the No. 62 South Point Hotel & Casino Toyota Camry at Las Vegas, as many members of his championship team return with him for the race.

 

Kraus, who drives BMR’s No. 16 NAPA AUTO PARTS Toyota Camry, is coming off a major win as the NASCAR K&N Pro Series made its inaugural visit to Gateway Motorsports Park last month for an East-West combination race. The 17-year-old from Stratford, Wisconsin is third in the K&N West championship standings, 29 points out of first. He has three wins, four poles, six top fives, and eight top 10s in 10 starts this season.

 

Rouse, driver of the No. 99 NAPA Filters Toyota Camry, finished in the runner-up spot at Gateway to give BMR a 1-2 finish in the combo race. The 21-year-old Fort Smith, Arkansas driver is fourth in the standings, three points behind Kraus. He has five top-five and nine top-10 finishes this season.

 

Deegan – a 17-year-old rookie from Temecula, California – is second in rookie standings and seventh in the overall championship standings. She has three top-five and eight top-10 finishes behind the wheel of the No. 19 Mobil 1/NAPA Power Premium Plus Toyota Camry.

 

Kraus, who won last year’s rookie title in the series, and Deegan are members of the NASCAR Next program that spotlights NASCAR’s rising stars.

 

Activities with NAPA AUTO PARTS at the track on Thursday include the NAPA Los Angeles Distribution Center bringing a group of guests through incentive programs. They will be treated to a VIP experience – with dinner at the track, a meet-and-greet with the BMR drivers, and an opportunity to attend the drivers meeting.

 

Thursday’s event in Las Vegas is the 11th event on a 14-race schedule. It’s scheduled to be televised on NBCSN on Sept. 21 at 11:30 a.m. PT.

 

The K&N West race is part of big weekend of NASCAR racing at LVMS, that includes competition on the 1.5-mile speedway with a NASCAR Camping World Truck Series event on Friday, a NASCAR XFINITY Series race on Saturday, and the South Point Hotel & Casino 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series event on Sunday.

 

The K&N West last raced on a dirt track at Ascot Park in Gardena, California in 1979.

 

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Three of the brightest talents of the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series, representing three different countries and three different teams are tangled in a furious battle for the Junior Trophy entering the September 15-16 Semi Finals at the iconic Hockenheimring. 2017 ELITE 2 Champion Thomas Ferrando leads 2015 ELITE 2 Champion Gianmarco Ercoli by 5 points, while rookie Loris Hezemans sits just 3 points further back, a situation that will surely make for some explosive action in the four double-points playoff races. 

Despite being still looking for his first win in the top division, with five top-10s and only one finish outside the top-15 Ferrando has been the most consistent of the trio and leads the classification rewarding drivers less than 25 years old. The Frenchman and the whole Knauf Racing Team are poised to climb on top of the podium in the last part of the season and dedicate a win to the memory of Knauf’s General Manager Denis Kleiber, who recently passed away.

“I’m happy lead the Junior Trophy, but in the first part of this season we weren’t as good as we wanted and we had many troubles during the Tours Speedway event. We’ve done consistent results with the Knauf Racing Team, but I’m sure we can do better in the playoffs,” said the driver of the #37 Knauf Racing Team Ford Mustang. “We want to be on the podium in every race and of course go on the top of it!”

In his third full-time ELITE 1 season after winning the ELITE 2 title in 2015, Ercoli broke through at Brands Hatch with a fantastic performance and became the first ELITE 2 Champion to win in the top class. Despite amassing also 2 top-5s and 5 top-10s, the competitive Italian expected more from his regular season.

“We lost too many points. I would have preferred to be closer to the top of the standings. At Valencia weren’t on top of our game, from Franciacorta onwards we have been very strong, then we hit troubles again at Tours. At Brands Hatch we finally got our first ELITE 1 win and it confirmed us we have been working in the right direction,” said the Italian. “I like the next two tracks very much and I hope to bring the #9 Jeikey Racers Motorsport Mustang to the front again because the whole team deserves it and we showed we have the potential.”

Ferrando and Ercoli racing door to door make for a familiar sight for the Euro NASCAR fans as the two have been among the protagonists of the ELITE 2 division since their debut. Their high level of competitiveness in the top division testifies how formative the ELITE 2 Division is for drivers coming straight from karting. 

Coming from GT racing through the NWES Drivers Recruitment Program, Hezemans has been lighting quick since the very beginning of the season, but early DNFs costed him precious points in Valencia and Franciacorta. From Round 4 on, the Dutchman notched three podium finishes and never finished outside the top-10.

“I’m very happy about how quickly we adapted to the car and the series with Hendriks Motorsport. We already led a race and went on the podium. Pace-wise we’re there, we have the win in us and we showed it. There have been to many dnfs and that’s a shame, but we learnt from them,” said Hezemans. “I’ll take a slightly different approach for the playoffs. I’ll focus heavily on qualifying and then on finishing the race scoring as many points as possible. The goal is to finish all the races, grab as many points as possible and hopefully be able to win the Junior Trophy and a race in the US in my first year.”

British rookie Alex Sedgwick is not out of the picture as the Braxx Racing driver sits just 30 points behind Ferrando despite racing only 6 out of 8 regular season races in the ELITE 1 Division. Sedgwick scored 2 top-5s and 4 top-10s between Franciacorta and Tours.

The battle for the Junior Trophy will be even more exciting with such different characters involved. The three main contender agree on one thing though: each of them wants to be the winner.    

“It’s going to be a great show for the fans,” said Ferrando. “Ercoli already won once and he could do it again and Hezemans is so fast he already went on the podium, but I’m confident we can beat the both. We have done a great job and we will continue to do it!”

“It is going to be a good battle with Thomas and Loris, but I believe we are faster than both and we are not in the lead because we left too many points on the table. Hezemans seems to have a stronger pace but he has less experience. We are determined to win, that’s the goal,” Ercoli said of his rivals.

“I respect both Ferrando and Ercoli, they are young and fast and they’re both very strong. Ferrando was very consistent, even if sometimes he wasn’t running as high as we were. Ercoli showed he is very fast and both will pose a great challenge, but I really hope to be the one who comes out on top!” concluded Hezemans.

The Euro NASCAR playoffs will begin on Sept 15-16 with four exciting races at the Hockenheimring, Germany. All the action will be streamed live on on Fanschoice.tv, Motorsport.tv, the NWES Facebook page and Youtube channel and a vast network of websites and social media profiles around the world.

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Lee Faulk Racing and Development driver Austin Green delivered his third victory of the season on Saturday night in late model stock car competition at Hickory Motor Speedway.

The victory was Green’s first at Hickory, with his previous two victories coming earlier this season at South Carolina’s Anderson Motor Speedway and Greenville Pickens Speedway.
 
Coming off a strong run last weekend at Hickory in the annual Bobby Isaac Memorial that saw him retire from the race while leading because of a hole in his car’s radiator, Green felt he had something to prove Saturday night.
 
Things didn’t get off to the smoothest of starts however as Green’s Lee Faulk Racing and Development team discovered a failed rear-end part during Friday’s practice session at Hickory, forcing the team to change rear-ends Saturday morning.
 
Green, the son of former NASCAR Xfinity Series champion David Green, promptly showed that he was the driver to beat at the historic three-eighths-mile oval by pacing both practice sessions Saturday afternoon.
 
He followed that up by qualifying third for the first of two twin 40-lap features that were scheduled for Saturday night. He was able to make his way to second in the first feature, but was unable to track down race leader Thomas Beane in the run to the checkered flag.
 
In the second race Green was in a league of his own, easily besting the field to earn his third victory during his rookie season in late model stock car competition.
 
“With the bad luck last weekend and Friday in practice I was hoping we had that all out of the way. I guess we did because we got this win,” said Green. “It feels great to win here at Hickory. Michael (Faulk) made me aware that we have won at all the race tracks I have raced at this year except Myrtle Beach and I race there in November. I am ready to go try and check that one off my list.
 
“I can’t thank this Lee Faulk team enough. They provide me with amazing race cars each and every time I race. Thank you to my parents, MPI Steering Wheels, Bell Helmets and Motul. Without them none of this would be possible.”
 
With three wins under Green’s belt at three different tracks, Lee Faulk Racing and Development’s Michael Faulk says the next logical step is to score a win at South Carolina’s Myrtle Beach Speedway.
 
“Austin has won three times this year on three very different but very difficult race tracks,” Faulk said. “All that’s left for him at this point is to pick up a win at Myrtle Beach and he’ll have won at every track he’s raced on this year. We’ve got a shot to do that in November and with Austin behind the wheel I’m confident we can get it done.”
 
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The ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards 200 Shore Lunch 200 presented by Trail Load has been postponed due to inclement weather. A front moved in this morning associated with Tropical Storm Gordon, and persistent rains throughout the day have series and track officials to postpone the race to Saturday, October 6.
 
"It's always our goal to race on the originally scheduled date, but Mother Nature just didn't allow it tonight," said ARCA president Ron Drager. "Not only was the weather not favorable tonight, the forecast for tomorrow for calls for a 100 percent chance of rain all day, so in conjunction with our partners at Track Enterprises, our Menards vendor partner and race entitlement sponsor Shore Lunch, our television partner for this weekend MAVTV, and the people here at Lucas Oil Raceway, we decided it was best to let everyone head home rather than spend another day here in the rain. We'll look forward to coming back here on October 6 with much better weather, and in the mean time we turn our attention to the Kentuckiana Ford Dealers Fall Classic at Salem Speedway next Saturday night."
 
Since no on track activity has taken place at Lucas Oil Raceway, the event will still include a full round of practice, General Tire Pole Qualifying, and the Shore Lunch 200 feature event. A complete schedule will be released in the near future.
 
The Kentuckiana Ford Dealers Fall Classic at Salem Speedway is scheduled for Saturday, September 15. Practice is set for 1 pm ET, General Tire Pole Qualifying, and the green flag will fly shortly after 7 pm ET. MAVTV will have live television coverage; ARCARacing.com will have live timing & scoring, track updates and scanner audio throughout the day for registered users.
 
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The second Annual East Coast Indoor Dirt Nationals has been expanded to a third night of racing to accommodate new racers interested in competing. The event featuring the 600cc wingless Micro Sprints will again be held at the CURE Insurance Arena in Trenton, N.J. with racing on Thursday, Friday and Saturday night December 13th - 15th. Racing will start at 7PM on Thursday and Friday, 5PM on Saturday.

Entries will be split into two preliminary night programs on Thursday and Friday evening. The first two nights of action will set the line-ups for Saturday’s main event program where all entered racers will compete.

“We have already received close to 90 entries for the event and its 3 1/2 months away from race day,” said promoter Len Sammons. “The great dark clay racing surface and awesome three wide groove action at the inaugural event caught the attention of racers from different forms of racing that want to be involved. The split preliminary night schedule will allow us the pit space to expand the entry list to 120 cars with 60 competing each night.”

A list of what drivers are presently competing each night is posted and will be updated as they are received at indoorautoracing.com. Entries will be limited to 120, so teams are urged to enter quickly to avoid being left out.

New entries have already been received from many including Ryan Flores, the 2018 TQ Midget Car winner of the Indoor Auto Racing Series race held on the concrete floor of Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall. Erick Rudolph, a multi-time TQ indoor winner who currently is second in points on the Super DIRTcar big-block Modified series, is also a new entrant. Another dirt Modified driver, Dom Buffalino has landed a ride to join the action.

The Thursday and Friday events will now feature heat races and four A-Qualifier main events. The top two finishers in each feature will go directly into Saturday, December 15ths main event. Points earned throughout each night programs will be used to lineup alphabet mains for Saturday night’s main event program for all other racers. At the event last year, Wyoming, Delaware’s Luke Thomas rebounded from a problem on his qualifying night to advance from the D-Main to finishing seventh in the A-Main.

An invitational event will also be held on each of the two preliminary nights. The top 20 drivers in the 2017 Indoor Auto Racing Series Slingshot and Champ Kart point standings who accept an invitation to compete will run a heat races and a feature event. The Slingshots will be part of Thursday’s program, the Champ Karts on Friday.

Tickets for the events are on sale through a link at indoorautoracing.com or by stopping by the CURE Insurance Arena in Trenton.

All tickets for the additional Thursday event will be offered as general admission open seating for just $15. Those who have already purchased a Friday night grandstand ticket, or do so by September 21, will receive a general admission ticket for Thursday as an added bonus at a later date in the same method the other tickets arrived. After September 21, all three nights will be sold as a separate ticket.

A range of different price tickets are available for Friday and Saturday action including lower and upper level reserve seats. General admission upper-level seating where children are admitted for just $5 is available as a less costly alternative, but without the guarantee of specific seats.

Saturday’s front row or suite tickets will also include a special pit area tour prior to the start of racing action.

Information about entering the East Coast Indoor Dirt Nationals, technical and competition rules, and host hotel information is as posted on the web-site.

Title sponsorship for the event is currently being sought, however event sponsors Oliver Communications Group, Hoosier Racing Tires, and VP Racing Fuels are returning to back the race once again. Anyone interested in being a part of this event should contact Danny Sammons at 609-888-3618 or via e-mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

AARN PR

It's a busy race weekend in Indianapolis, IN, leading up to the Brickyard 400 on Sunday.  Many fans also have Lucas Oil Raceway on their radar for Friday and Saturday night as a doubleheader of racing is planned.  Despite iffy weather for a number of hours throughout the day, the ARCA Racing Series event scheduled for tonight, Friday, is still on as scheduled.
 
The Shore Lunch 200 presented by Load Trail is the type of big event that everything will be done to get the event completed tonight.  With live TV, all race teams here, and plenty of hospitality and sponsor guests attending, ARCA, Track Enterprises, and Lucas Oil Raceway officials will do everything they can to get a race in tonight.  All that is needed is a two or three hour window during the evening and we will be golden.
 
30+ entries were on the list for tonight's Shore Lunch 200.  Practice is scheduled for this afternoon at 2:00, General Tire pole qualifying is at 6:00, and the green is scheduled to drop on the 200-lap race at 9:00.
 
In addition to tonight's race, the USAC Silver Crown event is still planned for tomorrow night.  The Super Late Model Speed51 Super Select race has been pulled from tomorrow night's schedule but the Rich Vogler Classic 100 is still in the plans.
 
For more information on this weekend's events, visit www.trackenterprises.com.
 
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With six different winners in eight events, the Challenger Trophy will definitely be an highlight of the ELITE 1 Division in the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series playoffs as Dario Caso leads the standings with a 7-point advantage on Kenko Miura entering the Sept 15-16 Semi Finals at Hockenheim, Germany. 

Newcomer Mauro Trione emerged from Tours as a potential contender after scoring his first top-10 of the season and sits just 24 points behind Caso, a gap that could be easily filled in the playoffs with double-points paying races.

The only multiple winner of 2018, Caso is in the hunt for his second Challenger Trophy title after winning it in 2016 and finishing second in 2017. The Italian veteran grabbed the win in the special classification rewarding non-professional ELITE 1 driver a total three times at Valencia, Brands Hatch and Tours and made consistency his main weapon by finishing outside the top-15 just twice. 

“The first part of the season was positive. I was aiming at a place in the top-10 but I didn’t succeed yet. I hope to move up in the last four races of the season,” said Dario Caso, who drives the #8 Racers Motorsport Ford Mustang. “With double points on the line, finishing races will be fundamental. We’ll have to finish and get good results too, trying to stay ahead of the competition, but first of all we’ll need to finish. I’d be really happy to grab a top-10 and that would surely help in the Challenger Trophy.”

Caso’s main rival Kenko Miura definitely agrees on the importance of reaching the finish line. The Alex Caffi Motorsports driver is in his first full-time season at the wheel of the #2 Toyota Camry after racing a part-time schedule in 2017. Miura hit trouble at Valencia and Franciacorta, but from there his season went progressing and he finished 11th twice at Brands Hatch and Tours and looks forward to two tracks he already knows to further improve.

“It is my first full season in Europe and it was extremely important to gain valuable experience and that’s what we did with my team in the regular season. This little gap allows us to shoot for the Trophy, but I’m generally aiming at improving my overall results and move toward the top of the ELITE 1,” said Miura. “It will be absolutely fundamental to finish every race and and take the best possible position.”

Caso and Miura faced each other at Hockenheim last year in the ELITE 2 Division and both times it was the Italian who finished ahead of the Japanese.

“Kenko is very good. Maybe he lacks just a little bit of consistency but that will come with together with the experience in this championship,” said Caso. “The battle for the Challenger Trophy against him is very interesting and I think it will go down to the last race of the season”

“Dario has a very aggressive driving style, but even if it doesn’t always work your way, going on the attack is what makes racing exciting. I respect Dario and the way he races.” Miura said.

The 2018 Euro NASCAR playoffs will get underway on September 15-16 with the NASCAR GP of Germany at the legendary Hockenheimring and all the races will be streamed live on on Fanschoice.tv, Motorsport.tv, the NWES Facebook page and Youtube channel and a vast network of websites and social media profiles around the world.

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Officials from Chad Bryant Racing (CBR) announced today that 2016 ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards champion Chase Briscoe will return to the series’ and compete in a second-car for the organization in Friday night’s Shore Lunch 200 at Lucas Oil Raceway.
 
Briscoe, a native of nearby Mitchell, Ind. will have support from Indiana-based Nutri Chomps aboard his No. 22 Ford Fusion in his 23rd career ARCA start. 
 
 
Nutri Chomps is one of several product lines by Scott Pet Inc. Scott Pet is headquartered in Rockville, Ind. and is a family-owned manufacturer and distributor of quality pet products for over 40 years.
 
Briscoe, now a Ford Performance development driver in the NASCAR Xfinity Series began his relationship with Scott Pet during his championship season in 2016 driving for Cunningham Motorsports which was acquired by Briscoe’s champion crew chief Chad Bryant during the 2017 offseason and rebranded as Chad Bryant Racing this year.
 
“I’m very excited to drive for Chad Bryant Racing and represent Scott Pet and carry the Nutri Chomps colors on Friday night at Lucas Oil Raceway,” said Briscoe. “Lucas Oil is my hometown track, so there’s some pressure to go out there and perform and do a good job for Chad’s guys.
 
“We’re going to get down to business, but we’re also going to have some fun and hope at the end of the night we’re proud of what we put together.”
 
Between 2015 and 2016, Briscoe competed in 22 races. He won six times in his first full-season of competition in ’16 – while producing 14 top-five and 18 top-10 finishes in 20 races overall. Winning the season-finale at Kanas Speedway from the pole, Briscoe and Bryant easily won the championship by 535 points over his next closest competitor Tom Hessert III.
 
“This is a great opportunity for Chad Bryant Racing to have Chase behind one of our cars this weekend at Lucas Oil Raceway,” said Bryant. “Chase is a tremendous racer and he should do very well in his return.
 
“Thanks to Nutri Chomps and Ford Performance, we’ll have a good opportunity to contend for our second win of the season and Chase will be extremely beneficial in giving us a fair assessment of our program heading into the final races of this year and 2019.”
 
Briscoe has two starts at Lucas Oil Raceway, including a win after starting seventh in 2016. He made his series’ debut at the 0.686-mile oval in 2005 finishing 10th after starting fifth.
 
“Lucas Oil Raceway is a neat short track,” added Briscoe. “You need to have (mechanical) grip but you also have to be extremely conservative on your tires. Strategy and staying out of trouble is key to success. Usually, the track provides for a lot of great side-by-side racing.”
 
Chad Bryant Racing will also field an entry for its flagship car, the No. 77 Ford Fusion driven by Joe Graf Jr. in the penultimate short track race of the season.
 
The Shore Lunch 200 (200 laps | 137 miles) is the 18th of 20 races on the 2018 ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards schedule. Practice begins Fri., Sept. 7 with an hour and a half session planned from 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. General Tire pole qualifying is set for 6:00 a.m. The race is set to take the green flag that night shortly after 9:00 p.m. The event will be broadcasted live on MAVTV, while ARCARacing.com will stream live timing and scoring throughout the day’s activities. All times are local (ET).
 
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