The ARCA Midwest Tour season gets underway Saturday with the Wayne Carter Classic at Grundy County Speedway (IL). The event will pit some of the Midwest’s racers against one another as the chase for the Midwest Tour title finally kicks off. Fans unable to attend the event will be able to watch it live on Speed51 as part of Summer Thunder TV.
To prepare fans for Saturday’s race, here are 10 facts about the ARCA Midwest Tour’s upcoming season and the history of the Wayne Carter Classic.
1 – This season will be the 14th year for the ARCA Midwest Tour. The series has contested 146 races and will surpass 150 this year.
2 – There have been 10 prior events at Grundy County for the ARCA Midwest Tour. Surprisingly, there have been nine different winners in those 10 races, with Eddie Hoffman being the only repeat winner.
3 – The history of the Wayne Carter Classic dates back to 1975. The event has been run under the ARTGO, NASCAR Midwest and of course it’s current sanction with the ARCA Midwest Tour.
4 – Grundy County Speedway (IL) is a 1/3 mile oval with banking at 12 degrees. The track opened in 1971 and runs Late Models as its leading weekly division.
5 – This is the first of eight races currently showing on the ARCA Midwest Tour schedule, with some dates to be announced. This strange season thanks to COVID 19 has the tour starting after the Slinger Nationals.
6 – Last year’s title race came down to only five points, as Casey Johnson topped Austin Nason for the title. Knowing how close it was in 2019, the drivers contending for the 2020 title will be on their toes each and every race with a schedule that could be changing weekly.
7 – Jonathan Eilen is one of the series’ top drivers in its history, with 129 career starts, five wins and the a championship in 2012. Andrew Morrissey has also been a member for a long time with 122 starts, five wins and the 2011 series title.
8 – The winningest driver in the series history is Ty Majeski who has 23 wins and four series titles. The NASCAR Truck Series driver could make a pop up start or two, but he won’t be chasing points this year.
9 – Joe Shear is the all-time Wayne Carter Classic winner, with six wins from the 80s to the 90s. From 1993 to 1995, Shear won the race three years in a row. Shear won the event for the final time in 1997.
10 – The feature event for the ARCA Midwest Tour cars will be 100-lap. In prior years of the event, it was as many as 200 laps.
-Story by: Elgin Traylor, Speed51 Correspondent
-Photo credit: Speed51 Photo