If there is ever a time to watch locals battle against the Stars and Cars of the ARCA Midwest Tour presented by Scag Power Equipment, this Saturday, Sep 26 at Elko Speedway, is the time. The Midwest Tour returns for the 7th Annual Thunderstruck 93 presented by NAPA.
The 125-lap race is in memory of the late Dan Ryan, who passed away on January 2, 2009 from ALS. Ryan was a well-liked and well-respected driver at Elko Speedway. He was inducted into the Elko Speedway Hall of Fame in 2008. The race’s name, Thunderstruck, is representative of Ryan’s favorite song by AD/DC, and 93 was his car number. Dan raced at Elko Speedway from 1991-2003. There will be a 10-minute break at lap 93 of Saturday night’s 125-lap event.
The Midwest Tour Stars and Cars will have their work cut out for them going up against, not just tough local competition, but former Midwest Touring Stars and Champions, along with newly crowned track champions and series’ champions. Jacob Goede, Dan Fredrickson, Nick Panitzke, and Joey Miller, are just a few that will play host to Ty Majeski, Skylar Holzhausen, Austin Nason, Ricky Baker and the rest of the Midwest Tour.
Saturday night marks the 11th time the Midwest Tour returns to Elko Speedway. Many top names in Midwest racing have participated in past events, and the winners list is full of some of the best of the best in short track racing.
Past winners include a mix of locals and Midwest Touring Stars. Local driver and former Midwest Tour Champion, Jonathan Eilen won the very first Elko Speedway event with the Midwest Tour in 2007. Other former Midwest Tour Champions, such as, Steve Carlson, Andrew Morrissey, and Dan Fredrickson found themselves in victory lane. Fredrickson is also a local favorite, the most recent winner of the event, and the only multi-time winner with the Midwest Tour at Elko Speedway. Other winners included Ross Kenseth, Skylar Holzhausen, and Travis Sauter. Jake Ryan, son of the late Dan Ryan, won the Midwest Tour event in 2008.
The ARCA Midwest Tour will be joined by the Hornets, Legends, Big 8 Late Model Series, and Power Stocks. It will be a jam-packed day of racing that you won’t want to miss!
Spectator gates will open at 3:00pm. An autograph session will begin at 3:05 until 3:45, so be sure to get there early. Qualifying and heat races will begin at 4:00pm with opening ceremonies to follow at 6:00pm.
NO CAMPING will be allowed this year.
For complete event details, log on to arcamidwesttour.com
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To learn more about the Automobile Racing Club of America Midwest Tour, log on to arcamidwesttour.com. 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 Speedway.
Thunderstruck 93 presented by NAPA Auto Parts
ARCA Midwest Tour presented by SCAG Power Equipment
Saturday Night September 26, 2015
Elko Speedway, Elko MN
30 as of 9/22/15
Car # Name Hometown State
3 James Wenzel New Market MN
7 John DeAngelis, Jr Hubertus WI
7 Travis Dassow West Bend WI
8 Billy Mohn Lakeville MN
12 Nick Murgic Rosemount MN
14 Austin Nason Roscoe IL
15 Joey Miller Lakeville MN
22 Nick Panitzke Lakeville MN
27 Paul Paine Mound MN
28 Matt Goede New Germany MN
31 Nick Barstad Prior Lake MN
36 Dan Fredrickson Lakeville MN
39 Andrew Morrissey DeForest WI
43 Matt Kocourek Franklin WI
51 Steve Apel West Bend WI
52 Ricky Baker Plainfield IL
71 Derek Lemke Shakopee MN
72 Jacob Goede Carver MN
75 Chris Weinkauf Merrill WI
75 Joel Theisen Maple Grove MN
76 Jason Weinkauf Merrill WI
77 Jonathan Eilen Hampton MN
78 Skylar Holzhausen Bangor WI
79 Dan Lindsley Iron Mountain MI
81 Bryan Keske Lakeville MN
91 Ty Majeski Seymour WI
97 James Swan Lake Geneva WI
97 Jamie Iverson Escanaba MI
99 Tim Sauter Necedah WI
O4 Natalie Decker Eagle River WI
-ARCA Midwest Tour Press Release. Photo Credit: Doug Hornickel Photo