The temps may be cold but the news is keeping the Midwest racing scene warm during the off-season. Here is some of the latest news from the region.
ARCA Midwest Tour 2016 Schedule Announced
The ARCA Midwest Tour recently announced the 2016 series schedule. The 2016 season will again return to the best short tracks in the Midwest presenting some of the best racing in the country.
Many of the historic events that drivers and fans have come to know and love will highlight the schedule. The stars and cars of the ARCA Midwest Tour will kick off the official 2016 season with the 8th Annual Joe Shear Classic at Madison International Speedway on Sunday, May 1.
The series will return to tracks such as State Park Speedway for the Cabin Fever 100, and Illiana Motor Speedway for the Chicagoland Showdown. It will be a combined event with the ARCA/CRA Super Series, highlighted by the fan-friendly Triple 50 lap feature format.
Next up will be a return to Rockford Speedway on Saturday, June 11 for the famed All-Star 100, followed by an event yet to be announced. On Friday, July 15, the tour heads to Grundy County Speedway for the historic Wayne Carter Classic.
After a brief, mid-summer break, it’s the return of the Potawatomi Dixieland 250 at Wisconsin International Raceway on Tuesday, August 2.
Dells Raceway Park, and Elko Speedway will also return to the circuit. The 2016 season will come to a close with the 47th Annual Oktoberfest on October 8-9. (Midwest Tour PR)
To see the full 2016 schedule visit arcamidwesttour.com
Quinlin Honored at CRA Awards Banquet
Grant Quinlan left his mark on the 2015 ARCA/CRA Super Series Powered by JEGS and, on Saturday, December 12, Quinlan was feted for that mark.
Quinlan, 17, took part in the annual ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards annual post-season banquet in downtown Indianapolis. It was the fourth consecutive year that ARCA has held its post-season banquet in Indy.
In opening the show’s festivities, Mark Gundrum, ARCA’s Vice President Business Development and Corporate Partnerships, presented jackets and honors to ARCA’s three touring series champs, including Quinlan.
“Another youngster has made his mark,” Gundrum said. “The mark he has left may be lasting.“At 17, he became the third ARCA/CRA Super Series driver to win the tour’s rookie of the year and championship in the season – and the youngest to accomplish that feat. One win, six top five finishes and two fast qualifier awards highlighted his season, a season for the ARCA/CRA record books.”
Quinlan came to the podium, thanking his team and family for their hard work and support.
“It’s truly an honor to be able to write my name in the record books. It’s a truly special series,” he said. “That said, it doesn’t happen overnight, to become a champion. A lot of work goes into it, on and off the track, with officials and everybody who puts on these events and works on these race cars.” (CRA PR)
TUNDRA Banquet Coming Up
The TUNDRA Super Late Model Series will host its 2015 Awards Banquet on Saturday, December 19 at Chula Vista Resort in Wisconsin Dells, WI. The series will host a social hour at 5 pm, dinner at 6 pm and awards at 7 pm. Teams and fans are invited to attend as 2015 TUNDRA Champion Dalton Zehr will be honored along with other series drivers.
CRA Announces 2016 Schedules
R.J. Scott, Managing Partner with the Champion Racing Association (CRA) announced the 2016 schedule via live video following the Speed51 TV Snowball Derby Kickoff Party.
The 2016 schedules were officially released for the ARCA/CRA Super Series and JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour. A combined total of 30 races are slated for the Late Model series.
Several annual prestigious events are part of the agenda as well as some new and returning facilities, including co-sanctioned events that will make for some interesting storylines.
Recently, CRA also revealed the schedules for the CRA Street Stocks and CRA Sportsman divisions.
See the full schedules at cra-racing.com
Majeski Represents the Midwest Well
There may be no short track race car driver in America that has garnered as much attention as Wisconsin’s Ty Majeski during the last two months.
In addition to accepting a check worth over $50,000 for winning the inaugural Kulwicki Cup, Majeski’s December included a strong third-place finish in the 48th Annual Snowball Derby. That strong run at the Snowball Derby also included a pole winning qualifying run and a new Five Flags Speedway (FL) track record.
Before that, Majeski made his way to New Smyrna Speedway (FL) for the annual Florida Governor’s Cup, winning the prestigious Super Late Model race. His performance was recognized by many in the motorsports industry including NASCAR’s most popular driver Dale Earnhardt, Jr. who Tweeted about Majeski after the race.
-By Jana Wimmer, Speed51.com Midwest Editor – Twitter: @JWimm22
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