As the temperatures continue to drop and the snow begins to fall, short tracks throughout the Midwest region are preparing for the 2018 racing season. We get you caught up on the offseason news in this edition of the Midwest Times on Speed51.com
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Masters of the Pros Moves to Birch Run
Champion Racing Association (CRA) officials and the Management of Birch Run Speedway (MI) recently announced that the 2018 Masters of the Pros will take place at 4/10-mile Michigan race track on Friday, June 8.
The Pro Late Model event sanctioned by the JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour Presented by Chevrolet Performance will be the sixth edition of the Masters of the Pros and for the first time, the event will be contested at Birch Run Speedway. Fifty-six laps have been added to the traditional 144-lap distance, making the 200-lap race the longest race in JEGS/CRA All-Star Tour history.
New ARCA Midwest Tour 2018 Champ
The Midwest Tour will crown its first new champion in four years as Ty Majeski is scheduled to run a partial NASCAR XFINITY Series schedule and currently resides in North Carolina. Majeski said he hopes to run about two to five Midwest Tour races including the Dixieland 250 and Oktoberfest.
Speaking of Oktoberfest, the dates for the 49th Annual Oktoberfest and 47th Annual Winchester 400 have been released. For the first time in many years, they do not fall on the same weekend. Oktoberfest will take place October 4-7 and the Winchester 400 will run October 13-14. This is good news for many Midwest racers and fans.
USAC Silver Crown at Madison
The USAC Silver Crown cars will make their debut appearance on the half-mile, paved Madison International Speedway on June 29 for the “Cheesemakers 100.” While it’s the big cars’ first go at the Oregon, WI joint, USAC’s National Sprint and Midget series did make a visit to the track in 1997. Madison is the lone addition to a schedule that features the most pavement races on the series’ card since 2007. (USAC Media)
ARCA Midwest Tour Schedule Released
The ARCA Midwest Tour recently released its 2018 schedule. The premier Super Late Model series will visit 10 different tracks throughout the season starting at Madison International Speedway (WI) on Saturday, May 6 and ending with Oktoberfest at LaCrosse Fairgrounds Speedway (WI) on October 7. See the full schedule by clicking here.
New Truck Series to Debut in 2018
A new series will be touring through the Midwest in 2018. Billy Strehle has created the Coyote Racing Truck Series and released a tentative 10-race schedule for the upcoming season. Lorain Speedway (OH), Sandusky Speedway (OH), Birch Run Speedway (MI), Holland Speedway (NY) and Midvale Speedway (OH) are all on the current schedule. More information about the series can be found by visiting www.crstruck.com.
Madison International Speedway Triple Crown Dates Announced
The 2018 Super Late Model Triple Crown Challenge dates for Madison International Speedway were announced on Wednesday. Friday night, June 1 will play host to round number one, as top Super Late Model competitors from at least four states are expected to battle on “Wisconsin’s Fastest Half-Mile.” Round 2 will be contested on Friday, July 6 and ‘The Howie 50’ will determine the Triple Crown champion, Friday, August 24. (Madison PR)
Flat Rock & Toledo Release 2018 Schedules
Just days ago, the 2018 schedules for Flat Rock Speedway (MI) and Toledo Speedway (OH) were released. The two paved short tracks, just 30 miles apart, are both sanctioned by the Automobile Racing Club of America (ARCA).
Toledo’s ½ mile, high-banked oval kicks off the new season on Saturday, April 14, featuring the Spring 200. A pair of 100-lap contests will be held for the stock-bodied ARCA/CRA Super Series Late Models and the ARCA outlaw-bodied Late Model Gold Cup Series.
Toledo will add a pair of new events to its 2018 slate. The Bandit Big Rig Series, featuring Semi-Trucks racing on the ½ mile, is set for Saturday, August 11. The Traxxas Monster Truck Tour will visit the track for the first time on September 29-30.
Flat Rock Speedway begins its 66th consecutive season of racing Saturday night, April 28. Saturday night racing will again be the mainstay of Flat Rock, but a Friday night event on August 10 is also on the calendar for 2018.
Tinkle Stepping Up to Full-Time JEGS Tour
Tinkle Family Racing and Lorz Motorsports have announced that 15-year-old Zachary Tinkle will compete full-time in the JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour Presented by Chevrolet Performance in 2018. Tinkle will compete for Rookie of the Year honors and for the series championship.
While competing for and winning the Central States Region Super Cups Championship in his Mini Cup car during the 2017 season, Tinkle was training in a Late Model with Lorz Motorsports. He logged over 2,000 laps at five different tracks and competed in races at Grundy County Speedway and Lucas Oil Raceway in Indianapolis with the JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour.
Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville Releases Schedule
Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville announced its 2018 season schedule, the 61st season of racing at the Nashville track. The season starts on Sunday, March 25 and has an eight-race schedule with the Night of Champions and 34th Annual All-American 400 to be held October 6-7.
-By Jana Wimmer, Speed51.com Midwest Editor – Twitter: @JWimm22
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