The two drivers at the top of the ARCA Midwest Tour championship standings will be competing in the Speed51 Super Select Super Late Model All-Star Race on September 7 at Lucas Oil Raceway. Current Midwest Tour points leader Casey Johnson confirmed Monday that he will join fellow championship contender Austin Nason at the $10,000-to-win, winner-take-all race during Brickyard 400 Weekend.
Johnson currently leads four different points battles between the tracks and series he competes in regularly. The Edgerton, WI driver leads the points standings in the ARCA Midwest Tour, TUNDRA Super Late Model Series, Alive for Five Series, and the weekly Super Late Model points at Wisconsin International Raceway.
With six wins to his credit already this season, Johnson is the latest driver to be invited to the Speed51 Super Select and accept an invitation to join the star-studded field. He accepted his invitation while on Speed51.com’s The Morning Bullring Monday morning.
The Speed51 Super Select will serve as Johnson’s first start at the .686-mile oval in the Hoosier State, and it’s one he is looking forward to come September 7.
“I’m really looking forward to it, I think it’s going to be a great race,” Johnson told Speed51.com. “With the list of drivers that’s been invited, I hope they all come, it would produce one heck of a show.”
Johnson has doubled his career win total in the ARCA Midwest Tour this season with wins at Jefferson Speedway and Rockford Speedway, and he currently owns a slim four-point lead over Nason, who accepted his invitation to the Super Select in June.
“They’ve been huge,” Johnson said of his wins so far this season. “We’ve ran a lot of ARCA Midwest Tour races over the last few years and I only had one win to my credit prior to that. It was the Dixieland 250 a couple years ago. They’re hard wins to get, the field is super competitive and when you can pick one up, you’re having a good year and we’ve been fortunate enough to get two. It’s been huge, we’ve had a great season so far and hopefully we can keep it going.”
Once he was invited to the Super Select, Johnson had to work to put a ride together for the event before accepting his invitation. It was a quick process, getting everybody on board for the first of its kind race and giving his team something to look forward to.
“I just think it’s going to be super special,” he said. “You get all these guys together from racing across the country. It’s bound to produce a great show, but especially at a facility like Lucas Oil Raceway. We were going into the end of the season with a lot of racing to do so I had to make two phone calls: one to borrow a car and one to a sponsor, and it was really easy to get both and to go to that race because they knew how special it was. We were able to put it together really fast and everybody’s excited on my team, I can tell you that.”
Johnson says a win in the Super Select would be big with the amount of talent expected for the event. He sees it as a way for a driver to claim bragging rights for their region of the country and to add a little boost toward the end of the 2019 racing season.
“You’ve got the best from every region. It’s almost like a bragging rights deal, you get your best from the Midwest, you get your best from the South, you get us all there and it’s really cool to walk out with the prestige of winning a race like that.”
Each invitee from the “Select Team” that accepts their invitation will receive a guaranteed starting spot in the race held Saturday, September 7. Those who accept the invitation will also receive free entry into the race and one free set of tires to use during the race.
There will also be a 50-lap race for Super Late Model drivers who don't earn invitations to race their way into the Super Select field.
Drivers who have received invitations can click here to access their entry form to confirm their appearance in the Speed51 Super Select.
Drivers hoping to race their way in through “The Open” can click here for the non-qualifiers entry form.
The Speed51 Super Select winner will have a chance to win a minimum of $10,000. Additional bonuses and contingency awards will be announced prior to the race.
A pair of features will be contested on September 7, one for the Super Late Models (ARCA/CRA Super Series sanctioned) and a 100-lap race for the USAC Silver Crown Series. The event is being promoted by Track Enterprises.
More information regarding the 2019 Speed51 Super Select will be announced soon. Stay tuned to Speed51.com for more details about the event.
-Story by: Koty Geyer, Speed51 State Editor (IN/MI) – Twitter: @kgeyer3
-Photo credit: Speed51.com