A week after Steve Einhaus resigned as Vice President of the ARCA Midwest Tour, Tim Olson, the series President, hasn’t slowed down and is moving ahead with the final four races of the season and is already working on 2015.
Olson and Einhaus formed the Super Late Model series back in 2007 and has become one of the top regional touring series in the United States. Einhaus resigned last week to pursue other opportunities leaving Olson to operate the series.
“We have four big events coming up starting this Saturday at Wisconsin International Raceway in Kaukauna, Wisconsin,” Olson told Speed51.com powered by JEGS. “We have a very tight points battle between a former champion and a rookie, who are currently tied in points. The last four events are going to be fun to watch and our focus now is to have those events be a great showdown for the 2014 title.”
That point battle is between 2007 ARCAMT Champion Nathan Haseleu and rookie sensation Ty Majeski as the two are currently tied in the overall standings. 2012 Champion Jonathan Eilen is only 54 points behind in third.
Olson’s primary focus is on finishing the 2014 season, along with working on the 2015 season.
“Honestly, it has been business as usual within the tour. I just have to take over some of the added responsibilities,” Olson said. “We have a great support staff within the tour and they all have stepped up their efforts even more. I am very grateful for their help. The tracks have been great to work with as well. The tracks we have raced at and have upcoming events at have outstanding staff members who work with us and are fun to work with as well. It makes it a fun environment for everyone.
“I have already been in contact with many tracks, including some possible new tracks, and sponsors. So far, those conversations have been very positive.”
Not only has he received support from his staff, tracks, race teams and sponsors, but the racing community has also stepped in with their support of the tour.
“One thing that is constant about short track racing is that there is a family atmosphere, and I really have seen that in the last week,” Olson said. “I have received calls from family, friends, sponsors, race teams, etc. all asking how they can help. This really shows how much love there is for short track racing in the Midwest and everyone’s desire to make racing stronger in this area as well.”
Olson admitted that he would like to get a new marketing representative to come in and help, especially going into the 2015 season. For now, he and his wife Faith are forging ahead with operating the tour and beyond.
“I think we have one of the best Super Late Model tours in our area with a strong group of drivers who respect each other, put on great races for the fans, and race at some of the best short tracks in the Midwest,” Olson said. “We are not going away anytime soon and I think we will continue to be a strong series in 2015 and beyond.
“But for now, we have a great championship battle going and we are eager to see how that will play out in our last four events this season. Fans will see some great quality racing and we welcome them to come and see it in person. It should be a memorable battle to Oktoberfest.”
– Story by: Kevin Ramsell, Speed51.com Midwest Editor/Director of Business. Twitter: @KevinRamsell
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