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National Series Confirmed for Pavement Super Late Models

October 20, 2022
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National Series Confirmed for Pavement Super Late Models

Macon, IL (October 20, 2022) – Fans of pavement Super Late Model racing have been asking for this for quite some time, and now, the STARS National Series is set to fill the void early next year.

After months of speculation, Track Enterprises President Bob Sargent today confirmed the formation of a national series of pavement short track races for super late model cars in 2023.

“I am pleased to be able to announce that a national series of short track races for pavement super late models will debut in 2023. Because of the drivers and tracks that will be associated with this, we have tabbed it as the STARS National Series,” Sargent disclosed.

Track Enterprises, a racing promotion company based in Illinois, has been making news throughout the 2022 calendar year. The company acquired the CRA sanctioning body in January and followed that up with the purchase of the ARCA Midwest Tour in July. This week, Sargent announced a partnership with the Southern Super Series, which set the table for today’s confirmation of a series of national events set for 2023.

“We’ve been working on this for more than a year,” Sargent admitted as part of the announcement. “The opportunity to partner with the three most prominent regional tours this year has put us in a great place to launch a national tour.”

The regional tour reference pertains to three existing series that have held short track pavement super late model races for parts of three decades. The acquisition of these sanctioning bodies provides an existing customer base from which to work, as well as established race events within each series.

“We are planning a ten-race national series of special events,” Sargent continued. “In order for that to succeed, the regional tours need to be successful, and it is our intention to strengthen and support those tours to the best of our ability.”

Plans call for each of the three regional tours to publish a 10-15 race schedule of events once again. Each regional tour will host National Series events – likely three from each region – with the tenth and final National Series championship event scheduled as part of the All American 400 weekend at Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway (TN) on Sunday, November 5, 2023.

The initial details meeting for car owners and drivers has been scheduled for Friday, October 28 during this year’s All-American 400 weekend at the Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway. More information regarding schedule, race format, and team registration will be discussed, among other topics.

A full schedule for the STARS National Series, as well as broadcast details, will be announced soon.

Track Enterprises is currently establishing a working website, www.starsnationalseries.com, which will be live soon. It will serve as a place race teams, drivers and fans can find initial information about the STARS National Series for Super Late Models.

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Andrew Morrissey Wins Second Oktoberfest 200

October 9, 2022
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Andrew Morrissey Wins Second Oktoberfest 200

Event Results

By: Kevin Ramsell
West Salem, WI – Andrew Morrissey pulled into the La Crosse Fairgrounds Speedway in West Salem, WI with a new car and a new car number. He leaves the 53rd Annual Oktoberfest Race Weekend with a second victory in the ARCA Midwest Tour’s Oktoberfest 200.

The Deforest, WI driver, who ranks second overall with the most Midwest Tour starts, held off a late charge from NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver Derek Kraus to win the prestigious fall event.

“We just built this new car here, just built it a couple of weeks ago and its been a rocket since we unloaded it,” Morrissey said in victory lane. “The thing has been phenomenal.”

Morrissey was in the top-five for almost the entire event. He would charge his way to the front and taking the lead for the first time from 2022 Tour Champion Casey Johnson on lap 95.

He would give up the top spot on lap 136 when Ty Majeski, who took the Ultimate Challenge and started at the rear of the field, made is his way to the top by taking over the lead from Morrissey.

The five-time Tour champion would hold on to the top spot until the caution flew on lap 152 when Jeff Storm slowed with a mechanical issue.

As the field was coming to get the green, Majeski wasn’t keeping up the pace and the restart was called off with Majeski heading to the pits with his own mechanical issue. He would go to the pits for his team to fix the issue and he would return to the rear of the field.

Kraus would restart on the inside of the front row and would get the lead over Morrissey on the restart.

The caution would fly again on lap 163 after Chad Butz and Nick Panitzke made hard contact with the turn four wall. Panitzke was able to drive away while Butz went off on the hook.

Kraus and Morrissey would battle for the lead at the restart on lap 168. Morrissey would make the final lead pass and get about four car lengths on Kraus.

A final caution on lap 181 when Harley Jankowski came to a stop off of turn four, would tighten up the field for a final restart with 15 laps to go.

Morrissey would be uncontested as he drove to his second Oktoberfest 200 victory. His last victory coming in 2018.

Kraus would hold off a late charge from Johnson to finish second with the new three-time champion finishing third.

Dalton Zehr came back from an earlier spin on lap 63 that caused a melee in turn four, to finish fourth. Gabe Sommers, who also led early in the event, finished fifth.

Majeski would recover to finish sixth.

Kraus was hoping to get back in Midwest Tour victory lane, but came up one spot short.

“It just fired off a little bit tight on the restart and he (Morrissey) was able to get underneath me,” Kraus explained after the race. “Overall it was a fun day to race with Andrew on those restarts. It was kind of a gift given to us with Ty breaking, but he came back to finish sixth. Overall it was a good day and we had a lot of fun.”

Johnson was hoping to defend his 2021 Oktoberfest victory, but earned his third title in the last four years in the Midwest Tour.

“We had a solid run again today and we didn’t have the half tenth speed we needed,” Johnson said. “But to get a third championship in the tour, I mean its fierce competition in the big races and it means a lot to me and my team.”

Harley Jankowski was crowned with the 2022 Rookie of the Year honors.

“I can’t believe I actually did it,” a surprised Jankowski said. “We decided to just run for it, and really didn’t think we had a shot after Madison. We both (rookie contender Tristan Swanson) had motor trouble and it shined a light that might have a chance it and here we are today.”

Justin Mondeik was seventh with Dan Fredrickson in eighth. Jeremy Lepak finished ninth and 2022 Oxford 250 winner Cole Butcher rounded out the top ten with his first start in the Midwest Tour.

You can watch a replay at: midwestour.tv.

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Oktoberfest 200 to Pay $10,000 to Win in 2022

September 9, 2022
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The Official Entry Form for the upcoming Oktoberfest 200 featuring the ‘Stars and Cars’ of the ARCA Midwest Tour indicates that the Tour Championship race at LaCrosse Fairgrounds Speedway now pays a record $10,000 to the winner and $1,000 to start.

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