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ARCA Midwest Tour MIS Race Day Recap

August 13, 2013
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By Kari Shear-Carlson
August 12, 2013 – The ARCA Midwest Tour presented by SCAG Power Equipment and Lester Buildings returned to Madison International Speedway this past Sunday afternoon for the Border Wars Part 2. With the threat of rain all day, it was questionable if the event would be run to completion, but the rain held off and history was made. Travis Sauter took home the checkered flag making it his tenth consecutive super late model win at MIS.

TRAVIS SAUTER CONTINUES TO MAKE HISTORY

Dennis Prunty and Ross Kenseth led the field to the green and put on a good show for a while. As the field settled in it was Travis Sauter’s time to shine…again. At the half-way break, DOC 360 Touring Star Chris Wimmer was leading the way with Sauter in second.

There was a little scare just as the 12-minute clock started at the break as the rain just randomly decided to fall from the clouds. It lasted for less than a minute and things were back on course.

Wimmer and Sauter put on a great fight as the second half got started, but in the end it was Sauter yet again in victory lane. It wasn’t quite as easy this time around.

“I don’t know about him (second place) but there’s nothing left of my car (handling). I’m really glad this one is over.”

Vita Ice Touring Star Skylar Holzhausen was second followed by i-gogs Sunglasses Touring Star Dan Fredrickson in third. Chris Wimmer fell back to fifth behind DOC 360 Touring Star Nathan Haseleu.

After winning the JRI Shocks Fast Dash of the top 16 qualifiers, Rookie of the Year contender Dennis Prunty led the field to the green of the 150 lap event.

Spiked Island Touring Star Jacob Goede won the Hedman Hedders Qualifier and lined up just behind the the top 16 in qualifying and ahead of the remainder of the field.

JEREMY MILLER EARNS HIS FIRST ARCAMT FAST QUALIFIER AWARD

Vita Ice Touring Star Jeremy Miller captured his first ever ARCA Midwest Tour Fast Qualifier Award. Miller’s time of 17.368 bested second place Dan Fredrickson with a 17.410. i-gogs Sunglasses Touring Star Andrew Morrissey was right behind Fredricskon with a 17.412.

ROOKIE OF THE YEAR BATTLE CONTINUES

Fast qualifier Jeremy Miller was the highest finishing Rookie of the Year contender in the field. Miller finished in the 10th position with Spiked Island Touring Star James Swan behind him in 11th. James Swan still leads the tight ROY points standings with 1098, only 13 over Dennis Prunty with 1085. Jeremy Miller is in third with 1043 points.

FREDRICKSON CONTINUES TO HOLD HIS POINTS LEAD

With his third place finish, Dan Fredrickson continues to lead the points battle with 1309 points. Chris Wimmer is only 30 points back with 1279. The two of them have finished within a few positions of one another in almost every event. DOC 360 Touring Star Nathan Haseleu is still sitting in contention only 85 points behind with 1224.

CHESTER ACE FINDS VICTORY LANE IN THE TRUCK TOUR

Chester Ace and Jerry Wood put on a great battle to the finish in the Scag Midwest Truck Tour 30-lap event. Ace played his cards right and took home the win, his first of the season.

John Wood was able to get by his brother (Jerry) for second while Andy Jones and Camden Murphy rounded out the top five.

Jerry Wood continues to lead the point battle with 960 over John Wood with 903. Natalie Decker is in third with 890 points.

NEXT EVENT FOR THE ARCA MIDWEST TOUR

The next event for the ARCA Midwest Tour is Friday, August 16th at Norway Speedway. For complete event details go to arcamidwesttour.com.

Be sure to follow the ARCA Midwest Tour on Facebook (midwesttour) and Twitter (@midwesttour).

To learn more about the Automobile Racing Club of America Midwest Tour, log on toarcamidwesttour.com. For questions call the ARCA Midwest Tour office at (262) 729-4111 or Tim Olson at (612) 327-5831 or Steve Einhaus (630) 212-6022 at or e-mail Tim Olson at tim@arcamidwesttour.comor Steve Einhaus at steve@arcamidwesttour.com.

The Automobile Racing Club of America (ARCA) is among the leading auto racing sanctioning bodies in the country. Founded in 1953 by John and Mildred Marcum, the organization administers more than 100 events each year in multiple racing series, including the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards, the ARCA/CRA Super Series, the ARCA Truck Series and the ARCA Midwest Tour, plus weekly racing at Toledo and Flat Rock Speedways.

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Chester Comes Up Aces In Midwest Truck Tour At Border Wars 2

August 13, 2013

by Gregg Paul
The SCAG Power Equipment Midwest Truck Tour event as part of the Border Wars 2 at Madison International Speedway was akin to playing poker. While it might not have been high stakes poker, it was a lot like waiting to see what was in the cards at the end of the race. A late yellow set up a green, white, checkered finish saw Chester Ace play his cards to get the victory over a pair of Wood brothers.

Natalie Decker and John Wood led the field to the green with Wood getting the lead coming off of turn four. Joshua James followed Wood past Decker into the second spot. Decker was getting freight-trained as Chester Ace and Jerry Wood would also get by in just a lap or two.

John Wood got loose coming off of turn two allowing James to take the lead on lap 4. Ace was also able to take advantage of Wood’s slip and moved into the second spot behind James. Jerry Wood moved alongside his brother John and ran side by side for a couple of laps before finally taking the third position away.

Ace closed in on the tailgate of James on lap 6 with Jerry Wood right behind. Ace looked inside James in turn three and briefly took over the lead. A lap later Ace slipped in turn four as James ducked inside to reclaim the lead.

Ace recovered quickly and set his sights on James and made the pass for the lead on lap 11. This time Ace would make his truck stick and he began to pull away from James. Ace opened up a few truck lengths on James and appeared to be pulling away even further. Jerry Wood also got past James and moved into second. Ace’s lead almost evaporated when Jacob Van Wazer spun in turn four on lap 14, but the race stayed green.

As Ace held the lead with the Wood brothers in hot pursuit, James began to fade back. Andy Jones and Camden Murphy got past James and moved into the top five.

Jerry Wood was quickly closing in on Ace, and with just ten laps to go Wood was right on Ace’s tailgate. Wood got to the inside of Ace coming off of turn four with eight laps to go, but Ace fought hard on the outside to try to hold onto the lead. Ace cleared Wood down the front straightaway, but Wood would drive deeper into turn one and used the chrome horn coming off of turn two.

Wood got back to the inside of Ace in turn three with six laps to go and pulled alongside Ace as they came down the front straightaway. Wood and Ace would race side by side for the next couple of laps with each trading the lead by inches at the line. With just four laps remaining it appeared to be a dead heat as the pair crossed the line. When they came around the next time by, it was Ace who inched ahead at the line to claim the lead with just three laps to go.

Everything would change a lap later when Mike Corvo spun in turn four bringing out the yellow. It would be a green, white, checkered finish.

Coming to the green for the restart Ace was on the inside with Wood to the outside. As they accelerated off of turn four it appeared that Ace may have slid up the track just a tad and Jerry Wood backed off in an effort to avoid contact. Ace took advantage of that and pulled away from Jerry Wood and John Wood followed Ace into the second spot.

Chester Ace would cruise to the win over those final two laps, but was apologetic about the move in Victory Lane.

“I knew he (Jerry Wood) would probably be a little upset,” said Ace. “I did not pinch him at all, though I know he thinks otherwise. I want to deeply apologize to him whether he takes it or not. I did not mean to pinch him. We ran a good race and when he was inside of me we ran clean……a win’s a win.”

Ace even tried to downplay the thought that perhaps his truck was deserving of the win.

“I think Jerry had a little bit better truck if he could’ve got out in front of me,” said Ace. “But we put on a show for the fans and that’s what we’re here for.”

The fans saw a show on the track, and almost saw a show in victory lane as Jerry Wood was visibly upset at Ace. However cooler heads prevailed and Wood was a bit more collected when asked about the situation.

“I’ve raced this thing almost four years now and give everybody respect and give them all the room I can,” said Wood. “I don’t know how many laps we went side by side with Chester there but when you got a restart you learn. I don’t know if his truck got away from him or what it was, but he pinched me into the wall and I had to back out. Then I got the young guy in the 11 (Andy Jones) lifted me up in the air down the front straightaway. It got pretty exciting and I’m pretty happy we finished third.”

Wood definitely did not want to see that late yellow and reflected on what could have been.

“I just about had Chester and I was working him the best I could without rubbing on him,” said Wood. “When the yellow came out I knew it was going to be pretty tough to get around him but all in all I don’t think there is a fan up there that didn’t like the race. You can’t say much different about that. Sometimes it ain’t much fun sitting in these things when it gets tense like that. I’m sure it will be alright. I’ll talk to Chester, I’m sure he’ll be fine with it. I’ll talk to the 11 (Jones) and he’ll be wondering what the heck I am talking about. Oh he can’t be because his bumper has to be all smashed in, but it’s all good. It’s all fine. No one got hurt. We’re all on four tires so it’s all good.”

Lost in the shuffle was John Wood sneaking past his brother Jerry to claim the second spot.

“I would’ve liked to have had another lap it would’ve been a little more fun,” said John Wood. “Chester had a little problem up there with Jerry. There will come a time…..he (Ace) needs some more time in these bigger vehicles but he’ll be fine. Just wish I would’ve had another lap. It was fun racing with my brother as always.”

It may have been fun racing as brothers, but the competitive nature of a racer is something that even the best poker player cannot bluff.

Be sure to follow the Midwest Truck Tour on Facebook (midwesttour) and Twitter (@midwesttour).

To learn more about the Midwest Truck Tour, log on to arcamidwesttour.com. For questions call the ARCA Midwest Tour office at (262) 729-4111 or Tim Olson at (612) 327-5831 or Steve Einhaus (630) 212-6022 at or e-mail Tim Olson at tim@arcamidwesttour.comor Steve Einhaus at steve@arcamidwesttour.com.

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Sauter Makes it Ten in a Row and Claims the Border Wars 2 at MIS

August 11, 2013
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by Kari Shear-Carlson
“Obviously this streak is going to end eventually. We all know that.” But it wasn’t going to be today. Travis Sauter took home his tenth consecutive super late model victory at Madison International Speedway in the ARCA Midwest Tour presented Scag Power Equipment and Lester Buildings Border Wars Part 2 150 lap event.

Dennis Prunty and Ross Kenseth led the field to green and ran side-by-side on lap one. Kenseth got the edge coming out of turn two. The nine-time consecutive winner at Madison International Speedway started in the fifth spot.

Prunty looked to the outside of Kenseth on lap five and took the lead back. Sauter was being patient sitting in fifth.

i-gogs Touring Star Jeff Storm and DOC 360 Touring Star Chris Wimmer got together a little bit on the back stretch but gathered it back up. Sauter moved up to fourth past DOC 360 Touring Star Nathan Haseleu.

Storm and Wimmer continued to battle for the sixth spot. Wimmer disposed of Storm and left it open for i-gogs Sunglasses Touring Star Andrew Morrissey as he slid under Storm as well. Storm was locked on the outside as i-gogs Sunglasses Touring Star Dan Fredrickson and i-gogs Sunglasses Touring Star Jonathan Eilen made their way past.

Meanwhile Travis Sauter got a run on Bobby Wilberg for third on lap 14 and set his sights on Kenseth. Fredrickson spun on his own coming out of turn two bringing out the first caution.

As the field lined up double-file with 136 to go, Prunty chose the outside with Kenseth going to the inside followed by Sauter. Wimmer also went to the outside.

Prunty got the jump as Wimmer took second over Kenseth on the outside and settled into third. Sauter fell back from third to fifth, but was already setting up Morrissey to take back the fourth spot. The top five got some breathing room up front. Sauter got under Morrissey for fourth, but Storm spun in turn three causing the field to revert back to the previous lap.

Dan Fredrickson pulled into the pits under the caution but returned without going a lap down.

He recovered to finish third in the end. “I just have to make it so hard on myself,” said Fredrickson after racing his way all the way from the back after that early spin.

This time at the restart Prunty chose the inside. Wimmer went outside. Wimmer was able to get the jump over Prunty taking the lead away. Morrissey was able to grab the second spot.

Prunty cleared Kenseth and had to deal with Sauter. Sauter tucked it under Kenseth on the backstretch and got past for fourth on lap 25. Wimmer continued to show the way with about a four car length lead.

Sauter quickly closed the gap on Prunty for third and took the position away on the next lap. Sauter started reeling in Morrissey for second.

Sauter looked to the outside of Morrissey. He continued to hold on and got by Morrissey on the backstretch but Morrissey was off the pace the next lap.

Dennis Prunty and i-gogs Sunglasses Touring Star Rich Bickle got together on the front stretch causing Bickle to spin and he shared his displeasure under caution pinching Prunty towards the wall as he drove by. Bickle pulled into the pits but returned under caution and did not lose a lap.

With 84 to go Wimmer continued to lead followed by Sauter, Kenseth, Vita Ice Touring Star, Skylar Holzhausen and Haseleu.

At the restart Wimmer went to the outside as Sauter chose the inside followed by Kenseth on the inside. Holzhausen went to the outside of Wimmer.

Wimmer was sideways on the restart but the ARCA Midwest Tour officials didn’t like the start so they tried it again. The second time was a charm. Wimmer made it stick as Sauter tucked into second. Holzhausen got by Kenseth for third. Fredrickson moved up to sixth.

Sauter closed in on Wimmer with three laps to the break but not within striking distance to close the deal before the 12-minute break. At the break the top five were Wimmer, Sauter, Holzhausen, Kenseth, and Haseleu.

After making some adjustments the field line-up for the second half of the 150-lap event. Wimmer chose the outside with Kenseth right behind him. Sauter went to the inside followed by Holzhausen.

Sauter once again settled for second. Wimmer and Sauter were pulling away as Kenseth was trying to hold the inside line to hold off Holzhausen. Skylar took him on the outside for third.

Sauter closed in on Wimmer and started taking a peek to the inside. They were side by side on the backstretch, Wimmer tried to take the lead back but Sauter held him off with 65 to go.

Fredrickson was now up to fourth trying to close in on Holzhausen for third. Another caution flag flew for a spin with Prunty and Blake Brown in turn two.

This time at the restart Sauter chose the outside and let Wimmer go to the inside. Fredrickson also chose the outside of Holzhausen in the row two.

Sauter tried to pull Wimmer on the outside but Wimmer touched Sauter a little bit on the backstretch. The two held on to it heading into turn three but as they came across the line Griffin McGrath spun bringing out the caution.

Sauter once again chose the outside line. With 60 to go they went green again. Sauter got a good restart and was able to pull away a little bit from Wimmer. Fredrickson was trying to make a move on Holzhausen for the third spot but settled into fourth.

Sauter continued to pull away a little bit as Wimmer had to deal with the pressure of Holzhausen and Fredrickson in waiting.

The field started to stretch out but the lapped traffic was fighting for position in front of Sauter allowing Wimmer to close in, but Holzhausen was doing the same behind Wimmer with only 30 laps to go.

Once he got through traffic Sauter started to stretch it out once again. Holzhausen dove to the inside of Wimmer and made the pass for second on the backstretch. With 15 to go, Fredrickson was closing in on Wimmer for the third spot diving under him for the spot going into turn three.

At the line it was Sauter, Holzhausen and Fredrickson.

Holzhausen definitely raced his way into second and had a great run overall. “It was a good run to run with him (Sauter). Having him fall back, I don’t know if he was just babying it or what,” said the second place finisher.

Sauter will continue to try to keep his streak going, but he knows that it isn’t going to be easy as today proved. “These guys are good man. You gotta get after it and that’s what we did,” said Sauter.

Rick Turner was the highest finishing ARCA/CRA Super Series driver finishing in 17th. Brandon Oakely was next in 25th followed by Ali Kern in 28th and Kenny Tweedy in 29th.

The next event for the ARCA Midwest Tour is Friday, August 16th at Norway Speedway in Norway, MI. For event information log on to arcamidwesttour.com

Be sure to follow the ARCA Midwest Tour on Facebook (midwesttour) and Twitter (@midwesttour).

To learn more about the Automobile Racing Club of America Midwest Tour, log on to arcamidwesttour.com. For questions call the ARCA Midwest Tour office at (262) 729-4111 or Tim Olson at (612) 327-5831 or Steve Einhaus (630) 212-6022 at or e-mail Tim Olson at tim@arcamidwesttour.comor Steve Einhaus at steve@arcamidwesttour.com.

The Automobile Racing Club of America (ARCA) is among the leading auto racing sanctioning bodies in the country. Founded in 1953 by John and Mildred Marcum, the organization administers more than 100 events each year in multiple racing series, including the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards, the ARCA/CRA Super Series, the ARCA Truck Series and the ARCA Midwest Tour, plus weekly racing at Toledo and Flat Rock Speedways.

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Border Wars Part 2 Race Day!

August 11, 2013
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Event Information // Event Entries // Results // Practice Recap // Truck Results

8:00 PM – Travis Sauter continues his hot streak by winning the Border Wars 150 Part 2 at Madison International Speedway this evening. Rundown on this link.

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7:00 PM – DOC 360 Touring Star Chris Wimmer leads at half-way over Travis Sauter, Vita Ice Touring Star Skylar Holzhausen, DOC 360 Touring Star Nathan Haseleu, ARCAMT Points leader and i-gogs Touring Star Dan Fredrickson

6:00 PM – Border Wars 150 Part Two set to begin soon.

5:15 PM – Chester Ace wins the Scag Power Midwest Truck Tour Feature at Madison International Speedway – Truck Results

4:50 PM – Dennis Prunty wins the JRI Shocks Fast Dash at Madison International Speedway – Results

4:45 PM – Joshua James & John Wood win the Scag Power Midwest Truck Tour Heat Races – Truck Results

4:30 PM – Spiked Island Touring Star Jacob Goede wins the Hedman Hedders Qualifier at Madison International Speedway – Results

3:30 PM – Jeff Storm talks about his return after a hard hit the last time he was here

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3:15 PM – Autograph Session going on at the moment. Opening ceremonies soon with racing to follow at 4PM.

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3:00 PM – Vita Ice Touring Star Jeremy Miller was fastest today in Qualifying at Madison International Speedway – Full rundown on this link

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2:45 PM – ARCAMT Point Leader Dan Fredrickson and Brad Dahmer on the track during qualifying

2:15 PM – A tour around the pit area before qualifying at MIS

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1:45 PM – Joel Theisen getting a few laps after trouble in practice

1:00 PM – Andrew Morrissey leads final practice today at Madison. Full rundown on this link

12:20 PM – Various photos from around the pits today at MIS.

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12:05 PM – Cars currently on the track for practice at MIS. Come on out today for a great race with the ARCA Midwest Tour and ARCA?CRA Super Series

12:00 PM – Something broke on the 75 of Theisen

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10:50 AM – Rich Bickle, track owner Terry Kunes, and ARCAMT President Tim Olson

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10:45 AM – ARCA/CRA Driver Brandon Oakley going over the scales in pre-tech at MIS

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10:20 AM – Cars are currently going through pre-tech.

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10:00 AM – Rain has stopped at Madison International Speedway. As of right now we are on schedule for today. We will post updates as they are available. Stay tuned!

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Border Wars 150 Part 2 Practice Day!

August 10, 2013
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Event Information // Event Entries // Practice Results

5:15PM – DOC 360 Touring Star Nathan Haseleu was the fastest today across all practice sessions. Storm, Wimmer, Sauter And Anderson rounded out the top five. Full run down from today.

5:00 PM – Just some more of the cars that hit the track today for practice at MIS.

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4:20 PM – Spike Island Touring Star Chris Weinkauf exits the track from practice.

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4:15 PM Drivers getting their final practice laps in today before the track closes at MIS.

Just a few of the great partners that are supporting the Midwest Tour in 2013. Thanks to all!

4:00 PM – Vita Ice Touring Star Skylar Holzhausen making final adjustments before practice ends today at MIS.

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3:30 PM – DOC 360 Touring Star Chris Wimmer has been fast all day at MIS

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3:20 PM – ARCA/CRA Driver Ali Kern set to head out for practice.

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2:55 PM – DOC 360 Touring Star Jason Weinkauf and his son Oliver having some family time during the break

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ARCA/CRA driver, Brandon Oakley

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i-gogs Touring Star Andrew Morrissey arrived ready to take a few laps

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2:50 PM – i-gogs Touring Star Rich Bickle chats with ARCA/CRA Driver Travis Braden

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2:30 PM – Break Time at Madison International Speedway

2:15 PM – DOC 360 Touring Star Chris Wimmer tops both practice sessions so far at Madison – Full Rundown

1:30 PM – Just a few photos as practice continues today at MIS.

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12:45 PM – ARCA/CRA Driver Kenny Tweedy taking his first laps at MIS #BorderWars2 – https://vine.co/v/hhpPbBQOaWL

Ross Kenseth and Travis Sauter dialing in for tomorrow’s race.

12:35 PM – Great to see the #25 of i-gogs Touring Star Jeff Storm back at the track after his wreck a few weeks ago at MIS.

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12:30 PM – Jason Weinkauf going through tech before practice.

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Rich Bickle taking the opportunity to test both cars
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12:15 PM – The dominate car and driver at MIS as of late, Travis Sauter taking a few laps this afternoon. http://vine.co/v/hhpwb5L3vH2 #BorderWars2

12:12 PM – Austin Luedtke watching over practice before heading on to the track in his #6 machine.

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12:10 PM – Engines being warmed on this beautiful day at Madison International Speedway

12:10 PM – Nathan Haseleu and “The King” Matt Kocurek having a chat before heading on the track today.

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ARCA Midwest Tour Point Leader Dan Fredrickson

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12:05 PM – Joe Beaver, Brad Dahmer and Ross Kenseth getting ready for practice.

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12:00 PM – Sights and Sounds of #BorderWars2 Practice Day at Madison International Speedway

11:50 PM – James Swan read to head out for practice at Madison International Speedway

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11:45 AM – Driver Meeting before practice at Madison international Speedway

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11:30 AM – Madison International Speedway is ready for the stars of the ARCA Midwest Tour and the ARCA/CRA Super Series.

8:00 AM – Practice Day at Madison International Speedway for tomorrow’s ‪#‎BorderWars2‬. We’ll have updates later this morning and afternoon. Hope to see you at the track Sunday!

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Sauter Streaks To Success At Madison International Speedway

August 8, 2013
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by Gregg Paul
There are always peaks and valleys in the sport of auto racing. The highs of winning and the lows of failure are always present. Preparation, determination, and the drive and hunger to succeed separate the great drivers from the mediocre drivers. However, in this era of racing the playing field has been leveled more by the rule book than anything else. For that reason a long winning streak isn’t as prevalent as it once was in the golden era of the sport.

While long winning streaks are not unprecedented, in today’s world they are certainly noteworthy, especially considering Travis Sauter’s current nine race winning streak at the Madison International Speedway.

When the ARCA Midwest Tour presented by SCAG Power Equipment and Lester Buildings rolls into Wisconsin’s fastest half mile oval for the Border Wars Part 2 on August 11th, the pride of the ARCA Midwest Tour drivers will be on the line against the ARCA/CRA Super Series drivers. The other thing on the line will be that winning streak that Sauter has amassed over his nine previous visits to the speedway.

Yet Sauter calmly looks at the streak nonchalantly and perhaps with even a tad bit of disdain. Sauter doesn’t even consider there to be any undue pressure to continue the streak any more than trying to win any other race he enters.

“I’ve had a fast car and avoided bad luck,” says Sauter. “No added pressure….I want to win every race so that’s how I prepare.”

Sounds simple enough, although during the streak Sauter did have a few anxious moments. Despite his dominance at MIS, the car still wasn’t exactly perfect. Two races ago he nearly ran out of brakes before the break, and was fortunate to keep them working to the checkers.

“We had a great car and I was trying to save it, but I was still losing the brake pedal,” said Sauter. “They got the brakes cooled off at the break and we were able to win. My crew guys really won that race with their work at the shop and again at the break. It’s nice to be able to come to the race track and know you have great people on your side. We gotta try to keep it rolling now.”

The last race at MIS saw Sauter have to survive several late race restarts, but each time his car performed when he needed it to.

“We had a great car again and it’s a lot of fun to come to the track with my crew right now,” said Sauter. “We made some adjustments on the car since the last race, so that’s always positive. There were quite a few cautions and you never know what’s gonna happen on the restarts, but my car was good enough to pull away each time. Obviously we’ve had a great run of success lately, but we don’t take anything for granted and keep working to get better.”

It’s hard to imagine that Sauter and the crew can still get better, but every race driver will tell you that there has yet to be a completely 100% perfect race car. They are always looking to improve upon it. That is definitely something that not only the ARCA Midwest Tour drivers need to worry about, but the traveling ARCA/CRA Super Series guys coming to invade are going to need to wonder if they can end the streak as well.

Travis Sauter knows that a big race such as the Border Wars will be a race that everyone will be gunning for, whether the streak was on the line or not.

“This week is obviously a big race with great competition so anytime you can win one of those it feels good,” said Sauter. “I’m not sure what the ARCA/CRA Super Series guys think. I’m sure they want to win, but it’ll be tough for them to come to a new track just like it is for us when we travel. There’s no substitute for experience.”

Having nine consecutive races to not only gain experience, but to use that experience to excel, the ARCA Midwest Tour and ARCA/CRA Super Series drivers will be hard pressed to stop Travis Sauter, regardless of the winning streak.

Be sure to follow the ARCA Midwest Tour on Facebook (midwesttour) and Twitter (@midwesttour).

To learn more about the Automobile Racing Club of America Midwest Tour, log on to arcamidwesttour.com. For questions call the ARCA Midwest Tour office at (262) 729-4111 or Tim Olson at (612) 327-5831 or Steve Einhaus (630) 212-6022 at or e-mail Tim Olson at tim@arcamidwesttour.comor Steve Einhaus at steve@arcamidwesttour.com.

The Automobile Racing Club of America (ARCA) is among the leading auto racing sanctioning bodies in the country. Founded in 1953 by John and Mildred Marcum, the organization administers more than 100 events each year in multiple racing series, including the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards, the ARCA/CRA Super Series, the ARCA Truck Series and the ARCA Midwest Tour, plus weekly racing at Toledo and Flat Rock Speedways.

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Veterans Kenny Tweedy & Rick Turner Lead CRA Contingent Into Madison Against The ARCA Midwest Tour

August 7, 2013
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CRA Stalwarts Continue to Rewrite the Record Book with Each Race

Salem, Indiana (Wednesday, August 7, 2013): There’s one statistic within Champion Racing Association Powered by JEGS that shows the true definition of dedication and perseverance to the premier series within CRA; Out of 822 drivers that have made at least one start in the 17-year history of the ARCA/CRA Super Series Powered by JEGS, Rick Turner and Kenny Tweedy are the only two competitors to have made at least one start every season of the series’ existence.

From that very first season in 1997 as the Kendall Indiana Late Model Series, to the Sunoco Super Series, to the CRA Super Series and now in its’ current form, the ARCA/CRA Super Series, Turner and Tweedy have been the one constant through it all. Now they’ll help write a new chapter in the Salem, Indiana based series’ history books while proudly displaying the colors and battle flag of CRA.

The eighth race of the 2013 racing season will see the ARCA/CRA Super Series Powered by JEGS teams travel West to go head to head with the ARCA Midwest Tour Presented by SCAG Power Equipment & Lester Buildings in the running of Border Wars 150 Part II on Sunday, August 11th at the fast 1/2 (0.500) mile high-banked paved oval of Madison International Speedway, located south of Madison in Oregon, Wisconsin.

Three-Time & Reigning Series Champion, Johnny VanDoorn won Border Wars Part I back on April 20th at Toledo Speedway in Toledo, Ohio in the first ever combo race between the two organizations. This event will also be the first ever appearance by Champion Racing Association (CRA) Powered by JEGS in the state of Wisconsin in the series’ 17-year history. While VanDoorn is not entered in the Wisconsin event, Tweedy and/or Turner, as well as the rest of the CRA contingent look to bring the trophy back home to Indiana.

“CRA is very fortunate to have the support of great racers like Kenny Tweedy and Rick Turner. They have been there since the series first began in 1997.” CRA Series Director, Glenn Luckett stated. “We greatly appreciate the commitment they have had to our series, without people like them, CRA would never have been a success. We wish them luck this weekend in our first ever event in the state of Wisconsin and throughout the remaining 2013 season!” He added.

“These guys are so special for a number of reasons, but for me personally, I came up in racing with these guys.” Added CRA Managing Partner, R. J. Scott. “As young racers Tweedy and I battled on the track back in the late 80’s and the early 90’s.  While all the newer drivers are great additions to everything we do, walking through the pits and seeing Turner and Tweedy always makes it feel comfortable and familiar. They are really like family in a lot of ways and just like family, we can argue like brothers and turn right around and feel the high of celebrating their successes. I hope they are still racing with us into their 60’s.” Scott stated.

The 55-year-old Turner, affectionately known as the “Y-Town Hustler” who calls Yorktown, Indiana home and the 47-year-old Tweedy, who resides in Greenfield, Indiana are at, or near, the top of nearly every statistical category in CRA’s 17-year history. Tweedy has the honor of being the Inaugural Series Champion in that first year in 1997 while Turner’s best finish in the Points Standings was a runner-up showing during the 2008 campaign.

“I’m pretty excited about making the trip up to Wisconsin for the second combo race. I’ve raced against a lot of those guys at one time or another, but to have them all together for the same race made it a real tough field to race against,” Tweedy remarked as he and his Crew prepare the familiar white #2 Muller Waste Equipment Sales / Muller Motorsports / Chevrolet for the road trip north and then West. “This race should be a lot of fun and hopefully one of us CRA guys can bring the trophy back East with us.” He added.

Both Hoosier State veterans are enjoying a resurgence this season as they are currently second and third in the chase for the 2013 ARCA/CRA Super Series Powered by JEGS Championship. While 19-year-old Travis Braden is the current points leader in the ARCA/CRA Super Series and will headline the CRA Stars invasion of the Cheese State, he’ll have back up in the form of Tweedy and Turner who both have a knack for adapting to new tracks very quickly

“I’m always excited to go to new tracks and meet new people. I’ve always wanted to race in Wisconsin and the closest we’ve came in CRA is Rockford back when we were running the National Short Track Championships,” Added Turner who’s popular black #26 T.J Racing Lubricants/ McGunegill Engine Performance / Ford is always a threat and has enjoyed success over the years at other bigger facilities like Salem, Toledo and Winchester. “We’ve been competitive all year long, but this or that has happened and our results haven’t shown what we’re capable of. Maybe this Wisconsin trip will do us some good.” He ended.

Overall in their CRA careers, the numbers are impressive and their accomplishments and longevity have made both drivers the most respected in the pit area. In their careers, Tweedy has eight career victories in the series and is tied for eighth all-time with NASCAR Sprint Cup Series star, Kyle Busch in that stat. His last victory however came 10 years ago, when the tour was still known as the Sunoco Super Series back on August 30, 2003 at what is now Angola Motorsport Speedway in Angola, Indiana.

Turner has three career victories over his CRA career and his last win was more recent as it came on September 1, 2008 at the famed high-banks of Winchester Speedway in Winchester, Indiana. Tweedy leads all drivers in Career Starts with 216 and continues to add to that total with every race he takes the green flag while Turner is fourth with 207.

Sitting second all-time in Career Fast Qualifier Awards, Tweedy has 15 such awards, just three out of the lead with his most recent coming in 2011 at M-40 Speedway in Jones, Michigan. Turner is in a three-way tie for 10th all-time in the same category as he scored the Fast Qualifier Award in the 2012 Winchester 400 in celebration of his 200th career start as he was honored with a plaque by CRA Officials.

Tweedy is fifth all-time in Career Top Five’s while Turner is tied for 14th. They’re third and fourth all-time in Career Top 10s as Tweedy leads Turner in that statistic 99-80. At least a top 10 at Madison would be Tweedy’s 100th career. Despite Tweedy leading Turner in Career Starts, Turner is the one who has the advantage over the Inaugural Series Champion in Career Laps and by completing at least 117 of the scheduled 150 at Madison, Turner will move into second place All-Time in Laps turned in CRA competition as Tweedy stands fourth in that list. Both drivers are third and fourth currently in Percentage of Laps completed as well.

Yet despite all of the accolades and laurels for their accomplishments, both drivers still have that desire to win. Both would love nothing more than to make the long trip to Wisconsin worthwhile and bring home the trophy and paycheck back home while flying the colors of CRA for winning Border Wars Part II.

For more information about all four touring series’ within Champion Racing Association Powered by JEGS, please go to the series website at: www.cra-racing.com You can also follow CRA on Facebook at: www.facebook.com and search for “Champion Racing Association” as well as Twitter at www.twitter.com/CRAracing Finally for more information about Madison International Speedway, the host facility for the eighth race of the 2013 season for the ARCA/CRA Super Series Powered by JEGS, go to the track website at: www.madisoninternationalspeedway.com

Drivers Featured News

Kenseth Returns to MIS for the Border Wars 150 Part 2

August 5, 2013
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Drivers Racing for a $5000 Payday

by Kari Shear-Carlson
This Sunday, August 11th at Madison International Speedway the ARCA Midwest Tour presented by Scag Power Equipment and Lester Buildings welcomes the ARCA/CRA Super Series powered by JEGS for the Border Wars 150 Part 2 as the two series come together for the second time this season.

While the ARCA/CRA Super Series concentrates on tracks in Ohio, Michigan and Indiana, the ARCA Midwest Tour focuses on tracks in Wisconsin, Minnesota, Illinois, and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.

The first of the two events was held on April 20th in Toledo, OH and won by ARCA/CRA Super Series driver Johnny Van Doorn. The first round of the Border Wars was a true battle between equally balanced drivers with a fight to the finish between Van Doorn and ARCA Midwest Tour DOC 360 Touring Star, Chris Wimmer. However this time it will be on ARCA Midwest Tour turf.

Drivers including Brandon Hermiller, Brian Campbell, and Travis Braden will head to Wisconsin to represent the ARCA/CRA Super Series while ARCA Midwest Tour drivers like i-gogs Touring Star Jonathan Eilen, DOC 360 Touring Star Nathan Haseleu and Spiked Island Touring Star, Jacob Goede will be ready to stand their ground. Each driver is not only looking to bring their series the win but to take home a $5000 paycheck.

Another driver hoping to claim the victory is one who has had equal success in both series. While he will be listed as an ARCA/CRA Super Series driver based on his hometown, Ross Kenseth could enter on either side of the line. Anyone familiar with Kenseth knows that he is no stranger to the track or either series.

He is the recent winner of the ARCA/CRA Super Series “Night of the Stars” at Lucas Oil Raceway. He is the 2010 ARCA Midwest Tour Rookie of the Year and he won the 2011 Joe Shear Classic at MIS. He always looks forward to coming back to MIS but especially for an event like this.

Ross is not so much worried about the series he represents but putting on a good show and taking home that $5000.

“I’ve ran with both series many times and bringing them both together for an event like this will be a lot of fun to compete in. The talent level will be second to none and should be a really good show for the fans,” said Kenseth.

If the race is anything like the Joe Shear Classic at MIS earlier this year, the fans are sure to see a great show. Johnny Sauter, i-gogs Touring Star Dan Fredrickson, eventual winner, Travis Sauter and Jacob Goede put on one of the best races some say they had ever seen. Bringing the ARCA/CRA Super Series drivers into the mix will only make it that much more exciting.

Qualifying will begin at 2:15pm with the drop of the green at 4:00pm.

For complete event details click on Schedule on arcamidwestttour.com.

Be sure to follow the ARCA Midwest Tour on Facebook (midwesttour) and Twitter (@midwesttour).

To learn more about the Automobile Racing Club of America Midwest Tour, log on to arcamidwesttour.com. For questions call the ARCA Midwest Tour office at (262) 729-4111 or Tim Olson at (612) 327-5831 or Steve Einhaus (630) 212-6022 at or e-mail Tim Olson at tim@arcamidwesttour.comor Steve Einhaus at steve@arcamidwesttour.com.

The Automobile Racing Club of America (ARCA) is among the leading auto racing sanctioning bodies in the country. Founded in 1953 by John and Mildred Marcum, the organization administers more than 100 events each year in multiple racing series, including the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards, the ARCA/CRA Super Series, the ARCA Truck Series and the ARCA Midwest Tour, plus weekly racing at Toledo and Flat Rock Speedways.

For more information about all four touring series’ within Champion Racing Association Powered by JEGS, please go to the series website at: www.cra-racing.com You can also follow CRA on Facebook at: www.facebook.com and search for “Champion Racing Association” as well as Twitter at www.twitter.com/CRAracing Finally for more information about Berlin Raceway, the host facility for the seventh race of the 2013 season for the ARCA/CRA Super Series Powered by JEGS, go to the track website at: www.berlinraceway.com

News Truck Tour

Midwest Truck Tour Travels Back To Madison International Speedway

June 28, 2013
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by Gregg Paul
When the Scag Power Equipment Midwest Truck Tour travels back to Madison International Speedway on Friday June 28th, it will be their second race at Wisconsin’s fastest half mile out of the first three to start the season. Practice is set to begin at 4:45pm with qualifying at 6:08. Racing action will get underway at 7:30pm

Wood Building Foundation Towards A Title

Jerry Wood has started off the season as good as you can get by capturing both of the previous races. Wood won at MIS back on May 5th, followed that up with a victory at Veteran’s Raceway Park on May 31st. Wood is looking for the hat trick at Madison and to pad his lead in the points.

Points Battle

Heading into the event at MIS Jerry Wood has a 32 point lead over Natalie Decker. Decker is looking to improve upon her second place finish to Jerry Wood from the first race at MIS. John Wood is just 4 points behind Decker in third place. For the full points standings, go to http://arcamidwesttour.com/truck-standings/

ARCAfest Next Up For Trucks

After the Madison event wraps up, the next event for the Scag Power Equipment Midwest Truck Tour will be ARCAfest at the Milwaukee Mile on Monday July 8th and Tuesday July 9th. The Trucks will be looking to add to the legacy of the legendary oval as part of ARCAfest. Dann Barber is the defending race winner at the Mile.

Be sure to follow the Midwest Truck Tour on Facebook (midwesttour) and Twitter (@midwesttour).

To learn more about the Midwest Truck Tour, log on to arcamidwesttour.com. For questions call the ARCA Midwest Tour office at (262) 729-4111 or Tim Olson at (612) 327-5831 or Steve Einhaus (630) 212-6022 at or e-mail Tim Olson at tim@arcamidwesttour.comor Steve Einhaus at steve@arcamidwesttour.com.