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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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Featured News Race Day

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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Event Information // Event Entries // Practice Results

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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Can he make it 10 in a row at MIS?
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Rich Bickle taking the opportunity to test both cars
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Travis Braden CRA
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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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Drivers Featured News

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.

Featured News

Final Thoughts: Joe Shear Classic

May 8, 2013
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by Kari Shear-Carlson
When I walked into Madison International Speedway this past Sunday afternoon I felt like I was “home”. If you are a racer you know that the sights, sounds, and yes, even smells that racing brings creates such an adrenaline rush that it becomes addicting.

However it was not only the sensory responses that made me feel at home. When I lived in Madison my dad and I would meet at the pit gate every Friday night to watch the races together. As Friday approached all I could think about was seeing my dad standing there waiting for me when I arrived. I hated it when it rained out.

We would sit in the stands and pick who we thought was going to win and take victory in ourselves, rubbing it in when our driver was victorious. He loved to watch great racing. So I have no doubt in my mind that Sunday’s race would have been “Joe Shear approved”.

I can say with complete honesty that I do not have any favorites when it comes to the ARCA Midwest Tour. So to pick who I thought was going to win would have been impossible. But being the Joe Shear Classic I couldn’t help but have some preconceived thoughts and visions of what victory lane could possibly look like. Did I want to see a #36 in victory lane? Did I want Johnny Sauter, whom my brother, Joe Jr. crew chiefs for in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series bring it home? Did I want a driver looking for his first win to take home the trophy? Have the first duplicate winner in five years? I just couldn’t decide.

But holy cow, all that mattered when all was said and done was…that was THE most amazing race that the Joe Shear Classic could have ever asked for! You could not have scripted a better race than what took place on Sunday afternoon. Whether you want to label it aggressive driving or good hard racing is up to you. Either way, the fans were on their feet and cheering with all they had in them just like I remember doing when my dad was out there. I cannot even begin to express the amount of energy that filled the air.

One of the things I will remember most is standing there as third place, Dan Fredrickson and second place, Jacob Goede got out of their cars. Even though neither was in victory lane, both had huge smiles on their faces. They looked at me and said, “man, that had to be fun to watch cause it was so fun to race!” I cannot think of a better representation of what the Joe Shear Classic is all about than that moment right there.

As you may remember, I was originally going to write this series to highlight some of my dad’s most amazing races. Well, I think that story just wrote itself.

The entire atmosphere of the day was absolutely perfect. Much of my family was able to be there and participate in the event. My nephew waved the green flag and he is STILL talking about the rush it gave him and how amazing the entire day was. I have received countless messages about it being one of, if not THE best race some have seen in their lifetime.

I speak on behalf of myself and my entire family. Thank you to each and every team, driver, fan, the staff at MIS, and the ARCA Midwest Tour for making this such a memorable event.

As a born and raised racer I have to add, don’t wait until next year to get your racing fix. Please get out there and support your local track and series. You never know when that next “best race of a lifetime” might be.

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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Experience Wins Over Youth In Scag Midwest Truck Tour Race At MIS

May 7, 2013
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Jerry Wood Holds Off 15 year Old Natalie Decker To Take Win

by Gregg Paul
There is an old saying that says “Age before beauty.” Whereas that might normally be construed as a sign of respect, in the racing world these days it may be a sign of experience over youth. Yet in this case you still had the age and experience of Jerry Wood narrowly holding off the youthful Natalie Decker to win the Scag Power Equipment Midwest Truck Tour event at the Madison International Speedway.

“This is the only time I have ever hugged another driver in Victory Lane,” said Wood as he hugged Decker as pictures were being taken.

While it may be expected that a veteran like Wood would run up front and score victories, Decker served notice that she would be a contender not only as a rookie of the year candidate, but one who will certainly contend for wins as well.

Dann Barber would quickly take the lead as the green flag flew with Jerry Wood on his bumper. The race would be slowed a lap later when the truck of Scott Kingswan spun in turn four.

The second green flag had the first result as the first, as Barber would jump out ahead of Wood. Wood would pull back alongside barber on lap 4 as Chad Knaus moved in to the third spot and was closing in on the leaders.

John Wood, brother of Jerry, ran side by side with Decker for a few laps before pulling ahead into the fourth spot. Decker than moved to the high side and began her march towards the front. She was able to get around both John Wood and Knaus just as the race hit the crossed flags of the halfway mark.

Meanwhile back up front, Jerry Wood finally cleared Barber for the lead and began to pull away. Barber seemed to fade a bit, allowing Decker to close in. Decker was on Barber’s rear bumper when the yellow would fly again on lap 16. Jason Schuler spun his truck off of turn 2 to bring out the caution. Over in turn four, Decker would get into the back of Barber, spinning him out in the process. Midwest Truck Tour officials decided that the yellow came out before the Decker/Barber incident so both drivers were given their spots back.

The cone would come out for the restart, and both Barber and Decker would take advantage of it. Another restart, and another great jump for Barber, as he launched to the lead again. Jerry Wood would fight back on the inside and pulled even on lap 17. Barber would get loose off of turn two, allowing Wood to clear for the lead. Decker would also take advantage jumping to the inside of Barber for the second spot.

As Decker cleared Barber, Wood stretched out his lead a few truck lengths. In the closing laps Wood would pull away a bit farther and would wind up cruising to a five truck length victory.

Feature Finish
# Driver Name Hometown
1 – 73 – Jerry Wood – Sun Prairie, WI
2 – 04 – Natalie Decker – Eagle River, WI
3 – 67 – Chad Knaus – Sun Prairie, WI
4 – 72 – John Wood – Sun Prairie, WI
5 – 3 – Dann Barber – Sun Prairie, WI
6 – 88 – Jacob VanWazer – Lombard, IL
7 – 30 – Joshua James – Saukville, WI
8 – 83 – Andy Jirik – Lonsdale, MN
9 – 36 – Scott Kingswan – Madison, WI
10 – 2 – Jason Schuler – Cambridge, WI

The next event for the Scag Power Equipment Midwest Truck Tour is Friday, May 17th at Veterans Raceway Park in Tomah, WI

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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ARCA Midwest Tour 5th Annual Joe Shear Classic Recap

May 7, 2013
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by Gregg Paul
The ARCA Midwest Tour presented by SCAG Power Equipment and Lester Buildings wraps up its coverage of the 5th Annual Joe Shear Classic at the Madison International Speedway. Travis Sauter continued his dominance at MIS by scoring his seventh consecutive feature victory at Wisconsin’s fastest half mile oval. Sauter battled his uncle Johnny Sauter over much of the race before staging a furious late race comeback to edge Jacob Goede at the checkers.

Sauter Family Well Represented

The Sauter family has a long and storied history in short track racing throughout Wisconsin and the Midwest. Several members have had success in NASCAR as well. Starting with the patriarch in Jim Sauter, the family has won numerous times at a wide variety of tracks.

The 5th Annual Joe Shear Classic saw three members of the famous family competing with the ARCA Midwest Tour. NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver Johnny Sauter set fast time in qualifying and appeared to be the car to beat, until spinning off of turn four late in the race. Johnny wound up finishing in the 21st position.

Tim Sauter, father of race winner Travis and brother to Johnny, ran a solid race in the top five most of the day before being sidelined with mechanical issues. Tim finished just ahead of Johnny in the 20th position.

Hedman Husler and Tesar Engineering Hard Charger

ARCA Midwest Touring Star Rich Bickle was easily the hardest charger on the day as he would pick up twenty two spots from his 26th starting position. Bickle had to rely on using a provisional just to make the feature, but quickly and methodically moved his way towards the front. By the time the checkered flag flew Bickle was all the way up to the fourth spot.

Rough Day For Defending Champion

Defending ARCA Midwest Tour Champion Jonathan Eilen struggled from the drop of the green flag. Despite starting the feature on the outside of the front row, Eilen’s car would lose power sporadically on the track. Eilen was slowed by the mechanical issue and brought out the first caution of the race when he stopped on the track in turn four. The crew tried to make repairs, but he lasted only a few more laps before calling it a day and would finish in 27th position.

Rookies Struggle With The Learning Curve

James Swan was the highest finishing rookie by placing 15th in the race. Swan was the only rookie to finish the race on track. Dennis Prunty, who had an impressive run at Toledo in the opener, struggled with his car and would drop out with steering problems. Prunty wound up finishing in 22nd. Bobby Kendall would finish 25th. Jeremy Miller would not make the feature after crashing his car hard into the front stretch wall during his qualifier race. Miller was battling Cardell Potter for position late in the race when the two made contact coming off of turn four sending Miller hard into the temporary retaining wall.

Race For Points Starting To Take Shape

Considering everyone who made the effort to race at Toledo each received 200 points, there was a 23-way tie for first place heading into the Joe Shear Classic. Race winner Travis Sauter is not competing for the points championship with the ARCA Midwest Tour, but after the results at MIS there is still a tie for first place in the standings.

Championship Points:

1) 8G Jacob Goede (TS) 351

2) 36 Dan Fredrickson (TS) 351

3) 52 Chris Wimmer (TS) 341

4) 75W Chris Weinkauf (TS) 338

5) 8H Eddie Hoffman 337

6) 45 Rich Bickle (TS) 336

7) 87 Nathan Haseleu (TS) 333

8) 78 Skylar Holzhausen (TS) 329

9) 75T Joel Theisen 328

10) 39 Andrew Morrissey (TS) 325

Next Event for the ARCA Midwest Tour

Next up on the schedule for the ARCA Midwest Tour is a date on Saturday may 18th at the State Park Speedway in Wausau, Wisconsin. Dan Fredrickson is the defending race winner, surviving a late race duel with Jonathan Eilen and Mark Mackesy.

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.