Season Opener at Madison Set for May 4th

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The Green Flag Set to Wave at MIS

Season Opener is May 4th

The sixth annual ARCA Midwest Tour Joe Shear Classic returns to Madison International Speedway on Sunday, May 4th. This will be the first race of the season at Madison before the track returns to Friday night racing on May 23rd.

The event honors one of the greatest short track racers in the country, the late Joe Shear of Clinton, Wisconsin, who won four track championships at Madison (1973,1974,1980, 1982) and took home 66 feature wins.

“This is a very special event at Madison,” said MIS owner Terry Kunes.  “We are excited about the 2014 racing season here and this is the perfect event to open our year by honoring a true legend of the short tracks, Joe Shear.”

The ARCA Midwest Tour will bring the best drivers in the region to Wisconsin’s Fastest Half-Mile.  The Joe Shear Classic will be a 100-lap event that will be split into two segments:  64 laps followed by a short break and then a 36 lap dash.  The American Ethanol Super Trucks will also be part of the racing program.

Travis Sauter was victorious in last year’s race and carries a nine race win streak at Madison into the 2014 season.

Other winners of the “Classic” include Nathan Haseleu (2009), Steve Carlson (2010), Ross Kenseth (2011), and Andrew Morrissey (2012).

Action begins on Saturday, May 3rd with an open practice session and free grandstand admission for the fans. 

On Sunday action begins with practice at 11:30 AM, qualifying at 1:15 PM followed by opening ceremonies at 2:15 PM and racing to follow.. Adult admission is $15.00 with seniors (60 plus) and students (12-17) at $13.00 and free for kids eleven and under.

Saturday, May 3rd

9:30AM: Pit Gate Opens

10:00AM: Hoosier Tire Sales (Practice Tires Only)

10:00AM – 4:00PM: ARCAMT Cars Can Go Through Tech to be Approved for Sunday- Anytime between 10:AM and 4:00PM Saturday.

12:00PM: Practice Begins All Divisions

5:00PM: Practice Ends (Haulers May Stay in Place)

Camping Reservations Contact: Dave Grueneberg (608-513-2278)

Sunday, May 4th

8:00AM: Pit Gate Opens

8:30AM: Tire Sales Begin (Top 20 then Post Mark Entry)

8:45AM: Unapproved Saturday/Sunday Cars Only Tech Open ARCAMT

10:45AM: Drivers Meeting

11:30AM: ARCAMT Practice (60 Mins)

12:30PM: American Ethanol Super Trucks Practice (35 Mins)

1:15PM: Qualifying Begins (SLM, Trucks)

2:15PM: Opening Ceremonies

2:30PM: Racing Begins

ARCAMT Transfer Qualifier: 15 Laps

American Ethanol Super Trucks Heat Races : 8 Laps (2)

ARCAMT Fast Dash: 12 Laps

ARCAMT Last Chance: 20 Laps

American Ethanol Super Trucks Feature: 40 Laps

Joe Shear Classic 100 (Break at Lap 64, 36 Lap Dash to Follow)