ARCA Comes to MIS: Here’s Everything You Need to Know

It’s ARCA Week at MIS

The ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards comes to Madison International Speedway on Saturday, August 25th and Sunday, August 26th for the running of the Herr’s Live Life with Flavor 200.

Here’s all the information you need to know…


Event Schedule

Saturday, August 25th


Saturday, August 25th
















8:00 AM


ARCA Racing Series Registration Opens




8:30 AM


ARCA Racing Series Haulers Enter




9:00 AM


ARCA Racing Series Garage Opens




11:00 AM


ARCA Racing Series Driver and Spotter Meeting and Draw for Qualifying

1:00 PM


ARCA Racing Series Practice





2:15 PM


ARCA Racing Series Final Practice




3:45 PM


Pre-Qualifying Tech In-Line Time





4:30 PM


Menards Pole Qualifying Presented by Ansell (All Positions / 2 laps)






6:00 PM


ARCA Racing Series Registration and Garage Closes





















Sunday, August 26th

















10:00 AM


ARCA Racing Series Garage and Registration Opens



10:30 AM


Chapel Service






11:00 AM


ARCA Racing Series Driver, Crew Chief and Spotter Meeting


11:45 AM


All Cars Gridded on Frontstretch





12:00 N


ARCA Racing Series Autograph Session (Attendance Mandatory)


1:00 PM


ARCA Racing Series Registration Closes




1:30 PM


ARCA Racing Series Pre-Race Ceremonies Begin



1:32 PM


ARCA 60th Anniversary Recognition




1:34 PM


Intro Greeters Line / Grand Marshall




1:36 PM


ARCA Racing Series Driver Introductions




1:55 PM









1:56 PM


National Anthem






2:00 PM


Command to Start Engines





2:01 PM


Field Rolls from Grid






2:07 PM


Start of the Herr’s Live Life With Flavor 200






(200 laps / 100 miles)








Advance tickets are on sale at Madison International Speedway or may be purchased for just $15.00 at any of the nineteen Madison-area Menards stores prior to the race.  If you have a ticket for Sunday’s event your admission for Saturday is free.  Saturday only admission is $15.00.


Madison International Speedway will allow camping on Saturday night.  Cost is $20.00 with certain restrictions applying.  Please contact Jason Tyler at 608.513.9709 for more information.

Media Requests

Members of the working media may request press credentials for the Herr’s Live Life with Flavor 200 by contacting Jason Tyler at 608.513.9709.

ARCA in 2012

Multi-time ARCA champion Frank Kimmel of Clarksville, Indiana, will be here fresh off his win at Springfield on Sunday.  Kimmel is currently second in ARCA points. 

Last year’s winner Alex Bowman of Tucson, Arizona, will be here looking to defend his championship.

Sixteen year old Chase Elliott of Dawsonville, Georgia,, son of Bill Elliott, will be making his first appearance at Wisconsin’s Fastest Half-Mile.

Point leader Chris Buescher of Prosper, Texas, and leading rookie Brennan Poole of The Woodlands, Texas, will be at Madison battling for the points lead.

Fourteen States and Venezuela Represented this Weekend

Drivers from fourteen states will be coming to do battle at Madison this weekend from New Jersey to California and all points in between.

Two drivers, Nelson Canache and Milka Duno, are from Caracas, Venezuela.

Pre Entry List for Herr’s Live Life with Flavor 200







James Swanson/San Antonio TX


Tim Walter/Valparaiso IN


Brian Finney/Merritt Island FL


Chase Elliott/Dawsonville GA






Matt Lofton/Roxboro NC


Chris Buescher/Prosper TX


Alex Bowman/Tucson AZ


Spencer Gallagher/Las Vegas NV


Brennan Poole/The Woodlands TX


Mason Mingus/Brentwood TN


Thomas Praytor/Mobile AL




Frank Kimmel/Borden IN


James Hylton/Inman SC


Tom Hessert/Cherry Hill NJ


Erik Jones/Byron MI


Chad Hackenbracht/Cornelius NC


Aleks Gregory/Baton Rouge LA


Joseph Hughs/Springfield IL


Nelson Canache/Caracas Venezuela


Brad Lloyd/Napa CA




Mike Koch/Mountain Home AR


Milka Duno/Caracas Venezuela




Josh Williams/Port Charlotte FL


Darren Hagen/Indianapolis IN


Tommy O’Leary/Cygnet OH


Charles Evans Jr./Pasadena TX


Chase Elliott on Racing RoundUp Tuesday Night

Sixteen year old Chase Elliott will be making his first-ever appearance at Madison for the Herr’s Live Life with Flavor 200 on Sunday.  Chase is the son of NASCAR Legend Bill Elliott.

Chase will be interviewed live on Racing RoundUp on the Big 1070 AM in Madison on Tuesday night between 6:00 and 7:00.

Frank Kimmel Appearing at Madison East / Monona Menards on Friday

On Friday, August 24, Kimmel – driver of the No. 44 Ansell/Menards Toyota for ThorSport Racing – will appear at two Menards stores in and near Madison to promote the Sunday, August 26 Herr’s Live Life with Flavor 200.

First, Kimmel will appear at the Madison East store, located at 2102 E. Springs Dr., from 4-5:30 p.m. After that, he will be at the Monona store, located at 6401 Copps Ave., from 6:30-8 p.m.

The 76-time ARCA race winner will meet and greet fans, sign autographs, and pose for pictures next to his No. 44 show car. Guests who purchase a pair of Ansell gloves inside the store will receive a voucher for a free second pair of gloves, presented by Kimmel outside the store.

Come to Club LaMark on Friday Night

Spencer Gallagher and his car will be at Club LaMark in Madison on Friday night starting at 6:00 PM.  Meet and greet the ARCA drivers and teams.  Club LaMark is located on Stoughton Road (Highway 51) just north of East Washington Avenue (Highway 151).

Pre Race Party Set for Saturday Night

After you enjoy practice and qualifying on Saturday, join us on Saturday night starting at 6:30 for an ARCA pre-race party at BBG (Banushi’s Bar and Grill) in Stoughton located at 800 Nygaard Street just off Highway 51.

Frank Kimmel’s #44 car will be on display and many ARCA drivers and teams will also be on hand enjoying the festivities.

Come and enjoy great food and beverages and meet your favorite ARCA drivers.

ARCA Press Release

Off to Oregon…Wisconsin, That Is: Madison International Speedway in Oregon, Wis. is the next stop for the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards. Practice for the Herr’s Live Life with Flavor 200 on the half-mile oval will take place from 1-1:45 p.m. and 2:15-3 p.m. Saturday, with Menards Pole Qualifying presented by Ansell following at 4:30 p.m.

ARCA Racing Series drivers will appear on the frontstretch for an autograph session open to all fans at noon Sunday, and the 200-lap, 100-mile race will begin at 2 p.m. All times are Central.

Young phenom Chase Elliott will make his fifth ARCA Racing Series start, but admitted recently that he knows “absolutely nothing” about the track in southern Wisconsin.

“I’ll be new there,” he said. “I’ve heard good things about the race track and I feel like our Aaron’s/ Chevrolet will be good.”

If Elliott’s fortunate, his afternoon will turn out like Alex Bowman’s career debut did last year at Madison. Bowman had never competed in an ARCA race before last August, let alone at Madison, but drove a Venturini Motorsports entry to his first career win.

Even after three wins on tracks under one mile this season, Bowman is still looking for improvement and hopes Madison will be the place for that momentum to start.

“We’ve just got to improve our short track program,” Bowman said. “It seems like places like Salem and Winchester we’re really good, but anywhere else we’re not very good. We’re going to test Wednesday at Motor Mile (Speedway in Virginia) with two different race cars, so we’ve got to figure something out because I’m kind of frustrated with running 13th like we did at Berlin.”

Looking Back at 2011

Alex Bowman of Tucson, Arizona, won last years race at Madison edging Chris Buescher of Prosper, Texas, by just 0.387 seconds. 

Clint King of Denton, North Carolina, celebrated his sixteenth birthday at the track and set fast time for the ARCA cars with a lap of 18.205 (98.874 mph).

Starting from the outside of row one Buescher set the pace early on by leading the first 90 laps.  Chad McCumbee took the lead from Buescher for the next thirteen laps before Clint King  (4 laps) and Tim George Jr. (34 laps) took turns showing the way. Bowman, who started fourth, took the lead for good on lap 142 and led the field to the checkered flag the final 59 laps.  Buescher finished in second place followed by King, Ty Dillon of Lewisville, North Carolina, and Tom Hessert of Cherry Hill, New Jersey.  A total of fourteen drivers finished on the lead lap.

With the win Bowman joined  Ramo Stott (1970), Tom Bowsher (1971), and Bruce Gould (1973) as ARCA winners at Madison.