For Immediate Release:
Wednesday, August 1, 2012
ARCA Racing Series Returns to Madison Int’l Speedway; Herr’s Live Life with Flavor Coming Sunday, August 26; Chase Elliott Enters
(TOLEDO, Ohio) – From a one-mile dirt track in Springfield, Illinois to the Madison Int’l Speedway half-mile bullring in Oregon, Wisconsin, the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards, the world’s most versatile touring series, is preparing for its late-summer shove down the road of diversity.
With the historic Illinois State Fairgrounds mile-dirt on the calendar the week before, the ARCA Racing Series warriors will then switch gears just in time to take on the Madison Int’l Speedway short track Sunday, August 26 in the Herr’s Live Life with Flavor 200.
Last year, Alex Bowman, an unknown rookie from Tucson, Ariz., held off a late-race charge from Chris Buescher to win the thrilling ARCA race at Madison. Since then, Bowman, under the Penske Racing banner, has returned to the spotlight, earning five wins total at Madison, Kansas, Salem, Winchester and Iowa.
Bowman also finds himself in the middle of a big championship points battle brewing between current point leader Buescher (Roulo Brothers Racing/Roush Fenway Racing), Brennan Poole (Venturini Motorsports) and nine-time champion Frank Kimmel (ThorSport Racing), who earned his 75th career victory recently at Lucas Oil Raceway.
Back by popular demand, the stars and cars of ARCA are coming back to Madison to contest a championship and much more.
Chase Elliott Files Entry for Madison Chase Elliott is only 16 years old, and all the while honing his short track skills in the ARCA Racing Series. The son of NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Bill Elliott has also filed an entry for the Herr’s Live Life with Flavor 200 at Madison.
In just three ARCA Racing Series starts (plus Berlin August 11), despite racing on tracks that he hasn’t, for the most part, seen before, he’s on the fast track towards the front. Elliott finished 10th in his series debut at Mobile Int’l Speedway in early March. It got better from there when Elliott placed fourth at Salem in April. Then, in his career-first road course race, he wowed the ARCA regulars with a second-place finish, losing the lead only on the final lap at New Jersey Motorsports Park.
“We have had some decent runs in the ARCA Series; we just need a little more to close the deal. I’m confident the Aaron’s Dream Machine-Hendrickcars.com Chevrolet will be fast enough to win at Madison,” Elliott said. “We’re capable of winning in the ARCA Series, and I won’t be satisfied until we do.”
In addition to Elliott’s ARCA schedule this year, which includes Salem Speedway on September 15, he’s currently second in points in the NASCAR K&N Pro East Series standings, running full-time on the K&N tour.
ARCA’s Fifth Trip to Madison Int’l Speedway
The ARCA Racing Series stretches out over five decades at Madison Int’l Speedway, having first raced there in July of 1970 – two-time ARCA champion Ramo Stott earned the victory. Tom Bowsher won the ARCA race at Madison in May of 1971, and Bruce Gould is in the history books at the 1973 ARCA victor. However, nearly 40 years would elapse before the ARCA Racing Series would return to Madison in last year’s Herr’s Live Life with Flavor 200.
The ARCA Racing Series is often regarded as the most versatile tour in America with its unique combinations of superspeedways, short tracks, road courses and even a couple of mile dirt tracks upcoming on the schedule in Springfield, Illinois in late August and in DuQuoin, Illinois in early September.
Weekend Schedule Practice for the ARCA Racing Series at Madison is scheduled for Saturday, August 25 from 1-1:45 p.m., followed by a final practice from 2:15-3. Menards Pole Qualifying presented by Ansell goes off at 4:40. The 200-lap Herr’s Live Life with Flavor 200 at Madison begins at 2 p.m. Sunday afternoon, August 26. The race will feature live audio coverage and live timing and scoring on ARCARacing.com.
ARCA Celebrating 60th Anniversary Season
2012 is the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards’ 60th Anniversary Season, featuring 20 races at 18 tracks. The complete 2012 event schedule is available at ARCARacing.com.
The ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards has crowned an ARCA national champion each year since its inaugural season in 1953, and has toured over 200 race tracks in 26 states since its inception. The series has tested the abilities of drivers and race teams over the most diverse schedule of stock car racing events in the world, visiting tracks ranging from 0.375 mile to 2.66 miles in length, on both paved and dirt surfaces as well as a left- and right-turn road course in its most recent season. This year, the series visited Alabama’s Mobile International Speedway and Minnesota’s Elko Speedway for the first time.
Founded by John and Mildred Marcum in 1953 in Toledo, Ohio, the Automobile Racing Club of America (ARCA) is recognized among the leading sanctioning bodies in the country. Closing in on completing its sixth decade after hundreds of thousands of miles of racing, ARCA administers over 100 race events each season in three professional touring series and local weekly events.
Griffin Hickman, ARCA
(419) 574-2685 (mobile)
Don Radebaugh, ARCA
(419) 450-0611 (mobile)