ARCA Midwest Tour

The ARCA Midwest Tour presented by SCAG Power Equipment is a pavement Super Late Model auto racing series based in the Midwestern United States with its headquarters in Oregon, Wisconsin.[1] The Automobile Racing Club of America (ARCA) sanctions the regional series as a developmental series along with its CRA Super Series.[1]

ARCA Midwest Tour
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CategoryStock car racing
Country United States
Inaugural season2006
Drivers' championDalton Zehr
Motorsport current event.svg Current season

HistoryEdit

 
The Midwest Tour under ASA sanction

The series can trace its roots back to the ARTGO series which was formed in 1975. NASCAR sanctioned the tour from 1998 until 2006. During that time, it was known as the RE/MAX Challenge Series, International Truck & Engine Midwest Series and finally the NASCAR AutoZone Elite Division, Midwest Series. NASCAR discontinued the series in 2006 as car counts dwindled.[1]

Tim Olson and Stephen Einhaus formed Cars and Stars Promotions in 2006 to begin a separate series that replaced the defunct ARTGO / NASCAR series. It was sanctioned by the American Speed Association (ASA) and was known as the ASA Midwest Tour. ARCA took over sanctioning the series in 2013 when it began to be known as the ARCA Midwest Tour.[1] Tim Olson, President of the ARCA Midwest Tour, announced that he has sold the ownership of the ARCA Midwest Tour to former Big 8 Series Director and Rockford Speedway General Manager Gregg McKarns.[2]

TourEdit

 
Trailer in 2013

In 2013, the tour made stops at tracks in Wisconsin, Illinois, and Minnesota.[1]

DriversEdit

The series has its "Touring Stars" program, which recognizes the top drivers committed to racing the whole schedule. The "Touring Stars" are featured throughout the year on posters and event fliers promoting the series, as well as are eligible for pay bonuses at each race.

There have also been many NASCAR stars that have made appearances in the ASA Midwest Tour, such as Aric Almirola, David Ragan, David Stremme, Rusty Wallace, Tony Stewart, Kelly Bires, Kevin Harvick, Landon Cassill, Matt Kenseth, Jeff Green, Ron Hornaday, Kyle Busch, Travis Kvapil, Todd Kluever, Johnny Sauter, Erik Darnell, Scott Wimmer, Ken Schrader, Tim Sauter, Jay Sauter, Dick Trickle, Natalie Decker and Rich Bickle.

SeasonsEdit

 
2015 car of champion Ty Majeski
Season Champion Rookie of the Year
2007 Nathan Haseleu Jonathan Eilen
2008 Dan Fredrickson Nick Murgic
2009 Steve Carlson Jacob Goede
2010 Steve Carlson Ross Kenseth
2011 Andrew Morrissey Skylar Holzhausen
2012 Jonathan Eilen Matt Tifft
2013 Dan Fredrickson James Swan
2014 Ty Majeski[3] Ty Majeski
2015 Ty Majeski[4] Austin Nason[4]
2016 Ty Majeski Casey Johnson
2017 Ty Majeski[5] Michael Ostdiek
2018 Dalton Zehr[6] Billy Mohn

TracksEdit

The series has raced at dozens of race tracks in the Upper Midwest, such as:

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d e Kallman, Dave (November 13, 2012). "Midwest Tour joins ARCA stock-car family for 2013". Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Retrieved November 14, 2012.
  2. ^ "McKarns Takes Over ARCA Midwest Tour Ownership | Speed 51 | 100% Short Track Racing". speed51.com. Retrieved July 12, 2017.
  3. ^ "2014 points standings". ARCA Midwest Tour. Retrieved November 23, 2014.
  4. ^ a b Kevin Ramsell & Stephanie Johnson. "Dan Fredrickson's Late Charge Makes him a Four-Time Oktoberfest Winner". LaCrosse Fairgrounds Speedway. Retrieved October 12, 2015.
  5. ^ "Zehr Nabs Elko Win". ARCA Midwest Tour. Retrieved September 25, 2017.
  6. ^ "Zehr Clinches ARCA Midwest Title Over Upset Nason". Speed51.com. Retrieved November 24, 2018.

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