Saturday, April 25, 2015

Nathan Haseleu, Returns To MIS

Two-time Joe Shear Classic Winner, Nathan Haseleu, Returns To MIS With Confidence 

Green Flag Drops for the ARCA Midwest Tour Season Opener on May 3rd

by Kari Shear-Carlson / April 25, 2015 - Nathan Haseleu has been the only driver to start every ARCA Midwest Tour presented by Scag Power Equipment event since the series began. While he will not be running the full schedule in 2015, the Pardeeville, WI driver will join the Tour on Sunday, May 3rd at Madison International Speedway for the 7th Annual Joe Shear Classic.

Haseleu is the defending champion and only multiple winner of the event, his first being the inaugural event in 2009. "I really like running the Joe Shear Classic. I've won it twice and MIS is one of my favorite tracks. Not only is it close to home, but my sponsor, Colony Brands, really likes racing there too," said the two-time event winner. 

This will be Haseleu's second race of the 2015 season, having finished fifth in a recent event at Dells Raceway Park. "We changed a lot of things over the winter and felt competitive at the Dells. It gave us a chance to figure some things out. I think we'll come into Madison even more confident because we will be on a familiar tire. There's going to be a lot of good competition."

In addition to being excited to run the event, Haseleu is looking forward to some other changes that took place over the winter. "It will be kind of neat to run the first race that Gregg (McKarns) is doing with the Tour and the track," said Haseleu. "I also like to win cool trophies," joked Haseleu, referring to the custom guitar he won in 2014.

Nathan and the rest of the ARCA Midwest Tour Stars and Cars will all be looking to win the next newly designed custom trophy when they hit the track for the season opening 7th Annual Joe Shear Classic on May 3rd. 

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The ARCAMT will also be joined by the Mid-American Stock Car Series and Midwest Truck Tour with the drop of the green at 2:00pm. For complete event details log on to 

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Thursday, April 23, 2015



SpongeBob Trades Ocean For Pavement; Friendly Sea Creature To Adorn Kennedy’s Truck
On Friday May 8, SpongeBob SquarePants will venture from his pineapple under the sea to the “Heart of America”  where he will grace Ben Kennedy’s No. 11 Toyota Tundra for the Kansas 250 at Kansas Speedway (8:30 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 1). The truck will feature SpongeBob and company on the hood and rear deck lid on the eve of the SpongeBob SquarePants 400. Kennedy traveled to Kansas City on April 21 in advance of the race weekend, where he visited the University of Kansas Medical Center pediatrics floor before taking part in a community service event with the track.

Through three races, Kennedy ranks 10th in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series standings. His best finish was a third-place showing at Atlanta. He placed 19th in the last event at Martinsville.

Truck Series Break A Wild Ride For Erik Jones
Four-time NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race winner and Sunoco Rookie of the Year candidate Erik Jones has stated his goal this season is to win the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series championship.

Currently sitting third in the NCWTS standings (six points behind leader Matt Crafton), the 18-year-old Michigan native added some impressive accomplishments to his résumé during the six-week break in his Truck Series calendar. Jones won his first NASCAR XFINITY Series race in just his ninth career start at Texas. Additionally, the NASCAR Next member turned his first laps in a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series car, subbing for Denny Hamlin in the No. 11 FedEx Toyota 22 laps into the rain-delayed Bristol race. Jones made it back to Bristol from Cornelius, North Carolina, 20 minutes prior to the restart of the race to fill-in for an injured Hamlin, who was suffering from back and neck spasms. He brought the No. 11 home in 26th after finishing fourth in the XFINITY Series event the day before.

Jones will make his first career start at Kansas Speedway when the Truck Series returns to action on Friday, May 8 (8:30 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 1).

Three’s Company: Trio Of Previous Track Winners Ready For Kansas
The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series has raced 14 times at Kansas Speedway with the first race being won by Ricky Hendrick in 2001.

But only three current NCWTS regulars (21.4%) have won at the 1.5-mile tri-oval: Johnny Sauter (2010), James Buescher (2012) and Matt Crafton (2013).

The three drivers will attempt to become the track’s only two-time winner in the Kansas 250 on Friday, May 8.

Kyle Busch won last year’s race from the pole.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015



Toledo, Ohio-April 21, 2015: A variety of story lines will accompany the return of the USAC Traxxas Silver Crown Series to Toledo Speedway Friday, evening, May 1. The event is the Rollie Beale Classic, paying homage to the late Beale, the 1973 USAC Sprint Car champion and a former USAC Series director.
Perhaps the top story of the event is the $25,000 bonus payday put up by Toledo-area businessman and 1996 Indy 500 winning car owner Ron Hemelgarn. The Hemelgarn/Super Fitness $25,000 Triple Crown will be awarded to the driver that can win 3 of the Toledo open-wheel races at the fast ½ mile paved oval this season. The USAC Silver Crown race, a 100 lap contest, will serve as leg number 1 of the 3-races. Leg 2 is set for Friday, June 12 for the USAC Auto Value/Bumper to Bumper Winged Sprint Car race and the third and final leg is slated for Friday, June 26 when the USAC "King of the Wing" Classic invades the Glass City.
The big bonus has sent a host of drivers searching for rides for the Silver Crown event and the pair of Winged Sprint shows at Toledo. Local drivers Jimmy McCune, Dave Baumgartner and 15 year-old rising star Austin Nemire are all entered for the May 1 event. Several drivers and teams are slated to tackle the fast ½ mile for testing in the coming days.
A resurgence of interest in the Silver Crown Series, led by Director Andy Hillenburg, has a 23 car entry list assembled for the Toledo event, the touring group's first race of 2015. The May 1 event also marks the return of the Series to Toledo for the first time in 3 years. 2011 winner Swanson of Kingsburg, CA is one of the entries for the event. The 2010 and 2012 Toledo winner, Jerry Coons Jr. of Tuscon, AZ is also entered. All 3 of the Toledo races were very competitive events.
The Hemelgarn/Super Fitness Rollie Beale Classic will be an all open-wheel show at Toledo. USAC's HPD Midget Series and the Northwest Ohio Quarter-Midgets will battle on Toledo's ¼ mile paved oval prior to the 100 lap feature event for the Silver Crown machines.
Race fans can save $5 on an advance ticket if purchased by 5 p.m. Thursday, April 30. The ticket order form may be downloaded from the track's web page after logging in, and may be sent via email to the track. Tickets are also available at the Toledo Speedway ticket office from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Phone orders are also being accepted by calling 419-727-1100. Most major credit cards are accepted.
The grandstands will open at 5 p.m. May 1 and racing begins at 7:30 p.m. Toledo Speedway is located on Benore Road at the I-75/Alexis Road exit on the Michigan-Ohio border. To view the entry list, log onto Like us on Facebook at or follow us on Twitter @toledospeedway.

Schrader looking for "lady luck" at Salem;


Schrader looking for "lady luck" at Salem; Federated Auto Parts ARCA 200 next

(TOLEDO, Ohio - April 21, 2015) - It's no secret that Ken Schrader's got the experience and skill to win at Salem Speedway, but you have to have the luck to go with it.

Nobody understands that more than Schrader, who won only in the hard luck category last year. While he was fast in both ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards events at Salem in 2014, he just couldn't find the good luck to match.  

"I just hope it goes better than last year," said Schrader, who is entered in this Sunday's, April 26 Federated Auto Parts 200 at Salem.

Schrader, whose one and only ARCA win at Salem was in 1999, was referring to the luck he had during the race, and on the way to the track.

"Last year, we had the speed...I just screwed up with a lapped car."

Schrader was leading last year's spring race inside of five laps to go when he got tangled up with Kyle Weatherman as he was about to put him a lap down. The incident caved in the right-front fender, causing the tire to go down, which sent him into the turn one wall. He limped home eighth.

"In the fall race, had an issue...went a bunch of laps a bunch of laps back...finished fifth."

That was only part of the bad luck Schrader encountered around last year's Salem ARCA races.

"We just didn't have any luck last year at Salem. I wrecked my truck on the way to test...never did get to test. Then, in the fall, I fell down on my bike heading to the track. I'm hoping this year's goes a little smoother."

Schrader was en route to Salem on his motorcycle when he went down on wet, slippery pavement on an on-ramp leading to the expressway. Schrader wasn't broken, but plenty sore by the time he made it to the track for the race.

Schrader, who turns 60 in May, has already got 20 races in the books this year, with 90-plus on his 2015 calendar. Nothing new here...he's been doing it this way for decades.

Schrader finished fifth in his Federated Auto Parts modified last Friday night at Callaway Speedway in Fulton, Missouri, and second at Macon (Ill.) Speedway Saturday night. En route to Salem this weekend, Schrader's stopping off first at Southern Iowa Speedway Wednesday night for another dirt modified adventure.

That said, the NASCAR veteran and 17-time ARCA winner should be plenty warmed up for this weekend's Federated Auto Parts 200 at Salem.

"I'm ready. I'm always ready for Salem. One of the things I like about that place is that no matter how much you improve it, there are certain characteristics about the track that you won't change. It takes a ridiculous about of money to repave the entire track, but what they did last year...the repaving of three and four...that was a really good thing. You're not going to change the line through there (three and four)...the radius and banking is going to keep the car right at the top, no matter what you do down there. But what they did was widen the groove...really improved it. They fixed what they needed to. Hopefully, it's good to go for another 10 years."

Despite just one ARCA victory at Salem 16 years ago, Schrader understands how to win on the historic short track.

"Salem's a handful either way you cut it. Besides racing the competitors, which we'll keep you busy in itself, you have to race the track. That place will sneak up on you. It's a lot easier to get in trouble there...easier than most. We had some really good shots at two (wins) last just didn't work out for us. We'll try again."

Schrader's most recent ARCA win was at the DuQuoin State Fairgrounds mile dirt in September of 2013, making him the oldest winner in ARCA history at 58.  

The Federated Auto Parts 200 at Salem will spread out over two days, Saturday and Sunday, April 25 and 26. Practice for the Federated Auto Parts 200 will include two sessions from 12:00 noon to 12:45 p.m. and final practice from 1:15 to 2:00 Saturday afternoon, with Menards Pole Qualifying presented by Ansell at 3:30. Federated Auto Parts 200 raceday festivities get underway Sunday with pre-race ceremonies and driver introductions at 1:45, with the green flag to follow at 2:15.

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