Archive for February, 2011

ARCA Truck Series Begins 13th Season May 14th at Toledo!

ARCA Truck Series Begins 13th Season May 14th at Toledo! 

 Millersport, OH (02/25/11) As Phoenix Management Group (PMG) officials continue to put the final touches on the 2011 ARCA Truck Series schedule, the 13th consecutive season will begin May 14th at the ARCA “home track” Toledo Speedway. That race is in conjunction with the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards “Toledo 200” Sunday May 15th. From there the series with move to Flat Rock (MI) Speedway for a 100 lap event May 28th. The ARCA Truck Series will return to Toledo Speedway Sunday September 11th for a second event in the 2011 season.  

Some other highlights confirmed for this year includes the first ever ARCA Truck Series race at Lake County Speedway in Painesville OH September 3rd. Lake County Speedway is a challenging 1/5-mile oval track, with concrete corners and asphalt straights, sure to ignite tempers.

The series will return to the “Worlds Fastest Half Mile” Winchester (IN) Speedway for a June 25th event also with the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards. This historic race track has been a stop for the ARCA Truck Series several times in its 13 year history, creating some very memorable events.

After a very successful inaugural visit in 2010, the ARCA Truck Series will return to the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course September 17-18 for the EMCO Gears Classic presented by Key Bank. This was the event that one everyone talked about last year, from the competitors to the fans. It is quickly becoming the most prestigious event on the ARCA truck Series schedule.

Phoenix Management Group will continue to release dates of events over the next few weeks, with the complete schedule to be release at the 2011 Winter Competitor Meeting on March 12, 2011 at 1:00pm.

Watch our website www.arcatruckracing.com for major series announcements in the coming weeks.

Contact:

Robbin Slaughter

rslaughter@arcatruckracing.com

614-306-4343  

Terry Lee Hewer

Terry Lee Hewer
(February 28, 1953 – February 21, 2011)

Passed away on Monday, February 21, 2011 at his home with his family beside him after a gallant battle against cancer at the age of 57. Terry was born in Garden City, Michigan on February 28, 1953 the son of Robert and Phyllis (Wilkie) Hewer. He has spent his entire life in Michigan and has worked for the Teamsters Union # 299 for over thirty years. He has been a Business Agent, a Trustee, Car Haul Director and now as Vice President of the Union. He was a race official with ARCA and a delegate to the last Democratic Convention. He is survived by his eternal soul mate, Lori and their three children, Terry E. (Kasey) Hewer, Steven (Breanne) Hewer and Alicia (Billy) Groulx. They have been blessed with sixteen grandchildren. Also surviving are his brothers Michael(Joann)Hewer and Richard (Denise) Hewer.
 
Visitation will be held at the Schrader-Howell Funeral Home, 280 South Main Street, Plymouth on Wednesday from 3pm – 9pm, Thursday from 1pm – 9pm and on Friday from 12:30pm until time of the funeral service at 1:30pm. Funeral services will be conducted by the Reverend Thomas Huff of Grace Lutheran Church of Howell and Chaplain Don Massey. Entombment will follow at Glen Eden Cemetery in Livonia. Parking in downtown Plymouth is limited due to the recent snow but the funeral home has two lots and there is municipal parking in the library lot across the street.

Tim Schafer, the ARCA Truck Series’ New “Iron Man”!

Longevity. Most seek it in their chosen, lifelong professions. It certainly looks better on a resume and it certainly sounds better in interviews – like in sports — being able to explain why you have been doing something a “long” time, for the most part, can only be a plus! In the ARCA Truck Series, presented by the Phoenix Management Group, two-time champion Bill Withers could boast the longest active streak, never having missed a race since the very first one at Flat Rock Speedway in May of 1999! However, with Withers skipping the last three of the 2010 season, there is a new “king” of the streak, and that would be 32-year-old Canfield, Ohio resident Tim Schafer.

Driving a #22 Chevy that resembles the old NASCAR Cup Series star Ward Burton’s #22 yellow and black entries, Schafer, with some backing from his wife Angela’s G’s Pizza World, his dad’s Double S Construction and bairdbrothers.com, has since his first green, claimed a fifth place at Flat Rock last May and 16 Top Ten’s in 43 straight green flags! And the team, which is owned by his dad Ray, hasn’t missed even the bound-to-happen assorted rain-outs and cancellations either!

Okay, there have been others who have missed some events, even while leading the points over the years, but you haven’t been absent since your debut at Indiana’s Anderson Speedway on April 21st, 2007 where you finished 16th! How has that happened?

“We’ve always traveled, even when I was a kid — we were always going someone place! And, we always loved to go to the Truck races and we always made it a priority to go, and I just can’t imagine not going! We love this series! When I first came here, I kind of wanted a place where the rules were applied equally and fairly, it was more professional, and I could perhaps get noticed. Well, I’ll be 33 March 13th, so I’ve kind of given up on the idea of someone maybe giving me a ride in a bigger series, but really, it wouldn’t break my heart at all to race here the rest of my life! It’s a good group of guys, they’re always willing to help you and it’s a great series and I think it’s only going to get better! And, I don’t think Tom Cumbow (ARCA Truck Series/Phoenix Management Group General Manager) likes to give up on anything easily!”

Schafer, who is foreman at Baird Brothers Saw Mill, where they make assorted wood products, said his hobby is racing. “I guess I really don’t do anything else! I do little things, tinkering around I guess. I’ve got a three-wheeler in the garage I’m trying to get going, mess around in the garage a little bit. And, we go racing!” He and the family also went to Bristol for years for the NASCAR Cup race (but last year didn’t attend because prices got too high), where Tim became a fan of the older Burton for his personality, and because, “he’s a pure country boy, into taking care of his equipment, and, he didn’t win a lot, but he was always there near the end. And, I also admire him for wanting to take care of wildlife. And I’ll tell you, when Sterling Marlin got out of his car during that red flag near the end of  the 2002 Daytona 500 and got penalized for it and it put Ward into the lead, I was just hollering! I couldn’t believe it! I’ll never forget it!” Hence, where he got the inspiration for his distinctive paint scheme, after Burton’s!

Starting in a subcompact/front wheel drive division about eight years ago around Canfield, Schafer and his dad put together a pick-up truck, “a little S-10 off the street” as he would explain, and then after a year of that, came to the ARCA Truck Series.

“My dad thought I could do it,” said Schafer, who has two sisters and when asked, admitted that since he’s the only boy that perhaps he gets all the racing equipment! “My dad is a Vietnam veteran, belongs to the local VFW, and is the kind of guy who would do anything for you. We put the camper on the back of the truck and camp at the race track! That’s our vacations! My sister Misty and her husband Vince come along when they can and she videos the races for YouTube and the internet. Without my family and my dad, there’s no way I could do this and I owe them so much.

“As a matter of fact, my dad is going in for shoulder surgery in a couple of weeks – he’s been doing physical therapy after tearing his rotator cuff but it didn’t seem to be working, so he went in and the doctor saw him and my dad lifted his arm over his head and the doctor said my dad was only the second person he ever saw who could lift his arm over his head with a torn rotator cuff! It’s probably from all the muscles he’s built up over the years from his construction company.”

As Schafer talked about his streak and years in the series, he also offered up a bit of sad irony. “It’s funny, because I don’t think I’ll be able to run this year. My wife owns her pizzeria and the building she was leasing , the owner apparently didn’t pay the mortgage and the building was lost. So this year, it looks like we’ll have to get her going again – she’s the priority right now because we’re in the pizzeria business and we need a place to run our business. Plus, my dad and his surgery – the doctor said his arm will be in a sling for two months and that’s it! It stays there and doesn’t move and it has to stay that way or it won’t heal right. Plus, we’re looking for funds. Baird Brothers, where I work, has always given me something every year, but I still need more funds to keep going and maybe even get some better equipment, but right now, for 2011, it doesn’t look good.

“Still, I haven’t won yet and I want to do that! We’ve had good runs, but just had some terrible circumstances! Like at Mid-Ohio last year, I was second fastest and missed being fastest by a couple hundredths of a second! And during the race, I blew a hole in my header pipe, got a flat tire, and then when we came home and unloaded and were looking at things, we saw the distributor cap bolts both came undone and it was just sitting there floating!”, laughed Schafer. “Just goes to show you the kind of year we had! Then at the dirt track, I missed the pole by six-one hundreds of a second but led 20 some laps but just couldn’t win it! And look at Lorain County – on the initial start, guy in front of me missed a shift and I ran right into the back of him and broke the radiator and didn’t even make a lap! I guess if there was a year to sit out, it probably could’ve been last year!”

Still, no matter what, Schafer has nothing but love for the series he has been associated with for so long! “I try to do my part; I have a Facebook page called ‘Tim Schafer Racing’, and would update it on the way to the race track and after the races.”

No matter what, Tim Schafer, we’ll still keep watching the ARCA Truck Series new “Iron Man”!

For more information, please contact Kevin Schwarze at: kschwarze@arcatruckracing.com

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ARCA Truck Series Second Annual Winter Competitor Meeting
Saturday, March 12, 2011 at 1:00pm.

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Park Inn Hotel is located at:
101 N Summit St, Toledo, OH 43604.
The meeting will be held in the Grand Ballroom on the second floor of the hotel.

ARCA Truck Series Announces Second Annual Winter Competitor Meeting

Millersport, OH (02/10/11) Officials from the ARCA Truck Series announces today that the second annual winter competitor meeting will be held at the Park Inn Hotel in Toledo, Ohio, on Saturday, March 12, 2011 at 1:00pm.

“As we move into the 2011 ARCA Truck Series season, many of our marketing partners have increased their support of the ARCA Truck Series,” said Tom Cumbow, General Manager of the series. “And we are very proud of the new marketing agreements we have entered into, which we believe will take us into the future.”

Competitors will be able to get all the information they need to compete in the 2011 ARCA Truck Series, including the 2011 ARCA Truck Series schedule, 2011 rule book, details on “2011 DJ Safety Rookie of the Year” program, and details on the 2011 Safety-Kleen Crew Chief of the Year” program.

In addition, there will be sponsor representatives on hand to talk about their products and their support of the series. “We are very proud that many of the agreements we have entered into this year are not one year deals, but multiyear deals that will allow the series to continue to grow,” said Robbin Slaughter, Operations Manager for the ARCA Truck Series. “I believe that the competitors will be impressed with our progress this season.”

The Park Inn Hotel is located at 101 N Summit St, Toledo, OH 43604. The meeting will be held in the Grand Ballroom on the second floor of the hotel.

For more information on the ARCA Truck Series, please visit www.arcatruckracing.com. The next event on the ARCA Truck Series schedule will be the Second Annual Competitor Meeting at the Park Inn, Toledo, Ohio on March 12, 2011.

Contact Information:

Tom Cumbow

General Manager of the ARCA Truck Series

740-503-5383

tcumbow@arcatruckracing.com

SERIES CHAMPIONS

SERIES CHAMPIONS

1999 – Bill Withers

2000 – Robbin Slaughter

2001 – Robbin Slaughter

2002 – Chad Guinn

2003 – Chad Guinn

2004 — Chad Guinn

2005 – Brett Rowe

2006 – Paul Hahn

2007 – Bill Withers

2008 – Paul Hahn

2009 – Paul Hahn

2010 – Chris Bailey Jr.

Ed and Company Racing Supplies Supports The ARCA Truck Series for the 13th Consecutive Year

Millersport, OH 02/07/11 The Phoenix Management Group announced today that Ed and Company Racing Supplies would be the at track supplier and the sole provider of Hoosier Racing Tires for the ARCA Truck Series in 2011. Ed and Company Racing Supplies will also sponsor the ARCA Truck Series “Hard Charger Award.”

“Ed has been instrumental in the success of the ARCA Truck Series for the last 12 years.” said Frank Wilson, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Phoenix Management Group. “His support and dedication has been unmatched in the industry.”

Ed and Company Racing Supplies has been involved with the ARCA Truck Series since its inception in 1999. They have also been the sponsor of the Ed and Company Hard Charger award for many years, an award that recognizes the driver who passes the most trucks in each event with a $50 product certificate.

Founded in 1959 in Columbus, Ohio under the original name of Ed Yoak & Carl Smith, Ed and Company Racing Supplies has always focused on quality and personal service. Attention to detail, superior craftsmanship, and pride are included in everything they build. In addition to custom fabrication, Ed and Company Racing Supplies handle a full line of Hoosier Racing Tires, Howe Racing Chassis and every part a competitor would need for the race vehicle, rather it is on the short tracks of the Midwest or the super speedways of the south.  

For more information on Ed and Company Racing Supplies, please visit their website at www.edcoracetrucks.com or contact them at 614-274-5889.

For the latest news and information on the ARCA Truck Series, please visit www.arcatruckracing.com.

Contact:

Tom Cumbow

tcumbow@arcatruckracing.com

740-503-5383