Shawn Szep On A “Sunday Drive”; Wins His Third Of Four In 2016
July 2nd, 2016 (Degraff, OH) — On this our nation’s 240 birthday weekend, which is filled with, among others things, travel, family vacations and destinations, Shawn Szep was on a “trip” of his own as he fought off all comers to take the Phoenix Management Group 100 at the Shady Bowl Speedway in DeGraff, OH!
“Man things are just clicking! My crew chief Craig (Herron) always says ‘we’re going there to finish the race. If the win comes, the win comes’. But it just felt like we were on a Sunday drive tonight!”
Brandon Huff ended Szep’s record setting pole wins record here at five in a row by taking the top spot and then
rolled an eight to start there and when the green waved to begin the event, it looked to be a repeat of last weekend as trucks were side by side and bumper to bumper. Along with Szep, Armani Williams, Billy Strehle, Huff and Brian Taylor all traded the lead before half way and Szep led the field down pit road for the half way break and then two young fans rolled a six for the inversion.
It was the second half that saw the fireworks…and not the Fourth of July kind. Huff began to drop back and eventually out of the race with battery issues. Brad Yunker had a part in his motor fail, Jeff Smith and Williams spun on the backstretch (both continued on) and then Todd Gearhart ended up in the turn one wall after his engine expired and oiled the track. Thankfully he was uninjured.
Basically those were the only “road blocks” on the way to Szep’s third win on the season and sixth overall stretching into 2015. But the Air Force veteran was also thinking of others on this Independence Day weekend. “I’d like to thank the fans here tonight! I think that was the best autograph session we have ever had! I’d like to also thank the men and women of the Armed Forces who protect and serve our country. Also my daughter Marisa is here from Las Vegas and I’m grateful she’s because every time she comes we win! And I’d also like to give a shout out to Dennis Herron. He’s been under the weather recently and buddy we hope you get better really quick!”
And when one reaches their destination after their “Sunday Drive” on this Saturday night, what will the Marysville, Ohio resident do now? “I say let’s party!” Good advice!
The ARCA Truck Series returns for the first time since 2012 to the Lorain County Speedway which will host two events as well. The first will be held this Saturday night, July 9, 2016 and the second will be a two day event, October 1-2, 2016. Lorain County Speedway is located in Amherst Township, near South Amherst, Ohio. This track is a 3/8-mile asphalt oval, with 12 degree banking in both turns, and slight banking on the straightaways. The annual ARCA Truck Series Family Day at Cedar Point is scheduled for July 10, 2016 following this race.
On August 6th, 2016 the series will return to another “old friend” at the Midvale Speedway in New Philadelphia, Ohio, a 3/10 mile, semi banked, asphalt oval for the first time since 2004!
Kentucky Motor Speedway, an almost half mile paved oval in Whitesville, Kentucky just east of Owensboro, and keeping with tradition, will host their annual ARCA Truck Series family celebration during Labor Day weekend. The cookout will be September 3rd, 2016 and the race will be September 4th, 2016.
As has been since 2012, the ARCA Truck Series season finale is at Lake County October 15-16th, these dates will mark milestones for Phoenix Management Group of Ohio, LLC. It will be the 11th straight annual event held at the Lake County Speedway.
So make your plans now to be a part of another historic ARCA Truck Series season!
The ARCA Truck Series just completed its sixth full season presented by the Phoenix Management Group of Ohio, LLC, (or PMG) of Millersport, Ohio in 2015, under a licensing agreement with the Automobile Racing Club of America (ARCA).
The ARCA Truck Series (ATS) ran exhibition races late in 1998 with the first full season in 1999. Today, the series has grown into one of the most versatile in short track racing, having taken popular four cylinder, V-6 & V-8 sealed crate engine powered trucks to asphalt tracks of many sizes under one mile, road courses, and numerous dirt tracks in its history.
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