The Shawn Szep Show Continues; Wins Four Out Of Five in 2016; This Time It’s At Lorain County!
South Amherst, Ohio (July 9th, 2016) – Point leader Shawn Szep of Marysville, Ohio continues to make the ARCA Truck Series his playground, this time taking the ARCA Truck Series return to the Lorain County Speedway in north central Ohio! He would take the lead for the first time on lap 31 and eventually paced the field for a total of 41 circuits!
“Wow! Four out of five! I can’t believe it! I’ve got so many people to thank and I don’t even know where to start! My family is here, my fiancé Cami, my daughter Marissa, gotta thank Craig Herron my crew chief…he always says first we have to finish to win and we did!”
Ten drivers finished the ARCATruckRacing.com 100 and Stan Maitlen started inside row one after pole winner Szep (also his fourth out of five) rolled a two and a four on the inversion dice, putting him sixth. He wouldn’t stay there long. As Maitlen led lap one, Holly Performance Rookie of the Year contender Brian Taylor led his second event in a row and went by on him on lap two. But Szep was already into third by the ninth circuit and second the next time by. But Taylor’s owner and teammate Billy Strehle was in the fray as well and he and Szep traded second back and forth for about 20 laps and at times, Szep was in between the “Coyote Sandwich” until lap 30 when Szep went by Taylor, who would pace the ARCA Truck field for a total of 29 laps.
Szep led to the halfway break and three fans (including Szep’s daughter) rolled a five on the inversion dice which put Brad Yunker in the lead. Experiencing problems all week including after arriving at the track, it was a breath of fresh air to see the #30 out front and Yunker jumped out to a straightaway lead as Szep was mired in traffic. With Yunker setting a torrid pace, Szep realized he better move and on lap 58 began to make his way up, going into third on lap 58, then into second at the 65th circuit and when Yunker got caught in lapped traffic, Szep had caught his rival and on the high side in turn one, made the move and cleared Yunker for his sixth race in a row having led dating back to last season, on lap 80.
From there, Szep just had to hang on as Yunker didn’t give up easy, staying on the eventual winner’s rear deck for the better part of the next ten laps until Szep finally opened the margin and won by almost three and a half seconds! Yunker would remain behind the winning #81 to the end, while Strehle hung on for the “show” place, and his teammate Taylor ran fourth, the last truck on the leader’s lap.
Armani Williams, another Holley Performance Rookie of the Year contender, was the first ARCA Truck to finish one lap behind the leader, Maitlen was sixth and Brandon Huff was the last truck to finish one lap down. Veteran Randy Moyes, Jr. was eighth, the first truck to complete 98 laps, followed by first time ARCA Truck Series starter Kent McCloskey and that was right in front of the third Holley Performance Rookie of the Year hopeful Tyler Kish in tenth. Jeff Smith, was dealing with oiling problems during practice and his qualifying laps, and when the race went green, he was only able to log four laps before he had to pull off and retire in eleventh.
As Szep made his reverse winner’s lap before pulling into the Lincoln Welders Victory Lane, his team and family about brought the grandstands down with their cheering and screaming. When the shouting was over, it was easier to hear Marysville, Ohio’s Szep explain more of his triumphant drive!
“On the halfway break, we made some adjustments and then we were able to catch Brad who was really strong. And I have to thank DEI, Pro Star Designs, Amsoil, Technicom…they all make this happen and I can’t do it without them.
“I’d also like to thank the fans here at Lorain County for coming out tonight. I think they saw some great racing and would like to thank the ARCA Truck Series officials for all the hard work they do to make all this happen!”
Making it happen! Szep is making winning a “happening” all right, this his seventh win since last season!
The ARCA Truck Series has a week off before they return to the Columbus Motor Speedway Saturday night, July 23rd after raining out in May.
On August 6th, 2016 the series will return to very popular and always packed Midvale Speedway in New Philadelphia, Ohio, a 3/10 mile, semi banked, asphalt oval for the first time since 2004!
The series will also try again after a mechanical postponement last month at Spitzer Speedway in Mansfield, Ohio on Saturday night, August 27th.
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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