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Schwarze Joins Phoenix Management Group Staff

Kevin and wife Sandy at the ARCA Truck Series Banquet

November 24, 2010

Ferndale Michigan’s Kevin Schwarze will help with Public Relations, Marketing, and overall communication of the ARCA Truck Series to the masses. “I think Kevin will help fill a large void we have in communicating about our great series to the race fans and the public in general,” said Phoenix Operations Manager Robbin Slaughter. “Many of our racers have interesting stories to tell and one of the many things Kevin will do is to help them do just that.” “I think Kevin will be an asset to our series and will help us reach our goal to make the ARCA Truck Series better than ever.” Slaughter continued. “Make sure to read his story below to learn more about Kevin, it is quite interesting.”

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Champion Chris Bailey, Jr., Honored At The 2010 ARCA Truck Series Banquet!

By Kevin Schwarze

Saturday, November 13th, Toledo, OH

2010 was a year of firsts of sorts for the ARCA Truck Series. Running it’s first full season, since  the Phoenix Management Group took the reigns of control of the 11-year-old sanction and crowned it’s first champion in rookie Truck Series competitor Chris Bailey Jr, driving for his father Chris Bailey, Sr., in the #17 C.A. Bailey Excavating/Taylor Rentals Chevy S-10.
 Held at the Park Inn in downtown Toledo, Ohio Saturday, the ARCA Truck Series honored its competitors with a gala spread, many trophies, product certificates and awards, and a heartfelt and humbling champion’s acceptance speech which greeted the 21-year-old and then sent him off with standing ovations.

Jackson wins at Salem; Bailey Takes Championship


2010 ARCA Truck Series Champion Chris Bailey Jr (Photo by JD Scott)

Salem, IN (!0-3-07) – It was a cold and blustery Sunday afternoon in southern Indiana as the ARCA Truck Series ran their 2010 season finale at Salem Speedway.  At the start of the morning, the ARCA Truck Series championship had come down to two drivers: Point leader and Rookie sensation Chris Bailey, Jr., of South Park, PA and ATS veteran Frank Wilson, Jr., of Belmont, WV in the 2nd spot.

 Qualifying was held and Danny Jackson was fastest posting a time of 18.080.  Per the ARCA Truck Series rules, Danny rolled a 10 for the inversion putting Nathan Trepkowski of Ubly, MI and Steve Christman of Fort Wayne, IN on the front row.  Both of those competitors decided to work on their trucks during the impound session and were forced to go to the tail along with European road racing veteran Davide Amaduzzi of Bologna, Italy who broke a power steering line during qualifying.  That put the series’ point leader Bailey and Tully Esterline of Indianapolis, IN on the front row for the start of the event.

 Tully Esterline jumped out to the lead as it appeared Bailey was content to play it safe and protect his point lead.  Esterline was able to pace the field for the first 4 laps as Danny Jackson made his march to the front and took the lead on lap 5. Bailey in the mean time had fallen in line in 7th place as Frank Wilson slowly worked his way to the front.  Wilson started 5th and went to 3rd in the first few laps and went around Esterline on lap 13 for second.  Mike Young of Toledo, OH, marched through the field as he passed for 3rd on lap 24 and went around Wilson on lap 29 for second.  Everyone seemed content to hold their position until a lap 37 caution when Rob Jones of Trenton, OH looped his truck in the middle of turns 3 & 4.  He was able to drive away and continue.  The restart put Jackson and Young on the front row.  Jackson again jumped out front and Young faded.  Bad went to worse as smoke billowed out from under the hood of Young’s #23 as a broken water pump ended his afternoon.  That moved Wilson back to 2nd and he began his slow charge on Jackson who had jetted out to a 20 truck length lead.  Wilson’s lap times were mimicking Jackson’s as they both hit lapped traffic.  Jackson sliced through lap traffic as Wilson patiently moved around each truck.  On lap 56 Steve Christman in his familiar #99 spun in the middle of turns 1 & 2 ending his afternoon.  The lap 57 restart put Jackson and Wilson on the front row but it became apparent Wilson was having some troubles as his engine began misfiring under caution.  On the restart Jackson again jumped out to a sizable lead as Wilson just drove his truck to the bottom as he lost the alternator.  That allowed series veteran Tully Esterline to jump into 2nd.  The last 18 laps were drama-free as Jackson blasted away from the field to take the win in his #51 Redbank Transport/Lykins Company/Hart Machine/Doug Miller Performance Chevrolet.

Second went to Tully Esterline in his Rupp Seeds Chevrolet.  Taking the checkers third was Ash Hawkins of Canfield, OH in his A & K Racing Chevrolet.  Fourth went to Nathan Trepkowski of Ubly, MI in his B & J Auto Center/Ubly Auto Supply Chevrolet and rounding out the top was the new ARCA Truck Series Champion Chris Bailey JR, of South Park, PA in his #17 C.A. Bailey Excavating/Will’s Warriors Chevrolet.

 Bailey will be officially crowned Champion at the annual series banquet November 13 at the Park Hotel in downtown Toledo, OH.  Details about the event will be released in the coming weeks on the Series website,

BLAST FROM THE PAST: September 2000


As the 2010 ARCA Truck Series Season draws to a close we will soon be crowning a new Champion for only the sixth time in the twelve year history of the Series. The five previous Champions are led by three time Champs Paul Hahn & Chad Guinn, two time Champions Bill Withers & Myself and Brett Rowe with one title.

Thinking about what an exciting time this is for the Teams that still have a shot at the Championship reminded me what it was like ten years ago this month when Tom Cumbow and I along with our team won our first Championship. I ran across the following internet article this week that still shows up on the web. We were 20 points behind going in but knew if we won the pole, led every lap and won the race we would at least tie for the Championship. In a dream day we were able to go one better and win it all!
 I hope you enjoy the article.
Robbin Slaughter

ARCA: Slaughter wins Salem, takes ARCA Truck title

11 September 2000

Salem, IN–Robbin Slaughter, in his own Carmen’s Vacuum-NAPA Auto Parts Ford Ranger, capped off an incredible season Saturday afternoon at Salem Speedway with a convincing victory in the Uhl Truck Sales 100, and more importantly, the veteran Columbus, Ohio driver was crowned 2000 champion of the ARCA Lincoln Welders Truck Series.

Slaughter, who went in trailing Chad Guinn by 20 markers, had every angle covered including winning the Hoosier Tire Pole Award, leading every lap and winning the race. And while second place finisher David Clay, with the aid of lapped traffic, got close enough to challenge a couple of times, he, nor anyone else, was no match for Slaughter who pulled away by 15 lengths in the end to take his fourth victory of the season as well as his first series title. Slaughter’s payday exceeded $2,000 for the afternoon to include the Revenge Pole-Win Bonus as well as the Cloyes Gear Halfway Leader Award.

“This is absolutely incredible,” said the new champ in victory lane. “To win the race and the championship all in the same day makes it all that more special. We were definitely prepared today and I think it showed. The truck handled perfect right out of the trailer so we didn’t have to chase it all afternoon. If I could, I’d like to thank all the players that made it all happen – My sponsors Carmen’s Vacuum and NAPA Auto Parts, my crew chief Tom Cumbow, our engine builder Tom Hooker, Ed & Company for the chassis, my crew, Mike Jose, Don Porter, Niki Slaughter and Marsha James. I wouldn’t be here without them, and they’re all important. The way this point battle went back and forth all year, and right down to the last race, we’re sure glad it’s finally over. Now we can relax and enjoy it.”

Throughout the year, the point lead changed hands seven times before Slaughter wrestled it back for good in the Salem season finale. Guinn, who went in with high hopes, finished third, and although the Erie, Michigan stand-out didn’t take home the ultimate prize, Guinn finished off an ultra-successful year as the ARCA Lincoln Welders Truck Series Rookie of the Year after posting 4 wins in 2000. Pete Wormcastle, in the Ossian NAPA-Kelley Automotive Chevy, raced with the leaders all afternoon and out-dueled Troy Marciniak for fourth while Marciniak, in the A&A Manufacturing Chevy, trailed by a length in fifth, the last truck on the lead lap. Johnny Witham, in AJ Pate’s Fab Shop Ford, was also in the thick of the points battle until an early-race trip down pit road to cure overheating trouble put the Hamilton, Ohio driver one lap down. Witham still finished sixth ahead of Jack Weethee who steered his Weethee Builders-Amerihost Inns Ford home in seventh. Tully Esterline finished eighth in the Spangler Candy Co-Rupp Seeds Chevy while ’99 champ Bill Withers finished ninth in the Mannings USA-Hall Electronics Ford and was credited with the Ed & Company Hard Charger Award for advancing the most positions. Randy Kopka, in the Braun Auto Group Ford, completed the top-10.

Slaughter will be formally crowned king of the trucks November 11th, 2000 at the ARCA Truck and Midget championship awards banquet at the Radisson Hotel in Toledo, Ohio.

FINAL TOP-20 ARCA LINCOLN WELDERS TRUCK SERIES 2000 POINTS: Robbin Slaughter 3870, Chad Guinn 3845, Johnny Witham 3810, Troy Marciniak 3680, Bill Withers 3600, Dave Reeb 3245, Bobby Marvin 3195, Todd Braun 3185, Tully Esterline 3095, Michael Carter 3045, Jack Weethee 3005, Joe Wormcastle 2770, Stan Maitlen 2710, Kyle Witwer 2405, Jeff Speakman 2325, Paul Hahn 2315, Randy Kopka 2085, David Clay 2070, Pete Wormcastle 1705, John Kasmierski 1480.


   Salem Speedway, Salem IN, 9-9-00

   Official Results, UHL Truck Sales 100


1     1      6 Robbin Slaughter/Columbus OH Carmen’s Vacuum-Napa Auto Parts Ford 100 Running

2     2    33 David Clay/Carlisle OH Carlisle Electric-Community Nat’l Bank-Select Const Chevy 100 Running

3     7      4 Chad Guinn/Erie MI Racing Benefits Association-Sonic Expediting Ford 100 Running

4     4    12 Pete Wormcastle/New Haven IN Ossian Napa-Kelly Automotive Chevrolet 100 Running

5     8      8 Troy Marciniak/Spring Lake MI A&A Manufacturing-Bob’s Asphalt Chevrolet 100 Running

6     3      5 Johnny Witham/Hamilton OH Pate Manufacturing-Fab Shop Ford 99 Running

7    14    55 Jack Weethee/Grove City OH Weethee Builders-Amerihost Inns-Den’s Auto Ford 99 Running

8    13    10 Tully Esterline/Pettisville OH Spangler Candy Co-Rupp Seed Chevrolet 99 Running

9    18    57 Bill Withers/Columbus OH Mannings USA-Hall Electronics Ford 99 Running

10   15   17 Randy Kopka/Francesville IN Braun Auto Group-Braun Seating Ford 99 Running

11    5    77 Todd Braun/Winamac IN Braun Auto Group-Two Guy Mechanical Ford 98 Running

12   12   98 Dave Reeb/Pataskala OH Accurate Logistics Ford 98 Running

13   20   18 Kyle Witwer/Fort Wayne IN Kelley Automotive Group-Witwer Racing Chevrolet 98 Running

14     9   44 Michael Carter Jr/Highland MI Michigan Cat-Amzoil Chevrolet 85 Running

15   19   00 Mark Otting/Plainwell MI Posilac One Step-Westfalia-Surge Ford 69 Accident

16   21    9 Stan Maitlen/Greenville OH ARC Abrasives-GSI-Scoreboards-Meredith Ford 69 Running

17   11   19 Jeff Wichmann/Mason OH Midwest Metals & Supply Ford 65 Running

18   16   24 Paul Hahn/Canton MI Hahn’s Collision-Fox Auto Parts-Nat’l Auto Glass Ford 50 Suspnsn

19     6   16 Joe Wormcastle/Fort Wayne IN Witwer Racing-Votaw Electric Chevrolet 49 Bearing

20   10   76 Bobby Marvin/Columbus OH Ed & Company-Stat Express Delivery Ford 47 Suspnsn

21   17   51 Frank Kimmel/Jeffersonville IN Pate Manufacturing-Fab Shop Ford 5 Engine

 HOOSIER TIRE POLE AWARD: Robbin Slaughter 18.562 (107.639 mph)

 LAP LEADERS:  Slaughter 1-100 (100)



Promoter Ed Surrett postponed Saturday’s ARCA Truck Racing action at Newport Speedway because of severe weather forecast for the entire weekend. Ed and Phoenix Management Group Officials are working on a date to hold the event yet this season.

Check for updates.

Sauble Speedway Event Canceled

Due to unforeseeable complications, the race at Sauble Speedway on August 28th has been cancelled. Officials from the ARCA Truck Series and the Sauble Speedway are working on plans to bring the ARCA Truck Series back to the 1/4 mile facility in 2011.
The next event will be September 11 at Newport (TN) Speedway

Saturday’s Action Canceled at Midvale Due To Severe Weather










Wilson Wins at Motordrome!

Frank Wilson Jr. Wins at Motordrome! (Photo by Howie Balis)














 Wilson Is Strong at Motordrome

7/30/10 – Smithton, PA – Frank Wilson of Belmont, WV broke through to the winner’s circle in strong fashion in the DJ Safety 50 presented by City of McKeesport Mayor James R. Brewster at the Motordrome Speedway.  Hometown favorite Chris Bailey, Jr. of South Park, PA was the event’s fast qualifier, with a lap of 18.516 and rolled a “6” for the inversion placing Ash Hawkins of Canfield, OH and Kenny Kirsch Jr. of Hamilton, OH on the front row.

On the start, Hawkins was able to jump out front and lead the first 3 laps before a caution for the slowing Paul Hahn of Canton, MI.  Two-time winner Danny Jackson of Cincinnati, OH was able to muscle his way to the point on the restart.  Jackson was able to lead the next 20 laps while Wilson and point leader Bailey, Jr. worked their way to the front.  During a lap 23 caution for debris, Bailey, Jr went pit side to change a flat left rear tire forcing him to restart on the tail of the field.  The double-file restarts used in the ARCA Truck Series put Wilson on the outside of Jackson for the lap 24 restart.  Jackson and Wilson battled up high off of turn 4 causing Wilson to scrape the wall.  Undeterred, Wilson stuck his Drug Testing Centers of America/Perkins Supply/Team Wilson Driver Development Chevrolet on the high side entering turn 1 and worked the high side around Jackson for the lead.  He went on to lead the next 25 laps for the win while point leader Bailey battled from the tail up to 5th position.

Wilson was the winner with Danny Jackson in his Redbank Transport/Lykins Company/Doug Miller Performance Chevrolet in second.  Third went to Ash Hawkins in his A & K Racing Chevrolet.  Taking the checkers fourth in his NAPA Legend Battery/Kirsch’s Automotive Chevrolet was Kenny Kirsch Jr., of Hamilton, OH and rounding out the top 5 was point leader Chris Bailey, Jr., of South Park, PA in his C.A. Bailey Excavating/Will’s Warriors Chevrolet.

The series’ next stop will be at the Midvale Speedway in Midvale, OH on August 14, 2010. For more information on the ARCA Truck Series, please visit

Saturday’s Action Canceled at Angola Due To Severe Weather

July 24– The Phoenix Management Group 100 at Angola Speedway was canceled only seven laps into the main event Saturday night due to severe weather conditions throughout the area. Frank Wilson was leading at the time.

The Phoenix Management Group Officials plan to work with the Angola Promotor to re-schedule  the ARCA Truck Series event for later this season. Details will be on the website as they become available. 

The next race for the ARCA Truck Series will be the DJ Safety 50 this Friday July 30th at Motordrome Speedway in Smithton Pa.  Look for more details at the ARCA Truck Series website,

Rookie Sensation Chris Bailey Jr. Slides to win at Skyline

 July 19, 2010

On a hot muggy July evening last Friday night the ARCA Truck Series made their inaugural visit to Billy Jarrell’s Skyline Speedway in southern Ohio for race number 5 of the 12 race schedule.

Practice was not a good indication of how well the night would go as many of the Truck Series drivers had a hard time figuring out the ultra slick 3/8 mile dirt oval. That had all changed by feature time as all 50 laps were run under green, no yellows and all but 2 trucks running at the end.

Belleville MI’s Craig Meyers started on the pole and led the first lap. He was quickly overtaken by third starting Brad Yunker on lap 2. Yunker led the next 7 laps before dirt track ace Frank Wilson Jr. of Belmont WV grabbed the lead. Wilson’s lead was short lived as the hard charging Tim Schafer powered by and took the lead on lap 12. Schafer extended his lead and seemed to be in control of the race until fast qualifier South Park PA’s Chris Bailey Jr. worked his way up from his 9th starting position to grab the lead on lap 32. It looked like it would be a three-way battle to the end between Bailey, Yunker and Schafer but Schafer spun late in the race and lost a lap to the leaders as did Wilson.

Yunker appeared to be closing in on Bailey but ran out of laps as Chris Bailey Jr. took his second victory in the ARCA Truck Series this season in the family-owned C.A. Bailey Excavating Chevrolet. Strong running Brad Yunker of Maumee Ohio finished 2nd in his Owens Community College/Champion Credit Union Chevrolet followed by “mister consistency” Bill Withers in the Withers Foreign Auto Chevy in third.  Fourth went to Craig Meyers in his Classic Racing Coupes/Regency Kennels Dodge followed by Kenny Kirsch, Jr., in his NAPA Legend Battery/Kirsch Automotive Chevrolet. Tim Shafer recovered to finish sixth in the G’s Pizza World-Double “S” Racing Chevy.

The next event for the ARCA Truck Series is this Saturday night July 24th at Angola (IN) Speedway’s paved .375 mile oval at Fremont IN.





   June 30, 2010





   Indianapolis based ice hockey team 2 Much 2 Soon took home the top spot in their division at the Labatt’s Battle of Fort Wayne hockey tournament this past weekend, June 25-27. Sponsored by Tully Esterline and Esterline Motorsports, the team won all four of their games held at Canlan Ice Sports Complex in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

   Esterline purchased all brand new Esterline Motorsports jerseys to outfit the entire team back in 2008.

    “We had a fantastic time in Fort Wayne,” said team captain Matt Brown. “We were pleased to represent Esterline Motorsports by going undefeated and winning our division.”

   “We love seeing all our guys in the Esterline Motorsports logo,” Esterline said. “Ever since my wife introduced me to the sport, I like being as involved as I can, minus actually strapping on a pair of skates myself, of course.”

   Esterline is back in his own comfort zone in the #10 Rupp Seeds Chevy truck with a limited schedule in the ARCA Truck Series in 2010. Team 2 Much 2 Soon practices primarily just outside of Indianapolis in Carmel, Indiana.

Contact Information:

Esterline Motorsports, Ltd. 

4615 Eagles Watch Lane

Indianapolis, IN  46254


Bailey On The Ball at Lorain

Chris Bailey Jr gets his first ARCA Truck Series win at Lorain (Photo by JD Scott)

It was a warm and muggy night in South Amherst, Ohio at the Lorain County Speedway as the ARCA Truck Series put on a show in the Lincoln Welders 100.  Paul Hahn was the fast qualifier and rolled a seven for the inversion putting “Ironman” Bill Withers of Columbus, OH on the pole along with Kenny Kirsch, Jr of Hamilton, OH. 

Kirsch was the early leader with Bill Withers in tow.  Rookie of the Year candidate Chris Bailey, Jr., of South Park, PA made a banzai run to the front until a spin stopped his charge on lap 7.  On the restart, Danny Jackson of Cincinnati, OH started high into turn 3 and crossed back under Kirsch to take the lead on lap 8.  It stayed Jackson-Kirsch for the next 31 laps until a caution was thrown for debris after contact between Withers and 3-time ATS Champion Paul Hahn of Canton, MI.

On the restart, Frank Wilson of Belmont, WV moved inside Kirsch for second.  On lap 47 Chris Bailey moved inside Kirsch for third.  Hahn then begins to work on Kirsch at the halfway point.  Hahn muscled by Kirsch for fourth on lap 52 before pulling off with a flat right front tire.  Bailey began working on Wilson on lap 55 and got by him when Wilson got loose on lap 90.  All seemed well for Jackson until he blew an engine going into turn 1 on lap 91 putting Chris Bailey in the lead.  Another caution was brought by Mike Young of Toledo, OH on lap 97 when he slowed in turn 3.

Kirsch made a move on Wilson for second as Chris Bailey, Jr., checked out for the win in his family owned #17 C.A. Bailey Excavating Chevrolet.  Wilson ran second in his Drug Testing Centers of America/Perkins Supply Chevrolet.  Kirsch came home third in his NAPA Legend Battery/Kirsch’s Automotive Chevrolet.  Fourth went to Brad Yunker of Maumee, OH in the Owens Community College/Champion Credit Union Chevrolet.  “Ironman” Bill Withers came home fifth in his Withers Foreign Auto Chevrolet.

Sixth went to Ash Hawkins of Canfield, OH in his A&K Racing Chevrolet.  Seventh went to Mike Young in his Dave White Auto Credit Chevrolet.  Eighth went to Craig Meyers of Belleville, MI in his Classic Racing Coupes/Regency Kennels/Friends of Michigan Animal Rescue Dodge.  Ninth was Danny Jackson of Cincinnati, OH in the Redbank Transport/Lykins Company Chevrolet.  Rounding out the top ten was 3-time champion Paul Hahn in his Hahn’s Marketing/Turbo Air Dry System Chevrolet.

The ARCA Truck Series’ next stop will be at Billy Jarrell’s Skyline Speedway in Stewart, OH on July 16.  This will be the first appearance for the ATS at this beautiful 3/8 mile dirt oval.

Contact: Brandon Gregory

Jackson Back On Top at Mid-Ohio

Frank Wilson 2nd, Winner Danny Jakson, Mike Young 3rd & race sponsor Chuck Stranc, CGS Imaging on the Victory podium at Mid-Ohio (Photo by JD Scott)

Lexington, OH – 6-20-10 – It was a banner day for the ARCA Truck Series as they made their first ever appearance at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, OH.  With a solid field of trucks on hand and an excited crowd of on-lookers the ARCA Truck Series did little to disappoint those in attendance for the CGS Imaging 30.  Frank Wilson, Jr., of St. Marys, WV was the fast qualifier with a time of 1:37.18 and rolled a nine for the inversion which put dirt modified driver Tommy Hawk of Tupelo, MS and Cincinnati, OH driver Kenny Kirsch, Jr. on the front row.  On the start Kirsch jumped out to the lead as Hawk had trouble getting going.  Kirsch lead the first lap before being overtaken by Jackson who sliced through the field like a hot knife through butter on his way to the front.

Through the first half of the race there was a great battle for 4th place between Ashley Hawkins, Wilson, Tim Schafer, Kirsch and Bill Withers while front running Jackson, 2nd place running Mike Young of Toledo, OH and 3rd place Rookie of the Year candidate Chris Bailey, Jr., of South Park, PA stretched their lead.

At the lap 15 fuel stop it was Danny Jackson leading, Young in second, Bailey in third, Hawkins fourth and fast qualifier Wilson running 5th.

In the second half of the race Wilson made a charge while Jackson continued to set sail around the 2.4 mile road course.  Wilson picked off Hawkins at lap 17.  He then motored by Young at lap 18.  Wilson then went by 2nd place running Bailey on lap 22.  Mike Young then went by Bailey on lap 23 and had an exciting battle with Wilson that went all the way to the finish.  But, no one had anything for Jackson who dominated the day in his #51 RedBank Transport/Lykins Company/Doug Miller Performance Chevrolet.

Wilson came home second in his Drug Testing Centers of America/Perkins Supply Chevrolet.  Mike Young ran third in his Dave White Auto Credit Chevrolet.  Two-time champion “Ironman” Bill Withers of Columbus, OH came home fourth in his Withers Foreign Auto Service Chevrolet.  Ash Hawkins of Canfield, OH rounded out the top five in his A & K Racing Chevrolet.

Rookie of the Year candidate Chris Bailey, Jr., of South Park, PA, took the checkers sixth in his C.A. Bailey Excavating Chevrolet.  Tully Esterline of Indianapolis, IN ran seventh in his Rupp Seeds Chevrolet.  Brad Yunker of Maumee, OH finished up eighth in his Owens Community College/Champion Credit Union Chevrolet.  Nathan Trepkowski of Ubly, MI came home ninth in his B & J Auto Center/Ubly Auto Supply Chevrolet and Craig Meyers of Belleville, MI rounded out the top ten in his Classic Racing Coupes/Friends of Michigan Animal Rescue/Regency Kennels Dodge.

The series’ next stop will be at the Lorain County Speedway in Amherst, OH this Saturday, June 26th.

Contact: Brandon Gregory,

Drivers Go Back to School at Mid-Ohio


(Lexington, OH 6/4/10) — As 5pm on Friday June 4th approached, so did Mother Nature. With tornado warnings, and severe thunder storm warnings in the area, the Mid-Ohio Safety Team delayed the start of what some said was a priceless experience to prepare for “The CSG Imaging 30” at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course on June 20th.

As the rain came down in waves, the Mid-Ohio School instructor drove the hesitant students from the ARCA Truck Series around the track, giving them in detail the exact line to run, where to hit the apex, landmarks to look for before turning, and more. “Just riding around the track with the instructor gave me a whole new look of the track!” said Nathan Trepkowski. Nathan was not the only one who felt this way. Tim Schaffer stated “I would have been lost with out coming here today. I’m so glad I came!”

When the weather final passed, the drivers jumped in the Mid-Ohio School Acura TSX’s and took to the first of two 20 minute sessions on the track. With the instructor in the front, the drivers where able to follow the leader to get the feel of the race track, the way it suppose to feel. Then every two laps, like the well calculated double file restarts, the second place car would fall to the rear to allow the third place car to follow the instructor.

During the break between the two sessions, students had the chance to ask question and talk “what if’s” with the instructor. The students also took this opportunity to harass Frank Wilson, Jr., the only driver to get off coarse all day. Apparently, he just can not get away from his roots of dirt racing. “I thought I was in good shape till I hit the grass and then I really picked up speed!” said Frank Wilson, Jr. about getting off the course and getting stuck in the gravel pit.

Due to the wet conditions on the speedway, no ARCA Truck Series trucks ever made it on the speedway.

Thanks though, to the Mid-Ohio School instructors, all drivers at the facility came away with a new view of road course racing. “I think this may be my new favorite track!” said Mike Young. Quickly a voice from the crowd said “Even better then Winchester?” After a short pause, Mike followed with “Even better then Winchester.”

The EMCO Gear Classic present by Key Bank starts on Saturday June 18, and wraps up on Sunday June 20th with the ARCA Truck Series race, “The CGS Imaging 30” beginning at 1:30pm. For ticket information, please contact Mid-Ohio Sport Car Course at or call them at 1-800-Mid-Ohio.