2nd Annual Competitor Meeting a Huge Success!

Toledo, OH (03/14/11) For the second year in a row, the ARCA Truck Series, presented by the Phoenix Management Group (now also known as “PMG”), held its Winter Competitor’s Meeting on March 12th in downtown Toledo, Ohio at the Park Inn Hotel. Started last year almost out of necessity but also as a courtesy to their members, the ARCA Truck Series remains the only major touring race sanction in the country that holds such an event. Present were PMG Chairman of the Board and competitor Frank Wilson, General Manager (and former ATS champion crew chief) Tom Cumbow — who also presided over the presentation, Operations Manager/Treasurer and former two-time ATS champion Robbin Slaughter, Board Member  Ed Yoak of Ed and Co. Racing Supplies, and Board Member and longtime competitor Craig Meyers.

Proceeding the meeting, the Board and officials met to refresh what was expected of a race day steward, how to handle situations such as on-track injuries, how to deal with potentially unruly people, as well as their representation of the ARCA Truck Series and how to work together with the fine speedways that allow the circuit to visit that particular weekend.

The meeting started out with announcing the ARCA Truck Series Special Sponsors. Ed & Co. Racing Supplies who is sponsoring the “Hard Charger Award, Fire Tiger Fire Suppression Systems who is sponsoring the “Pole Award”, DJ Safety Equipment who is sponsoring the “Rookie of the Year”, Safety-Kleen who is sponsoring the “Crew Chief of the Year” and CGS Imaging sponsoring the “Race to the Wrap”. As well, Hoosier Racing Tire, Lincoln Welders, Bassett Wheels, Racing Electronics, Sunoco Racing Fuels, Butlerbuilt Seats, Landrum Springs, Bilstein Shocks, TNT Rescue, FireAde, Intercomp, Whelen Engineering and Schoenfeld Headers were officially vetted as ARCA Truck Series sponsors.

Cumbow introduced Mike Delahanty of Ford Motor Company, who was on hand to answer the many questions and take part in the lively debate of the announcement of the Ford S347JR crate engine that PMG made competition legal for 2011. Introduced also was JEGS High Performance as the exclusive engine wholesaler and Scorpion Racing Engines as the exclusive engine rebuilder and engine recertifier. PMG assured the competitors that as soon as the weather cooperates, they will accomplish more testing on the Ford power plants.

Also present to sign on the dotted line were John Hoffman and James Hart of Arctic Racing Air, a company who sought out the ARCA Truck Series to get the word out about their driver cooling systems. They established a program designed to allow drivers to try their apparatus in race conditions, hand it to the next competitor for the following event, and at the season ending 2011 ARCA Truck Series Championship Banquet on November 12th, a unit will be given to one lucky recipient.

The point fund was also presented to be at least $15,000 minimum if all events are completed and computerized scoring will be made available to those with the capability during the season. The 2011 rulebook was handed out, too, and Cumbow went over the small but important changes inside the booklet. PMG also dropped the minimum age requirement one can compete at from 16 to 15 years of age. Competitors on hand were, among others, three-time champion and all-time ARCA Truck Series race winner Paul Hahn, Ashley Hawkins, Brad Yunker, Mike Young,  Paul Vanderhoff,  and DJ Safety Rookie of the Year candidates Shawn Szep, Marcus Jones and Zac Carter who are just part of the record high count rookie class. And car owners who were able to attend were the mending Ray Schafer, Rick Hahn, Doty Bischoff, Kenny Kirsch Sr., Paul Young, Rick Hahn among others. In all, over 20 teams were represented.

The ARCA Truck Series released its Missions Statement as well at the meeting, stating: “The mission of the Phoenix Management Group is to provide a safe, affordable and competitive touring race series, which competes in a regional area, to be used as a stepping stone for competitors who have ambitions to compete at a higher level of motorsports, and the veteran competitors alike.” To dovetail with that, ATS also released its Vision Statement: “The Phoenix Management Group believes this can be achieved by building partnerships with regional and national companies, as well as partnerships with regional tracks and grass roots racers. We also believe that board members personal achievements and ambitions must be set aside for the betterment of the group.” +Truly attainable goals!

Kevin Schwarze

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