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KENSETH, WALLACE HEADLINE ENTRY LIST FOR 7-UP 150 AT TOLEDO SATURDAY
 
TOLEDO, OH-Second generation race car drivers Ross Kenseth and Stephen Wallace, both sons of NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Champions, are scheduled to compete in the 7-Up 150 stock car race at Toledo Speedway this Saturday, April 12.

 

Toledo's 2014 season opening race will see Kenseth and Wallace headline a field of over 40 drivers from throughout the country in a 150 lap "Border Wars" event, pitting the ARCA CRA Super Series and the ARCA Midwest Tour late models.

"It means a lot to have racers like Stephen Wallace and Ross Kenseth compete in the 7-Up 150," said CRA President Glenn Luckett. "Not only are they good racers, their names will be ones that fans will recognize and hopefully want to come out and see compete against the best of the ARCA/CRA Super Series and ARCA Midwest Tour."

 

Ross Kenseth's father, Matt Kenseth, won the NASCAR Sprint Cup championship in 2003 and has 31 career Cup Series wins - including 7 in 2013. Stephen Wallace's dad, Rusty Wallace, was the Cup Series champion in 1989, owns 55 career NASCAR Cup victories and is a member of the NASCAR Hall of Fame.

 

The "sons of famous fathers" have enjoyed success in their own right. Kenseth is 20 years old, originally from Little Chute Wisconsin but currently residing in Clemson South Carolina, while pursuing a mechanical engineering degree from Clemson University. He was the 2009 midwest-based Big 8 Series champion and won several major late model races in 2012 including the All American 400 at Nashville Raceway in Tennessee, the Winchester 400 at Winchester Speedway in Indiana and the RedBud 300 at Anderson Speedway, also in Indiana. Kenseth won the pole in his ARCA Racing Series debut in 2013 at Madison Int'l Speedway in Wisconsin.

 

Wallace, 26, lives in Mooresville North Carolina and has experience in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, NASCAR Nationwide Series and the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. He also has tasted success on the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards tour, including 4 pole qualifying runs and 4 victories at Michigan Int'l Speedway, Kentucky Speedway, Chicagoland Speedway and Iowa Speedway. In February of 2014, Wallace won the World Series of Asphalt Racing championship in Florida.

 

Drivers from 11 states-Colorado, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, West Virginia and Wisconsin-and Canada have filed entries for the 150-lap event. The race weekend begins with a practice session Friday from 3-7 pm followed by on-track action Saturday with practice from 10-11:30 am, qualifying at 1 pm and the last chance race at 3 pm. The weekend culminates with the featured 150-lap event on Toledo Speedway's mile high banked paved oval, the 7-Up 150, following the last chance race and an on-track autograph session.

 

Other notable entrants include 10-time ARCA Late Model champion Dennis Strickland of Carleton Michigan, defending CRA Jegs Tour champion Cody Coughlin of Delaware Ohio, defending ARCA CRA Series champion Travis Braden of Wheeling West Virginia, Brandon Hermiller of Walker Michigan who is the nephew of 3-time ARCA Racing Series champion Tim Steele, Chad Finley of DeWitt Michigan whose father Jeff Finley is an ARCA Racing Series race winner, ARCA Racing Series winner Brian Campbell of Wyoming Michigan, 2012 ARCA Midwest Tour champion Jonathan Eilen of Hampton Minnesota and 2007 ARCA Midwest Tour champion Nathan Haseleu of Pardeeville Wisconsin.

 

The 41-car entry list will be trimmed to a 30-car starting field through Saturday's qualifying and the last chance race.

 

Advance sale discount tickets are on sale now by calling the track at (419) 727-1100 or by visiting the track website at www.toledospeedway.com.

 

 

BARSTAD READY TO TAKE ON THE CHALLENGE FOR ROOKIE OF THE YEAR IN THE ARCA MIDWEST TOUR
 
by Fay Hendricks
 
April 7, 2014 - Nick Barstad joins the ARCA Midwest Tour presented by SCAG Power Equipment with a mission. Barstad stated, "We will be helping to raise money and awareness for the Pets Loyal 2 Vets Organization this season. It is a great program we have gotten behind to help veterans with PTSD, physical assault traumas and traumatic brain injuries to be paired up with special service dogs. I would like to thank Interstate Truck Driving School, Pets Loyal 2 Vets Organization, Stanley & Wencl LLC, Topline Landscape Services and VMS Motorsports for their support."
 
Barstad previously competed full time at Elko Speedway, earning Division 1 NASCAR Minnesota State Rookie of the Year in 2011. Barstad then joined the Big 8 Race Series and eventually moved up to the super late model division, earning some wins along the way. Barstad will be competing in his number 1 Chevy SS Pathfinder Chassis with power from a B & B Ace motor this season.
 
Barstad stated, "Being a rookie in the ARCA Midwest Tour means a lot to me and I think if we can avoid mechanical failures and stay out of trouble, we will have a good shot at the ROY title." Barstad added, "I chose to enter the Midwest rookie program because I wanted to be put up against some of the best drivers and teams in the Midwest while traveling to multiple tracks, expanding my knowledge and understanding of racing."
 
Barstad's goals for the 2014 ARCA Midwest Tour are pretty reasonable, claiming, "I hope to qualify for every show this year and hopefully start getting some top fives to put us in ROY contention."

 

Be sure to follow the ARCA Midwest Tour on Facebook (midwest tour) and Twitter (@midwesttour)

 

ARCA MIDWEST TOUR PRESS RELEASE // FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE // APRIL 1, 2014
ARCAMT Media Contact // Kari Shear-Carlson // kari@arcamidwesttour.com
FORD RACING RETURNS TO THE ARCA MIDWEST TOUR AS A CONTINGENCY SPONSOR FOR THE 5TH STRAIGHT YEAR
 
by Kari Shear-Carlson
Apr 1, 2014-Ford Racing once again returns to the ARCA Midwest Tour presented by Scag Power Equipment for the 2014 season. This marks the fifth straight year that Ford Racing has participated as a contingency sponsor in ARCA Midwest Tour.

 

"Ford Racing is proud to be back as a contingency sponsor of the ARCA Midwest Tour for another season," said Mike Delahanty of Ford Racing. "Ford power has become the choice of champions in the ARCA Midwest Tour and has been proven with back-to-back championship titles in 2012 and 2013. All of us at Ford Racing are looking for the possibility of an ARCAMT Ford Power three-peat in 2014."

 

Ford Racing offers the widest line of Sealed Racing Engines - from 350 to 590 HP. Ford Sealed Racing Engines are engineered, tested and built to professional racing series standards and deliver reliable lasting performance. These aren't built from repackaged production parts - but real racing parts like Forged Crank, Rods and Pistons with full floating piston pins. Based on the proven Ford Racing BOSS Series race blocks these engines deliver Pole Setting Power with reliable and consistent performance lap after lap - RIGHT OUT OF THE CRATE.

 

Be sure to follow the ARCA Midwest Tour on Facebook (midwest tour) and Twitter (@midwesttour)

 

 

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ARCA MIDWEST TOUR PRESS RELEASE // FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE // MARCH 25, 2014
ARCAMT Media Contact // Kari Shear-Carlson // kari@arcamidwesttour.com
MATT KOCOUREK HAS HIGH HOPES FOR ARCA MIDWEST TOUR ROOKIE OF THE YEAR
 
by Fay Hendricks
Mar 25, 2014 - Matt Kocourek chose to enter the ARCA Midwest Tour presented by SCAG Power Equipment rookie field this year after a lengthy race history. Kocourek stated, "I looked into the eligibility requirements for the ROY and we met everything, so it made it all that more enticing to run the whole season. The ARCAMT has a great ROY championship package which really separated it from other series around the country. I look forward to getting the season started!"

 
Kocourek has been racing something most of his life. Beginning in motocross bikes, Kocourek moved on to jet skis before entering short track racing in a Legend car in the late 1990's. In 2000 Kocourek bought a used late model and was hooked. Two years later Kocourek earned the Lake Geneva Raceway championship. Lake Geneva was the only track Kocourek raced full time, winning the Fall Classic in 2005. Kocourek also made the field for the Slinger Nationals in 2005 on his first attempt, not an easy feat.
Kocourek could not make the move to the ARCA Midwest Tour without support, claiming, "We sat down this winter, and with the support of the USCCA, G & F Excavating and our other sponsors, have decided to run for the 2014 ARCA Championship. I haven't run a full season in any series or track since Lake Geneva and thought it was time to take on a new challenge." Kocourek had high hopes for 2014, claiming, "Our goal this year is to finish every race, win the ROY and finish top five in points for the 2014 ARCAMT Championship, but no matter what . . . we will have fun!"

 
Competing in his familiar number 43, Kocourek's black Ford Fusion proudly displays his supporters. Kocourek stated, "We have some great sponsors that make this possible. Our primary sponsor is the USCCA (United States Concealed Carry Association). We also have G & F Excavating, Five Star Racecar Bodies, All Star Performance, Perfection Auto body, B & B Racing Engines, Penski Shocks, Quarter Master and Lefthander Chassis."