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Eighteen-year-old Cole Glasson will make his ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards debut driving for Win-Tron Racing during the ARCA season finale at Kansas Speedway on Oct. 19.
 
Glasson took part in the ARCA Racing Series test at Gateway Motorsports Park in Madison, Ill., in June, turning a handful of laps in the No. 32 GREE Cooling Products Chevrolet driven by Win-Tron Racing’s full-time driver and Elko Speedway winner Gus Dean.
 
Following the successful test, Glasson continued to work with Win-Tron Racing to secure an opportunity to make his ARCA debut. That dream will become a reality on Oct. 19 at Kansas Speedway.
 
Glasson's No. 33 Win-Tron Racing Chevrolet will carry primary sponsorship from AM Technical Solutions, a construction management, project management and facility solutions firm for the high tech markets. Founded in 1994, AM Technical Solutions has more than a 20 year track record of delivering high complexity construction projects for many of the leading technology companies with proven success.
 
“We were very impressed with Cole during the Gateway ARCA test,” said Win-Tron Racing owner Kevin Cywinski. “He showed a willingness to listen to everything we were telling him and he was very focused on learning as much as he could during his time in the race car as well as his time out of the race car. We’re excited to have Cole with us for the race in Kansas and we look forward to seeing what he can do.”
 
Glasson has been racing since the age of 5. He started in kid karts and has steadily moved up the ranks, competing in karting events at the regional and national level, winning more than 100 races before transitioning to full-bodied stock cars in 2013.
 
In 2016 Glasson began racing in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series late model stock car division at tracks across the Southeast. In 2017 he joined Lee Faulk Racing and Development, a premier late model development team based in Denver, N.C.
 
This year Glasson has raced predominately at tracks in the Southeast, including Hickory Motor Speedway, Greenville Pickens Speedway and Anderson Motor Speedway. He most recently competed in the CARS Response Energy Tour Throwback 276, finishing 11th in an all-star field. In the last two years he’s earned 18 top-five and 26 top-10 finishes in a late model.
 
“I’ve worked so hard for an opportunity like this, so I can’t thank Kevin and Traci Cywinski enough for believing in me and giving me this opportunity. I’m beyond excited,” Glasson said. “I have to say thank you to God, MPM Marketing and AM Technical Solutions for making this opportunity possible. Obviously I have to thank my parents as well as Lee and Michael Faulk for everything they’ve taught me the last two years.”
 
Glasson's goal going into the ARCA finale will be to learn as much as possible during his first ARCA Racing Series start. 
 
“I would say there are no expectations for me going into the race," Glasson said. "If I keep doing what I've been doing this year, which is listen, learn and stay relaxed, then I will surpass any expecation that I could set. This is going to be a lot of fun and I can't wait to get to Kansas."
 
The ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards Kansas ARCA 150 will be held Oct. 19 at Kansas Speedway in Kansas City, Kan., and will air live on FOX Sports 2 at 8:30 p.m. EST.
 
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“He’s back”!  That simple phrase would be selling short the story of Springfield, Illinois race driver Kelly Kovski.  Kovski’s racing career, put on hold last February due to injuries from an accident, has re-started and according to the Automobile Racing Club of America today, the Springfield pilot will return to the ARCA series this Sunday in the Allen Crowe 100 at the Illinois State Fairgrounds.  Kovski is a man with two victories on the Springfield mile as part of a crew and he will be undoubtedly one of the most popular drivers in the field.

Kelly Kovski’s career in auto racing has been both as a driver and a crew member/crew chief.  He’s been the crew chief for Mike Allgaier’s ARCA racing team for over a decade helping Mike’s son Justin to a wildly popular victory in the 2006 Allen Crowe 100 at Springfield.  Kovski put ARCA champion Grant Enfinger behind the wheel of his own Allgaier ARCA car last year and all Enfinger did was start second and score another popular victory in the Allen Crowe 100 for the home town team.

As a driver, Kovski’s driven modifieds and stock cars at several local short tracks in central Illinois for well over ten seasons.  He made his first ARCA start on the dirt at Springfield in August of 2005 and finished a respectable 14th completing all 100 miles.  The next year he finished 11th behind teammate Allgaier.  Since 2006 he has 7 top 10 finishes on his home fairground race track with the best a third in 2015.  In 12 starts he’s only failed to finish one race and completed an impressive 1214 out of a possible 1226 miles in that span.

Perhaps most impressive have been his drives from the back of the field.  In 2007 he started 29th and finished 6th.  When rain forced the field to be set by points in 2014 he drove from 27th to 6th at the end, and when rain came back in 2015 he went from 30th to the career best 3rd on the Springfield mile.

Kovski’s streak of 12 consecutive starts in the Allen Crowe 100 came to a sudden halt February of 2017, when he was struck in the pits of a Florida short track by a flipping sprint car.  Serious injuries forced him to remain in a Florida hospital until he was able to be transported closer to home.  Driving a race car was out of the question but by summer’s end Kovski was well enough to return to the Allgaier race shop and joined Enfinger in an emotional celebration in victory lane last year.  Simply returning to run in the Illinois State Fair stock car race for the partisan crowd is a significant step, Kovski winning the Crowe 100 as a driver could set off a celebration that would top Allgaier’s in 2006!

ARCA practice begins at 9:00, ARCA qualifying at 11:00, Sportsman feature at 12:00 noon, an ARCA autograph session at 12:15, and the Allen Crowe Memorial 100 will take the green at 1:35.  It's all part of the State Fair race weekend which will have the USAC Silver Crown Series on Saturday afternoon as well as racing at Lincoln Speedway on Friday night and Macon Speedway on Saturday evening.

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Each year the NASCAR Drive for Diversity Driver Development Program along with its competition arm, Rev Racing, seeks to obtain the highest quality of applicants representing diverse backgrounds and develop them into successful NASCAR drivers. This selection process begins with the NASCAR Drive for Diversity Driver Combine. Drivers will have the opportunity to submit a digital application on RevRacing.net, highlighting racing experience, references and historical success. Ethnically diverse and female drivers have until September 7, 2018 to be considered for the 2019 NASCAR Drive for Diversity program. Youth program participants, ages 12-17, are required to apply by October 30, 2018.
 
Applicants must meet the following requirements:

• Be a female or member of one or more of the following ethnic minority classifications:
American Indian, Alaskan Native or of native/indigenous descent; Asian or Pacific Islander;
Black or African-American; Latino or Hispanic

• Be at least 15 years of age but no older than 26 years of age as of October 15th of the present year
 
• Be legally eligible to work in the United States. Drivers from foreign countries are welcome to apply, however, if the applicant is not already a U.S. Citizen or permanent resident alien, the applicant must be legally capable of traveling to the designated location in the United States to participate in the NASCAR Drive for Diversity Driver Combine. Applicants must also be able to obtain necessary authorization to accept employment in the United States if selected to participate in the NASCAR Drive for Diversity Program.

NASCAR Drive for Diversity aligns its drivers with a team of executives, athletic trainers, crew chiefs and mentors helping them achieve professional success, and thus improving their likelihood of reaching one of the three NASCAR national series. Selected drivers will compete in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East, NASCAR Whelen All-American Series or Bojangles’ Summer Shootout Series.

Rev Racing has continued to find success with its current drivers and alumni. In 2018, the NASCAR Drive for Diversity Program made a major impact, seeing three of its graduates (Kyle Larson, Daniel Suarez and Bubba Wallace) compete at the sport’s highest level in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. Since the NASCAR Drive for Diversity Program’s inception, Rev Racing has earned 17 wins, 85 top 5s, and 168 top 10 finishes in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East, with drivers finishing in the top 10 in points every season. Current NASCAR Drive for Diversity driver Ruben Garcia Jr. made his first trip to victory lane at Memphis International Raceway in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East in June.

To find more information about the 2018 NASCAR Drive for Diversity Combine or submit an application, please visit https://revracing.net/combine-application/. For additional information please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Ferris wheels, elephant ears and race cars will take center stage this weekend when the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards returns to the glorious Illinois Springfield State Fairgrounds dirt mile for the 56th running of the Allen Crowe 100 on Sunday, August 19.

Closing in on the final stretch of her first full season of ARCA competition, 21-year old Natalie Decker will fill the seat of her familiar No.25 N29 Capital Partners Toyota for her first ever start on Springfield’s historic dirt mile.

“This is one of the races I’ve been looking forward to all season long,” said Decker. “This is what makes the ARCA Series so cool. Going to Springfield is definitely exciting. I don’t have much experience on dirt but I look at it and prepare just like any other race. My goals are the same. I'm here to learn and get as much experience as I can."

Decker, who will become just the 10th female to compete in ARCA’s late summer dirt classic, will have plenty of help in her corner with the recent addition of crew chief Frank Kimmel calling the shots. Not surprising, Kimmel is the all-time series leader with 80-victories, also holds the series modern day record for ARCA wins on dirt with 14 – collecting eight checkered flags at Springfield. Kimmel made 503 starts during his decorated ARCA driving career.

“I’ll spend a lot of time reviewing film to prepare for Sunday’s race but I’ll also go to Frank (Kimmel) for some pointers. He’s been really good offering advice all season long. Even when he wasn’t crew chiefing for me he’s always been there helping me along. He’s had so much success driving at Springfield and on the dirt – I’m hoping to pick up on it fast and have a solid race."

The driver / crew chief combination of Decker and Kimmel debuted last month at Elko Speedway. Decker finished fifth.

Springfield will mark Decker's second start on dirt of her racing career. In 2016 she won driving a super stock truck event in her home state at Tomahawk Speedway.

The Eagle River, WI native is currently sixth in the ARCA driver point standings. In fifteen season starts she’s earned two top-5’s and five top-10 finishes. Decker made headlines winning the General Tire Pole and finishing a career high fifth during this year's season opener at Daytona International Speedway. Performing on racing’s biggest stage, she added her name to the record books becoming just the third woman in ARCA’s history and fourth in Daytona’s 59-year track history to start a race from the pole position.

ARCA, considered the most versatile and leading auto racing sanctioning bodies in the country, has run 357 dirt races since the series’ inception in 1953. Of Venturini Motorsports’ 48 series victories, the longtime series team has earned four wins on dirt, two each at Springfield and DuQuoin since 2010 – Steve Arpin (DuQuoin ’10), Brennan Poole (Springfield ’13), Kevin Swindell (Springfield ’14) and Tom Hessert (DuQuoin ’16).

Noteworthy, the best finishing position for a female driver in the Allen Crowe 100 goes to Taylor Ferns who was just 17 years old when she posted that ninth place finish in 2013 driving for Venturini Motorsports. Ferns also has the best starting position of any female driver in ARCA at the Illinois State Fair, starting fifth in 2013.

The Allen Crowe 100 is coming Sunday, August 19th. The grandstands will open at 8:30 AM, followed by practice at 9:00 AM, qualifying at 11:00 AM and an on-track autograph session scheduled for 12:15 PM. MAVTV will broadcast the race live starting at 1:30 PM. All times local.

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A field of 40-plus USAC Silver Crown Champ Car drivers are expected to compete in this Saturday’s “Bettenhausen 100” at the Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield. 

From top-to-bottom, the list includes seven Silver Crown championships, 13 “Bettenhausen 100” victories and 97 total Silver Crown wins, with 15 states represented. 

One of those past race winners includes reigning “Bettenhausen 100” winner Justin Grant.  The Ione, California native led 79 laps and staved off a hard-charge by Kody Swanson in the final laps, including a green-white-checkered finish, to capture his first career Silver Crown victory.  In the process, he became the first driver to get his first series win at the Springfield Mile since fellow Californian Cole Whitt in 2009. 

Two-time “Bettenhausen 100” winner Kody Swanson arrives as the white-hot talent, one who’s been undefeated in Silver Crown competition since the beginning of May, earning a Silver Crown record five consecutive victories over that span.  Along the way, the Kingsburg, Calif. driver has constructed a 126-point lead over Grant in the standings.  His victory on the paved high banks of Indiana’s Salem Speedway last Saturday was the 24th of his Silver Crown career, breaking Jack Hewitt’s 30-year old record as the winningest Silver Crown driver of all-time. 

Brian Tyler owns four “Bettenhausen 100” wins.  In last year’s race, the Pleasant Garden, N.C. driver shot to the front in a hurry and led 21 laps through the middle portion of the race before a gear issue halted his spectacular ride.  In the last mile dirt race at the “Hoosier Hundred” on the Indy Mile, Tyler led 27 laps, and was leading, before a massive accident in turn one ended their night. 

Lincoln, Indiana’s Dave Darland, a three-time winner on the Springfield Mile, has teamed up with Illinois car owner Gene Kazmark to compete in the “Bettenhausen 100.”  Darland leads all drivers in series history with 198 career starts entering the event and has made five starts in 2018 with a best finish of 9th in May’s “Hoosier Hundred” at the Indiana State Fairgrounds after charging from the 28th starting spot.

Peru, Indiana’s Russ Gamester, the 1998 victor, aims to make his 25th “Bettenhausen 100” start.  The 1989 USAC National Midget champ owns victories in all three USAC national divisions throughout his decorated racing career as he guns for Springfield win number two in the familiar red No. 51. 

A.J. Fike is a familiar face in Illinois State Fairgrounds’ victory lane, earning back-to-back Silver Crown victories in 2012 and 2013 as well as an ARCA Stock Car triumph in 2015.  The Galesburg, Illinois driver makes his return to Springfield behind the wheel of Dave and Dennis McQuinn’s No. 41 alongside teammate and 1982 Silver Crown champ Ken Schrader of Fenton, Missouri, who’s among five past Silver Crown titlists in the field, including Dave Darland (1997), 2017 pole sitter Jerry Coons, Jr. of Tucson, Ariz. (2008), Swanson (2014-15-17) and Chris Windom of Canton, Ill. (2016).  Two-time USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car champion Brady Bacon is looking for Silver Crown victory number one. 

Drivers who’ve broken into victory lane in year’s past, but are seeking to get their first triumph at Springfield include C.J. Leary of Greenfield, Ind., who will debut Mickey Meyer’s new hand-lettered No. 10.  Germantown, Tennessee’s Jeff Swindell charged from 28th to 3rd last year at Springfield will be joined by David Byrne (Shullsburg, Wisc.), Shane Cottle (Kansas, Ill.) and Tyler Courtney (Indianapolis, Ind.). 

Windom and Fike are among the nine Illini entered to run along with two-time Du Quoin Silver Crown winner Shane Cockrum (Benton), one-time Du Quoin winner Shane Cottle (Kansas), Patrick Lawson (Edwardsville), J.C. Bland (Springfield), Joey Moughan (Springfield), Terry Babb (Decatur), Chris Urish (Elkhart) and Korey Weyant (Springfield). 

Weyant is one of 11 series Rookies entered, along with leading series Rookie Travis Welpott (Pendleton, Ind.), Kevin Thomas, Jr. (Cullman, Ala.) Neil Shepherd (Warsaw, Ind), Kyle Robbins (New Castle, Ind.), Johnny Petrozelle (Denton, N.C.), Chris Dyson (Pleasant Valley, N.Y.), Keith Burch (Farmington, MO), Dave Berkheimer (Mechanicsburg, Pa.), Austin Mundie (Dallas, Texas) and Mike Haggenbottom (Levittown, Pa.). 

The Rookie crop is complemented by a competitive group of veterans racing into Springfield such as Jacob Wilson (Crawfordsville, Ind.), Joe Liguori (Tampa, Fla.), Austin Nemire (Sylvania, Ohio), Jackie Burke (Houston, Texas), Matt Goodnight (Winchester, Ind.), Steve Buckwalter (Royersford, Pa.), Casey Shuman (Tempe, Ariz.), Bill Rose (Plainfield, Ind.), Chris Fetter (Troy, Mo.) and Danny Long (Bonne Terre, Mo.). 

On Saturday, registration and pits will open at 7am, grandstands and ticket office at 9pm, Silver Crown practice at 10am, two-lap qualifying at 11:30am, Sportsman hot laps at noon, Silver Crown semi at 12:30pm, Sportsman heats at 1pm and the “Bettenhausen 100” at 2pm. 

Advanced adult tickets are $25.  Day of Race Adult 12 and older tickets are $30.  Children 11 and under are $10.  Pit passes are $35.  Children pit passes (11 and under) are $20.  Infield tickets for adults are $20.00.  Children 6-11 are $5.  Children under 5 are FREE! 

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In a wild Grand Prix De Trois-Rivières, Frederic Gabillon completed his Canadian debut with a splendid 8th place at the wheel of the #07 Spectra Premium Dodge fielded by Dumoulin Competition. The Frenchman, who earned the chance to compete in the 8th round of the NASCAR Pinty’s Series by leading the NWES points standings at the end of the regular season, showed a very strong pace and survived a mid-race collision to come from the back of the pack to a place in the top-10.

Gabillon was impressive in quickly finding a good pace in a completely new environment and started from the 8th position on the grid for the 50-lap race around the popular street circuit. He was able to move up to 7th in the first part of the race, but a contact from behind sent him spinning and down to 16th. The Uzes-native used the second half of the Le 50 Tours Can-Am to complete several passes and climb back to eighth under the checkered flag. 

“It was a crazy, aggressive race and a pretty long one too, so it was hard on the car and on the drivers, but it was great!” said a satisfied Gabillon, who had the pace to contend for a place in the top-5. “The track is especially tricky, there are walls very close and little places you can gain time, so there’s a lot of improvement on my side to do, but the Spectra Premium Dodge was great and the Dumoulin Competition team gave the best car and team. I’m really happy about the whole experience.”

The first leg of the unique driver exchange between two International NASCAR Series, made possible by a joint effort between the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series, Spectra Premium and Dumoulin Competition was a huge success. The program will reach its completion on October 20-21, when Spectra Premium driver and ambassador Jean-Francois Dumoulin, who finished 4th at Trois-Rivières, will join the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series for the Zolder Finals in Belgium.

“We are very happy and proud of this first International exchange and we want thank all the partners involved in it: Spectra Premium, Dumoulin Competition and the GP3R organization,” said NWES President/CEO Jerome Galpin. “Frederic Gabillon showed great speed and the ability to adapt quickly to a new car. The potential was there, but contacts are part of racing. I’m really happy about this entire operation, it couldn’t have been better and I’m really optimistic about continuing with this kind of programs in the future.”

“It was fantastic since day one. J-F Dumoulin and the Dumoulin Competition team gave a great welcome and did everything to make me feel at home. I was involved in many events before the race and I met so many people. It just felt great and I’m really grateful to the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series, Spectra Premium and Dumoulin Competition for this opportunity,” concluded Gabillon.

Frederic Gabillon will now head back to Europe to prepare for the crucial part of the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series season, beginning on September 15-16 in Germany with the Semi Finals at the legendary Hockenheimring. With double points on the line and a long list of title contenders, the  Frenchman will enter the playoffs on top of the standings to race for European NASCAR crown.

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In his first race at Montgomery Motor Speedway in over two years, Cole Anderson immediately returned to form on Saturday night, finishing fourth in the Show Me the Money Series 125-lapper in his No. 97 Toyota. It continued a string of top five finishes the Minnesota driver has been enjoying for the last several weeks.
 
The ATF & Gunslinger crew once again prepared a quick racecar for Anderson to contend for yet another win in his scorching hot summer streak of races. During preliminary practice rounds, the No. 97 was routinely in the top two or three spots on the speed charts. Unfortunately, Cole was the first car to make a qualifying attempt by virtue of a blind draw, yet still was only .058-second off the pole despite being the first car on a hot, slick, and greasy racetrack.
 
As the sun set and temperatures cooled, the pro late model feature hit the track for 125 laps. Learning much from his recent races about pace and tire wear, Cole quickly fell into a slower pace from his third starting position, making laps inside the top five until the race got closer to the end. With only a handful of yellow flags, the race became a contest of long-run speed, something the No. 97 team works on every race.
 
In the final quarter of the race, Cole began his charge forward. Fans enjoyed what was one of the best battles they have seen all summer as Cole raced side-by-side with a competitor for over a dozen laps trying to claim third spot. The door-to-door fight permitted the leaders to drive away from the pair, meaning a podium finish was on the line without the aid of a late-race caution. The race ran green until the end, and the third place race came off turn four in a dead heat, crossing the line mere thousandths of a second apart. 
 
"That was a good race," Anderson remarked following the event about his fourth place run. "We had such a great battle with Willie Allen the last thirty laps or so which was fun. I honestly felt like we had a third place car because the top two sort of checked out, but this is nothing to hang our heads about. The regulars race here like every two weeks and we haven't been here in about two years. We certainly have a good notebook for the next time we come back here.
 
"I waved Casey (Roderick) by and tried to ride behind him and save our tires, but I felt like the pace was just too fast tonight to save tires," he continued. "We really only had two cautions, so it was all about long green flag runs."
 
Racing wasn't finished for Cole on Saturday night. After arriving back in Minnesota on Sunday morning, he proceeded to take his dirt modified to a local track and competed in a race near his home. He started tenth in the field and drove through the running order before crossing the line in third.
 
The No. 97 Timberwolf Plastics Toyota pro late model will be back in action this coming weekend for twin 50-lap events at New Smyrna. Anderson visited victory lane in his most recent race at the Florida half-mile, although rain has wreaked havoc with the facility's racing schedule this summer.
 
For more information and the latest updates about Cole Anderson visit his website at ColeAndersonRacing.com. He can also be found on social media such as Facebook (@ColeAndersonRacing), Twitter (@Cole_Anderson97) and Instagram (@Cole_Anderson97).
 
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As it has every racing season since 1983, the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards will make its annual trek to the Illinois State Fair for the annual Allen Crowe 100 on Sunday, August 19. The event is the first of two races the ARCA Racing Series will contest on dirt tracks over the next three weeks, with the second coming at the Southern Illinois State Fair in DuQuoin on Labor Day.

Dean Roper won ARCA's first visit to Springfield in 1983.Other notables to have won at Springfield include 1989 series champion Bob Keselowski, who scored four wins in 1987, 1888, 1989, and 1998. Keselowski is also the father of 2012 NASCAR Cup Series champion Brad Keselowski. Former Cup Series winner Ken Schrader won in 1998, current NASCAR XFINITY Series star and Springfield native Justin Allgaier scored a popular hometown win in 2006, and ten-time ARCA champion Frank Kimmel scored eight wins between 2000 and 2012.

There have been nine consecutive races without a repeat winner at Springfield, dating back to Kimmel's win in 2008. With no previous winners entered, that streak is guaranteed to extend another year.

Last year's winner Grant Enfinger, the 2015 ARCA Racing Series champion, will be back at the track but working in a different capacity. Enfinger will be serving as crew chief for long-time friend Kelly Kovski, who was Enfinger's crew chief in 2017. Enfinger, driver of the ThorSport Racing No. 98 Champion Power Equipment Ford, recently finished second in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race on the half-mile Eldora Speedway dirt, backing up his three career ARCA dirt wins. He also has a pair of victories at DuQuoin.

“Eldora is so different than Springfield and DuQuoin.” Enfinger said. “It's got a lot more banking and you don't have as much speed. But I took what I learned driving the car to Eldora and it really helped. You have to feel comfortable sliding through the corners. And you can go too far and lose momentum and speed. I hadn't raced on dirt before I came to ARCA and it really helped me to be competitive when we race on dirt in the Truck.”

Kovski was originally slated to run the two dirt races for Allgaier Motorsports last season, but was still recuperating from injuries suffered when he was struck by an out of control sprint car in Florida earlier that year. Kovski recently returned to the cockpit driving a dirt modified, and will be making his first ARCA start since he finished second at DuQuoin in 2016. Kovski will pilot Mike Allgaier's No. 16 Schluckebier Farm/Billingsley Towing Chevrolet.

Discounted tickets for the Allen Crowe 100 are available at the eleven participating local Springfield Menards stores. Practice is scheduled for 10 am ET/9 am CT, General Tire Pole Qualifying slated for 12 noon ET/11 am CT, and the green flag will fly at 2:30 pm ET/1:30 pm CT. MAVTV will have live coverage of the race, while ARCARacing.com will have live timing, scoring, track updates, and scanner audio of all on-track activity for registered users.

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Sometimes, it’s better to be lucky than good.

Derek Thorn was both those things on Saturday night in the NAPA Auto Parts 175 presented by the West Coast Stock Car Hall of Fame at Evergreen Speedway, as he earned his second NASCAR K&N Pro Series West victory of the season and seventh of his career.

But the No. 6 Sunrise Ford/Lucas Oil/Eibach Springs Ford wasn’t the class of the field. That honor belonged to pole sitter Derek Kraus, who led every circuit up until Lap 116, when he ran out of fuel and was forced to pit from the top spot. Kraus went on to finish ninth, three laps down.

“We were second best to the No. 16 (Kraus) most of the night,” Thorn said following the win. “He had one of those cars that he would put a straightaway on us in maybe 10 laps. He had a car that was a dominant one. But as often happens, the dominant car just runs into bad luck and tonight just wasn’t his night and we were there to capitalize on it.”

“I’ve been snake-bit here for the last six or seven years in the last dozen starts, and it was nice to finally be on the right side of the good luck this weekend.”

Cole Rouse was forced to start in the rear of the field after crashing his primary car in qualifying, but was consistently one of, if not the quickest car throughout the 175-lap event.

“It was definitely a tough day,” Rouse said following his best finish of the season. “We wrecked our primary car in qualifying, but we got the back-up out and the guys did a really good job. I didn’t expect to be that fast at all. We probably has the fastest car at the end, we were catching Thorn there just a little bit. It was a good day for a back-up car. We’re getting better each and every week. Coming from the back to finish second, that’s not too bad of a day.”

Thorn’s Sunrise Ford teammate Ryan Partridge came home third, but admitted that he never really had a shot at the victory.

“It’s one thing to finish third and be mixing it up and feel like you had a shot at the win,” Partridge said. “That’s not quite as disappointing as finishing third and … we didn’t even have a shot. We weren’t even close. Derek Kraus had the fastest car by a long shot. It is what it is, We’re going to take our car over to Gateway next and try to improve our program, make our stuff a little better.”

Kraus was visibly disappointed upon completion of the race. Despite his fourth top 10 finish of the season, anything short of a win was a failure for the No. 16 Bill McAnally Racing team.

“We had ’em covered, but we ran out of fuel,” Kraus said post-race. “We can’t take any momentum out of here because the finish was not what we wanted or what we for sure deserved. We’ll have to go get ’em at Gateway.”

Kody Vanderwal and Tyler Tanner rounded out the top five, with Cole Keatts, Hailie Deegan, Matt Levin, Kraus and Trevor Huddleston completing the top 10.

The win extends Thorn’s championship points lead by six to 18 over his Sunrise Ford teammate Partridge. Rouse is third, 34 points back, with Kraus fourth, 36 back.

The NASCAR K&N Pro Series West will take one week off before heading to Gateway Motorsports Park for the Monaco Cocktails Gateway Classic presented by West Coast Stock Car Hall of Fame on Friday, August 24, the second of two combination races between the K&N East and West Series.

The NAPA Auto Parts 175 presented by the West Coast Stock Car Hall of Fame is scheduled to air Wednesday August 15 at 6 p.m. ET.

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Cole Rouse scored a career-best NASCAR K&N Pro Series West finish in taking the runner-up spot Saturday night at Evergreen Speedway in the NAPA AUTO PARTS 175 presented by the West Coast Stock Car Hall of Fame.

 

Rouse – a 21-year-old from Fort Smith, Arkansas who drives the Bill McAnally Racing No. 99 NAPA Filters Toyota Camry – previously had a best-finish of third, on three occasions.

 

His BMR teammates both came away with top-10 finishes despite issues on Saturday – with Hailie Deegan finishing seventh in the No. 19 Mobil 1/NAPA Power Premium Plus Toyota Camry and Derek Kraus ninth in the No. 16 NAPA AUTO PARTS Toyota Camry.

 

Kraus had dominated more than half the race, winning the pole and leading the first 115 laps. It appeared his biggest challenge would come from Mother Nature. The start of the race was delayed as the track was dried, and just past the midway point action was halted for nearly an hour for a red flag due to weather.

 

After the competition resumed, Kraus charged back out front in his NAPA Toyota and began building another commanding lead. His hopes of a third win this season went away as he headed to the pits with a fuel issue on Lap 116. He returned to competition three laps down and rebounded for a top-10 finish.

 

Rouse was fourth quickest in time trials, but hit the wall in qualifying and had to start at the tail of the field in a backup car. He was up to fifth by the midway point of the race and in second by Lap 121, where he remained to the checkered flag.

 

Deegan, who qualified seventh, charged forward and was poised for another top-five finish. She lost two positions, however, after contact from another car on the final lap.

 

With his second-place finish, Rouse vaulted past Kraus into third in the K&N West championship standings – 34 points out of the lead. He has four top-five and eight top-10 finishes in nine series starts this season.

 

Kraus is fourth in the standings, two points behind Rouse. Kraus – a 16-year-old NASCAR Next driver from Stratford, Wisconsin – has two wins, four poles, five top fives, and seven top 10s this season.

 

Deegan, also a NASCAR Next driver, is a 17-year-old series rookie from Temecula, California. She leads the rookie points and is fifth in the overall standings. She has three top-five, and eight top-10 finishes.

 

Saturday’s event featured another great turnout at NAPA Hospitality, which was courtesy of NAPA Seattle and included a large group from nearby Michaels Toyota in Bellevue. A VIP experience for NAPA guests included special pit tours. NAPA’s role as the event sponsor also involved driver introductions, the command to start engines, the green flag as honorary starter, and presentation of trophies after the race.

 

The NAPA AUTO PARTS 175, which was won by Derek Thorn, was the ninth event of a 14-race series schedule. It’s slated to be televised on NBCSN on Aug. 15 at 3 p.m. PT.

 

Next up on the series schedule will be the Monaco Cocktails Gateway Classic presented by the West Coast Stock Car Hall of Fame NASCAR K&N Pro Series East-West combination race at Gateway Motorsports Park in Madison, Illinois on Aug. 24.

 

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Austin Green put together one of his most impressive showings to date on Friday at Anderson Motor Speedway and he capped off the night with a victory in the second 40-lap late model stock car feature.

Green, a Legends car standout who began making the transition to full-sized stock cars this year with Lee Faulk Racing and Development, qualified on the pole for the first 40-lap late model stock car feature on Friday with a fast lap of 15.719 seconds around the three-eighths-mile semi-banked asphalt oval. It was his second pole in as many visits to the South Carolina facility.
 
The 17-year-old Green, the son of former NASCAR Xfinity Series champion David Green, was unable to turn the pole into a visit to victory lane and crossed the finish line fifth in the first race while his Lee Faulk Racing teammate Nolan Pope drove to victory.
 
Between features there was a redraw to determine the top-seven starting positions in the second 40-lap feature and Green randomly drew the pole. That, combined with a few adjustments made by his Lee Faulk Racing and Development team between races, was exactly what Green needed.
 
Surviving a few caution periods, Green would go on to lead every lap of the 40-lap feature to earn his first victory at Anderson Motor Speedway in late model stock car competition.
 
“Two poles and a win in two races at Anderson, there’s just something about that track that I liked immediately. It just came to me naturally and the track suits my driving style,” Green said. “I’m really starting to figure some things out. I’ve had more seat time lately to figure out what I need, what I can do and what I can’t do. That’s important because this was the first of five back-to-back races we’ll be running.
 
“I can’t thank LFR enough. The team is strong and everything is clicking right now. I also want to thank everyone at Bell Helmets, MPI Innovations and Motul for all of their support,” Green said. "Also thanks to my Mom and Dad and everyone that helps contribute to what we do."
 
The victory for Green is his second this year in late model stock car competition. He earned the first late model stock car victory of his career earlier this year at another South Carolina speedplant, Greenville Pickens Speedway.
 
“Austin has been fast everywhere we take him. He is a fast learner and has excelled in a short amount of time,” said Michael Faulk, Green’s crew chief at Lee Faulk Racing and Development. “Last night he hit his marks every lap, didn’t overdrive the corner, focused on the exit and was able to get his second win in only six races with us. We’re very proud of him. We can’t wait to go Myrtle Beach Speedway next week and try again.”
 
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