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ARCA News Alert! Toledo Testers On The Way All Week At Toledo Speedway
Posted by: newsla on May 07, 2013 - 06:20 AM
ARCA News Alert! Toledo Testers On The Way All Week At Toledo Speedway

Things are heating up at home for the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards. In preparation for the 72nd Menards 200 presented by Federated Car Care at Toledo Speedway May 18-19, several teams are steering towards the renowned half-mile, semi-banked oval in Toledo this week for testing.


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Allgaier Motorsports Testing Tuesday; Justin Allgaier to Attend
Several teams are searching for a headstart for the Toledo race, including Allgaier Motorsports, scheduled to test Tuesday, May 7. NASCAR Nationwide Series driver Justin Allgaier, the 2008 ARCA Racing Series champion, mentioned during the live SPEED broadcast from Talladega that he'd be in attendance Tuesday at Toledo to assist his former ARCA crew chief and fellow Springfield, Illinois resident Kelly Kovski dial-in the Allgaier Motorsports machine. Kovski, who has never raced at Toledo, typically drives in two ARCA events per year - at the Illinois State Fairgrounds dirt mile and the DuQuoin State Fairgrounds dirt mile. Allgaier, already a winner on the Nationwide Series tour, earned his ARCA championship in dramatic fashion at Toledo in '08 by winning the race after championship contenders Scott Speed and Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. took themselves out of competition during the race via an on-track scuffle.

Thursday Testing Busy with Three ARCA Teams

Venturini Motorsports Testing 15-year-old Kyle Benjamin (Thursday)
Three ARCA Racing Series teams are scheduled to test Thursday. Venturini Motorsports is bringing 15-year-old prodigy Kyle Benjamin. Benjamin became the youngest driver in ARCA history to start an ARCA race at Mobile Int'l Speedway back in early March; and oh by the way, the Easley, South Carolina high school freshman finished second in the race. Benjamin is also the youngest ARCA CRA Super Series winner in history after winning at Lucas Oil Raceway last year at the age of 14. He also won four straight late model races at New Smyrna Speedway (Fla.) during Speedweeks, 2013. If Benjamin were to win at Toledo, he would officially become the youngest ARCA Racing Series winner in history, surpassing the mark set by the current youngest winner James Buescher, who won an ARCA race at 16, two days shy of his 17th birthday.

Win Tron Racing Testing Mason Mingus (Thursday)
SCOTTĀ® Challenge Rookie of the Year contender Mason Mingus (Brentwood, Tenn.) is also scheduled to test alongside Venturini Motorsports. Mingus, currently second in championship points, just 30 points away from veteran Frank Kimmel, has been in the headlines a lot lately, having not yet finished out of the top-10 in the first four events of the season. Furthermore, Mingus is coming off a career-best second place finish at Talladega Superspeedway last Friday. The 2009 ARCA Cometic championship crew chief Mark Rette calls the shots for Mingus.

Kimmel Racing Testing Two (Thursday)
Kimmel Racing, coming with two rookie drivers on Thursday, will share the track with Venturini and Win Tron. Korbin Forrister (Cedartown, Ga.), who finished a career-best 13th at Talladega in a Cunningham Motorsports car last Friday, is scheduled to test for Kimmel Racing, as is newcomer and 15-year-old Michael Lira (Port Orange, Fla.), scheduled to make his series debut in the Menards 200 presented by Federated Car Care. Eight-time Cometic championship crew chief Bill Kimmel (brother of Frank Kimmel) calls the shots at Kimmel Racing.

Championship Team Roulo Brothers Racing Sunday-Monday
Roulo Brothers Racing, the defending ARCA Racing Series championship team, is tentatively scratched in for Sunday and Monday (May 12-13) with SCOTTĀ® Challenge Rookie of the Year contender Mason Mitchell of Des Moines, Iowa positioned in the driver's seat. The Roulo Brothers have enjoyed considerable success over the years reaching back to 1993 when the Roulo's won with Dave Weltmeyer driving. They came back in 1997 to win with Ken Schrader driving. The Roulo Brothers have also had much recent success at Toledo with 2012 ARCA Racing Series championship driver Chris Buescher at the helm. Buescher has won four of the last five races at Toledo. Mitchell is currently fifth in championship standings. Schrader, not currently scheduled to test at Toledo, is, nonetheless, entered for the race in his own Ken Schrader Racing Federated Auto Parts-sponsored car. Schrader is a four time ARCA winner at Toledo with victories in 1997, 2004, 2005 and 2006.

Cunningham Motorsports Coming with Two (Monday)
Cunningham Motorsports is currently slated to test its two-car team at Toledo Monday, May 13 with veteran driver Tom Hessert (Cherry Hill, N.J.) and rookie Austin Wayne Self (Austin, Texas). Hessert is one of the more recent ARCA winners, having won at Salem Speedway in late April. Hessert has also had considerable success at Toledo over the years with finishes of third in 2009 and 2010, fourth in 2011, and fifth in 2012. Hessert also earned the Menards Pole Award presented by Ansell at Toledo in 2011. Self will be making his career-first ARCA attempt at Toledo. Cunningham Motorsports won at Toledo in 2009 with Parker Kligerman driving. Kligerman has since moved onto the NASCAR Camping World Truck and now Nationwide Series fulltime.

Katona/Kimmel Match-Up
Six-time ARCA national champion Iggy Katona won the inaugural ARCA race at Toledo on April 21, 1963. Since then, winners over years include Jack Bowsher, Benny Parsons, Ramo Stott, Bruce Gould, Dave Dayton, Bill Venturini, Bob Keselowski, Bob Strait, Ken Schrader, Justin Allgaier, Ty Dillon and Frank Kimmel, to name several. Kimmel is the all-time Toledo winner with nine wins, including his career-first ARCA victory at Toledo in 1994. Kimmel, the most recent winner on tour (Talladega Superspeedway), is second only to Katona on the all-time ARCA win list with 77 wins to Katona's 79.

Tickets on sale now for Menards 200 at Toledo
Tickets are on sale now for the Menards 200 presented by Federated Car Care at Toledo Speedway. Tickets are $15, compared to $25 on race day, and will be available starting Friday at Menards stores in Toledo, Defiance, Holland, Oregon, Sandusky and Findlay.

The weekend's activities include ARCA Racing Series practice and qualifying plus the ARCA Truck Series Grogan's Towne 50-lap race on Saturday, May 18. The Menards 200 is Sunday, with an autograph session at noon and the race at 2 p.m.

The Menards 200 presented by Federated Car Care is live on SPEED.

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