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TABLE OF CONTENTS Welcome to ARCA and Officials & Staff.. .........................................1 Letter from ARCA President... ..........................................................2 Allen Crowe 100 presented by Lucas Oil.........................................4 Entry List..........................................................................................5 2019 Driver Points Standings.. .........................................................6 2019 Owner Points Standings..........................................................7 2019 Special Points Standings.......................................................8 Sioux Chief Short Track Challenge................................................10 2019 Championship Battle..............................................................11 2019 ARCA Menards Series Schedule...........................................13 ARCA on FOX Sports and MAVTV................................................14 2019 Tracks...................................................................................16 2019 ARCA Menards Series Race Winners...................................18 2018 ARCA Menards Series Year in Review..................................19 2018 ARCA Menards Series Champion.. .......................................21 ARCA Menards Series Bounty Rookie Challenge..........................22 Point System / Race Flags.............................................................25 The Car......................................................................................... 27 The Engine....................................................................................28 The Crew.......................................................................................29 Inside the Cockpit...........................................................................31 ARCA Facts...................................................................................32 Thank You to All 2019 Sponsors....................................................33

THE AUTOMOBILE RACING CLUB OF AMERICA TheAutomobile Racing Club ofAmerica will kick off its 67th season in 2019 as it always has, dedicated to giving its fans, competitors and sponsors the same high level of competition they’ve experienced from the organization’s founding in 1953 through the present. The Midwestern-based stock car sanctioning body was founded by John and Mildred Marcum, and today is led by their grandson, Ron Drager. The Marcums founded ARCA after encouragement from their friends William H.G. France and his wife Anne B. France, founders of NASCAR. That relationship predates the founding of both NASCAR and ARCA, and it has carried over three generations to culminate with NASCAR’s acquisition of ARCA in 2018. The history and tradition is a huge part of what ARCA is, and it’s going to stay that way. There have been some changes, including a long-term agreement with Menards as title sponsor of the ARCA Menards Series, but the action you see from the grandstands at an ARCA Menards Series race will be the same door-to-door fender-banging action you’ve come to expect from America’s most diverse stock car tour. &OFFICERS ADMINISTRATION JOHN MARCUM���������������������������������������������������������������������������������Founder (1913-1981) MILDRED MARCUM��������������������������������������������������������������������Co-Founder (1914-2012) RON DRAGER����������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� President & CEO SUZIE DRAGER��������������������������������������������������������������������������������������Board of Directors ROLLO JUCKETTE���������������������������������������������������������������������������������Board of Directors MARK GUNDRUM�������������������������������������� VP - Business Development & Corporate Partnerships GRAYLING CALL.. ..........................................Senior Director of Competition & Operations JOE WELLS������������������������������������������������� Director Race Operations and Administration BOBBY THOMSEN���������������������������������������������������������Director Race Technical Services SHALENE WILLIAMS���������������������������������������������������������Manager Finance & Accounting ARLENE MIAZGA....................................................Manager Member & Employee Service CHARLIE KRALL��������������������������������������������������������������������� Manager of Communication ANDREA VOLPP�����������������������������������������������Manager Digital, Website, Graphic Design CASEY WAGNER��������������������������������������� Senior Manager Marketing & Public Relations RYAN MUSIALOWSKI.............................Manager Marketing & Communications Services HAROLD COOK............................ ................................................................Commissioner ROLLIE HELMLING��������������������������������������������������������������������������������������Commissioner JEFF NUCKLES............................ ................................................................Commissioner KEITH McCALL���������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������Commissioner DENNY McNUTT�������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������Commissioner JOHN MORTON��������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������Commissioner TERRY OLIGER��������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������Commissioner JOHN NAIDA........................ .........................................................................Commissioner 1

WELCOME Welcome to the 2019 ARCA Menards Series! We know there have never been more ways to spend your hard-earned money on enter- tainment. And there are more options than ever before on how to spend your time, includ- ing a device you take with you everywhere you go that has seemingly unlimited options to pass your time. So it means a lot to us that you’ve chosen to spend your time with us, and as we have for the last 66 years, we at ARCA are going to do everything we can to ensure you have a great day at the races. ARCA has been sanctioning stock car races since 1953, and 67 years later we have never been busier. We will sanction 20 races in the ARCA Menards Series, and dozens more in the ARCA/CRA Super Series, ARCA Midwest Tour, and at our two weekly race tracks Toledo Speedway and Flat Rock Speedway. All told, we’ll administer over 100 events in 2019 in 13 different states. The ARCA Menards Series is the most diverse stock car tour in America, with 20 races at 18 different tracks. This year, we’ll pay visit to superspeedways like the 2.66-mile Talladega Superspeedway, short tracks such as the 0.375-mile Elko Speedway, and for good mea- sure we throw in two races on one-mile dirt tracks at Springfield and DuQuoin. One of the great things about coming to an ARCA race is access. You will have a chance to get up close to the drivers and cars as virtually every event on the schedule has an autograph session that is attended by the overwhelming majority of the drivers. In many cases, that autograph session is down on the track, next to the racecars, just before the drivers strap in and go to battle. If for some reason you can’t make it to the track, we still have you covered. Every one of our 20 ARCA Menards Series races is broadcast live by our television partners, FS1, FS2, and MAVTV. If you aren’t next to your television, you can follow along on your phone – you know, that little device you carry with you everywhere you go – by visiting ARCARacing. com for free live timing & scoring from every event on our schedule. Over the last 66 years, 334 different drivers have added their name to the ARCA record book as winners of an ARCA Menards Series race. Our history includes some of the big- gest names in the history of motorsports and some names that were made right here, on the Midwestern short tracks, on the dirt miles, and on the wide-open superspeedways we run in conjunction with NASCAR. Names like Kimmel, Katona, Bowsher, and Steele are joined by Allgaier, Allison, Busch, Logano, Newman, Petty, Schrader, Stewart, and Waltrip as ARCA winners. We can’t wait to see who adds their name to the record books this year! On behalf of all of us at ARCA, thank you for choosing to be here today. We hope you have a great time watching a great race, and we look forward to having you back with us again very soon. Ron Drager President and CEO - ARCA 2


ALLEN CROWE 100 ILLINOIS STATE FAIRGROUNDS 2019 EVENT WHEN: Sunday, August 18 TIME: 1:30 p.m. CST TV: TIMING & SCORING: DEFENDING WINNER: CHRISTIAN ECKES • DEFENDING POLESITTER: GUS DEAN TRACK NOTES First ARCA race: 1983 Total ARCA races run: 35 Qualifying record: Mason Mitchell (2013) 32.408 seconds/111.084 mph Races won from the pole: 7 (Last: Frank Kimmel, 2008) RACE FACTS Race: Allen Crowe 100 presented by Lucas Oil When: 1:30 p.m., Sunday, August 18, 2019 TV: Live Broadcast, MAVTV Distance: 100 Laps (100 Miles) Series: Race No. 16 on the 2019 ARCA Menards Series season TRACK FACTS LAST 10 ARCA MENARDS SERIES RACES AT POCONO Website DATE WINNER TIME/AVG SPEED POLE WINNER SPEED 8/23/2009 Parker Kligerman 1:26:32/69.337 Address 8/22/2010 Patrick Sheltra 1:24:28/75.291 Justin Lofton 32.552 (110.592 mph) 801 Sangamon Ave 8/21/2011 Chad McCumbee 1:20:30/79.738 Springfield, IL 62702 8/19/2012 Frank Kimmel 1:02:58/95.265 Steve Arpin 35.132 (102.471 mph) Configuration 8/18/2013 Brennan Poole 1:16:01/82.070 1 - mile Clay Oval 8/17/2014 Kevin Swindell 1:17:53/77.045 Ty Dillon 33.803 (106.500 mph) Turns: 11 Degrees 8/23/2015 A.J. Fike 1:25:51/72.684 8/21/2016 Justin Haley 1:30:03/67.964 Alex Bowman 33.183 (108.489 mph) 8/20/2017 Grant Enfinger 1:22:29/72.740 8/19/2018 Christian Eckes 1:29:19/71.200 Mason Mitchell 32.408 (111.084 mph) None (Rain) ------------------------------ None (Rain) ------------------------------ None (Rain) ------------------------------ Austin Theriault 33.768 (106.610 mph) Gus Dean 33.836 (106.396 mph) 4

ENTRY LIST 2019 ARCA Menards Series Event #16 Illinois State Fairgrounds, Springfield, Illinois 8-18-19 Official Entry List, ALLEN CROWE 100 PRESENTED BY LUCAS OIL CAR NO. DRIVER/RESIDENCE TEAM & CAR TEAM OWNER 0 Wayne Peterson/Pulaski TN Peterson Motorsports Ford Wayne Peterson 1 Dick Doheny/Ballston Spa NY Doheny Racing Chevrolet Michelle Hillenburg 5 Bobby Gerhart/Lebanon PA Lucas Oil Chevrolet Bill Gerhart 7 Eric Caudell/Piedmont OK Honoring America’s Warriors Dodge Eric Caudell 10 Tommy Vigh Jr./Parsippany NY Extreme Kleaner-Thomas Coffee Ford Andy Hillenburg 11 Mike Basham/Henryville IN Fast Track Racing Toyota Andy Hillenburg 15 Christian Eckes/Middletown NY JBL Audio Toyota Bill Venturini 16 Kelly Kovski/Sherman IL Allgaier Motorsports-Schnap Sewer Service Chevy Mike Allgaier 18 Ty Gibbs/Huntersville NC Monster-Terrible Herbst-Orca-Advance Auto Toyota Coy Gibbs 20 Logan Seavey/Sutter CA Craftsman Toyota Billy Venturini 22 Corey Heim/Marietta GA Speedway Children’s Charities Ford Chad Bryant 23 Bret Holmes/Munford AL Holmes II Excavation Chevrolet Stacy Holmes 24 Ryan Unzicker/El Paso IL RJR Transportation Toyota Bill Hendren 25 Michael Self/Salt Lake City UT Sinclair Lubricants Toyota Cathy Venturini 27 Travis Braden/Wheeling WV MatrixCare-Consonus Healthcare-Liberty Vlg Ford Don Fike 28 Carson Hocevar/Portage MI Chevrolet Mike Bursley 48 Brad Smith/Shelby Township MI Websites Chevrolet Brad Smith 68 Dale Shearer/Alhambra IL Southside’s Route 66 Auto Body Ford Dale Shearer 69 Will Kimmel/Sellersburg IN Kimmel Racing Ford Bill Kimmel 77 Joe Graf Jr./Mahwah NJ Eat Sleep Race Ford Chad Bryant 06 Tim Richmond/Ottawa IL Toyota Wayne Peterson 5

DRIVER POINTS STANDINGS Pos Name Points Starts Wins Top 5 Top 10 1 Self, Michael 3725 15 3 11 11 2 Eckes, Christian 3645 14 2 8 12 3 Holmes, Bret 3620 15 0 5 13 4 Braden, Travis 3575 15 0 2 12 5 Graf Jr, Joe 3435 15 0 1 9 6 Vigh Jr., Tommy 3005 15 0 0 1 7 Smith, Brad 2525 14 0 0 0 8 Richmond, Tim 2150 12 0 0 0 9 Smith, Chandler 1990 9 4 7 8 10 Doheny, Dick 1800 11 0 0 0 11 Heim, Corey 1775 9 0 5 8 12 Gibbs, Ty 1730 8 1 6 8 13 Hocevar, Carson 1595 8 0 4 7 14 Gray, Tanner 1235 7 0 1 4 15 Mayer, Sam 1230 6 0 5 5 16 Majeski, Ty 1160 5 3 5 5 17 Herbst, Riley 1135 6 0 2 4 18 Moffitt, Thad 1110 7 0 0 4 19 Burton, Harrison 1070 5 1 3 5 20 Melton, Scott 1055 7 0 0 2 21 Caudell, Eric 1050 7 0 0 0 22 Basham, Mike 985 7 0 0 0 23 Deegan, Hailie 695 4 0 0 2 24 Gerhart, Bobby 650 4 0 0 0 25 Lessard, Raphael 615 3 0 2 3 26 Gilliland, Todd 595 3 1 3 3 27 Honeycutt, Kaden 560 3 0 0 2 28 Seuss, Andy 550 3 0 0 2 29 McReynolds, Brandon 530 4 0 0 0 30 Dean, Gus 525 3 0 1 2 31 Nicolopoulos, Con 500 4 0 0 0 32 McLaughlin, CJ 490 3 0 0 1 Baird, Morgen 490 3 0 0 0 34 Pompa, Ed 460 3 0 0 0 35 Clubb, Alex 455 3 0 0 0 36 Clifton, Rick 445 3 0 0 0 37 Miles, Jason 415 3 0 0 0 38 Self, Austin Wayne 395 2 0 0 2 39 Okrzesik, Connor 375 2 0 0 2 40 Corr, Sean 370 2 0 1 1 41 Mullins, Willie 360 3 0 0 0 Harlien, Gavin 360 2 0 0 1 43 Rohrbaugh, Codie 345 2 0 0 1 44 Dauzat, Bryan 335 2 0 0 0 45 Hall, Connor 325 2 0 0 0 46 Decker, Natalie 315 2 0 0 1 47 Quinlan, Grant 300 2 0 1 2 Shearer, Dale 300 2 0 0 0 49 Lynn, Brandon 220 1 0 1 1 Creed, Sheldon 220 1 0 1 1 6

OWNER POINTS STANDINGS Pos Name Points Starts Wins Top 5 Top 10 1 20 Venturini, Billy 4030 15 5 11 14 2 22 Bryant, Chad 3860 15 3 10 13 3 18 Gibbs, Coy 3850 15 1 9 13 4 15 Venturini, Bill 3810 15 2 8 13 5 25 Venturini, Cathy 3725 15 3 11 11 6 23 Holmes, Stacy 3620 15 0 5 13 7 27 Fike, Don 3575 15 0 2 12 8 77 Bryant, Chad 3435 15 0 1 9 9 28 Bursley, Mike 3420 15 0 6 9 10 06 Peterson, Wayne 3010 15 0 0 0 11 10 Hillenburg, Andy 3005 15 0 0 1 12 11 Hillenburg, Andy 2985 15 0 0 0 13 69 Kimmel, Bill 2935 15 0 0 2 14 101 Hillenburg, Michelle 2915 15 0 0 0 15 48 Smith, Brad 2525 14 0 0 0 16 54 Gilliland, David 1550 9 0 1 5 17 32 Cywinski, Kevin 1465 8 0 1 7 18 21 Gallagher, Maurey 1450 7 0 6 6 19 55 Venturini, Billy 1210 7 0 0 3 20 46 Corr, John 1110 7 0 0 4 21 107 Eric Caudell 1050 7 0 0 0 22 5 Gerhart, Bill 650 4 0 0 0 4 LeMastus, Bo 560 3 1 2 3 24 38 Honeycutt, Kaden 560 3 0 0 2 25 02 Our, Chris 550 3 0 0 2 26 7 Rohrbaugh, Codie 495 3 0 0 1 27 09 Our, Chris 490 3 0 0 1 28 0 Peterson, Wayne 390 3 0 0 0 29 14 Okrzesik, Connor 375 2 0 0 2 30 43 Corr, John 370 2 0 1 2 31 3 Hixson, Wayne 360 3 0 0 0 32 57 Dauzat, Bryan 335 2 0 0 0 33 03 Clubb, Alex 325 2 0 0 0 34 30 Rette, Mark 300 2 0 1 2 35 35 Brown, Jennifer 210 2 0 0 0 19 Bursley, Mike 200 1 0 0 0 37 44 Cheek, Mike 195 2 0 0 0 38 52 Schrader, Ken 170 1 0 0 0 39 34 Basham, Darrell 165 1 0 0 0 40 29 Lane, Steven 145 1 0 0 0 41 9 Praytor, Thomas 130 1 0 0 0 63 Wixon, Paris 130 1 0 0 0 43 61 Pack, J.J. 90 1 0 0 0 44 36 Brown, Jennifer 80 1 0 0 0 7

SPECIAL POINTS STANDINGS 2 019 ARC A Menards Series Sp ecial Awa rds after P ocono Ra ceway - Race #15 Bounty Rookie Challenge Valvoline Lap Leader GT Superspeedway Challenge Driver Pts. Car # Driver Pts. Car # Owner Pts. Christian Eckes 410 20 Chandler Smith 659 22 Chad Bryant 2585 Tommy Vigh Jr 366 25 Michael Self 433 20 Billy Venturini 2470 Tim Richmond 282 15 Christian Eckes 262 18 Coy Gibbs 2335 Corey Heim 244 22 Ty Majeski 112 27 Don Fike 2285 Carson Hocevar 220 19 Raphael Lessard 83 15 Bill Venturini 2285 Cometic CC of the Year R.E. Lightning Challenge S&S Volvo Laps Completed Crew Chief Pts. Car # Owner Pts. Car # Driver Pts. Billy Venturini 107 22 Chad Bryant 3080 23 Bret Holmes 1975 Paul Andrews 141 23 Stacy Holmes 2860 27 Travis Braden 1893 Mark McFarland 149 27 Don Fike 2815 77 Joe Graf Jr. 1836 Kevin Reed 151 77 Chad Bryant 2675 22 Corey Heim 1415 Shannon Rursch 152 28 Mike Bursley 2660 10 Tommy Vigh Jr. 1245 Sioux Chief Short Track Challenge Manufacturer Title Pts. CGS Imaging Four Crown Car # Driver Pts. Toyota 124 Car # Driver Pts 20 Chandler Smith 1575 Ford 85 22 Ty Majeski 430 18 Ty Gibbs 1475 Chevrolet 76 27 Travis Braden 395 25 Michael Self 1455 Dodge 18 18 Riley Herbst 390 28 Carson Hocevar 1380 25 Michael Self 390 2 3 Br et Holmes 1360 77 Joe Graf Jr 390 General Tire Pole Award Richmond Water Heaters Halfway Leader Christian Eckes (2), Chandler Smith (4), Gus Dean, Michael Self (4), Sean Corr, Carson Hocevar, Brandon Lynn, Christian Eckes, Chandler Smith (4), Michael Self (5), Harrison Burton Riley Herbst, Travis Braden, Ty Majeski Todd Gilliland Pocono Raceway Race Awards General Tire Pole Award: Todd Gilliland Bounty Rookie Challenge: Christian Eckes Richmond Water Heaters Halfway Leader: Todd Gilliland Valvoline Lap Leader: Todd Gilliland Cometic Crew Chief: Kevin Reed 8

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The Allen Crowe 100 Presented by Lucas Oil marks round #8 of the 2019 ARCA Sioux Chief Short Track Challenge – 11 races at 10 different tracks, all one mile in length or less. - A short-track championship within the overall championship - Only race points are counted. A driver’s best 10 finishes in the 11 short track events are counted. - Champion crowned at Lucas Oil Raceway on Saturday, October 5, 2019 and recognized at annual championship awards banquet Chandler Smith won his fourth consecutive short track event in the Fans with Benefits 150 at Iowa Speedway. It was yet another dominating performance by the young Talking Rock, GA native, as he led 140 of the 150 laps and only lost the lead one time when his car fell off the jack during a pit stop under caution. Smith’s lead in the Sioux Chief Short Track Challenge standings is now an even 100 points over current runner-up Ty Gibbs, the fifth-place finisher at Iowa. However, Smith is not planning on racing at Springfield or DuQuoin, which almost certainly eliminates him from contention for the short track title. Should Smith drop out of the running, Gibbs’ gap back to Michael Self in third is just 20 points. Neither driver has raced on the dirt before. Behind Self, Carson Hocevar is also within 100 points of Gibbs and recently ran the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series race at Eldora Speedway, giving the rookie some valuable experience in wheeling a stock car on dirt. With Smith’s intentions to skip the dirt events, the Sioux Chief Short Track Challenge is now wide open with four races remaining and a mulligan in the bank for the drivers that have run every short track race so far. A driver’s best ten finishes at the short tracks will count towards the year- end standings. The Sioux Chief Short Track Challenge will enter the dirt portion of its schedule, with the Springfield and DuQuoin dirt miles serving as the next two short track events. The dirt races are two of the biggest wild cards on the series schedule, and the potential for a shakeup in the standings is quite high. Many of the top contenders for the Sioux Chief Short Track Challenge title have never raced on dirt, but that hasn’t stopped quick-learning drivers from winning in the past despite little experience. Christian Eckes won at Springfield last year in only his second start on dirt. The short track/series regulars will have to compete with the dirt standouts invading the two fairground races, though. Dirt ringers such as Kelly Kovski and Ryan Unzicker frequently run in the top five at the dirt races each year and both drivers are searching for their first ARCA win. Popular series veteran Will Kimmel only runs a part-time schedule these days, but he might be one of the favorites to win at Springfield. Kimmel is a former polesitter at DuQuoin and finished second the last time he ran an ARCA race on the dirt. He has two top fives at Springfield with a best finish of fourth. Don’t count out the series regulars, though – Travis Braden finished fourth in his first start at Springfield a year ago, while Bret Holmes has raced many times at the dirt track on the property of Talladega Superspeedway. The Sioux Chief Short Track Challenge is a championship within a championship for the drivers of the ARCA Menards Series. ARCA introduced the Short Track Challenge Series prior to the 2015 season as a way for drivers not eligible to compete in the entire 20-race schedule to have a chance to race for a championship. As a driver development series, ARCA attracts drivers as young as 15 years of age who are eligible to compete on tracks 1 mile or less in length. The Sioux Chief Short Track Challenge intends to benefit these drivers. The concept achieved its goal in the very first year, as then-15-year-old Kyle Weatherman, too young to run the entire schedule, was able to race for a title and won the inaugural Sioux Chief Short Track Challenge title. Weatherman also earned the Bounty Rookie of the Year honors for his 2015 season performance. Sioux Chief Short Track Challenge champions – Kyle Weatherman – 2015; Chase Briscoe – 2016; Austin Theriault – 2017; Sheldon Creed – 2018 10

2019 CHAMPIONSHIP BATTLE There are still five races remaining in the battle for the ARCA Menards Series championship, a quarter of the season’s races yet to be run. With fifteen races now in the history books, there’s still no telling which of the season-long contenders for the title will sit at the head table at the Cham- pionship Awards Banquet in Indianapolis on December 14. The pre-season favorites, Christian Eckes (No. 15 JBL Audio Toyota) and his Venturini Motorsports teammate Michael Self (No. 25 Sinclair Lubri- cants Toyota) are where the prognosticators thought they’d be. Except Eckes, the heavy favorite after winning three times in an abbreviated 2018 season, is in the unenviable position of having to hunt Self down over the final five races of the season. Eckes led the series standings after the second race of the season. He started the season with a fourth-place run at Daytona and backed it up with a third-place finish at Five Flags and looked to be in the proverbial cat bird’s seat headed into the third race of the season at Salem Speedway, a race he had won the year before. But an overnight bout of food poisoning sent Eckes to the emergency room and put him on the sidelines. Instead, Daytona winner Harrison Bur- ton would pilot Eckes’ car to an eighth-place finish. Eckes returned to the seat at Talladega but was involved in a mid-race crash that left him 26th in the 26-car starting field. In two races, Eckes went from a 65-point lead to a 180-point deficit. After trading the lead throughout the first quarter of the season with Travis Braden (No. 27 MatrixCare/Consonus Health Care/Liberty Village Ford), Self finally took control of the top spot after the sixth race of the season at Toledo Speedway. Braden, driving for long-time team owner Don Fike, stayed close by a string of consistent finishes while Self, who won on the short tracks at Five Flags and Salem, struggled to find consistency to fill out the rest his finishes. 11

By the time the series reached the halfway point following the tenth race of the season at Madison, Self had managed to hold onto the lead but was facing pressure from a new challenger. Munford, Alabama’s Bret Holmes (No. 23 Holmes II Excavation Chevrolet) had leapt over Braden in the standings and had narrowed the gap on Self. Despite looking for his first career series victory, the former pro late model champion at Five Flags Speedway had proven himself to be a serious contender for the title. Just 35 points behind after the tenth race of the season, Holmes and new crew chief Shane Huffman finished among the top ten in eight races and half of those finishes were among the top five. Holmes stayed in the hunt the next five races as he scored top ten fin- ishes at WWT Raceway, Chicagoland Speedway, Elko Speedway, Iowa Speedway and Pocono Raceway. Not only was Self able to finish in the top five in four of those races, he was in the top five in all five of them. That allowed him to add to his points lead, which had grown to 90 points after Iowa. Following the most recent race on the schedule, the fifteenth of the year and series’ second visit of the season to Pocono, the lead has shrunk slightly. And, Self has a new name hot on his heels. Eckes has made up 100 points of the 180-point deficit he had following the Talladega race and is now second in the standings. The winner earlier in the season at Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville, Eckes punctuated the closure of the third quarter of the year with his second win at Pocono and served noticed to Self and the others that he will be a contender for the series title over the final five races. Eckes needs to average a 17-point gain in each of the final five races of the year – which translates to roughly four positions on the racetrack – to snatch the title away from his team- mate. 12

2019 Schedule 2/9 Daytona Int’l Speedway Daytona Beach, FL 3/9 Five Flags Speedway Pensacola, FL 4/14 Salem Speedway Salem, IN 4/26 Talladega Superspeedway Talladega, AL 5/4 Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville Nashville, TN 5/19 Toledo Speedway Toledo, OH 5/23 Charlotte Motor Speedway Concord, NC 5/31 Pocono Raceway Long Pond, PA 6/7 Michigan Int’l Speedway Brooklyn, MI 6/14 Madison Int’l Speedway Madison, WI 6/22 Gateway Motorsports Park Madison, IL 6/27 Chicagoland Speedway Joliet, IL 7/13 Elko Speedway Elko, MN 7/19 Iowa Speedway Newton, IA 7/26 Pocono Raceway Long Pond, PA 8/18 Illinois State Fairgrounds Springfield, IL 8/31 Du Quoin State Fairgrounds Du Quoin, IL 9/14 Salem Speedway Salem, IN 10/5 Lucas Oil Raceway Brownsburg, IN 10/18 Kansas Speedway Kansas City, KS 13

ON Live television broadcast times for the 20 races on the 2019 ARCA Menards Series schedule have been released, starting with the series’ next race at Five Flags Speedway in Pensacola, Florida. Seven of the remaining ARCA Menards Series races will be televised live on FS1 and FS2, while MAVTV will broadcast twelve events. It is the first time in the series’ long history that each event is scheduled for live television broadcast. The season opener at Daytona International Speedway was broad- cast live on FS1, the 19th consecutive season the Daytona event was broadcast on the FOX Sports family of networks. The races on the FOX Sports family of networks include the majority of the General Tire Superspeedway Challenge events, the lone excep- tion being the series’ visit to Gateway Motorsports Park which will be televised live on MAVTV. The 2019 season is the second of a three-year agreement with FOX Sports, an extension of a relationship that dates back to 1997 when the network – then called SpeedVision – broadcast its first race from Salem Speedway. Six races will be broadcast live on FS1, starting at Daytona, plus events at Talladega, Charlotte, Michigan, Chicagoland, and Pocono, while two will be live on FS2, starting with the first event at Pocono and the sea- son finale at Kansas. MAVTV will carry the entirety of the Sioux Chief Short Track Challenge, with all eleven short track events live on the motorsports-themed net- work. Those races include both visits to Salem, Nashville, Toledo, Madison, Gateway, Elko, Iowa, Springfield, DuQuoin, and Lucas Oil Raceway in Indianapolis. 14

2019 TRACKS Superspeedways - Daytona and Talladega Speedways - Charlotte, Michigan, Pocono, Gateway, Chicagoland and Kansas Short Tracks - Five Flags, Nashville, Salem, Toledo, Madison, Iowa, Elko and Lucas Oil Dirt Tracks - Illinois State Fairgrounds and Du Quoin State Fairgrounds 16

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2019 RACE WINNERS DATE TRACK WINNER 2/10 Daytona Int’l Speedway Harrison Burton 3/9 Five Flags Speedway Michael Self 4/14 Michael Self 4/26 Salem Speedway Todd Gilliland 5/5 Talladega Superspeedway Christian Eckes 5/19 Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville Chandler Smith 5/23 Ty Majeski 5/31 Toledo Speedway Ty Majeski 6/7 Charlotte Motor Speedway Michael Self 6/14 Chandler Smith 6/22 Pocono Raceway Ty Gibbs 6/27 Michigan Int’l Speedway Ty Majeski 7/13 Madison Int’l Speedway Chandler Smith 7/19 Gateway Motorsports Park Chandler Smith 7/26 Chicagoland Speedway Christian Eckes 8/18 8/3 1 Elko Speedway 9/14 Iowa Speedway 10/5 Pocono Raceway 10/18 Illinois State Fairgrounds Du Quoin State Fairgrounds Salem Speedway Lucas Oil Raceway Kansas Speedway 2019 HIGHLIGHTS • 15 race events, completing 1,984 laps at 15 different tracks • 76 different drivers competed in at least one race • 6 different race winners / 2 first-time race winners (Ty Majeski & Ty Gibbs) • 7 different pole winners / 2 first-time pole winners (Carson Hocevar & Brandon Lynn) • Only 2 drivers won from the pole (Chandler Smith (twice) and Michael Self) • The finish at Daytona Int’l Speedway was the closest in 2019 (0.112 seconds) 18

2018 REVIEW Sheldon Creed had shown flashes of brilliance in his ARCA Menards Series career before the start of the 2018 season, but he had nothing but potential to show for it. Creed, from Alpine, California, had made 17 starts and was impressive at times, scoring nine top ten finishes along the way. That included a solid runner-up performance at DuQuoin in 2017, a finish that he backed up with a third place run at Kentucky. But those great runs were peppered with disappointment as well, as mechanical failures and incidents resulted in finishes well outside the top twenty. Things changed in 2018 for Creed, who teamed with former driver turned crew chief Mark McFarland and his partners Matthew Miller and Doug Fuller for a full season run. Whatever was missing before had been found, because Creed was impressive right out of the gate. Creed scored seven top five finishes in the season’s first eight races, including his first career win when he pulled into victory lane at Michigan in June. Already in the driver’s seat for the ARCA Menards Series championship, Creed turned the heat up on the competition from there. Additional summertime wins at Gateway and Iowa built a nearly insurmountable points lead heading into the season finale at Kansas. When Creed rolled off pit road for the final race of the season, the championship went from technically his to officially his. But that didn’t keep him from putting on a show throughout the day. Creed was swept into a mid-race accident, pitted for repairs, restarted from the back before working his way through the field to claim his fourth win of the year. It was the perfect exclamation point to one of the most impressive seasons in recent memory. Led by crew chief Jeff Stankiewicz, Creed and his MDM crew racked up 16 top-ten finishes, 18 top-ten finishes, led 501 laps, and four General Tire Pole Awards. Perhaps the most impressive stat of the sea- son, however, was his 4.2 average finish. Simply put, Creed was a dominant force all season long. He also won the coveted Sioux Chief Short Track Challenge title and his team owner Matthew Miller earned the General Tire Superspeedway Challenge championship. McFarland’s MDM organization didn’t stop there. Zane Smith also recorded four wins, including a statistical dead heat at Talladega decided by mere inches over Joe Graf, Jr. Smith also won at Nashville, Toledo, and Pocono on his way to the Bounty Rookie of the Year title. MDM also won with Harrison Bur- ton at the wheel in the other Pocono race and Brandon Jones at Charlotte. MDM won half of the ARCA Menards Series’ 20 races in 2018. Venturini Motorsports, a mainstay of the ARCA Menards Series since 1983, was not to be denied either. VMS drivers accounted for eight wins throughout the season, including Michael Self’s wins at Daytona at Chicagoland, Christian Eckes’ three wins at Salem, Springfield, and Lucas Oil Raceway, 16-year-old Chandler Smith’s two wins at Madison and Salem, and open wheel dirt track ace Logan Seavey’s win at DuQuoin. While Chandler Smith only started nine races in 2018, he was so dominant that he locked up the Valvoline Lap Leader Award by nearly 300 laps over the competition. Smith led 763 laps, 299 more than champion Sheldon Creed who was second. Other winners in 2018 included Gus Dean, who followed up his 2017 Talladega win with his second career win at Elko, and Joe Graf, Jr. who won a fender-banging last-lap duel with Zane Smith at Berlin. The 2018 season saw ARCA competition initiatives such as the ARCA Ilmor 396 and the Five Star composite body continue to give teams benefits. All 20 race wins, all 100 potential top five finishes, and 199 out of 200 possible top ten finishes were earned by cars with the ARCA Ilmor 396 and the Five Star composite body. 19


2018 CHAMPION Sometimes it takes a while to figure out you’re going to be pretty good at something. That’s exactly how it was when Sheldon Creed started his stock car racing career. Creed, from Alpine, California, had excelled in all forms of motorsports he participated in from the time he was a youngster. So when he first strapped into a stock car, he thought he’d pick up right where he left off. After all, he was the youngest winner in the history of the Stadium Super Truck Series, and had competed for championships in every type of racing he’d ever been in. It didn’t quite work out that way. Creed struggled to adapt and with those struggles became frustrat- ed. The talent and speed were there but getting to the end and being in contention to win were an issue. When he paired with MDM Motorsports and crew chief Jeff Stankiewicz, that’s when Creed’s stock car career came alive. MDM’s equipment was solid and Stankiewicz’s leadership brought Creed from a middle of the pack rookie to a championship contender almost overnight. Creed’s 2018 season was nothing short of spectacular. He won four times, including his first career victory on the fast sweeping high-banks at Michigan. He followed it up with wins at Gateway, Iowa, and a rousing come-from-behind win in the season finale to clinch the championship at Kansas. Creed closed the season with sixteen top-five finishes, eighteen top-ten finishes, four General Tire Pole Awards, 501 laps led, and an impressive season-long average finish of 4.2. He and his team also swept the majority of ARCA’s post season special awards, including the Sioux Chief Short Track Challenge, the General Tire Superspeedway Challenge, and Cometic Crew Chief of the Year, the General Tire Pole Award, the R.E. Lightning Award, the S&S Volvo Laps Completed Award, and he helped give Toyota its second consecutive and third overall manu- facturer’s title. 21

To win the Bounty Rookie Challenge is an accomplishment in and of itself. The list of drivers who have been the ARCA Menards Series rookie of the year is long and distinguished, and you have to succeed on the race track and represent the sport well off of it. The battle for the 2018 Bounty Rookie Challenge came down to the final race of the year, between teammates Zane Smith and Chase Purdy. Smith held the lead going into the final event of the season at Kansas, but Purdy was within striking distance. As series officials only tally a driver’s best 15 finishes in the 20-race season in the total towards the Bounty Rookie Challenge, anything could happen. Purdy did all he could do, finishing fifth on the day, while Smith was caught up in a late-race incident and finished 17th. It wasn’t quite enough to close the gap, and Smith edged his teammate to become the 61st driver in series history to earn the rookie of the year crown joining the likes of 2017 Bounty Rookie of the Year Riley Herbst, current NASCAR Cup Series drivers Alex Bowman, Chris Buescher and Michael McDowell, and NASCAR Hall of Fame members Benny Parsons and Davey Allison. Smith has moved on to the NASCAR XFINITY Series for 2019, driving a partial schedule for Dale Earnhardt, Jr.’s JR Motorsports. 22

POINT SYSTEM 1st 235 9th 185 17th 145 25th 105 33rd 65 2nd 220 10th 180 18th 140 26th 100 34th 60 3rd 215 11th 175 19th 135 27th 95 35th 55 4th 210 12th 170 20th 130 28th 90 36th 50 5th 205 13th 165 21st 125 29th 85 37th 45 6th 200 14th 160 22nd 120 30th 80 38th 40 7th 195 15th 155 23rd 115 31st 75 39th 35 8th 190 16th 150 24th 110 32nd 70 40th 30 • 5pointsawardedtopolewinner • 5pointsawardedtoanyofficiallapleader • 5pointsawardedtoleaderofthemostlaps • 250pointsawardeduponentering&competingineachpre-designatedfiveracelegoftheoverallschedule RACE FLAGS Green The track is clear and cars may proceed at speed. This flag is used to signal the beginning of the race and any restarts. Yellow (caution) The track is not clear, slow down and hold your position behind the pace car. This flag is used to signal an accident, debris caused by contact or mechanical failure or weather-related issues. ARCA rules allow cars to bunch up behind the leader. Red The track is unsafe and there is a situation that requires immediate attention. Cars must go to a designated location and stop. This flag is usually waved in cases of heavy precipitation, an accident which requires immediate medical assistance or if the track is blocked. Blue with Yellow Stripe Pay attention to your mirrors, because a faster car is approaching from behind. Contrary to popular opinion, this flag does not make it mandatory that slower cars must move over for the leader of the race. This flag gets a workout at tracks like Salem and Toledo, where traffic becomes a major factor. Black Come into the pits immediately for consultation. Normally, this flag is waved at an individual car, either because it has a mechanical problem or has broken a rule. Waved in combination with a red flag signals the end of a practice session. Black with White Cross Cars that refuse to acknowledge the black flag are shown this flag, which means ARCA will no longer score them until they come into the pits for consultation. White There is one lap remaining in the scheduled distance. Checkered The event has reached its scheduled distance and is complete. 25

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THE CAR B O D Y Chevrolet SS Dodge Charger Ford Fusion Toyota Camry W E I G H T 3,400 lbs-Steel 3,300 lbs-Composite W H E E L B A S E 110 Inches FUEL Sunoco 260 GTX Unleaded 98 Octane FUEL CAPACITY 22 Gallons T I R E S General Tire Radials E N G I N E 360 c.i. Carbureted 396 c.i. Fuel Injected H O R S E P O W E R 700+ Horsepower T O P S P E E D 200+ MPH R A C E L E N G T H 100 - 250 Miles T R A C K T Y P E PavedandDirt I N S P E C T I O N Safety & Competition PIT STOPS Minimum One Per Race Required 27

FIVE STAR RACE CAR BODIES Teams competing in the ARCA Menards Series have the option of running new flange-fit, modular panel, composite material bodies at all tracks. At Daytona and Talladega, the only body eligible for competition is the Five Star Body. The showroom stock-appearing Toyota Camry, Ford Fusion and Chevrolet SS body packages are constructed with state of the art, composite laminate blend materials. They are engineered to be lightweight and durable, and to resist de- flection at high speeds. The complete body is comprised of 12 flange-fit modular panels, for ease of installation and quick replacement, and weighs less than 135 pounds. The ease-of-installation design allows teams to install the entire body in their respective shops, and to perform replacement of damaged panels at the team’s shop or at the track, resulting in significant savings in time and labor required for repairs. ARCA ILMOR 396 The ARCA Ilmor 396 is a progressive and innovative engine package option which debuted in 2015. • The purpose-built engine was developed and is assembled and maintained exclusively by Ilmor Engineering. • The engine utilizes a 396-cubic inch displacement steel engine block and delivers a minimum 700 horsepower and 500 foot pounds of torque running at 7500 RPM. • The engine is fuel-injected with a Holley Electronic Control Unit controlling the entire fuel injection and ignition systems. 28

THE CREW Your local auto shop might change your tires, but that’s where the simi- larity to an ARCA pit stop ends. In just 15 seconds, an ARCA pit crew can change four tires, make chassis adjustments and even supply a full tank of Sunoco race fuel. At any of the 20 races on the 2019 schedule, your favorite team will need to make a pit stop to refuel and take new tires in order to achieve optimal performance. Fast pit stops are vital to success; anything less than perfection can make a contender lose multiple posi- tions. Six team members are permitted by ARCA to be “over the wall” and service a car during a pit stop. Tire Carriers Two tire carriers for each team (one for the front, one for the rear) start on the right side and proceed back to the left side, carrying new tires over the pit wall to hang for tire changers Jacker Each team’s jack man carries a hydraulic jack weighing approximately 20 pounds to lift the car on both sides (right first, left second), allowing the tires to be changed. Fueler This crew member fills the car’s fuel cell with a maximum of three 12-gallon cans of fuel, which weigh 81 pounds each. Tire Changer The tire changers begin by removing and replacing the right-side tire using an air-powered impact wrench to loosen and tighten five lug nuts, which hold the wheel in place. The tire changer moves to the opposite side of the car to change the other tire. Support Crew Crew members behind the pit wall help by passing tires and fuel cans and collecting items used in the pit stop by those who are over the wall. ARCA Official Crews are supervised by ARCA officials, who work to maintain safety and watch for rule violations. 29


INSIDE THE COCKPIT 8 4 1 3 5 2 7 6 Main Switch Panel 1 Contains switches for starter, ignition and cooling fans. Tachometer 2 Monitors RPMs of engine, assisting driver in selecting gears and monitoring of engine power. Master Switch 3 Shuts down electrical system in emergency situations. Ignition Disconnect Switch 4 Shuts off engine in emergency situations. Radio Transmit Button 5 Controls communication to pits and race spotter. 6 Gearshift Controls four-speed manual transmission. Fire Extinguisher 7 Connected to switch to discharge fire-supressing chemicals into the driving compartment. Window Net 8 Keeps driver’s left arm inside the car during accident. 31

FACTS Qualifying • Most Poles in a Single Season: 16 - Iggy Katona (1966) • Most Consecutive Seasons with a Pole: 20 - Iggy Katona (1953-1972) • Most Different Pole Winners in a Single Season: 15 - (1991 & 2006) • Female Superspeedway Pole Winners: Erin Crocker (5), Patty Moise (3), Milka Duno, Shawna Robinson, Natalie Decker • Best Female ShortTrack Qualifying Run: Deborah Renshaw - 3rd, Salem (2003) • Fastest Female Qualifying Run: Patty Simko-Schacht 199.604 MPH -Talladega (1987) • Fastest Qualifying Run: 205.432 - Bill Venturini -Talladega (1987) • First Ever 200 MPH Qualifying Run: Billie Harvey 200.642 -Talladega (1981) • Most Recent 200 MPH Qualifying Run: Charlie Glotzbach, 201.456 -Talladega, (1990) • Oldest Superspeedway Pole/Oldest Overall Pole Winner: MarkThompson 63-years - Daytona (2015) • Youngest Superspeedway Pole Winner: Kyle Busch 17-years - Nashville (2003) • Oldest ShortTrack Pole Winner: Ken Schrader 60-years - Salem II (2015) • Youngest ShortTrack Pole Winner: J.J. Haley 15-years - Elko (2014) Series • Most Career Starts: 630 – Iggy Katona (1953-1977) • Most Career Wins: 80 – Frank Kimmel (1994-2013) • Most Money Won in a Single Season: $496,368 – Frank Kimmel (2001) • Most Races in a Single Season: 47 (1956) • Fewest Races in a Single Season: 8 (1981) • Highest Female Points Finish: 6th – Shawna Robinson (2000) • Most Consecutive Seasons withTop-10 Points Finish: 22 – Frank Kimmel (1992-2015) • Complete Every Lap in a Season: Chris Buescher (2012) Race • Most Consecutive Seasons with a Race Win: 19 - Iggy Katona (1953-1971) • Most Victories in a Single Season: 25 - Jack Bowsher (1965) • Most Consecutive Victories: 6 - Jack Bowsher (1965), 5 - Harold Smith (1961), 5 - Bruce Gould (1973), 5 -Tim Steele (1997) • Most Different Race Winners in a Single Season: 17 (2006) • Best Female Superspeedway Finish: 2nd - Shawna Robinson, Daytona (1999), 2nd - Erin Crocker, Kentucky (2005 & 2007) & Kansas (2006) • Best Female ShortTrack Finish: 3rd, Patty Simko-Schacht –Toledo (1987) & Nicole Behar - Madison (2016) • Best Female Road Course Finish: 7th, Natalie Decker – RoadAmerica (2017) • Best Female DirtTrack Finish: 10th,Trista Stevenson - Du Quoin (2016) & Natalie Decker - Springfield (2018) • Oldest Superspeedway Race Winner: Iggy Katona, 57-years – Daytona (1974) • Youngest Superspeedway Race Winner: Cole Custer, 17-years, 192 days – Pocono (2015) • Oldest ShortTrack Race Winner: Ken Schrader, 59 years, 11 months – Salem (2015) • Youngest ShortTrack Race Winner:Todd Gilliland, 15-years, 2-days –Toledo (2015) Championships • Most Championships: 10 - Frank Kimmel (1998, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2013) • Oldest Series Champion: Frank Kimmel, 51-years (2013) • Youngest Series Champion:Ty Dillon, 19-years (2011) • Largest Championship Points Margin: 1,180 points - Frank Kimmel, (2001) • Smallest Championship Points Margin:Tie - Ron Hutcherson & Dave Dayton (1974) 32



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