ARCA Finalizes Full ARCA Racing Series Open Test Schedule

For Immediate Release:

Thursday, January 5, 2012


(TOLEDO, Ohio) - The Automobile Racing Club of America has announced six open testing periods over nine days for the 2012 ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards season. The announcement includes a test this month at Mobile International Speedway, where ARCA will race for the first time in its 60th Anniversary Season.


Teams will be permitted to test at Mobile International Speedway on Friday, January 13. The first race at Mobile will take place Saturday, March 10.


Talladega Superspeedway, which will hold its 50th ARCA race this season, will open to testers on Tuesday, April 17 and Wednesday, April 18. The race at Talladega is scheduled for Friday, May 4.


Michigan International Speedway will host testing Tuesday, May 22, weeks ahead of the Friday, June 15 race.


Testing at Chicagoland Speedway will take place Monday, June 18, just days after the series' event at Michigan. ARCA will race at Chicagoland on Saturday, July 21.


Kansas Speedway will host ARCA's season finale for the first time this year, and testing at the track will occur Tuesday, October 2. The season finale is slated for Friday, October 19.


Daytona International Speedway will host open testing for its 2013 race Friday, December 14, Saturday, December 15, and Sunday, December 16.


All drivers must be pre-approved by the ARCA competition committee, and have a 2012 physical and drug screen on file with ARCA. More testing information is available by contacting Joe Wells, vice president of competition for ARCA, at (734) 847-6726 or jwells@arcaracing.com.


The full test schedule is as follows:


Friday, January 13 - Mobile International Speedway

Tuesday, April 17 - Talladega Superspeedway

Wednesday, April 18 - Talladega Superspeedway

Tuesday, May 22 - Michigan International Speedway

Monday, June 18 - Chicagoland Speedway

Tuesday, October 2 - Kansas Speedway

Friday, December 14 - Daytona International Speedway

Saturday, December 15 - Daytona International Speedway

Sunday, December 16 - Daytona International Speedway


2012 will be the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards' 60th Anniversary Season, featuring 20 races at 18 tracks. The season begins with the Lucas Oil Slick Mist 200 at Daytona International Speedway on Saturday, February 18. The event will air live on SPEED.


The complete 2012 event schedule is available at ARCARacing.com.


The ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards has crowned an ARCA national champion each year since its inaugural season in 1953, and has toured over 200 race tracks in 28 states since its inception. The series has tested the abilities of drivers and race teams over the most diverse schedule of stock car racing events in the world, visiting tracks ranging from 0.4 mile to 2.66 miles in length, on both paved and dirt surfaces as well as a left- and right-turn road course in its most recent season. This year, the series will visit Alabama's Mobile International Speedway and Minnesota's Elko Speedway for the first time; ARCA's first visit to Minnesota will give ARCA a race in a 29th state.


Founded by John Marcum in 1953 in Toledo, Ohio, the Automobile Racing Club of America (ARCA) is recognized among the leading sanctioning bodies in the country. Closing in on completing its sixth decade after hundreds of thousands of miles of racing, ARCA administers over 100 race events each season in two professional touring series and local weekly events.


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Kawartha Speedway Welcomes the New Year with the Release of Their

2012 Schedule

By Jim Clarke, Kawartha Speedway PR/Clarke Motorsports Communications


A clean slate.  A blank canvas.  A fresh sheet of paper.  A new calendar is just waiting to document the special events of your life.  Birthdays, anniversaries, family reunions, your uncle’s brother’s cousin’s wedding...and the 2012 racing schedule at Kawartha Speedway.  From the time of the final checkered flag in September, drivers, teams and fans wondered what the next year might have in store for the 3/8th mile oval at Fraserville, Ontario.  Promoter/General Manager Derek Lynch says they’ll stick with the same tried and true formula that has proven successful since the track’s 10th anniversary campaign in 2010.


“We took a gamble when we first introduced our 10 race season, but it’s worked incredibly well,” said Lynch.  “The car counts have been strong in each of our 3 regular divisions and although it’s nothing we can control, there has been only 1 rainout in the last 2 years.  When we wave the green flag to open the year in June – with a couple of minor exceptions – we’ll be following the same format as 2011.”


An open practice session is on the books for Friday, May 25th.  Opening night of the season is Friday, June 1st, with the OSCAAR Super Late Models – and the new OSCAAR Open Wheeled Modifieds – joining the track’s 3 regular classes.  The second OSCAAR show of 2012 is the 75 lap Don Biederman Memorial event Friday, August 10th.  It will be the third consecutive year that the prestigious race has been part of Kawartha calendar.


As always, the track’s regular divisions will take the spotlight once the New Year fires-up.  A trio of NAPA Auto Parts ACT Late Model shows are on the agenda, highlighted by the $3,000.00 payday on the line for the 9th annual running of the 150 lap Summer Sizzler Friday, July 6th.  The Better Carpet Thunder Cars will run a pair of 50 lap invitationals – Friday, July 27th and August 26th.  Kawartha Speedway’s entry level division, the Hasiuk Trailer and Container Rental Mini Stocks will host their 50 lappers, including Friday, July 20th – as part of the annual Fan Appreciation Night.


The ever-popular Ontario Legends Series will again have 4 shows in 2012 and will be joined by the Pro Challenge Tour for the Friday, August 26th event.   250 laps of NASCAR Canadian Tire Series action – Saturday, September 22nd – will bring the year to a close and if the race follows with its previous history, will determine the annual champion.


Kawartha klips:  OSCAAR president Dave Gainforth says that Kawartha’s June 1st event will be the second showing for their new modified division.  The Don Biederman Memorial race – which had been staged at different tracks on a rotating basis – seems to have found at home in Fraserville.  Gainforth says that series drivers love the track, with the casino and dining room providing the perfect venue to entertain sponsors.....The first action of 2012 is the 3rd annual edition of the Long John 200 endurance event Sunday, February 5th.  The full schedule and latest off-season news updates can be found anytime by visiting www.kawarthaspeedway.com.....Kawartha Speedway will also be part of the Canadian Motorsports Expo – presented by Inside Track Motorsports News – February 10th, 11th and 12th at Toronto’s International Centre. 


Photo attachment:  Jim Clarke – Clarke Motorsports Communications

Former Better Carpet Thunder Car champion John Bryan made a pair of late 2011 starts, but will likely be ready for action once the new season gets started Friday, June 1st 2012.


Prepared by:  Jim Clarke – Clarke Motorsports Communications


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