ARCA Re/Max Series: Prairie Meadows 200 at Iowa Speedway Preview

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ARCA Re/Max Series: Prairie Meadows 200 at Iowa Speedway Preview
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For the ninth race of the season, the ARCA Re/Max Series hits the .875-mile speedway that was constructed by NASCAR Sprint Cup champion Rusty Wallace.

Points leader Patrick Sheltra enters the weekend, 35 markers in front of second place Justin Marks.

“I’ve always enjoyed racing at Iowa but we haven’t been able to seal the deal with a finish we could be satisfied with,” Sheltra said in the team preview. “I have a good feeling that the momentum that we’ve enjoyed this season will continue and we can finally find ourselves in contention for a win there.”

In three starts at Iowa, the Indiantown, Florida native has one top 10 and an average finish of 14.3. Though for the first time in his career, he’ll unload a Toyota, which will be the only short track this season he’ll run it. 

“Even though Iowa is a short track, horsepower is important there,” Sheltra said. “You can compare Iowa to Richmond International Raceway, where you have to be able to have a good rotating car and have the power to maneuver through the turns. Jon (Wolfe, crew chief) and I have a plan for this weekend and I think it will pay off. We’ve been extremely appreciative to Toyota and Triad Racing Technologies for everything they’ve done for our team this year. We’ve had paramount success with them this year and we’re looking forward to another race with similar results.

“You have to approach Iowa like you would any other short track. You have to be fast but also have to be alert. You can have the fastest car in the field but if you or even your spotter isn’t paying attention; you can find yourself in trouble quick. We’ve had a couple scraps this year with short track spins and such but we were able to recover and find ourselves right back in the hunt.

"Really, Saturday’s race is a long race. You just have to use your head and have some patience and everything else should fall into place. We also have to keep in mind that the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will be on the track Saturday, so the track characteristics may change a little bit; so we have to prepared for that too.”

Meanwhile, Venturini Motorsports is going for their second-consecutive win this weekend. Earlier this year, Steve Arpin won back-to-back races with Salem and Texas. Now teammate Mikey Kile is trying to repeat the feat as he won the last race at Michigan.

“I am really looking forward to racing at Iowa Speedway. I raced at Iowa in 2008 in the Hooters Pro Cup Series and loved the track and the side-by-side racing it brings. To me, Iowa is a short track with a speedway feel  you have to drive it like a speedway,” Kile said in the team preview.

“I feel like having raced here before will help out quite a bit even though it is a different car. Coming back here in an ARCA car is going to be awesome. The cars have so much more horsepower. I'm just really anxious to get to the track after winning at Michigan and having almost a month away from the track.”

Kile comes into the weekend sitting third in points, 75 markers behind Sheltra and this’ll be his first start at Iowa.

Meanwhile, Arpin sits eighth in points, 255 markers behind Sheltra and finished eighth in his only start at Iowa.

Arpin opened up the weekend by going back to his dirt roots last night and running the dirt modifieds at Deer Creek Speedway.

“Iowa Speedway is definitely the track I look forward to the most on the entire schedule. It is the closest track to my hometown that we race at,” Arpin said in the team preview. “I grew up racing dirt cars in Canada, all through Minnesota, and Northern Iowa. There are so many fans, family and friends around that area that come out to the Iowa race to support me. I’m looking forward to being able to enjoy this weekend with lots of the people that have been a part of helping me get to where I am at today.

“Along with all of our fans from Canada and the Minnesota area, we are going to have a lot of retailers, distributors, and customers of Mike’s Hard Lemonade there with us this weekend. It is going to be a lot of fun getting all these people at the track and letting them be a part of our race program and just enjoying the weekend with them. Whenever there is Mike’s Hard Lemonade around, it’s usually a good time! And when you have a lot of Mike’s and all the people that make the company so successful, it is bound to be a real good time!”

Meanwhile, ARCA veteran Frank Kimmel will be making his 400th career ARCA start at Iowa. So far this year, he sits fifth in points, 165 markers behind points leader Sheltra. In four starts at Iowa, he has one win, two top fives and three top 10s.

"It's amazing to me that we have made it this far," Kimmel said in his team preview. "When I started my first ARCA race I didn't know if that would be my last, and I wouldn't get the opportunity to do it again. To think that we finally got hooked up and ran for an entire season, and then we were able to run for championships and to accomplish all that we have. It's pretty remarkable that we have been this fortunate to be here."

Also making an appearance at Iowa this weekend is NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) driver Matt Crafton. He will drive the No. 88 Messina Wildlife Management/Menards Ford Fusion Saturday and then the No. 88 Menards Chevrolet Silverado on Sunday in the NCWTS race.

"I ran at Iowa once. I really, really like Iowa, so I am looking forward to going there," said Crafton.

"I am sure it's going to be warm, so I will make sure to stay hydrated to run both races. I am sure that the cars and trucks are going to be a lot different to drive at Iowa, but track time is track time." 

Practice begins Saturday, July 10 with an hour and thirty five minute practice session planned from 10:00-11:35 a.m. A final fifty minute session has been etched in from 1:00-1:50 p.m. Menards Pole by Ansell qualifying is slated to begin at 5:15 p.m. The event will take the green flag shortly after 8:00 p.m. The event will air live on SPEED.

Additional race coverage including live timing and scoring and audio broadcasting  throughout the day will be available through the ARCA Racing Network (ARN) presented by ARCA Nation online at arcaracing.com.  All times are local (Central). For the ninth race of the season, the ARCA Re/Max Series hits the .875-mile speedway that was constructed by NASCAR Sprint Cup champion Rusty Wallace.

Points leader Patrick Sheltra enters the weekend, 35 markers in front of second place Justin Marks.

“I’ve always enjoyed racing at Iowa but we haven’t been able to seal the deal with a finish we could be satisfied with,” Sheltra said in the team preview. “I have a good feeling that the momentum that we’ve enjoyed this season will continue and we can finally find ourselves in contention for a win there.”

In three starts at Iowa, the Indiantown, Florida native has one top 10 and an average finish of 14.3. Though for the first time in his career, he’ll unload a Toyota, which will be the only short track this season he’ll run it. 

“Even though Iowa is a short track, horsepower is important there,” Sheltra said. “You can compare Iowa to Richmond International Raceway, where you have to be able to have a good rotating car and have the power to maneuver through the turns. Jon (Wolfe, crew chief) and I have a plan for this weekend and I think it will pay off. We’ve been extremely appreciative to Toyota and Triad Racing Technologies for everything they’ve done for our team this year. We’ve had paramount success with them this year and we’re looking forward to another race with similar results.

“You have to approach Iowa like you would any other short track. You have to be fast but also have to be alert. You can have the fastest car in the field but if you or even your spotter isn’t paying attention; you can find yourself in trouble quick. We’ve had a couple scraps this year with short track spins and such but we were able to recover and find ourselves right back in the hunt.

"Really, Saturday’s race is a long race. You just have to use your head and have some patience and everything else should fall into place. We also have to keep in mind that the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will be on the track Saturday, so the track characteristics may change a little bit; so we have to prepared for that too.”

Meanwhile, Venturini Motorsports is going for their second-consecutive win this weekend. Earlier this year, Steve Arpin won back-to-back races with Salem and Texas. Now teammate Mikey Kile is trying to repeat the feat as he won the last race at Michigan.

“I am really looking forward to racing at Iowa Speedway. I raced at Iowa in 2008 in the Hooters Pro Cup Series and loved the track and the side-by-side racing it brings. To me, Iowa is a short track with a speedway feel - you have to drive it like a speedway,” Kile said in the team preview. “I feel like having raced here before will help out quite a bit even though it is a different car. Coming back here in an ARCA car is going to be awesome. The cars have so much more horsepower. I'm just really anxious to get to the track after winning at Michigan and having almost a month away from the track.”

Kile comes into the weekend sitting third in points, 75 markers behind Sheltra and this will be his first start at Iowa.

Meanwhile, Arpin sits eighth in points, 255 markers behind Sheltra and finished eighth in his only start at Iowa.

Arpin opened up the weekend by going back to his dirt roots last night and running the dirt modifieds at Deer Creek Speedway.

“Iowa Speedway is definitely the track I look forward to the most on the entire schedule. It is the closest track to my hometown that we race at,” Arpin said in the team preview.

“I grew up racing dirt cars in Canada, all through Minnesota, and Northern Iowa. There are so many fans, family and friends around that area that come out to the Iowa race to support me. I’m looking forward to being able to enjoy this weekend with lots of the people that have been a part of helping me get to where I am at today.

“Along with all of our fans from Canada and the Minnesota area, we are going to have a lot of retailers, distributors, and customers of Mike’s Hard Lemonade there with us this weekend. It is going to be a lot of fun getting all these people at the track and letting them be a part of our race program and just enjoying the weekend with them. Whenever there is Mike’s Hard Lemonade around, it’s usually a good time! And when you have a lot of Mike’s and all the people that make the company so successful, it is bound to be a real good time!”

Meanwhile, ARCA veteran Frank Kimmel will be making his 400th career ARCA start at Iowa. So far this year, he sits fifth in points, 165 markers behind points leader Sheltra. In four starts at Iowa, he has one win, two top fives and three top 10s.

"It's amazing to me that we have made it this far," Kimmel said in his team preview.

"When I started my first ARCA race I didn't know if that would be my last, and I wouldn't get the opportunity to do it again. To think that we finally got hooked up and ran for an entire season, and then we were able to run for championships and to accomplish all that we have. It's pretty remarkable that we have been this fortunate to be here."

Also making an appearance at Iowa this weekend is NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) driver Matt Crafton. He will drive the No. 88 Messina Wildlife Management/Menards Ford Fusion Saturday and then the No. 88 Menards Chevrolet Silverado on Sunday in the NCWTS race.

"I ran at Iowa once. I really, really like Iowa, so I am looking forward to going there," said Crafton. "I am sure it's going to be warm, so I will make sure to stay hydrated to run both races. I am sure that the cars and trucks are going to be a lot different to drive at Iowa, but track time is track time." 

Practice begins Saturday, July 10 with an hour and thirty five minute practice session planned from 10:00–11:35 a.m. A final fifty minute session has been etched in from 1:00–1:50 p.m. Menards Pole by Ansell qualifying is slated to begin at 5:15 p.m. The event will take the green flag shortly after 8:00 p.m. The event will air live on SPEED.

Additional race coverage including live timing and scoring and audio broadcasting  throughout the day will be available through the ARCA Racing Network (ARN) presented by ARCA Nation online at arcaracing.com.  All times are local (Central).

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