ARCA Event Returns To St. Louis Area For First Time In Over A Decade
(Madison, IL) The ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards is set for their first event at Gateway Motorsports Park since 2007. Fans and teams were a bit worried earlier in the week when the forecast was rough for each day. It has since improved greatly and racing at Gateway on Friday night looks likely, as chances for rain are over by 4:00 PM. If that’s the case, everyone can expect to see the PapaNicholas 150 go off without a hitch.
Leading the list of drivers heading into the event is retired NASCAR star, Ken Schrader, of Fenton, MO. Schrader hasn’t run at the track in over a decade, when he made his last ARCA start at the facility. Schrader will be driving the #52 Dryden Ford.
Two Californian’s are atop the current standings and will be fun to watch. Sheldon Creed, of Alpine, California has one win and eight top fives in nine starts. Creed holds just a 55 point lead over Zane Smith, of Huntington Beach, California. Smith has won three of the nine events but had one subpar finish which put him in second. Riley Herbst, Travis Braden, and Chase Purdy complete the top five in points.
The ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards is full of great young talent, which will be the future of racing. Outside of the top five, many will have their eyes on Eagle River, Wisconsin driver, Natalie Decker. The young lady missed one event but still is in the top ten, thanks in part to winning the pole and finishing in the top five at the season opening race in Daytona. Decker is a fan favorite everywhere she goes.
In between all of the ARCA Racing Series practice, qualifying, and racing, the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will be running a couple of test sessions for their Saturday night race at the track. It’s a fun doubleheader weekend of racing for the fans in the St. Louis area.
Pits open Friday at 10:00 AM with practice taking place between 12:00-2:25. General Tire pole qualifying for the PapaNicholas Coffee 150 is scheduled for 5:30, while the green flag will drop on the race at 8:00 PM. The bonus of the day is checking out some NASCAR Camping World Truck Series practice. They will have three sessions and be on track from 2:35-3:25, 4:35-5:25, and 6:35-7:25.
Discount tickets, at $20 each, are available at St. Louis area Menards stores through the end of day Thursday. Tickets will also be available at the gate on raceday or by going to www.gatewaymsp.com.
For additional event info, visit www.trackenterprises.com, the promotion company of the PapaNicholas 150 for the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards.
0-Mark Meunier/Louisville KY-Wayne Peterson Racing Ford-Wayne Peterson
1-Wayne Peterson/Pulaski TN-Fast Track Driving-Peterson Racing Chevrolet-Michelle Hillenburg
2-Eric Caudell/Piedmont OK-Caudell Consulting & Marketing Dodge-Wayne Hixson
5-Bobby Gerhart/Lebanon PA-Lucas Oil Chevrolet-Bill Gerhart
8-Chase Purdy/Meridian MS-Bama Buggies Toyota-Mark McFarland
10-Matt Dooley/Brooks GA-Fast Track High Performance Driving Toyota-Andy Hillenburg
11-Dick Doheny/Ballston Spa NY-Fast Track High Performance Driving Ford-Andy Hillenburg
12-Harrison Burton/Huntersville NC-Dex Imaging Toyota-Matthew Miller
15-Christian Eckes/Middletown NY-Venturini Motorsports Toyota-Bill Venturini
18-Riley Herbst/Las Vegas NV-NOS-ORCA Coolers-Advance Auto Parts Toyota-Coy Gibbs
20-Toni Breidinger/Hillsborough CA-Venturini Motorsports Toyota-Billy Venturini
23-Bret Holmes/Munford AL-Holmes II Excavating Chevrolet-Stacy Holmes
25-Natalie Decker/Eagle River WI-N29 Capital Partners Toyota-Cathy Venturini
27-Travis Braden/Wheeling WV-MatrixCare-Consonus Healthcare-Liberty Vlg Ford-Don Fike
28-Sheldon Creed/Alpine CA-United Rentals Toyota-Matthew Miller
32-Gus Dean/Bluffton SC-GREE Cooling Products-Baker Distributing Chevy-Kevin Cywinski
34-Mike Basham/Henryville IN-Darrell Basham Racing Chevrolet-Darrell Basham
40-Anthony Alfredo/Ridgefield CT-CECO Building Systems Toyota-Mark McFarland
41-Zane Smith/Huntington Beach CA-LaPaz Margarita Mix Toyota-Doug Fuller
48-Brad Smith/Shelby Township MI-Smith Brothers Racing Ford-Brad Smith
52-Ken Schrader/Concord NC-Drydene Ford-Ken Schrader
69-Will Kimmel/Sellersburg IN-FASS Fuel Systems Ford-Bill Kimmel
77-Joe Graf Jr./Mahwah NJ-Big Tine Ford-Chad Bryant
78-TBA-Mason Mitchell Motorsports Chevrolet-Mason Mitchell
06-Con Nicolopoulos/Columbus MI-Wayne Peterson Racing Dodge-Wayne Peterson