(TOLEDO, Ohio - October 11, 2012) - After a delay by severe weather back on Labor Day weekend, two major league milestones will meet in the small, sleepy southern Illinois town of DuQuoin on Sunday.
The ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards, celebrating its 60th Anniversary Season in 2012, is steering for the DuQuoin State Fairgrounds "Magic Mile" dirt, where the 60th Southern Illinois 100 presented by Federated Car Care will come alive on Sunday, September 14.
Fittingly, much of ARCA's rich history played out on dirt tracks across America. In fact, the 2012 Southern Illinois 100 marks the 347th ARCA race on dirt since the series' inception in 1953.
"The Illinois state fair mile dirt venues are vitally important to the character and identity of the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards," said ARCA president and CEO Ron Drager. "It's a conscious effort on our part to continue to recognize the role non-pavement tracks played in the development of our series, and motorsports as a whole, and the role dirt racing continues to play today."
The Southern Illinois 100 at DuQuoin, born in 1950, is one of two dirt track venues on the annual ARCA Racing Series schedule, with the other being the Allen Crowe 100 in Springfield during the Illinois State Fair in late August.
The list of past winners at the Southern Illinois 100 includes some of the greatest names in motorsports. Jay Frank won the inaugural Southern Illinois 100 in 1950. Just some of the winners who followed include: Marshall Teague, Indy 500 winners Jimmy Bryan and A.J. Foyt, Fred Lorenzen, Don White, Norm Nelson, Jack Bowsher, NASCAR champions Rusty Wallace and Tony Stewart, Bob Keselowski, Billy Thomas, Ken Schrader, Frank Kimmel, Parker Kligerman, and most recently, points leader Chris Buescher in 2011.
Practice for Sunday's Southern Illinois 100 presented by Federated Car Care will begin at 10 a.m. and last for one hour, with Menards Pole Qualifying presented by Ansell starting at noon. The 100-lap, 100-mile race will take place at 2 p.m. All times are Central, and revised from an earlier schedule.
ARCARacing.com will feature live timing and scoring coverage throughout the day, and ARCA Racing Network hosts Charlie Krall and Tim Clagg will deliver a live audio call for the race on the site.