Christian Eckes
Christian Eckes clinched the Sioux Chief Short Track Showdown last year at Lucas Oil Raceway Park in Indianapolis. (Barry Cantrell/Short Track Spotlight)

Showdown A Testament To Support From Sioux Chief


Joe Ismert and his wife, Erica, made a trip to Phoenix in early March.

It was a special occasion for Joe Ismert, the president of the Kansas City, Missouri, based Sioux Chief Manufacturing. The General Tire 150 represented the inaugural Sioux Chief Showdown event at Phoenix Raceway. He participated in the pre-race ceremonies, they watched the ARCA Menards Series race from the track’s skybox suite, and then congratulated race winner Chandler Smith and his team in Victory Lane.

"It was a great race," said Ismert at the time. "It was an exciting event and fantastic start to the series. I can’t wait for the next Sioux Chief Showdown event."

The Ismerts, like the rest of us, have had to wait.

But with the ARCA Menards Series returning to action on June 20 at Talladega Superspeedway, that means that next next Sioux Chief Showdown event is right around the corner. It will mark the return of the championship that is a testament to Sioux Chief’s dedication to the series.

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Sioux Chief became the entitlement sponsor for the ARCA Short Track Challenge in 2017, with Austin Theriault taking home both the Sioux Chief Short Track Challenge and overall ARCA Menards title. Sheldon Creed (2018) and Christian Eckes (2019) followed suit.

With the combination of the ARCA Menards Series with the former NASCAR Pro Series East and West beginning in 2020, under the ARCA banner, the 10-race Showdown provided an opportunity for the best of the best of all three series to compete against one another.

And it was a perfect platform for Sioux Chief to continue it’s support of racing.

"The Sioux Chief Showdown will bring together the best teams from the ARCA Menards Series and the ARCA Menards Series East and West to give racing fans a show they’ve never seen before and we are honored to be a part of it."

    • Sioux Chief Manufacturing Company president Joe N. Ismert

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Sioux Chief Manufacturing is a family-owned American corporation that designs and manufactures rough plumbing products, parts, and accessories for residential, commercial, industrial and government applications. Sioux Chief is based in Kansas City, Missouir, and also sells products under the Tomahawk brand. Sioux Chief was founded in 1957.

Sioux Chief first partnered with ARCA and Menards in 2015. At that time Menards was the presenting sponsor of the ARCA series and Sioux Chief sponsored a single race in Indianapolis. The business-to-business relationship between Menards, the country’s third-largest home improvement retail chain, and Sioux Chief, a leading rough plumbing manufacturer and supplier of cutting-edge products for plumbing and mechanical contractors, brings opportunities for Sioux Chief to promote its products to the Menards contractor and customer base.

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"Sioux Chief is an important partner to both Menards and ARCA," said Jeff Abbott, Menards Spokesperson and Promotions Manager. "Sioux Chief is a great vendor supplier for our contractors, and a terrific sponsor within the ARCA Menards Series."

Sioux Chief’s product line is divided into three core groups: Supply, Drainage and Support. Sioux Chief’s customers also include various building industry professionals, architects, engineers, and builders as well as Menard’s contractors.

Sioux Chief is a Buy American Compliant company which manufactures more than 90% of the products it sells. Sioux Chief designs, builds, and maintains its own machines, tools and dies, and equipment, including copper tube forming tools and machines, plastic injection molds, packaging, and testing equipment.

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