'Cow catchers' ready for ARCA on dirt

'Cow catchers' ready for ARCA on dirt
“Cow catchers,” is the term for a contraption added to the front of the cars to help keep the dirt out of the radiator. The device on the front of the No. 16 of Kelly Kovski, a Springfield native, is pictured.

“About 90 percent of our teams will use them,” said Joe Wells, vice president of competition for the ARCA Racing Series. “They help keep the dirt out of the radiators to keep the cars from overheating.”

ARCA will race twice this year on dirt.

“Teams will use different kinds of catchers,” Wells said. “Some teams won’t use them at all. Others also use a shield to try and deflect the dirt off of the windshield.”

Today’s event started early this morning with the field of cars going through the technical inspection line. Practice is from 9:05 to 10:05 a.m. CT with qualifying scheduled for 11:15 a.m. CT. Driver introductions begin at 1:15 p.m. with the start of 100 mile-100 lap race at 1:30 p.m.

Live timing and scoring for all on-track activity today will be available on arcaracing.com. A live broadcast of the race will be available at arcaracing.com during the race over the ARCA Racing Network. ARCA’s broadcast team of Tim Clagg and Don Radebaugh will be calling the race live.

The Allen Crowe 100 will also be broadcast on NBC Sports Network at 11 p.m. Aug. 23.