55th Herr's Potato Chips 100 at Springfield Mile Dirt; discounted Tix at Menards

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (July 14, 2016) - The ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards is headed back to its dirt track roots. The 55th running of the Herr's Potato Chips 100 is coming to the Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield, Illinois Sunday, Aug. 20. The annual event, one of the capital city’s largest sporting events, takes center stage on the world’s fastest mile dirt track alongside the 165th annual Illinois State Fair. 

And now's the time to buy your discounted tickets for the big show, on sale now at 10 Menards stores in Illinois through Saturday, August 19.

Fans can save $10 off the $30 gate price at two Menards stores in Springfield (Menards North and South), as well as stores in Champaign, Effingham, Forsyth, Normal, Pekin, Peoria, Quincy and Washington. Discounted tickets are $20 at Menards for ages 12 on up. Kids, 11 and under, are still $10 at the gate. For more information and the complete listing of stores offering discounted tickets, CLICK HERE.

AJ Fike, a local favorite from Galesburg, Illinois, won the race in 2015 and will be returning to try and recapture the crown. Fike is also a two-time USAC Tony Bettenhausen 100 winner.

El Paso, Illinois' Ryan Unzicker is also expected to enter the ARCA race alongside ARCA Racing Series regulars Austin Theriault (Ken Schrader Racing), Dalton Sargeant (Cunningham Motorsports), Riley Herbst (Joe Gibbs Racing), Christopher Bell (Venturini Motorsports), Mason Mitchell Motorsports, Bret Holmes Racing, Hylton Motorsports and several more.

10-time ARCA Racing Series national champion Frank Kimmel is the all-time Springfield winner with eight wins, his most recent in 2012. Over the years, championship stock car winners at Springfield include Curtis Turner (’63), Don White (’66, ’67, ’72), Al Unser (’72), Jack Bowsher (’73), Roger McCluskey (’74), Ramo Stott (’76, ’77, ’80), AJ Foyt (’79), Joe Ruttman (’80), Dean Roper (’81, ’82, ’83, ’83, ’85, ’86), Bob Keselowski (’87, ’88, ’89, ’93), Bobby Bowsher (’91, ’92), Tim Steele (‘96, ’97), Ken Schrader (’98), Bill Baird (’99, ’04), Justin Allgaier (’06), Parker Kligerman (’09), Kimmel (’00, ’01, ’02. ’03, ’05, ’07, ’08, ‘12), Kevin Swindell ('14) and Justin Haley (16). 

Herr's Potato Chips 100 Schedule
Practice for the Herr's Potato Chips 100 is scheduled from 9 - 10 a.m., with General Tire Pole Qualifying following at 11. The 55th annual Herr's Potato Chips 100 starts at 1:30 p.m. local Central time.

Live on MAVTV
The Herr's Potato Chips 100 is Live on MAVTV at 1:30 CT/2:30 ET. You can also follow Live timing and scoring and live chat of all on-track activity throughout the afternoon at arcaracing.com. 

Don Radebaugh