CONCORD, N.C. (Sept. 1, 2017) -- Brandon Grosso will make his ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards debut at the DuQuoin State Fairgrounds in DuQuoin, Illinois Labor Day Monday Sept. 4.
Fresh off a solid second-place finish at Concord Speedway in North Carolina in the CARS Tour Late Model Stock Car race and a 15th place finish at Georgetown, Delaware in his first start in a big block Dirt Modified Wednesday night, Grosso is preparing to take his success on dirt and asphalt this year and combine those skills for the DuQuoin "Magic Mile" dirt.
“This race means a lot to me and will be the biggest of my career,” said Grosso. “To be able to make my first ARCA Racing Series start with Ken Schrader Racing is an amazing opportunity. I am looking forward to working with Matt and the team and especially excited knowing that Kenny will be there to provide advice is a big boost for me.”
This is a natural progression for the 17-year-old driver from New Jersey. Grosso started racing at age 5 and competed in National and Regional USAC quarter midget events amassing 250 wins and 17 championships. He was the first driver to receive special permission to compete in a full-sized racecar at the age of 15 allowing him to move into Dirt Sportsman and Dirt Crate Modified competition in 2015.
Grosso’s focus this year has been on a full schedule of Late Model Stock Car racing where he is currently 5th in points in the CARS Tour Series running as a teammate to Myatt Snider, son of NBC Sports announcer Marty Snider.
Grosso will compete at DuQuoin in a Hillenburg-Schrader Racing #11 entry prepared by Ken Schrader Racing and sponsored by FDP Friction Science, a leading manufacturer of brake pads for the automotive industry, (www.fdpbrakes.com). Veteran crew chief Matt Weber will lead the team’s efforts.
“We are looking forward to having Brandon race with our team at DuQuoin,” said veteran racer and team owner Ken Schrader, who will also be competing at DuQuoin in a Modified and Silver Crown car. “His experience on dirt will be beneficial for this annual ARCA classic. He has shown a great deal of patience at the wheel and that’s what is needed at DuQuoin. Can’t wait to see what he can do.”
The race will be tape delayed and broadcast on MAVTV on September 16 at 10 p.m. Look for live timing, scoring, audio and chat at arcaracing.com.