Farmer Clifton can't wait for Nashville; entered in Hillenburg Toyota

Farmer Clifton can't wait for Nashville; entered in Hillenburg Toyota

TOLEDO, Ohio (March 22, 2018) -- Rick Clifton likes to stay busy. That's why he likes Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville.

"There's always something to do (at Nashville)," said Clifton. "There's never a dull moment in the car. No long straightaways to catch your breath…you're always busy. I like the close racing too."

It's also why the 63-year-old Circleville, Ohio farmer is entered for the third straight season at Nashville.

"It's a fun track. Been there twice."

Nashville also fits well into Clifton's busy schedule.

"I have a hard time getting to a lot of the races due to my work schedule. I'm not real busy right at the moment so this one (Nashville) fits."

At an age when most are slowing down, Clifton is speeding up.

"My son and I farm 2500 acres…corn, beans and wheat. I run a few truck around too…grain, fertilizer, seed. We always have something to do."

It also helps when you love what you're doing.

"I hope I never get there (retirement). I would either go crazy or drive my wife crazy. I just enjoy working and looking forward to tomorrow. I love what I'm doing…kinda like racing. I'd race more if I could. Whether I'm working or racing, I deal with a lot of good people…I'm very fortunate."

Best part for Clifton is getting out on the tractor and tilling the land.

"That's always the best part…getting out on the combine. I love to plant a crop and see it grow. Love to harvest it."

That said, farming season is going to be ratcheting up soon. Clifton will have to carefully pick and choose his racing events.

"I'd like to do two or three (races) this year…hopefully, maybe Charlotte. MIS is still an option. I like to take 'em one and a time…make sure we don't tear a bunch of stuff up. We just race to have fun…nothing more to it. My plan is to be at Nashville. Unless the wheels fall off, we'll be there."

Clifton is entered in the No. 10 Ohio Ag Equipment-Clifton Trucking Toyota for car owner Andy Hillenburg of Fast Track Racing.

Clifton's best ARCA finish is 13th at Michigan Int'l Speedway in 2015. He also finished 14th at Toledo Speedway in 2015, 14th at Michigan in 2013 and 15th at Kentucky in 2016. 

The Music City 200, part of an ARCA-Super Late Model double-header, is coming Friday and Saturday, April 6-7 to Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville.

The 200-lap ARCA national tour finale Saturday night will be preceded by a combined ARCA/CRA Super Series, Southern Super Series and CARS Late Model Tour main event to set the stage. The second event of the season for the ARCA Racing Series, on the heels of Daytona, will mark the 27th ARCA appearance at Nashville since its debut on the historic short track in 1959 when three-time ARCA champion Nelson Stacy won the inaugural 300-lap race. ARCA raced at Nashville up through 1992. After a 23-year hiatus, Track Enterprises brought the tour back in 2015. Track Enterprises will again be promoting the big weekend of racing at Nashville.

ARCA Nashville Fairgrounds Roots go back to 1959

Three-time ARCA national champion Nelson Stacy was ARCA's inaugural winner at Nashville in 1959. Other notable race winners/champions at Nashville include Jack Bowsher (ARCA champion), Don White (USAC Stock Car champion), Harold Smith (ARCA champion), Ramo Stott (ARCA champion), Moose Myers (ARCA champion), Marvin Smith (ARCA champion), David Green (NASCAR Xfinity champion) and 2015 ARCA champion Grant Enfinger. Chad Finley won last year's Music City 200. Other ARCA winners at Nashville include Andy Hampton, Red Farmer and Coo Coo Marlin, all of whom were track champions in their own locales. Nineteen-time ARCA winner Bob Schacht won three consecutive at Nashville in 1981, ’82 and ’83.

Schedule/Tickets

Hauler parking and Super Late Model practice is scheduled for Friday, April 6, while all racing festivities are set for Saturday, April 7 with practice beginning at 12 noon with qualifying following at 3 p.m. Racing begins at 5:45. General admission presale tickets are available for a $5 per ticket discount at https://market.myracepass.com/store/tickets/?i=1138614&store=17617 or by calling the Track Enterprises office at 217-764-3200.

Don Radebaugh
dradebaugh@arcaracing.com

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