Round two of the 4 Crown Championship is the Herr’s Potato Chips 200 Friday night at Madison International Speedway
TOLEDO, Ohio (June 13, 2018) -- Round two of the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards' diverse CGS Imaging 4 Crown Championship takes place at the shortest venue of the four-race series, the half-mile Madison International Speedway in Madison, Wisconsin.
Zane Smith, who won the first event in the championship on the longest race track on the schedule at Talladega, hopes to increase his points lead over second place contender Joe Graf Jr. at the Herr’s Potato Chips 200 in Madison, the shortest track in this year's 4 Crown Championship. Smith has been a force to be reckoned with at the short tracks, taking victories at Nashville and Toledo, combined with a second-place finish at Salem at the wheel of the No. 41 LaPaz Margarita Mix Toyota fielded by MDM Motorsports.
“I’m pumped up for Madison,” said Smith, of Huntington Beach, California, who is second in ARCA Racing Series points. “I’m a big fan of the place. I’m looking to win everything this Friday night—practice, qualifying, and the race. When you win races, the championship will be the bonus.”
Graf Jr., who finished second to Smith in the closest finish in ARCA Racing Series history at Talladega, hopes to turn his string of four top-seven finishes, including a third-place finish at Toledo, into the 4 Crown points lead. Graf drives the No. 77 Big Tine Ford for Chad Bryant Racing.
“I’ve been watching film from last year’s Madison race to prepare for Friday,” said the Mahwah, New Jersey driver. “The tight schedule this year didn’t give us enough time to come up to Madison and test. “Toledo has been my favorite track so far, and Madison looks like a narrow Toledo with more braking.”
Third place in the 4 Crown Championship is Utah driver Michael Self, and fourth place is Sheldon Creed.
Creed, driver of the No. 28 United Rentals Toyota for MDM Motorsports, finished just behind Smith on the short tracks at Nashville and Salem, and picked up his first career ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards victory on June 8 at Michigan International Speedway. The current series points leader hopes that momentum will carry over to Madison, where he'll make his first start on the challenging Badger State half-mile oval.
“Our short track game is where we need to improve,” said the El Cajon, California resident, “But I think we’ll have some good speed this weekend.”
Round three of the 4 Crown Championship will take place at the 2.5-mile Pocono Raceway triangle in Pennsylvania on July 27. The CGS Imaging 4 Crown Championship will conclude in Illinois on the DuQuoin State Fairgrounds dirt mile Labor Day Monday, Sept. 3.
The Herr's Potato Chips 200 at Madison International Speedway is scheduled for Friday, June 15 and will be televised live on MAVTV at 9 pm ET. Live timing and scoring and garage updates will be available throughout the day at ARCARacing.com.