ARCA Weekend Roundup: Creed wins Iowa, Schroeder wins at Flat Rock, Busses Thrill at Toledo

ARCA Weekend Roundup: Creed wins Iowa, Schroeder wins at Flat Rock, Busses Thrill at Toledo

The ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards was in action at Iowa Speedway, with Sheldon Creed picking up his third win in the last five series races. He held off a late-race charge Chandler Smith, who was looking for his second consecutive series win. Chase Purdy, Zane Smith, and Joe Graf, Jr. rounded out the top five.

The ARCA/CRA Super Series had the weekend off as it prepares for one of its premiere events of the season, the Parallax Power Supply RedBud 400 at the quarter-mile Anderson Speedway coming up on Monday July 16. Defending winner Steven Wallace has pre-entered, as has last year's runner-up Raphael Lessard. Other notables pre-entered include Dalton and Dakota Armstrong, Stephen Nasse, and current series points leader Josh Brock.

The ARCA Midwest Tour also had the weekend off; the series will return to action at Grundy County Speedway on Saturday July 14 in the Rod Baker Ford and Illinois Truck Equipment Wayne Carter Classic. Local favorite Ricky Baker picked up a popular win in this event last season.

Toledo Speedway was in action on Friday night and Mike Young scored his second consecutive ARCA Aramark Late Model Sportsman win and lock up the R&M Recycling Silver Cup championship by just five points over Jim Froling. Froling had mechanical issues early the feature, costing him a chance to lock up the title. Howard Kelley Jr. finished second, Tommy O’Leary IV was third, Greg Stilwell fourth, and Kent McCloskey fifth.

Ethan Stadniczuk earned his first career ARCA Factory Stock feature victory over Jacob Thomas, Matt Ringger, Craig Osenbaugh, and Randy Padgett Jr. Dennis Whisman, Jr. won his second straight ARCA Victory Lane Quick Oil Change Figure 8 feature event, edging his father Dennis Whisman, Sr., Travis Early and Dan Apperson.

The rescheduled Monroe Superstore/Great Clips Night of Destruction was also on the card. Matt Ringger won the Factory Stock Flag Pole Race, Whisman Sr. won the Figure 8 Flag Pole Race as well as the combined Figure 8/Factory Stock Flag Pole Race.

Terry Smith won the Figure 8 Boat Race and Billy Earley outlasted Jack Franzil to win the wild School Bus Figure 8 race. Several busses collided at the intersection on the final lap, and Earley emerged from the smoke and carnage to take the win, which drove the fans in attendance wild. 

Next Friday, July 13 is Kids Night at Toledo Speedway! All kids to age 12 will be admitted free and receive a free hot dog, courtesy of the track. Victory Lane Quick Oil Change will sponsor the night of family fun! The Monroe News 250 lap Enduro, the ARCA Victory Lane Quick Oil Change Figure 8’s and another Figure 8 Boat Race will take place. The track will also host Racing Fan Club Night. The front gates will open at 6 and race time is 7:30 pm ET.

The 25th annual Triple 50s were on tap on Saturday night at Flat Rock Speedway, and the ARCA Moran Chevrolet Late Models went an extra 25 laps as part of the ARCA Gold Cup Series. Justin Schroeder passed leader Jeff Vrsek with 19 laps to go to score his first win of 2018 at Flat Rock. Vrsek held on for second over Jimmy Thiel, Stan Yee, Jr., and Craig Everage.

Billy Earley won the 50-lap ARCA Victory Lane Quick Oil Change Figure 8 feature over Dennis Whisman, Jr. is second. Travis Earley was third, Dennis Whisman, Sr. was fourth and Eugene Worden fifth. Craig Lange won the 50-lap ARCA DTS Drive Train Specialists Street Stock feature over Ray Morneau, Jr., Scott Selmi, Greg Studt and David Liaeff. Anthony Camilli took his third B Main win in the 25-lapper over James Baber, Wilburn Parks, Ian Jezylo and Jerry Farmer.

Saturday, July 14 is R & M Recycling Autograph Night at Flat Rock Speedway! Fans can walk onto the track and meet the drivers at 6:15 p.m. The ARCA Aramark Late Model Sportsman will make their second appearance of the year, and will be joined by the Street Stocks, Figure 8’s and Bandoleros. A Kids Power Wheels Derby is also planned. The night will pay tribute to the late Wayne Pelkey. The pit gates open at 2:30 pm ET, practice begins at 4, the front gates and ticket office open at 4, time trials are at 5:15, the on-track autograph session is at 6:15 and racing begins at 7 pm ET.

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