TOLEDO, OH - NASCAR veteran Matt Crafton will make the fifth ARCA Racing Series presented by
Menards start of his career in next Friday's Messina Wildlife Animal Stopper 200 at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis.
Crafton, who has started 281 consecutive races in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series dating back to 2000, will drive the No. 88 Messina Wildlife Management/Menards Toyota for ThorSport Racing, joining teammate Frank Kimmel, driver of the No. 44 Ansell/Menards entry. The number on Crafton's ARCA car will match that on his ThorSport truck, the No. 88 Menards Toyota.
The California native will hope to bounce back from a 32nd-place finish in last year's race at Lucas Oil, when he exited after just 75 of 203 laps. He will look to recapture the success he had in an ARCA car in 2010, when he finished in the top five at both Toledo and Iowa Speedways.
Crafton is currently sixth in Truck Series points, and actually has 11 Truck Series races under his belt at the 0.686-mile Lucas Oil Raceway. Last year, he finished sixth to follow up on a career-high third in 2010.
Crafton's opportunity to race in the ARCA Racing Series is a result of the overall Menards Racing vendor program in ARCA, and part of the business relationship between sponsors Messina Wildlife Management and Menards. The Messina Wildlife Animal Stopper 200 title sponsorship is part of the comprehensive Menards Racing vendor program that includes not only an Official Company sponsorship with ARCA, but also a special award sponsorship in the Team Messina Rookie Challenge.
All on-track activity for the Messina Wildlife Animal Stopper 200 will take place Friday, July 27. Two practices will take place, from 1:35-2:30 and 3-3:45. Menards Pole Qualifying will start at 5:30, setting the field for the 200-lap race at 9 p.m. ARCARacing.com will feature live timing and scoring of all of the day's action, and SPEED will televise the 9 p.m. race live. The ARCA CRA Super Series will join the ARCA Racing Series at the track, giving fans in Indianapolis a double feature of ARCA divisions.
Thanks to series presenting sponsor Menards, tickets are now available at $10 off of the advertised at-track price.
Fans can now buy tickets for the ARCA doubleheader at $25 each at 17 Menards stores throughout Indiana: Anderson, Avon, Bloomington, Camby, Carmel, Columbus, Danville, Fishers, Greenwood, Kokomo, Lafayette South, Lebanon, Muncie, Terre Haute, West Lafayette, and the East and South stores in Indianapolis.
The in-store ticket promotion will last until Thursday, July 26, one day before the race.
Chicagoland Speedway is the next stop for the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards, with the Ansell ActivArmr® 150 scheduled for just two days from today - Saturday, July 21.
2012 is the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards' 60th Anniversary Season, featuring 20 races at 18 tracks. The complete 2012 event schedule is available at www.ARCARacing.com.
The ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards has crowned an ARCA national champion each year since its inaugural season in 1953, and has toured over 200 race tracks in 26 states since its inception. The series has tested the abilities of drivers and race teams over the most diverse schedule of stock car racing events in the world, visiting tracks ranging from 0.375 mile to 2.66 miles in length, on both paved and dirt surfaces as well as a left- and right-turn road course in its most recent season. This year, the series visited Alabama's Mobile International Speedway and Minnesota's Elko Speedway for the first time.
Founded by John and Mildred Marcum in 1953 in Toledo, Ohio, the Automobile Racing Club of America (ARCA) is recognized among the leading sanctioning bodies in the country. Closing in on completing its sixth decade after hundreds of thousands of miles of racing, ARCA administers over 100 race events each season in three professional touring series and local weekly events.
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