ARCA To Sanction Midwest Tour

Midwest Tour late models make a four-wide parade lap at the Milwaukee Mile in West Allis, Wis. (Doug Hornickel photo)
Midwest Tour late models make a four-wide parade lap at the Milwaukee Mile in West Allis, Wis. (Doug Hornickel photo)

TOLEDO, Ohio — Less than one week after news came that the Midwest Tour would no longer operate under the ASA banner, it was officially announced this evening that the Midwestern asphalt late model series will now operate under Automobile Racing Club of America sanction.

Operated by Cars and Stars Promotions, the ARCA Midwest Tour presented by SCAG Power Equipment and Lester Buildings will make stops at 11 different tracks in 2013, spanning Wisconsin, Illinois and Minnesota.

The sanctioning agreement between ARCA and CSP reflects ARCA’s interests in supporting and strengthening the sport of stock car racing.

Founded in 2006 by short-track racing veterans Tim Olson and Steve Einhaus, the Wisconsin-based tour joins the ARCA/CRA Super Series and ARCA Truck Series on a developmental level to support ARCA’s top division — the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards.

“We respect what Tim Olson and Steve Einhaus have established and developed with the Midwest Late Model Tour, and their long-term dedication to the sport,” said Ron Drager, president and CEO of ARCA. “Their decision to join efforts with ARCA and our sanctioned properties is gratifying.

“We’ve worked hard to establish and build the ARCA brand over 60 years in the sport, and while we’re proud of our history, we strive to be relevant and vital today and into the future. From several perspectives, the Midwest Tour joining our family of ARCA properties fits both companies’ future strategic plans, and we look forward to working with Tim and Steve in 2013 and beyond.”

The Midwest Tour races at historic venues such as the Milwaukee Mile, the LaCrosse Fairgrounds, Madison Int’l Speedway and Elko Speedway. Major events like the 2012 Howie Lettow Memorial at the Milwaukee Mile brought a record 80 entries and more than 12,000 fans.

“We are really excited for our next chapter of Cars and Stars Promotions,” said Olson, president of CSP. “We feel this will give our competitors an easier path to the top levels of the racing industry, creating a natural progression from the short tracks of the Midwest to the high banks of Daytona. Our future with ARCA as our sanctioning body will bring lots of excitement to everyone involved.”

A unique aspect to the series is its Touring Stars program, which recognizes the top drivers committed to racing the entire Midwest Tour schedule. Touring Stars are featured throughout the year in promotion of the series and are eligible for bonuses. Additionally, at each track the series visits, there exists a local super late model division with an identical rules package developed by the Midwest Tour.

“We couldn’t be more excited about our future with ARCA and the extensive marketing opportunities that they bring to the table to make our series stronger,” said Einhaus, vice president of CSP. “We were ready to take this series to the next level and it’s clear that our partnership with ARCA will strengthen our marketing package and provide our race teams with extensive promotion and opportunities to advance their racing careers. This partnership makes super late model racing stronger than ever and we are very pleased to be joining the ARCA family.”

Late models used in the ARCA Midwest Tour will follow composite ABC body rules and straight rail chassis specifications. Engine specifications range from a 10:5.1 compression aluminum concept engine (ACE) to an open 9:5.1 and spec-style engines, with tight specifics regulated by the builders and the series. Weight packages range from 2,750-2,800 pounds, with the cost-effective 4412 carburetor required, designed to provide longer lasting engine performance while keeping expenses under control.

The partnership will provide participants in the ARCA Midwest Tour with ARCA member benefits, including Participant Accident Insurance.