Joe Shear Classic Shifts To Dells Raceway Park

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Bubba Pollard (26) takes the lead from John DeAngelis Jr. during the 2019 Joe Shear Classic at Madison Int'l Speedway. (Doug Hornickel photo)

WISCONSIN DELLS, Wis. – ARCA Midwest Tour officials announced Tuesday that the $10,000-to-win, 200-lap Joe Shear Classic will shift to Dells Raceway Park on Sept. 5.

Moving from its original date and venue, the popular event traditionally held the first Sunday of May at Madison Int’l Speedway will feature a starting field of 25 cars on Labor Day Saturday night at DRP.

The Midwest Truck Series, as well as the 602 Outlaw Late Models, will join the festivities.

Recently completed infield improvements at Dells Raceway Park have made controlled pit stops possible at the one-third-mile paved oval located just outside the popular tourist destination of Wisconsin Dells.

As such, race fans will be able to see a variety of tire and pit strategies play out throughout the 200-lap contest.

“The Dells has become our traditional Midwest Tour Labor Day weekend race, and after talking to Jerry Auby and hearing about the improvements they were making at the Dells, it became apparent that we could make Labor Day Saturday night the Joe Shear Classic.” said ARCA Midwest Tour promoter Gregg McKarns. “It’s 200 laps honoring one of the Midwest’s best, so I’m glad we were able to find a way to have this event that means so much to so many.”

Spectator events will open at 3 p.m. for the event, with qualifying at 4:30 and racing at 6 p.m. Adult general admission tickets are $25, Seniors 65 and over and students ages 13-17 are $22, and kids ages 12 and under are admitted free.

General admission tickets can be purchased in advance or at the track box office on the day of the event.

Those that purchased tickets for the postponed May 3 Joe Shear Classic at Madison Int’l Speedway can use that ticket to gain admission at Dells Raceway Park on Sept. 5.

Bubba Pollard is the most recent winner of the Joe Shear Classic, topping the 2019 edition.