ARCA TRUCKS TAKE DUQUOIN CENTER STAGE AUGUST 27! Ordinarily trucks are used to massage and preen the surface of the "Magic Mile" dirt track at the DuQuoin State Fair, but on Saturday night August 27 trucks will be tearing up the mile of clay as...
ARCA TRUCKS TAKE DUQUOIN CENTER STAGE AUGUST 27!
Ordinarily trucks are used to massage and preen the surface of the "Magic Mile" dirt track at the DuQuoin State Fair, but on Saturday night August 27 trucks will be tearing up the mile of clay as the Automobile Club of America Lincoln Welders Truck Series visits the DuQuoin State Fair for the second running of the "DuQuoin 50". Sharing billing with the truck series will be local late model stock cars from area race tracks.
Trucks first visited DuQuoin in 2003 at the request of current DuQuoin promoter Bob Sargent of Track Enterprises and were scheduled to come back to open the fair in 2004, but the DuQuoin 50 fell victim to mother nature as flooding rains forced the cancellation of the event.
The Lincoln Welders series is a smaller version of the popular NASCAR Truck series. However, the Lincoln Welders trucks are smaller models, such as the Chevy S-10 and Ford Ranger and are powered by 4 and 6 cylinder engines.
The trucks come back with a vengeance in 2005, the Lincoln Welders series has experienced a great deal of growth as evidenced by it's expanded schedule and new venues. Expected to return to DuQuoin with the truck series is the inaugural winner Brian Rowe of Barbourville, West Virginia Rowe led the last 25 miles of the 2003 event on his way to a historic win.
Currently leading the ARCA Lincoln Welders point series is Rowe's brother, Brett. Brett Rowe, the driver of the Front Rowe Racing Chevrolet S-10, has five wins in 2005 and is currently second on the all-time ARCA truck win list. Rowe currently leads the 2005 title chase by 55 markers and it appears the 50-milr at DuQuoin will play a major part in determining the 2005 champion.
Other drivers expected to compete include three-time ARCA Lincoln Welders truck champ Chad Guinn, Paul Hahn (currently second in the standings), John Kasmierski (7th), Danny Jackson (3rd), Bill Withers (5th) and past champ Robbin Slaughter.
The current one lap track record for the trucks is held by Tully Esterline at 36.767, or 97.913 miles an hour.
Racing with the trucks will be local late model stock cars featuring drivers that compete weekly at such area tracks as Mt. Vernon, Clay County, Highland, Belleville, Paducah and Calvert City, Kentucky. LeRoy, Illinois driver Mike Fanin set a track record in qualifying in 2003 for these machines and proceeded to take the feature event.
Practice for the "DuQuoin 50" begins at 5 p.m. on the 27th, with qualifying events shortly after the conclusion of practice. The feature for the late models is slated immediately prior to the "DuQuoin "50, which is scheduled to begin at 9 p.m. Tickets are on sale at the DuQuoin State Fair Box Office, or Ticketmaster or by calling 217-764-3200. Additional information can be found at www.arcaracing.com.