The three-wide parade lap prior to Sunday's 49th Winchester 400 at Winchester (Ind.) Speedway. (Randy Crist photo)
The ARCA Midwest Tour and ARCA/CRA Super Series will each continue to be sanctioned by ARCA in 2021. (Randy Crist photo)

ARCA Continues Sanction Of CRA & Midwest Tour

TEMPERANCE, Mich. — Officials from ARCA, the Champion Racing Ass’n and the ARCA Midwest Tour have confirmed the extension of the organizations’ sanctioning relationship for this year.

Both CRA and the Midwest Tour are owned and operated by respected industry veterans. CRA founders and principals R.J. Scott and Glenn Luckett are marking a quarter century of the tour’s existence, and Midwest Tour owner and general manager Gregg McKarns is a second generation racing businessman voted by his peers as the 2019 RPM Workshops National Promoter of the Year.

“We are pleased to extend the solid working relationship we have enjoyed with the team at ARCA for what will be our 10th consecutive season,” said CRA Managing Partner R.J. Scott. “It’s especially noteworthy that anniversary coincides with the 25th season of competition for the ARCA/CRA Super Series powered by JEGS.”

The ARCA/CRA Super Series powered by JEGS ran its first race in 1997 and has been in continuous operation since. The series has raced at 37 tracks across the eastern U.S. appearing in Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Missouri, North Carolina, Ohio, Tennessee and Wisconsin.

“We’re proud to partner with ARCA, with its long history of stock car racing both nationally and especially with its focus on Midwest short track racing,” said McKarns, who is also the owner and promoter at Madison Int’l Speedway in Wisconsin. “We are full speed ahead after an abbreviated 2020 and excited about the schedule of great tracks on the AMT schedule for 2021, the series’ 15th season.”

Carrying on the late model racing tradition of the Midwest-based ARTGO Series established by McKarns’ late father John McKarns from the 1970s to the 1990s, the ARCA Midwest Tour has raced at 22 tracks in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, Tennessee and Wisconsin since 2007.

Combined, the two series sanction or co-sanction some of the most prestigious events in pavement late model racing in the Eastern United States. The Winchester 400 in Indiana, Oktoberfest in Wisconsin, the All American 400 in Tennessee, SpeedFest in Georgia, the Glass City 200 in Ohio, Battle at Berlin 251 in Michigan, Wisconsin’s Joe Shear Classic, the RedBud 400 in Indiana and the Father’s Day 100 at the Milwaukee Mile are all included in the tours’ overall 2021 schedule among many other major long running traditional races.

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