Last year ARCA returned to Elko Speedway and it was the most exciting finish fans have seen in years. Austin Theriault #52 beat Christian Eckes #15 by .029 seconds at the finish line and a huge wreck occurred right behind the leaders. Joe Gibbs developmental driver Riley Herbst #18 won the pole and finished third. Shane Lee, who is now racing the #3 car in the Xfinity Series for Richard Childress finished seventh and Dalton Sargeant is now racing full time in the Truck Series finished eighth. Many fans were happy to meet Bobby Dale Earnhardt, who is Dale Jr’s nephew, he finished the race in the nineteenth position.
Enough about the past, the ARCA race at Elko Speedway is this Saturday July 14th, don’t miss your opportunity to meet some of the future stock car superstars right here in your very own state.
Much hyped rising stars like Riley Herbst #18 who is driving for Joe Gibbs and just made his first Xfinity start, sixteen year old Chandler Smith #20 from Talking Rock (GA) who has four poles already, point leader #28 Sheldon Creed from Alpine (CA) is turning heads and many other top drivers too.
A much beloved racer who has spent many weekends at Elko Speedway #25 Natalie Decker from nearby Eagle River (WI) is entered, so too #77 Joe Graf Jr from Mahwah (NJ), he started his racing career ten years ago racing right here at Elko Speedway in the Bandolero division. Local favorite Willie Mullins #3 from Franklin (VA) is coming off a career best second place finish at Talladega and ASA fans have to cheer for Kevin Cywinski driver Gus Dean from Bluffton (SC) in the #32 car.
An added bonus, this year our local Hiway Federal Credit Union Late Model, Genz-Ryan Thunder Car and Pepsi Power Stock divisions will be racing feature events on the same night as well beginning at 6:30pm.
Don’t miss this rare opportunity to see Minnesota on a National stage, opening ceremony at 5pm, Qualifying, then ELKO division features, ARCA on-track autograph session at 7:15pm and then the 250 lapper for the ARCA series begins at 9pm. Get advanced tickets at Twin Cities area Menards Stores or go to ElkoSpeedway.com for more details.
Elko Speedway is a 3/8th mile asphalt oval race track with stadium style seating located 30 minutes South of the Twin Cities just off of I-35 and County Road 2 in Elko-New Market (MN).
Photo Credits: RileyHerbst: Instragram, Natalie Decker: Twitter,