ARCA Midwest Sets 2014 Touring Stars
The 2014 Touring Stars, a combination of veterans and new faces, will lead the ARCA Midwest Tour presented by SCAG Power Equipment into a full season of short track racing throughout the Midwest.
To qualify for this program, competitors must adhere to strict guidelines that ensure the highest quality of driver talent and the strongest level of competition among the Touring Stars. Touring Star positions were selected this year based on a variety of different requirements ranging from; overall past and current racing success, series success and racing stats, years of racing with the Tour and prior Touring Star status. Consideration is also given to how the driver represents himself, his sponsors and the series.
“The Touring Star program is something the series has taken great pride in since day one. These are the cars and stars of the Midwest Tour and this allows us to build that excitement for fans that attend their local race track and look forward to seeing their own hero’s, “their local stars,” battle against the travelers at each event. That’s what short track racing is all about and we are proud to bring the best of the best to tracks around the Midwest,” said Steve Einhaus, vice president of the ARCA Midwest Tour.
Each of the drivers below has met the criteria and will represent the ARCA Midwest Tour in 2014.
Nathan Haseleu, the first ever ARCA Midwest Tour champion, has made every race since the inception of the Tour in 2007; the only driver to do so. He has seven Tour wins, 10 fast qualifier awards, 41 top-fives and 65 top-tens. Two of his victories included the inaugural Joe Shear Classic at Madison Int’l Speedway as well as last year’s Oktoberfest 100 at LaCrosse Fairgrounds Speedway.
In 2001, Haseleu competed in 12 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races accumulating four top 10s. In addition he has numerous wins all over the state of Wisconsin since the beginning of his career which started in a hobby stock when he was 16 years old.
In 2014 Nathan will once again be sponsored by RaceTeamGear.com and The Swiss Colony.
Andrew Morrissey, the 2011 Tour champion, also returns as a Touring Star in 2014. Morrissey has 69 starts, two wins, 16 top fives and 32 top tens since his career began with the Tour.
Morrissey got his first win in 2012 winning the Joe Shear Classic. His second win came last fall at Elko Speedway in the Thunderstruck 93.
Andrew will be sponsored by Spring Green Health Mart & Pharmacy, DMJ Trucking of Deerfield, WI and B&B Racing Engines.
Jonathan Eilen was the 2012 Midwest Tour Champion. He has 73 starts, five wins, one fast qualifier award, 23 top fives and 36 top tens in the series.
Eilen started racing in the Thunder Car division at Elko Speedway where he immediately found success, which continued to follow him as he moved up through the ranks.
Eilen joined the Midwest Tour in its first year. He became the first ever winner in the series in 2007 taking home the victory at Elko Speedway. He also found himself capturing the first ever Rookie of the Year honors that year.
He will return in 2014 as a Touring Star sponsored by Eilen and Sons Trucking/Landscape Supply’s, B&B Racing Engines, and TraLo Trucking.
James Swan is the newest Midwest Tour Rookie of the Year, taking home the honors in 2013. He has nine starts and two top tens so far in the ARCAMT.
Swan has been successful in anything and everything he has ever raced. Swan has five series championships, including a championship in the Midwest Truck Tour in 2012, his rookie year in the division. He also has countless track championships and victories in various divisions.
In 2014, he will be sponsored by Elements by Hankscraft, Durham Hill Auto Sales and DRM Industries.
2014 will be the fourth year that Chris Weinkauf will be with the ARCA Midwest Tour. In his 38 starts, he is fifth in the overall most fast qualifier awards with five. He has eight top fives and 18 top tens.
Weinkauf is a State Park Speedway track champion and a winner of the Trickle 99. The Merrill, Wis., native will be sponsored by Jay VanDerGeest Cattle, Professional Drywall, and Breber Music.
Jason Weinkauf joined the Tour full-time in 2012. He has 28 starts, one win, one top five and eight top tens. Weinkauf’s first Tour win was an emotional one, winning in front of a hometown crowd at Marshfield Speedway.
The driver out of Merrill, Wis., will once again be a part of the Touring Star program. Weinkauf will be sponsored by Jay VanDerGeest Cattle, Professional Drywall, and Schaeffer’s Racing Oil.
Cardell Potter will return for his third year with the ARCA Midwest Tour. Potter has 23 starts, and five top tens so far.
Cardell is an avid and very successful snowmobile racer. He began his career in 1996. He holds multiple state championships, driver of the year awards and rookie of the year awards. In 2009, Potter was the USSA Ice Oval Driver of the Year.
Potter jumped into a limited late model in 2007 and raced at Dells Raceway Park. He was the Rookie of the Year in 2008 and had two feature wins. He started competing in a super late model in 2011 and joined the ARCAMT in 2012.
He returns to the Tour as a 2014 Touring Star. Tommy Lipar Racing, Hableman Bros. Cranberry and Advanced Compressor Technology will be Cardell’s main sponsors for the 2014 season.