PIT BOX: ARCA’s 42nd trip to DuQuoin State Fairgrounds offers potential for $50,000 payday




(Photo: Jeff Curry/ARCA Racing)

For the second time this season, the ARCA Menards Series will get dirty by visiting a one-mile dirt oval. This time, the tour heads to the DuQuoin State Fairgrounds in DuQuoin, Ill., this Sunday for the running of the Rust-Oleum Automotive Finishes 100.

The race serves as the 16th event of the 2022 ARCA Menards Series season and the ninth race of the 2022 Sioux Chief Showdown. The race is also the second race of the Performance Seed Dirt Double, which could hand out a hefty $50,000 bonus to Springfield Mile winner Jesse Love should he complete the season sweep of the dirt miles on the ARCA schedule.

The ARCA Menards Series first visited DuQuoin’s one-mile dirt oval in 1957, when Jerry Unser and Jimmy Bryan split a pair of races on consecutive days. The tour stopped visiting DuQuoin after the 1959 season but returned in 1983. Since then, the track has welcomed the ARCA Menards Series back annually on Labor Day weekend with the exception of 2020.

Tickets to Sunday’s Rust-Oleum Automotive Finishes 100 at the DuQuoin State Fairgrounds are available. Below is everything to know about the event.


Rust-Oleum Automotive Finishes 100 at the DuQuoin State Fairgrounds

WHAT TO WATCH FOR:

Ato 0021 0721 Menards Auto Arca Logos Final 1A lot of money is on the line for Love this Sunday night at DuQuoin.

Thanks for his victory at the Springfield Mile on Aug. 21, Love is the only driver eligible to win the inaugural Performance Seed Dirt Double and the $50,000 prize that goes along with it should any one driver sweep both dirt miles on the schedule.

There will be plenty of drivers in the field looking to prevent Love from banking that prize. In fact, should Love not win the $50,000 bonus, a $5,000 will be offered to the driver with the best combined average finish at Springfield and DuQuoin.

Headlining that list is dirt expert Ryan Unzicker, who finished third at the Springfield Mile. He’ll also be trying to deliver a victory for car owner Bill Hendren, who is retiring following Sunday evening’s event.

Sammy Smith could also be a contender for the $5,000 bonus should Love not win the race. Smith enters Sunday’s race as the most recent series winner following his dominant victory last Sunday afternoon at the Milwaukee Mile.

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While bonus money is always a nice addition, the battle for the ARCA Menards Series championship will also be in focus Sunday evening as Nick Sanchez, Daniel Dye and Rajah Caruth continue the season-long fight. The trio have seemed to be attached at the hip the last few weeks, with Sanchez continuing to hold a narrow advantage in the standings.

Corey Heim is scheduled to return to Venturini Motorsports for his sixth ARCA Menards Series start of the season. Heim is a previous ARCA winner on dirt, having triumphed at the Springfield Mile for the Venturini team last season.

Veteran Ken Schrader is back with Andy Hillenburg’s Fast Track Racing for his second race of the season. Fast Track Racing will also welcome Joe Cooksey back to the ARCA Menards Series for his first start since 2018.

Also scheduled to compete in Sunday’s event are Taylor Gray, Kelly Kovski, Amber Balcaen, Greg Van Alst, Toni Breidinger and more.

The complete entry list for Sunday’s Rust-Oleum Automotive Finishes 100 is available here.

Landen Lewis, driver of the #2 19th Green Toyota, leads the puck during the Southern Illinois 100 presented by Lucas Oil for the ARCA Menards Series at the DuQuoin State Fairgrounds in DuQuoin, Illinois on September 5, 2021. (Jeff Curry/ARCA Racing )
Landen Lewis, driver of the No. 2 19th Green Toyota, leads the pack during the Southern Illinois 100 presented by Lucas Oil for the ARCA Menards Series at the DuQuoin State Fairgrounds on September 5, 2021. (Photo: Jeff Curry/ARCA Racing)

RACING REFERENCES:

RACE FACTS

RACE Rust-Oleum Automotive Finishes 100
PLACE DuQuoin State Fairgrounds
DATE Sunday, Sept. 4, 2022
TIME 8pm CT / 9pm ET
TV CHANNEL/LIVE STREAM MAVTV / FloRacing
RADIO ARCARacing.com
TRACK LAYOUT One-mile dirt oval
LAPS 100
EVENT SCHEDULE Sunday, Sept. 4: Practice from 4:15 – 5 pm CT … Qualifying at 6 pm CT … Race at 8 pm CT

CREW CHIEF HANDOUT: The starting field for the Rust-Oleum Automotive Finishes 100 is limited to 30 plus provisional positions. This event will be run under the 2022 ARCA Menards Series rules, procedures, regulations and specifications.

QUALIFYING: One lap qualifying. No adjustments or repairs may be made on car after taking the green flag at Start/Finish line. All cars must make a qualifying attempt, and all drivers must practice before they can qualify.

RACE PIT STOPS: Break pit stop procedure. Breaks at or near the conclusion of Laps 35 and 70. All cars will be required to make at least one pit stop prior to last 10 laps of race. No adding or moving tires to or from pit box once race has started.

The maximum tire allotment available for this event is as follows: Per ARCA Rulebook, maximum tire usage for this event (purchased plus from-home tires) is 16. Maximum number of tires allowed in pit box for use in race is eight (8).

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