June 12, 2020
This week’s must-see race is The AERCO Heating & Cooling 100, at Anderson Speedway, Anderson, Indiana.
Anderson Speedway is the place to be Saturday night for the JEGS CRA All-Star tour for their second race of the season.
This weekend, through consultations with the Madison County Health Department, it has been determined that Anderson Speedway may have up to 50% capacity in the stands with fans adhering to social distancing rules.
A fully stacked field including Cody Coughlin, Steve Dorer, Eddie Van Meter, Hunter Jack, and Travis Braden are all expected to make the trip to Anderson Speedway for the AERCO Heating and Cooling 100.
Making the short trip to Indiana from Michigan is Cason Hocevar who after a late-race tire mishap at 1-44 Lebanon Speedway surprised everyone, including himself with how quickly he was able to shoot back through the field. With just 17 laps remaining Hocevar was able to reach and pass the leader, Stephen Nasse for an exciting finish.
“We struggled last year, and I’ve never been high on the charts, and we went off for the first palace, and never left the top 3 all through qualifying,” Hocevar told News Channel 3. “And then to get out and lead and win the race in such a unique fashion was super surreal, and just the stuff you dream about for sure.”
Indiana native Zachary Tinkle returns to his home track after traveling to Missouri for the first race of the season after a long, unexpected hiatus. Zachary qualified 11th and finished 14th after 99 laps of caution-free racing – the only caution of the race on lap 1.
Heading a bit west to Colorado National Speedway as they return to racing Saturday, although they will be racing without fans in attendance. While not the ideal situation, the track is looking to other tracks, such as Ace Speedway, as examples of what could happen if rules are not followed when returning to racing. Following the rules and creating plans for the return of fans will help set Colorado National Speedway up for long term success.
The SLM drivers at CNS compete for points in the NASCAR Whelen All American Series in the Northwest Region and nationally. Laramie Wyoming driver Lance Elliott, in his rookie season SLM season, will be among the competitors this weekend. Elliott is looking to race as much as possible and learn as much as possible this year and hopes to be able to race in different regions of the country this year against the other great short track drivers. In a car that has some help with set up and crew chief from Jeremy Doss and his dad, this is a car to watch.
ARCA East racing returns Saturday at Toledo Speedway with the Herrs Potato Chips 200, also without fans. The race will be broadcast live on Trackpass on NBC Gold. Sam Mayer won the last two ARCA East races – can he continue the streak? If Mayer is to pull off the 3-peat he will have to contend with the always strong Venturini cars of Ryan Repko and Mason Diaz, Visconti Motorsports driver Gio Bromante and ARCA rookie Taylor Gray, driving for David Gillland.