If you’re looking for some local racing action this weekend, there is a whole lot of racing going on at Oregon’s Madison International Speedway on Sunday.
The Joe Shear Classic 200 is the season-opening event for the ARCA Midwest Tour with racers competing for the win and $10,000. Among the entries for Sunday's main event are two-time and defending race winner Andrew Morrissey, two-time ARCAMT champion Dan Fredrickson and 2012 series champ Jonathan Eilen.
Johnny Sauter, the 2016 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series champion, will try to become third two-time winner of the event. Sauter won the season-opening Truck Series race in Daytona with crew chief Joe Shear Jr.
Former MIS Triple Crown champion and Edgerton native Casey Johnson will also compete alongside Rich Bickle, Jr., also of Edgerton.
In addition to the Joe Shear Classic 200, there will also be races in the Mid-American Stock Car Series and Midwest Truck Series.
One of the competitors in the trucks division has a name familiar to area racing fans. Carson Kvapil, the 14-year-old son of Janesville native Travis Kvapil, will be driving for truck owner Kelly Bires.
Travis was the Late Model Champion at the track in 1996 before climbing the NASCAR ladder, winning the Camping World Truck Series championship in 2003.
This will be Carson’s debut at the track and his first Super Late Model race. He took 16 Outlaw Kart Series wins last season en route to becoming the youngest-ever open division champion at Millbridge Raceway, located near his North Carolina home. He also took three wins in the Limited Late Model Series.
Carson already has two wins this season, most recently a feature win in Outlaw Karts on Wednesday night at Millbridge Raceway. With the amount of success Carson has had near his home, Travis hopes races like Sunday’s will help Carson branch out and keep moving him along.
The front gates open at 9 a.m. Sunday with practice at 11:30 a.m. and racing at 2 p.m. Tickets are $25 adults, $22 seniors and students ages 12-17 and $10 kids ages 6-11. Visit misracing.com for more information.