[media-credit name=”arcaracing.com” align=”alignright” width=”370″][/media-credit](ELKO NEW MARKET, Minn.) – In addition to roles as the presenting sponsor of the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards and as a co-primary sponsor on Frank Kimmel’s No. 44 Ansell / Menards Toyota, Menards is participating heavily in promotion of the Saturday, June 2 Akona 200 presented by Federated Car Care at Elko Speedway.
The race will be the first appearance for the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards at the track south of Minneapolis and St. Paul, and Menards stores in and around the area will give race fans and store customers the chance to “Save Big Money” on tickets to see the action live for the first time.
Starting Friday – tomorrow – fans can buy tickets for the ARCA race at $15 – a 40 percent, or $10, discount off of the advertised at-track price – at 32 Menards stores in Minnesota.
The store locations are: Alexandria, Apple Valley, Baxter, Blaine, Brooklyn Park, Buffalo, Burnsville, Cambridge, Coon Rapids, Cottage Grove, Dundas, Eden Prairie, Elk River, Forest Lake, Fridley, Golden Valley, Hudson, Hutchinson, Mankato, Maple Grove, Maplewood, Oakdale, Red Wing, two stores in Rochester, St. Cloud, St. Croix Falls, St. Paul Midway, Stillwater, West St. Paul, Willmar, and Winona.
The in-store ticket promotion will last until Friday, June 1, one day before the race.
While in the store, race fans and customers can also enter a promotion to win four VIP tickets, at-track hospitality, and the chance to wave the green flag at the start of the race, among other prizes. The promotion begins tomorrow and will end on Monday, May 28.
The Akona 200 will begin at 8 p.m. on Saturday, June 2, with two 45-minute practices scheduled for 2 and 3:15, and Menards Pole Qualifying presented by Ansell following at 5. Each driver in the starting field will participate in an on-track autograph session from 6:30 to 7:30, just before the green flag. All times are Central. Elko Speedway is located at 26350 France Avenue in Elko New Market.
The ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards has crowned an ARCA national champion each year since its inaugural season in 1953, and has toured over 200 race tracks in 28 states since its inception. The series has tested the abilities of drivers and race teams over the most diverse schedule of stock car racing events in the world, visiting tracks ranging from 0.4 mile to 2.66 miles in length, on both paved and dirt surfaces as well as a left- and right-turn road course in its most recent season. This year, the series visited Alabama’s Mobile International Speedway for the first time. In June, the first event at Minnesota’s Elko Speedway will give ARCA a race in a 29th state.
Founded by John and Mildred Marcum in 1953 in Toledo, Ohio, the Automobile Racing Club of America (ARCA) is recognized among the leading sanctioning bodies in the country. Closing in on completing its sixth decade after hundreds of thousands of miles of racing, ARCA administers over 100 race events each season in three professional touring series and local weekly events.
– Automobile Racing Club of America Press Release