The Allen Crowe 100, this weekend’s ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards round, is a bit of a throwback to a forgotten time in stock car racing’s history. For one, it’s held at the Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield, IL as part of the annual state fair, and has been every year since 1963; beyond that, it’s also one of a select few dirt ovals to maintain a place on a top-tier stock car racing series’ schedule, joining such events as the Eldora Dirt Derby in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and the ARCA General Tire Grabber 100 at DuQuoin State Fairgrounds.
The action kicks off at 1:30PM ET/10:30AM PT, as nearly two dozen of the future stars of the sport take on 100 laps of something totally different than they’ve faced all year in 2018. While you’re watching today’s action, be sure to watch out for these three storylines:
Who’s got something to slow down Sheldon Creed?
Aside from two DNFs in the first 14 rounds of the season, MDM Motorsports’ Creed has been otherwise invincible, finishing in the top five in every other race. After finally taking his first stock car victory at Michigan International Speedway, Creed added his second and third wins at fellow ovals Gateway Motorsports Park and Iowa Speedway. Ironically, despite his off-road background, he’s yet to win a dirt oval race in ARCA—does anybody have what it takes to beat him this weekend?
How will top young drivers adapt to racing stock cars on a dirt oval for the first time?
Aside from Creed (fourth), Christian Eckes (sixth), and Riley Herbst (DNF), a lot of this year’s top racers and race winners have yet to compete in Springfield. Creed’s MDM Motorsports teammates Zane Smith and Chase Purdy, two of his top championship rivals at second and fourth in points, will be making their debut here. So will Eckes’ Venturini Motorsports teammate Natalie Decker, who won the pole at Daytona to kick off the season. A dirt oval is a different animal, and they’ll need to respect the track.
Where will Logan Seavey slot into today’s running order?
Seavey has garnered attention this summer for not only leading laps and finishing eighth at Eldora for Kyle Busch Motorsports, but also making a phenomenal evasive move in a midget race that saw him drive up a catchfence to get around a wrecked competitor. There’s no doubt that USAC’s national midget points leader knows how to handle these courses, and Venturini Motorsports will give him a hot rod and a realistic shot at the win. Can he join the ranks of future stars to win in their ARCA debuts?