The ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards will return to Mobile, Alabama on March 22nd, 2014
Defending ARCA Mobile 200 Champion and Fairhope, Alabama native Grant Enfinger, led a star packed media event in Mobile, Alabama with: “It is my honor as a Mobile International Speedway driver and the defending ARCA Mobile 200 Champion to announce that the ARCA Series is coming back to Mobile in 2014.”
ARCA Week will begin on Saturday, March 15th with an open practice for ARCA teams and culminate with the 3rd running of the ARCA Mobile 200 on Saturday March 22nd.
“The combined efforts of everyone associated with the ARCA Mobile 200 have clearly created a winning formula for the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards,” said ARCA President Ron Drager. “For the 3rd consecutive year, we will bring the series directly from the season opener at Daytona in February to Mobile in March for the 2nd race of the season. The ARCA Mobile 200 is now talked about all season long by the entire ARCA community—race teams, fans, media and officials. We’re pleased and proud our series has found a home on the Gulf Coast.”
“Mobile International Speedway has been a launching point for each level of my racing career, my first stock car start, my first ARCA start and this year our effort at Mobile led to 19 more races with Hixson Motorsports in the Realtor car. After all the new tracks this year I’m really happy ARCA is coming back to my home track,” said Thomas “Moose” Praytor who finished 9th in the 2013 ARCA Championship standings.
Mobilians Grant Enfinger and Cale Gale, have provided story book endings to the first two ARCA Mobile 200s winning in front of the home town fans. While the ARCA series has raced at over 200 different tracks since it’s inception in 1953, the 2014 ARCA Mobile 200 will be just it’s 3rd appearance at Mobile International Speedway.
“The community has embraced the ARCA Series and the ARCA Mobile 200 has become much more than a race, it’s a happening!” offered ARCA Mobile 200 Promoter, Tommy Praytor. “The Mobile Sports Authority, Mobile Convention & Visitors Bureau and Alabama’s Tourism Department all realize the importance of this race to Mobile and it takes everyone to make it happen.”
Opened in 1964 Mobile International Speedway is Alabama’s fastest half mile and is currently host to the Sunoco Southern Super Series and Miller Lite Super Late Model Series along with a regular schedule of Saturday night racing. Lee and Ida Fields purchased the Speedway in 1972 and for almost 40 years the duo produced “The Fastest Fun Around”. The track is currently being managed and promoted by Tim Bryant who is also the owner/promoter of Pensacola’s 5 Flags Speedway, the home of the Snowball Derby.
Mobile International Speedway is part of a long tradition of Alabama tracks ARCA has competed on. The ARCA Racing Series history in Alabama reaches back to 1961 when, on November 5, Ernie Derr won a 250-lap race at Birmingham. ARCA race events at the Fairgrounds in Montgomery in 1962, at Huntsville Speedway in 1963 and 1965, followed by a long tenure at Talladega Superspeedway (1969-present) have kept ARCA’s presence in Alabama alive over the decades.
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 26 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 0.375 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.
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. In its seventh decade of competition having completed hundreds of thousands of miles of racing, ARCA administers over 100 race events each season in three professional touring series and local weekly events.
(L-R) George Bock-Chairman Mobile Sports Authority, Ron Drager-President ARCA, Grant Enfinger-2013 ARCA Mobile 200 Winner, Danny Corte-President Mobile Sports Authority, Tim Bryant-Mobile International Speedway Manager, Tommy Praytor-ARCA Mobile 200 Promoter, Thomas “Moose” Praytor-Driver Realtor Ford, David Randel-President Mobile Convention and Visitors Bureau, Millard Williams-General Manager Holiday Inn Tillmans Corner-Picture courtesy of Ashley Rowe the Official Photographer of the ARCA-Mobile 200
The ARCA-Mobile 200 By The Numbers
Ø 3,600,000- In just 2 years the ARCA-Mobile 200 has had an estimated $3.6 million impact on the Mobile area.
Ø 102,541- The ARCA-Mobile 200 has produced 42 on air mentions with 8:09 minutes of air time creating 102 on air sightings garnering $102,541 worth of TV time for Mobile during the 2013 ARCA Series broadcast on SPEED & the NBC Sports Network this season.
Ø 15,788- Attendance for the two ARCA-Mobile 200 events was 15,788.
Ø 2,900- ARCA race fans and teams have occupied over 2,900 hotel nights.
Ø 78- The age of the oldest competitor in the ARCA-Mobile 200, James Hylton.
Ø 15- The age of the youngest driver in the ARCA-Mobile 200, Kyle Benjamin, 2013-he finished 2nd.
Ø 10- Jersey number of National Champion Alabama Quarterback and ARCA-Mobile 200 Grand Marshall AJ McCarron.
Ø 9- Mobile’s Thomas “Moose” Praytor finished 9th in the 2013 ARCA Championship standings.
Ø 3- Grant Enfinger, Darren Mathews and Thomas “Moose” Praytor were the 3 Mobile International Speedway drivers that competed in the 2013 ARCA-Mobile 200.
Ø 2- Grant Enfinger won 2 ARCA races in 2013, Mobile and Iowa.
Ø 1- There has only been one winner of the Crosley Radio Juke Box Trophy, Grant Enfinger.