Tuesday, October 6, 2020

ARCA: Wayne Peterson continues yearly late-season title hunt at Springfield

PHOTO: @DriverBradSmith

by William Soquet
LASTCAR.info Guest Correspondent

Wayne Peterson finished last for the 47th time in his ARCA Menards Series career in Saturday’s Illinois Truck and Equipment Allen Crowe 100 at the Illinois State Fairgrounds Racetrack when his #0 GreatRailing.com Chevrolet did not start the race.

The finish was Peterson’s first since Winchester, two races ago. The finish came in Peterson’s 115th series start.

In 2018, 2019, and 2020, Peterson’s starts in the ARCA Menards Series have skewed towards the end of the season. He won LASTCAR ARCA Menards Series championships in 2018 and 2019 and is looking to make a run at the 2020 championship, as he currently sits second in the championship standings to Owen Smith on a tiebreaker.

The initial entry list for the only dirt race of 2020 released with eighteen cars. Traditional dirt ringers Ryan Unzicker and Kelly Kovski were on the list, as well as a four-car team for Fast Track Racing featuring Alex Clubb in the #01, Mike Basham in the #10, Tim Monroe in the #11 and Owen Smith in the #12. Eric Caudell and Will Kimmel returned as part of their limited schedules, and Corey Heim filled out the Venturini Motorsports lineup in the #20 car.

Clubb’s entry withdrew before on-track activity began, leaving seventeen cars in the field. Fifteen cars took a time in the half-hour practice, of those that did, Peterson was the slowest, clocking in at just over 66 seconds on what was likely a lap just to make sure there were no mechanical gremlins in the car. In qualifying, Peterson was the only driver that did not take a time. Eric Caudell was sixteenth-fastest; his lap of 42 seconds was about eight seconds off of Unzicker’s pace.

Peterson’s car was on the grid for driver introductions but the 82-year-old’s machine was not included in any of the pace lap television shots. He was later listed as a “did not start” by Racing-Reference.

Caudell pulled off after six laps, followed by Owen Smith two laps later. Will Kimmel retired with damage just shy of the quarter-race mark, and Brad Smith parked with clutch issues after thirty laps, rounding out the Bottom Five.

THE BOTTOM FIVE
17) #0-Wayne Peterson / 0 laps / did not start
16) #7-Eric Caudell / 6 laps / suspension
15) #12-Owen Smith / 8 laps / brakes
14) #69-Will Kimmel / 23 laps / accident
13) #48-Brad Smith / 30 laps / clutch

2020 LASTCAR ARCA MENARDS SERIES MANUFACTURERS CHAMPIONSHIP
1st) Chevrolet (12)
2nd) Toyota (6)
3rd) Ford (1)

2020 LASTCAR ARCA MENARDS SERIES OWNERS CHAMPIONSHIP
1st) Fast Track Racing (9)
2nd) Wayne Peterson Racing (5)
3rd) Brother-In-Law Motorsports, DGR-Crosley, Kimmel Racing, Reeves Racing, Russ Lane Racing (1)

2020 LASTCAR ARCA MENARDS SERIES DRIVERS CHAMPIONSHIP

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