DARF celebrates ARCA with racing reunion


From the historic Dayton 500, points champion Lee Raymond, the legendary Bowsher family and more, the Dayton area is high-banked in ARCA racing history.

To that end, the Dayton Auto Race Fan club (DARF) will host an ARCA Night Reunion at its next membership meeting on April 23. The event will be held at Celebrations Banquet Center on Stop Eight Road (not to be confused with the former meeting place at Celebrations II on Poe Ave.) to accommodate ARCA show cars and allow fans to mingle with ARCA representatives.

The guest list is still in progress but ARCA president Ron Drager and communications manager Don Radebaugh are scheduled to attend as is Springfield’s Bobby Bowsher, the 1992 and 1994 ARCA points champion. Representatives from Kentucky Speedway, Winchester Speedway, Kil-Kare Speedway and Salem Speedway, all which host ARCA events this season, are also coming.

Event organizers have also reached out to series champion Frank Kimmel and the owner of the No. 98 Ford Torino that Benny Parsons drove to victory in the Dayton 500.

The event starts at 4 p.m. in the parking lot. The meeting starts at 7 p.m. Concessions and a cash bar will be available.

For more information or to inquire about bringing an ARCA car for show contact DARF president Rick Monroe at (937) 541-9006.

What a bargain: Kevin Harvick fans likely won’t find a better deal than this. The NASCAR Sprint Cup driver will make an appearance at the grand opening of the Ollie’s Bargain Outlet store in Sidney on Wednesday. Beginning at 7:30 a.m. (fans are encouraged to arrive early), 250 tickets will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis with a limit of one per person. At 10 a.m., ticket holders can meet, have their photo taken with Harvick and have one memorabilia item of their own autographed.

The store is located at 2240 Michigan Street in West Town Square in Sidney.

Eldora, Shady Bowl start seasons: Eldora Speedway celebrates its 60th season with a three-division event on Saturday. The Sunoco American late models, DIRTcar modifieds and Eldora stocks take to the high-banked oval at the historic track in Darke County. Over in Champaign County, Shady Bowl Speedway kicks off its asphalt season with the late models, modifieds, sport stocks, tuners and compacts.

Track time: Wonder what it’s like to take a lap around Kentucky Speedway? Find out Saturday. Fans who purchase a minimum of $40 on a combination of tickets, camping and gift shop merchandise can turn three paced laps at about 70 mph around the 1.5-mile tri-oval. The sale runs from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

For more information call (859) 567-3419.

Maybe fans will bump into the latest nominee for the NASCAR Hall of Fame. Kentucky Speedway owner Bruton Smith is one of five newcomers among the 25 overall nominees for the Class of 2014.



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