Officials from the USRA have announced a new and exciting partnership with Arnold Motor Supply for the 2019 racing season with the automotive giant becoming the Official Auto Parts Store of the USRA and title sponsor of the Iron Man Challenge.
The Iron Man Challenge featuring American Racer USRA Stock Cars presented by Medieval Chassis and Out-Pace USRA B-Mods presented by Pace Performance will celebrate its tenth season in 2019, while Arnold Motor Supply turns 92 this year.
“We’re honored to have the opportunity to showcase Arnold Motor Supply with the Iron Man Challenge in 2019,” said USRA President Todd Staley. “Arnold Motor Supply sets the standard for customer service throughout the Midwest, and we share many of the same values such as the belief that businesses are not built with brick and stone, but rather they are built with people.”
With headquarters in Spencer, Iowa, Arnold Motor Supply’s commitment to the fans and racers includes a big boost to the Iron Man Challenge points fund. Up from $2,000 last year, each of the two champions will now be chasing a $3,000 top prize to take the title.
“Arnold Motor Supply is a dedicated supporter of the motorsports industry, whether that be partnering up with our local tracks, to ensuring the drivers and pit crew have whatever they need from parts to paint and everything in between,” said Arnold Motor Supply Marketing Director Elizabeth McDanel. “The partnership with USRA as the title sponsor of the Iron Man Challenge is another way for us to show our continued commitment to our customers and to the passionate fan base that shares in the dirt track experience with us week after week.”
Arnold Motor Supply is entering its 92nd year in business and has come a long way since we first opened our doors in Spencer, Ia. We now have stores throughout the Midwest, many of which are in markets on the Ironman series schedule.
Drivers are invited to join Team High Gear—the loyalty program that rewards race teams for buying the parts you need anyway. See how Team High Gear can equip your race team with the right parts and out-of-sight perks like discounted auto parts, paint discounts and other pit crew specials. Sign up today at racethg.com http://racethg.com.
Each competitor in the Arnold Motor Supply Iron Man Challenge will be required to display an approved Arnold Motor Supply decal in a prominent location on both sides of his or her race car.
E.P. Arnold, who saw a future in the automobile parts industry, started Arnold Motor Supply in 1927. As he watched the popularity of the automobile increase, he knew that there would be a market for replacement parts. Today Arnold Motor Supply is one of the largest partnerships in the United States with 65 locations in Iowa, Nebraska, Minnesota, Illinois and Missouri. Along with their auto parts store locations, the company operate two distribution centers, an automobile refinish division, a light industrial coatings distributor and a related equipment sales division. Now in their 92nd year, Arnold Motor Supply is poised to continue their journey of growth and diversification.
The Arnold Group of Companies includes Arnold Motor Supply, Auto Value Parts Stores, Industrial Paint Solutions, Auto Refinish Solutions, Midwest Cylinder Head and Machine, Specialty Sales of Omaha, and The Merrill Company. The Arnold Group is one of the nation’s premier suppliers of replacement parts, accessories and supplies for virtually all makes of automobiles, light to heavy-duty trucks, off-road equipment, marine and agricultural equipment. The Arnold Group of Companies also distributes the highest quality tools, equipment, paint and body supplies, and collision parts available in the car care industry. Visit arnoldmotorsupply.com to find a location near you.
Nearly 30 nights of racing are on the 2019 schedule for the Arnold Motor Supply Iron Man Challenge. The series kicks off with the Summit USRA Frost Busters—a three-night, three-track swing through three states. Action begins Thursday, March 28, at the Salina Speedway in Salina, Kan., and then moves to the I-35 Speedway in Winston, Mo., on Friday, March 29, before wrapping up Saturday, March 30, at the Hamilton County Speedway in Webster City, Iowa.
Both classes are featured on the same program for 23 events. Stock Cars will have two stand-alone shows and the B-Mods will have three nights to themselves. The finale for both divisions takes place at the Hamilton County Speedway for the 6th Annual Summit Racing Equipment USRA Nationals.
Here’s a look at the Arnold Motor Supply Iron Man Challenge 2019 schedule:
March 28 ... Salina Speedway, Salina, Kan. (Summit USRA Frost Buster)
March 29 ... I-35 Speedway, Winston, Mo. (Summit USRA Frost Buster)
March 30 ... Hamilton County Speedway, Webster City, Iowa (Summit USRA Frost Buster)
April 25 ... 81 Speedway, Park City, Kan. (8th Annual Sunflower State Showdown)
April 26 ... Kan. State Fairgrounds, Hutchinson, Kan. (63rd Annual Hutchinson Grand Nationals)
May 25 ... Deer Creek Speedway, Spring Valley, Minn. (17th Annual Southern MN Spring Challenge)
May 26 ... Upper Iowa Speedway, Decorah, Iowa (12th Annual Nordic Nationals)
June 9 ... Nobles County Speedway, Worthington, Minn. (9th Annual Summer Slam)
June 11-12 ... Hamilton County Speedway, Webster City, Iowa (2nd Annual Rumble at the River)
June 22 ... I-35 Speedway, Winston, Mo. (3rd Annual Gary Davis Super 66) [SC]
July 3 ... Upper Iowa Speedway, Decorah, Iowa (Iron Man Road to Independence)
July 4 ... Cresco Speedway, Cresco, Iowa (Iron Man Road to Independence)
July 5 ... Fayette County Speedway, West Union, Iowa (Iron Man Road to Independence)
July 17 ... Southern Iowa Speedway, Oskaloosa, Iowa (12th Annual Summer Classic)
July 21 ... Mason City Motor Speedway, Mason City, Iowa (North Iowa Iron Bowl)
Aug. 11 ... Mason City Motor Speedway, Mason City, Iowa (8th Annual All-In 77)
Aug. 23 ... Rapid Speedway, Rock Rapids, Iowa (11th Annual Rapid Rumble)
Aug. 24 ... Nobles County Speedway, Worthington, Minn. (2nd Annual Worthington Nationals)
Aug. 31 ... Deer Creek Speedway, Spring Valley, Minn. (14th Annual Labor Day Duel)
Sept. 1 ... Fayette County Speedway, West Union, Iowa (7th Annual War in West Union)
Sept. 14 ... Deer Creek Speedway, Spring Valley, Minn. (Inaugural Stock Car Nationals) [SC]
Sept. 19-21 ... Deer Creek Speedway, Spring Valley, Minn. (20th Annual Featherlite Fall Jamboree) [BM]
Sept. 26-28 ... Hamilton County Speedway Webster City, Iowa (6th Annual Summit USRA Nationals)
Schedule is subject to change. Unless otherwise noted [BM] or [SC], all events will feature American Racer USRA Stock Cars presented by Medieval Chassis and Out-Pace USRA B-Mods presented by Pace Performance.
Launched in 2010 for Stock Cars, the B-Mod division was added to the Iron Man lineup in 2011. Between the two classes, 13 different champions have emerged from 17 different title chases.
Two drivers from Decorah, Iowa, grabbed series titles in 2018. Dillon Anderson captured the American Racer USRA Stock Car crown while the Out-Pace USRA B-Mods saw a back-to-back champion in Dan Hovden.
Past Stock Car champions include Derek Green (2017), Kyle Falck (2016), Tom Schmitt (2012, 2015), Mitch Hovden (2013-2014), Mike Van Genderen (2011) and Nathan Wood (2010). Former B-Mod champions include Andy Bryant (2016), Dakota Foster (2015), Cory Crapser (2013, 2014), Trevor Hunt (2012) and Cayden Carter (2011).
All Arnold Motor Supply Iron Man Challenge shows also award Summit USRA Weekly Racing Series national points.
The USRA will host its annual awards banquet on Friday, February 22, at the Ameristar Casino Hotel in Kansas City. This year’s party will once again be a joint effort for both the USRA and United States Modified Touring Series (USMTS). Fans and members of the media are invited to attend too. Call (515) 832-7944 for more information or to order tickets.
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USRA OFFICIAL SPONSORS: American Racer Racing Tires, Arnold Motor Supply, Chevrolet Performance, CP-Carrillo, Fast Shafts, FK Rod Ends, K1 RaceGear by Ryan Bowers, KSE Racing Products, Mesilla Valley Transportation, MSD, Nitroquest Media, Pace Performance, PEM Racing Gears & Drivetrain, RacinDirt.com, Summit Racing Equipment.
USRA PARTICIPATING SPONSORS: ASi Racewear, Boubin Tire & Automotive, Brodix Cylinder Heads, Cook Racing Supplies, ElbowsUp.com, PBM Performance Products, YouDirt.com.
USRA CONTINGENCY SPONSORS: 905 Ink, AFCO Racing Products, Allstar Performance, Beyea Custom Headers, BSB Manufacturing, Edelbrock, Forty9 Designs, Genesis Racing Shocks, Hooker Harness, Integra Shocks & Springs, Jerovetz Motorsports Racing Parts, Keyser Manufacturing, Medieval Chassis, Out-Pace Racing Products, PEM Racing Gears & Drivetrain, QA1, RacerWebsite.com, Real Racing Wheels, Sybesma Graphics, Wehrs Machine & Racing Products.
USRA RACE TRACKS: 81 Speedway, 82 Speedway, Alien Motor Speedway, Caney Valley Speedway, Chateau Speedway, Cresco Speedway, Deer Creek Speedway, Devil’s Bowl Speedway, Fayette County Speedway, Hamilton County Speedway, Humboldt Speedway, I-35 Speedway, I-90 Speedway, Kansas State Fairgrounds, Kennedale Speedway Park, Lake Ozark Speedway, Lawton Speedway, Lebanon Midway Speedway, Legit Speedway Park, Lucas Oil Speedway, Mason City Motor Speedway, Mississippi Thunder Speedway, Monarch Motor Speedway, Monett Speedway, Nobles County Speedway, Park Jefferson Speedway, Rapid Speedway, Red Cedar Speedway, RPM Speedway, Route 66 Motor Speedway, Salina Speedway, Sioux Speedway, Southern Iowa Speedway, Southern New Mexico Speedway, Southern Oklahoma Speedway, Springfield Raceway, Superbowl Speedway, Tri-State Speedway, Upper Iowa Speedway, Vado Speedway Park, West Texas Speedway.