August 21, 2021 (Springfield, IL) – An ARCA racing tradition like no other! On Sunday, the ARCA Menards Series will make its triumphed return to the Illinois State Fairground’s historic dirt mile for the running of the 33rd annual Allen Crowe 100.
If Ferris wheels, roasted sweet corn and dirt are your thing, Springfield is your racing destination dream come true. On the final day of the Illinois State Fair, fairgoers and race fans will be treated to one of the most exciting ARCA events of the year. Opened in 1863, the Springfield Mile track has played host to competitive motorsports since 1910. A must see event, there’s nothing quite like the thrill of watching the power behind a 3,400-pound ARCA car slipping, sliding and slinging dirt as they pace the clay oval.
Proud to be a part of Springfield’s rich history, Venturini Motorsports has fielded winning cars on the dirt mile for Brennan Poole ’13, Kevin Swindell ‘14, Christian Eckes ’18 and Michael Self ’19. This year brings a new crop of VMS drivers to test their fate on the “World’s Fastest Dirt-Mile” with Corey Heim, Jesse Love and Toni Breindinger riding the team’s carousel of Toyota’s.
Championship contender Corey Heim (No.20 Craftsman Toyota) will make his second career start at Springfield hoping to top his 2019 seventh place finish. Going into the weekend which will feature two races (Michigan Int’l Speedway & Springfield) in three days, Heim trails Ty Gibbs by a slim 3-points in the overall driver standings.
Pulling a ARCA Series double on back-to-back nights, Jessie Love (No.15 Mobil1 Toyota) will attempt to pull off an ARCA West race in California Saturday night before catching a red eye flight to Chicago before making an early morning trek down to Springfield by car for the early afternoon ARCA Menards Series race. Love is scheduled to make his first career start on Springfield’s magic mile.
Toni Breidninger (No.25 Free People’s FP Movement Toyota), will make her second start of the season with Venturini Motorsports after earning a top-10 finish last month at Winchester. Breidinger, no stranger to dirt, is the United States Automobile Club’s (USAC) all-time winningest female driver with 19 victories. This will be her tenth career ARCA Menards Series start and first at Springfield in a stock car.
The Allen Crowe 100 from Illinois State Fairgrounds will broadcast live on MAVTV starting at 1:30 p.m. CT with a live stream available on NBC’s TrackPass.