Sauble to hear roar of trucks

DEAN MCNULTY, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:54 AM ET

The shores of Lake Huron will rumble with the roar of the ARCA Lincoln Welders Truck series next summer at Sauble Speedway, it was announced yesterday.

Speedway owner Jason Thom said the Shell ROTELLA 100 will be held at the quarter-mile paved oval on June 27, 2009.

"Any major touring series that is international, like the ARCA Lincoln Welders Truck deal, to come to a local short track like Sauble Speedway is fantastic," Thom said.

"What we have in this series is a mixture of solid veterans and young guns, who are using ARCA Trucks as a stepping stone to NASCAR's top loops."

Among the graduates of the series who are now driving in either the NASCAR Sprint Cup, Nationwide or Camping World Trucks series are Landon Cassill, Chase Austin, Kerry Earnhardt and Frank Kimmel.

The series also will have a stop at London's Delaware Speedway next season and Thom hopes that, eventually, more Canadian tracks will be added.

He said it would be nice to get the ARCA Trucks to the status of the old GM Racing Series that launched the careers of Canadian drivers such as Ron Fellows, Robin Buck and David Empringham.

"Certainly there is enough support for short track racing in Canada that one day there could even be a Canadian division for the ARCA series," Thom said.

Drivers in the series -- much like those in the Indy Car and NASCAR Nationwide Series that also race in Canada -- appreciate the fan support they get when racing north of the border.

"ARCA drivers love coming to the (Sauble) beach, because of the great crowds we get," Thom said. "ARCA Trucks' primary sponsor (Lincoln Welders) is also an international company that sees the benefit of coming to Canada."


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