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Fontaine optimistic ahead of Madison

Ready to get back to good ole classic short track racing, ARCA Racing Series rookie Justin Fontaineheads to Madison International Speedway eyeing a career-best finish in Friday night’s Montgomery Ward 200.

With the support of AM Racing and their development team Win-Tron Racing, Fontaine heads to the track looking to shake off the disappointment of Michigan International Speedway last week.

Last weekend in Michigan, Fontaine powered to strong practice times and even showcased a better qualifying performance, but an oiled track sent the Asheville, N.C. native into the wall just seven laps into the 100 lap race, ending his day.

Fontaine is grateful for the experience, but ready to put last week in the rear-view mirror and focus out the windshield on racing under the lights Friday night.

“This Win-Tron Racing team has been able to bring some very fast race cars to the track for me to drive. Now, we just need some luck. I was a little too conservative in my ARCA return at Elko Speedway earlier this month, but I’ve learned from that. Now, I’m ready to go to Madison and see what we can pull off.”

Even though he doesn’t have any prior experience at Madison, the AM Racing developmental driver will lean on Win-Tron Racing team principal Kevin Cywinski and AM Racing crew chief Bill Henderson.

“I am really gelling with my team right now,” added Fontaine, the cousin of NASCAR Truck Series driver Chris Fontaine. “Bill knows what I’m looking for in our ProMATIC Toyota and I’m able to give him the feedback he needs to make the car better. Plus, Kevin’s a veteran of Madison hailing back from his racing days. I’m really optimistic that we can practice, qualify and race in the top-10.”

“The team I’m with is capable of winning and I think if I’m in the right position, I can win. We just need everything to come together to make it all happen. Maybe Madison will do the trick. I’m thrilled to race in tight quarters again.”

Currently 20th in the series’ standings, Fontaine has a career best finish of 11th which came at Elko earlier this month

While sticking with a heavy ARCA schedule for now, Fontaine’s focus is expected to turn towards the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series where he’ll compete in a limited schedule this summer in an AM Racing entry.

Repko set for ARCA Debut

-MMM Press Release-

Statesville, North Carolina – 17-Year-old short track standout Ryan Repko will make his ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards debut in the Montgomery Ward 200 at the Madison International Speedway on June 23rd. Repko will be behind the wheel of the No. 78 Champion Power Equipment/Cometic Gaskets Chevrolet for Mason Mitchell Motorsports.

“This is going to be a huge step up,” an excited Repko stated.” If you compare it to stick and ball sports, I’m basically making the transition from college to pro. It’ll be a great experience for me and I have confidence in my MMM crew going into it.

“I originally started racing in Late Models at Motor Mile and Motor Mile resembles Madison quite a bit so we’re hoping my experience there will transition over to Madison. There will be a few challenges going into this. The two most obvious will be the horsepower and the size of the car, but I think the biggest thing will be running on a radial tire. I’ve never driven on a radial tire in my career. I know that my MMM crew led by Kevin Reed will get me up to speed quickly. These guys produce quality cars.”

Repko just captured his first CARS Late Model Tour Stock Car pole at the Anderson Motor Speedway last weekend and earned a sixth-place finish.

“I’ve had my eye on Repko for quite some time now,” Owner Mason Mitchell stated. “He knows how to take care of his equipment and manage his stuff until the end of a race. We’ve always raced well at Madison so I am confident we will have a great weekend.”

2015 was Repko’s first season racing in late models at Motor Mile, South Boston and Hickory. He picked up one win during his rookie season and was awarded Motor Mile Speedway’s rookie of the year in limited late models. 2016 was Repko’s first appearance at the Martinsville ValleyStar 300 where he qualified third overall and finished ninth in the feature race. He is currently a high school Junior at North Lincoln High School and enrolled in the academic honors program.

MMM has two prior starts at Madison. Last season the team earned a runner-up finish with Kyle Weatherman behind the wheel. In two starts the teams led 163 out of 400 laps.

The Montgomery Ward 200 will be live on MAVTV Friday, June 19th at 9:00 pm ET. Arcaracing.com will have live timing and scoring for all on-track activities throughout the day.

Sargeant leads Short Track Challenge Points after strong run at Toledo

Dalton Sargeant came off a second-place finish in the Menards 200 at Toledo Speedway Sunday after leading 161 laps and is currently leading the 2017 Sioux Chief Short Track Challenge standings after the first three short track races this season (Nashville, Salem and Toledo).

Sargeant’s win at Salem, along with a ninth-place finish at Nashville and his runner-up run at Toledo are enough to keep the lead in the Sioux Chief Short Track points.

“Leading the Sioux Chief Short Track Challenge is really cool,” said Sargeant. “Cunningham won it last year in the No. 77 Big Tine Ford Fusion and it would be pretty significant to be able to win it again in the same car. Coming into the season there were a lot of outside expectations with driving the championship car and I think leading the short track challenge and sort of picking up where Cunningham left off last season is a good start to proving those expectations.”

However, with eight more short track races to go, there’s still plenty of time to catch the leader, especially for Theriault, who trails Sargeant by just 25 points headed to the next short track race on tour at Elko Speedway June 3. In fact the top-five in Sioux Chief points are close with 16-year-old Christian Eckes in third at 595, Zane Smith fourth at 590 and Riley Herbst fifth at 570. Just 70 points separate the top-five in contention.

“ARCA has a lot of great short tracks on the circuit that have a lot of history and a lot of great racing,” Sargeant continued. “It’s always really competitive whenever we go to these tracks and I think that was apparent just this past weekend at Toledo. There’s always good battles on restarts and long green-flag runs and with the level of competition in the field that ARCA has been brining to tracks so far, it makes for some fun racing.”

Sargeant also left Toledo with the Valvoline Lap Leader of the Race honors after he spent most of the afternoon in front, leading 161 of 200 laps before he gave it up to Harrison Burton inside of 10 to go. As a result, Sargeant is now well in control of the overall Valvoline Lap Leader of the Year award category with 219 laps-led on the season. Kyle Weatherman, who didn’t race at Toledo, is a distant second at 138 laps-led.

“Overall we had a strong day at Toledo. We led the majority of the laps, had fast pit stops and good restarts and we came away moving up in championship points. Leading 161 laps I think shows how strong Cunningham cars are and how we’re able to compete for the win every race. It’s not something that’s done very easily, especially on short tracks, so to be the Valvoline Lap Leader right now after Toledo is awesome. Hopefully we’ll keep moving up in points and keep getting ahead in some of these other areas like the lap leader and short track challenge.”

Sargeant also earned the Protect Plus Halfway Leader award this past weekend