By Fully Injected Motorsports:
NEW CASTLE, Ind. (April 25, 2018) – Caleb Armstrong’s three hour tow east to Mansfield Motor Speedway in Mansfield, Ohio, may not be brief, but it will be pressure-free, as the New Castle, Ind., native is an automatic feature starter for Saturday’s Sprint Car World Championship main event.
Armstrong, once a full-time All Star Circuit of Champions competitor who finished third in the final standings in 2017, earned his automatic feature bid by winning Mansfield’s Great Lakes Dirt Nationals in August. Awarding a $15,000 top prize, the Great Lakes Dirt Nationals victory also carried a $100,000 potential; Saturday’s top prize during the World Championship finale.
“Having an automatic starting spot really takes some pressure off of us, especially since we haven’t raced since the Chili Bowl,” Caleb Armstrong stated, driver of the Baker Crop Insurance/Neal Metal Recycling/Armstrong Farms/No. 7C sprint car. “We are all pretty excited to get out there. We made a lot of laps at Mansfield last year, so we have a solid base to work from. It should be a lot of fun.”
Although it has been over three months since Armstrong made a competitive start in any form of sprint car, his last start was a good one, qualifying for the coveted Chili Bowl Nationals A-main in Tulsa, Okla., in mid-January. Driving the BM Motorsports/FK Rod Ends/King Brothers Concrete/Integra Shocks/No. 49ER machine, Armstrong solidified his spot in the big dance by winning his respective B-main. The Hoosier would go on to finish 17th during the 55-lapper.
“The Chili Bowl always offers a great experience. To qualify for the A-main again in 2018 is pretty awesome,” Armstrong said, a former Chili Bowl Nationals preliminary winner. “An accomplishment like that provides a lot of confidence. Although it has been a while since we raced, coming off of a Chili Bowl Nationals A-main start will provide some momentum. Driving a sprint car is a lot like riding a bike; you get back in the seat and you know what to do.”
The Sprint Car World Championship at Mansfield Motor Speedway will kick-off with a full practice round on Thursday, April 26, followed by a preliminary program on Friday, and the $100,000-to-win finale on Saturday, April 28. Despite owning an automatic starting spot, Armstrong is still planning to participate in the entire World Championship program beginning with practice on Thursday.
Caleb Armstrong would like to thank all of his current marketing partners including: Baker Crop Insurance, Neal Metal Recycling, All-Star Performance, Armstrong Farms, Specialty Fuels & Logistics, Beast Enterprise, Simpson Racing Products, Wilwood Brakes, Wings Unlimited, PAC Racing Springs, Penske Shocks, and Schoenfeld Headers.
Fans are invited to keep up with Caleb Armstrong online at www.calebarmstrong.com, as well as on all of his available social media networks including Twitter: @Armstrong7C
2017 Highlights: Finished seventh during Lou Blaney Memorial at Sharon (OH) Speedway on July 8. Finished 10th during Arctic Cat All Star main event at Pittsburgh’s Pennsylvania Motor Speedway on Monday, July 24. Charged from 25th to 15th at Eriez Speedway during I-79 Summer Shootout action. Finished second during Arctic Cat All Star main event at Lebanon Valley (NY) Speedway, as well as seventh during Arctic Cat All Star main event action at Outlaw (NY) Speedway. Finished fourth during Freedom 40 at Atomic Speedway on Saturday, August 5. Scored $15,000 FAST/OSCS victory during Great Lakes Dirt Nationals at Mansfield Motor Speedway. Charged from 12th to sixth during Wayne County Speedway’s Pete Jacobs Memorial on Sunday, September 3. Qualified for Tuscarora 50 main event at Port Royal (PA) Speedway. Finished eighth during Bedford Fairgrounds Speedway visit on Sunday, September 17. Charged from 22nd to ninth during Four Crown Nationals main event at Eldora Speedway on September 23.
2018: Highlights: Won Chili Bowl Nationals B-main #2, qualified for Chili Bowl Nationals A-main; finished 17th.
2017 Wins: 1 (Mansfield Motor Speedway – Great Lakes Dirt Nationals – $15,000)
2017 Stats: 18 Arctic Cat All Star top-ten finishes in 46 feature starts; six top-five finishes. Ended year third in Arctic Cat All Star driver standings.
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