ARCA Lincoln Welders Truck Series
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The ARCA Truck Series is a pickup truck racing series which runs on numerous short tracks throughout the American Midwest, running mainly in Indiana and Ohio. It races Mid-size trucks with V6 engines unlike the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series which run Full-size trucks with V-8 engines. Most of the teams in the series are owner-driver combinations or family owned. Current NASCAR Nationwide Series owner Todd Braun started as an owner/driver in the ARCA Truck Series.
The ARCA Truck Series ran exhibition races late in 1998 with the first full season in 1999. The series evolved from the series which ARCA sanctioned from 1990 through 1998 called The Pro 4 Series. The Pro 4 Series cars were full tube chassis stock cars with highly modified 4-cylinder engines. Both full body and open-wheel cars competed in the series together. With the popularity of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and trucks in general, a long time ARCA official came up with the idea to race compact trucks.
The inaugural season consisted of eleven asphalt and four dirt races in four states in the Midwest. The series produced ten different winners but sixteen year old Aaron Hulings dominated the series with six wins and eight pole awards but sat out the last race of the season for unknown reasons and the championship went to Pro 4 Series veteran Bill Withers. The decision to go to trucks was popular with fans and competitors alike. Over twenty three different trucks with twenty five drivers competed in the fifteen races the first season.
Rules and truck bodies
The basic rules required the use of a tube frame racing chassis from ARCA approved builders, stock appearing fiberglass body from ARCA approved suppliers, and specification Hoosier Racing Tire. Body styles are Mid-size trucks, the Ford Ranger, Chevrolet S-10 and the Chevrolet Colorado, Dodge Dakota, and Toyota Tacoma. The rules have been very stable in the history of the series. The biggest change being the introduction of V6 engines in 2003. The V6 has proven to be much more reliable and cost effective than the 4-cylinder engines partially because of the rules ARCA has established to build them. Plus the fans seem to be more interested in the V6 powered trucks.