Barstad Ready to Take on the Challenge for Rookie of the Year in the ARCA Midwest Tour

by Fay Hendricks
April 7, 2014 - Nick Barstad joins the ARCA Midwest Tour presented by SCAG Power Equipment with a mission. Barstad stated, “We will be helping to raise money and awareness for the Pets Loyal 2 Vets Organization this season. It is a great program we have gotten behind to help veterans with PTSD, physical assault traumas and traumatic brain injuries to be paired up with special service dogs. I would like to thank Interstate Truck Driving School, Pets Loyal 2 Vets Organization, Stanley & Wencl LLC, Topline Landscape Services and VMS Motorsports for their support.”

Barstad previously competed full time at Elko Speedway, earning Division 1 NASCAR Minnesota State Rookie of the Year in 2011. Barstad then joined the Big 8 Race Series and eventually moved up to the super late model division, earning some wins along the way. Barstad will be competing in his number 1 Chevy SS Pathfinder Chassis with power from a B & B Ace motor this season.

Barstad stated, “Being a rookie in the ARCA Midwest Tour means a lot to me and I think if we can avoid mechanical failures and stay out of trouble, we will have a good shot at the ROY title.” Barstad added, “I chose to enter the Midwest rookie program because I wanted to be put up against some of the best drivers and teams in the Midwest while traveling to multiple tracks, expanding my knowledge and understanding of racing.”

Barstad’s goals for the 2014 ARCA Midwest Tour are pretty reasonable, claiming, “I hope to qualify for every show this year and hopefully start getting some top fives to put us in ROY contention.”

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To learn more about the Automobile Racing Club of America Midwest Tour, log on to For questions call the ARCA Midwest Tour office at (262) 729-4111 or Tim Olson at (612) 327-5831 or Steve Einhaus (630) 212-6022 at or e-mail Tim Olson at tim@arcamidwesttour.comor Steve Einhaus at

The Automobile Racing Club of America (ARCA) is among the leading auto racing sanctioning bodies in the country. Founded in 1953 by John and Mildred Marcum, the organization administers more than 100 events each year in multiple racing series, including the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards, the ARCA/CRA Super Series, the ARCA Truck Series and the ARCA Midwest Tour, plus weekly racing at Toledo and Flat Rock Speedways.