Second ARCA Midwest Tour race of the season; 6th annual Joe Shear Classic 100 up next
by Matt Prieur
Portage, Indiana (Thursday, May 1, 2014): Paul Shafer Jr., has made no secret about his 2014 plans for the racing season. The 17-year-old will be traveling just about every weekend during the season as he competes for the Rookie of the Year title in the ARCA/CRA Super Series Powered by JEGS as well as the ARCA Midwest Tour Presented by SCAG Power Equipment. There is only a single conflict on the schedule, but the Shafer Motorsports Team will worry about that a little closer to the date.
In the meantime, the Portage, Indiana driver is getting his feet wet with the ARCA/CRA Super Series as the second race of the season, another new track to Shafer Jr. and the team; the fast 1/4 (0.250) mile high-banked paved oval of Anderson Speedway (IN) on April 26th for the Anderson Properties 125 Presented by Great Deals Savings Magazine. The tight 1/4 mile proved to be a challenge, but one that Shafer Jr. and crew were up for.
After qualifying seventh and just missing the six invert, the Hoosier State teenager would start the 125-lap main from the inside of the fourth row. “Anderson was definitely a learning experience; I learned a lot though. I was running sixth on a restart when I got into the outside wall and lost a few spots. After that I never really recovered and ended up eighth.” He explained. “I had some trouble with being loose off, but eighth isn’t too bad considering I’ve never been there before.” He added.
Now Shafer Jr. and company will get into ARCA Midwest Tour mode for a couple of weeks beginning on Sunday, May 4th. The second race of the season for the Wisconsin based series is the 6th Annual Joe Shear Classic 100 at the fast 1/2 (0.500) mile high-banked paved oval of Madison International Speedway, located south of Madison in Oregon, Wisconsin. A track that Shafer Jr. does have seat time on.
“This week is Madison. I’m excited to be racing there again. Last time I raced at Madison we learned a lot and took some good notes, so we will be one step ahead when get there.” Shafer Jr. continued. “I’m glad to be back on a track that we have been to before. It’ll be a little less for me to figure out when we get there, allowing us to work solely on setup. Hopefully we can have a good run and finish in one piece.” He ended.
At just 16 years old, Paul Shafer Jr. won the 2013 Illiana Motor Speedway Super Late Model Track Championship against a strong field of weekly Super Late Model competitors. The Portage, Indiana rising star then ended the year by qualifying into the 46th annual Snowball Derby at Five Flags Speedway (FL) where he finished 17th in the biggest race in the country for Super Late Models after qualifying into the show in 15th out of 57 of the best drivers in the country.
For the remainder of the 2014 racing season, Shafer Jr.’s black and purple #7 Shafer Motorsports / Chevrolet, which is a Pathfinder Chassis with power under the hood from Hamner Racing Engines, will carry sponsorship support and decals from Southlake Body as well as Maxim Powersports and M.P.H. Promotions.
For more information about Paul Shafer Jr., and the entire Shafer Motorsports Team and to inquire about sponsorship opportunities for the rest of the 2014 campaign, please call Car Owner, Paul Shafer at: (219) 406-0067. A new website is under development and will be available later in the season. In the meantime you can go to the Shafer Racing Facebook Page located at: www.facebook.com and search for “Shafer Racing” as well as the Twitter page which can be found at:www.twitter.com/ShaferRacing7