NEW CASTLE, IN – January 17, 2018 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – Although he was shy of obtaining his ultimate goal of winning a Chili Bowl Nationals title, Caleb Armstrong’s quest for the coveted Golden Driller ended within reach; qualifying for the 55-lap finale on Saturday night and bettering well over 300 entries who made the tow to Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Armstrong, a former preliminary night winner of the world-renowned, midget program, solidified his chance at a Chili Bowl Nationals title by winning the second of two B-mains. The New Castle, Indiana, native would race on to finish 17th.
“Things kinda started out rough, but it ended up really good,” Caleb Armstrong said, who finished fifth during his preliminary main event to set-up his B-main start on Saturday. “The car we ran was brand new from the tires up. And the team was new, also. It was the first time I worked with any of those guys except for Kevin [Besecker]. To go out and put results like that together says a lot. I’m truly proud of our results. Obviously we wanted to run closer to the front on Saturday night, but just making the show is a huge accomplishment. I owe it all to Brian Daugherty, Maria Melillo, Kevin Besecker, and Randy Hannagan.”
After two years of Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions competition, Caleb Armstrong will take a small step back and reset his focus toward a ‘true outlaw’ schedule; hitting and missing local and regional events across much of the Midwest. The pilot of his family-owned, Baker Crop Insurance-backed, No. 7C sprinter will not attend any of the scheduled events in Florida.
“We won’t be heading back to Florida this year,” Armstrong stated. “The plan is to just do our own thing. We had a lot of fun racing with the All Stars the last few years, but our interest now is to hit and miss whatever we want. There are a lot of big races throughout the Midwest that we want to be a part of, All Star events included, but we won’t be following an exact schedule.”
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.
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.
Armstrong is quick to thank his current marketing partners: 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.
Source: Fully Injected Motorsports