Bryan, OH - June 1999: Spangler Candy Company is the sponsor for the #10 Spangler Dum Dum Truck, which races its inaugural season this summer. The Automobile Racing Club of America (ARCA) is sanctioning the new series, and brings Lincoln Welders along as a title sponsor, giving it the official name 'ARCA Lincoln Welders Truck Series'.
The new series features 4-cylinder powerplants and runs on Hoosier racing tires. The chassis and rollcage are custom-built by approved manufacturers and are outfitted with Revenge racing bodies, of the Chevy S-10 and Ford Ranger class. Races will be on pavement tracks in five Midwest states.
The 1999 racing season schedule features 15 races in five states:
5-15-99 Flat Rock Speedway Flat Rock, MI
6-4-99 Toledo Speedway Toledo, OH
6-19-99 Anderson Speedway Anderson, IN
6-26-99 Thunderbird Raceway Muskegon, MI
7-3-99 Flat Rock Speedway Flat Rock, MI
7-9-99 Kil-Kare Speedway Xenia, OH
7-10-99 Baer Field Raceway Ft. Wayne, IN
7-24-99 Springport Speedway Springport, MI
8-7-99 Owosso Speedway Ovid, MI
8-14-99 LaSalle Speedway LaSalle, MI
8-20-99 Winchester Speedway Winchester, IN
8-21-99 Shady Bowl Speedway DeGraff, OH
8-28-99 Crystal Motor Speedway Crystal, MI
9-11-99 Salem Speedway Salem, IN
9-18-99 Tri-City Speedway Franklin, PA
Tully Esterline, of Pettisville, Ohio, is the driver for Esterline Motorsports. Tully is excited about the inaugural season for the truck series. "Our team is optimistic about our chances in the new track series, and happy with the new association with Spangler Candy. We will field a very competitive team." Esterline Motorsports will display the Spangler logo and Dum Dum Pop brand on their transport vehicle, driver uniforms, crew shirts, and other items such as caps and t-shirts that will be for sale. The team will be passing out Dum Dum Pops at races and appearances, and the truck will appear at store openings and other Spangler promotional events. Tully is a member of the ASCS Sprint Car Organization and owns and operates his own sprint car team. With 14 years of experience, from go-carts to dirt Sprint Cars, including about 30 races per year, Tullly has the experience to step immediately into the new truck series.
Spangler Candy envisions strong fan support from Spangler employees, customers, consumers, area residents, and racing fans.