ARCA Promoter Sargent Keeping Busy
His name may not be as familiar to ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards fans as, say, Frank Kimmel or "Big" Bill Venturini, but there's little doubt that Bob Sargent is an important piece of the puzzle on the tour.
Sargent - promoter of ARCA's events at the Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield and the DuQuoin (Ill.) State Fairgrounds, and for ARCA's first trip to Minnesota's Elko Speedway this June - is featured today in the Herald & Review of Decatur, Ill., just east of Springfield.
Last month, Sargent earned the RPM Racing Promoter of the Year Award for North America at a ceremony in Daytona Beach, Fla. He had already been named a top regional promoter, and voting by his peers pushed to the top of the national list, a deserved honor.
Mark Tupper of the Herald & Review checked in with Sargent for an article published today. An exceprt follows.
Sargent can't begin to tell you all he didn't know more than 27 years ago, but now, at age 49, he's become one of the busiest, shrewdest, most respected race promoters in the country, something that was validated recently when he was recognized as the recipient of the RPM Racing Promoter of the Year Award for North America.
It's the Academy Award for people who operate short track race facilities and the 35 pervious yearly winners includes the likes of J.C. Agajanian, whose career as a promoter and car owner aligned him with the great Parnelli Jones, and Earl Baltes, who in 2004 sold his ownership of legendary Eldora Speedway in Ohio to NASCAR's Tony Stewart.
Sargent's races on the 2012 ARCA Racing Series schedule are: the Akona 200 at Elko Speedway on June 2; the Allen Crowe 100 at the Illinois State Fairgrounds on August 19; and the Southern Illinois 100 at DuQuoin on September 3.