The fastest name in cleaning will be the fastest brush on the track at DuQuoin State Fairgrounds. This weekend, we’re sponsoring Christian Rose, Brad Smith, Alex Clubb, and Brayton Laster as they tackle the one-mile clay oval in Illinois for the ARCA Menard’s Series race on September 3rd, 2023!
Drillbrush products make cleaning faster, easier, and more fun than ever before, and we’re taking that need for speed to the next level as our Drillbrush branding rides along with four ARCA Menards Series regulars as an associate sponsor.
You can watch the Drillbrush cars duke it out on Fox Sports 2 or Floracing at 9pm ET on September 3rd, but if you haven’t watched the ARCA Menards Series before, keep reading to find out more about the series and meet the drivers that’ll be representing Drillbrush this weekend!
What is the ARCA Menards Series?
ARCA Menards Series driver Brad Smith (#48) racing at Daytona.
Founded by John Marcum in 1953, the Automotive Racing Club of America, or ARCA, is a stock car racing series based in the midwest that has grown to be a national touring division, eventually being acquired by NASCAR in 2020. The series acts as a feeder series for the NASCAR ranks, giving young upstarts and wiley veterans a chance to race at historic circuits across the country!
The series has a lot to write home about. In a single ARCA field, you can find drivers as young as 15 and as old as 80+. Local racing heroes dot the field as they get their chance to shine in the spotlight and the occasional NASCAR star will give the series a visit in the quest for valuable track time. This year, there’s even a splash of Hollywood in the form of actor-turned-driver Frankie Muniz.
The only thing as diverse as the field are the tracks! A typical ARCA Menards Series season will visit everything from massive, high-banked superspeedways to short bullrings. They also venture outside the oval for a few road course events and even take the show to dirt tracks, such as the DuQuoin Fairgrounds this weekend.
The ARCA Menards Series has long been a series that supports the DIYer. ARCA races provide an opportunity for everyday heroes to battle it out on the big stage! We support these weekend warriors, especially our four representatives for Team Drillbrush this weekend; Christian Rose, Brad Smith, Alex Clubb, Brayton Laster.
Christian Rose - #32 - AM Racing
ARCA Menards Series driver Christian Rose.
1990 Daytona 500 winner Derrike Cope got his start playing college baseball. 2018 Daytona 500 winner Austin Dillon got his start in the Little League World Series. We hope fellow baseball player-turned-stock car racer Christian Rose can someday do the same!
A former pitcher for the University of Maryland - Eastern Shore Hawks, Rose traded in his pitcher’s mitt for racing gloves, as he’s been tearing it up in the ARCA Menards series for the past several years driving for AM Racing.
The proud West Virginian native has had a consistent 2023 and is currently 4th in points as of this writing; duking it out with Andres Perez de Lara and actor Frankie Muniz every week. He also made his NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series debut at Richmond this year, also with AM Racing.
You can’t miss Christian Rose’s car on the track, as he drives a gorgeous orange and yellow West Virginia Department of Tourism #32 Ford. While you’re admiring the fall leaves on the livery, look out for our Drillbrush logo on the rear quarter panel.
Brad Smith - #48 - Brad Smith Motorsports
Brad Smith’s #48 Ford at Daytona.
Making his first start in 1988, Brad Smith has been a staple of the ARCA Menards Series for decades. He’s made over 400 starts in the series and has gone up against leagues of future NASCAR Cup Series superstars when they were just starting out.
The Michigan native has experienced the highs and lows of motorsports,including a ferocious wreck at Talladega Superspeedway in 2015, that sidelined him for a season. However, despite these challenges and a tighter racing budget than some of the big teams, Brad Smith and his team show up each week and come home with moments to be proud of, such as his first career top 10 finish at Winchester in 2020, or his impressive 5th place finish in the 2021 championship standings.
Currently, Brad Smith sits 7th in the ARCA Menards Series points, and his team is coming off a solid debut performance by Wisconsin driver Rick Redig-Tackman at Milwaukee.
You can find our logo on the lower rear quarter panel of his red #48, numbered in honor of his former team owner and NASCAR legend James Hylton.
Alex Clubb - #03 - Clubb Racing Inc.
Alex Clubb’s #03 car on pit road.
Alex Clubb is a man of many hats. He’s a team owner, a race car driver, the owner of a lawn care company, a bouncer, and an alderman on the city council in his hometown of Morris, Illinois. Heck, this past weekend, after his car fell out of the race, he walked over to the Brad Smith Motorsports pit box and started working as their gas man. If there’s a job to do, Alex Clubb is there to do it!
Clubb made his ARCA debut in 2015 and ran sporadically until scaling up his team to be a weekly fixture in recent years. He racked up two top ten finishes in 2021 and finished out the 2022 season a solid 13th place in the standings. Currently, he sits 16th in the standings, just 13 points shy of Sean Hingorani, an up-and-coming talent from the Venturini stable.
In his last outing on dirt at the Springfield Mile, a mechanical issue sidelined him on Lap 8. However, Clubb worked tirelessly to get his car back in the race, returning to the track with six to go and finishing under power, gaining several spots in the process. That’s a never give up spirit we can get behind!
Drillbrush will have its logo nestled by the number of his electrifying black, blue, and magenta #03 car.
Brayton Laster - #31 - Rise Motorsports
Brayton Laster poses with his iconic pizza helmet.
Our last driver is, well, Laster! Brayton Laster, that is!
Known as "The Pizza Man" for his pizza-based attire and fondness for the food (as Central New Yorkers, we can relate,) Laster has already made a good impression in his burgeoning racing career, as he's fan-favorite competitor and common fixture on NASCAR social media.
Laster comes to DuQuoin having previously raced at the other dirt track on the ARCA schedule, The Springfield Mile, where he scored his first career top 10 finish for Rise Motorsports. Going into the event Laster had raised funds by selling sticker spaces for fans to post logos, pictures, and memes on the car for $100. The promotion was a hit with race fans and he's doing it again for DuQuoin.
Drillbrush will be on both sides of the black and blue Rise Motorsports #31 Chevy owned by wife-and-husband duo Rita and Tim Goulet.
Drillbrush and the World of Racing
The Jessica Powers modified team using an Ultra Stiff Black 7 inch brush to scrub dirt tires between heats at Utica-Rome Speedway.
Drillbrush isn’t completely new to motorsports. Our 7 inch industrial brushes have been used by dirt track racers and teams to remove caked on dirt between heats. Many dirt bike riders, both amateur and semi-pro, have also approached us saying how well our brushes worked for cleaning off tires and spokes.
Additionally, our line of Soft White brushes can be used for a whole host of automotive surfaces; from rims to tire to windshields, upholstery and more!
We also have some big motorsports junkies on our staff. This author has been a life-long NASCAR fan with the shirts and diecast to prove it. In fact, I and several members of the Drillbrush staff attended the NASCAR Pocono weekend earlier this year, though sadly, we were unable to make it to the track for the ARCA event.
Cleaning Up the Competition!
Drillbrush Power Scrubber has been helping DIYers get the job done since our inception in 2005. It’s why we’re proud to help support the racing efforts of the DIYers of the ARCA Menards Series, as well as assist in the clean-up when the dirt flies after 100 miles at the DuQuoin State Fairgrounds!
You can watch the ARCA Menards Series action at 9pm ET on Fox Sports 2 or stream it live on Floracing and cheer on Christian Rose, Brad Smith, Alex Clubb, and Brayton Laster as they represent Drillbrush in our NASCAR debut!