Bill France Triple Crown starts at Toledo

Toledo Speedway Event Kicks off Bill France Triple Crown for ARCA RE/MAX Series TOLEDO OH (8-10-05) -- Soon after the ARCA RE/MAX Series warriors will go eight straight weeks (nine races) without pause, they'll get a much-needed weekend off ...

Toledo Speedway Event Kicks off Bill France Triple Crown for ARCA RE/MAX Series

TOLEDO OH (8-10-05) -- Soon after the ARCA RE/MAX Series warriors will go eight straight weeks (nine races) without pause, they'll get a much-needed weekend off before they steer toward Toledo Speedway for the Hantz Group 200 presented by Belle Tire Friday night, September 2nd.

The Toledo event will mark the kick-off of the prestigious Bill France Triple Crown award, another particularly grueling stretch, which showcases the series on a wide variety of venues over the course of one week's time.

The award, intended to be representative of ARCA's diverse schedule, is an accumulation of points at three very different tracks on the RE/MAX Series schedule. The 2005 version includes Toledo and the September 5th Southern Illinois 100 on the DuQuoin State Fairgrounds mile-dirt two days later. The Bill France Triple Crown wraps up the following Saturday, September 10th with the SK Hand Tool 200 on the 1.5-mile Chicagoland Speedway.

In all, the series will cover three events in nine days. In previous years, the award spread itself out over two months.

"The concept of the award will stay the same," said ARCA PR/Media director Don Radebaugh. "We'll just be adding another element to the equation. The Bill France Triple Crown award has always been about the diversity in tracks that make up our schedule. It's an accumulation of points at three very different tracks, which have always included a short-track, a dirt-track and a superspeedway. But, rather than space the events out over the course of a couple months, we thought we'd condense it into our late-season, week-long, three-race trick -- the added element being the incredible grind involved with this particular three-race leg on three very different track types."

Defending Toledo race winner and six-time series champion Frank Kimmel, entered in the #46 Advance Auto Parts-Pork Ford, has eight victories at Toledo, more than any other driver in history.

"A win at Toledo to me is just as special as a win at an intermediate track or a superspeedway," said Kimmel. "The very first place I ever raced at in an ARCA car was at Toledo Speedway, and it's where I won my first-ever ARCA race. Our short track program has been really strong. We know we'll be good there."

Located just minutes from ARCA's Temperance, Mich.-based home office, Toledo Speedway has been the ARCA RE/MAX Series' hometown short track since 1963. And for more than 40 years, the half-mile paved oval has been a favorite stopping ground for numerous series competitors, including third-generation racer Billy Venturini.

"It's the track where I got my first top five," Venturini said of Toledo Speedway. "It's also where my Dad (Bill Venturini/2-time series champ) won an ARCA race. I like smooth, finesse tracks and Toledo would fit into that category."

The Toledo event marks the 58th appearance of the ARCA RE/MAX Series at Toledo Speedway. The impressive list of past winners includes Ken Schrader, Benny Parsons, Iggy Katona, Bob Strait, Jack Bowsher, Joe Fair, Bob Keselowski and Ramo Stott.

The action at Toledo starts on Thursday evening, September 1 when ARCA will give area race fans the opportunity to come out and meet series officials, teams, drivers and sponsors as it hosts "RALLY BY THE RACE TRACK," the first ever All-ARCA Fan Fest at Toledo Speedway.

Rally By The Racetrack is being billed as a fan and family friendly promotion, free to the public. Race teams will open their semi-tractor trailer racecar transporters for tours; Flat Rock and Toledo Speedway racecars, ARCA RE/MAX Series show cars and race car simulators will be available; a two-seat full-blown ARCA car will be on hand offering rides around the .5 mile Toledo Speedway; and a "celebrity go-kart" challenge will take place, offering fans the chance to race against ARCA drivers.

On-track action starts with practice Friday at 2pm local time with Pork Pole Award Qualifying to follow at 5. The Hantz Group 200 by Belle Tire is LIVE on SPEED Channel at 9pm eastern.

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Series ARCA
Drivers Frank Kimmel , Billy Venturini , Benny Parsons