Hardcore Motorsports Pocono preview

New Game Face For Hardcore Motorsports Heading Into Pocono LONG POND, Pa. (June 7, 2006) - - A lot has happen for Hardcore Motorsports since they last competed in an ARCA RE/MAX Series and it's all for good reason. The team has spent an ...

New Game Face For Hardcore Motorsports Heading Into Pocono

LONG POND, Pa.  (June 7, 2006) - -  A lot  has happen for  Hardcore
Motorsports  since they last competed in an ARCA RE/MAX Series and it's all for good
reason.  The team has spent an  enormous amount of effort looking to revamp
their program and put the No. 08  Chevrolet into victory lane. Adding Mike Harmon
to the Hardcore Motorsports  stable as a consultant has increased their
chances of doing  so.

"We're very excited about adding Mike to our program especially for this weekend's race," said Hardcore Motorsports co-owners William and Shannon Wells. "Mike has a lot of experience in racing. Everyone knows that. He is also a close friend of our driver's Jason Hedlesky. Our team's hopes are high for this weekend and I think we'll be contenders."

Hardcore Motorsports Co-Owner Nevie  Richardson echoed her partner's
statements. "We know that Mike (Harmon) will put  this team in the direction we need
to go. We're still early in this game and now  it's our turn to catch up. The
next two races are important for us and we plan  to make the best of it."
Harmon is no stranger to the ARCA  RE/MAX Series. Last season, he competed
full-time in the ARCA RE/MAX Series  driving for Bert Oostlander Racing.  Harmon
in the familiar No. 38 Chevrolet Monte  Carlo amassed four-top ten finishes
propelling him to a eighth place  finish in the ARCA RE/MAX Series standings.
"It's my pleasure to help Hardcore  Motorsports," said Harmon, a native from
Alabama. "Jason is a friend of mine and I want  to see him race well. He has
the capabilities of driving a racecar. He can win.  Hopefully my experience
and knowledge can put the team on the path they are  looking for. I've been
working on their car for this weekend's race; they should  be in good shape."
Leaning into Pocono, driver Hedlesky  currently sits 13th in the ARCA RE/MAX
Series point standings and the  addition to Harmon's knowledge could easily
move him and the team up the ladder  this weekend.
"Hardcore Motorsports has the  capabilities and equipment to run upfront, we'
ve just had some bad luck that has  halted us from getting there," said
Hedlesky who also serves as a spotter in the  NASCAR Nextel Cup Series for Carl
Edwards (No. 99 Office Depot Ford Fusion for  Roush Racing).
Hedlesky isn't a rookie at the  demanding 2.5-mile track, but is looking for
his first top-ten finish at Pocono  and of the season. He has two prior starts
at the track with a best finish of  25th in 2000. His best qualifying effort
at the track was  14th in 2001.
In addition to running the full ARCA  RE/MAX Series schedule, Hardcore
Motorsports also backs ARCA's Safety Initiative  Program. The Hardcore Motorsports
Safety Initiative Program is devoted to  keeping the drivers, crews and fans
safe at all the ARCA RE/MAX Series in 2006  and beyond. The program has already
made a massive difference thus far with the  season still young with further
improvements to be made later this  season.

The Pocono 200 (80 laps/200 miles) is the seventh of 23 events on the 2006 ARCA RE/MAX Series schedule. Practice begins Friday, June 9th with an hour and forty minute (10:15am-11:55am EST) session planned. Pork pole qualifying is on tap Friday afternoon (1:45pm EST) with the race set to take the green flag Saturday, June 10th at 1:00pm EST. The race will be television live on SPEED beginning at 1:00pm EST.

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Series ARCA
Drivers Mike Harmon , Jason Hedlesky