ARCA Racing Series Bringing Action Back to Mansfield (TOLEDO, Ohio) - The ARCA Racing Series presented by RE/MAX and Menards, the Ohio-born, nationally-touring stock car series known for its versatility, will add another chapter to its history...
ARCA Racing Series Bringing Action Back to Mansfield
(TOLEDO, Ohio) - The ARCA Racing Series presented by RE/MAX and Menards, the Ohio-born, nationally-touring stock car series known for its versatility, will add another chapter to its history of short track racing in the Buckeye State this weekend.
Saturday will mark the second annual Tim Richmond Memorial 200 at Mansfield Motorsports Park, as well as the halfway point in the 2010 ARCA Racing Series season. The race is the first - and perhaps only - of the season at the historic half-mile facility.
Scheduled as the 10th of 20 races on the ARCA tour this season, the Tim Richmond Memorial 200 will begin at 8 p.m. Track activity begins at 2:30 p.m. with ARCA Racing Series practice, and continues at 5:30 p.m. with Menards Pole Qualifying presented by Ansell.
The event, which honors the late NASCAR great, ARCA race winner, and Ashland native Tim Richmond, will open to spectators at 12 p.m. and offer a complimentary perk unique to the series: free garage entry, allowing premium access to see the top ARCA drivers and teams, until 2 p.m.
Proximity to the drivers will not be limited to the early afternoon, though. An on-track autograph session featuring the entire ARCA Racing Series starting field will take place at 6:30 p.m.
The Tim Richmond Memorial 200 is the second trip to Mansfield for the ARCA Racing Series, a follow-up to the series' successful debut one year ago. Parker Kligerman led the final 103 laps last June to edge Joey Coulter and Chris Buescher and take the third of his series-leading nine wins in 2009.
Though Kligerman has moved on to the NASCAR Nationwide Series, his No. 77 car enters this week not only as the defending Mansfield champion, but as the most recent winner on the current ARCA tour. Tom Hessert drove the Cunningham Motorsports Dodge to a win at Iowa Saturday, beating runner-up Ty Dillon by 5.052 seconds, the largest margin of victory this season.
Coulter (No. 16 RipIt Energy Drink/Darrell Gwynn Foundation Chevrolet) and Buescher (No. 17 Roulo Brothers Racing Ford) are entered again this year, just eight weeks after the 17-year-old Buescher edged Coulter, 20, in a 100-mile race at Toledo Speedway for the first win of his career.
Points leader Justin Marks (No. 32 Construct Corps Dodge) will race with a special paint scheme to honor Richmond, and Patrick Sheltra (No. 60 Recycling Services/Ferguson Pipe Dodge), Craig Goess (No. 81 Greenville Toyota of N.C. Toyota), and nine-time ARCA champion Frank Kimmel (No. 44 Ansell/Menards Ford) are among the other top drivers entered. Numerous drivers are capable of winning, following a stretch of eight different winners and seven first-time winners in nine races.
Live audio broadcast coverage will air on the BAS Racing Network. Stations airing BAS's exclusive coverage of the season's 10th race include: Eagle 99.1 (WFRO-FM, Fremont); Eagle 93.7 (WQIO-FM, Mount Vernon); and FM100 Talks 100.1 (WNUY-FM, Fort Wayne, Ind.). The broadcast, led by noted Ohio motorsports voice DC Bash, will also be available on ARCARacing.com.
Tickets for the Tim Richmond Memorial 200 are available by calling Mansfield Motorsports Park at (419) 524-0183 or visiting Mansfield-Speedway.com.