Michigan: Round 11 preview

Intense Competition on Tap for ARCA's 26th Appearance at Hometown Superspeedway; MIS is Next BROOKLYN MI (6-13-07) -- For the ARCA RE/MAX Series superspeedway world, Michigan Int'l Speedway is as hometown as it gets. Located in the...

Intense Competition on Tap for ARCA's 26th Appearance at Hometown Superspeedway; MIS is Next

BROOKLYN MI (6-13-07) -- For the ARCA RE/MAX Series superspeedway world, Michigan Int'l Speedway is as hometown as it gets.

Located in the Irish Hills of Brooklyn, Michigan, the renowned two-mile oval is about an hour away from ARCA's home office.

The ARCA-MIS connection dates back to 1980 when Joe Ruttman won the inaugural event from the pole.

Now enter the more modern era when names like Casey Mears, Reed Sorenson, Steve Wallace and David Stremme mix in as MIS ARCA winners alongside ARCA RE/MAX Series champions' Frank Kimmel and Tim Steele.

This year's entry list is arguably more competitive than ever before, stacked with talent from a variety of top-notch NASCAR Cup teams going head-to-head with ARCA's best.

Two-time Michigan winner and eight-time ARCA RE/MAX Series champion Kimmel will most assuredly have his hands full for the 26th running of the Michigan ARCA 200.

Entries include IRL champ and Indy 500 winner Sam Hornish in a Penske Dodge, a Richard Childress Racing Chevy with Tim McCreadie in the driver's seat, Kentucky Speedway race winner Erik Darnell in a Roush Fenway Racing Ford, Erin Crocker in an Evernham Motorsports Dodge, Bobby Santos III in a Bill Davis Toyota, Tim Andrews in a Dodge Motorsports Dodge and a host of ARCA RE/MAX Series regulars including Kimmel and five-time Daytona winner Bobby Gerhart.

Forty machines have already passed through tech here Wednesday at Michigan Int'l Speedway with seven more expected in time for practice Thursday morning, June 14th from 10:00 am to 12 noon. SIM Factory Pole Award Qualifying follows at 3:00 pm to set the 41-car starting field. The Michigan ARCA 200, LIVE on SPEED Friday afternoon at 5 pm ET, follows Bud Pole Qualifying for the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series.

Picking up where 2006 left off when there were 17 different winners in 23 events, the 2007 season is showing all the signs of more intense competition. In 10 events so far in '07, only Chad McCumbee has repeated in the win column. In all, nine different winners in 10 events have graced victory lane so far this year. In ARCA's most competitive era, the stage is set for Friday's Michigan ARCA 200.

-credit: arca

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Series ARCA
Drivers Casey Mears , Frank Kimmel , Joe Ruttman , Bobby Gerhart , Tim Steele , Erin Crocker , David Stremme , Bobby Santos III , Reed Sorenson , Erik Darnell , Chad McCumbee , Tim McCreadie , Tim Andrews , Steve Wallace , Sam Hornis
Teams Richard Childress Racing , Roush Fenway Racing