Michigan: Series nine preview

ARCA RE/MAX Series Heads Home to Michigan Int'l Speedway; Gates Open for 27th Running BROOKLYN MI (6-11-08) -- After a busy early-season, eight-race swing, the ARCA RE/MAX Series has found its way home to Michigan Int'l Speedway. Long ...

ARCA RE/MAX Series Heads Home to Michigan Int'l Speedway; Gates Open for 27th Running

BROOKLYN MI (6-11-08) -- After a busy early-season, eight-race swing, the ARCA RE/MAX Series has found its way home to Michigan Int'l Speedway.

Long recognized as the series' hometown superspeedway, the renowned two-mile oval is located about an hour away from ARCA's home office in Temperance, Michigan.

And it's here in the Irish Hills this weekend where the ARCA RE/MAX Series is kicking off a big weekend of high-profile stock car racing that begins with the 27th Racing For Wildlife 200 Friday afternoon -- the show opener for the weekend's NASCAR double header featuring the Craftsman Truck Series on Saturday and SPRINT Cup Series finale on Sunday.

At present, more than 40 ARCA RE/MAX Series cars have already made their way into the garage area Wednesday in time for on-track activity beginning Thursday morning. Practice for the Racing For Wildlife 200 at Michigan is from 10:00 AM -- 12 noon Thursday, June 12th followed by SIM Factory Pole Award Qualifying at 3:00 PM. Justin Hobgood is the current one-lap track record holder at Michigan with a speed of 188.210 mph set back in 2004. The race is LIVE on SPEED Friday, June 13th at 5:00 PM ET.

With 45 top-notch teams entered, two-time Michigan winner and nine-time ARCA RE/MAX Series champion Frank Kimmel, the only repeat winner at Michigan in the last 14 races here, will most assuredly have his hands full.

Entrants include current point leader Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., a development driver under the Roush Fenway Racing banner, second in points Matt Carter (son of Travis Carter) and Eddie Sharp Racing's Scott Speed, a Formula 1 veteran, currently third in points. All three top championship contenders are rookies. Stenhouse, following his win last Saturday at Pocono, is the first repeat winner of the 2008 season after eight events. 2008 winners include Michael Annett at Daytona, Justin Allgaier at Salem, Matt Hawkins at Iowa, Speed at Kansas, Joey Logano at Rockingham, Stenhouse at Kentucky and Pocono and Carter at Toledo. Hawkins, Logano, Stenhouse and Carter are all first-time winners.

This year's Michigan entry list carries a good bit of home state flavor with entries from Robb Brent (Shelby Township), Phil Bozell (Portage), Michael Simko (Clarkston), Brad Smith (Shelby Township), Larry Hollenbeck (Kalamazoo) and Billy Leslie (Algonac). Leslie is the son of Tracy Leslie, the 1988 ARCA RE/MAX Series national champion and Michigan winner in 1990. Additional Michigan winners over the years make up an impressive list; some of them include Joe Ruttman, Tim Steele, Jeff Purvis, Kimmel, Kerry Earnhardt, Steve Wallace, Casey Mears and Erik Darnell.

Tickets for the ARCA RE/MAX Series Racing For Wildlife 200 and the entire 2008 Michigan Int'l Speedway season are available by contacting the Michigan Int'l Speedway ticket office at 1-866-989-RACE or through www.michiganinternationalspeedway.com.

-credit: arca

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Series ARCA
Drivers Casey Mears , Frank Kimmel , Joe Ruttman , Kerry Earnhardt , Tim Steele , Scott Speed , Justin Allgaier , Justin Hobgood , Robb Brent , Joey Logano , Billy Leslie , Michael Annett , Steve Wallace
Teams Roush Fenway Racing