Nashville II: Pre-race notes, schedule

Nashville Superspeedway, 1.33-mile concrete oval Nashville, TN SCHEDULE: Thurs, Aug 8: Practice 1 PM -- 3:30 PM Old Milwaukee Pole Qualifying 5 PM (1-34, 2 laps) Fri, Aug 9: Waste Management 200 at 8:30 PM NOTES OF INTEREST: Fresh from...

Nashville Superspeedway, 1.33-mile concrete oval
Nashville, TN

SCHEDULE:

Thurs, Aug 8:
Practice 1 PM -- 3:30 PM
Old Milwaukee Pole Qualifying 5 PM (1-34, 2 laps)

Fri, Aug 9:
Waste Management 200 at 8:30 PM

NOTES OF INTEREST: Fresh from the 2.5-mile Pocono triangle to the 1.33-mile concrete Nashville Superspeedway, the versatile ARCA RE/MAX Series is set to make their 2nd appearance of the year on the Nashville oval. From Nashville, the world's most diverse tour heads to the Springfield, IL 1-mile fairgrounds dirt oval before steering for the half-mile Winchester Speedway bullring in Winchester IN. The Waste Management 200 will be the 4th ARCA RE/MAX Series event at Nashville Superspeedway since the series first debuted there in 2001. 3-time RE/MAX Series champion and current point leader Frank Kimmel has won 2 of the 3 races at Nashville.

Ken Schrader, who won the inaugural event, is the only other winner there. Kimmel is also the only former RE/MAX Series champion entered. Drivers representing 15 states are currently entered including 7 from Tennessee. Local Mt. Juliet TN favorite 18-year-old Chase Montgomery, entered in his father Ray Montgomery's Chevy Monte Carlo, is currently 4th in points headed to Nashville. Montgomery trails Chad Blount by just 18 points in the chase for the ARCA Rookie of the Year Award. Bowling Green KY driver Deborah Renshaw is also entered in a Bob Schacht Motorsports Ford. Renshaw finished 8th in her ARCA RE/MAX debut in July at Kentucky and most recently finished 11th at Pocono.

Additional entrants include Chad Blount, who at just 22, won at MIS and Kentucky earlier this year. Blount also leads in Old Milwaukee Pole Awards with 4 over Kimmel's 3 on the season. Blount, still very much in the championship hunt, trails Kimmel by 120 points headed to Nashville. Former NFL head coach Jerry Glanville is entered in his own Loctite Ford.

Glanville will run a race within the race, so to speak, as he will be racing to raise funds and awareness for the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis, TN. Sons of former champions entered include Jason Jarrett whose father Dale Jarrett won the '99 Winston Cup championship, Todd Bowsher whose father Jack Bowsher won ARCA titles in '63, '64 & '65 and Billy Venturini whose father Bill Venturini earned ARCA championships in '87 & '91. Jason Rudd, nephew of Ricky Rudd, is also entered. Rudd finished 8th in his RE/MAX Series debut at Nashville in April of this year.

CURRENT TOP-10 POINTS: 1) Frank Kimmel 3480; 2) Chad Blount 3360; 3) Jason Jarrett 2990; 4) Chase Montgomery 2785: 5) Damon Lusk 2765; 6) Shelby Howard 2735; 7) Billy Venturini 2675; 8) Mark Gibson 2650; 9) Andy Belmont 2645; 10) Ron Cox 2475.

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Series ARCA
Drivers Dale Jarrett , Ken Schrader , Frank Kimmel , Andy Belmont , Chad Blount , Chase Montgomery , Jason Jarrett , Shelby Howard , Billy Venturini , Damon Lusk , Ron Cox , Mark Gibson , Todd Bowsher , Deborah Renshaw , Jason Rudd , Bob Schacht