New Jersey Motorsports Park news 2008-09-22

NJMP Hosts NASCAR's Next Stars at Loud Energy Drink 150 Millville, NJ (September 22 2008) -- Officials and staff at New Jersey Motorsports Park are gearing up for the final professional racing event of the 2008 season, the Loud Energy Drink 150...

NJMP Hosts NASCAR's Next Stars at Loud Energy Drink 150

Millville, NJ (September 22 2008) -- Officials and staff at New Jersey Motorsports Park are gearing up for the final professional racing event of the 2008 season, the Loud Energy Drink 150 featuring the ARCA RE/MAX Series. The track will host several series over the weekend, including the ARCA RE/MAX Series, SPEED World Challenge GT, Playboy Mazda MX-5 Series, Volkswagen TDI Cup and Formula BMW Series.

Unquestionably, the highest profile driver competing at NJMP during the ARCA weekend will be American Scott Speed, the former Formula One driver, Red Bull star and ARCA RE/MAX points leader. Speed, whose long-time backing from Red Bull earned him two seasons in Formula One, will make his NASCAR Sprint Cup debut later in 2008. He has claimed four victories to date in the ARCA Series in 2008, as well as one in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series.

The SPEED World Challenge GT Series is home to many manufacturers' racing programs, including perennial adversaries Cadillac, Porsche, Ford and Dodge. Points leader Randy Pobst will look to close in on a third World Challenge GT Championship. Pobst, who drives a Porsche 911 GT3 Cup for K-PAX Racing, holds a slim lead over GM Factory Driver Andy Pilgrim and his Cadillac CTS-V with two races left to go in the season.

Local Teams, Local Drivers

The New York/New Jersey/Philadelphia region is home to several drivers in the ARCA RE/MAX Series, as well as the support series, including:

Tom Hessert III, Cherry Hill, N.J. (ARCA RE/MAX)
Andy Lally, Northport, N.Y. (ARCA RE/MAX)
Derek Jones, Philadelphia, PA (VW TDI Cup)

Charity Bowling Event:
There will be a charity fundraiser/bowling tournament on Friday, September 26th at Strike Zone Lanes in Egg Harbor City, New Jersey. Several ARCA RE/MAX Series drivers are expected to participate, including current Championship Point Contenders Scott Speed, Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., Justin Lofton, Ken Butler, III, Patrick Sheltra, Dexter Bean and Justin Allgaier.

Schedule of Events:
An overview of the weekend's events, includes:

Thursday, September 25
Promoter Test Day.

Friday, September 26
Practice, VW TDI Cup, MX-5 Cup, Speed World Challenge GT, ARCA RE/MAX. Qualifying, VW TDI Cup

Saturday, September 27
Practice and Qualifying, ARCA RE/MAX, VW TDI Cup, MX-5 Cup, SPEED World Challenge GT, Formula BMW. Race #1, Formula BMW, VW TDI Cup. SPEED World Challenge GT Race.

Sunday, September 28
VW TDI, Formula BMW Race 2, MX-5 Cup Race, ARCA RE/MAX Race For full details visit njmp.com/schedule_arca.html.

-credit: www.njmp.com

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Series ARCA , Formula BMW , SCCA , PWC
Drivers Andy Pilgrim , Randy Pobst , Andy Lally , Scott Speed , Tom Hessert III , Dexter Bean , Justin Lofton , Patrick Sheltra , Ken Butler , Derek Jones