New Jersey Motorsports Park news 2009-09-09

ARCA RE/MAX Series Joined By Historic Stock Cars, VW Jetta, and Pro-IT At This Weekend's South Jersey Building Trades 150 At New Jersey Motorsports Park Millville, N.J. (September 9, 2009) - This weekend's South Jersey Building Trades 150 is...

ARCA RE/MAX Series Joined By Historic Stock Cars, VW Jetta, and Pro-IT At This Weekend's South Jersey Building Trades 150 At New Jersey Motorsports Park

Millville, N.J. (September 9, 2009) - This weekend's South Jersey Building Trades 150 is the second appearance of the ARCA RE/MAX Series to the 2.25-mile Thunderbolt Raceway road course at New Jersey Motorsports Park. But for fans on-site, the September 11-13 event will contain more action than just the roaring stock cars.

Very different from the over 800-horsepower, thundering V-8 American iron of the ARCA RE/MAX Series machines is the Volkswagen Jetta TDI Cup series. During the race weekend, the racecars will consume approximately four gallons of Syndiesel B5 biodiesel blend. Over the course of the season, the racecars will consume only two tanks of fuel during their 30 minute races, running cars nearly identical to the street-going Jetta.

The Volkswagen Jetta TDI series features young, up and coming drivers between ages 16-26 in identical, factory-prepared clean diesel Jetta TDI's. Each driver competing in the series will earn a Pro Racing license from SCCA at the conclusion of the season. In addition to more than $50,000 in prize money at stake during the season, the series champion will win $100,000.

Philadelphia's Derek Jones is one of those young drivers who will race twice this weekend, and looking forward to his home race. This season, Jones is currently 10th in the Championship standings on the strength of five top-10 finishes. His best finish of fifth came at the second race of the season at Virginia International Raceway.

"It's been a bit of a rocky season for me so far," Jones said. "I've been consistent with finishing in the top third of the field, but I feel like I should be farther forward. I'm hurting myself in qualifying and giving up too many starting positions. However, I hope to turn things around at New Jersey. It's a fast, cut-throat track, and these kinds of circuits seem to suit me best. My goal is to put on a good show for my family and friends that will be at the track to watch me. Hopefully, they'll be able to cheer for me as I step onto the podium."

Jones joins Cherry Hill's Tom Hessert as the hometown favorites this weekend, with Hessert competing in Sunday's South Jersey Building Trades 150 ARCA RE/MAX Series race.

The two young racers won't be the only locals involved in this weekend's race. The Garden State Vintage Stock Car Club will participate in the weekend's on-track and off-track activities. Members from this and other area historic stock car groups will bring the historic stock cars, ranging from a 1937 Chevy that was raced at the nearby now-closed Vineland Speedway to a more recent NASCAR Sprint Cup car, the No. 29 driven by Kevin Harvick.

As a part of that celebration, legendary racers Elton Hildreth, Bob Rosell, Larry Voss, Sal Mochella, Gill Hearn, Bob Trout, and Carl Griner will be on hand to sign autographs and reminisce about their racing days, including the Vineland Speedway and other regional ovals and short tracks.

The final piece of the road racing activity during the South Jersey Building Trades 150 is the TEAM-DI Pro-IT Series. The Pro-IT series is a Sports Car Club of America sanctioned that welcomes rules and classes for a variety of sports cars. Over 50 cars are scheduled to put on the Pro-IT show during their doubleheader weekend.

Practice and qualifying for the Volkswagen Jetta TDI Cup and Pro-IT series will begin on Friday, September 11. The first of two weekend races for each of those series along with practice for the Vintage Stock Car Reunion will take on Saturday, September 12, and all three will race on Sunday.

The ARCA RE/MAX Series will practice and qualify on Saturday, September 12.

The South Jersey Building Trades 150 will cap the weekend at 1 p.m. on Sunday.

Tickets for the South Jersey Building Trades 150 at New Jersey Motorsports Park are available at www.njmp.com or by calling 856-327-7217. Children 12 and under are admitted free to all events at New Jersey Motorsports Park.

-credit: njmp

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Series ARCA , SCCA , VINTAGE
Drivers Kevin Harvick , Tom Hessert , Derek Jones