RACE: Pocono ARCA 200, 6-8-02 TRACK: Pocono Raceway, 2.5-mile paved oval LOCATION: Long Pond, PA DISTANCE: 80 laps, 200 miles SANCTION: ARCA SERIES: Event ...
RACE: Pocono ARCA 200, 6-8-02
TRACK: Pocono Raceway, 2.5-mile paved oval
LOCATION: Long Pond, PA
DISTANCE: 80 laps, 200 miles
SERIES: Event #8 of the 2002 ARCA RE/MAX Series
PROMOTER: Pocono Raceway, Inc., PR -- Bob Pleban (570) 646-2300
Thurs, June 6:
Practice 11 AM -- 1:25 PM
Old Milwaukee Pole Qualifying 3 PM (1 lap, all positions)
Fri, June 7:
Final Practice 10 AM -- 11: 15 AM
Sat, June 8:
Pocono ARCA 200 at 1 PM
POSTED AWARDS: $197,483 in prize, point and contingency money.
ARCA OFFICIAL COMPANIES: RE/MAX International Inc, Damon RV, Featherlite Trailers, Hoosier Racing Tires, Racing Electronics, 76 Racing Gas.
ARCA OFFICIAL PRODUCTS: Amkus Rescue Tools, Carolina Motorsports, Earl's Performance Products, Fast Track High Performance Driving School, Flowmaster Mufflers, Harris Torches & Regulators, Holley HP Carbs, K&N Air Filters, K&N Oil Filters, Kluhsman Racing Products, Landrum Spring Service, Lincoln Electric Welders, Magnum Police Equipment, Motive Gear, National Pork Board, Old Milwaukee Beer, QuicShine 99, RJS Uniforms, S-W Scales by Intercomp, Who's Your Daddy?/Big Daddy's Company.
PARTICIPATING COMPANIES: ATI Dampers, Auto Meter Instruments, Berryman Products, Bilstein Shocks, Blake Carburetors, BSR Racing Products, Clevite Engine Parts, CV Products, Dayco Belts & Hoses, Dr. Gas Exhaust Components, Edelbrock, EMCO Transmissions, Ford Motor Co., Gatorade, G-Force Racing Gear, Hedman Hedders, Hoosier Performance Tire, Hurd Air Wrenches, Hutcherson-Pagan, Jacobs Electronics, JE Pistons, Joyce Julius & Associates, JR's Garage, Leading Edge Race Cars, Loctite Corporation, Lowe Lug Nuts, MSD Ignition, Mechanix Wear, Nelson Specialties, Ohlins Shocks, Penske Racing Shocks, Perfect Circle Piston Rings, Pro Shocks, Quarter Master, Reed Cams, Rhyne Racing Engines, RJS Racing Equipment, 76 Performance Products, Simpson Race Products, Thermo-Tec Header Wrap, Tilton Engineering, Victor-Reinz Gaskets, Wallace Race Car Lettering, Wilson Manifolds.
Qualifying -- Stuart Kirby, 53.151 (169.329 mph) 2001.
Race -- Mike Wallace (142.668 mph) 1995.
Speed Channel; airs Sunday, June 10 from 8 PM -- 10 PM.
Re-airs 6-11 @ 1 AM & 6-12 @ 4 PM. All eastern
NOTES OF INTEREST: The Pocono ARCA 200 will be the 34th ARCA RE/MAX Series event on the 2.5-mile Pocono triangle since 1983. However, the first ARCA race staged at Pocono was in 1969 on the ¾-mile oval won by Bobby Watson in a Dodge. The ARCA series did not return to Pocono until July of '83 when Bob Schacht won in a Pontiac with an average speed of 123.288 mph. This year's Pocono ARCA 200 presents an interesting mix of rookies including leading ARCA Rookie of the Year candidate Chad Blount. Blount, who is just 22, has never seen Pocono Raceway. Nor has 18-year-old Chase Montgomery who is 2nd in Rookie points just ahead of 16-year-old rookie Shelby Howard, another driver who has not yet seen Pocono Raceway. Current RE/MAX Series point leader Frank Kimmel, coming off a win at Kansas last week, is the only former champion entered. Kimmel has won 4 of the last 5 events. In addition, Kimmel has led 440 laps in 6 events in '02. Andy Belmont is next in that category with 93 laps-led in 3 races. The Pocono ARCA 200 marks the return of Lebanon, PA driver Bobby Gerhart who has won the last 2 RE/MAX Series races he has entered (Talladega '01 & Daytona '02). Gerhart is entering a 2nd car with Ontario, Canada rookie Sean Stafford scheduled to make his career-1st start. Also entered is Dutch-born driver Michael Vergers who makes his career-1st Pocono appearance. Tim Steele is the all-time winner at Pocono with 9 victories including five in a row ('96 through '98) followed by Schacht with 6 and Bob Keselowski with 5. Mike Wallace has 3; Jimmy Horton 2 and 1-time winners include Blaise Alexander, Kerry Earnhardt, Ben Hess, Bobby Jacks, Frank Kimmel, Ryan Newman, Jeff Purvis and Lee Raymond. Eleven ARCA RE/MAX Series races at Pocono have been won from the pole.
CURRENT TOP-10 POINTS: 1) Frank Kimmel 1815; 2) Chad Blount 1710; 3) Damon Lusk 1700; 4) Andy Belmont 1395: 5) Jason Jarrett 1385; 6) Shelby Howard 1370; 7) Chase Montgomery 1350; 8) Mark Gibson 1335; 9) Billy Venturini 1220; 10) Todd Bowsher 1210.