Series Notebook 2008-05-19

Matt Carter Finds Victory Lane; One of 30 ARCA RE/MAX Series Winners at Toledo SunTrust Rookie of the Year contender Matt Carter joined an impressive list with his ARCA RE/MAX Series race victory in the Hantz Group 200 presented by Federated Car...

Matt Carter Finds Victory Lane; One of 30 ARCA RE/MAX Series Winners at Toledo

SunTrust Rookie of the Year contender Matt Carter joined an impressive list with his ARCA RE/MAX Series race victory in the Hantz Group 200 presented by Federated Car Care at Toledo Speedway on Sunday Afternoon. He is now one of 30 different drivers, including Frank Kimmel, Ken Schrader, Iggy Katona, Benny Parsons, Joy Fair and Ramo Stott, who have won at the track during the series' 63-race/45 year tenure at the half-mile oval.

"The race started and I thought 'hey we're pretty good'," said Carter. "We made a pit strategy before the race. We pitted early like we wanted to get track position later. We came in the pits and I think beat like 4 or 5 cars out and that put us in third when the rain came. After the rain the car was like a rocketship. The No. 37 got to the inside of us a couple of times and raced us clean. I want to thank him for that. I've watched a ton of races myself, where you ask yourself 'man how did that guy manage to win that race. We didn't have the best car but we had a good car. We had a plan and we stuck to it and everything went our way."

On his way to the victory, Carter led 68 laps in the Larry Clement-owned No. 46 Hantz Group-NuSouth Lemonade-Stine Seed Ford, earning Aaron's Lap Leader honors. He was also the SunTrust Rookie of the Race.

Roush Fenway's Stenhouse Continues to Lead ARCA RE/MAX Series Point Standings; Slim, ten-point margin over Fellow SunTrust Rookie Matt Carter

Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. finished ninth in Sunday's Hantz Group 200 presented by Federated Car Care, increasing his lead in the series point standings to ten points over fellow series rookie Matt Carter. Currently, six of the top-10 point contenders are SunTrust Rookies, including Stenhouse, Carter, Tom Hessert, III, John Wes Townley, Scott Speed and Tayler Malsam.

Unofficial Top-10 ARCA RE/MAX Series Points After the Hantz Group 200 presented by Federated Car Care at Toledo Speedway (5-18-08); 1) Ricky Stenhouse Jr, 1560; 2) Matt Carter, 1550; 3) Frank Kimmel, 1530; 4) Tom Hessert, 1475; 5) John Wes Townley, 1470; 6) Scott Speed, 1445; 7) Justin Allgaier, 1440; 8) Patrick Sheltra, 1435; 9) Tayler Malsam, 1305; 10) Ken Butler, 1270.

Competitive Year for ARCA RE/MAX Series; Seven Winners in Seven Races

The 2008 racing season has been a competitive one for the ARCA RE/MAX Series, with seven different winners in as many races this season, including five first-time series winners. However, a more tell-tale sign of the competitiveness of the series may be the list of qualified drivers who have not won, including Patrick Sheltra and Dexter Bean, the second and third place finishers in Sunday's Hantz Group 200 presented by Federated Car Care.

Bean led 37 laps on Sunday, including multiple consecutive laps in which he raced side-by-side for the lead with eventual race winner Matt Carter. He was leading the event when series officials displayed the red flag for rain.

"We were doing a rain dance there for a while," said Bean. "Later, we had a really good car on the restarts. I think we were getting through the gears a little bit better than the 46 but being pinched up on the corners there ate our tires away."

While Sheltra did not lead any laps on Sunday, he did make a late race charge to the front, passing Bean for second inside of ten laps to go and battling with race leader Carter during the final stages of the event.

Sheltra has 32 career ARCA RE/MAX Series starts while Bean has 56 starts. Michael Simko, who led eight laps on Sunday in his No. 75 Key Bank Chevrolet, is also waiting on a career first ARCA RE/MAX Series win. He has 41 career ARCA RE/MAX Series starts. In all, 25 of the 35 drivers in Sunday's Hantz Group 200 presented by Federated Car Care have not visited an ARCA RE/MAX Series victory lane during their racing careers; 15 of the 25 finished Sunday's event at Toledo Speedway on the lead lap.

New SIM Factory Pole Award Winner at Toledo; Andy Hanson

Win-Tron Racing driver Andy Hanson, in a No. 32 Long Haul Trucking/Roll-Tite Dodge, shattered the ARCA RE/MAX Series qualifying record at Toledo Speedway on Saturday afternoon, becoming the first pole winner to break the 15-second barrier at the half-mile oval. Hanson's time of 15.891 seconds was well over the previous track record of 16.359 seconds, set by Frank Kimmel in 2001 when the racing surface was freshly paved. Hanson's qualifying time was also significantly faster than outside polesitter Ken Schrader's 16.127-second lap.

Hanson made his qualifying attempt in a Dodge fielded by long-time ARCA RE/MAX Series team Win-Tron Racing. In addition to Hanson, Win-Tron Racing has acquired ARCA RE/MAX Series Pole Awards with Michael Annett (2007), Blake Bjorklund (2006) and Joey Miller (2005). The team, which was formally called Country Joe Racing, has a total of seven ARCA RE/MAX Series victories. Hanson is the third consecutive driver to earn a SIM Factory Pole Award in his career first series attempt (Sean Caisse earned the pole at Kentucky and Joey Logano earned the pole at Rockingham).

This was the first ARCA RE/MAX Series event at Toledo Speedway in which the teams competed on the newly developed Hoosier Short Track Radial Tire, a switch from the bias-ply tires utilized in the past.

RAB Racing's Townley Finishes 16th at Toledo; Preparing for NCTS Debut

After six consecutive weekends of racing, the ARCA RE/MAX Series has two weekends off before race eight of the 2008 ARCA RE/MAX Series schedule--the Pocono 200 at Pocono Raceway on Saturday, June 7th. SunTrust Rookie of the Year contender John Wes Townley, who is currently fifth in the ARCA RE/MAX Series point standings, will spend next weekend's break at Mansfield Motorsports Park in Ohio for the Ohio 250 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race. He is scheduled to make his series debut in the No. 09 Zaxby's Ford for Roush Fenway Racing.

ARCA RE/MAX Series Teams Step Up For Big Brothers Big Sisters Charity Challenge

Several ARCA RE/MAX Series teams accepted the Big Brothers Big Sisters Charity Challenge, raising $809 for the organization, the charity of choice for this weekend's ARCA RE/MAX Series race and ARCA Fan Fest event at Toledo Speedway.

Sheltra Motorsports (driver Patrick Sheltra), Team Glock Racing (driver Dexter Bean) and Justin Allgaier Motorsports (driver Justin Allgaier) each donated $1 per lap completed in Sunday's Hantz Group 200 presented by Federated Car Care to the Big Brothers Big Sisters organization. Hixson Racing and driver Donny Kelley donated $1.50 for each lap they completed in Sunday's race.

Children in the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwestern Ohio program had the opportunity to meet several ARCA RE/MAX Series drivers on Saturday when they visited the track for the ARCA Fan Fest event.

Hantz Group 200 presented by Federated Car Care to Air on MavTV

The Hantz Group 200 presented by Federated Car Care at Toledo Speedway will be aired on MavTV beginning on May 23rd at 8 p.m. The race will be re-aired May 24th at 2 a.m., May 25th at 9 p.m., May 26th at 3 a.m., May 28th at 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. and May 31st at 7 p.m.

Next up for the ARCA RE/MAX Series: Pocono Raceway on June 7th

The Hantz Group 200 presented by Federated Car Care at Toledo Speedway marked the end of a busy, six week stretch of action for the series. Teams and officials have two weekends off from racing competition until the Pocono 200 at Pocono Raceway at 1 p.m. on Saturday, June 7th, 2008. The race will air on SPEED at 10 p.m., also on June 7th. Arcaracing.com will feature live timing and scoring for all ARCA RE/MAX Series on-track sessions at Pocono.

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Series ARCA
Drivers Ken Schrader , Frank Kimmel , Scott Speed , Benny Parsons , Tom Hessert , Justin Allgaier , Joey Miller , Blake Bjorklund , Dexter Bean , Joey Logano , Sean Caisse , Michael Annett , Patrick Sheltra , Tayler Malsam , John Wes Townley , Donny Kelley
Teams Roush Fenway Racing