Series Notebook 2008-06-16

Lofton Becomes 8th Different ARCA RE/MAX Series Winner of 2008 ARCA RE/MAX Series SunTrust Rookie of the Year contender Justin Lofton became the eighth different winner in 2008 and one of six first time series winners this season with his...

Lofton Becomes 8th Different ARCA RE/MAX Series Winner of 2008

ARCA RE/MAX Series SunTrust Rookie of the Year contender Justin Lofton became the eighth different winner in 2008 and one of six first time series winners this season with his victory in Saturday morning's Racing for Wildlife 200 at Michigan Int'l Speedway. In addition to earning his career first series victory, the finish represented the Westmorland, California, native's first top-5 and top-10 finish in his eighth series start.

"This is definitely an emotional win for me," said Lofton. "A big part of our success has been that my team owner Eddie Sharp came out of retirement to act as my Crew Chief and Lorin Ranier has spotted for me the last two races. As Lorin said recently, we have the A team going now!"

Lofton's race victory came just one week after experiencing heartbreak in the Poconos when a top-5 finish turned into a 19th-place finish after his No. 20 Lofton Cattle Dodge spun through the grass as the field shuffled during a late-race restart. Lofton's previous career-best finish was 12th at Kansas Speedway on April 25th.

Plenty of Competitive, Green Flag Laps at Michigan Int'l

Friday's Racing for Wildlife 200 ARCA RE/MAX Series race at Michigan Int'l Speedway included three cautions for 14 laps, providing for the highest percentage of green flag racing of the 2008 race season. The 150.596 mph average speed bested the ARCA RE/MAX Series' previous average race record of 145.956 mph, set in 2006 when David Stremme lapped the entire field en route to victory. The series has only completed a 200-mile race Michigan Int'l Speedway faster than the 1:19:41 race run time on two previous occasions (6/22/99, 1:02:04; 7/27/96, 1:08:33).

Cup Companion Event Draws Star Power to ARCA RE/MAX Series Garage Area at Michigan

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Ryan Newman, a former ARCA winner, served as honorary starter for this weekend's ARCA RE/MAX Series event at Michigan Int'l Speedway but he was not the only NASCAR license holder to make an appearance in the ARCA RE/MAX Series garage area. NASCAR Sprint Cup Series multi-team owner Jack Roush spent the Racing for Wildlife 200 ARCA RE/MAX Series race on top of the No. 99 Roush Fenway Racing Ford's pit box, watching his driver, Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., drive to a second-place finish. Red Bull Racing General Manager/Vice President Jay Frye and 2007 ARCA RE/MAX Series Rookie of the Year/current NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Michael McDowell watched the ARCA race from on top of the No. 2 Eddie Sharp Racing pit box. In addition, NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Michael Waltrip made a visit to Ken Butler's No. 22 Aaron's Lucky Dog Dream Machine Toyota during pre-race ceremonies.

Scott Speed Earns Back-to-back SIM Factory Pole Awards

Scott Speed posted a 38.895 second lap around Michigan Int'l Speedway on Thursday afternoon, earning his second consecutive SIM Factory Pole Award in the ARCA RE/MAX Series. With 9 of 21 events completed, there have been seven different pole award winners.

There were 12 different pole award winners in 2007. There were 15 different pole award winners in 2006, tying a record set in 1991 for the most number of different pole award winners in a single season of competition.

ARCA RE/MAX Series Drivers Meet Michigan Int'l Speedway's Make-A-Wish Children

Although the ARCA RE/MAX Series was not able to make laps on the racetrack on Friday, series drivers stayed plenty busy with various appearances, including a visit with area Make-A-Wish Children as part of the MIS Kid's Program. Dexter Bean, driver of the No. 37 Glock Chevrolet for Spraker Racing Enterprises, was among the long list of ARCA RE/MAX Series drivers who participated in the appearance.

Since its inception a decade ago, the MIS Kids program has been a popular program for everyone involved. Friday's activities included a tour of the speedway, lunch, a meeting with drivers from the ARCA RE/MAX Series, NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series and NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, and a goody bag.

Roush Fenway's Stenhouse, Jr. Continues to Lead Point Standings

For the fourth consecutive race, Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., leads the ARCA RE/MAX Series point standings following his performance in this weekend's Racing for Wildlife 200. The 20-year-old Olive Branch, Mississippi, native is one of four SunTrust Rookies currently in the top-5 in the championship point standings.

Top Ten Unofficial Points After the Racing for Wildlife 200 at Michigan Int'l Speedway (6-14-08): 1) Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., 2015; 2) Scott Speed, 1920, 3) Matt Carter, 1890; 4) Frank Kimmel, 1845; 5) John Wes Townley, 1765; 6) Justin Allgaier, 1680; 7) Patrick Sheltra, 1675; 8) Tom Hessert, III, 1670; 9) Tayler Malsam, 1660; 10) Ken Butler, III, 1640.

Stenhouse, Jr. Leads Hoosier Tire Superspeedway Challenge Standings

In addition to leading the ARCA RE/MAX Series point standings, Roush Fenway Racing's Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. leads the Hoosier Tire Superspeedway Challenge Standings after the Racing for Wildlife 200 at Michigan Int'l Speedway.

The Superspeedway Challenge, which is a separate point fund for races on speedway ovals greater than one mile in length, kicked off with the ARCA 200 at Daytona on February 9th and also included the Kansas Lottery $150 Grand at Kansas Speedway on April 25th, the Drive Smart! Buckle-Up Kentucky 150 on May 10th, the Pocono 200 at Pocono Raceway on June 7th and this past weekend's Racing for Wildlife 200 at Michigan Int'l Speedway. Additional superspeedway challenge events on the 2008 schedule include Kentucky Speedway (July 18th), Pocono Raceway (August 2nd), Nashville Superspeedway (August 9th), Chicagoland Speedway (September 6th) and Talladega Superspeedway (October 3rd).

Last season, ARCA RE/MAX Series car owner Ray Evernham and driver Erin Crocker earned Hoosier Tire Superspeedway Challenge honors, marking the first time that a female driver has earned the award. Other former recipients of the award include Frank Kimmel, Bobby Gerhart, Chad Blount, Bob Strait, Bill Baird, Mark Gibson, Tim Steele and Mike Wallace, among others.

SPEED's Ray Dunlap Wins Marco's Pizza School Bus Figure 8 Race at Flat Rock Speedway

They won't be making career changes anytime soon, but SPEED broadcasters Ray Dunlap and Rick Allen proved that they have what it takes to be successful racecar drivers this past Saturday at Flat Rock Speedway. Both SPEED reporters-turned racecar drivers found victory lane in their respective divisions, with Dunlap earning the win in the Marco's Pizza School Bus Figure 8 Feature and Allen finding victory lane in an ARCA Factory Stock heat race. They were joined at the quarter-mile, ARCA-owned short track by fellow SPEED reporters Phil Parsons, Adam Alexander and Krista Voda, who made an appearance at the track to cheer on their coworkers and greet race fans.

The Figure 8 bus race started off with what the fans wanted--a rollover! Toledo bus champ Jack Franzil got pounded and went over on his side on lap 1, with oil pouring out of his machine. Franzil emerged on top of the bus amid the wild cheers. Dunlap took the lead and held on despite several heavy hits by the field. And, to top things off, the Gaddis boys, father Ray and his son, Danny, had fireworks and flames shooting off the top of their buses! Ray Gaddis followed Dunlap to the stripe, with Dennis Whisman, Robbie Loving, Jeff Kurzyniec, Kevin Rapley, Danny Gaddis and Franzil rounding out the field.

SPEED's Rick Allen competed in the ARCA Factory Stock division, winning his heat race and finishing 11th in the feature event. Allen also dropped the green flag for the bus feature contest.

The next School Bus Figure-8 race at Flat Rock Speedway is on Saturday night, September 13th. Reserved seating tickets are available for $16 by calling Flat Rock Speedway (734) 782-2480. The track is located on Telegraph Road (US 24), 5 minutes from both I-75 and I-275 and just 30 minutes north of Toledo and a mere 20 miles southwest of Detroit.

GLOCK to Power Live Timing and Scoring on Arcaracing.com

GLOCK, sponsor of Spraker Racing Enterprises and driver Dexter Bean in the ARCA RE/MAX Series, has agreed in principle to help support arcaracing.com by becoming the official sponsor of the website's live timing and scoring feature. GLOCK live timing and scoring is available to arcaracing.com website visitors free of charge for all on track sessions for the ARCA RE/MAX Series.

In addition, GLOCK intends to support the Inside ARCA Radio Show with presenting sponsorship of the weekly programming, which streams live on arcaracing.com every Tuesday night live from the Toledo Speedway Bar and Grill. GLOCK marketing and advertising director Stephanie Plumecocq is a scheduled guest on this Tuesday's Inside ARCA Radio presented by GLOCK to discuss the new partnership.

Listen to Inside ARCA every Tuesday night from 7-8:30 p.m. via live streaming audio on arcaracing.com. The show is also available in the Toledo, Ohio market on WCWA-AM 1230 radio. Each week on Inside the ARCA RE/MAX Series and Inside ARCA, hosts Charlie Turner and Steve Wronkowicz provide listeners with unparalleled ARCA content, including race winner interviews, special guests, statistics, results, news and notes. The first hour of the 90-minute program, dubbed the ARCA RE/MAX Series Power Hour, features content exclusive to ARCA's nationally touring ARCA RE/MAX Series. An additional 30 minutes of each show is called Inside ARCA, featuring content exclusive to all other ARCA properties, including weekly ARCA-sanctioned racing at Flat Rock Speedway and Toledo Speedway and the ARCA Lincoln Welders Truck Series. Inside ARCA's live audience members enjoy food and drink specials at the Toledo Speedway Bar and Grill every Tuesday night, including $1 cans of beer.

Oh Canada! ARCA RE/MAX Series Heading to Canada Next

The ARCA RE/MAX Series will follow up their appearance to Michigan Int'l Speedway with the series' first appearance to Canada since 1991 for the Cayuga ARCA RE/MAX 250 at Cayuga Motor Speedway on Sunday, June 29th, 2008. Drivers expected to compete include former Formula One driver Scott Speed, SunTrust Rookie Tayler Malsam, Surrey, British Columbia's Ryan Fischer, Roush Fenway Racing's Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. and the most recent race winner on the tour, Justin Lofton. Order your tickets to the ARCA RE/MAX Series event at Cayuga online at www.cayugamotorspeedway.ca/

-credit: arcaracing

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Series ARCA
Drivers Michael Waltrip , Mike Wallace , Ryan Newman , Frank Kimmel , Chad Blount , Bobby Gerhart , Tim Steele , Michael McDowell , Mark Gibson , Scott Speed , Ray Evernham , David Stremme , Jack Roush , Justin Allgaier , Dexter Bean , Justin Lofton , Bill Baird , Patrick Sheltra , Tayler Malsam , Ryan Fischer , Ken Butler
Teams Red Bull Racing , Roush Fenway Racing