Scott Speed Joins 2008 Repeat Winners List With Kentucky Speedway Race Victory Scott Speed, driver of the No. 2 Red Bull Toyota for Eddie Sharp Racing in the ARCA RE/MAX Series, earned his second career victory in the 56-year-old national stock...
Scott Speed Joins 2008 Repeat Winners List With Kentucky Speedway Race Victory
Scott Speed, driver of the No. 2 Red Bull Toyota for Eddie Sharp Racing in the ARCA RE/MAX Series, earned his second career victory in the 56-year-old national stock car tour on Friday evening at Kentucky Speedway, crossing the finish line 0.541 seconds ahead of Sean Caisse and Justin Allgaier.
"It's cool to win a race like that," said Speed. "Me and the 01 [Caisse] had a great battle the last 30 laps or so. I'm glad I could pull this off for my guys. We went back and forth with each other a lot on the restarts. That just shows two good drivers racing really hard and really clean. Yeah, it was definitely real exciting for me."
With 11 of 21 events on the 2008 ARCA RE/MAX Series schedule complete, there have been three drivers who have posted multiple wins this season. In addition to Speed's Kentucky Speedway win this weekend, he found victory lane at Kansas Speedway on April 26th. Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., won at Kentucky Speedway on May 10th and Pocono Raceway on June 6th and Justin Allgaier won at Salem Speedway on April 13th and Cayuga Motor Speedway on June 29th.
In all, eight drivers have posted 2008 ARCA RE/MAX Series race victories, including Speed, Stenhouse, Jr., Allgaier, Michael Annett (Daytona), Matt Hawkins (Iowa), Joey Logano (Rockingham), Matt Carter (Toledo) and Justin Lofton (Michigan). The record for most different winners in a single season of competition is 17, set in 2006.
Hattori Racing Finishes Second at Kentucky Sean Caisse led 17 laps and finished second in Friday's Kentucky ARCA RE/MAX 150 despite late race mechanical issues.
"We had issues with 20 to go with the throttle sticking," said Caisse. "It would get stuck when I'd go full throttle and pull out. It would get stuck at half throttle. So trying to shift and not being able to come out of the gas all the way, it was getting jammed up in the gearbox. That kind of was making my restarts slow. He got a good jump on me. He went to the outside and the 16 followed. I was able to get the 16 back.
"It took me about five or six laps to run the same kind of speed. Then five laps later it would be a tenth or two better. We were just a better long-run car and this just wasn't a long-run race."
The 100-lap, 150-mile event was slowed by 10 cautions for 53 laps, tying the record for most cautions at an ARCA RE/MAX Series race at Kentucky Speedway set in May of 2008.
Fourth Place for Kimmel and Kimmel this Weekend
"Four" seemed to be the reoccurring number of choice for Kimmel Racing this weekend. Frank Kimmel, the nine-time and defending ARCA RE/MAX Series Champion and driver of the No. 44 Comfort Systems USA-Ford Drive One Ford, posted a fourth-place finish in Friday's Kentucky ARCA RE/MAX 150 at Kentucky Speedway. The finish allowed Kimmel to maintain fourth-place in the ARCA RE/MAX Series points standings, 130 marks away from current leader Ricky Stenhouse, Jr.
Frank's nephew Will, a crew member on the No. 44 Kimmel Racing Ford in the ARCA RE/MAX Series and son of crew chief Bill Kimmel, competed in an ASA Late Model Series Challenge Division race at Salem Speedway in Southern Indiana on Saturday, qualifying fourth and finishing fourth in his No. 44 Ford.
Brian Scott Earns Career First SIM Factory Pole Award at Kentucky; One of Three Double Duty Drivers Brian Scott finished fifth in Friday's Kentucky ARCA RE/MAX 150 in the No. 25 Albertsons Chevrolet this weekend at Kentucky Speedway. The Boise, Idaho, native started off his Kentucky Speedway race weekend by earning the SIM Factory Pole Award, becoming the ninth different pole award winner of the 2008 race season.
Scott joined Justin Allgaier and John Wes Townley as drivers who competed in both the ARCA RE/MAX Series and the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series events at Kentucky Speedway this weekend. After finishing fifth in the ARCA RE/MAX Series race, Scott posted a 32nd-place finish in the Built Ford Tough 225 presented by the Greater Cincinnati Ford Dealers on Saturday. Justin Allgaier finished third in Friday's ARCA RE/MAX Series race and 24th in Saturday's NCTS race, while John Wes Townley finished 34th on Friday and 21st on Saturday.
Roush Fenway's Stenhouse, Jr., Continues to Lead Point Standings
Roush Fenway Racing's Ricky Stenhouse, Jr, posted a 13th-place finish in Friday's Kentucky ARCA RE/MAX 150, recovering from a lap 54 spin in the No. 99 Save-A-Lot Ford. It marked only the third finish outside of the top-10 for the 20-year-old SunTrust Rookie of the Year contender from Olive Branch, Mississippi. Following Kentucky, Stenhouse, Jr, continues to lead the ARCA RE/MAX Series point standings over Scott Speed, Matt Carter, Frank Kimmel and Justin Allgaier, who advanced from sixth to fifth in the standings following a third-place finish at Kentucky.
ARCA Open Test at Nashville Superspeedway Tuesday, July 22nd
The ARCA RE/MAX Series is preparing for an August 9th appearance to Nashville Superspeedway for the Toyota 150 with an open test session at the 1.33-mile concrete track on Tuesday, July 22nd. Drivers expected to participate in the full-day test session include Roush Fenway Racing's Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., Eddie Sharp Racing's Scott Speed, Justin Lofton and Ken Butler, III and RAB Racing's John Wes Townley. Patrick Sheltra is also expected to participate in the test session.
The August 9th Toyota 150 marks the series' 15th appearance to Nashville Superspeedway since 2001. Former ARCA RE/MAX Series winners at the track include Frank Kimmel, Mario Gosselin, Joey Miller, Chad Blount, Kyle Busch, Jeremy Clements, Blake Feese, Stephen Leicht, Chad McCumbee and Ken Schrader.
ARCA Points Leader Says Hello to Indiana: Stenhouse, Jr. to Race in USAC Silver Crown Series This Week
Current ARCA RE/MAX Series points leader Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., driver of the No. 99 Roush Fenway Racing Ford, plans to race a USAC Silver Crown car at the Terre Haute Action Track in Terre Haute, Indiana, on Wednesday, July 23rd, and at O'Reilly Raceway Park in Indianapolis, Indiana, on Thursday, July 24th. He will be competing in a racecar owned by fellow Roush Fenway Racing driver Carl Edwards.
Stenhouse, who currently leads the ARCA RE/MAX Series point standings over former Formula One driver Scott Speed, SunTrust rookie Matt Carter and nine-time ARCA champion Frank Kimmel, has won two ARCA RE/MAX Series events in 2008. He also leads the Hoosier Tire Superspeedway Challenge Standings, which is a special point system designed to measure a driver's success on speedway ovals greater than one mile in length. Previous to the ARCA RE/MAX Series, Stenhouse was the 2007 USAC National Sprint Car and National Midget Rookie of the Year.
Fabulous and Female: DiCarlo, Owens, Honored in Indy
ARCA RE/MAX Series drivers Gabi DiCarlo and Alli Owens are among the female racers scheduled to attend the sixth annual Women in the Winner's Circle Luncheon hosted by Lyn St. James' Winner's Circle Foundation at the Plaza Village Pavilion at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Thursday afternoon.
"It's an awesome day to honor women in racing," said Owens. "We get to meet other female racers from different forms of motorsports--from NHRA to IRL. We share ideas, discuss issues and trade stories. It's fantastic."
In addition, the Mildred Marcum Pioneer Award, named in honor of ARCA's co-founder and patriarch, will also be awarded at the luncheon. Marcum worked as a NASCAR official alongside the France family in the 1940s and 50s before starting ARCA as a Midwest-based auto racing sanctioning body with her husband John in 1953. Marcum, who is currently 94 years old and still works at ARCA's Temperance, Michigan headquarters on a daily basis, was the first ever recipient of the Mildred Marcum Pioneer Award in 2005. Other recipients have included the late Barbara Parks, who co-founded the NHRA alongside her husband Wally Parks, and journalist/author/racing driver Denise McCluggage.
Looking Ahead: ARCA RE/MAX Series Set for Inaugural Appearance to NJMP This September
The ARCA RE/MAX Series will host its first road course race since 2001 on September 28th when the 56-year-old sanctioning body makes its inaugural appearance to New Jersey Motorsports Park's Thunderbolt Raceway for the Loud Energy Drink 150. Over the July 4-6 weekend, NJMP held its inaugural track day, drawing 350 competitors and 1,000 spectators to the facility. In the coming weeks, construction crews will put the finishing touches on the Thunderbolt Raceway, which is the course that the ARCA RE/MAX Series will utilize when they make their appearance to NJMP on September 28th. The Thunderbolt course will officially open August 1-3 with SVRA vintage racecars, a drive-in movie night for families, a Run-Ride-Walk event benefiting the Lance Armstrong Foundation and South Jersey Healthcare Foundation and a karting enduro race for local media and politicians.
For more information on New Jersey Motorsports Park, visit www.njmp.com.
Michael Phelps, Cunningham Motorsports, Among Those Preparing for Berlin Raceway
Many ARCA RE/MAX Series teams are beefing up their short track programs in anticipation of this weekend's Berlin ARCA RE/MAX 200 at Berlin Raceway, including SunTrust Rookie of the Year contender Michael Phelps. Phelps, who drives the No. 45 Bowen Family Homes Dodge for Cunningham Motorsports in the ARCA RE/MAX Series, has not finished better than 17th at a short track this season but has two top-10's on speedway ovals, including a ninth-place finish at Kentucky Speedway this past weekend.
Phelps and his team plan to test at Lanier Nat'l Speedway in Georgia on Monday in anticipation of Saturday's Berlin ARCA RE/MAX 200.
Impressive ARCA RE/MAX Series Winners List at Berlin Raceway
In 1958, Les Snow raced his Chevrolet to victory lane at Berlin Raceway, winning in the ARCA RE/MAX Series' inaugural appearance to the 0.4-mile short track. Last year, second-generation ARCA RE/MAX Series racer Brian Keselowski found victory lane at Berlin, marking his second win in as many years at Berlin. In between Snow and Keselowski, the winner's list at Berlin Raceway has been a who's who of ARCA RE/MAX Series history, with drivers such as Nelson Stacy, Bob James, Don White, Harold Smith, Iggy Katona, Andy Hampton, Ramo Stott, Bob Senneker, Bob Keselowski, Frank Kimmel, Tim Steele, Fred Campbell and Joey Miller each taking turns in the Berlin Raceway winner's circle. The winner of the 2008 edition will be determined on Saturday evening when the Berlin ARCA RE/MAX 200 rolls off at 8:30 p.m., Eastern.
Team GLOCK Racing to Sponsor Timing and Scoring, Live Audio Webcast from Berlin Live, streaming audio sponsored by Team GLOCK Racing will be broadcast from Berlin Raceway this Saturday via the ARCA Racing Network on arcaracing.com.
Live streaming audio coverage of the race is scheduled to begin at 8 p.m. Eastern on Saturday evening, July 26th. Content includes a 30 minute pre-race show followed by a live audio broadcast of the race, which marks the series' 21st appearance to Berlin Raceway since 1958 and the 12th of 21 events on the 2008 series schedule.
The live audio call of ARCA RE/MAX Series race events serves as an enhancement to the live-to-web arcaracing.com timing and scoring feature that debuted at the 2008 ARCA 200 at Daytona in February. The ARCA Racing Network debuted at Cayuga Motor Speedway on June 29th and in addition to Berlin, plans call for audio broadcasts from ARCA RE/MAX Series races at Pocono (8/2), Springfield (8/17), DuQuoin (9/1), Salem (9/13) and New Jersey Motorsports Park (9/28).