Series notebook 2008-07-28

Scott Speed Goes Short Trackin' at Berlin; Finds Victory Lane Scott Speed, driver of the No. 2 Red Bull Toyota for Eddie Sharp Racing in the ARCA RE/MAX Series, bested series veterans Justin Allgaier and Frank Kimmel to earn his third career ...

Scott Speed Goes Short Trackin' at Berlin; Finds Victory Lane

Scott Speed, driver of the No. 2 Red Bull Toyota for Eddie Sharp Racing in the ARCA RE/MAX Series, bested series veterans Justin Allgaier and Frank Kimmel to earn his third career victory on Saturday night at Berlin Raceway. The full time ARCA RE/MAX Series driver, who also frequently competes in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series, credits much of his Berlin Raceway success to NCTS teammate Johnny Benson.

"My man, Johnny B (Benson, Berlin track owner) gave me the low down on this place last week," said Speed. "By the end of the race it definitely made sense. New tires were also a big difference. Pat (Dona hue, crew chief) and the guys made some great calls today. They put me in the position to win."

The race marked Speed's first victory on a short track event in the ARCA RE/MAX Series. He now leads the series in race wins with three victories and is second in the championship point standings, just 55 points shy of Ricky Stenhouse, Jr.'s lead.

Justin Allgaier Breaks Qualifying Record at Berlin: Earns SIM Factory Pole Award

Justin Allgaier earned his first SIM Factory Pole Award of the 2008 race season Saturday at Berlin Raceway, setting a new track record at the 0.4-mile Western Michigan-based short track. Allgaier posted a 16.963-second, 92.955 mph lap, beating a track record set by Fred Campbell in 2003.

The SIM Factory Pole Award allowed him to join Justin Marks, Ken Schrader, Ken Butler, III, Joey Logano, Sean Caisse, Andy Hanson, Scott Speed, Justin Lofton and Brian Scott as 2008 polesitters in the ARCA RE/MAX Series.

Kimmel Finishes Third at Berlin; LIVE on CN8 at Pocono on Thursday Frank Kimmel, the nine-time and defending ARCA RE/MAX Series champion, is scheduled to make a live appearance on "It's Your Call with Lynn Doyle" as part of the program's "Trackside 101" series. The programming airs in front of race fans live at Pocono Raceway on Thursday, July 31st from 9-10 p.m. Eastern.

"Trackside 101" is a behind-the-scenes look at the world of racing/NASCAR. The series airs on CN8, The Comcast Network, and is available in 10 million homes from Washington, D.C., through Maine. More information is available at www.cn8.tv/iyctrackside101.com.

With 12 of 21 events on the 2008 ARCA RE/MAX Series schedule complete, Kimmel is currently third in the series point standings, just 100 points shy of current leader Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. He finished third in the Berlin ARCA RE/MAX 200 at Berlin Raceway on Saturday night, posting his seventh top-5 finish this season.

SunTrust Rookies Leading the Charge in '08

Currently, six of the top-10 ARCA RE/MAX Series point contenders are also SunTrust Rookie of the Year contenders, including Roush Fenway Racing's Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., who is leading the charge 12 races deep into the 21-race season schedule. Stenhouse has had control of the point standings for the last seven consecutive races and is followed in the standings by fellow rookies Scott Speed (second), Matt Carter (fourth), Tom Hessert, III (sixth), John Wes Townley (seventh) and Tayler Malsam (eighth).

A rookie has won the ARCA RE/MAX Series points championship only five times in the 56-year-old history of the tour, beginning with Jim Romine in 1953, who was a rookie by default during the ARCA RE/MAX Series' inaugural season of competition. Other rookie champions included Larry Moyer in 1981, Tracy Leslie in 1988, Tim Steele in 1993 and Andy Hillenburg in 1995. Per the ARCA Rulebook, a rookie competitor cannot earn the championship and the rookie title in the same year.

DiCarlo, Owens, Honored in Indy

ARCA RE/MAX Series drivers Gabi DiCarlo and Alli Owens were among the female racers who were honored at 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, July 24th. Both drivers are entered for this weekend's Pennsylvania 200 at Pocono Raceway, which marks the series' 47th appearance to the track since1983. Fellow female competitor Chrissy Wallace is also entered for the race. The annual luncheon, designed to promote and increase the number of female competitors in motorsports, also included a number of award presentations, including the Mildred Marcum Pioneer Award, named in honor of ARCA's co-founder and patriarch.

This year's Mildred Marcum Pioneer Award recipients were NASCAR drivers Sara Christian and Louise Smith, both of whom received the award posthumously. Mike Helton, President of NASCAR, accepted the award on behalf of the two deceased drivers, who were among the first female racers in NASCAR history.

Mildred Marcum, co-founder of ARCA, received the inaugural Mildred Marcum Pioneer Award in 2005. 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.

ARCA RE/MAX Series Headed to Pocono Raceway

The ARCA RE/MAX Series is headed to Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, Pennsylvania for the Pennsylvania 200 this weekend, race 13 of the 21-race season schedule. Pocono Raceway has been a staple on the ARCA RE/MAX Series schedule since 1983 and the Saturday afternoon race serves as a prelude to Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event. ARCA RE/MAX Series drivers will practice at Pocono Raceway on Friday, August 1st from 10:15-11:55 a.m. SIM Factory Pole Award Qualifying is on Friday at 1:45 p.m. The Pennsylvania 200 rolls off at 1 p.m. Eastern on Saturday, August 2nd. For ticket information, visit www.poconoraceway.com.

The entry list for this weekend's Pennsylvania 200 at Pocono Raceway includes a healthy mix of competitors including series regulars Scott Speed, Frank Kimmel, Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., Tayler Malsam, Bobby Gerhart and Justin Allgaier. In addition, Chase Miller, winner of an ARCA RE/MAX Series race at Pocono Raceway in June of 2006, has entered the race in a No. 9 Verizon Wireless-Motorola Dodge fielded by Ray Evernham. Aric Almirola will be racing in a No. 29 DEI Chevrolet. Chrissy Wallace, daughter of three-time ARCA/Pocono Raceway race winner Mike Wallace, has also entered the race.

In addition to Miller and Wallace, former ARCA RE/MAX Series race winners at Pocono Raceway include Tim Steele, Bob Schacht, Bob Keselowski, Frank Kimmel, Mike Wallace, Jimmy Horton, Casey Mears, Blaise Alexander, Casey Atwood, Kerry Earnhardt, Ryan Hemphill, Ben Hess, Bobby Jacks, Travis Kvapil, Damon Lusk, Chad McCumbee, Michael McDowell, Ryan Newman, Jeff Purvis, Lee Raymond and Scott Riggs.

Pocono: To Shift or not to Shift?

ARCA RE/MAX Series teams have the option of whether or not a driver will shift gears through Pocono Raceway's 2.5-mile triangle. Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. won the June ARCA RE/MAX Series race at Pocono Raceway without shifting during the race, opting to leave his No. 99 Roush Fenway Ford in fourth gear through each of the track's three unique turns. In contrast, Scott Speed shifted several times each lap on his way to a second-place finish.

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 heading into this weekend's Pennsylvania 200 at Pocono Raceway.

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. Other superspeedway challenge events on the 2008 schedule include Kansas Speedway (April 26th), Kentucky Speedway (May 10th, July 18th), Pocono Raceway (June 7th, August 2nd), Michigan Int'l Speedway (June 13th), Nashville Superspeedway (August 9th), Chicagoland Speedway (September 6th) and Talladega Superspeedway (October 3rd). Currently, car owner Jack Roush leads the Superspeedway Challenge standings with driver Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. (1010 points). Eddie Sharp is second in the standings with driver Scott Speed (960 points) followed by Frank Kimmel (875).

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.

Team GLOCK Racing to Sponsor Timing and Scoring, Live Audio Webcast from Pocono. Live, streaming audio sponsored by Team GLOCK Racing will be broadcast from Pocono Raceway this Saturday via the ARCA Racing Network on arcaracing.com.

Live streaming audio coverage of the race is scheduled to begin at 12:30 p.m. Eastern on Saturday, August 2nd. Content includes a 30 minute pre-race show followed by a live audio broadcast of the race, which marks the series' 47th appearance to Pocono Raceway since 1983 and the 13th of 21 events on the 2008 series schedule. The feature will also be available during SIM Factory Pole Award Qualifying Friday at 1:45 p.m.

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 was also featured on arcaracing.com at Berlin Raceway last weekend. In addition to Pocono, plans call for audio broadcasts from ARCA RE/MAX Series races at Springfield (8/17), DuQuoin (9/1), Salem (9/13) and New Jersey Motorsports Park (9/28).

-credit: arcaracing.com

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Series ARCA
Drivers Mike Wallace , Ryan Newman , Casey Mears , Johnny Benson , Blaise Alexander , Frank Kimmel , Chad Blount , Scott Riggs , Lyn St. James , Kerry Earnhardt , Bobby Gerhart , Tim Steele , Michael McDowell , Damon Lusk , Mark Gibson , Scott Speed , Justin Marks , Ray Evernham , Ryan Hemphill , Tom Hessert , Jack Roush , Mike Helton , Justin Allgaier , Aric Almirola , Chad McCumbee , Chase Miller , Justin Lofton , Joey Logano , Sean Caisse , Bill Baird , Brian Scott , Alli Owens , Tayler Malsam , John Wes Townley , Chrissy Wallace , Bob Schacht , Gabi DiCarlo , Ken Butler