Series notebook 2008-08-25

More Dirt Tracking for ARCA RE/MAX Series: Impressive List of Former Race Winners at DuQuoin The ARCA RE/MAX Series travels to the DuQuoin State Fairgrounds for the Southern Illinois 100 this Monday, September 1st (Labor Day). The race marks the...

More Dirt Tracking for ARCA RE/MAX Series: Impressive List of Former Race Winners at DuQuoin

The ARCA RE/MAX Series travels to the DuQuoin State Fairgrounds for the Southern Illinois 100 this Monday, September 1st (Labor Day). The race marks the 16th of 21 events for the diverse, national stock car tour and the second of two dirt track races on the 2008 schedule.

Defending Southern Illinois 100 race winner Ken Schrader, a veteran of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, plans to compete in the No. 52 Federated Auto Parts Chevrolet. The only other former DuQuoin race winner entered is Frank Kimmel.

The ARCA RE/MAX Series first ventured to DuQuoin's one-mile clay oval in 1983 and in 25 previous appearances at the track, 14 different drivers have posted race wins, including four-time event winners Kimmel, Dean Roper and Billy Thomas. Bob Hill, Bob Keselowski and Schrader each have two ARCA RE/MAX Series race wins at DuQuoin. Other winners include Bob Brevak, Jeff Finley, David Goldsberry, Lee Raymond, Bob Schacht, Tony Stewart and Bob Strait.

A live audio broadcast of the race will be available on arcaracing.com as an accompaniment to the site's live timing and scoring feature, beginning at 1 p.m. Central/2 p.m. Eastern. Tickets to the race are available by calling Track Enterprises (217) 764-3200.

Scott Speed Leads ARCA RE/MAX Series Point Standings

Eddie Sharp Racing's Scott Speed leads the ARCA RE/MAX Series point standings heading into Monday's Southern Illinois 100 at the DuQuoin State Fairgrounds. With just six races remaining on the schedule, 2008 has marked one of the closest point battles in recent history. Speed leads the standings by 110 points over Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. Matt Carter is in third, just five points short of Stenhouse, followed by Justin Allgaier and Frank Kimmel. Of the top-5 point contenders, Speed and Carter head into DuQuoin with just one previous dirt track race on their resume-the Allen Crowe 100 at the Illinois State Fairgrounds on August 17th, where Speed finished eighth and Carter finished fourth.

Stenhouse, Allgaier and Kimmel each have impressive dirt track racing backgrounds. Stenhouse, a SunTrust Rookie of the Year contender, came to the ARCA RE/MAX Series with an extensive USAC National Sprint and Midget racing background, including four wins in the USAC Silver Crown Series. Allgaier is a veteran of USAC and has also raced UMP dirt late models and modifieds. Kimmel ranks on the ARCA RE/MAX Series' all-time wins list at both the Illinois State Fairgrounds and the DuQuoin State Fairgrounds one-mile clay ovals.

Unofficial Top-10 ARCA RE/MAX Series Points After the Allen Crowe 100 at the Illinois State Fairgrounds (8-17-08); 1) Scott Speed, 3715; 2) Ricky Stenhouse, Jr, 3605; 3) Matt Carter, 3595; 4) Justin Allgaier, 3500; 5) Frank Kimmel, 3460; 6) Tom Hessert, III, 3150; 7) Tayler Malsam, 3130; 8) John Wes Townley, 3105; 9) Ken Butler, III, 3035; 10) Patrick Sheltra, 3015.

Kimmel Headed to DuQuoin with 'The Don'

It's no secret that ARCA PR Director Don Radebaugh is a fan of dirt track racing. Frank Kimmel and his Kimmel Racing team had that enthusiasm in mind when they named their dirt track car 'The Don'.

Kimmel drove 'The Don' to victory at the Illinois State Fairgrounds on August 17th, making Kimmel a seven-time race winner at Springfield and placing him among the eight other drivers that have posted ARCA RE/MAX Series victories this season. Not surprisingly, the nine-time and defending series champion plans to bring the same No. 44 Kimmel Racing-Ford Drive One Ford Fusion to DuQuoin for the Southern Illinois 100 on September 1st.

Fourth for Carter at Springfield in Career-First Dirt Track Attempt: Looking for a Repeat

SunTrust Rookie of the Year contender Matt Carter, who is currently second in the ARCA RE/MAX Series point standings, posted a top-5 finish at the Illinois State Fairgrounds on August 17th in his career first dirt track attempt. The SunTrust Rookie is heading into DuQuoin hoping to repeat that performance. Carter assumed driving duties this year of the Larry Clement-owned No. 46 Ford Fusion, which is the same team that fielded racecars for nine-time series champion Frank Kimmel from 1995-2007. Much of the team's equipment has included cars that Kimmel drove last year, including the "Wendy" chassis that Carter raced at Springfield.

"I thought we did a great job finishing fourth in my first dirt track race," said Carter. "It was definitely a different experience for me. It was really good to have a top-5 car because none of us knew what to do or what to expect when we got here today. We were able to talk to a few different people and they gave us some good advice that helped us. We couldn't afford to have a pit crew fly up for the race so we used a lot of different help. My dad was the gas man."

Carter's father, Travis, is a long-time car owner and crew chief in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and has spent the entire 2008 race season in the ARCA RE/MAX Series garage area as crew chief of the No. 46 Hantz Group-Stine Seed Ford.

DuQuoin Marks First Leg of 2008 Bill France Triple Crown

The Southern Illinois 100 at the DuQuoin State Fairgrounds marks the first race in the 2008 Bill France Triple Crown Series. The Bill France Triple Crown is a separate point fund within the 21-race ARCA RE/MAX Series schedule that tests drivers on a challenging combination of venues, including a dirt track (The Southern Illinois 100 at the DuQuoin State Fairgrounds, September 1st), a short track (The Eddie Gilstrap Motors 200 by Advance Auto Parts at Salem Speedway on September 13th) and a superspeedway (The ARCA RE/MAX 250 at Talladega Superspeedway on October 3rd).

The ARCA RE/MAX Series has honored a Bill France Triple Crown champion at the end-of-the-year National Championship Awards Banquet each consecutive season since 1984. Past recipients include Davey Allison, Bob Keselowski, Tim Steele, Jason Jarrett, Bill Baird and Frank Kimmel to name a few. Bill France Triple Crown Champions, 1984-2007

Team GLOCK Racing to Sponsor Timing and Scoring, Live Audio Webcast from DuQuoin

Live, streaming audio sponsored by Team GLOCK Racing will be broadcast from the DuQuoin State Fairgrounds this Sunday via the ARCA Racing Network on arcaracing.com.

Live streaming audio coverage of the race is scheduled to begin at 12:30 p.m. Central on Monday, September 1st. Content includes a 30 minute pre-race show followed by a live audio broadcast of the race, which marks the series' 26th appearance to the DuQuoin State Fairgrounds since 1983 and the 16th of 21 events on the 2008 series schedule. The feature will also be available during SIM Factory Pole Award Qualifying Monday at 11 a.m. Central.

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. In addition to the Monday, September 1st Southern Illinois 100 at the DuQuoin State Fairgrounds, audio broadcasts will be available from ARCA RE/MAX Series races at Salem (9/13) and New Jersey Motorsports Park (9/28).

MavTV will broadcast the race on September 5th at 8 p.m., with re-airs scheduled for September 6th at 2 a.m. September 7th at 9 p.m., September 8th at 3 a.m., September 10th at 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. and September 13th at 7 p.m. Check local listings for a complete MavTV broadcast schedule.

-credit: arcaracing

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Series ARCA
Drivers Tony Stewart , Ken Schrader , Frank Kimmel , Jason Jarrett , Tim Steele , Scott Speed , Tom Hessert , Justin Allgaier , Bill Baird , Patrick Sheltra , Tayler Malsam , John Wes Townley , Bob Schacht , Ken Butler , Davey Allison