Kimmel, Schacht Spend Monday at New Jersey Motorsports Park: Testing on Tuesday TOLEDO OH (9-22-08)--Defending ARCA RE/MAX Series champion Frank Kimmel has announced that he will be driving a Ford Fusion sponsored by Stewart's Root Beer and...
Kimmel, Schacht Spend Monday at New Jersey Motorsports Park: Testing on Tuesday
TOLEDO OH (9-22-08)--Defending ARCA RE/MAX Series champion Frank Kimmel has announced that he will be driving a Ford Fusion sponsored by Stewart's Root Beer and built by long-time ARCA RE/MAX Series team owner/driver Bob Schacht for this weekend's Loud Energy Drink 150 at New Jersey Motorsports Park. Schacht, a long time owner and driver in the ARCA RE/MAX Series, will also compete in the NJMP event on Sunday, marking a return to the driver's seat for the first time since 2000. Both drivers spent Monday preparing their racecars at New Jersey Motorsports Park's 2.33-mile Thunderbolt Course. They will test at the track on Tuesday.
"I am excited to have Frank run one of my racecars," said Schacht. "I am trying to rekindle my ARCA RE/MAX Series rental car program, so putting the nine-time ARCA RE/MAX Series Champion in one of my cars was the best choice for Bob Schacht Motorsports."
Kimmel has 74 career ARCA RE/MAX Series wins, including three wins in the last four races, the latest of which came on September 13th at Salem Speedway in the Eddie Gilstrap Motors ARCA Fall Classic by Advance Auto Parts. Schacht has 19 career ARCA RE/MAX Series wins as a driver.
Additional ARCA RE/MAX Series drivers will be testing at NJMP on Tuesday in preparation for the Sunday, September 28th Loud Energy Drink 150. The race marks the Series' first road course appearance since 2001 and the 19th of 21 events on the 2008 season schedule. Tickets are available by visiting www.njmotorsportspark.com.
Kimmel Aiming for a Three-peat
Frank Kimmel has earned ARCA RE/MAX Series race victories in three of the last four races, including the last two consecutive race events. The all-time active Series winner is aiming for a three-peat at New Jersey Motorsports Park this weekend. The last time a driver has earned three consecutive race victories was in 2005 when Kimmel won at the Illinois State Fairgrounds, Toledo Speedway and the DuQuoin State Fairgrounds.
The record for most consecutive race victories is five, set by Tim Steele in 1997, Bruce Gould in 1973 and Harold Smith in 1961.
First Times the Charm for Schacht
Bob Schacht's 19 career ARCA RE/MAX Series wins include four victories in which he was the race winner during the ARCA RE/MAX Series' inaugural appearance to a track. Schacht won in Springfield, Missouri in 1985, St. Louis Int'l Raceway in 1986, Five Flags Speedway in Pensacola, Florida in 1995 and at Memphis in 1998. The St. Louis Int'l Raceway event was a road course race on the property that Gateway Int'l Raceway currently sits. The 58-year-old driver also finished second in an ARCA RE/MAX Series road course event at Heartland Park in Topeka, Kansas in 1992. Darrell Waltrip, currently retired from NASCAR Sprint Cup Series competition, won the event.
ARCA RE/MAX Series Officials Lend a Hand at Glass City 200
The ARCA RE/MAX Series did not compete this past weekend but many ARCA RE/MAX Series officials spent the weekend at Toledo Speedway for the 20th Anniversary of the Miller Lite Glass City 200. 2008 Toledo Speedway Allegiant Air Late Model Champion Harold Fair, Jr. won the Late Model invitational, which has been a stable at the ARCA-owned short track since 1968. Several drivers with ARCA RE/MAX Series experience competed in the event, including third-place finisher Jake Francis, who started on the outside pole and led the first 63 laps of the event, ninth-place finisher Gary Sherman and 26th-place finisher Brian Keselowski.
A special race program commemorating the 20th anniversary edition of the Glass City 200 is available for $5 by calling the ARCA Home Office (734) 847-6726.
RAB Racing Finishes 30th at Dover; Ready for NJMP
RAB Racing traveled to Dover Int'l Speedway this weekend to compete in the NASCAR Nationwide Series with driver John Wes Townley. The 18-year-old Watkinsville, Georgia driver retired from the race just past the halfway point with engine woes. The team heads to New Jersey Motorsports Park this weekend for the ARCA RE/MAX Series' Loud Energy Drink 150. RAB Racing returns to the NASCAR Nationwide Series for the Dollar General 300 at Lowe's Motor Speedway on Friday, October 10th.
In addition to Townley's appearance in the NASCAR Nationwide Series this past weekend, several drivers entered for the Loud Energy Drink 150 at New Jersey Motorsports Park competed in Saturday's NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race in Las Vegas, including Brian Scott (finished 14th), Scott Speed (finished 21st) and Norm Benning (finished 30th).
Young Field of Full Time Series Competitors in 2008
SunTrust Rookie of the Year contenders have excelled during the 2008 ARCA RE/MAX Series, occupying six of the top-10 point positions. Frank Kimmel, at 46 years old, is the only driver in the top-15 in the ARCA RE/MAX Series point standings over the age of 30. There are just four drivers currently in the top-15 in the point standings old enough to rent a car (Scott Speed, Matt Carter, Kimmel, Ken Butler, III).
Unofficial Top-10 ARCA RE/MAX Series Points After The Eddie Gilstrap Motors ARCA Fall Classic by Advance Auto Parts at Salem Speedway (9-13-09); 1) Scott Speed, 4325; 2) Ricky Stenhouse, Jr, 4235; 3) Matt Carter, 4190; 4) Frank Kimmel, 4110; 5) Justin Allgaier, 4070; 6) Tom Hessert, 3505; 6) John Wes Townley, 3505; 8) Ken Butler, 3490; 9) Patrick Sheltra, 3485; 10) Tayler Malsam, 3460
ARCA RE/MAX Series Drivers, Teams to Bowl for Charity in New Jersey
There will be a charity fundraiser/bowling tournament on Friday, September 26th at Strike Zone Lanes in Egg Harbor City, New Jersey in conjunction with this weekend's ARCA RE/MAX Series race at New Jersey Motorsports Park. Several ARCA RE/MAX Series drivers are expected to participate, including current Championship Point Contenders Scott Speed, Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., Justin Lofton, Ken Butler, III, Patrick Sheltra, Dexter Bean and Justin Allgaier.
The bowling tournament is designed to raise money for ARCA Chaplain Bill Krick, who is recovering from open heart surgery. Strike Zone Lanes is located at 1400 White Horse Pike, Egg Harbor City, NJ 08215. Phone (609) 965-2299.
Up Next: A Roadcourse, a Superspeedway and a Short Track
The three remaining races in the 2008 ARCA RE/MAX Series certainly showcase the diverse nature of the national stock car tour. The Series will compete at New Jersey Motorsports Park (2.6-mile Thunderbolt road course) on September 28th, Talladega Superspeedway (2.66-mile speedway) on October 3rd and Toledo Speedway (.5-mile short track) on October 12th. For race specific information, visit arcaracing.com.