No Tractor Pull: Allgaier Wins Inaugural Loud Energy Drink 150 at New Jersey Motorsports Park TOLEDO OH (9-29-08)--When Justin Allgaier strapped into his No. 16 Hoosier Tire Midwest-AG Tech Chevrolet and made his first laps around New Jersey ...
No Tractor Pull: Allgaier Wins Inaugural Loud Energy Drink 150 at New Jersey Motorsports Park
TOLEDO OH (9-29-08)--When Justin Allgaier strapped into his No. 16 Hoosier Tire Midwest-AG Tech Chevrolet and made his first laps around New Jersey Motorsport Park's 2.3-mile Thunderbolt Course for the first time on Tuesday, he found himself off course more often than not. Still, the versatile driver and full time ARCA RE/MAX Series competitor was able to hit his marks on Sunday to win the rain shortened Loud Energy Drink 150 ARCA RE/MAX Series race. In post race interviews, Allgaier compared his Tuesday test session to driving a John Deer Tractor.
"On Tuesday testing here it was my first time road course racing ever," said Allgiaer. "Felt like I was in a John Deer tractor because I was plowing more dirt than I was on the racetrack. All in all, it's a great weekend and it was a great experience. If you look at the ARCA RE/MAX Series, we've got the most diverse array of racetracks in the series, and fortunately now we've been able to win on a dirt track, a short track, a superspeedway and on a road course, so, for us that's really cool."
Allgaier earned his career first ARCA RE/MAX Series victory at the Illinois State Fairgrounds mile-dirt track in 2006. He has three short track wins (Salem Speedway in September of 2007 and April of 2008, Cayuga Motor Speedway in June of 2008) and one speedway win (Pocono Raceway in August of 2008). The full time ARCA RE/MAX Series driver recently signed a contract to drive in the NASCAR Nationwide Series for Penske Racing.
Speed, Stenhouse, Continue to Battle for 2008 Title
Following Sunday's Loud Energy Drink 150 at New Jersey Motorsports Park, Eddie Sharp Racing's Scott Speed leads the ARCA RE/MAX Series Championship Point Standings by a slim, 65 point margin over Roush Fenway Racing's Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. Speed posted an eighth place finish in the No. 2 Red Bull Toyota this weekend after he was ordered to the tail end of the line for running over equipment on pit road during a mid-race pit stop. Stenhouse, Jr.'s No. 99 Aflac Ford Fusion team also had to battle from the back of the field after the team made a driver change on lap three during a full course caution. Stenhouse's Roush Fenway Racing teammate Colin Braun served as a relief driver for Stenhouse, who continues to recover from a crash in a Midget car at Eldora Speedway that occurred last Saturday night.
"I had a crash last weekend in the midget and I didn't think I was going to be 100 percent for this race so I just decided that for this race it would be best for Roush Fenway Racing for me to start it and to let Colin [Braun] finish it," said Stenhouse. "He did a good job and gained us some points and that's the main thing we wanted him to do."
Four of the top-5 championship point contenders posted top-10 finishes, including Speed and Stenhouse (currently first and second in the point standings) and Justin Allgaier, who advanced from fifth to third in the point standings with his win in the Loud Energy Drink 150. Frank Kimmel remains fourth in the ARCA RE/MAX Series point standings after posting a tenth place finish in a No. 44 Stewart's Root Beer Ford built by veteran ARCA RE/MAX Series driver and car owner Bob Schacht. SunTrust Rookie Matt Carter entered the race weekend third in points but slipped to fifth after finishing 30th. Carter started the Loud Energy Drink 150 at the rear of the field for changing a transmission during impound but worked his way all the way up to 17th before cutting a tire on his No. 46 Stine Seed-Hantz Group Ford and crashing into a tire wall on lap 25.
Unofficial Top-10 ARCA RE/MAX Series Points After The Loud Energy Drink 150 at New Jersey Motorsprts Park (9-28-08); 1) Scott Speed, 4520; 2) Ricky Stenhouse Jr, 4455; 3) Justin Allgaier, 4300; 4) Frank Kimmel, 4290; 5) Matt Carter, 4270; 6) Tayler Malsam, 3675; 7) Patrick Sheltra, 3660; 8) John Wes Townley, 3654; 9) Tom Hessert III, 3640; 9) Ken Butler III, 3640.
Road Course Ace Andy Lally Finishes Fourth Despite Dominating Weekend
Ringer Andy Lally dominated the ARCA RE/MAX Series for much of the weekend at New Jersey Motorsports Park. The road course veteran posted the fastest times during both practice sessions, earned the SIM Factory Pole Award on Saturday and was the Aaron's lap leader in Sunday's Loud Energy Drink 150, taking charge of the race from the start and leading by as much as ten car lengths before relinquishing the lead on lap 28 to make a pit stop in the No. 48 TRG Motorsports Chevrolet. Lally ended up fourth, a career-best finish for the Rolex Grand Am Series veteran who has made three previous ARCA RE/MAX Series starts, all in 2007.
Cunningham Motorsports Delivers at New Jersey
The Cunningham Motorsports stable of drivers included two road course veterans this weekend, as both SunTrust Rookie Tayler Malsam and Series' newcomer Parker Kligerman entered the race on the strength of full seasons in the Formula TR Championship. Malsam qualified a career best fifth and finished third in the No. 4 Dodge Development Dodge and Kligerman qualified second and finished sixth in the Cunningham Driver Development Dodge.
"I definitely like road course racing," said Malsam. "I did some Formula TR stuff so I had experience heading into this race so that really helped."
Fellow Cunningham driver Michael Phelps started 20th and finished 20th in the Bowen Family Homes Dodge.
Bowling for Bill: Team Belmont Wins Charity Tournament
A bowling team comprised of members from Andy Belmont Racing won a charity bowling tournament on Friday night at Strike Zone Lanes in Egg Harbor City, New Jersey. The tournament raised approximately $1,000 for ARCA Chaplain Bill Krick, who has spent much of the 2008 race season recovering from open heart surgery.
ARCA RE/MAX Series drivers who participated in the event included Scott Speed, Justin Allgaier, Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., Colin Braun, Dexter Bean, Justin Lofton, Alli Owens and Patrick Sheltra.
Loud Energy Drink 150 Post Race Special Awards
Aaron's Lap Leader:
Andy Lally, No. 48 TRG Motorsports Chevrolet
Accell Fastest Lap of the Race:
Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., No. 99 Aflac Ford
Casite Hard Charger:
James Buescher, No. 32 Mercedes Homes-Red Line Oil Dodge
Cometic Crew Chief of the Race:
Jon Wolfe, No. 48 TRG Motorsports Chevrolet
Klotz Half-Way Leader:
Dexter Bean, No. 37 Glock Chevrolet
SIM Factory Pole Award:
Andy Lally, No. 48 TRG Motorsports Chevrolet; 82.266 seconds/98.461 mph
SunTrust Rookie of the Race:
Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., No. 99 Aflac Ford
The ARCA RE/MAX Series is in the midst of completing a stretch of races that certainly showcases the diverse nature of the nationally touring series. Following the Loud Energy Drink 150 at New Jersey Motorsports Park (2.6-mile Thunderbolt road course), the Series is preparing for a race at 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.
Kimmel Leads Bill France Triple Crown Heading into Talladega
With two races of the three-race ARCA RE/MAX Series Bill France Triple Crown Series complete, Frank Kimmel leads the standings over Dexter Bean, Matt Carter and Patrick Sheltra. Kimmel finished first at both the DuQuoin State Fairgrounds mile-dirt track on September 1st and the Salem Speedway short track on September 13th. The remaining race in the 2008 Bill France Triple Crown Series is at Talladega Superspeedway on October 3rd. Kimmel is the defending winner of the Bill France Triple Crown and has won the award a total of five times. Other winners include Blake Bjorklund, Brent Sherman, Jason Jarrett, Tim Steele, Bob Keselowski, Tracy Leslie and Davey Allison, to name a few.
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 Championship Awards Banquet each consecutive season since 1984.
Hoosier Tire Superspeedway Challenge up for Grabs at Talladega
The October 3rd ARCA RE/MAX 250 at Talladega Superspeedway marks the tenth and final race in the 2008 Hoosier Tire Superspeedway Challenge. 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 Eddie Sharp leads the Superspeedway Challenge standings with driver Scott Speed. Jack Roush is second in the standings with driver Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. followed by Sharp with driver Ken Butler, III.
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.
From Wind Tunnel to Talladega: Ricky Carmichael Ready for the ARCA RE/MAX Series...
Retired dirt bike racer Ricky Carmichael, nicknamed the G.O.A.T. (greatest of all time) for his record-holding 150 career wins and 15 championships in AMA Motocross competition, made a live guest appearance on Wind Tunnel with Dave DeSpain on SPEED Channel Sunday night to discuss his upcoming ARCA RE/MAX Series debut at Talladega Superspeedway.
Carmichael participated in an ARCA Open Test at the 2.66-mile speed plant on September 17th and plans to race in the ARCA RE/MAX 250 in a Kevin Harvick, Inc. prepared Chevrolet.
Talladega Superspeedway Full of ARCA RE/MAX Series History and Tradition
The ARCA RE/MAX Series has a long-standing tradition of racing at Talladega Superspeedway, dating back to 1969. Five-time Talladega ARCA RE/MAX Series winner Grant Adcox, four-time winners Davey Allison and Tim Steele, three-time winner Charlie Glotzbach and two-time winners Red Farmer, Jimmy Horton, Tracy Leslie, Ramo Stott and Jim Vandiver join Blake Feese, Bobby Gerhart, Johnny Halford, Billie Harvey, Bruce Hill, Ron Hutcherson, David Keith, Frank Kimmel, Kraig Kinser, Mark Martin, Paul Menard, Jeff Purvis, Rick Roland, Sandy Satullo, Keith Segars, Bob Strait, Jim Vaughn and Mike Wallace as former winners at the 2.66-mile superspeedway.
This year's edition of the ARCA RE/MAX 250 at Talladega Superspeedway marks the series' 46th appearance to Talladega and is scheduled to air live on SPEED beginning at 5 p.m. Eastern on Friday, October 3rd, 2008.