Series notebook 2008-10-27

Kentucky Speedway Part of 2009 ARCA RE/MAX Series Lineup The ARCA RE/MAX Series will continue an eight-year relationship with Kentucky Speedway with two race dates at the 1.5-mile Sparta, Kentucky-based facility in 2009, marking the first time...

Kentucky Speedway Part of 2009 ARCA RE/MAX Series Lineup

The ARCA RE/MAX Series will continue an eight-year relationship with Kentucky Speedway with two race dates at the 1.5-mile Sparta, Kentucky-based facility in 2009, marking the first time that ARCA has raced at an SMI-owned facility since 2004.

The ARCA RE/MAX Series will open Kentucky Speedway's 2009 season with its 18th all-time appearance at the track for a 150-mile race on May 9th. The ARCA RE/MAX Series' second 2009 appearance to Kentucky Speedway is a same-day double header with the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series on July 18th. The track, which has been hosting ARCA RE/MAX Series race events since 2000, was recently purchased by Speedway Motorsports, Inc. and is preparing for its first year of operation under the new ownership group.

Last May, Roush Fenway Racing stock car talent Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. claimed his first Kentucky Speedway win by a margin of 0.374 seconds over former Formula One racing star Scott Speed. Speed won in the ARCA RE/MAX Series' July appearance at the track. Other Kentucky Speedway ARCA RE/MAX Series winners over the years include Frank Kimmel, Chad Blount, Ryan Hemphill, Kyle Busch, Brad Coleman, Erik Darnell, Michael McDowell, Ryan Newman, Tim Steele and Steve Wallace. Four affordable ticket plans for the 2009 Kentucky Speedway season will be placed on sale Oct. 29th and can be reserved and renewed online at www.kentuckyspeedway.com.

The complete 2009 ARCA RE/MAX Series schedule is expected to be released in full this week.

Congratulations to Ken Butler, III

Congratulations to Ken Butler, III, who proposed to girlfriend Jaime Wolfe over the weekend. Butler finished tenth in the ARCA RE/MAX Series driver's point standings this season driving the No. 22 Aaron's Lucky Dog Dream Machine Toyota for Eddie Sharp Racing. Wolfe, an aspiring singer, has performed the American and Canadian national anthems at several ARCA RE/MAX Series events this season, including the season finale at Toledo Speedway on October 12th.

ARCA Champ Allgaier Adds Phoenix to Penske Racing Schedule

Reigning ARCA RE/MAX Series Champion Justin Allgaier, who announced a 2009 NASCAR Nationwide Schedule with Penske Racing in September, has added Phoenix to his 2008 Penske schedule. The Springfield, Illinois native, who earned a Series' high six ARCA RE/MAX Series victories en route to the 2008 title, now plans to compete for Penske Racing in all three of the Series' remaining 2008 races, including Texas this weekend, Phoenix on November 8th and Homestead on November 15th.

Need for Speed

Several 2008 ARCA RE/MAX Series competitors competed in NASCAR's Nationwide, Sprint Cup or Craftsman Truck Series this weekend.

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Atlanta
David Ragan started 13th and finished eighth
Scott Speed started 34th and finished 34th
Ken Schrader started 40th and finished 35th
Chad McCumbee started 41st and finished 36th

NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series at Atlanta
Scott Speed started 11th and finished fifth
Brian Scott started 23rd and finished tenth
Chad McCumbee started 13th and finished 15th
Colin Braun started 15th and finished 20th
Mario Gosselin started 12th and finished 29th
Chrissy Wallace started 25th and finished 25th
Norm Benning started 31st and finished 31st

NASCAR Nationwide Series at Memphis
Austin Dillon started 18th and finished fourth
Joey Logano started 24th and finished fifth
Chase Miller started 21st and finished sixth
David Ragan started 17th and finished eighth
Landon Cassill started eighth and finished 13th
James Buescher started first and finished 19th
Marc Davis started fourth and finished 23rd
Scott Lagasse, Jr. started 28th and finished 24th
Jarit Johnson started 42nd and finished 32nd.

Long-time ARCA members Brad and Brian Keselowski also competed in the NNS at Memphis, with Brad starting 12th and finishing 17th and Brian starting 35th and finishing 31st. Their father, Bob Keselowski, was the ARCA RE/MAX Series champion in 1989.

Matt Carter Top SunTrust Rookie Contender

Matt Carter, driver of the Larry Clement-owned No. 46 Ford Fusion, has emerged as the leading candidate for the 2008 SunTrust Rookie of the Year title in the ARCA RE/MAX Series. The Denver, North Carolina, native is on track to pick up the SunTrust Rookie title and its $10,000 cash prize at the ARCA RE/MAX Series Championship Awards Banquet at the Northern Kentucky Convention Center in Covington, Kentucky on December 6th. Final determination of the award is based on a combination of points earned and the vote of a competition committee, with consideration to both driver conduct and performance and will be officially announced on December 6th.

D'Hondt Motorsports Signs Alli Owens

Alli Owens and D'Hondt Motorsports have announced a partnership for the 2009 racing season in which the twenty-year-old driver will pilot the No. 19 ElectrifyingCareers.com Toyota in the ARCA RE/MAX Series.

The 2009 season marks the third consecutive year that ElectrifyingCareers.com has supported Owens and her racing efforts. The team will make their on-track debut on December 19 when they participate in the ARCA RE/MAX Series three-day open test session at Daytona International Speedway.

ARCA RE/MAX Series Championship Awards Banquet December 6th

The 2008 ARCA RE/MAX Series Championship Awards Banquet is on Saturday evening, December 6th at the Northern Kentucky Convention Center in Covington, Kentucky. Honorees include 2008 ARCA RE/MAX Series Champion Justin Allgaier, car owner Mike Allgaier and the top-20 point finishers. The event is open to the public and tickets are available by contacting Shalene Williams at the ARCA Home Office (734) 847-6726.

-credit: arcaracing

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Series ARCA
Drivers Ken Schrader , Ryan Newman , Colin Braun , Frank Kimmel , Chad Blount , Tim Steele , Michael McDowell , Scott Speed , Norm Benning , Ryan Hemphill , Landon Cassill , Scott Lagasse Jr. , Brad Coleman , David Ragan , Mario Gosselin , Justin Allgaier , Erik Darnell , Chad McCumbee , Chase Miller , Joey Logano , Brian Keselowski , Brian Scott , Alli Owens , James Buescher , Marc Davis , Chrissy Wallace , Jarit Johnson , Steve Wallace , Ken Butler , Austin Dillon , Kyle Busch
Teams Williams , Team Penske , Roush Fenway Racing