2009 ARCA RE/MAX SERIES SCHEDULE RELEASED IN 57TH SEASON, VERSATILE MIX IS THE NORM TOLEDO OH (10-30-08) -- The ARCA RE/MAX Series, long recognized as the most versatile touring series in motorsports, has released its 2009 schedule to include...
2009 ARCA RE/MAX SERIES SCHEDULE RELEASED IN 57TH SEASON, VERSATILE MIX IS THE NORM
TOLEDO OH (10-30-08) -- The ARCA RE/MAX Series, long recognized as the most versatile touring series in motorsports, has released its 2009 schedule to include 22 events in 13 states and Canada. A diverse combination of superspeedways, short tracks, dirt tracks and road course racing will make up the 2009 tour, in its 57th consecutive season of competition.
"We're extremely proud of the depth of quality of the venues on the 2009 schedule, each of which is very important to the identity and industry position of the ARCA RE/MAX Series," said ARCA President Ron Drager. "The number of scheduled events remains stable at a level we've found to be appropriate, and we're pleased with the geographic coverage represented by the markets we'll be racing in."
The season, as it has since 1964, will open at Daytona Int'l Speedway with the 46th annual ARCA 200 at Daytona on February 7th, live on SPEED TV. The event will serve as a preamble for the same-day NASCAR Sprint Cup Budweiser Shootout. The '09 tour will conclude at Rockingham Speedway on October 11th, the second of two appearances at "The Rock". In between, the series will appear at a wide variety of venues, including the 2.25-mile New Jersey Motorsports Park road course and a return trip to Cayuga Motor Speedway in Canada, giving the series international flavor.
Superspeedways returning for events in 2009 include Daytona, Kentucky Speedway, Kansas Speedway, Michigan Int'l Speedway, Chicagoland Speedway, Pocono Raceway and Talladega Superspeedway. The 2009 Talladega event is the 48th RE/MAX Series appearance at the renowned 2.66-mile Alabama speedplant since 1969, and the upcoming events at Pocono mark the 48th and 49th appearances of the ARCA RE/MAX Series at Pocono since 1983.
Alterations to the superspeedway schedule include dates at Talladega and Kansas, both of which are changing in 2009. The traditional Talladega date, which had been in early October, will shift to April 24th in companion with the NASCAR Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series. The date at Kansas, which had been in late April, will move to October 1st, also in conjunction with NASCAR's two top series.
Short-tracks hosting events include Salem Speedway in Indiana, Toledo Speedway in Ohio, Berlin Raceway in Michigan, Iowa Speedway, Cayuga in Hagersville, Ontario, the annual mile-dirt races at the Illinois State Fairgrounds and the DuQuoin State Fairgrounds, and the Music City Motorplex in Nashville, Tennessee. The ARCA RE/MAX Series has conducted 23 races at the Nashville fairgrounds oval beginning in 1959, but has not appeared there since 1992.
Companion events in 2009 include races with the NASCAR Sprint Cup, Nationwide and Camping World Truck Series as well as with the IndyCar Series and the ARCA Lincoln Welders Truck Series.
SPEED TV will return in 2009 with coverage of ARCA RE/MAX Series races as established in its multi-year agreement. The televised event schedule is traditionally released at the ARCA RE/MAX Series' championship awards banquet in December.