Series Rookie of the Year Award preview

Final Official Rookie Points Released; Armstrong Poised to Win ARCA RE/MAX Rookie of the Year Award (TOLEDO, Ohio) - Two wins, five top-fives, and 12 top-10 finishes led Dakoda Armstrong and the No. 22 Cunningham Motorsports Dodge to...

Final Official Rookie Points Released;
Armstrong Poised to Win ARCA RE/MAX Rookie of the Year Award

(TOLEDO, Ohio) - Two wins, five top-fives, and 12 top-10 finishes led Dakoda Armstrong and the No. 22 Cunningham Motorsports Dodge to seventh place in the final 2010 standings for the ARCA Racing Series presented by RE/MAX and Menards. Armstrong's impressive haul is likely to earn him another key honor, as the 19-year-old from New Castle, Ind. is set to be the series' RE/MAX Rookie of the Year for 2010.

Thirty points in the Rookie of the Year standings are provided to the highest-finishing registered rookie in any race, with the second rookie earning 28, the third 26, the fourth 24, and so on by subtracting two points per driver until all rookies are counted. Each registered driver's best 15 rookie point results are added together to tabulate the final official total. The Rookie of the Year program is sponsored by series presenting sponsor RE/MAX; all drivers in the series carry a RE/MAX decal for every event.

The $10,000 RE/MAX Rookie of the Year Award will be officially presented at the series' Championship Awards Banquet on December 4, following a vote by the series' competition committee. The RE/MAX Rookie of the Year Award is unique among ARCA's special awards in that a special code of conduct is required of potential winners.

Armstrong scored maximum rookie points in the final 19 of 20 races this season, failing to finish as the top rookie only at Daytona in February when he sustained a blown tire and crashed in the first quarter of the race. As such, each of Armstrong's 15 counted finishes were worth 30 points, allowing the driver to earn the maximum of 450 points.

Nick Igdalsky, the RE/MAX Rookie of the Race at Daytona, officially finished with 418 points. Jerick Johnson (368), Chase Mattioli (236), and Brent Brevak (66) filled out the 2010 rookie class.

"It will be a pretty neat honor to be the 2010 ARCA RE/MAX Rookie of the Year. It is an honor that all drivers strive to win and you only get one chance to win this award," Armstrong said. "How amazing it is for me to be in the company of such past Rookies of the Year, including Davey Allison (1984), Benny Parsons (1965), and Frank Kimmel (1992). These are men that I have admired as I was moving up the ranks."

Armstrong was quick to note the contribution of RE/MAX to the ARCA Racing Series. RE/MAX International, Inc. served as the series' title sponsor for nine years from 2001-2009 and as a presenting sponsor this season, and will depart the ranks of ARCA's chief partners having made an impressive impact on the organization.

"I am honored to be the last RE/MAX Rookie of the Year. RE/MAX has left a mark on the ARCA Racing Series, similar to the one that Winston left on NASCAR and Busch left on the current Nationwide Series. I grew up racing and dreaming about winning the RE/MAX Rookie of the Year award," Armstrong said.

The RE/MAX Rookie of the Year title is the second consecutive for Cunningham Motorsports. Parker Kligerman won the award last season.

"To follow my former Cunningham Motorsports teammate, Parker Kligerman, is really special. We followed similar paths to get to the ARCA Racing Series," Armstrong said."We finished our rookie season with two wins compared to his amazing nine wins, but I did beat him in one stat - I have a pole!"

Armstrong won the Menards Pole Award presented by Ansell before his first series win at Talladega in April. Armstrong also won in his home state in September, taking victory at Salem Speedway.

The 2010 Championship Awards Banquet for the ARCA Racing Series presented by RE/MAX and Menards will take place Saturday, December 4 at the Northern Kentucky Convention Center in Covington, Ky., near Cincinnati.

-source: arca

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Series ARCA
Drivers Frank Kimmel , Benny Parsons , Parker Kligerman , Chase Mattioli , Nick Igdalsky , Dakoda Armstrong , Jerick Johnson