Springfield pre-event news 2009-08-04

ARCA RE/MAX Series Invades Springfield Mile Dirt; 47th Allen Crowe 100 on the Way; Race Serves as Finale to 157th Annual Illinois State Fair SPRINGFIELD IL (8-4-09) - The ARCA RE/MAX Series is headed back to its roots with yet another dirt-track...

ARCA RE/MAX Series Invades Springfield Mile Dirt; 47th Allen Crowe 100 on the Way; Race Serves as Finale to 157th Annual Illinois State Fair

SPRINGFIELD IL (8-4-09) - The ARCA RE/MAX Series is headed back to its roots with yet another dirt-track adventure coming to the Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield, Illinois Sunday afternoon, August 23rd.

The 47th running of the Allen Crowe 100 takes center stage on the world's fastest mile-dirt track as the show finale for the 157th annual Illinois State Fair, ongoing since 1853.

"The Illinois State Fair mile dirt venues are vitally important to the character and identity of the ARCA RE/MAX Series," said ARCA President Ron Drager. "It is a conscious effort on our part to continue to recognize the role non-pavement tracks played in the development of our series, and motorsports as a whole, and the role dirt racing continues to play today."

The event also marks the 327th time the ARCA RE/MAX Series has raced on dirt since the series' inception in 1953. Through it all, just over 25% of all the ARCA RE/MAX Series races ever sanctioned have been raced on dirt-tracks across America.

The Allen Crowe 100, named in honor of Springfield resident Allen Crowe, who lost his life in a sprint car crash at New Bremen Speedway, is one of two dirt-track venues on the annual ARCA RE/MAX Series schedule - the other being the Labor Day Southern Illinois 100 at the DuQuoin State Fairgrounds.

In last year's Springfield race, nine-time series champion Frank Kimmel out-dueled the pack to earn his seventh career victory at Springfield. Outside of Justin Allgaier's victory at Springfield in 2006, only 1999 series champion Bill Baird has claimed a victory at Springfield since Kimmel's triumphant reign began there in 2000. Kimmel is also the all-time modern-day dirt winner in ARCA competition with 13 dirt wins overall at Springfield, DuQuoin and the West Virginia Motor Speedway.

The championship chase is especially tight headed to Springfield with 18-year-old rookie sensation Parker Kligerman leading Westmorland, California's Justin Lofton by just 20 points. Lofton is the most recent winner on tour with back-to-back wins at Berlin and Pocono whereas Kligerman has won five of the last eight races.

NASCAR veteran Ken Schrader is also expected to file an entry.

Illinois entrants expected for the race include Centralia's Joe Cooksey, Galesburg's AJ Fike, Arenzville's Mark Littleton, Springfield's Kelly Kovski and more.

Former Allen Crowe 100 winners include Schrader, AJ Foyt, Al Unser, Ramo Stott, Don White, Roger McCluskey, Bob Keselowski, Jack Bowsher, Bobby Isaac, Dean Roper and Curtis Turner to name a few.

Practice for the Sunday, August 23rd Allen Crowe 100 is scheduled from 9:00-10:00 AM local time with Menards Pole Qualifying presented by Ansell at 11:00. The race is scheduled to get underway just after 1:00 PM.

-credit: arca

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Series ARCA
Drivers Ken Schrader , Frank Kimmel , Justin Allgaier , Justin Lofton , Bill Baird , Parker Kligerman , Al Unser