Toledo test notes

Testing at Toledo: ARCA RE/MAX Series Teams Preparing for Upcoming Race TOLEDO, OH (5-12-06)--With the Hantz Group 200 presented by Federated Car Care quickly approaching, Toledo Speedway has been a flurry of activity in recent weeks as teams ...

Testing at Toledo: ARCA RE/MAX Series Teams Preparing for Upcoming Race

TOLEDO, OH (5-12-06)--With the Hantz Group 200 presented by Federated Car Care quickly approaching, Toledo Speedway has been a flurry of activity in recent weeks as teams prepare for the May 21st short track thriller.

Brian Keselowski, Blake Bjorklund, Jim Hollenbeck and Ryan Mathews are among the drivers that have rented the quick, .5-mile paved oval for testing purposes in recent weeks.

"It's a nice track," said Mathews during testing. "It's real smooth and the line is pretty self explanatory. I'm just trying to get myself acclimated to the ARCA-style car. I definitely want to thank Eddie Sharp and the guys at the shop. It's a pretty neat program they're building."

Mathews, who tested a black 2006 Dodge Charger during his Monday afternoon test session, is a veteran short track racer with more than 50 career short track victories. He plans on making his ARCA RE/MAX Series debut at Toledo Speedway for the May 21st Hantz Group 200 event.

But Mathews is not the only ARCA RE/MAX Series rookie that has chosen to prepare for the May 21st Hantz Group 200 by testing at the facility. Country Joe Racing has tested at the .5-mile oval with Rookie of the Year contender Blake Bjorklund, and Jim Hollenbeck, a Kalamazoo, Michigan-based driver, has tested at Toledo in a no. 0 Spectra Contracting Ford.

In addition, veteran Toledo Late Model racer and frequent ARCA RE/MAX Series competitor Brian Keselowski, son of 1989 ARCA RE/MAX Series national driving champion Bob Keselowski, has tested heavily at Toledo in preparation for both the Hantz Group 200 and short track racing in general.

"Obviously it's a place where we go testing a lot," said Keselowski, whose family-owned race shop, K Automotive, is located in close proximity to the track. "It's close, only an hour from our shop. It's a very consistent racetrack. You can go out, make a lot of runs and be very consistent.

"The biggest advantage of testing there is to get the driver back in the rhythm. I haven't been in a racecar a lot lately and it's important to go there and test to get the driver back."

With entries piling in for the Hantz Group 200 at Toledo Speedway, competition is sure to be fierce. Seven-time and defending ARCA RE/MAX Series champion Frank Kimmel, NASCAR Nextel Cup Series veteran Ken Schrader and four-time Daytona ARCA 200 winner Bobby Gerhart are among those entered.

Tickets to the Hantz Group 200 presented by Federated Car Care are available in advance by calling Toledo Speedway (419) 727-1100.

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Series ARCA
Drivers Frank Kimmel , Bobby Gerhart , Blake Bjorklund , Brian Keselowski , Ryan Mathews