Tony Ave returns for Talladega

CyberSpeed Racing's Ave to Return To ARCA RE/MAX Series MAIDEN, N.C., Aug. 23 - As Will Farrell stars in "Talladega Nights" in movie theaters everywhere, another chapter in a real-life Talladega adventure is developing in CyberSpeed Racing's ...

CyberSpeed Racing's Ave to Return To ARCA RE/MAX Series

MAIDEN, N.C., Aug. 23 - As Will Farrell stars in "Talladega Nights" in movie theaters everywhere, another chapter in a real-life Talladega adventure is developing in CyberSpeed Racing's garages in Maiden, N.C.

Three years ago Tony Ave of Mooresville, N.C. built a stock car in a garage behind a friend's house and entered an ARCA RE/MAX race at Talladega Superspeedway in Talladega, Ala. Although it was his first stock car race on a superspeedway, he qualified 12th behind several NASCAR NEXTEL Cup development teams, consistently ran in the top two, made a bid for the lead, and ended up third.

Now Ave is getting another crack at the venerable speedway, as CyberSpeed Racing announced today that it will field a Chevrolet Monte Carlo for Ave to drive in the ARCA RE/MAX Series beginning with the Food World 250 at Talladega on Friday, Oct. 6.

Ave, the team's managing director as well as its lead driver, said the team is also preparing a similar car for team owner Skip Cummins to drive in selected ARCA RE/MAX events as his business schedule permits.

The stock cars are nearing completion at the team's headquarters. Suppliers include Hoosier Tire, Competition Transmission and Gear, R/E Suspension and others to be announced later.

Ave said the team is currently finalizing its engine program, although CRD, which prepared the Pontiac engines the team used in its 2006 Grand American Rolex Series program, will be one of its engine builders.

The team is working with several potential sponsors for 2007. Until a sponsor needs all the cars' bodywork, CyberSpeed will continue to use its Daytona Prototype's wildly popular yellow and blue "hot rod" livery from ESBG Design on its ARCA Monte Carlos.

Ave and Cummins entered six Rolex Series races this year before putting their Riley Pontiac up for sale in order to focus on their stock car program.

Ave's return to the ARCA RE/MAX Series should turn a lot of heads, considering his prior successes in a variety of series in a variety of cars, including stock cars.

In 2002 Ave immediately showed that he was a force to be reckoned with in ARCA when he qualified third at Chicagoland Speedway for his first stock car race. He was running in second place, threatening for the lead, when a flat tire forced him to the rear of the field. After a quick pit stop he ultimately drove his way back to the front and finished fourth.

Another one of Ave's most memorable stock car races occurred at Watkins Glen, N.Y. in a 2004 Cup race. "We lost several laps early due to overheating, but I ran the rest of the race among the lead pack before I dropped out," he said.

Ave is a very experienced racer, having success in everything from Indy Pro Series cars to Trans-Am cars, sports cars to Formula Atlantic cars, stock cars to sprint cars and midgets to snowmobiles. He is a native of Hurley, Wis.

In addition to the Daytona Prototype, Cummins has been racing Pro Formula Mazdas, Indy Lights, Trans-Am cars and Riley and Scott MKIIIAs in SCCA, HSR and SVR events since 2002 with consistent podium finishes at some of the most challenging road courses in the United States. This is his first full year of professional racing. He is a native of Grove City, Pa.

The ARCA RE/MAX Series race supports a NASCAR NEXTEL Cup race and a NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race at Talladega. Practice for the ARCA competitors starts at 9 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 5, with ARCA Pork Pole Qualifying at 3:30 p.m. that afternoon. There is one hour of practice on the 2.66-mile track at 9 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 6 before the 250-mile/94-lap race begins at 4:30 p.m. The race will be broadcast on a same-day, tape-delayed basis starting at 8 p.m. Eastern time that night on SPEED, with a rerun at noon Eastern on Wednesday, Oct. 11. In addition, 89 countries from around the world air ARCA RE/MAX Series races.

For more information on the team and its drivers, see its Web site at cyberspeedracing.us. For more information on the ARCA RE/MAX Series, see arcaracing.com. For more information on the Talladega Superspeedway, see talladegasuperspeedway.com.

-credit: csr

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Series ARCA
Drivers Tony Ave , Skip Cummins