2003 schedule announced

TOLEDO OH (11-3-02) -- The ARCA RE/MAX Series, having just completed its 50th anniversary season of competition, has released its 2003 schedule to include 22 events at 18 tracks in 13 states. Often recognized as the world's most versatile ...

TOLEDO OH (11-3-02) -- The ARCA RE/MAX Series, having just completed its 50th anniversary season of competition, has released its 2003 schedule to include 22 events at 18 tracks in 13 states.

Often recognized as the world's most versatile racing tour, the RE/MAX Series will again hold true to form with events scheduled at some of the most prestigious superspeedways combined with an impressive assortment of short-tracks on both pavement and dirt.

Superspeedway events on the schedule include the traditional season opener at Daytona Int'l Speedway on February 8. The 40th running of the Daytona opener signals a significant change in that the 2003 Daytona ARCA 200, which will again serve as a preliminary event to NASCAR's Bud Shootout, will run on Saturday rather than Sunday. From there, the RE/MAX Series makes its annual stop at Atlanta Motor Speedway in March as a companion event with the NASCAR Winston Cup Series. Lowe's Motor Speedway in Concord, North Carolina will again host two events, as will Pocono Raceway and Nashville Superspeedway. Kentucky Speedway, Kansas Speedway, Michigan Int'l Speedway, Chicagoland Speedway and Talladega Superspeedway make up the remaining superspeedway races in 2003.

A new stop in '03 will include the brand-new Lake Erie Speedway in North East, Pennsylvania on July 12. Additional short-tracks returning include the legendary Salem and Winchester Speedways in Indiana, Berlin Raceway in Marne, Michigan, Toledo Speedway, South Boston Speedway as well as the classic dirt fairgrounds miles in Springfield and DuQuoin, Illinois. Salem remains the only short-track that appears on the schedule twice however the Salem race in September will run under the lights on Saturday night rather the following day. The September 13th event, not only marks the 71st appearance of the RE/MAX Series at Salem since 1955, it will also be the first ARCA race to be showcased under the lights at Salem.

In addition to its share of stand-alone events, the RE/MAX Series will race in companion with the NASCAR Winston Cup Series eight times including NASCAR's all-star event -- The Winston at Lowe's in May, the NASCAR Busch Series at Nashville in April, the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series at Nashville in August and the Indy Racing League at Chicagoland in September.

Announcements concerning the '03 RE/MAX Series TV schedule will be made in a press conference on Saturday, December 14 at 2:30 PM ET at the Northern Kentucky Convention Center in Covington, Kentucky just prior to the championship awards banquet.

In addition, a high-quality, hard cover book documenting the history of ARCA from its inception in 1953 through the 2002 season is due out in December. The book will also cover separate chapters on ARCA-sanctioned tracks through the years including the complete history of longtime ARCA-sanctioned tracks Flat Rock and Toledo Speedways as well as chapters on the "Big-5". The Big-5 are chapters on some of the most distinguished players in ARCA history including 6-time national driving champion Iggy Katona, 3-time driving and 3-time car owner champion Jack Bowsher, 4-time driving champion Frank Kimmel, 3-time driving champion Tim Steele and ARCA racing legend Joy Fair.

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Drivers Frank Kimmel , Tim Steele