Bill France Triple Crown preview

2008 Bill France Triple Crown Kicks Off on DuQuoin "Magic-Mile" Dirt DuQUOIN IL (8-18-07) -- A dirt track, a short track and a superspeedway -- that's the Bill France Triple Crown championship in a nutshell. Outside the shell, the award is...

2008 Bill France Triple Crown Kicks Off on DuQuoin "Magic-Mile" Dirt

DuQUOIN IL (8-18-07) -- A dirt track, a short track and a superspeedway -- that's the Bill France Triple Crown championship in a nutshell. Outside the shell, the award is one of the most sought after in the ARCA RE/MAX Series world.

The 2008 version includes the DuQuoin State Fairgrounds mile-dirt, the rough and tumble Salem Speedway short-track and the 2.66-mile Talladega Superspeedway.

"The award like no other, best defines the identity of the ARCA RE/MAX Series tour itself," said Don Radebaugh, ARCA PR/Media director "The series' longstanding tradition of competing on a wide variety of track types including superspeedways, short-tracks, on both dirt and pavement, and road courses are what this award is all about. And the driver that accumulates the most points at these very different race tracks, earns the honor. Certainly, the award is also important for whom it's named after -- the late Bill France, Sr. There is also a year-end cash prize."

Past Bill France Triple Crown winners include Davey Allison, Bob Keselowski, Tim Steele, Jason Jarrett, Bill Baird and Frank Kimmel to name a few.

The year's Bill France Triple Crown award kicks off dirt-track style at the DuQuoin State Fairgrounds in DuQuoin, Illinois where the 56th annual Southern Illinois 100 rolls off on the "Magic Mile" Labor Day Monday, September 1st.

DuQuoin entries are already pouring in for the annual dirt-track classic, including one from NASCAR veteran and defending/two-time DuQuoin winner Ken Schrader.

Also entered are a slew of championship contending rookies including Scott Speed, Matt Carter and Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. mixing it in with seasoned veterans like nine-time champ Frank Kimmel and Illinois favorites' Justin Allgaier and Bob Strait.

Eddie Pearson, son of NASCAR champion David Pearson, has also filed an entry, as has USAC national champion Brian Tyler.

Former Southern Illinois 100 winners at DuQuoin include AJ Foyt, Jimmy Bryan, Fred Lorenzen, Don White, Rusty Wallace, Dean Roper, Jack Bowsher, Bob Keselowski, Bob Strait, Frank Kimmel, Billy Thomas, Tony Stewart and Schrader to name a few.

ARCA RE/MAX Series practice for the 56th Southern Illinois 100 is scheduled from 9:00-10:00 am local Central time Monday, September 1st, followed by SIM Factory Pole Award Qualifying at 11:00. The start of the Southern Illinois 100 is set for 1:00 pm.

-credit: arca

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Series ARCA
Drivers Tony Stewart , Rusty Wallace , Ken Schrader , Frank Kimmel , Jason Jarrett , Tim Steele , Scott Speed , Brian Tyler , Justin Allgaier , Bill Baird , David Pearson , Fred Lorenzen , Davey Allison