Bob Keselowski helps celebrate 50 years of ARCA

Keselowski To Help Celebrate 50 Years Of ARCA Racing DAYTONA BEACH, FL (February 4, 2002) - Former series titlest Bob Keselowski, along with several other past champions, will be honored by the Automobile Racing Club of America (ARCA) RE/MAX ...

Keselowski To Help Celebrate 50 Years Of ARCA Racing

DAYTONA BEACH, FL (February 4, 2002) - Former series titlest Bob Keselowski, along with several other past champions, will be honored by the Automobile Racing Club of America (ARCA) RE/MAX Series when it kicks off its 50th-annual season of racing prior to the ARCA 200 at Daytona International Speedway, Sunday, February 10.

"It should be fun to see all the guys I raced with over the years", said Keselowski the 1989 ARCA champion. "I had a home with ARCA for many years and it was neat being able to be a champion of the division. I didn't like moving out, but we had to do what we had to do."

In 168 career ARCA starts, Keselowski notched 24 event wins, 26 poles, 66 Top-5 and 88 Top-10 finishes. The Rochester Hills, MI native competed in the series from 1980 to 1995 earning $734,666 before joining the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series as a full-time competitor in 1996.

"We moved to the Truck Series, but I still have a lot of deep feelings for ARCA", said Keselowski, who led 72 ARCA races for 2,946 laps. "I am happy to be in the Craftsman Truck Series. One day I am hoping my boys, Brad and Brian, will have the opportunity to run ARCA as they move up through the racing ranks."

Founded in Toledo Ohio in 1953, ARCA proved to be the perfect training ground for young, aspiring drivers like Keselowski who went on to score one event win, two Top-5 and 15 Top-10 finishes in his short NCTS driving career.

"We have had a wealth of success in the Craftsman Truck Series," said. Keselowski. "It was a big change moving from ARCA to NASCAR. The competition was really tough. I remember the first year being a challenge because a lot of the races were out West. We did what we had to do at the time."

Besides Keselowski, other drivers who have raced in the ARCA RE/MAX Series include Iggy Katona, the only six-time series champion and Jack Bowsher, the only individual to win the ARCA RE/MAX Series championship first as a driver (in 1963-64-65), then as a car owner for his son Bobby (1992 & 1994). Benny Parsons, Kenny Irwin, Kerry Earnhardt, Adam Petty, Kyle Petty, Mark Martin, Tim Richmond, Michael Waltrip, Tracy Leslie, Joe Ruttman, Ryan Newman, Davey Allison, Ernie Irvan, Rick Wilson, Jeff Purvis and Mike Wallace have all scored ARCA event wins in their careers while Jeremy Mayfield, Danny Sullivan, Phil Parsons, Lake Speed, Brett Bodine, Alan Kulwicki, Charlie Glotzbach, Darrell Waltrip, Jimmy Spencer, Ken Schrader, Sterling Marlin, Clifford Allison, Ted Musgrave, Jim Sauter, Ron Hornaday and Dick Trickle used the ARCA Series as a stepping stone to NASCAR.

Today, Keselowski, along with his wife, Kay, and brother, Ron own K-Automotive which fields the No. 29 Power Stroke® Diesel Ford NCTS entry driven by Terry Cook. Cook has a deep respect for the rich history and tradition of ARCA, a division that was cultivated near his Sylvania, OH home.

"ARCA was a big deal when I was a kid growing up in Ohio," said Cook. "For many years, they sanctioned weekly races at Flat Rock and Toledo Speedway where I got my start in racing. Having a chance to race in the super car series on a few occasions was a thrill for me."

Keselowski will lead Cook and his Power Stroke Diesel Ford into action at Daytona in the Florida Dodge Dealers 250 NCTS event Friday, February 15 at 1 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. The event will be telecast live by ESPN and broadcast on MRN Radio worldwide.

The ARCA RE/MAX Series race at Daytona International Speedway is set for Sunday, February 10 at 11 a.m. Eastern Standard Time.

-k-a

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Series ARCA , NASCAR Truck
Drivers Brett Bodine , Ernie Irvan , Darrell Waltrip , Dick Trickle , Michael Waltrip , Adam Petty , Ken Schrader , Jimmy Spencer , Sterling Marlin , Ryan Newman , Ron Hornaday Jr. , Ted Musgrave , Terry Cook , Jeff Purvis , Joe Ruttman , Kerry Earnhardt , Danny Sullivan , Jim Sauter , Benny Parsons , Phil Parsons , Clifford Allison , Charlie Glotzbach , Tim Richmond , Mark Martin , Davey Allison