ARCA RE/MAX Series Championship Weekend Lives Up to its Name Headed to Toledo TOLEDO OH (10-1-08) -- The ARCA RE/MAX Series championship weekend is on its way to Toledo Speedway with the Hantz Group 200 by Belle Tire and Federated Car Care ...
ARCA RE/MAX Series Championship Weekend Lives Up to its Name Headed to Toledo
TOLEDO OH (10-1-08) -- The ARCA RE/MAX Series championship weekend is on its way to Toledo Speedway with the Hantz Group 200 by Belle Tire and Federated Car Care October 11th and 12th.
The event is already living up to its name.
With just two events remaining in 2008, the ARCA RE/MAX Series will soon crown a new champion in its 56th season, and much of the outcome will depend what happens this Friday at Talladega Superspeedway and at the season finale at Toledo the following Sunday.
That means the championship chase comes down to a superspeedway in the south and a short track in the north between SunTrust Rookies Scott Speed and Roush Fenway Racing development driver Ricky Stenhouse, Jr.
Fresh off the heels of a road course adventure at New Jersey Motorsports Park last Sunday, Speed leads Stenhouse by just 65 points headed to Talladega with Toledo in tow.
Stenhouse caught a big break at New Jersey where the Olive Branch, Mississippi driver was credited with the second place finishing position after completing just three laps. Stenhouse, still on the mend from crash in a midget car at Eldora Speedway one week ago, gave up the seat to Roush Fenway teammate Colin Braun during the first caution period. Braun then charged from the tail-end of the field up to the second position before rain prompted an early end to the race, 19 laps shy of the scheduled 67-lap, 150-mile distance.
"I had a crash last weekend in the midget and I didn't think I was going to be 100 percent for this race so I just decided that for this race it would be best for Roush Fenway Racing for me to start it and to let Colin finish it," said Stenhouse. "He did a good job and gained us some points and that's the main thing we wanted him to do."
Speed, who ran in second much of the race, had to settle for eighth in Eddie Sharp's Red Bull Toyota after pitting much later than the top finishers. Speed, who had to immediately leave the track to catch a plane, was unavailable for comment.
Justin Allgaier, who is currently third in points, won the event at New Jersey by being in the right place at the time just as the rain started to fall. Allgaier, who has tied Speed with the most wins in 2008 (four each), has also moved to third in series standings 220 points out of first.
Nine-time series champion Frank Kimmel, following his 10th place finish at New Jersey, is currently fourth in points, 230 out of first. Kimmel is also the all-time series winner at Toledo with nine wins overall. His victory there in 1994 was his career-first RE/MAX Series triumph. Since then, the Clarksville, Indiana driver has earned 74 career series wins, second only to Iggy Katona's all-time mark of 79.
The event at Toledo marks the 64th appearance of the ARCA RE/MAX Series at its hometown track since 1963.
The ARCA Lincoln Welders Truck Series will join the festivities with the K-100 presented by Champion Credit Union 50 lap feature event Saturday, October 11th, the same day the ARCA RE/MAX Series cars practice and set the starting field in SIM Factory Pole Qualifying. The Hantz Group 200 by Belle Tire and Federated Car Care is LIVE on SPEED Sunday afternoon, October 12th at 2:00 pm ET.