Chicagoland: Stuart Kirby preview

Kirby and Schacht Blowing into the Windy City for Chicagoland Event Joliet, Illinois (September 8, 2004) -- The competitors on the ARCA RE/MAX Series have learned that whenever you pair 23-year old Stuart Kirby with veteran driver, owner and...

Kirby and Schacht Blowing into the Windy City for Chicagoland Event

Joliet, Illinois (September 8, 2004) -- The competitors on the ARCA RE/MAX Series have learned that whenever you pair 23-year old Stuart Kirby with veteran driver, owner and crew chief, Bob Schacht, they are always a threat to win the race. This weekend Kirby and Schacht are out to finish what they started at the Nashville Superspeedway and for them that finish will come on Saturday afternoon in victory lane at the Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Illinois. Kirby started on the outside pole position at Nashville and took the lead at the drop of the green flag. Kirby proceeded to lead the first 17 laps of the event by almost and entire straightaway before his race car began overheating due to a failing water pump. Kirby was forced to the garage area for the remainder of the race.

This weekend Kirby will pilot the same No. 75 Ford Taurus that he ran at Nashville. The car has been prepared at the Bob Schacht Motorsports shop in Mooresville, North Carolina. Schacht will handle the crew chief duties for Kirby en route to what the team hopes will be the first win for this 'dynamic duo'.

"Nashville was pretty disappointing," said Kirby. "That race really felt like it should have been ours. We were nearly a whole straightaway ahead when the water pump broke. But that's why we are taking the same car back to Chicagoland. The team at Bob Schacht Motorsports has worked so hard to get this car ready and it would be great to get a win for everyone involved."

Kirby has competed at the Chicagoland Speedway once in his career when he competed in the NASCAR Winston Cup Series event in July of 2002. Kirby qualified the No. 57 CLR Ford in the 26th position, but lost the rear-end of the car early in the event causing him to finish in the 43rd position. This weekend's Readyhosting.com 200 will mark Kirby's first ARCA RE/MAX Series start at the 1.5-mile speedway.

"I really liked the Chicagoland Speedway when I ran there in the Cup car," said Kirby. "It's a smooth track with lots of room to run. I know we will have a great setup and strong motor. Hopefully we will have a shot at the pole award on Thursday and then contend for the win Saturday."

Kirby and Schacht have quite a history of ARCA success together, but a race win has remained elusive. Together Kirby and Schacht have competed in 11 ARCA RE/MAX Series races earning two poles, six top five finishes and have never started a race any lower than the ninth position. They have also competed in three NASCAR Cup races together at Lowe's Motor Speedway, Chicagoland Speedway and Kansas Speedway.

"Schacht and I really have chemistry together," said Kirby. "I have run for other teams and Schacht has run with other drivers, but we just seem to have something between us that works when we get out on the race track. That is the reason that a win would be so special. Because we have run so well in all the races that we have competed in and I feel like Schacht has really helped me to become more successful as a race driver. Hopefully this weekend will get us a solid run and maybe attract some sponsorship dollars to allow us to keep running together in the future."

The Readyhosting.com 200 will take the green flag at 2:00pm ET at the Chicagoland Speedway. The race will be televised Live on Speed Channel.

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Series ARCA
Drivers Stuart Kirby , Bob Schacht