Daytona: Notes of interest, schedule

RACE WINNERS AT DAYTONA SINCE 1964 (39 events): 3 - Iggy Katona; 2 each - Bobby Gerhart, Andy Hampton, Ben Hess, Andy Hillenburg, Jimmy Horton, Jeff Purvis; 1 each - Grant Adcox, Charlie Blanton, Jack Bowsher, Woody Fisher, Mickey Gibbs, Ferrel ...

RACE WINNERS AT DAYTONA SINCE 1964 (39 events): 3 - Iggy Katona; 2 each - Bobby Gerhart, Andy Hampton, Ben Hess, Andy Hillenburg, Jimmy Horton, Jeff Purvis; 1 each - Grant Adcox, Charlie Blanton, Jack Bowsher, Woody Fisher, Mickey Gibbs, Ferrel Harris, Ron Hutcherson, Kenny Irwin, Ralph Jones, David Keith, Ralph Latham, Ryan Newman, Benny Parsons, Kyle Petty, Lennie Pond, John Rezek, Tim Richmond, Joe Ruttman, Jim Sauter, Glenn Sears, Nelson Stacy, Ramo Stott, Mike Wallace, Rick Wilson 1.

NOTES OF INTEREST: More than 60 teams are entered for the 40th running of the Daytona ARCA 200 recognized this year as the Advance Discount Auto Parts 200. This year's Daytona ARCA classic, with a 4 pm Saturday start-time, will serve as a pre-amble for Saturday night's Winston Cup Bud Shootout.

Currently, drivers representing 19 states are entered. Of the drivers entered, only Andy Hillenburg and Bobby Gerhart are former Daytona ARCA 200 winners; each is a 2-time winner of the Daytona classic (Hillenburg in '95 & '97/Gerhart in '99 & '02).

Three former ARCA RE/MAX Series champions are entered to include Frank Kimmel, Tim Steele and Hillenburg although Kimmel and Steele are winless at Daytona.

Kimmel has finished a career-best 3rd at Daytona in '01 & '02 while Steele finished 2nd in '94 & '96. Steele has made only two Daytona ARCA starts since '97.

Renowned open-wheel driver Christian Fittipaldi, in a Kyle Petty Racing Dodge, will make his career-1st ARCA RE/MAX Series attempt at Daytona. His car owner Petty won the Daytona ARCA 200 in 1979 in his first superspeedway attempt.

NASCAR Winston Cup veteran Greg Sacks, of Port Orange FL, is also entered. Only 6 ARCA drivers have won from the pole at Daytona: Benny Parsons '69, Andy Hampton '72, Iggy Katona '74, Woody Fisher '77, Jeff Purvis '93 and Hillenburg '97. No driver has repeat wins in consecutive years.

SCHEDULE:
Wed, Feb 5 -- Practice

Thur, Feb 6 -- Old Milwaukee Pole Award Qualifying (2 laps, all positions)

Fri, Feb 7 -- Final Practice

Sat, Feb 8 -- 40th Advance Discount Auto Parts 200 at 4 pm Eastern

TELEVISION: SPEED Channel (LIVE) 4 pm. Re-airs same night 11 pm & Feb 20 at 9 pm & Feb 21 at 2 am. All Eastern.

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Series ARCA
Drivers Kyle Petty , Mike Wallace , Ryan Newman , Christian Fittipaldi , Frank Kimmel , Andy Hillenburg , Jeff Purvis , Joe Ruttman , Bobby Gerhart , Tim Steele , Jim Sauter , Benny Parsons , Greg Sacks , Tim Richmond