Illinois: Christi Passmore preview

Passmore Looking to Make ARCA History; But First Comes the Dirt: Christi Passmore has logged a tremendous number of laps on dirt in her racing career, but 90 percent of those laps have come in her sprint car. This weekend the ARCA RE/MAX Series...

Passmore Looking to Make ARCA History; But First Comes the Dirt: Christi Passmore has logged a tremendous number of laps on dirt in her racing career, but 90 percent of those laps have come in her sprint car. This weekend the ARCA RE/MAX Series will take their stock cars to the one-mile oval dirt track in Springfield, Illinois and Passmore is the first to admit that the transition between her sprint cars and her No. 91 G.A.P. Roofing / Asphalt & Fuel Supply Ford can be difficult.

"Taking the stock cars to the dirt tracks is a really tricky thing," said Passmore. "Because they really don't drive anything like a sprint car would on the dirt. You can't slide a stock car too far sideways in the corner and that is really hard to resist when you are racing at these places. Springfield and DuQuoin can also be really tough on the motors with the build-up of dirt on the front grills during the race. It's real easy to clog up the front grill and cook the motor."

Passmore competed at both Springfield and DuQuoin during the 2003 season without the solid finishes she was hoping to earn. But this season those dirt tracks hold additional significance as Passmore sits seventh in the series point's battle with only six events remaining. With only a 35-point difference to sixth place and a 140-point difference to fifth place, Passmore is focused on not losing ground in her quest to make ARCA history. To date Shawna Robinson has held the highest series points finish for a female driver in ARCA competition, earning a sixth place points finish in the 2000 season. If Passmore can finish sixth she will tie Robinson, but a fifth place or better finish would force the record books to be changed.

"I guess I've tried not to concentrate on the points too much," said Passmore. "I know that if we have strong, consistent runs each week, then the points will come. But with the two dirt tracks mixed into these final six races, I'm just looking for finishes where we don't give up any points. I believe that sixth place is within our reach, but fifth place will be more difficult to reach."

In 2003 Passmore finished 20th and 21st respectively, at Springfield and DuQuoin. Passmore finished eighth in 2003 ARCA RE/MAX Series points and is currently seventh in the 2004 standings. The Allen Crowe Memorial 100 will take the green flag on Sunday afternoon at the Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield, Illinois.

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Series ARCA
Drivers Shawna Robinson , Christi Passmore