Kimmel, Jarrett, Buckley, drivers and teams announce 2002 plans

COVINGTON KY -- Three-time and 2001 ARCA RE/MAX Series champion Frank Kimmel announced he, along with sponsors Advance Auto Parts and Pork The Other White Meat, would be returning to RE/MAX Series competition for the 2002 season to run for the ...

COVINGTON KY -- Three-time and 2001 ARCA RE/MAX Series champion Frank Kimmel announced he, along with sponsors Advance Auto Parts and Pork The Other White Meat, would be returning to RE/MAX Series competition for the 2002 season to run for the championship. Kimmel is coming off a career-best season in '01 with 10 wins, 21 top-five and 22 top-ten finishes. Kimmel, the all-time RE/MAX Series money winner, boosted his career total to the 1.8 million mark in '01.

Jason Jarrett announced that he had signed a three-year contract with ML Motorsports, which included a return to ARCA RE/MAX Series competition in 2002 to run for the championship. Jarrett ran the full RE/MAX Series season for ML Motorsports in 2001 winning Rookie of the Year honors and finishing second in points to Kimmel. Jarrett's inaugural season on the tour included his career-first superspeedway win at Kansas Speedway, a new one-lap track record at Michigan Int'l Speedway as well as eight top-five and 15 top-10 finishes.

Former NFL head coach and current CBS television analyst Jerry Glanville announced his intentions to return to ARCA RE/MAX Series competition in '02. At present, Glanville's plans are to race at both events at Nashville Superspeedway, both at Kentucky Speedway, Lowe's Motor Speedway in May, Kansas Speedway and Michigan Int'l Speedway. Glanville posted his career-best RE/MAX Series finish of fourth at Michigan Int'l in 2001.

Feasterville, Pennsylvania driver Kevin Belmont announced his plans to join forces with car owner James Hylton for the 2002 season. The fleet of Ford Taurus cars will be prepared out of Hylton's shop in Inman, South Carolina. Hylton, on three occasions, finished runner-up in the NASCAR Winston Cup driving point standings. Belmont, in his first season on tour in 2001, posted a season-best tenth place finish at Memphis Motorsports Park while placing 11th in year-end driver point standings.

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania veteran Norm Benning also announced his intentions to return to the ARCA RE/MAX Series for the complete 2002 season with sponsorship from SoBe Beverages and Tobin's RV & Boat Cleaner. Benning is one of only two drivers who have finished in the top-ten in points in the last five consecutive RE/MAX Series seasons; the other being Kimmel.

Ann Arbor, Michigan driver Mike Buckley announced he would be returning to the series in 2002, as would his sponsor Midwest Mall Fronts. Buckley, an electrical engineer who holds a Masters degree from Lake Superior State University, is coming off a career-best season placing tenth in '01 driver point standings after posting a career-best fourth place finish at Toledo Speedway.

Two-time ARCA RE/MAX Series champion Bill Venturini announced that his son Billy, who was away on his honeymoon, would compete in 14 RE/MAX Series superspeedway events in 2002 and as many as four NASCAR Busch Series events with sponsorship from Golden Bear Golf, Bass Pro Shops and FNB.

Kenewick, Washington driver Damon Lusk, with sponsorship from Dynatek Communications, has joined forces with WP Motorsports, based out of Morganfield, Kentucky, to compete in 14 ARCA RE/MAX Series superspeedway events in 2002 as well as selected NASCAR Busch Series events. Lusk, 24, posted a career-best finish of 4th at Atlanta Motor Speedway in 2000 and sat on the pole on the Springfield dirt-mile in his first dirt-track appearance that same year.

22-year-old Walkerton, Indiana driver Chad Blount announced plans to run the full 2002 ARCA RE/MAX Series season in Dodge Intrepids for car owner Todd Braun out of Winamac, Indiana. Blount, who posted a career-best finish of second at Berlin Raceway in '01, is the son of renowned Indiana race driver Bobby Blount. The senior Blount, who is still competing, has won late model track championships at Plymouth, New Paris and South Bend Speedways and posted more than 500 feature wins throughout his career.

18-year-old Mt. Juliet, Tennessee driver Chase Montgomery also announced plans to run the full 2002 ARCA RE/MAX Series season in Chevrolets fielded by his father Ray. The younger Montgomery posted a career-best finish of 5th at Kentucky Speedway in '01 and qualified for two outside poles at Kentucky and Lowe's Motor Speedway.

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Series ARCA
Drivers Mike Buckley , Chad Blount , Chase Montgomery , Kevin Belmont , Jason Jarrett , Damon Lusk , James Hylton , Norm Benning