RACE: ARCA RE/MAX 200 presented by Hamot & Siemens, 7-12-03 TRACK: Lake Erie Speedway, .4-mile paved oval LOCATION: North East, PA DISTANCE: 200 laps, 80 miles SERIES: Event ...
ARCA RE/MAX 200 presented by Hamot & Siemens, 7-12-03
Lake Erie Speedway, .4-mile paved oval
North East, PA
200 laps, 80 miles
Event #12 of the 2003 ARCA RE/MAX Series
Sat, July 12: Practice from 2:30pm-4pm; Old Milwaukee Pole Qualifying at 5pm; ARCA RE/MAX 200 presented by Hamot & Siemens at 9:30pm
NOTES OF INTEREST: The ARCA RE/MAX 200 presented by Hamot & Siemens will be the first appearance of the ARCA RE/MAX Series at Lake Erie Speedway. In addition to the RE/MAX Series race on Saturday night, the ARCA Lincoln Welders Truck Series will get things started with a 100-lap feature event on Friday, July 11. With 10 races in the books, there have been 6 different winners. Defending champion and current point leader Frank Kimmel leads the way with 3 wins (Toledo, Lowe's & Berlin) with Kyle Busch (Nashville & Kentucky) and Shelby Howard (Salem & Kansas) tied with 2 wins each. Other winners in 2003 include Chase Montgomery at Daytona, Mark Gibson at Atlanta and most recently Casey Mears at MIS. Kimmel, well on his way to his 5th series title, has not yet finished out of the top-5 in 2003. In addition, Kimmel has led 613 laps in 9 events already this year. Howard, 17, became the youngest winner in series history with his victory at Salem in April. Howard also notched his name in the record books as ARCA's youngest superspeedway winner in history with his win at Kansas in June. Christi Passmore and Bill Eversole, 9th and 10th in points respectively, are locked in a serious battle for Rookie of the Year honors with Passmore leading Eversole by just 2 points headed to Lake Erie. Third-generation driver Jason Jarrett, son of '99 Winston Cup champ Dale Jarrett and grandson of 2-time NASCAR Grand National champion Ned Jarrett, is currently 2nd in points. Sons of former ARCA RE/MAX Series champions entered include Billy Venturini and Todd Bowsher. Billy's father Bill Venturini racked up ARCA titles in '87 & '91 while Todd's father and current car owner Jack Bowsher won 3 consecutive crowns in '63, '64 & '65. Newcomer Brent Sherman continued in his steady climb to the top of the points battle with a solid 6th place finish recently at MIS. Sherman, just prior to that, finished 2nd at Berlin and Kansas.