RACE: EasyCare Vehicle Service Contracts 100, 5-18-02 TRACK: Lowe's Motor Speedway, 1.5-mile paved oval LOCATION: Concord, NC DISTANCE: 67 laps, 100 miles SANCTION: ARCA SERIES: Event ...
RACE: EasyCare Vehicle Service Contracts 100, 5-18-02
TRACK: Lowe's Motor Speedway, 1.5-mile paved oval
LOCATION: Concord, NC
DISTANCE: 67 laps, 100 miles
SERIES: Event #6 of the 2002 ARCA RE/MAX Series
PROMOTER: Speedway Motorsports Inc/Humpy Wheeler
Thurs, May 16:
Practice 11 AM - 2 PM
Old Milwaukee Pole
Qualifying 3:30 PM (2 laps)
Fri, May 17:
Practice 12:45 - 1:55 PM
Sat, May 18:
EasyCare Vehicle Service Contracts 100 at 5:45 PM
POSTED AWARDS: $219,133 in prize, point and contingency money.
ARCA OFFICIAL COMPANIES: RE/MAX International Inc, Damon RV, Featherlite Trailers, Hoosier Racing Tires, Racing Electronics, 76 Racing Gas.
ARCA OFFICIAL PRODUCTS: Amkus Rescue Tools, Carolina Motorsports, Earl's Performance Products, Fast Track High Performance Driving School, Flowmaster Mufflers, Harris Torches & Regulators, Holley HP Carbs, K&N Air Filters, K&N Oil Filters, Kluhsman Racing Products, Landrum Spring Service, Lincoln Electric Welders, Magnum Police Equipment, Motive Gear, National Pork Board, Old Milwaukee Beer, QuicShine 99, RJS Uniforms, S-W Scales by Intercomp, Who's Your Daddy?/Big Daddy's Company.
PARTICIPATING COMPANIES: ATI Dampers, Auto Meter Instruments, Berryman Products, Bilstein Shocks, Blake Carburetors, BSR Racing Products, Clevite Engine Parts, CV Products, Dayco Belts & Hoses, Dr. Gas Exhaust Components, Edelbrock, EMCO Transmissions, Ford Motor Co., Gatorade, Hedman Hedders, Hoosier Performance Tire, Hurd Air Wrenches, Hutcherson-Pagan, Jacobs Electronics, JE Pistons, Joyce Julius & Associates, Leading Edge Race Cars, Loctite Corporation, Lowe Lug Nuts, MSD Ignition, Mechanix Wear, Nelson Specialties, Ohlins Shocks, Penske Racing Shocks, Perfect Circle Piston Rings, Pro Shocks, Quarter Master, Reed Cams, Rhyne Racing Engines, RJS Racing Equipment, 76 Performance Products, Simpson Race Products, Thermo-Tec Header Wrap, Tilton Engineering, Victor-Reinz Gaskets, Wallace Race Car Lettering, Wilson Manifolds.
Qualifying -- Ryan Newman, 28.911 (186.780 mph) 2000.
Race -- Tim Steele (138.654 mph) 1996.
TELEVISION: Speed Channel Sunday, May 19 from 8-9:30 PM. Also re-airs May 20 at 1 AM & 1 PM. All times eastern.
NOTES OF INTEREST: The EasyCare Vehicle Service Contracts 100 will be the 16th appearance of the ARCA RE/MAX Series at Lowe's Motor Speedway since Curtis Turner won the inaugural race in 1964. Frank Kimmel, the defending ARCA RE/MAX champion and defending race winner leads the points headed to Lowe's after posting 3 consecutive wins at Nashville, Salem and Kentucky. While Kimmel only leads runner-up driver Damon Lusk by 35 points and third place driver Chad Blount by 40, Kimmel leads overwhelmingly in the laps-led category with 282 laps-led already in 02 followed by Andy Belmont with 89, Jason Jarrett with 52 and Lusk with 50. Blount, the 22-year-old Walkerton, IN rookie, is coming off a runner-up finish to Kimmel at Kentucky and leads the Rookie of the Year standings over 18-year-old Chase Montgomery and 16-year-old Shelby Howard. Tim Steele is the all-time LMS ARCA RE/MAX Series winner with 4 wins over Kimmel with 2. However, it's been since October of 1997 that Steele has been to victory lane at LMS. Other notable entrants include 3rd-generation drivers Jason Jarrett, Justin Labonte and Billy Venturini as well as former NFL football head coach Jerry Glanville, Dutch-born driver Michael Vergers in Bob Schacht's Ford Taurus, Cedar Bluff AL rookie Tina Gordon in Mark Thompson's #66 Midway-Phoenix Ford, as well as ARCA RE/MAX veterans Andy Belmont, Todd Bowsher (son of 3-time ARCA RE/MAX champ Jack Bowsher), Ron Cox, Chuck Weber, Brad Smith, Mike Buckley, Darrell Basham, Greg Sarff, Robert Burroughs, Mark Gibson and Norm Benning. No driver has repeat wins at LMS other than Steele who won 3 consecutive in 96. Steele and Kimmel are the only former ARCA RE/MAX champions entered. The EasyCare 100 serves as a prelude to NASCAR's all-star events: The Winston Open and The Winston.
CURRENT TOP-10 POINTS: 1. Frank Kimmel 1300; 2. Damon Lusk 1265; 3. Chad Blount 1260; 4. Jason Jarrett 1060; 5. Shelby Howard 1040; 6. Andy Belmont 1005; 7. Chase Montgomery 980; 8. Todd Bowsher 970; 8. Billy Venturini 970; 10. Mark Gibson 960.