Michigan: Hometown favorites enter race

Hometown Favorites Enter ARCA Hantz Group 200 MIS Event BROOKLYN MI (6-14-05) - Vehicle and crew in tow, ARCA RE/MAX Series drivers are well-accustomed to travel, commonly driving ten hours or more to get from their race shop to the track. But...

Hometown Favorites Enter ARCA Hantz Group 200 MIS Event

BROOKLYN MI (6-14-05) - Vehicle and crew in tow, ARCA RE/MAX Series drivers are well-accustomed to travel, commonly driving ten hours or more to get from their race shop to the track. But when you're racing in your hometown, the pain and hassle of traveling is eliminated.

Several local drivers will not have to deal with the woes of travel this weekend. In fact, close to a dozen locally-based drivers have filed entries for Friday's Hantz Group 200 at Michigan International Speedway.

One such local entrant is Mike Guerity of Rochester Hills, Michigan. Guerity, a Michigan State University graduate, will be competing in the Hantz Group Dodge no. 4, owned by Cunningham Motorsports.

"I'm excited to come back to MIS because of everything surrounding the event," said Guerity. "I'm driving the Hantz Group Dodge and they are sponsoring the race as well, so it would be great to get them a good finish this weekend."

MIS has been a special track for Guerity. He witnessed his first stock car event at the 2.0-mile speedway when he was a youngster.

Other local entries for the Hantz Group 200 include three-time series champion Tim Steele of Coopersville, Howard Bixman of Holly, Jim Hollenbeck of Kalamazoo, Brad Smith of Belleville, Brian Kesolowski of Rochester Hills, Ed Wettlaufer of Avoca, Michael Simko of Clarkston, Phil Bozell of Portage, Larry Hollenbeck of Kalamazoo and Bill Eversole of Chelsea, Michigan. To add some international flair to the Hantz Group 200, Terry Jones of Amherstberg, Ontario has entered his Jones Group Racing Dodge into the event as well.

Since its inception in 1953, the ARCA RE/MAX Series has been locally based in Temperance, Michigan, just one hour away from Michigan International Speedway.

With races at Daytona International Speedway, Talladega Superspeedway, Nashville Superspeedway and Pocono Raceway, ARCA has a long list of competitive racing events on the 23-race season schedule.

However, ARCA remains close to its roots. The series has been competing at MIS since 1980, and the 2.0-mile track has quickly become ARCA's hometown superspeedway.

More than 55 drivers from 17 states and Canada are currently entered for Friday's Hantz Group 200 at MIS, including one from Evernham Motorsports development driver Erin Crocker. Driver interviews are available to the media by contacting ARCA. Tickets to the Hantz Group 200 are available by contacting MIS website at www.mispeedway.com/tickets

-www.arcaracing.com

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Series ARCA
Drivers Tim Steele , Larry Hollenbeck , Erin Crocker , Terry Jones