Michigan/Illinois double-header weekend preview

ARCA RE/MAX Series Prepares for Grueling Double-Header Superspeedway/Mile-Dirt Weekend TOLEDO OH (7-23-06)--Nearly 400 miles separate Brooklyn, Michigan from Springfield, Illinois. But that won't stop a group of dedicated ARCA RE/MAX Series...

ARCA RE/MAX Series Prepares for Grueling Double-Header Superspeedway/Mile-Dirt Weekend

TOLEDO OH (7-23-06)--Nearly 400 miles separate Brooklyn, Michigan from Springfield, Illinois. But that won't stop a group of dedicated ARCA RE/MAX Series racers from a challenging double-header weekend this August.

The ARCA RE/MAX Series, now in its 54th year of competition, is preparing for a mid-August sizzler in which the diverse touring series will compete on both a superspeedway and a dirt track in two separate states over the course of just two days.

The weekend begins with the Hantz Group 200 at Michigan International Speedway on Friday evening, August 18th. From there, the ARCA RE/MAX Series will make the 400-mile journey to Springfield, Illinois, for Sunday afternoon's Allen Crowe Memorial 100 on the Illinois State Fairgrounds mile-dirt.

The ARCA RE/MAX Series, known as one of the most diverse national stock car tours in the world, annually tests drivers on a wide variety of tracks, including superspeedways, intermediate tracks, short tracks and dirt. The Michigan and Springfield events come in the midst of an especially challenging portion of the 23-race season schedule, with 13 races scheduled in a span of just eleven weeks.

Over the years, the RE/MAX Series has enjoyed a long and prosperous history with both facilities. With a home base located just one hour away in Temperance, Michigan, MIS has always been considered ARCA's hometown superspeedway. The Friday evening, August 18th event marks the 25th appearance of the nationally touring series to the 2.0-mile speedplant since 1980. Over the years, a number of memorable names have found victory lane in ARCA RE/MAX Series competition at Michigan including Jeff Purvis, Tim Steele, Frank Kimmel, Blaise Alexander, Ron Barfield, Chad Blount, Kerry Earnhardt, Billie Harvey, David Keith, Bob Keselowski, Tracy Leslie, Dave Mader, Casey Mears, Joe Ruttman, Stanley Smith, Reed Sorenson, Mark Thompson, Steve Wallace and most recently, NASCAR Nextel Cup Series rookie David Stremme, who lapped the entire field en route to victory this past June.

The Springfield mile-dirt has held a similar relationship with the ARCA RE/MAX Series over the years, as this year's Allen Crowe Memorial 100 marks the 24th visit to the track since the series first began competing there in 1983. The 1-mile clay oval is one of two remaining dirt track events on the series schedule, as a race date is scheduled at the DuQuoin State Fairgrounds on September 4th. ARCA RE/MAX Series winners at Springfield include Kimmel, Dean Roper, Bill Baird, Bobby Bowsher, Steele, Bob Brevak, Bob Hill, Bobby Jacks, Ken Schrader and Billy Thomas. However, ARCA's connection to Springfield spreads even further, to the ARCA Lincoln Welders Truck Series regional tour, which is scheduled to compete at the track on August 19, one day prior to the ARCA RE/MAX Series event.

The August 18-20 ARCA double header actually begins on Wednesday, August 16th when teams first begin converging at Michigan Int'l Speedway for registration, hauler parking, and technical inspections. On Thursday, a two-hour practice session is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 12 noon, with Pork Pole Qualifying slated for 3 p.m. The Hantz Group 200 rolls off on Friday, August 18th at 5:15 p.m. The event will be aired LIVE on SPEED beginning at 5 p.m.

From Michigan, it's a 400-mile drive to Springfield, Illinois in preparation for Sunday's Allen Crowe Memorial 100.

Many ARCA RE/MAX Series teams will utilize Saturday evening, August 19 to pre-register for the Allen Crowe Memorial 100 at a local hotel before an early wakeup call on Sunday, August 20. That ARCA RE/MAX Series garage and registration opens at 6 a.m., with a practice session scheduled from 9-10 a.m. Pork Pole Qualifying takes place at 11 a.m. and the Allen Crowe Memorial 100 rolls off at 1 p.m.

Tickets to the Hantz Group 200 at Michigan are available by calling (800) 354-1010 or visiting www.mispeedway.com. The race is a prelude to Saturday's NASCAR Busch Series event and Sunday's NASCAR Nextel Cup Series race.

To purchase tickets for the Saturday, August 19th ARCA Lincoln Welders Truck Series event or Sunday's Allen Crowe Memorial 100 ARCA RE/MAX Series race at the Illinois State Fairgrounds, call (217) 764-3200.

-www.arcaracing.com.

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Series ARCA
Drivers Ken Schrader , Casey Mears , Blaise Alexander , Frank Kimmel , Chad Blount , Jeff Purvis , Joe Ruttman , Kerry Earnhardt , Tim Steele , David Stremme , Reed Sorenson , Bill Baird , Mark Thompson , Steve Wallace