HANTZ GROUP 200 RIPE WITH NEXT-GENERATION FLAVOR: WALLACE, KINSER ENTERED BROOKLYN MI (8-8-05) - NASCAR Nextel Cup Series driver Rusty Wallace climbed behind the wheel of an ARCA RE/MAX Series car at Michigan International Speedway recently...
HANTZ GROUP 200 RIPE WITH NEXT-GENERATION FLAVOR: WALLACE, KINSER ENTERED
BROOKLYN MI (8-8-05) - NASCAR Nextel Cup Series driver Rusty Wallace climbed behind the wheel of an ARCA RE/MAX Series car at Michigan International Speedway recently with one goal in mind: Put his son Stephen in the best car possible for the upcoming Hantz Group 200 on August 19.
Rusty, the 1989 NASCAR Nextel Cup Series champion, decided to shake down the car during ARCA's open test there August 3 and set a fast time of 39.16 seconds (183.816 mph) for son Stepehn to beat. The younger Wallace was a quick study: working up to speed at the 2-mile superspeedway in less than three laps.
Wallace has already made two ARCA starts in 2005, at Toledo Speedway and the Milwaukee Mile, where he finished seventh and thirty-second, respectively. The Hantz Group 200 will mark the driver's first start on a superspeedway.
But Stephen Wallace, who will attempt to make the 41-car ARCA RE/MAX Series field at MIS just two days after his 18th birthday, is only one of several high-profile teams pre-entered for the Hantz Group 200.
Another young driver with a very famous last name is also entered. Kraig Kinser, son of 19-time World of Outlaw sprint car champion Steve Kinser, is expected to make his ARCA RE/MAX Series debut at Michigan International Speedway. Kinser posted a speed of 178.218 mph around MIS in the open test recently. He has committed to the race as part of a driver development program for MBV Motorsports, the same program that fields the NASCAR teams of Scott Riggs, Joe Nemechek and Boris Said.
Other second-generation drivers expected to compete in the Hantz Group 200 include Jason Jarrett, son of NASCAR Nextel Cup driver Dale Jarrett, and Michael Simko, whose father Dave competed with the ARCA RE/MAX Series in the 1980's.
And, Evernham Motorsports developmental driver Erin Crocker, who has competed in several ARCA RE/MAX Series events thus far in 2005, has also entered. Crocker, who is considered by many to be stock car racing's answer to the IRL's Danica Patrick, finished a career-best 2nd at Kentucky Speedway in July and has earned two Pork Pole awards.
With names like Wallace, Kinser, Jarrett and Crocker entered, the competition for the August 19 Hantz Group 200 is sure to be intense. The June race saw a stellar 55 entries compete for 41 starting positions. Expected entries for the August event also include defending and six-time ARCA RE/MAX Series champion Frank Kimmel, Rookie of the Year contenders Joey Miller, Chad McCumbee, David Ragan and Johnny Leonard.
ARCA RE/MAX Series registration and technical inspection for the Hantz Group 200 is scheduled for Wednesday, with a practice session and Pork Pole Qualifying set for Thursday. The Hantz Group 200 at MIS is scheduled for 5:15 pm on Friday. The event will be telecast live on SPEED Channel.
For up-to-date information on the Hantz Group 200, check out the official ARCA website at www.arcaracing.com. Tickets to the ARCA RE/MAX Series event, as well as both NASCAR events and the entire MIS season are available at the MIS website at www.misspeedway.com/tickets.