Roush Fenway's Stenhouse, Jr. Becomes First Repeat ARCA RE/MAX Series Winner of 2008 ARCA RE/MAX Series SunTrust Rookie of the Year contender Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., who earned his career first ARCA RE/MAX Series victory at Kentucky Speedway in...
Roush Fenway's Stenhouse, Jr. Becomes First Repeat ARCA RE/MAX Series Winner of 2008
ARCA RE/MAX Series SunTrust Rookie of the Year contender Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., who earned his career first ARCA RE/MAX Series victory at Kentucky Speedway in May, became the first repeat winner of the 2008 race season with his victory in Saturday's Pocono 200. He heads into the next event on the schedule--Michigan Int'l Speedway, June 13th--leading the series point standings by 70 points over Matt Carter.
"I'm pretty excited [about being the first driver this year to win 2 races," said Stenhouse. "Hopefully we'll be the first to win three next week. That's what we're shooting for. You know all the guys worked really, really hard this weekend. They had a lot to do and they got it done. I can't ask for anything more from them. Con-Way came on board with us for our second win this year and hopefully we can have somebody on the car next week. We're always looking and hopefully we will have something on there for Michigan."
Stenhouse, Jr. is not the first driver to break a no-repeat winner streak in the ARCA RE/MAX Series with a win at Pocono Raceway. One year ago, Chad McCumbee became the first repeat winner of the season in the 2007 edition of the Pocono 200, which marked the tenth of 23 races. A second repeat winner was crowned one week later when Erik Darnell found victory lane at Michigan Int'l Speedway.
Pocono: To Shift or not to Shift?
ARCA RE/MAX Series teams have the option of whether or not a driver will shift gears through Pocono Raceway's 2.5-mile triangle. Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. won Saturday's Pocono 200 without shifting during the race, opting to leave his No. 99 Con-Way Freight Ford in fourth gear through each of the track's three unique turns. In contrast, Scott Speed shifted several times each lap on his way to a second-place finish.
"I shifted into every corner up to fourth down to third," said Speed. "Just to give me something to do."
Third-place finisher Tayler Malsam and fourth-place finisher Bobby Gerhart also shifted. Justin Allgaier, who led 20 laps and finished fifth, shifted until transmission issues caused him to lose all but third gear. Robb Brent, who finished sixth, did not shift.
Scott Speed Earns SIM Factory Pole Award at Pocono Raceway
Scott Speed posted a 53.862 second lap around Pocono Raceway on Friday afternoon, earning his career first SIM Factory Pole Award in the ARCA RE/MAX Series. The award made Speed the seventh different pole award winner of 2008.
There were 12 different pole award winners in 2007. There were 15 different pole award winners in 2006, tying a record set in 1991 for the most number of different pole award winners in a single season of competition.
ARCA's Brad Keselowski Finds NASCAR Nationwide Series Victory Lane at Nashville
Life-long ARCA member Brad Keselowski won his career first NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Nashville Superspeedway on Saturday night in a No. 88 NAVY Chevrolet owned by Dale Earnhardt, Jr., passing Clint Bowyer with five laps to go in his 49th career Nationwide Series start.
Keselowski is the son of 1989 ARCA RE/MAX Series champion Bob Keselowski and brother of three-time ARCA RE/MAX Series race winner Brian Keselowski. Brad Keselowski began his racing career driving ARCA-sanctioned Late Models at Toledo Speedway and has been helping his family's racing efforts since he was a young child.
Next up for the ARCA RE/MAX Series: Michigan Int'l speedway
The ARCA RE/MAX Series will follow up their appearance to Pocono Raceway with more superspeedway-style action when the series makes its annual appearance to Michigan Int'l Speedway in Brooklyn, Michigan's Irish Hills for the Racing for Wildlife 200 on Friday evening, June 13th. The ARCA RE/MAX Series event kicks off a busy Father's day weekend at the 2-mile track that also includes the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series and the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. The ARCA RE/MAX Series Racing for Wildlife 200 is live on SPEED beginning at 5 p.m. Eastern on Friday, June 13th, 2008. Arcaracing.com will feature live timing and scoring beginning at 5:15 p.m. on Friday. A complete race weekend schedule is available at arcaracing.com.
Stenhouse, Jr. Leads Hoosier Tire Superspeedway Challenge Standings
In addition to leading the ARCA RE/MAX Series point standings, Roush Fenway Racing's Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. leads the Hoosier Tire Superspeedway Challenge Standings heading into this Friday's Racing for Wildlife 200 at Michigan Int'l Speedway.
The Superspeedway Challenge, which is a separate point fund for races on speedway ovals greater than one mile in length, kicked off with the ARCA 200 at Daytona on February 9th and also included the Kansas Lottery $150 Grand at Kansas Speedway on April 25th, the Drive Smart! Buckle-Up Kentucky 150 on May 10th and this weekend's Pocono 200. Additional superspeedway challenge events on the 2008 schedule include Kentucky Speedway (July 18th), Pocono Raceway (August 2nd), Michigan Int'l Speedway (June 13th), Nashville Superspeedway (August 9th), Chicagoland Speedway (September 6th) and Talladega Superspeedway (October 3rd).
Last season, ARCA RE/MAX Series car owner Ray Evernham and driver Erin Crocker earned Hoosier Tire Superspeedway Challenge honors, marking the first time that a female driver has earned the award. Other former recipients of the award include Frank Kimmel, Bobby Gerhart, Chad Blount, Bob Strait, Bill Baird, Mark Gibson, Tim Steele and Mike Wallace, among others.
Michigan Native Robb Brent Ready for Hometown Superspeedway Appearance
Shelby Township, Michigan's Robb Brent, driver of the No. 00 BKR Racing Chevrolet, is one of six drivers with Michigan roots entered for this weekend's Racing for Wildlife 200 ARCA RE/MAX Series race at Michigan Int'l Speedway. Brent, a senior at Northwood University in Midland, Michigan, will feature Abigayle's Place on his car this weekend.
Abigayle's Place is located in Sterling Heights, Michigan, and has provided help to homeless pregnant women and single moms with children since 2000. An expectant mom may enter the residence at any time during her pregnancy and remain in-house with her baby until six months postpartum. Along with the residential program, Abby's Resource Center serves needy moms and children from the surrounding community, providing necessities such as formula, diapers and clothing. This weekend will mark the first time that Brent has featured the organization on his racecar.
Other Michigan-based drivers entered for this weekend's Racing for Wildlife 200 include Algonac's Billy Leslie, Shelby Township's Brad Smith, Kalamazoo's Larry Hollenbeck, Portage's Phil Bozell and Clarkston's Michael Simko.
SPEED to Invade ARCA-owned Flat Rock Speedway on June 14th
Friday's ARCA RE/MAX Series Racing for Wildlife 200 is not the only ARCA-sanctioned racing occurring in Michigan this weekend. Following Friday's 5 p.m. ARCA RE/MAX Series race at Michigan Int'l Speedway, many ARCA fans, crews and officials will head to ARCA-owned Toledo Speedway, located less than one hour away from Michigan Int'l Speedway, for the Fastest Short Track Show in the World. On Saturday, June 14th several members of the SPEED Broadcast team--including Rick Allen, Phil Parsons, Ray Dunlap, Adam Alexander and Krista Voda--will make an appearance at ARCA-owned Flat Rock Speedway to sign autographs for race fans. Allen, the play-by-play host for ARCA RE/MAX Series and NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race broadcasts on SPEED, will be driving an ARCA Factory Stock sponsored by the Allen Parsons Project and owned by Ida, Michigan, racer Brad Turner. Dunlap will be driving a full sized school bus sponsored by Camping World as part of the track's popular Marco's Pizza School Bus Figure 8 night.
Reserved seating tickets for Saturday night's Marco's Pizza School Bus Figure-8 Race are available for $16 by calling Flat Rock Speedway (734) 782-2480. The track is located on Telegraph Road (US 24), 5 minutes from both I-75 and I-275 and just 30 minutes north of Toledo and a mere 20 miles southwest of Detroit.
Top-10 ARCA RE/MAX Series Point Standings after the Pocono 200 at Pocono Raceway (6-7-08); 1) Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., 1790; 2) Matt Carter, 1720; 3) Scott Speed, 1690; 4) Justin Allgaier, 1660; 5) Frank Kimmel, 1630; 6) John Wes Townley, 1600; 7) Tom Hessert, III, 1555; 8) Tayler Malsam, 1520; 9) Patrick Sheltra, 1475; 10) Ken Butler, III, 1444.