Rockingham Speedway news 2009-04-10

Ricky Carmichael Enters the Carolina 200 ROCKINGHAM, N.C. (April 10, 2009) -- Ricky Carmichael will join his boss and team owner at next week's Carolina 200 -- instead of being a spectator, Carmichael will be racing in his first race at the ...

Ricky Carmichael Enters the Carolina 200

ROCKINGHAM, N.C. (April 10, 2009) -- Ricky Carmichael will join his boss and team owner at next week's Carolina 200 -- instead of being a spectator, Carmichael will be racing in his first race at the tricky, one-mile speedway.

Kevin Harvick will be waving the green flag to start the race for Carmichael as well as the rest of the ARCA RE/MAX Series drivers for the 200 mile race.

To get prepared for his first race at Rockingham, Carmichael brought his Charter Communications car and made plenty of laps throughout the day. The track made quite an impression in him after driving on it for the first time.

"It's a beast, that's for sure [it's] pretty neat, lots of history here and just trying to learn it as much as I can and do the best I can as well and having a good time today and learning a lot and just enjoying my time here," said Carmichael.

Carmichael has already made a splash in stock car racing having earned an eighth place finish in only his third NASCAR Camping World Truck Series start, driving for Kevin Harvick Inc. The 15 time AMA Motocross Champion has also made two previous ARCA starts in his short stock car career.

There was a very simple answer to why the team decided to add this race to Carmichael's schedule.

"Just trying to get as much seat time for me, that's it man that's what it's all about, the more the better that's the position I am in," said the driver nicknamed G.O.A.T. (Greatest of all Time) from his AMA peers.

Carmichael is expecting a very exciting race at Rockingham in just a week's time.

"It is a very tough track a lot happens with the tire wear, it is very rough so a lot of moving parts, no doubt but that is what gives this place character. I think it is going to be a long race for sure and I think just patience, patience will prevail."

Carolina 200 race weekend kicks off on Friday April 17th with Thunderfest in downtown Rockingham from 11:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m. There will be a hauler parade through downtown Rockingham at noon on Friday for the day-long celebration as well as most of the drivers signing autographs at 6:00 p.m.

On track activities begin Friday as well with UARA practice and qualifying. Saturday April 18th will feature the UARA race and practice and qualifying for the ARCA cars. The Carolina 200 is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. on Sunday April 19th.

Reserved seat tickets for the Carolina 200 start at $20 with kids 12 and under admitted for only $15 in any section with paid adult.

Tickets for the UARA race and ARCA practice and qualifying are only $15 in advance or $20 the day of the race with kids 12 and under free with a paid adult for general admission seating. Friday is free grandstand admission for everyone.

For more information about the Carolina 200 or to order tickets, please contact the speedway at (910) 205-8800 or visit our website at www.rockinghamspeedway.com.

-credit: rs

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Series ARCA
Drivers Kevin Harvick , Ricky Carmichael