ARCA RE/MAX Series Star Power Coming to Toledo Speedway October 11, 12 for Championship Weekend; NASCAR Vets Schrader, Ragan To Enter TOLEDO OH (9-23-08) -- The Hantz Group 200 presented by Belle Tire and Federated Car Care is on its way to...
ARCA RE/MAX Series Star Power Coming to Toledo Speedway October 11, 12 for Championship Weekend; NASCAR Vets Schrader, Ragan To Enter
TOLEDO OH (9-23-08) -- The Hantz Group 200 presented by Belle Tire and Federated Car Care is on its way to Toledo Speedway for championship weekend, Saturday and Sunday, October 11th and 12th. The event marks the 64th appearance of the ARCA RE/MAX Series at its hometown track, and will determine the 2008 series champion.
The race is also shaping up to be one of the most competitive and exciting in series history with entries from NASCAR veterans' Ken Schrader and David Ragan.
Schrader has four wins at Toledo at 1997, 2004, 2005 and 2006.
"One of the things I really like about Toledo; it's got multiple grooves, and you can pass on the outside if you need to, which is real helpful on a tight little short-track.
"But it's more than that; I'm just a really big fan of the series (ARCA). I have a lot of respect for the club. There's no other series where you can run in so many different types of places -- dirt, big tracks, small tracks. Toledo's ARCA's home track, and that makes it even more fun."
Ragan, who utilized the ARCA RE/MAX Series as a stepping stone to NASCAR, won the pole at Toledo in 2005 and finished second to Frank Kimmel in the race. Ragan currently drives the AAA Ford in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series for Roush Fenway Racing.
In addition, nine-time series champion/nine-time Toledo winner Frank Kimmel and Formula 1 veteran Scott Speed, who drives the Red Bull Toyota for Eddie Sharp Racing, are entered. With three events remaining in 2008 (New Jersey Motorsports Park, Talladega, Toledo), Speed has a 90-point lead in national championship points over Roush Fenway Racing's Ricky Stenhouse, Jr.
Matt Carter, the winner at Toledo back in May, is currently third in points 135 away from Speed with Kimmel trailing in fourth, 215 points out of first. Justin Allgaier is also considered a championship contender, currently 255 points out. Allgaier, who finished second at Toledo in 2004 and 2006, was recently signed by Penske Racing to drive the team's NASCAR Nationwide Series car in 2009.
The ARCA Lincoln Welders Truck Series will join the festivities with the K-100 presented by Champion Credit Union 50 lap feature event Saturday, October 11th, the same day the ARCA RE/MAX Series cars practice and set the starting field in SIM Factory Pole Qualifying. The Hantz Group 200 by Belle Tire and Federated Car Care is scheduled to roll off Sunday afternoon at 2:00 pm ET.