And Talladega Makes Five: Allgaier Leads ARCA RE/MAX Series in Race Wins TOLEDO OH (10-6-08)--Justin Allgaier earned his fifth win of the 2008 race season with his victory in Friday's ARCA RE/MAX 250 at Talladega Superspeedway. Allgaier has...
And Talladega Makes Five: Allgaier Leads ARCA RE/MAX Series in Race Wins
TOLEDO OH (10-6-08)--Justin Allgaier earned his fifth win of the 2008 race season with his victory in Friday's ARCA RE/MAX 250 at Talladega Superspeedway. Allgaier has picked up 2008 race wins on a variety of tracks, including Salem Speedway (.5-mile short track), Cayuga Motor Speedway (.625-mile short track), Pocono Raceway (2.5-mile triangle), New Jersey Motorsports Park (2.3-mile road course) and Talladega (2.66-mile superspeedway). Allgaier has spent his ARCA RE/MAX Series career driving for his family-owned team but recently signed a contract to race in the NASCAR Nationwide Series for Penske Racing. This weekend at Talladega marked Allgaier's first time behind the wheel of a Dodge in the ARCA RE/MAX Series. He raced in a car he purchased from RAB Racing earlier this year and utilized a Penske engine.
"Penske gave us an engine for this race," said Allgaier. "This is the first time I've been in a Dodge. So for us, this was kind of a big weekend. We wanted to get the best finish that we possibly could obviously for our own self but for them as well. It goes beyond a family-owned team. We fought hard today. Early in the race when Brian Scott blew a tire unfortunately, I was trying to follow him through the field, he blew a tire and something went through the radiator. The guys on the crew, they spent all afternoon trying to fix the hole in the radiator. We finally pumped some stuff down in the radiator to stop it from leaking. It was tough. I was a little bit nervous in the car at some points. I didn't have any water pressure and the water temperature was pretty high. My crew chief and spotter both tried keeping me calm and making sure we stayed out of all the wrecks and pitted when we needed to. Just to come out of here with a victory means so much to all of us. I think you can win anywhere you want to but you can come to Talladega and the chances of winning are in the rest of everybody else's hands and what luck you have. So we feel like God is definitely on our side the past couple of weeks. He gave us the rain when we needed it last weekend in New Jersey and gave us the push we needed this weekend."
Allgaier leads the ARCA RE/MAX Series in the category of race wins with five this season, followed by Scott Speed with four, Frank Kimmel with three and Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. with two. Michael Annett, Matt Hawkins, Matt Carter, Justin Lofton and Scott Lagasse, Jr. are also 2008 ARCA RE/MAX Series race winners.
Veteran Drivers Rise to the Top at Talladega
Joey Logano posted a second place finish in the ARCA RE/MAX 250 at Talladega Superspeedway to become the only top-five finisher that had not previously competed at Talladega Superspeedway in the ARCA RE/MAX Series.
"I did everything I could do," said Logano. "Just got beat. He [Justin Allgaier] just schooled me. I learned a lot. I know how to do things different next time. These guys did a really good job working on this race car. When we came down and tested it wasn't up to snuff, that's for sure. They brought it to the shop, took it over to Gibbs and they worked on the body, worked on the motor, worked on the chassis, whatever we could do to make this thing faster. That was a lot of hard work and hard hours by those guys. I'm thankful we've got something to show for it after all that, a chance at winning it. I'm just mad that I didn't live up to it for them. But, you know, we learned a lot and we'll get them next time."
The remainder of the top-five, including Justin Allgaier (race winner), Bobby Gerhart (third), Jeremy Clements (fourth) and Patrick Sheltra (fifth), entered the race with at least one prior start at the 2.66-mile superspeedway. Gerhart won the 2001 edition of the race and has three SIM Factory Pole Awards at Talladega.
Frank Kimmel Earns Bill France Triple Crown
Frank Kimmel officially clinched the 2008 Bill France Triple Crown in the ARCA RE/MAX Series this weekend with his sixth place finish in Friday's ARCA RE/MAX 250 at Talladega Superspeedway. Kimmel has earned the award, designed to highlight the diverse nature of the ARCA RE/MAX Series national stock car tour, a total of six times, including the last two consecutive years. The 2008 crown marks the first time that Kimmel has earned the award driving for his own race team.
Kimmel earned race victories in two of the three races that comprised the 2008 Bill France Triple Crown, including the DuQuoin State Fairground mile-dirt and the Salem Speedway .555-mile short track. He finished sixth on Friday at Talladega (2.66-mile superspeedway), the third and final race of the 2008 Bill France Triple Crown Series.
Car Owner Eddie Sharp Earns 2008 Hoosier Tire Superspeedway Challenge
Veteran ARCA RE/MAX Series car owner Eddie Sharp and driver Scott Speed clinched their career first Hoosier Tire Superspeedway Challenge Championship for the No. 2 Red Bull Toyota team at Talladega Superspeedway this weekend. The team earned the 2008 Hoosier Tire Superspeedway Challenge Championship over car owner Jack Roush with driver Ricky Stenhosue, Jr. and Sharp with driver Ken Butler, III.
The Hoosier Tire Superspeedway Challenge is a $75,000 total point fund for races on speedway ovals greater than one mile in length and included ten races in the 2008 ARCA RE/MAX Series. With the exception of a 39th place finish at the ARCA 200 at Daytona in February and a 23rd place finish in Friday's ARCA RE/MAX 250 at Talladega Superspeedway, Speed's worst speedway finish in the ARCA RE/MAX Series this year was a fourth place finish at Michigan Int'l Speedway in June. He earned top-five finishes in eight of the ten superspeedway challenge events this season, including three wins (Kansas Speedway in April, Kentucky Speedway in July and Nashville Superspeedway in August), three runner-up finishes (Kentucky Speedway in May, Pocono Raceway in June and July) and one third-place finish (Chicagoland Speedway in September).
A Tale of Two Cities: Toledo, Charlotte on Scott Speed's Agenda this Weekend
Scott Speed will split his race weekend between Toledo, Ohio and Concord, North Carolina as the Formula One driver-turned stock car racer attempts to compete in both the ARCA RE/MAX Series' Hantz Group 200 presented by Belle Tire and Federated Car Care at Toledo Speedway and the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Lowe's Motor Speedway.
Provided he makes the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race, Speed will qualify his No. 2 Red Bull Toyota in ARCA RE/MAX Series at Toledo On Saturday at 3:30 p.m. Eastern while a helicopter sits across the street from the .5-mile paved oval to take him to a private jet at Metcalf Field Airport in Ohio so that he can make it to Lowe's Motor Speedway in time for Saturday night's Cup race, which is scheduled to begin at 7:25 p.m. Speed will fly back to Toledo on Sunday morning in time for the Hantz Group 200 presented by Belle Tire and Federated Car Care. The 200 lap/100 mile race marks the final event of the 2008 ARCA RE/MAX Series and is part of ARCA Championship Weekend at Toledo Speedway. The race rolls off at 2 p.m. Eastern on Sunday, October 12th, live on SPEED.
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers Ken Schrader and David Ragan will compete in both the ARCA RE/MAX Series and the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races this weekend as well. Full time ARCA RE/MAX Series competitor John Wes Townley and the RAB Racing team will compete in the NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Lowe's Motor Speedway on Friday before competing in Sunday's ARCA RE/MAX Series race at Toledo Speedway.
It All Comes down to Toledo
The ARCA RE/MAX Series and the ARCA Lincoln Welders Truck Series will each crown their 2008 Series Champion this weekend at Toledo Speedway as part of ARCA Championship Weekend. Heading into Toledo, Eddie Sharp Racing's Scott Speed leads the ARCA RE/MAX Series point standings over Roush Fenway Racing's Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. by 85 points. In order for Speed to clinch the 2008 ARCA RE/MAX Series Championship, he needs to finish 13th or better on Sunday, regardless of where Stenhouse finishes.
Paul Hahn leads the ARCA Lincoln Welders Truck Series point standings by 75 points over Nick Gullatta. As part of the ARCA Championship Weekend festivities, the racecars of ARCA Champions from each division of ARCA-sanctioned weekly racing at Flat Rock Speedway and Toledo Speedway will be on display at the track for the weekend.
Unofficial Top-10 ARCA RE/MAX Series Points after The ARCA RE/MAX 250 at Talladega Superspeedway (10-03-08); 1) Scott Speed, 4885; 2) Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., 4800; 3) Justin Allgaier, 4780; 4) Frank Kimmel, 4740; 5) Matt Carter, 4700; 6) Patrick Sheltra, 4120; 7) John Wes Townley, 4090; 8) Tom Hessert, 4005; 9) Tayler Malsam, 3970; 10) Dexter Bean, 3900.