Joey Logano Wins at Rockingham; ARCA RE/MAX Series Five for Five in '08 Joey Logano, in the No. 25 Joe Gibbs Racing Oil-Gresham & Associates Chevrolet, became the fifth different driver to visit an ARCA RE/MAX Series victory lane in as many...
Joey Logano Wins at Rockingham; ARCA RE/MAX Series Five for Five in '08
Joey Logano, in the No. 25 Joe Gibbs Racing Oil-Gresham & Associates Chevrolet, became the fifth different driver to visit an ARCA RE/MAX Series victory lane in as many races this season with his victory in Sunday's Carolina 500 at Rockingham Speedway. Logano joins Michael Annett (Daytona), Justin Allgaier (Salem), Matt Hawkins (Iowa) and Scott Speed (Kansas) as 2008 ARCA RE/MAX Series race winners. Last year, 15 different winners found victory lane in 23 events, ten of which were first time series winners. The record for most different race winners in a single season is 17, set in 2006.
In addition to earning the Rockingham race win, Logano was the SIM Factory Pole Sitter, setting a new track record at 24.549 seconds/146.645 mph and posted the Accell Fastest Lap of the Race during the second lap of the Carolina 500 (140.812 mph). He led 257 out of 312 laps to earn the Aaron's Lap Leader Award. His crew chief, ARCA RE/MAX Series veteran driver Billy Venturini, was the Cometic Crew Chief of the Race.
Logano Joins Impressive List with Rockingham Victory
Joey Logano, at just 17-years-old, earned his career first ARCA RE/MAX Series victory in his first series start Sunday afternoon at Rockingham Speedway, joining Iowa race winner Matt Hawkins as one of two drivers to do so this season. Logano, a Joe Gibbs Racing Development Driver, was one of only five drivers to finish the longest race on the 2008 ARCA RE/MAX Series schedule on the lead lap, crossing the finish line 4.164 seconds ahead of Ken Schrader (finished second in the No. 52 Four Winds Motorhomes Dodge), Ricky Stenhouse, Jr (finished third in the No. 99 RoushFenway.com Ford), Matt Hawkins (finished fourth in the No. 39 JaniKing-Black's Tire Dodge) and Michael Annett (finished fifth in the No. 28 Pilot Travel Centers Toyota).
Logano joins an impressive list of drivers who have won in their career first ARCA RE/MAX Series starts, including Casey Atwood (Pocono Raceway, 2002), Chuck Barnes, Jr. (Toledo Speedway, 2006), Kyle Busch (Nashville Superspeedway, 2002), James Buescher (USA Int'l Speedway, 2007), Tobey Butler (Salem Speedway, 1996), Mario Gosselin (Lowe's Motor Speedway, 1999), Hawkins (Iowa Speedway, 2008), Ron Hornaday (Atlanta Motor Speedway, 1999), Ernie Irvan (Atlanta Motor Speedway, 1989), Kenny Irwin (Daytona Int'l Speedway, 1998), Travis Kvapil (Pocono Raceway, 2005), Joey Miller (Nashville Superspeedway, 2004), Phil Parsons (North Wilkesboro Speedway, 1980), Adam Petty (Lowe's Motor Speedway, 1998), Kyle Petty (Daytona Int'l Speedway, 1979), Tim Richmond (Daytona Int'l Speedway, 1981), Scott Riggs (Pocono Raceway, 2004), Joe Ruttman (Michigan Int'l Speedway, 1980), Buckie Sagor (Dayton Speedway, 1953) and Stanley Smith (Michigan Int'l Speedway, 1991).
As the most recent ARCA RE/MAX Series race winner, Logano is a scheduled guest on Inside ARCA Radio at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, May 6th. The one-and-a-half-hour program will be streamed live on arcaracing.com Tuesday night and is available in the Toledo, Ohio, market from 7-8:30 p.m. on WCWA-AM 1230.
Schrader Earns Casite Hard Charger Honors at Rockingham; Next up, Toledo
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series veteran Ken Schrader advanced from his 31st starting position to second in Sunday's Carolina 500, earning Casite Hard Charger of the Race honors in his own No. 52 Four Winds Motorhomes Dodge. Schrader has finished second in both ARCA RE/MAX Series starts he has made this season (Salem Speedway, Rockingham Speedway).
Schrader's next ARCA RE/MAX Series appearance is at Toledo Speedway on May 18th for the Hantz Group 200 by Federated Auto Parts. Fellow NASCAR Sprint Cup Series competitor/former ARCA RE/MAX Series winner David Ragan is also entered for the 200-lap race. For tickets, call Toledo Speedway (419-727-1100).
Congratulations to Todd and Alfie Bowsher
Congratulations to veteran ARCA RE/MAX Series driver Todd Bowsher and his wife Alfie. The couple welcomed a baby girl, Ashlynn Renee Bowsher, into their family on Sunday at 11:56 a.m., just prior to the 12 Noon start time of the Carolina 500 at Rockingham Speedway. Both mother and daughter are doing well.
ARCA RE/MAX Series Headed to the Bluegrass State; Drive Smart. Buckle-Up! Kentucky 150 Next
From Rockingham, the ARCA RE/MAX Series is headed to Kentucky Speedway for the Drive Smart. Buckle-Up! Kentucky 150 on Saturday, May 10th, 2008. The race marks the ARCA RE/MAX Series' 16th appearance to Kentucky since 2000. Former winners at the track include Frank Kimmel, Chad Blount, Ryan Hemphill, Kyle Busch, Brad Coleman, Erik Darnell, Michael McDowell, Ryan Newman, Tim Steele and Steve Wallace. The race is part of an all-ARCA weekend at Kentucky, as the regionally touring ARCA Lincoln Welders Truck Series will compete on Kentucky's quarter-mile track, also on Saturday.
Arcaracing.com will feature live timing and scoring for all ARCA RE/MAX Series on-track sessions at Kentucky.
Annett Leads Hoosier Tire Superspeedway Challenge Standings Heading into Kentucky
Bill Davis Racing and driver Michael Annett head into the Drive Smart. Buckle-Up! Kentucky 150 leading the 2008 Hoosier Tire Superspeedway Challenge Standings. 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. Additional superspeedway challenge events on the 2008 schedule include Kentucky Speedway (May 10th, July 18th), Pocono Raceway (June 7th, August 2nd), Michigan Int'l Speedway (June 13th), Nashville Superspeedway (August 9th), Chicagoland Speedway (September 6th) and Talladega Superspeedway (October 3rd). Annett, who won this year's ARCA 200 at Daytona and finished fourth at Kansas, leads the Superspeedway Challenge with 360 points over Tom Hessert, III (car owner Jennifer Belmont, 315 pts.), Patrick Sheltra (car owner Grace Sheltra, 295 pts.) and Matt Carter (car owner Larry Clement, 290 pts.).
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.
Points Leader Matt Carter Lucky and Good Heading into Kentucky
SunTrust Rookie of the Year Contender Matt Carter, driver of the Larry Clement-owned No. 46 Stine Seed-NuSouth Lemonade Ford, continues to lead the ARCA RE/MAX Series Championship Point Standings following an eighth-place finish in Sunday's Carolina 500 at Rockingham Speedway. Carter, who currently leads the standings by 35 points over Frank Kimmel, has posted finishes of 13th, 3rd, 4th, 11th and 8th this season despite handling problems on his Fords. Carter was running eighth at Rockingham when a tire went down but was able to ride it out for two laps before a caution flag came out, allowing him to pit without losing his lap.
"We've been off on a critical part of running good pretty substantially," said Carter. "The last three different racetracks we've raced at [Iowa, Kansas, Rockingham] we have raced on tracks with completely different set-ups and completely different cars and have had the same handling problems. We think we've got the problem figured out now though and we are bringing the same car that we raced at Kansas to Kentucky so we should be okay."
Carter is one of six rookie drivers currently in the top-10 in the series point standings. At 46-years-old, Frank Kimmel is the only driver over the age of 40 currently in the top-10 in the series point standings. Carter, at 26-years-old, is the second-eldest top-10 points contender and 19 years younger than Kimmel.