Chasing a Legend: Kimmel Just Five Wins Shy of Iggy Katona's All-time Record TOLEDO OH (9-15-08)--With his victory in Saturday's Eddie Gilstrap Motors ARCA Fall Classic by Advance Auto Parts at Salem Speedway, Frank Kimmel is now just five wins...
Chasing a Legend: Kimmel Just Five Wins Shy of Iggy Katona's All-time Record
TOLEDO OH (9-15-08)--With his victory in Saturday's Eddie Gilstrap Motors ARCA Fall Classic by Advance Auto Parts at Salem Speedway, Frank Kimmel is now just five wins shy of tying Iggy Katona for most wins in ARCA RE/MAX Series history. Kimmel led 62 of 200 laps on Saturday to claim his third victory of the 2008 race season and the 74th victory of his ARCA RE/MAX Series career, which spans 19 years and has included a record nine ARCA RE/MAX Series Championships (2007, 2006, 2005, 2004, 2003, 2002, 2001, 2000, 1998).
Kimmel needs just five wins to match Katona, who ranks as the Series' all-time winner with 79 career victories. Katona's ARCA RE/MAX Series career began in the 1953 inaugural season and included at least one race win each season until 1972 and top-ten point finishes in 21 consecutive seasons, including six ARCA RE/MAX Series Championships (1967, 1966, 1962, 1957, 1956, 1955).
Kimmel's ARCA RE/MAX Series race win on Saturday broke a four-year winless streak at his hometown short track and marked his first Salem ARCA RE/MAX Series win as a car owner. He is the all-time ARCA RE/MAX Series winner at Salem Speedway with nine career victories at the .555-mile oval. Iggy Katona has one career ARCA win at Salem.
Carter Earns SunTrust Rookie Honors at Salem
Matt Carter was the SunTrust Rookie of the Race at Salem Speedway on Saturday, finishing second in the No. 46 Stine Seed-Hantz Group Ford. Carter, who drives for the same Larry Clement-owned race team that fielded cars for Frank Kimmel from 1995-2007, is currently third in both the ARCA RE/MAX Series Championship Point Standings and SunTrust Rookie of the Year standings to Scott Speed and Ricky Stenhouse, Jr.
Carter's father and crew chief, Travis Carter, was the Cometic Crew Chief of the Race.
Spotted in the Garage Area at Salem....
Retired ARCA RE/MAX Series driver Charlie Glotzbach, an eight-time ARCA RE/MAX Series winner and resident of nearby Sellersburg, Indiana and Buckeye Super Sprint Series 2008 Champion Zachary Gibson, the son of Larry Gibson and nephew of Gene Lee Gibson, former ARCA Midget Series Champions.
Out of the Norm
Noticeably absent from Salem Speedway this weekend was veteran driver Norm Benning, who broke a streak of 261 consecutive ARCA RE/MAX Series Series starts that began at Atlanta Motor Speedway on March 7, 1997. Benning, who has 271 career ARCA RE/MAX Series starts to his credit, opted to travel to New Hampshire for the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race instead of this weekend's Eddie Gilstrap Motors ARCA Fall Classic by Advance Auto Parts at Salem Speedway.
Although he did not race in the ARCA RE/MAX Series this weekend, Benning was still present as a car owner, fielding the No. 84 Norm Benning Racing Chevrolet for West Milton, Ohio's Greg Seevers.
Stenhouse, Jr. Good in Qualifying Mode
Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. earned his third consecutive SIM Factory Pole Award in the ARCA RE/MAX Series this weekend. Stenhouse, in a No. 99 Aflac Ford owned by Roush Fenway Racing, posted a 17.271-second lap around the .555-mile Salem Speedway and started Saturday night's Eddie Gilstrap Motors ARCA Fall Classic by Advance Auto Parts on the pole alongside Sean Caisse in the No. 01 Aisin Toyota.
Stenhouse is now tied with Scott Speed for most SIM Factory Pole Awards in the ARCA RE/MAX Series this season. Both drivers have three poles.
ARCA RE/MAX Series Championship Points Race Takes a Turn
Although their position in the point standings has not changed, the spread between current ARCA RE/MAX Series points leader Scott Speed and second-place contender Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. is a little bit thicker thanks to a racing incident just past the half-way mark of Saturday's ARCA RE/MAX Series race at Salem Speedway. Stenhouse and Speed were battling for position through heavy lapped traffic when the two made contact on lap 109, sending Stenhouse's No. 99 Aflac Ford into the turn-three wall. Stenhouse lost a total of 26 laps while his Roush Fenway Racing crew, led by crew chief Jeff Campey, made repairs. He finished 17th.
Later in the race, Speed's No. 2 Red Bull Toyota was damaged on all four corners when the backstretch was blocked by a lap 139 incident that began when Dexter Bean spun in the No. 37 Glock Chevrolet. Although Speed made several pit stops to repair damage, he remained on the lead lap to post an eighth-place finish, his 16th top-ten in 18 starts this season.
"The race was crazy," said Speed. "One of the craziest I have ever been in. Our car started out good and I thought we were going to be okay. Then we were involved in a wreck and our car was all tore up. The team worked fast in the pits to repair the damage and keep us on the lead lap. To actually come out of Salem with an eighth-place finish after all that is pretty amazing."
Speed and Stenhouse are now separated by 90 points heading into the next event on the ARCA RE/MAX Series schedule, the Loud Energy Drink 150 at New Jersey Motorsports Park on September 28th.
Third, fourth and fifth-place championship contenders Matt Carter, Frank Kimmel and Justin Allgaier finished second, first and fifth, respectively, at Salem.
Unofficial Top-10 ARCA RE/MAX Series Points After The Eddie Gilstrap Motors ARCA Fall Classic by Advance Auto Parts at Salem Speedway (9-13-09); 1) Scott Speed, 4325; 2) Ricky Stenhouse, Jr, 4235; 3) Matt Carter, 4190; 4) Frank Kimmel, 4110; 5) Justin Allgaier, 4070; 6) Tom Hessert, 3505; 6) John Wes Townley, 3505; 8) Ken Butler, 3490; 9) Patrick Sheltra, 3485; 10) Tayler Malsam, 3460
Points Leader Scott Speed Ready for Left and Right Handed Turns
Championship contender Scott Speed is testing at Carolina Motorsports Park in Kershaw, South Carolina on Monday in preparation for the ARCA RE/MAX Series' September 28th appearance to New Jersey Motorsports Park. Speed is already one of the most experienced road course racers among full time ARCA RE/MAX Series competitors with a racing background that includes Formula One.
The Loud Energy Drink 150 will mark the ARCA RE/MAX Series' first road course race since 2001. For tickets, visit www.njmotorsportspark.com.
Eddie Gilstrap Motors ARCA Fall Classic by Advance Auto Parts at Salem Speedway Post Race Special Awards
Aaron's Lap Leader:
Sean Caisse, No. 01 AISIN Toyota; 85 of 200 laps
Accell Fastest Lap of the Race:
Frank Kimmel, No. 44 Clarksville Schwinn Cyclery-Fastline Perf. Ford
Casite Hard Charger:
Brad Smith, No. 26 Central Michigan University Ford, Advanced 10 positions
Cometic Crew Chief of the Race:
Travis Carter, Crew Chief of the No. 46 Stine Seed-Hantz Group Ford
Klotz Half-Way Leader:
Ken Butler III, No. 22 Aaron's Lucky Dog Dream Machine Toyota
SIM Factory Pole Award:
Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., No. 99 Aflac Ford; 17.271 seconds/115.685 mph
SunTrust Rookie of the Race:
Matt Carter, No. 46 Stine Seed-Hantz Group Ford
Kimmel Leads Bill France Triple Crown
With two races of the three-race ARCA RE/MAX Series Bill France Triple Crown Series complete, Frank Kimmel leads the standings over Dexter Bean, Matt Carter and Patrick Sheltra. Kimmel finished first at both the DuQuoin State Fairgrounds mile-dirt track on September 1st and the Salem Speedway short track on September 13th. The remaining race in the 2008 Bill France Triple Crown Series is at Talladega Superspeedway on October 3rd. Kimmel is the defending winner of the Bill France Triple Crown and has won the award a total of five times. Other winners include Blake Bjorklund, Brent Sherman, Jason Jarrett, Tim Steele, Bob Keselowski, Tracy Leslie and Davey Allison, to name a few.
The Bill France Triple Crown is a separate point fund within the 21-race ARCA RE/MAX Series schedule that tests drivers on a challenging combination of venues, including a dirt track (The Southern Illinois 100 at the DuQuoin State Fairgrounds, September 1st), a short track (The Eddie Gilstrap Motors 200 by Advance Auto Parts at Salem Speedway on September 13th) and a superspeedway (The ARCA RE/MAX 250 at Talladega Superspeedway on October 3rd).
The ARCA RE/MAX Series has honored a Bill France Triple Crown champion at the end-of-the-year Championship Awards Banquet each consecutive season since 1984.
Keselowski, Francis, Glass City Bound
Former ARCA RE/MAX Series race winner Brian Keselowski and current ARCA RE/MAX Series competitor Jake Francis are among the entrants for this weekend's Miller Lite Glass City 200 Late Model Invitational at Toledo Speedway. The event features ARCA-sanctioned outlaw bodied Late Models and racing starts at 6 p.m. on Saturday. An adult ticket to the event is only $20. For more information, call Toledo Speedway (419) 727-1100.
The Greatest of All Time is Coming...
Retired dirt bike racer Ricky Carmichael, nicknamed the G.O.A.T. (greatest of all time) for his record-holding 150 career wins and 15 championships in AMA Motocross competition, is scheduled to test an ARCA RE/MAX Series stock car for Kevin Harvick Racing during a two-day ARCA Open Test at Talladega Superspeedway on Wednesday and Thursday, September 17th and 18th, 2008. Other drivers scheduled to test include former Talladega race winner Frank Kimmel, Georgia native John Wes Townley and championship points contender Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., among close to 30 others.
The test session will consist of single car runs during the morning sessions and multi-car, drafting sessions during the afternoon sessions. The test is designed to prepare race teams for the October 3rd ARCA RE/MAX Series 250 at Talladega Superspeedway. Media is invited to attend by contacting Talladega Superspeedway.
Up Next: A Roadcourse, a Superspeedway and a Short Track
The three remaining races in the 2008 ARCA RE/MAX Series certainly showcase the diverse nature of the national stock car tour. The Series will compete at New Jersey Motorsports Park (2.6-mile Thunderbolt road course) on September 28th, Talladega Superspeedway (2.66-mile speedway) on October 3rd and Toledo Speedway (.5-mile short track) on October 12th. For race specific information, visit arcaracing.com.