ARCA Weekly Notes Package Monday, October 20th, 2008 Martinsville Recap The 2008 ARCA RE/MAX Series concluded October 12th with ARCA Championship Weekend at Toledo Speedway but several ARCA RE/MAX Series regulars will continue racing...
ARCA Weekly Notes Package
Monday, October 20th, 2008
The 2008 ARCA RE/MAX Series concluded October 12th with ARCA Championship Weekend at Toledo Speedway but several ARCA RE/MAX Series regulars will continue racing through the end of the year in NASCAR's top three touring divisions. Scott Speed finished seventh in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series at Martinsville on Saturday and finished 30th in his NASCAR Sprint Cup Series debut at Martinsville on Sunday.
Brian Scott, who competed in a limited ARCA RE/MAX Series schedule driving for Venturini Motorsports this season, finished 14th in the Martinsville NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race. Ben Stancill finished 20th and Sean Caisse finished 36th.
Driver Development Part of Kimmel's Future?
Nine-time ARCA RE/MAX Series Champion Frank Kimmel has announced that he would be interested in fielding an up-and-coming driver in the ARCA RE/MAX Series through a driver development program if the right opportunity presented itself. Kimmel finished second in the ARCA RE/MAX Series point standings in 2008, earning three wins, 11 top-5 finishes and 14 top-10 finishes. He is the ARCA RE/MAX Series' all-time active pole winner, race winner, money winner and superspeedway lap leader.
Lofton Testing this Week
ARCA RE/MAX Series SunTrust Rookie of the Year contender Justin Lofton is testing his Chevy Trophy Truck in California this Thursday and Friday in preparation for the November 20-23rd Baja 1000. 2008 marks Lofton's first attempt at the Baja 1000 but the California native competed in the Primm 300 Off-Road race in 2007, where he started fourth and finished 13th.
First Time Series Winners in 2008
The 2008 ARCA RE/MAX Series winners' list included six first time series winners--Matt Hawkins, Scott Speed, Joey Logano, Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., Matt Carter and Justin Lofton. Speed and Stenhouse both became repeat winners in 2008, with Speed earning four wins and Stenhouse earning two wins. In all, 11 different drivers posted race wins during the 21-race season schedule.
The record for most different race winners in a single season is 17, set in 2006.
SIM Factory Pole Qualifying sessions produced ten new track records in 2008, including poles by Ken Butler at Kansas, Joey Logano at Rockingham, Andy Hanson at Toledo, Justin Lofton at Cayuga and Toledo, Justin Allgaier at Berlin, Frank Kimmel at the Illinois State Fairgrounds, Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. at the DuQuoin State Fairgrounds and Chicagoland Speedway and Justin Allgaier at New Jersey Motorsports Park.
ARCA RE/MAX Series Championship Awards Banquet December 6th
The 2008 ARCA RE/MAX Series Championship Awards Banquet is on Saturday evening, December 6th at the Northern Kentucky Convention Center in Covington, Kentucky. Honorees include 2008 ARCA RE/MAX Series Champion Justin Allgaier, car owner Mike Allgaier and the top-20 point finishers. The event is open to the public and tickets are available by contacting Shalene Williams at the ARCA Home Office (734) 847-6726.