Series notebook 2009-04-06

Patrick Sheltra Earns Career First ARCA RE/MAX Series Win Patrick Sheltra became the newest winner on the ARCA RE/MAX Series tour on Sunday afternoon, leading 60 of 200 laps en route to victory at Salem Speedway in Southern Indiana. It was ...

Patrick Sheltra Earns Career First ARCA RE/MAX Series Win

Patrick Sheltra became the newest winner on the ARCA RE/MAX Series tour on Sunday afternoon, leading 60 of 200 laps en route to victory at Salem Speedway in Southern Indiana. It was Sheltra's first ARCA RE/MAX Series race win in his 48th career start. In addition to Sheltra, several drivers have recorded their first ARCA wins at Salem, including Tobey Butler who was able to do so in 1996 in his career first Series start. Other recent first time Series winners at Salem include Shelby Howard in 2003, Blake Bjorklund in 2006 and Billy Venturini in 2006.

Frank Kimmel Finishes Seventh at Salem

Frank Kimmel, the all-time ARCA RE/MAX Series race winner at Salem Speedway with nine victories at the .5-mile short track, survived a challenging day which included an unscheduled trip down pit road prior to taking the green flag, an on track incident which left his No. 44 Ansell-Menards Ford Fusion with front end damage and a pit road speeding penalty to finish seventh at his home track.

"We definitely had the odds stacked against us today," said Kimmel. "The car was really good, really fast during the first half. But the front end damage from that wreck at halfway really hurt up the handling. I was tight in and out of the corners and when you can't get through the corners here it's really hard to run consistently fast laps. Overall, it was not what I hoped for but it's still our first top-10 for Ansell and Menards so that's good news."

Although Kimmel was unable to find victory lane this weekend, his son Frankie, a crew member on the Ansell/Menards Kimmel Racing Team, won the Super Stock race at Salem just prior to the start of Sunday's ARCA RE/MAX Series race.

Salem Ends 15-Year Streak

Car owner Larry Clement ended a streak of 314 consecutive ARCA RE/MAX Series race starts this weekend, as his No. 46 Ford did not compete in the Kentuckiana Ford Dealers 200 presented by Federated Car Care at Salem Speedway. The last time that a No. 46 Larry Clement-owned racecar was not on the starting grid for an ARCA RE/MAX Series race was at Winchester Speedway in October of 1994.

"Stine Seed, our biggest sponsor last year, recommitted this year, but we weren't able to complete the sponsor package." Clement said. "Stine worked very hard to make the program successful. The thing I hate the most about not racing is Matt Carter not getting a chance to run for the championship. He did a great job finishing third last year in points and winning Rookie of the Year. He would have definitely been one of the favorites this year. It's a shame a driver with his talent doesn't have a ride."

Clement is recognized by race fans as the car owner for each of Frank Kimmel's nine ARCA RE/MAX Series championships and, most recently, as the car owner for 2008 ARCA RE/MAX Series Rookie of the Year Matt Carter. From November 1994 through February 2008, Clement amassed 314 starts as car owner of the No. 46 to include race wins with Bob Hill (4 wins), Kimmel (69 wins) and Carter (1 win).

Other ARCA RE/MAX Series car owners with notable current consecutive start streaks include Norm Benning with 270 and Andy Belmont with 246.

Eddie Sharp Racing's Tim George Jr. Partners With Ruby Tuesday Eddie Sharp Racing's Tim George, Jr. debuted a new paint scheme at Salem Speedway in honor of a three-race partnership with Ruby Tuesday, the leading casual-dining restaurant company. George's No. 2 Toyota Camry will also feature the paint scheme at ARCA RE/MAX Series races at Rockingham Speedway on April 19 and Talladega Superspeedway on April 24.

George is scheduled to sign autographs at Ruby Tuesday locations near Rockingham, North Carolina and Talladega, Alabama in advance of upcoming ARCA RE/MAX Series race weekends.

Save Big Money at Menards

General admission tickets to the May 17 Menards 200 ARCA RE/MAX Series race at Toledo Speedway are now available at participating Menards retail locations for a discount rate of $15. The tickets, which sell for $25 at the track, are available at Menards until May 14.

All 15 Menards stores in Ohio, as well as select locations in Michigan and Indiana, will offer the discount ticket.

Talladega Testing

Several ARCA RE/MAX Series teams left Salem Speedway on Sunday to travel to Talladega Superspeedway in Alabama for Wednesday and Thursday's ARCA Open Test. The test will consist of single car runs and small groups of drafting and is designed to prepare race teams for the ARCA RE/MAX Series' April 24appearance to Talladega Superspeedway. The race is live on SPEED beginning at 4 p.m. Eastern.

The next ARCA RE/MAX Series race is the Carolina 200 at Rockingham Speedway on April 19.

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Series ARCA
Drivers Frank Kimmel , Andy Belmont , Shelby Howard , Billy Venturini , Norm Benning , Blake Bjorklund , Tim George Jr. , Patrick Sheltra