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Fresh From Darlington, Schrader, Stewart, Petree In Tight Draft Towards Duquoin Dirt TOLEDO OH, 8-5-01 - NASCAR Winston Cup players Ken Schrader, Tony Stewart and Andy Petree have filed entries for the ARCA RE/MAX Series Southern Illinois 100 at...

Fresh From Darlington, Schrader, Stewart, Petree In Tight Draft Towards Duquoin Dirt

TOLEDO OH, 8-5-01 - NASCAR Winston Cup players Ken Schrader, Tony Stewart and Andy Petree have filed entries for the ARCA RE/MAX Series Southern Illinois 100 at the DuQuoin State Fairgrounds dirt-mile Labor Day Weekend, Monday, September 3.

While Schrader, in his own Federated Auto Parts Pontiac, will be making his 22nd career RE/MAX Series start, Stewart and Petree will make their first attempt in ARCA's premier touring series.

"It's all contingent on what happens at Darlington the day before," said ARCA PR/Media director Don Radebaugh. "If the Sunday afternoon Mountain Dew Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway gets weather, or rains out, then that may prevent them from being able to come. But if all goes well at Darlington, then we expect to see all three at DuQuoin. But none of this would have been possible without the help of Ken Schrader who was extremely instrumental in making it happen. He's done a lot for the series through the years, and he continues to play a significant role."

Stewart, who has competed on the DuQuoin dirt in USAC Silver Bullet competition, is expected to be in a car fielded by two-time and defending ARCA RE/MAX Series champion car owner Larry Clement who fields Advance Auto Parts-Pork sponsored Fords for defending champion driver Frank Kimmel. Petree, who currently fields cars for Joe Nemechek and Bobby Hamilton in Winston Cup competition, is expected to field a car from his existing stable of Chevrolets.

In addition, 1999 ARCA RE/MAX Series champion Bill Baird has informed ARCA officials that the Sturgis, Kentucky driver will be making a return to RE/MAX Series competition at DuQuoin along with veteran Bob Strait in a Bill Hendren-owned entry and '88 champion Tracy Leslie. "We're proud of ARCA's dirt track history, and we expect this to be one of the most exciting dirt-track events in recent memory," added Radebaugh. "This series was born on the dirt in 1953, and we're still there. Now toss in ARCA RE/MAX regulars Frank Kimmel, Andy Belmont, Tim Steele and Ron Cox to name a few, plus last year's polesitter and local favorite Joe Cooksey, and it's going to be a big, big show."

Entries are also expected from four-time and defending DuQuoin winner Billy Thomas and leading RE/MAX Series rookie of the year contender Jason Jarrett, who will make his first start on dirt.

Schrader, who has also competed at DuQuoin in the Silver Bullet Series, has eight wins in RE/MAX competition since his first start in 1981. Three of those victories were on dirt tracks at Hagerstown Maryland in 1990, the Indianapolis, Indiana Fairgrounds dirt-mile in '94 and the Springfield, Illinois Fairgrounds dirt-mile in '98. In addition, Schrader has recorded RE/MAX Series wins on the Topeka, Kansas road course in '91, Toledo Speedway Ohio in '97, Anderson Speedway Indiana and Salem Speedway Indiana in '99. Schrader's most recent win came in April of this year in the inaugural PFG Lester 150 at the new Nashville Superspeedway.

-ARCA-

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Series ARCA
Drivers Bobby Hamilton , Ken Schrader , Joe Nemechek , Frank Kimmel , Andy Belmont , Jason Jarrett , Tim Steele , Andy Petree , Bill Baird