Talladega: Christi Passmore preview

Passmore Ready for Point's Battle at Talladega: Christi Passmore has turned a lot of heads during the 2004 season due to her strong runs and consistent top ten finishes in the ARCA RE/MAX Series. Those solid runs have placed Passmore in the ...

Passmore Ready for Point's Battle at Talladega: Christi Passmore has turned a lot of heads during the 2004 season due to her strong runs and consistent top ten finishes in the ARCA RE/MAX Series. Those solid runs have placed Passmore in the position to make stock car history at the Food World 300 in Talladega on Saturday. With this event finishing out the 2004 season for the ARCA competitors, Passmore finds herself sixth in series points, 120 points behind last week's race winner, Jason Jarrett.

If Passmore holds her sixth position in series points she will tie the mark set by Shawna Robinson in 2000 when Robinson also finished in the sixth position in ARCA points. However, if Passmore can make up the 120-point deficit at Talladega, she will make history and become the first female to finish fifth in a national stock car touring division.

"This has been a pretty remarkable season for our team," said Passmore. "The season started out with strong runs and bad finishes, but as the season progressed our finishes started to come around to where we had been running during the races. We came into this season thinking about the points, but not focused on them. With the finishes that we had early in the season, I think we all just assumed that we were going to have to battle to finish in the top ten in points. It is really a credit to our entire race team that we are looking at a chance to make history with a top five points finish going into the final race of the season. For the past several races I have been aware of the points situation, but I have really tried not to let it get to me when I'm on the race track. I know that if we run like we have been, then the finishes will be there and ultimately the points."

The Food World 300 marks the end of the second full season of ARCA RE/MAX Series competition for the Christi Passmore Racing team. Passmore concluded the 2003 season eighth in series points and second in Rookie of the Year points earning one top five finish and seven top ten finishes. Her career-best finish at the time was a fifth place coming at the Talladega Superspeedway. Passmore has continued to hone her skills during the 2004 season earning a total of five top five finishes and ten top ten finishes in her 21 starts. Passmore has increased her career-best finish to a third coming at the Chicagoland Speedway.

Passmore and her team are already looking ahead to the 2005 season. The team is looking to secure sponsorship funding in order to extend Passmore's experience level into the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series or the NASCAR Busch Series. While Passmore wants to continue competing on a limited basis in the ARCA RE/MAX Series, she also wants to get a feel for the next level of competition.

"The ARCA RE/MAX Series has been a great place to race and I don't plan on giving up that valuable experience especially on the speedways," said Passmore. "But our team feels like we are ready to see what the next level is in our future. We really want to make 2005 a season to research where our best fit will be. We plan to run some NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series events as well as some NASCAR Busch Series events and the speedway races for the ARCA RE next /MAX Series. Of course some of our plans are based on securing some additional sponsorship funding, but that is something we are working hard on and feel like we will be able to accomplish during the off season."

Passmore is currently one of only two female drivers competing full time in a national touring stock car series. The other driver is Kelly Sutton who is competing full time in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series.

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Series ARCA
Drivers Shawna Robinson , Jason Jarrett , Kelly Sutton , Christi Passmore