ARCA RE/MAX Series Heads Home; Toledo Short-Track Coming Soon Kimmel, Schrader, Allgaier Entered..... TOLEDO, OH (5-2-07)--There's no place like home. And if that's true, then there's no place like Toledo Speedway for the ARCA RE/MAX ...
ARCA RE/MAX Series Heads Home; Toledo Short-Track Coming Soon
Kimmel, Schrader, Allgaier Entered.....
TOLEDO, OH (5-2-07)--There's no place like home. And if that's true, then there's no place like Toledo Speedway for the ARCA RE/MAX Series.
Born in Toledo in 1953, the renowned, national tour is preparing for its 61st appearance on its "hometown turf" when the Hantz Group 200 presented by Federated Car Care rolls off on Sunday, May 20. The race is LIVE on SPEED at 12 noon eastern.
Eight-time series champion and 67-time series winner Frank Kimmel is the all-time winner at Toledo with nine victories on the quick, half-mile. It was also where Kimmel earned his career-first RE/MAX Series victory in 1994. It seems there's been no stopping him since.
"I absolutely love Toledo Speedway," said Kimmel from his race shop in New Albany, Indiana. "The ARCA RE/MAX Series belongs on these half-mile tracks, the Salem's, the Toledo's, the Winchester's. I'm not saying we don't have a place on the superspeedways, but the short-tracks are where the series' roots are, where it built much of its character and identity."
But despite the most impressive ARCA credentials, Kimmel will have to battle a lengthy list of rookies and veterans including NASCAR Nextel Cup Series veteran Ken Schrader. Schrader is no stranger to victory lane at Toledo with four victories there overall including three consecutive in the last three spring races.
"I'm just a big fan of the series," said Schrader. "It really doesn't matter much to me where it is, but I especially like Toledo Speedway. It's got multiple grooves, and you can pass on the outside if you need to, which is real helpful on a tight little short-track.
"But to compete on all the tracks that ARCA goes to is a lot of fun. We're looking forward to running at DuQuoin (mile-dirt) later this year too. I'm just a real fan of a series that runs all those different types of places."
The Hantz Group 200 presented by Federated Car Care at Toledo marks the 44th career ARCA RE/MAX Series start for Schrader since his series debut in the 1981 Daytona ARCA 200.
But the ARCA RE/MAX Series has become more than just a place for seasoned veterans to refine their skills and take a break from the high-pressured lifestyle of the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series. Increasingly, the series is used by young drivers looking to gain experience before starting professional auto racing careers at the highest levels of the sport.
Current point leader Justin Allgaier, 20, certainly fits that mold. And, the Springfield, Illinois driver's got the right credentials at Toledo. Allgaier chased Schrader to the stripe in last year's spring Toledo race finishing second in front of Kimmel, who followed in third. Allgaier also finished second at Toledo in '04 and fourth in '06.
Tickets to both the May 20 and October 14 season finale Hantz Group 200 events are available in advance by calling Toledo Speedway at (419) 727-1100.