Toledo: Jim Hollenbeck preview

Hollenbeck Gunning For First ARCA Top Ten In Toledo Toledo, OH - - For ARCA RE/MAX Series driver Jim Hollenbeck Toledo will be the best opportunity for the Kalamazoo Michigan native to prove the ARCA RE/MAX Series regulars he's for ...

Hollenbeck Gunning For First ARCA Top Ten In Toledo

Toledo, OH - - For ARCA RE/MAX Series driver Jim Hollenbeck Toledo will be the best opportunity for the Kalamazoo Michigan native to prove the ARCA RE/MAX Series regulars he's for real.

Hollenbeck will arrive at the ½ mile short track this weekend in brand new equipment. His team purchased a 2003 Ford Taurus body from the famed Wood Brothers Racing out of the NEXTEL Cup Series, and they have offered the eager Hollenbeck a chance to score his first top-ten in ARCA competition.

"I've never been so confident heading into a race," said an excited Hollenbeck. "Even though we're approaching Toledo sponsorless we're ready to roar and come to life on Sunday."

The newly reformed Hollenbeck Motorsports team will enter at least three short track events this season. They plan to run both Toledo Speedway events, while also aiming at his home track of Berlin Speedway later this season.

The team has secured funding for their two Superspeedway events at Michigan and Chicagoland, but continue to punch the pavement looking for more sponsors and advertisers for the rest of the ARCA season.

"Much like everyone else, we're searching for funding. However, we know that companies are not going to turn over the money over right away, we have to go out and perform, and that's what we hope to do on Sunday," he added.

Hollenbeck, who owns Spectra Contracting a construction company based out of Kalamazoo Michigan has never competed at Toledo in an ARCA RE/MAX Series event, but admits he's looking forward to the challenge.

"We've worked our tails off preparing this car for the weekend," he explained. "I have a great group of volunteers, and they've worked around the clock aiming for one thing a win. I'm not nervous heading into the weekend, I'm excited, Toledo is going to be about patience and using your head, if we do that we should be around in the end."

Hollenbeck Motorsports will receive pit support from Greg Sarff's Capital City Motorsports team on Sunday. "I'm lucky to have Greg's team helping me out this weekend, I've worked with some of them in the past, and they are a great bunch," the driver of car 38 explained.

The team heads into Toledo with some momentum after positive test results in the Superspeedway car at Michigan International Speedway on May 3rd. "I'm so confident in our Superspeedway program," added the 29-year old driver. "We were doing a lot of sandbagging, we shook down the car, got it on the track, and made a run, that's the important thing. I think we'll be in great shape when we unload next month, and that's when it really counts," he added.

Despite looking forward to Michigan with primary sponsor EAS Jim knows that you have to take one event at a time. "While Michigan is a crucial race for this team, we have to conquer Toledo before we can turn our focus and I don't think that will be a problem."

The Hickory Farms 200 is the fifth event on the 2004 ARCA RE/MAX Series tour. Sunday will mark the first one-day show for the tour. The teams will hit the track on Sunday morning at 10:00am, with qualifying on tap at 12:45 pm, with the race set to take the green at 3:00pm. While the race doesn't have any TV coverage this weekend, ARCARacing.com will have the latest results from the track.

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Series ARCA
Drivers Greg Sarff
Teams Wood Brothers Racing