ARA Point race heating up prior to Newport

NEWPORT, TN - The heat is rising on the American Racing Association (ARA) Kool Seal Challenge circuit. And Keith Bumgarner hopes to put more heat on Scott Kilby in the $5000 to-win Thunder in the Mountains 250 at Newport Speedway Saturday ...

NEWPORT, TN - The heat is rising on the American Racing Association (ARA) Kool Seal Challenge circuit. And Keith Bumgarner hopes to put more heat on Scott Kilby in the $5000 to-win Thunder in the Mountains 250 at Newport Speedway Saturday night.

Bumgarner won the series' last race, Sept. 22nd at Peach State Speedway in Jefferson, GA., and trimmed six points off Kilby's lead. But Kilby, who won the previous two events, still leads 521-507 heading into the Thunder in the Mountains 250.

Bumgarner, of Conover, NC, was clearly dominate at Peach State, qualifying quickest, then inverting and starting sixth. He charged his #95 Country Chair Ford to the front on lap 16, never to be headed and beat Kilby's #30 A&H Windows Chevrolet by three seconds.

Qualifying is ultimately important to Kool Seal Challenge competitors as the top two qualifiers each receive five bonus points. The fastest qualifier also earns the $100 Battery Supply of Virginia pole award. The top five qualifiers have the option of inverting, or starting further back in the field, and then earn up to 10 bonus passing points. Points are then earned according to the number of starters (if 25 cars start, the winner gets 25 points, second place 24, etc.).

An open practice is set for Friday night. On Saturday the gates are scheduled to open at Noon. Race-day practice is scheduled to start at 2 p.m. Time trials for the Battery Supply of Virginia Pole Award are set for 5:30 p.m. The Thunder in the Mountains 250, $5,000 to-win feature race is slated to start at 7:30 p.m.

ARA Kool Seal Challenge Point Standings
1. Scott Kilby 521
2. Keith Bumgarner 507
3. Greg Marlowe 422
4. Westley Huffman 418
5. Keith Stiltner 338
6. Frampton Ferguson 299
7. Stephen Leicht 279
8. Danny O'Quinn 274
9. Tim Weaver 269
10. Andy Loden 217

-ARA-

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Series Stock car
Drivers Stephen Leicht , Danny O'Quinn , Tim Weaver