Friday Rained Out For ARCA
May 12, 2006 | 6:16 P.M. EST
Despite the inclement weather, 48 ARCA RE/MAX Series teams went through technical inspection before persistent showers resulted in canceling Friday’s scheduled two-hour practice session.
The garage will open Saturday morning at 6 am Eastern for the ARCA Lincoln Welders Truck Series, and 6:30 for the ARCA RE/MAX Series.
Practice for the ARCA RE/MAX Series will be from 9 am to 10:30 am followed by ARCA Lincoln Welders Truck Series practice and qualifying scheduled for 10:30 to 12 noon.
Pork Pole Award Qualifying for the ARCA RE/MAX Series goes off at 12 noon followed by the 100-lap ARCA Lincoln Welders Truck Series main event on the Kentucky Speedway quarter-mile at 1:30 pm.
The start of the Harley-Davidson of Cincinnati 150 is slated for 3 pm.
Steve Wallace, son of NASCAR Nextel Cup Series veteran Rusty Wallace, is among the 49 entrants for Saturday’s Harley-Davidson of Cincinnati 150 at Kentucky Speedway. The event will mark Wallace’s second ARCA RE/MAX Series start of 2006.
“Kentucky is an awesome track,” said Wallace. “It’s really fast and I am excited to race there this weekend. We were really good here last week in the test and I feel like we’ll be good at race time too. Hopefully we’ll unload and be the fastest from the get-go. I am hoping to get my second Pork Pole Award and second ARCA win at Kentucky.”
Wallace earned his career-first ARCA RE/MAX Series win in only his career first superspeedway start just one day after turning 18 years old in August of 2005 in the Hantz Group 200 at Michigan International Speedway, and followed up that success at Nashville Superspeedway in April of 2006, where he earned his career first Pork Pole Award with a speed of 160.845 mph.
The no. 61 Hantz Group-Nu South Lemonade Team is hoping to for an equally successful run this weekend at Kentucky.
“We had a good test in Kentucky so we should be competitive,” said crew chief Steve Darne. “We’re taking car no. 36, which was one of Rusty’s (Wallace, team owner) favorite cars when he was racing. He (Rusty) had a lot of success with the car and hopefully so will Steve. I am optimistic about this race and feel like it will be a good weekend for the no. 61 Hantz Group-Nu South Lemonade team.”
Wallace is scheduled to run seven ARCA RE/MAX Series races in 2006.
Several First Time Kentucky Starters this Weekend
Josh Allison has been competing on short tracks in the ARCA RE/MAX Series since he was just sixteen years old. This weekend, he will attempt to make his career first superspeedway start by qualifying for the Harley-Davidson of Cincinnati 150 at Kentucky Speedway. The race also marks his first ARCA RE/MAX Series start with a teammate, as Phoenix, Arizona’s Paul Beregszaszy has entered the event in a no. 58 Dave Allison Racing Dodge with sponsorship from World Water Source.
Beregszaszy, a veteran of sprint cars, formula cars and go carts, has been out of a racecar for three years, focusing on business endeavors. After a successful test at Kentucky Speedway, he’s looking forward to the opportunity to step back into racing.
“It was actually easy [to get back behind the wheel of a racecar],” said Beregszazy. “These cars are so much fun and they’re easy to drive, actually. I couldn’t have hooked up with better people. The Allison’s have been so good to work with.”
Beregszaszy is scheduled to enter at least eight ARCA RE/MAX Series events in 2006.
A Look Back, A Look Ahead: Point Standings One Year Ago
Last season, Frank Kimmel headed into the Harley-Davidson of Cincinnati 150 at Kentucky Speedway atop the series’ point standings, well on his way to an eventual 7th series championship.
However, just one year later, Kimmel has found himself in a much different position: tied for second in points with TJ Bell, 80 marks behind series’ veteran Bobby Gerhart.
Kimmel and Bell are the only drivers currently in the top-five in ARCA RE/MAX Series points that were also in the top-five at this time last year.
However, this year’s current top-five standings include several familiar faces, including point leader Gerhart and series’ veterans Damon Lusk (4th, 95 marks behind Gerhart), and Billy Venturini (5th, 130 marks behind Gerhart).
The Harley-Davidson of Cincinnati 150 will be the 12th appearance of the ARCA RE/MAX Series at Kentucky Speedway since its KY debut in the spring of 2000. Frank Kimmel is the all-time Kentucky winner with 4 victories followed by Ryan Hemphill 2, Chad Blount 2, Ryan Newman 1, Tim Steele 1 and Kyle Busch 1.
In addition to the 150-miler on the superspeedway, the ARCA Lincoln Welders Truck Series will support the feature event with a 100-lap event on the adjoining quarter-mile just prior to the start of the RE/MAX Series race. The afternoon kicks off with a LIVE Cowboy Crush concert on the Turn 1 concourse at 12 noon. One ticket price includes all.
Currently, drivers (years 18-71) representing 22 states and Canada help make up one of the most diverse entry lists ever assembled for Kentucky. On that entry list are 5 driver development teams including a pair from the Robert Yates Racing camp to include Denver, North Carolina’s Matt McCall and Davenport, Iowa’s Justin Diercks. McCall finished 2nd in the Daytona season opener. In addition, second-generation racer Scott Lagasse is entered in a Dodge Motorsports/Cunningham Motorsports Dodge, as is Steve Wallace in his father Rusty Wallace’s Dodge.
18-year-old Brad Coleman, who finished second in his superspeedway debut at Nashville and won the Pork Pole on the Salem short-track, is also entered in a Brewco Motorsports Ford. Brewco fields NASCAR Busch Series cars for David Green and Greg Biffle.