RACE: Nashville ARCA 150, 4-7-07
TRACK: Nashville Superspeedway, 1.33-mile concrete oval
LOCATION: Nashville, TN
DISTANCE: 113 laps, 150 miles
SERIES: Event #3 of the 2007 ARCA RE/MAX Series
PR/MEDIA: Sean Dozier (615) 547-7500
Fri, April 6: Practice 11 am - 1:30 pm; Pole Qualifying at 5:40 pm (2 laps)
Sat, April 7: Nashville ARCA 150 at 12 noon
POSTED AWARDS: $197,722 in prize, point and contingency money.
ARCA OFFICIAL COMPANIES: RE/MAX International Inc, ARCA Hardcore Motorsports Safety Initiative, Featherlite Trailers, Hoosier Racing Tire, Mallory Ignition, Racing Electronics, Sunoco Race Fuels.
ARCA OFFICIAL PRODUCTS: Amkus Rescue Systems, Casite, Cometic Gasket, Cookies BBQ, Dodge Motorsports, Fast Track High Performance Driving School, Flowmaster, Gatorade, G-Force Racing Gear, Holley HP Carbs, Hummers Gone Wild, Intercomp, K&N Air Filters, K&N Oil Filters, Klotz Synthetic Lubricants, Landrum Spring Service, Lincoln Welders, Motive Gear, National Pork Board, Stewart Warner Gauges, Stoner Car Care Products, Tex Racing, University of Northwestern Ohio, Weld Racing.
PARTICIPATING COMPANIES: Accel Wires, ATI Dampers, Bilstein Shocks, BSR Products, CV Products, Ford Motor Company, Hawk Performance, Hutcherson-Pagan, Ilmor Engineering, Impact Racing, JE Pistons, Joyce Julius & Associates, Mechanix Wear, Moroso, Nelson Specialties, Ohlins Shocks, RaceSafe Systems, Rhyne Racing Engines, Tesar Engineering, Toyota Racing Development, Wallace Race Car Lettering.
Qualifying - Ryan Hemphill, 29.140 (164.681) 2004.
Race - Stephen Leicht (119.424 mph) 2006.
NASHVILLE WINNERS: Frank Kimmel 3, Mario Gosselin 2, Joey Miller 2, Chad Blount 1, Kyle Busch 1, Blake Feese 1, Stephen Leicht 1, Ken Schrader 1.
NOTES OF INTEREST: With two shows in the books, it may be too early to crow about a tight championship points battle but that's exactly where it's at for the ARCA RE/MAX Series headed to Nashville Superspeedway on April 7 for the third event on the 23-race schedule. Eight-time RE/MAX Series champion Frank Kimmel, 45, is tied with 20-year-old Springfield, Illinois driver Justin Allgaier as the series, in its 55th consecutive season, prepares for its 13th appearance on the 1.33-mile Nashville concrete oval. Allgaier finished seventh at Daytona and then placed fourth most recently at USA Int'l Speedway in Lakeland, Florida. Kimmel followed up his fifth place finish at Daytona with a seventh place finish at USA. In addition to being an effective points racer, Kimmel is second on the all-time RE/MAX Series win list with 68 career victories behind only Iggy Katona, who has 79. Three of Kimmel's wins came at Nashville. Allgaier scored his career-first victory last year in front of his hometown crowd when he passed veteran Bob Strait on the final lap to win on the Illinois State Fairgrounds mile-dirt. Both Kimmel and Allgaier will surely have their hands full as entries continue to pour in for the Saturday afternoon Nashville ARCA 150, a prelude to the same-day NASCAR Busch Series Pepsi 300. Pre-entries include a Bill Davis Racing Toyota with open-wheel veteran/RE/MAX Series rookie Bobby Santos III at the helm. Santos made history last weekend at Lakeland when he won the Pole Award marking the first ever pole for the Toyota nameplate in RE/MAX Series competition. Santos also led 116 laps, another first for Toyota in RE/MAX Series competition. Also entered is Cale Gale (last year's Gateway winner) in a Kevin Harvick-owned Chevrolet. Other development drivers include Scott Lagasse and Tim Andrews from the Cunningham Motorsports stable. Andrews is the son of veteran NASCAR crew chief Paul Andrews. Erin Crocker, in an Evernham Motorsports Dodge Charger, is also entered. Crocker, the only female driver in series history to earn a pair of second place finishes, has impressive credentials at Nashville where she won the Pole Award in her '05 series debut and finished third there later that same year. Crocker started off this season with a Pole Qualifying run at Daytona. Gabi DiCarlo, in the Great Clips Ford, is also entered. DiCarlo has announced a full campaign in the '07 RE/MAX Series where she most recently finished 22nd at USA. Also entered is rookie racer Phillip McGilton in a Brewco Motorsports Ford. The team is off to a great start in '07, currently third in points ahead of 5-time Daytona winner Bobby Gerhart and two-time Nashville winner Mario Gosselin. Columbia, Tennessee third-generation driver Steadman Marlin, a hometown favorite for sure, has also filed entry in Wayne Day's no. 14 Chevy Monte Carlo. Returning to series competition at Nashville are former series winners' Blake Feese and Joey Miller. Feese won under the Hendrick Motorsports banner at Talladega Superspeedway and at Nashville in 2004 whereas Miller won in his career-first start at Nashville in 2004.