RACE: Drive Smart! Buckle Up Kentucky 150, 5-10-08
TRACK: Kentucky Speedway, 1.5-mile paved oval
LOCATION: Sparta, Kentucky
DISTANCE: 100 laps, 150 miles
SERIES: Event #6 of the 2008 ARCA RE/MAX Series
TRACK PR/MEDIA: Tim Bray/Mike Schmaltz Charles Hudson (859) 647-4309
Sat, May 10: Practice 10:30-12:30; SIM Factory Pole Qualifying 3:30; Race at 8:00.
POSTED AWARDS: $196,053 prize, point and contingency money.
ARCA OFFICIAL COMPANIES: RE/MAX International Inc, Aaron's Sales & Leasing, Featherlite Trailers, Hoosier Racing Tire, Lincoln Welders, Mallory Ignition, Racing Electronics, Sunoco Race Fuels.
ARCA OFFICIAL PRODUCTS: Amkus Rescue Systems, Bilstein Shocks, Casite, Cometic Gasket, Dodge Motorsports, Eibach Springs, Exedy, Fast Track High Performance Driving School, Flowmaster, G-Force Racing Gear, Holley HP Carbs, Intercomp, Klotz Synthetic Lubricants, Landrum Spring Service, Mo'sGold, Motive Gear, SIM Factory, Stoner Car Care Products, SunTrust Bank, University of Northwestern Ohio.
PARTICIPATING COMPANIES: Accel Wires, BSR Products, Crane Cams, Ford Motor Company, Hutcherson-Pagan, Ilmor Engineering, Impact Racing, JE Pistons, Joyce Julius & Associates, Mechanix Wear, Moroso, RaceSafe Systems, Rhyne Racing Engines, Tesar Engineering, Toyota Racing Development, Wallace Race Car Lettering.
RECORDS: Qualifying - Erin Crocker 30.213 (178.731 mph) 2007. Race - Chad Blount 121.348 mph, 2002.
KENTUCKY WINNERS AFTER 15 EVENTS: Frank Kimmel 4, Chad Blount 2, Ryan Hemphill 2, Kyle Busch 1, Brad Coleman 1, Erik Darnell 1, Michael McDowell 1, Ryan Newman 1, Tim Steele 1, Steve Wallace 1.
NOTES OF INTEREST: The Drive Smart! Buckle Up Kentucky 150 marks the 16th ARCA RE/MAX Series event at Kentucky Speedway since the series debuted there in 2000. After five events in 2008, there have been five different winners: Michael Annett at Daytona Int'l Speedway, Justin Allgaier at Salem Speedway, Matt Hawkins at Iowa Speedway, Scott Speed at Kansas Speedway and Joey Logano most recently at Rockingham Speedway. In 15 events at Kentucky Speedway, there have only been three repeat winners: Frank Kimmel, Chad Blount and Ryan Hemphill. There have been no repeat winners since Ryan Hemphill swept both events in 2004. Kimmel is the all-time lap leader at Kentucky with 536 laps-led in 10 races. Kimmel is currently second in points headed to Kentucky, trailing newcomer Matt Carter by 35 points. Carter occupies the familiar 46 Ford that Kimmel vacated to start his own Kimmel Racing team. Newcomers' Tom Hessert III and Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. are tied for third in points. Stenhouse, a development driver for Roush Fenway Racing, is coming off a career-best second place finish at Kansas and a third place finish at Rockingham. Stenhouse will be making his first Kentucky appearance this Saturday. Bill Davis Racing's Michael Annett is leading the Hoosier Superspeedway Challenge Championship headed to Kentucky. The Hoosier Superspeedway Challenge is an accumulation of points from all of the superspeedway races in any given year. Annett is a two-time series winner with victories at Talladega in 2007 and Daytona in 2008. Formula 1 veteran Scott Speed, the winner at Kansas, is also entered in the Red Bull Toyota as are his teammates Ken Butler III of Lilburn, Georgia and Justin Lofton of Westmorland, California. Other entrants include Louisville Kentucky's Frank Kapfhammer, Indiantown Florida's Patrick Sheltra, Surrey British Columbia's Ryan Fischer, Dodge Development Driver Tayler Malsam, five-time Daytona winner Bobby Gerhart, Westby Wisconsin's Dexter Bean, Suwanee Georgia's Michael Phelps, and Phoenix, Arizona's Gabi DiCarlo. Sons of former series champions entered include Billy Leslie (father Tracy Leslie ARCA champ 1988) and Todd Bowsher (father Jack Bowsher ARCA champ 63, 64 & 65).