RACE: Berlin ARCA RE/MAX 200, Saturday, July 26
TRACK: Berlin Raceway, .4-mile paved oval
LOCATION: Marne, Michigan
DISTANCE: 100 Miles (200 laps)
SERIES: Event #12 of the 2008 ARCA RE/MAX Series
GM/PR: Mike Strevel/Lori Ashcroft (616) 677-5000
Sat, July 26: Practice 2:30-4:00 pm; SIM Factory Pole Qualifying 5 pm; Race at 8:30
POSTED AWARDS: $115,157 in 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.
RADIO: WLAW 92.5 (LIVE)
INTERNET: LIVE Streaming Audio of Race at ARCANation.com
SIM Factory Pole Qualifying - Fred Campbell, 2003, 17.169 (91.840 mph)
Race - Frank Kimmel, 2003, 70.658 mph
NOTES OF INTEREST: ARCA RE/MAX Series tenure at Berlin Raceway reaches back to the 1950s when in July of '58 the late Les Snow earned the inaugural ARCA victory at the renowned fairgrounds short-track. This year's ARCA RE/MAX 200 at Berlin will mark the 21st ARCA RE/MAX Series race at Berlin since that inaugural run in ‘58. Nine-time series champion Frank Kimmel, currently 4th in national championship points, is the only 3-time ARCA RE/MAX Series winner at Berlin. Kimmel is also the only former Berlin winner entered at this time. Other series winners at Berlin include Bob James, Brian Keselowski and Tim Steele with 2 wins each; and tied with 1 each: Fred Campbell, Andy Hampton, Iggy Katona, Bob Keselowski, Joey Miller, Bob Senneker, Harold Smith, Les Snow, Nelson Stacy, Ramo Stott & Don White. At present, 10 rookies are among the top-10 in championship points including the first 3 positions with current point leader Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. leading the charge followed by 2nd Scott Speed and 3rd Matt Carter. Speed is the most recent series winner at Kentucky Speedway last Friday night. So far in 2008, there have been 8 different winners in 11 events. Only Speed, Justin Allgaier and Stenhouse are repeat winners this year. 71-time series winner Kimmel, who has averaged 6.6 wins per season over the last 10 seasons, is winless in 2008. Kimmel's best finish in 2008 was 2nd at the Cayuga short-track. Short-track winners this year include Allgaier (Salem and Cayuga), Matt Hawkins (Iowa), Joey Logano (Rockingham) and Matt Carter (Toledo). Michigan drivers entered at Berlin include Billy Leslie (Mt. Clemens), Larry Hollenbeck (Kalamazoo) and Brad Smith (Shelby Township). From Berlin, the series heads back to superspeedway racing on the 2.5-mile Pocono Raceway triangle August 2nd. From Pocono, it's off to the 1.33-mile concrete Nashville Superspeedway August 9th followed by back-to-back mile dirt track events at the Illinois State Fairgrounds August 17th and the DuQuoin State Fairgrounds September 1st.