April Action in ARCAville Aplenty


1955
Jim Romine wins the 100-lapper at Canfield Speedway (Ohio) in an Olds with Mike Little the polesitter. The next day at Dayton Speedway Ernie Derr wins the pole but rain shortens the scheduled 200-lap event with Bill Rexford’s Buick in front at lap 156. 

1956
In the ’56 season opener, Nelson Stacy wins the pole and Jack Harrison puts his Ford in victory lane at Salem Speedway, beginning an ARCA-Salem relationship that still exists. Harrison goes on to win the next event at Dayton, setting a new track record in qualifying. 

1957
Roz Howard wins at Broadway Speedway in Knoxville Tennessee and Jack Farris posts the victory at Dayton. Farris follows up with a win at Canfield, then Iggy Katona takes one at Canfield before Hershel White bests the field at Toledo Raceway Park. Bob James is fast qualifier at both Canfield and Toledo. 

1958
Don Oldenberg is polesitter and Harold Smith the winner in a Ford at Dayton, while Nelson Stacy take the pole and Chevy-driving Bob James the win at Canfield. 

1959
Nelson Stacy, in the midst of 3 consecutive MARC national driving championships, wins at Dayton before Fred Lorenzen’s Ford prevails at Langhorne Speedway in Pennsylvania. Stacy puts his Chevy back in the winner’s circle at Canfield to close out the month. 

April 23, 1961: Paul Parks wins the pole and the race in his Ford at Powell Speedway in Powell, Ohio. Parks and his wife Dottie are among the pioneers in using two-way radio communication during race events. 

1962
A busy April begins with Curtis Turner’s win at Danville Speedway in Virginia. Iggy Katona takes the 100-lapper at Rock Hill Speedway in South Carolina, then Roy Wathen triumphs at Fairgrounds Speedway in Louisville Kentucky. Mike Klapak wins the pole and Dick Freeman the race at Canfield before Turner closes out the month with another victory in his Ford at Lakewood Speedway in Atlanta, Georgia. 

1963
Iggy Katona posts back-to-back wins in his Ford at Newport Speedway in Tennessee and Florence Speedway in Kentucky. Nook Walters takes the pole and Jack Bowsher the win at Canfield before Katona wins the pole and the race at Toledo Speedway. Ken Reiter caps the month’s activity with his victory at Fairgrounds Speedway in Louisville, Kentucky. 

1964
A pair of April contests result in a pair of Ford wins for Tom Dill at West Virginia Int’l Speedway in Parkersburg and for Jack Purcell at Fairgrounds Speedway in Louisville. 

1965
In a season dominated by Jack Bowsher, who goes on to win his 3rd straight national championship, April is a rarity as races are won by Dick Freeman at West Virginia Int’l Raceway in Ona and local favorite Andy Hampton at Fairgrounds Speedway in Louisville. 

1966
April 1966 produces a pair of events with drivers winning both the pole and the race as Jack Purcell turns the trick at Fairgrounds Speedway in Louisville and Iggy Katona follows suit at Northern Kentucky Speedway in Florence. 

1967
Iggy Katona starts strong in his 1967 championship season with April victories at Meyers Speedway in Houston Texas, Northern Kentucky Speedway in Florence and Toledo Speedway. Les Snow wins at Corpus Christi Speedway in Texas and LaMarr Marshall is victorious at Fairgrounds Speedway in Louisville. Pole winners include Dick Freeman, Katona, Marshall and Dorus Wisecarver. 

1968
A trio of April ’68 events see Les Snow win at Kentucky Int’l Speedway in Florence and Dayton Speedway, but it is Benny Parsons winning the pole and the race at Salem Speedway to launch an effort which will see him win the national driving championship in one of the closest 4-way races in history. Final point totals of the 31-race season are Parsons 2925, Snow 2905, Andy Hampton 2805 and Iggy Katona 2800. 

1969
At Salem Speedway, Benny Parsons sets a new track record of 19.48 in qualifying but Les Snow wins the race, then nearby Fairgrounds Speedway in Louisville sees Bobby Watson’s Dodge win the pole and 100-lap race. 

1970
Ramo Stott wins at Alabama Int’l Motor Speedway in Talladega, then takes the pole and race win at Tri-County Speedway in Cincinnati Ohio. Bobby Watson caps the month by taking the pole and win at Toledo Speedway. 

1971
Ramo Stott wins the pole and the race at Salem Speedway in a season that will see him win the championship by only 30 points over Tom Bowsher. Bowsher wins at Tri-County Speedway in Cincinnati and at Toledo Speedway, with Andy Hampton and Stott splitting fast qualifying runs for the two events. 

1972
Ken Reiter wins the pole and local veteran Billy Clemons wins the race at Fairgrounds Speedway in Louisville. Les Snow sets a new Winchester Speedway ARCA qualifying record at 18.87 before Ralph Latham posts the victory. 

1973
Bruce Gould’s Ford dominates at Fairgrounds Speedway in Louisville, winning the pole and the race, while Jack Shanklin takes the pole and Bobby Watson the win at Salem Speedway. 

April 14, 1974: LaMarr Marshall wins the pole and the race at Fairgrounds Speedway in Louisville. 

April 6, 1975:
Dave Dayton sets a new track record for the ARCA machines at Salem Speedway at 19.33 and goes on to win en route to his 2nd straight driving championship. 

1976
Dave Dayton is fast qualifier at both April ’76 races, but victories are posted by Woody Fisher at Tri-County Speedway in Cincinnati and by A. Arnold at Fairgrounds Speedway in Louisville. 

April 24, 1977: Bill Green wins the pole and the race at Tri-County Speedway in Cincinnati. 

1983
After a five-year gap of no April racing, ARCA’s premier division sees Marvin Smith win the pole and Bob Schacht take the victory at the tradition-rich 5/8 mile Nashville Int’l Raceway in Tennessee. When the tour visits Alabama Int’l Motor Speedway in Talladega, local favorite Davey Allison wins the pole at 188.550 mph and takes a popular victory. 

April 30, 1988: Patty Moise records one of her three superspeedway pole qualifying runs, at Alabama Int’l Motor Speedway in Talladega, and Alabama Gang charter member and local favorite Red Farmer wins the 500k race. 

April 9, 1989: Ohio short track late model veteran John Vallo wins the pole at Kil-Kare Speedway in Xenia, but Bob Strait wins in the 125-lapper. 

April 8, 1990: A memorable Kil-Kare Speedway race includes a pole and win for Jerry Churchill, returning the Chrysler nameplate to the ARCA win column. The race is not without controversy, as Churchill makes contact with race leader Mark Gibson late in the race to take the lead, then is run into after the event by Bob Keselowski. 

April 28, 1991: Bob Strait puts the Roulo Brothers Chevrolet on the pole at Kil-Kare Speedwayin Xenia Ohio but Dave Weltmeyer’s Pontiac takes the victory. 

April 30, 1994: Jeff Purvis pilots James Finch’s Chevrolet to the pole and win in the Food World 500k at Talladega Superspeedway in Alabama. 

April 29, 1995: Bob Schacht is the polesitter at 196.013 mph, but Mike Wallace puts his Ford in victory lane in the Food World 500k at Talladega Superspeedway. 

1996
Dill Whittymore is the polesitter, with Tobey Butler driving Ken Schrader’s Chevrolet to the victory in the Engineered Components 200 at Salem Speedway. The following week, Tim Steele wins the pole and the race in the Mountain Dew 500k at Talladega Superspeedway. The Talladega weekend is marred by the death of ARCA President Bob Loga in a passenger vehicle accident. 

April 20, 1997: Bob Strait is the polesitter and Tim Steele the winner at Salem Speedway in the Kentuckiana Ford Dealers 200. 

April 19, 1998: Frank Kimmel’s Chevrolet goes to victory lane after Bob Strait wins his 2nd straight pole at Salem Speedway’s Kentuckiana Ford Dealers 200. 

April 18, 1999: Bill Baird shows the strength which will propel him to the season driving championship with his pole and win in the Kentuckiana Ford Dealers 200 at Salem Speedway. 

April 30, 2000: Brian Ross puts the ML Motorsports car on the pole, but Tracy Leslie drives Jack Bowsher’s Ford to victory in the Kentuckiana Ford Dealers 200 at Salem Speedway. 

2001
In the inaugural event at the 1.33 mile concrete Nashville Superspeedway, Frank Kimmel wins the pole and Ken Schrader the race. Kimmel also wins the pole at Winchester Speedway but is bested by Tim Steele in the 250-lapper, but finally covers both the pole and victory in the Kentuckiana Ford Dealers 200 at Salem Speedway. 

2002
Frank Kimmel pilots Larry Clement’s Ford to the pole and win in the PFG Lester 150 at Nashville Superspeedway, then posts the 2nd of 3 consecutive victories in the Kentuckiana Ford Dealers 200 at Salem Speedway. 

2003
Kyle Busch drives a Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet to the pole and win in the PFG Lester 150 at Nashville Superspeedway. Frank Kimmel takes the pole but Shelby Howard puts his Dodge in victory lane in the Kentuckiana Ford Dealers 200 at Salem Speedway. Howard, at age 17, becomes the youngest race winner in ARCA RE/MAX Series history. 

2004
Ryan Hemphill sets a new track record in his Dodge, but Hendrick Motorsports driver Blake Feese puts his Chevrolet in victory lane at Nashville Superspeedway. Frank Kimmel takes the pole and the win in the annual spring event at Salem Speedway. 

April 24, 2005: Controversy erupts at Salem Speedway when leader Frank Kimmel and 2nd place Chad Blount make contact coming to the white flag. Blount goes on to win the race and Kimmel runs into Blount’s car on the frontstretch after the race.
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