ARCA-Charlotte union revived for 2018

TOLEDO, Ohio (Nov. 27, 2017) -- After a 14-year pause, the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards is headed back to Charlotte Motor Speedway in 2018. The 21st ARCA race at Charlotte is coming May 24, part of the Coca-Cola 600 race weekend.

“Charlotte Motor Speedway is all about entertaining the fans, so we’re thrilled to add ARCA racing to our lineup of unmatched motorsports entertainment during the 10 Days of NASCAR Thunder,” said Greg Walter, Charlotte Motor Speedway executive vice president. “The ARCA Racing Series has showcased some spectacularly successful drivers in the recent past like Joey Logano, Chase Elliott and Kyle Larson. We’re sure that another rising star will make a name for himself on our world-class stage during Pole Night next May.”

The ARCA-Charlotte union is one that reaches way back to 1964 when the late Curtis Turner turned in a dominating performance to win the inaugural Charlotte ARCA 200. Thirty-two years would pass before the ARCA Racing Series returned to Charlotte in 1996 when Tim Steele won the first of three straight on the 1.5-mile superspeedway. ARCA remained on Charlotte's annual schedule up through 2004.

ARCA Racing Series, Charlotte Motor Speedway
DATE RACE WINNER POLE WINNER POLE SPEED
10-25-64 ARCA 200 Curtis Turner Jack Bowsher 144.153 mph
5-18-96 ADG EasyCare100 Tim Steele Kelly Denton 178.944 mph
5-22-96 ADG EasyCare 400K Tim Steele Tim Steele 176.684 mph
10-2-96 FirstPlus 200 Tim Steele Ron Barfield 180.536 mph
5-17-97 EasyCare Certified 100 Mark Thompson Gary Laton 179.964 mph
5-21-97 EasyCare Certified 200 Gary Laton Matt Hutter 178.106 mph
10-1-97 EasyCare Certified 200 Tim Steele Tim Steele 179.623 mph
5-16-98 EasyCare Certified 100 Frank Kimmel Gary Laton 179.414 mph
9-30-98 EasyCare Certified 100 Adam Petty Darrell Lanigan 177.836 mph
5-22-99 EasyCare Contracts 100 Mario Gosselin Mario Gosselin 178.153 mph
10-6-99 EasyCare Contracts 100 Kirk Shelmerdine Mario Gosselin 181.354 mph
5-20-00 EasyCare Contracts 100 Lyndon Amick Tim Steele 182.340 mph
10-4-00 EasyCare Contracts 100 Ryan Newman Ryan Newman 186.780 mph NTR
5-19-01 EasyCare Contracts 100 Frank Kimmel Tim Steele 183.505 mph
10-4-01 EasyCare Contracts 100 Kerry Earnhardt Tim Steele 183.705 mph
5-18-02 EasyCare Contracts 100 Jeff Fultz Frank Kimmel 181.873 mph
10-11-02 EasyCare Contracts 100 Chad Blount None NA
5-22-03 EasyCare Contracts 100 Frank Kimmel None NA
10-9-03 EasyCare Contracts 150 Kirk Shelmerdine None NA
5-27-04 Quaker Steak & Lube 100 Ryan Hemphill Ryan Hemphill 180.517 mph
TOP-5 FINISHERS
YEAR WINNER 2ND 3RD 4TH
10-25-64 Curtis Turner Tom Pistone Jim Cushman Dick Freeman
5-18-96 Tim Steele Blaise Alexander Andy Hillenburg Kirk Shelmerdine
5-22-96 Tim Steele Andy Hillenburg Harris DeVane Tobey Butler
10-2-96 Tim Steele Mark Thompson Ron Barfield Tobey Butler
5-17-97 Mark Thompson Ed Berrier Gary Laton Jerry Nadeau
5-21-97 Gary Laton Jerry Nadeau Frank Kimmel Mark Thompson
10-1-97 Tim Steele Mark Gibson Kirk Shelmerdine Ed Berrier
5-16-98 Frank Kimmel Kirk Shelmerdine Mike Ciochetti Ron Barfield
9-30-98 Adam Petty Mike Wallace Bobby Hamilton Jr Mark Gibson
5-22-99 Mario Gosselin Darrell Lanigan Kirk Shelmerdine Shawna Robinson
10-6-99 Kirk Shelmerdine Kevin Harvick Mario Gosselin Blaise Alexander
5-20-00 Lyndon Amick Kerry Earnhardt Tim Steele Justin Labonte
10-4-00 Ryan Newman Bob Strait David Keith Jason Jarrett
5-19-01 Frank Kimmel Stuart Kirby Tim Steele Stanton Barrett
10-4-01 Kerry Earnhardt Blaise Alexander Frank Kimmel Billy Venturini
5-18-02 Jeff Fultz Frank Kimmel Damon Lusk Robby Benton
10-11-02 Chad Blount Ron Hornaday Frank Kimmel Chris Moore
5-22-03 Frank Kimmel Jeff Fultz Jeremy Clements Casey Mears
10-9-03 Kirk Shelmerdine AJ Henriksen Jeremy Clements Andy Ponstein
5-27-04 Ryan Hemphill Justin Hobgood Frank Kimmel Reed Sorenson
TOP LAP LEADERS
(LAPS/RACES LED)
DRIVER LAPS  RACES
1 Steele, Tim 381 7
2 Kimmel, Frank 193 6
3 Laton, Gary 134 3
4 Turner, Curtis 99 1
5 Shelmerdine, Kirk 89 4
6 Lanigan, Darrell 68 4
7 Newman, Ryan 67 1
8 Gosselin, Mario 58 2
9 Sorenson, Reed 54 1
10 Nadeau, Jerry 50 1
11 Earnhardt, Kerry 46 1
12 Blount, Chad 39 1
13 Barfield, Ron 37 1
14 Thompson, Mark 30 3
15 Pistone, Tom 28 1
16 Petty, Adam 27 1
17 Gibson, Mark 26 2
18 Rogers, Clay 22 1
19 Hornaday, Ron 21 1
20 Amick, Lyndon 20 1
Long, Carl 20 2
22 Alexander, Blaise 19 2
Hemphill, Ryan 19 1
Hillenburg, Andy 19 1
25 Hill, Bob 18 1
26 Keith, David 17 1
27 Busch, Kyle 16 1
28 Tripp, Perry 15 4
29 Ross, Brian 11 1
30 Hutter, Matt 9 1
31 Jeff Fultz 8 1
Whittymore, Dill 8 1
33 Bowsher, Jack 7 1
34 Hamilton Jr, Bobby 6 1
35 Belmont, Andy 5 1
Berrier, Ed 5 1
Ciochetti, Mike  5 1
38 Baird, Bill 2 1
Martin, Kenny 2 1
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