Former NASCAR Nextel Cup Series champion and Iowa Speedway designer Rusty Wallace introduced Prairie Meadows Casino as the title sponsor of the Sunday afternoon, October 15th, ARCA RE/MAX Series season finale at the new .875 mile oval in Newton, Iowa during the ARCA RE/MAX Series open test on Friday.
“We are very excited to be a part of the ARCA RE/MAX Series event here in Iowa,” said Gary Palmer, President and CEO of the suburban Des Moines Horse Race Facility and Casino. “We are very much about Iowa, the people of Iowa, and the Iowans who have built this beautiful facility.”
Prairie Meadows Racetrack and Casino is located between the Des Moines metro area and Iowa Speedway in Altoona, Iowa.
Rusty Wheels Son Steve’s ARCA Car
With Steve Wallace driving the Rusty Wallace, Inc Busch Series car in Kansas this weekend, car owner and father Rusty decided to pilot the No. 61 Hantz Group-Nu South Dodge during the morning session of the Iowa Speedway open test.
“I wanted to experience the track in a ‘real’ racecar, a big, heavy ARCA car,” said Wallace. “With Steven in Kansas, I decided to test the car for him here today, and I’ve got to tell you, this place is smooth and fast…everything I had hoped for during the design process."
Wallace, the 1989 NASCAR Nextel Cup Series
Rusty Wallace tested his son's #61 at Iowa.
champion, turned several laps early in the morning session. He unofficially posted the sixth quickest time with an average speed of 99.022 mph.
“This is the first time I’ve been in a stock car in eight months. It felt great. Anyone who comes here to race is going to love this place.”
Rookie Brett Rowe Quickest Overall
ARCA RE/MAX Series Rookie of the Year Contender Brett Rowe, in Wayne Day's #90 Chevrolet, was unofficially the quickest among 19 drivers that participated in the open test. Rowe, the 2005 ARCA Lincoln Welders Truck Series champion, circled the Iowa oval in 23.810 seconds, an average speed of 102.058 mph.
Montoya Getting Comfortable
Juan Pablo Montoya is quickly “getting up to speed” in a full-bodied stock car. Montoya, the former Formula One driver and Indy 500 winner who is making the transition to stock cars with Chip Ganassi Racing, indicated he very much likes the transition.
“I’m really very comfortable in the car,” Montoya stated during the noon lunch press function during the Iowa Speedway open test. “My vision is good in the car, and I got up to speed pretty quickly here this morning.
“Anyone can drive Talladega,” Montoya quipped. “This place…you really have to race. The hardest thing for me has been the braking, how to drive the car into the corner, use the brakes, and then get back on the accelerator.”
Montoya unofficially turned the sixth quickest lap with a speed of 100.946 mph.
Joey Miller Back In ARCA
Joey Miller, the 2005 ARCA RE/MAX Series Rookie of the Year, turned his first laps in an ARCA RE/MAX Series stock car Friday
morning since the ’05 season finale at Talladega. Miller, the Minnesota native who finished second to Frank Kimmel in the ’05 National Championship, piloted a black No. 15 Dodge Charger during the test, as a teamate to leading ’06 Rookie Blake Bjorklund.
Miller unofficially turned the second fastest lap of the day, touring the new .875 mile oval in 23.840 seconds, an average speed of 101.930 mph.
Kinser Also Back
Kraig Kinser, son of 20-time World of Outlaws champion Steve Kinser, made his ARCA RE/MAX Series debut in 2005, where the Indiana native finished eighth in his first series start at Michigan Int’l Speedway, and followed up with a win at Talladega in October. Kinser, who spent much of his early racing career driving sprint cars, currently competes in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series.
Reffner Gets First ARCA Experience
Juan Pablo Montoya is adapting well to his ARCA ride. (MIke Paris photo)
Veteran stock car driver Bryan Reffner made his first ever laps in an ARCA car Friday morning at Iowa Speedway.
Driving the No. 66 Swiss Colony Chevrolet for Team Owner Bill Hendren, Reffner posted the eighth quickest lap with a speed of 100.579 mph.
“This has been great, so far,” Reffner said. “I haven’t been in a car all summer, and these cars are very comfortable to me. I’m hoping to put a deal together for 2007.”
Bryan Reffner is back on the track... not in his old ASA car anymore... now in an ARCA car.
Reffner, who plans to make his career-first ARCA RE/MAX Series start at Iowa Speedway in the Prairie Meadows 250 on October 15th, is the 2004 ASA National Champion. He's also made three career NASCAR Busch Series starts and is an accomplished NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series racer. In 126 career truck series starts, Reffner has nine top-five finishes, 38 top-tens and one career win, which came at Texas Motor Speedway in 2000. Reffner also earned the 1996 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Rookie of the Year Award.