A diverse combination of superspeedways, short tracks, dirt tracks and a return to road course racing for the first time since 2001 will help steer the tour into its 56th consecutive season of competition.
“The 2008 schedule maintains our balance of superspeedway, short track and mile dirt state fairgrounds events, all of which are very important to the identity and industry position of the ARCA RE/MAX Series,” said ARCA President Ron Drager. “Adding the road course event certainly adds to our diversity. The number of scheduled events remains stable at a level we’ve found to be appropriate for everyone associated with the series, and we’re pleased with the geographic coverage represented by the markets we’ll be racing in.”
The season, as it has since 1964, will open at Daytona Int’l Speedway with the 45th annual Daytona ARCA 200 on February 9th. The event will serve as a preamble for the same-day NASCAR Nextel Cup Bud Shootout.
Fittingly, the season will conclude at Toledo Speedway, the birthplace of ARCA, as part of the annual championship weekend coinciding with the ARCA Lincoln Welders Truck Series.
In between, the series will appear in a wide variety of venues including new stops at Rockingham Speedway in Rockingham, North Carolina on May 4th, Cayuga Speedway Park in Nelles Corners, Ontario on June 29th and the brand new New Jersey Motorsports Park 2.3-mile road course in Millville, New Jersey on September 28th.
The “Carolina 500” at Rockingham will be the inaugural event at the historic one-mile, high-banked oval since Speedway President Andy Hillenburg took ownership of the property. The ARCA RE/MAX Series raced at Rockingham once on June 10, 1973 where Charlie Glotzbach won the 300-mile event from the pole.
The event at the 5/8ths-mile Cayuga Speedway Park marks the series’ eighth appearance in Canada since 1967. The last time the series raced in Canada was at Delaware Speedway in July of 1992.
The event at New Jersey Motorsports Park will mark the 10th appearance of the RE/MAX Series on a road course dating back to 1958 when the series made its road course debut at the now defunct Meadowdale Raceway in Carpentersville, Illinois. The list of road course winners over the years is impressive and includes Fred Lorenzen, Nelson Stacy, Elmer Musgrave, Jack Bowsher, Bob Schacht, Ken Schrader, Darrell Waltrip, Scott Lagasse and John Finger, who won at Watkins Glen in 2001, the last time the series raced on a road course.
Superspeedways returning for events in 2008 include Kentucky Speedway, Pocono Raceway, Daytona, Kansas Speedway, Michigan Int’l Speedway, Nashville Superspeedway, Chicagoland Speedway and Talladega Superspeedway. The event at Talladega marks the 47th RE/MAX Series appearance at the renowned 2.66-mile Alabama speedplant since 1969.
Short-tracks hosting events include Salem Speedway in Indiana, Toledo, Berlin Raceway in Michigan, Iowa Speedway, and the annual state fair mile-dirt races at the Illinois State Fairgrounds and the DuQuoin State Fairgrounds.
Companion events in 2008 include races with the NASCAR Sprint Cup, Nationwide and Craftsman Truck Series as well as with the Indy Racing League and the ARCA Lincoln Welders Truck Series.
SPEED will return in 2008 with coverage of ARCA RE/MAX Series races as established in its multi-year agreement. The televised event schedule is traditionally released at the Series’ championship awards banquet in December.
2008 ARCA RE/MAX Series Schedule
DATE / TRACK / LOCATION / TRACK
2-9 Daytona Int'l Speedway Daytona Beach, FL 2.5 paved
4-13 Salem Speedway Salem, IN .555 paved
4-19 Iowa Speedway Newton, IA .875 paved
4-26 Kansas Speedway Kansas City, KS 1.5 paved
5-4 Rockingham Speedway Rockingham, NC 1 paved
5-10 Kentucky Speedway Sparta, KY 1.5 paved
5-18 Toledo Speedway Toledo, OH .5 paved
6-7 Pocono Raceway Long Pond, PA 2.5 paved
6-13 Michigan Int'l Speedway Brooklyn, MI 2 paved
6-29 Cayuga Speedway Park Nelles Corners, ON .675 paved
7-11 Kentucky Speedway Sparta, KY 1.5 paved
7-26 Berlin Raceway Marne, MI .4 paved
8-2 Pocono Raceway Long Pond, PA 2.5 paved
8-9 Nashville Superspeedway Nashville, TN 1.33 concrete
8-17 Illinois State Fairgrounds Springfield, IL 1 clay
9-1 DuQuoin State Fairgrounds DuQuoin, IL 1 clay
9-6 Chicagoland Speedway Joliet, IL 1.5 paved
9-13 Salem Speedway Salem, IN .555 paved
9-28 New Jersey Motorsports Park Millville, NJ 2.3 paved
10-3 Talladega Superspeedway Talladega, AL 2.66 paved
10-12 Toledo Speedway Toledo, OH .5 paved