ARCA Town: Banquets, Sales and Announcements
The Off Season Still Has Its Share of ARCA News
Kimmel's #46 spent a lot of time out front in 2007 - giving him another chance to sit at the head banquet table.
BANQUET TIME IS COMING UP
Preparations are full-ahead for the 55th annual ARCA RE/MAX Series national championship awards banquet at the Northern Kentucky Convention Center in Covington, Kentucky on Saturday night, December 8. The event is open to the public.
This year's event will honor the top-20 drivers and owners including nine-time series champion Frank Kimmel along with nine-time champion car owner Larry Clement.
ARCA RE/MAX Rookie of the Year and runner-up championship driver Michael McDowell will also receive a healthy share of the top accolades to include the 2007 SIM Factory Pole Award. Other top honorees include third place driver Dexter Bean, fourth place Justin Allgaier and fifth place Justin Marks.
Special Award presentations include the Hoosier Tire Superspeedway Challenge championship going to car owner Ray Evernham and driver Erin Crocker as the first female recipient, the Bill France Triple Crown, the HG Adcox Sportsmanship award, the Manufacturer title, the Marcum award, the ARCA Motorsports Media award, the Bob Loga Memorial Scholarship, the Spirit Award and the Cometic Engine Mechanic of the Year.
SPEED TV's John Roberts, host of NASCAR RaceDay and NASCAR Victory Lane on SPEED, will be Master of Ceremonies for the second consecutive year.
In addition to the on-stage ceremonies, the audience will be treated to big-screen video productions of the RE/MAX Series season in review, the top-20 teams as well as special tributes to Benny Parsons and Bill France, Jr.
The annual ARCA RE/MAX Series press conference, also open to the public, will precede the banquet at 2:00 pm eastern at the same location.
CHARLSON AND BOWSHER MAKE LONG-TERM PLANS
Jack Bowsher & Associates Motorsports announced today that 14 year old USAC Kenyon midget racer Drew Charlson will be joining the team in a driver development position for 2008.
Although Charlson is not quite of age to compete in the ARCA RE/MAX Series race events, he will turn 15 in February. Plans are to participate in test sessions at ARCA RE/MAX Series short tracks in 2008 behind the wheel of a 2006 Ford Fusion out of the Bowsher stable, in preparation for the 2009 season. Coaching and mentoring will be provided by current veteran driver and 3 time ARCA RE/MAX Series Most Popular Driver Todd Bowsher.
The New Bremen, Ohio native comes to Jack Bowsher & Associates Motorpsorts with an already impressive history. With 150 go kart feature wins, numerous WKA (World Karting Association) victories and several Ohio Indoor Karting Series wins to his credit.
"We are really excited to have a young racer like Drew come on board with us, he's going to learn a lot about these big stock cars." said Jack Bowsher & Associates driver Todd Bowsher. "This is a different role for me and I'm looking forward to sharing my experience and knowledge with him and helping to develop his talent."
Bowsher, whose racing roots run deep, is the son of stock car legend Jack Bowsher and will continue as driver of the familiar #21 in the ARCA RE/MAX Series.
"I'm excited about this opportunity." said Charlson. "I'm ready to go, I wish it was spring already so we could get going. I just wanna race."
Charlson will see plenty of on track action between now and his first ARCA RE/MAX Series test session as he will continue to run a full schedule in the USAC Kenyon Midget Series.
TICKETS FOR THE ROCK’S REVIVAL ARE ON SALE
Race fans that have missed the sounds of engines at “The Rock” will not have to wait any longer with racing to resume in 2008 after a four year absence. Rockingham Speedway will host the ARCA RE/MAX Series on May 4th with the inaugural Carolina 500 for the ARCA Series and will also host the season-ending Hooter’s Pro Cup event on November 1st.
Drew Charlson (ARCA Photo)
Gene McLaurin, Mayor of Rockingham, NC was the first in line to purchase tickets. “I am proud to be the first purchaser to the inaugural race at Rockingham Speedway,” said Mayor McLaurin. “Andy Hillenburg and staff are off to a great start and I hope race fans will join me as we get ready to return to The Rock.”
Tickets for both events are now on sale to the public, just in time for the Holidays. The Carolina 500 ticket prices are $35 for all seats in the Front Stretch Rockingham Grandstands and $30 for all seats in the Turns 1 and 2 Grandstands. Infield General Admission is $20 per person for the 312-lap event on Sunday.
Saturday May 3rd will feature two qualifying sessions to determine the race field for the 50-car starting grid. Saturday tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for children 12 and under as well as free admission for service men and women in uniform in each grandstand and for the infield General Admission. Practice on Friday May 2nd will be open free to the public.
Ticket prices for the American 200, the first race for the Hooter’s Pro Cup Series at the
Rockingham Speedway are $25 for reserved seats located in the Turns 1 and 2 Grandstands, $28 for reserved seats in the Rockingham Grandstands and $20 for infield General Admission.
Practice and qualifying for the 200-lap Hooter’s Pro Cup event will be held on Friday October 31st. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for children 12 and under and free for kids dressed in costume as well as service men and women in uniform.
Fans can also purchase Combo Tickets for both events at a price of $58 for reserved seats in the Rockingham Front stretch and $50 for reserved seats in the Turns 1 and 2 Grandstands.
Rockingham Speedway will also offer special sections reserved for families in both grandstands that are free of smoke and alcohol.
To order tickets, please call Rockingham Speedway at (910) 205-8800.
BUY A CAR FROM BLACKJACK
With Dexter Bean, a Westby, WI native, getting a new ride in the Spraker Racing Enterprises, #37 GLOCK Chevrolet in the ARCA Re/Max Series, his family race shop, BlackJack Racing is having a two-day liquidation sale this coming weekend.
Earlier this month, Bean, who finished third in the 2007 ARCA Re/Max Series point
standings with three top-five’s and 10 top-ten finishes in 23 starts, was named the
new driver for the team owned by Jeff Spraker.
Bean has been competing in the famous racing series with the help of his family and friends through BlackJack Racing. Now, with Dexter relocating to the Charlotte, NC area, the team is having a two-day liquidation sale at their shop on Friday, November 30 and Saturday, December 1 from 8 am to 6 pm each day.
Items include race cars, A hauler, parts, trailers and go carts. A full listing along with photos can be found at www.blackjackracing.net. The shop is located at 200 State Hwy 27 N, Westby, WI 54667.
If you have any questions, please contact David Bean (608) 606-0590, Chris Bires (608) 606-0934, or the shop at (608) 634-4242.
Dexter Bean's old team has some of their #6 up for auction this week. (DexterBean.net Photo)
Rockingham is ready to be raced on again. (Rockingham Speedway Photo)