ARCA AND NASCAR CRAFTSMAN TRUCK SERIES AT KENTUCKY SPEEDWAY JULY 13-14
It’s another big weekend of racing at Kentucky Speedway in Sparta! Action begins Friday evening with the ARCA RE/MAX SERIES. Saturday action features the NASCAR CRAFTSMAN TRUCK SERIES. Both are loaded with talent and are very competitive. Regulars in both series will be challenged by several NEXTEL CUP developmental drivers. They’ve been mixing it up all season with winners coming from both camps.
Developmental drivers on the July 9th ARCA official entry list include: Rob Bunker, Josh Wise, Alex Yontz, Cale Gale, Bryan Clauson, Tim Andrews, Erin Crocker and Pete Shepherd.
Area fans will be glad to see a large number of Kentuckiana entries. These well-known area drivers are on the July 9th ARCA official entry list: Frank Kapfhammer, Louisville, KY; Darrell Basham, Henryville, IN; Bryan Clauson, Noblesville, IN; Josh Clemons, New Albany, IN; Brett Hudson, Owensboro, KY; Frank Kimmel, Clarksville, IN; Steve Blackburn, Prestonsburg, KY; Dugan Basham of Henryville, IN and Ryan Lawler of Indianapolis. Another area connection is Clarence Brewer’s Brewco Motorsports entry driven by Phillip McGilton of Marion, IL. Brewco is based in Central City, KY. (Others may be added by race time.)
Two ladies are entered: Erin Crocker of Wilbraham, MA will drive the #98 Evernham Motorsports Dodge. Crocker is a serious challenger looking to be the first female to win a race in the ARCA series. She finished second at Kentucky earlier this year and is second in Superspeedway Challenge Championship standings. Gabi DiCarlo of Phoeniz, AZ will drive the Doug Stringer owned Great Clips Chevrolet. DiCarlo, a student at Arizona State, races a partial schedule.
David Green of Owensboro, KY and Kraig Kinser of Bloomington, IN, along with NASCAR veteran Ken Schrader, are on the truck race entry list.
Here is information on three ARCA drivers from Kentucky as shared with me at the May ARCA race at Kentucky Speedway:
Steve Blackburn of Prestonsburg runs selected ARCA races as sponsorship allows. His racing background includes motorcycle road racing where he was U.S. Twin Sports national champion in 2003. He raced at Lonesome Pine Raceway in Coburn, Virginia 1999-2004 where he was Late Model Track Champion in 2004. He also raced the NASCAR Atlantic region in 2004. He previously was a motorcycle road racer and U.S. Twin Sports National Champion in 2003.
Wayne Edwards home is Shepherdsville, Kentucky but he spends most of the time in Concord, North Carolina where he works with Andy Hillenburg’s Fast Track Racing School. Wayne ran his first ARCA race in May of this year at Winchester Speedway in Indiana. His racing history began in 1981 at the Jeffersonville Sportsdrome and continued through Super Stocks at Salem Speedway, Late Models at Louisville Motor Speedway and Craftsman Trucks.
Frank Kapfhammer of Louisville, Kentucky is running seven or eight ARCA races in 2007, primarily on tracks of one and one-half miles or longer. His goals are to be competitive in ARCA, beat last year’s 14th place finish and to get better each time out. His cars are set up for the longer tracks. His favorite tracks are Nashville, Kentucky and Kansas.
Frank’s crew: Scott Murray, Doug Meredith, Bob May, Dave Owsley, Steve Schmidt, Allen Redmon, Pat Sullivan, Bob Sullivan, Shawn Sullivan, Doug Roberts and Damon Danner.
Sponsors are: Long John Silvers, Pepsi, Subway, Fenley Development, Dr. Pepper, Bremm Vinyl Graphics, Bill’s Body Shop, Martinizing Dry Cleaners, and Scott Gross Company. He is looking for more sponsors.
The ARCA series is extremely competitive! All-time wins leader Frank Kimmel of Clarksville, Indiana leads in points and is followed closely by Bobby Gerhart, Michael McDowell, Justin Allgaier, and Dexter Bean.
Mike Skinner, Ron Hornaday, Todd Bodine, Travis Kvapil, and Rick Crawford are the truck series leaders.
Get out to the track this weekend! Tickets are available by calling (888) 652-RACE. Go here for more information: www.kentuckyspeedway.com.
If you can’t make it to the track, tune in the SPEED channel for live coverage of both races. Look for a post-race article and photos on www.LuvRacin.com.
Ron Singleton, LuvRacin.com, email@example.com