“Buckle-Up Kentucky” 150 ARCA RE/MAX Series Race at Kentucky Speedway
The ARCA RE/MAX Series May 12 visit to Kentucky Speedway had a special Kentucky flavor. And it wasn’t Kentucky bourbon! Our Kentucky State Police and Kentucky Vehicle Enforcement personnel and vehicles were highly visible at the track.
“Buckle-Up Kentucky” was the primary sponsor and program officials participated in the Speedway’s special pre-race ceremonies. Participating were various law enforcement, military, government, track and racing officials. Bobby Clue, the program’s media contact, said its mission is to improve highway safety throughout the state of Kentucky, with a special emphasis on increasing seat belt and child restraint use.
The “Buckle-Up Kentucky” program may at first glance appear to be a mismatch with high-speed auto racing. However, in many ways racing is a good example for regular drivers. Influences from racing that can benefit everyday drivers include disciplined driving, emphasis on safety and driver skills, appropriate driver restraints, plus compliance with laws and good safety practices.
The big weekend attractions were the ARCA races, beginning with the Lincoln Welders Truck Series race on the Kentucky Speedway quarter-mile track and concluding with the featured “Buckle Up Kentucky 150”, a 100-lap race on the 1.5 mile oval. Both races provided plenty of action and entertainment.
ARCA is an excellent series. It features excellent race cars and some outstanding drivers. Qualifying times exceeded 175 miles per hour at Kentucky Speedway. Entries included several Nextel cup developmental drivers including race winner Erik Darnell with Roush Racing. Others were Bill Davis Racing driver Bobby Santos III, Evernham Motorsports Erin Crocker, Dodge Development driver Scott Lagasse, and Richard Childress Racing driver Alex Yontz. We can’t talk ARCA without mentioning Frank Kimmel, the all-time winningest driver in ARCA history. Frank tops the point standings with two top five and four top ten finishes in the first seven races.
Kentuckiana racers entered, in addition to Kimmel, were Josh Allison, Steve Blackburn, Darrell Basham, Wayne Edwards and Frank Kapfhammer. Phillip McGilton of Marion, Illinois drove the Midwest Equipment Ford entry of Clarence Brewer and Brewco Motorsports of Central City, Kentucky.
And you must experience the Kentucky Speedway! Go to the phone or their website immediately to reserve tickets for upcoming races. In addition to another ARCA race, future races include NASCAR Busch Series, NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series, IRL IndyCar and IRL Indy Pro Series. The facility itself is worth a visit! The track is excellent and conducive to good, entertaining racing. The facility is attractive, spacious, and clean with excellent seating and good views. Fans were treated to a concert between races. You’ll enjoy the outing and the racing!
Mark May 26th as a good date to experience Kentucky Speedway for what I believe will be a first in racing—Enduro racing on a super-speedway. It is the “Frank Kimmel Enduro Nationals” sponsored by Harley Davidson of Cincinnati and Thoroughbred Harley Davidson of Florence. Believed to be a super speedway first, the event will start up to 200 street stock cars in a 150 lap race on the 1.5 mile track.
Kimmel said the race idea came from experiences at his home track of Salem Speedway in Salem, Indiana. Salem features two Enduro races annually on its half-mile track. I’ve seen a few of them and I remember 83 starters in one race. It’s a sight to behold and the most exciting racing I’ve seen. Don’t miss this one!
My focus on this visit to Kentucky Speedway was the “BuckleUp Kentucky” program, the Kentucky Speedway and Kentuckiana entries in the ARCA race. Click the following link to see my photos:
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Ron Singleton, www.LuvRacin.com, email@example.com