Food World 250 Information
WHAT: ARCA RE/MAX Series race at Talladega Superspeedway
Race 22 of a 23-race schedule
WHEN: Friday, Oct. 6, 2006; 4:30 p.m. CST
WHERE: Talladega Superspeedway, Talladega, Ala.
TV/RADIO: Same Day Delay On SPEED Channel 7 p.m. CST/Locally Live on WTDR 92.7 FM
RACE LENGTH: 250 miles (94 laps)
PURSE: $284,484 in prize, point and contingency money
QUALIFYING: Qualifying is Thursday, Oct. 5, starting at 3:30 p.m./Two laps, all positions - Impound
2005 WINNER: Kraig Kinser
DEFENDING POLE SITTER: Kraig Kinser (185.040 mph)
QUALIFYING RECORD: Bill Venturini, 205.432 mph; May 1987
RACE RECORD: Grant Adcox, 173.947 mph (1 hour, 47 min., 21 sec.), July 26, 1986
TICKETS: - For tickets, contact the Talladega Superspeedway ticket office at 1-877-Go2-DEGA or log onto www.racetickets.com.
- The Food World 250 ARCA RE/MAX Series race on Friday, Oct. 6:
One day general admission ticket is $20. Kids age 11 and younger admitted free with a ticketed adult.
PARKING: Day Parking for automobiles is free on Talladega Superspeedway grounds.
WEB ADDRESS: www.talladegasuperspeedway.com
NOTES OF INTEREST:
OPEN-WHEEL STAR MONTOYA TO MAKE FIRST STOCK CAR START - Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates (CGRFS) announced on Sept. 27 that Juan Pablo Montoya will drive the No. 4 Texaco/Havoline Dodge in the Food World 250 at Talladega Superspeedway. Montoya and the CGRFS team tested at Talladega on Sept. 25 in preparation for the ARCA event, as well as his first start in a stock car. In July CGRFS announced that Montoya would be piloting the No. 42 Texaco/Havoline Dodge Charger in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series in 2007. The 31-year-old Colombia, South America native will become the first Formula One driver in the 58-year history of NASCAR to compete on the circuit full time. He returns to the CGRFS organization with 137 starts competing in CART, IndyCar and Formula One, where he's tallied 18 wins, 26 poles, 60 top-five and 79 top-10 finishes. Over his five complete
seasons in Formula One, Montoya has finished sixth or better in the standings. Montoya previously worked with team owner Chip Ganassi in the CART Series in 1999 and 2000. He captured the CART Championship and Rookie of the Year honors in 1999 while visiting Victory Lane 11 times in those two years, including a win at the prestigious Indianapolis 500 in 2000.
RECORD YEAR FOR ARCA RE/MAX SERIES - In the 2006 season ARCA has seen 17 different winners in 21 events, including 12 first time Series winners. Frank Kimmel, Ken Schrader and Steve Wallace are the only repeat winners so far this season. In addition to a record year of race winners, the ARCA RE/MAX Series is on its way to breaking the record for the most different Pork Pole Winners in a single season. So far the series has tied with a record set in 1991, which consists of 15 different pole winners for the 2006 season. Currently, Brad Coleman and Steve Wallace are in the lead with three Pork Pole Awards each, followed by Blake Bjorklund and Frank Kimmel with two each. Dexter Bean, Erin Crocker, Bobby
Gerhart, Brian Keselowski, Damon Lusk, Chase Miller, Brett Rowe,
Ken Schrader, Brent Sherman, David Stremme and Chuck Weber each have one.
FIRST COMPETITIVE LAPS ON NEW ASPHALT - Talladega Superspeedway recently completed a massive repaving project in time for the upcoming UAW-Ford 500 event weekend, and the Food World 250 ARCA RE/MAX Series race will be the first competitive laps logged on the new asphalt. This is the fourth time Talladega Superspeedway has been paved, including construction in 1968-1969 and the first repaving in late 1969-early 1970. In late 1979, crews again gave the track a new surface, which lasted an astounding twenty-six years. The last time the ARCA RE/MAX Series competed on brand new asphalt at Talladega was on August 2, 1980, when Billie Harvey went to Gatorade Victory Lane. Harvey also earned the pole award that weekend, with a speed of 191.466 mph. The ARCA RE/MAX Series competed on the track's last racing surface a total of 35 times.
OPEN TEST UNOFFICIAL RESULTS - Thirty-five ARCA RE/MAX Series teams participated in an open test on the new racing surface at Talladega Superspeedway on Monday, Sept. 25. Mario Gosselin posted the fastest speed of 188.393 mph, with Marc Mitchell and Steve Wallace both posting the second fastest speed of 187.838 mph. Next was Roush Racing development driver Peter Shepherd, with a speed of 187.618 mph, followed by Juan Pablo Montoya and Jason Keller (both posted 187.544 mph speeds) and Cale Gale (187.251 mph).
SWEET HOME ALABAMA - Five drivers entered in the Food World 250 hail from the state of Alabama and will return to their home track, attempting to qualify for the event. These drivers are Mike Harmon of Birmingport, Ala. (No. 38), Justin South of Hueytown, Ala. (No. 43), Doug Reid of Hueytown, Ala. (No. 78), Cale Gale of Mobile, Ala. (No. 09) and Craig Butts of Grove Hill, Ala. (No. 50).
KIMMEL HAS EIGHTH CHAMPIONSHIP IN SIGHT, BUT CAN'T CLINCH AT TALLADEGA - Frank Kimmel only had to start last year's Food World 250 at Talladega in order to lock in his record seven championships, and this year he has an eighth title in sight. Mathematically, however, he can't clinch at Talladega this year. Kimmel heads to Talladega with a 290-point lead over Bobby Gerhart, but in order to clinch, he would need to leave the event 550 points ahead of Gerhart. If Kimmel gained every point possible during the weekend and Gerhart earned none, he'd still be 10 points shy of the 550 necessary to clinch. Kimmel has yet to win at a superspeedway, but won his first Talladega pole award in 2004.
RESTRICTOR PLATE KING - ARCA RE/MAX Series "Restrictor Plate King" Bobby Gerhart is the 2001 ARCA RE/MAX Series Talladega race winner, and has won at Daytona International Speedway four times (1999, 2002, 2005, 2006). Gerhart has also won the pole position at DIS the past four years, and has two Talladega pole awards to his credit (2001, 2002). Gerhart drives the No. 5 Lucas Oil Chevrolet and is currently second in points. He participated in a Hoosier tire test on the new racing surface at Talladega Superspeedway on Thursday, Sept. 21.
FORD LEADS MANUFACTURER'S CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS - Coming into this weekend, Ford leads the 2006 Manufacturer Champion standings with 134 points followed by Dodge with 132 points, Chevrolet with 124 points and Pontiac with 69 points. If Ford continues its lead, this will be the sixth consecutive year of earning the title.
DRIVER DEVELOPMENT - As has been the tradition with the Food World 250 at Talladega Superspeedway, several high-profile development drivers are expected to compete in the race, including open-wheel star Juan Pablo Montoya with Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates, Steve Wallace in the No. 61 Rusty Wallace, Inc. Dodge, Phoenix-racing development driver and Alabama native Cale Gale in
the No. 09 Dodge, Richard Childress Racing development driver Timothy Peters in
the No. 31 Chevrolet, Dodge development driver Chase Miller in the No. 22 Eddie
Sharp-owned Dodge, Evernham Motorsports' Erin Crocker in the No. 98 Dodge.
RICH HISTORY & LONGEST RACE - The Food World 250, the 44th ARCA RE/MAX Series event at Talladega, is the longest race on the ARCA RE/MAX Series schedule, at 250 miles (94 laps). The ARCA RE/MAX Series began competition at Talladega in 1969, the first year the 2.66-mile tri-oval opened. The first event was the Oct. 26, 1969 Vulcan 500. The series held a 50-lap qualifying race in April of the next year, following it with another 500-mile event in July. The series did not compete at Talladega from 1971 through 1974. In 1975, the series returned and has raced here every year since. From 1975 to 1982, the race was known as the ARCA 200 (76 laps). From 1982 through 1991, there were two ARCA events held each year at Talladega Superspeedway, with the exception of an event cancelled due to weather in July of 1985. In 1992, the series began visiting the track only once a year.
LORETTA LYNN & MOUNTAIN ROCK MUSIC SPONSOR 1972 TALLADEGA WINNER HYLTON - James Hylton, who won the 1972 August NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series event here at Talladega Superspeedway, has entered the Food World 250 and will be driving a car sponsored by country music legend Loretta Lynn and Mountain Rock Music. "With Loretta Lynn on the front of the car and Mountain Rock Music on the back, I guess we will have to call the car 'the music machine,' Hylton said. Hylton has been friends with Lynn and Mountain Rock Music producer J.C. Weaver for many years, and said he also counts himself as a longtime fan of both musicians. Hylton is in his last year as an active driver and is currently 18th in series points. Hylton's last Talladega Superspeedway start was in the May 1993 ARCA RE/MAX Series race.
ROOKIE-OF-THE-YEAR BATTLE - Currently Blake Bjorklund, driver of the No. 32 Country Joe Racing - Red Line Oil Dodge, leads the Rookie standings by 20 points of Frank Kimmel Racing's Ryan Foster. Ryan Howard, Brett Rowe and Justin Allgaier round out the top five.
ARCA RE/MAX SERIES RACE WINNERS AT TALLADEGA - There have been a total of 26 different winners in ARCA RE/MAX Series competition at Talladega, including multiple-race winners Grant Adcox (5), Tim Steele (4), Davey Allison (4), Charlie Glotzbach (3), Jimmy Horton (2), Ramo Stott (2), Jim Vandiver (2), Red Farmer (2), Tracy Leslie (2) and single-race winners Paul Menard, Johnny Halford, Ron Hutcherson, Bruce Hill, Sandy Satullo, Billie Harvey, Mark Martin, Jim Vaughan, Rick Roland, Jeff Purvis, Mike Wallace, Bob Strait, David Keith, Bobby Gerhart, Keith Segars, Blake Feese and Kraig Kinser.
CUMULATIVE POLE AWARDS - There are a total of 26 different pole award winners in ARCA RE/MAX Series competition at Talladega, including multiple pole award winners Charlie Glotzbach (4), Tim Steele (3), Bill Venturini (3), Davey Allison (3), Billie Harvey (3), Grant Adcox (2), Rick Roland (2) , Patty Moise (2) and Bobby Gerhart (2), along with single pole award winners Loy Allen, Jr., Jim Vandiver, Coo Coo Marlin, Woody Fisher, Ron Hutcherson, Jim Sauter, Sandy Satullo, Ralph Jones, Frank Kimmel, Jeff Purvis, Bob Schacht, Bob Strait, Kirk Shelmerdine, Kyle Busch, Bob Studdard, Dave Simko and Kraig Kinser.
FOOD WORLD 250 PRE-RACE DIGNITARIES - BI-LO/Brunos Vice President Harold Carver will serve as Grand Marshal and BI-LO/Brunos Category Buyer Mark Peters will serve as Honorary Starter. Invocation will be delivered by the Rev. Fred Cook of Alabama Raceway Ministries. The National Anthem will be performed by Vanessa Bryant of Anniston, Ala.