ARCA RE/MAX Series Drivers Test At Talladega Superspeedway

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Forty-one ARCA RE/MAX Series drivers took to the high-banks of Talladega Superspeedway on Tuesday in preparation for the ARCA RE/MAX Series 250 on Friday, Oct. 5.

                

Justin South, a native of Hueytown, AL and driver of the No. 59 HD Supply Dodge Charger said, "This is a new car for us, so we haven't really tested it.  We're running a new (Chip) Ganassi car. Got a good motor, a good car. We have a little transmission problem, but that's what we're out here for is to test and get all this stuff out of the way, so we can work on our cars during the race. You're going to have problems with new cars. We're here to get our stuff close, and then when the race comes we'll get it fine-tuned.

 

When asked his thoughts about racing so close to home, South said, "Everybody loves to come race at Talladega. It's a very prestigious win. To win at Talladega and Daytona, it's a very prestigious win."

 

Talladega could very well determine the eventual ARCA RE/MAX Series Championship, as eight-time series champion Frank Kimmel holds a slight 140 point lead over Michael McDowell heading into the race.

 

McDowell, driver of the No. 2 Z-Line Design Dodge Charger, acknowledged that Talladega is very important to the championship.  "The points are tight. We're real close to Frank (Kimmel) right now. This is going to be a big deciding factor, depending on how we come out of here. It's been a great year all year long with Frank. He's just an awesome guy to race with. He's not going to make a lot of mistakes. So for us it's just keeping pressure on him and being up in the top-five during the race. We're going to come out here and have a good time and try to have the best result we can."

 

Kimmel, driver of the No. 46 PORK The Other White Meat Ford Fusion, praised the young racer.  "This one is more of a battle, to be

sure. We had a good race last year with Bobby Gerhart, but by this time we had a pretty good lead. Michael McDowell has done a super job. He's a tough competitor. He has great race cars, and he's a good driver and a nice young man. We've really had a lot of fun racing this year." 

 

The ARCA RE/MAX Series 250 is only a quarter of the 1,000 miles of racing during the Oct. 5-7 UAW-Ford 500 weekend at Talladega Superspeedway.  The weekend consists of the ARCA RE/MAX Series 250 on Friday, followed by the Mountain Dew 250 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race on Saturday.  The NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series Car of Tomorrow will make its first appearance in a superspeedway race on Sunday, Oct. 7, which is also the fourth race in the Chase for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup. Kids age 11 and younger are admitted free of charge on Friday and Saturday of race weekends in the general admission grandstands at Talladega Superspeedway. To order tickets, call 1-877-Go2-DEGA (1-877-462-3342). For our hearing impaired guests, please call TDD 1-866-ISC-TRAK (1-866-472-8725). Tickets also are available online at www.racetickets.com or in person by visiting the Talladega Superspeedway Ticket Office from 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. CDT, Monday - Sunday.
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