Cayuga track set to roar with ARCA double header

For the first time since 1992, the Automobile Racing Club of America (ARCA) RE/MAX Series is coming to Canada.

Cayuga Motor Speedway’s .625-mile paved short-track at Nelles Corners will stage the Cayuga ARCA RE/MAX 250 on Sunday, June 29. In addition, the ARCA Lincoln Welders Truck Series will join the RE/MAX Series for a double-header weekend, kicking off with a 50-lap race on Saturday afternoon.

Expected entries for the Cayuga ARCA RE/MAX 250 include Roush Fenway Racing development driver Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., Formula 1 veteran Scott Speed in the Red Bull Toyota, three-time series winner Justin Allgaier, Matt Carter and Tom Hessert III.

After seven events this season, there have been no repeat winners. Victors include Michael Annett at Daytona Int’l Speedway, Allgaier at Salem Speedway, Matt Hawkins at Iowa Speedway, Speed at Kansas Speedway, Joey Logano at Rockingham Speedway, Stenhouse at Kentucky Speedway, and Carter at Toledo Speedway.

The ARCA RE/MAX Series has long been regarded as one of the most versatile touring series in the world regularly competing on super speedways, short-tracks, on both dirt and pavement, and road courses.

The race will mark the eighth appearance of the series in Canada since 1967. It first traveled into Canada in July 1967 to Capital City Speedway in Ottawa, where Bill Clemens earned the victory in the 100-lap main event. After a 20-year hiatus, the series returned to Canada on May 22, 1987, at Delaware Speedway (near London) where Bill Venturini won the 125-lap race. The next five ARCA RE/MAX Series appearances in Canada were all at Delaware where winners included Tracy Leslie (Aug. 12, 1988), Bob Keselowski (Aug. 11, 1989, July 7, 1991 and July 11, 1992), and Bob Strait (Sept. 29, 1990).

The truck series is building its own presence in Canada having already competed at Delaware on three occasions and at Sauble Speedway twice. Winners in Canada include Brett Rowe (Delaware, 2005), Paul Hahn (Delaware, 2006 and Sauble 2006 and 2007), and Nick Gullatta (Delaware, 2007).

Cayuga Motor Speedway is wide with relatively flat and sweeping corners, ideal for close, competitive short-track racing – the kind that puts much of the outcome back into the driver’s hands.Set on nearly 300 acres. Practice for the RE/MAX Series is scheduled for Saturday, June 28 from 12:30-2:00 p.m. followed by SIM Factory Pole Qualifying at 3:30. The Truck Series race follows. The Cayuga ARCA RE/MAX 250 is set for 1:30 p.m. Sunday.

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