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Blue Grass Quality Meats 200

Saturday August 26, 2000 @ 2:30 PM
TRACK: Kentucky Speedway, 1.5-mile paved oval
LOCATION: Sparta, Kentucky
DISTANCE: 200 miles (133 laps)
SERIES: Event #15 of the 2000 ARCA Bondo/Mar-Hyde Series

There are some new riders in ARCA town for the Blue Grass Quality Meats 200, local ones from Kentucky including Walton, Kentucky's Jeff Alsip, a dirt late-model specialist who will go after his 2nd ARCA start at Kentucky Speedway along with Willie Green, also of Walton, and Waynesburg driver Ronnie Bates who made 13 ARCA starts in '86.

In their attempt to make the field of 41, they'll go against a mighty strong cast of ARCA warriors fresh from the Springfield dirt mile less than a week prior including 3-time champion and all-time superspeedway winner (22) Tim Steele. Steele set the Kentucky bar in July with a convincing victory in the inaugural Kentucky ARCA 150. Even though Steele missed Daytona, the Coopersville, Michigan driver is already 3rd in points behind current point leader and '98 ARCA champ Frank Kimmel with veteran Bob Strait sandwiched between them. Mark Gibson will make his landmark-200th career ARCA start at Kentucky, more than any other active ARCA driver. The Winder, Georgia and 3-time ARCA winner finished 3rd to veterans Tim Steele and Bob Strait in July's Kentucky ARCA 150.

The Blue Grass Quality Meats 200, rolling off on Saturday afternoon, will run in conjunction with the IRL Belterra Resort Indy 300 scheduled for showing on Sunday. At present, 41 ARCA drivers representing 16 states are entered. The event marks the 2nd appearance of the ARCA Bondo/Mar-Hyde Series in Kentucky since 2-time ARCA champ Bobby Bowsher won at the Louisville Motor Speedway in '96. While Des Moines, Iowa driver Shawna Robinson continues in her quest to become the first female to win an ARCA Bondo/Mar-Hyde Series race in 48 years of ARCA competition, Sarah Fisher will attempt to be the first-ever IRL winner here in Kentucky.

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#06 Kieran Dynes
Dunnagon Ireland
TPR Chevrolet

#6 Mike Harmon
Birmingport, AL
 Reid's Autocolor Pontiac

#71 AJ Henriksen
Mooresville, NC
Engineered Components Ford

#27 Ryan Newman
South Bend, IN
Alltel Ford

#98 Jeff Alsip
Walton, KY
Ceco Building Systems-Wildwood Inn Ford

#84 Norm Benning
Pittsburgh, PA
SoBe Healthy Refreshments Chevrolet

#66 Bob Strait
Mokena, IL
Midway Islands Ford

#46 Bill Kimmel, Jr.
CREW CHIEF - Advance Auto Parts-Pork White Meat Chevrolet

#51 Joe Cooksey
Centralia, IL
SunSpeed.net - Maurtco Motorsports Chevrolet

#94 Dion Ciccarelli
Severn, MD
Richard Williams Motorsports Ford

#16 Tim Steele
Coopersville, MI
HS Die-Softech Ford


The Auto Channel spoke with these drivers during July's ARCA Kentucky 150 event:

#47 John Herb
Indianapolis, IN
WorldBestBuy.com Ford

#90 Dennis Strickland
Carleton, MI
Angel Lake Chevrolet

#8 Shawna Robinson
Des Moines, IA
Kmart-Pacific Garden Ford

#5 Bobby Gerhart
Lebanon, PA
Greektown Casinos Chevrolet

#67 Brian Ross
Plymouth, IN
Damon RV Chevrolet


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POSITION

 

NUMBER

DRIVER/RESIDENCE TEAM CAR TIME & SPEED
1 27 Ryan Newman/South Bend IN Alltel Ford   31.56/171.103
2 59 Mark Gibson/Winder GA Cornwell Quality Tools Chevrolet   32.125/168.093
3 8 Shawna Robinson/Des Moines IA Kmart-Pacific Garden Ford   32.181/167.801
4 7 Rich Woodland/Templeton CA Woodland Racing Chevrolet   32.355/166.898
5 46 Frank Kimmel/Jeffersonville IN Advance Auto Parts-Pork White Meat Chevrolet  32.427/166.528
6 67 Brian Ross/Plymouth IN Damon RV Chevrolet  32.800/164.634
7 16 Tim Steele/Coopersville MI HS Die-Softech Ford  32.844/164.414
8 75 Bob Schacht/Mooresville NC Racing for Christ Ford   32.908/164.094
9 5 Bobby Gerhart/Lebanon PA Greektown Casinos Chevrolet   33.116/163.063
10 48 Damon Lusk/Spartanburg SC Reliance Tool & Manufacturing Ford   33.142/162.935
11 81 John Borneman/Ramona CA Borneman Plastering-Red Line Oil Ford   33.302/162.152
12 25 Billy Venturini/Concord NC Permatex-Wyler Chevrolet   33.325/162.041
13 91 Willie Green/Walton KY Master Motorsports Ford   33.33/162.016
14 32 Mark Stahl/Savannah GA AutoBell Carwash-Leola Service Centers Ford   33.482/161.281
15 66 Bob Strait/Mokena IL Midway Islands Ford   33.506/161.165
16 47 Jon Herb/Indianapolis IN WorldBestBuy.com Ford 33.524/161.079
17 52 Jeff Beck/Chicago IL Bob Schacht Motorsports Ford   33.707/160.204
18 19 Tracy Leslie/Mt Clemens MI Target Saws & Blades-Earthlink Chevrolet   33.757/159.967
19 24 Chuck Weber/Mesquite TX Cardinal Tool Company Chevrolet   33.78/159.858
20 71 AJ Henriksen/Mooresville NC Engineered Components Ford   33.875/159.41
21 12 Austin Cameron/El Cajon CA Cement Cutting Inc Chevrolet   34.016/158.749
22 50 Andy Belmont/Penndel PA America Online-York Heating & AC Ford   34.079/158.455
23 84 Norm Benning/Pittsburgh PA SoBe Healthy Refreshments Chevrolet  34.105/ 158.335
24 90 Dennis Strickland/Carleton MI Angel Lake Chevrolet 34.465/156.681
25 62 Anthony Hill/Carrollton GA ESI Ford   34.511/156.472
26 51 Joe Cooksey/Centralia IL SunSpeed.net-Maurtco Motorsports Chevrolet   33.341/161.963
27 94 Dion Ciccarelli/Severn MD Richard Williams Ford   33.976/158.936
28 6 Mike Harmon/Birmingport AL Reid's Autocolor Pontiac   34.565/156.227
29 04 Ronnie Bates/Waynesburg KY Cornett Racing Engines Ford   34.754/155.378
30 38 Greg Sarff/Columbus OH Swapman.com-Fordland Ford   35.382/152.62
31 0 Richard Hampton/Seymour IN Big O Tires-Texaco Chevrolet   35.425/152.435
32 4 Marc Brenner/Trussville AL The Outdoor Channel-Amerex Chevrolet  35.868/150.552
33 98 Jeff Alsip/Walton KY Ceco Building Systems-Wildwood Inn Ford  36.091/149.622
34 06 Kieran Dynes/Dungannon Ireland TPR Chevrolet  36.375/148.454
35 23 Ron Cox/Soddy Daisy TN John Dunn Trucking Chevrolet  Provisional
36 10 David Bridges/Speedway IN GA Rich & Sons Mechanical Chevrolet  Provisional
37 42 Dan Pardus/Port Orange FL D&M Motorsports Chevrolet  Provisional
38 39 Alan Bigelow/Winchester IN George Electric Chevrolet  Provisional 
39   70 Billy Meazell/Frankston TX All Tex Mobile Home-ETOX Chevrolet  Provisional 
             
                

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