Allgaier Holds Off Schrader For Salem Glory

SALEM IN (4-13-08) – ARCA RE/MAX Series veteran Justin Allgaier fought off NASCAR Sprint Cup Series veteran Ken Schrader in the final laps Sunday afternoon at Salem Speedway to win the wild Kentuckiana Ford Dealers ARCA 200 presented by Federated Auto Parts.

Allgaier, with eight lead-lap machines lined up directly behind, also endured a green-white-checker finish en route to the victory, his career third series triumph and second consecutive at Salem. As a result, Allgaier became the first driver to win back-to-back at Salem since Shelby Howard swept both races in 2003.

“Wow that was fun,” said Allgaier. “Kenny battled us all night. It felt like I followed him forever. We were out of tires with 20 to go. He (Schrader) pitted to get his last set with 15 to go. He was right on my bumper; he was fast but he just couldn’t get a run on us. I can’t tell you how much this means to me. To win this race, holding off Kenny Schrader; I mean, the guy’s my hero. I can’t tell you how much I look up to him. He helped get me my start in racing. And to be the first driver to win back-to-back since Shelby Howard is really something.”

Schrader, on fresher tires, pressured the eventual winner continuously during the last 20 laps but could not find a way around Allgaier, who led the final 36 circuits.

“It wasn’t like we weren’t trying,” said Schrader. “We wanted the win as much as Justin did. But it was a pretty good weekend overall for the Federated Auto Parts Dodge crew; I’ll take it. And I couldn’t be happier for the Allgaier’s. They’re a first-class family; I’ve known them a long time. Justin earned it today; he’s one heck of a good racer. Looking forward to running Rockingham and Toledo.”

Matt Carter, in Larry Clement’s no. 46 Stine Seed-Hantz Group-Pork Ford, was in the mix all afternoon and finished third after leading 60 laps. Carter’s finish also earned him the SunTrust Rookie of the Race honors.

“I thought we were going to be able to have a pretty good battle going for a while there but we had to pit with about 20 to go to put a pair of right side tires on,” said Carter. “We had a right rear that was starting to come apart. The Stine Seed Ford was really good and I think that our performance here today really showed everybody that this 46 car can come here and race competitively.”

Eight-time Salem winner Frank Kimmel, in the no. 44 Interstate Equipment Ford, battled back to finish fourth after a few on-track skirmishes that resulted in unscheduled pit stops.

Formula 1 veteran Scott Speed, making his career-first short-track start, steered the Red Bull Toyota to the finish in fifth, a career series best for the Manteca, California driver.

The race, delayed three hours for rain, started under caution with SIM Factory Pole Award winner Schrader scored as the leader for the first 15 laps. However, as soon as the race went green on lap 16 Carter slipped by to take the lead. Carter and Schrader swapped the lead back and forth before both pitted for scheduled pit stops under caution just past the halfway point. Back under green, Speed passed Carter for lead before Schrader regained control of the top-spot on lap 152. With Allgaier right behind, Schrader got pinned in traffic allowing Allgaier to make his move for the lead on lap 169, one he would not relinquish. Schrader, under caution, pitted one more time for right-side tires and worked his way back to the front to challenge for the win.

A multi-car pile-up off turn two on lap 29 ended the day for several including James Hylton, Josh Clemons, Michael Phelps and Tayler Malsam. Brett Hudson, Jake Francis, Ken Butler III and Dexter Bean were also involved but were able to return to competition. There were no injuries.

Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., in the no. 99 Roush Fenway Racing Ford, finished a career-best sixth with series rookie John Wes Townley trailing in seventh in the Zaxby’s-SBS-BB&T Ford, also a career-best finish. Bryan Silas finished eighth in the Nortrax-Fast Track Driving School Chevrolet. Terry Jones finished ninth in his own Jones Group Dodge, the last driver to finish on the lead lap. Veteran Norm Benning earned the Casite Hard Charger Award for his 10th place finish after starting 26th.

Schrader, who led 100 laps, was also the Klotz Half Way Leader and posted the Accel Fastest Lap of the Race. Crew chief Donnie Richeson earned Cometic Crew Chief of the race honors.

The next action for the ARCA RE/MAX Series will be the Prairie Meadows 250 at Iowa Speedway Saturday afternoon, April 19th.

Top-10 points after the Kentuckiana Ford Dealers ARCA 200 by Federated Auto Parts at Salem Speedway (4-13-08); 1) Justin Allgaier 455; 2) Frank Kimmel 420; 3) Matt Carter 390; 4) John Wes Townley 370; 5) Tom Hessert III 360; 6) Bobby Gerhart 330; 6) Patrick Sheltra 330; 8) Darrell Basham 310; 9) Mike Harmon 295; 10) Ken Butler III 265.

1 3 16 Justin Allgaier/Springfield IL AG Tech-Hoosier Midwest-Simpson Safety Chevrolet 204 Running
2 1 52 Ken Schrader/Fenton MO Federated Auto Parts Dodge 204 Running
3 2 46 Matt Carter/Denver NC Stine Seed-Hantz Group-NuSouth Lemonade Ford 204 Running
4 7 44 Frank Kimmel/Clarksville IN Interstate Equipment Ford 204 Running
5 5 2 Scott Speed/Manteca CA Red Bull Toyota 204 Running
6 10 99 Ricky Stenhouse, Jr./Olive Branch MS Roush Fenway Racing Ford 204 Running
7 18 09 John Wes Townley/Watkinsville GA Zaxby’s-SPS-BB&T Ford 204 Running
8 16 11 Bryan Silas/Stuart FL Nortrax-Fast Track Driving School Chevrolet 204 Running
9 23 30 Terry Jones/Amherstburg ON Jones Group Dodge 204 Running
10 26 84 Norm Benning/Pittsburgh PA Norm Benning Racing Chevrolet 201 Running
11 20 60 Patrick Sheltra/Indiantown FL Ferguson Pipe Enterprises-FloraGanics Chevrolet 200 Running
12 28 14 Chase Mattioli/Long Pond PA Pro Tech & Associates Dodge 198 Running
13 24 21 Michel Disdier/Nice France Jack Bowsher & Associates Ford 197 Running
14 17 39 Ryan Hackett/LaPlata MD Farm Ford 197 Running
15 4 1 Tom Hessert III/Cherry Hill NJ Maaco Auto Painting-Boudreaux’s Butt Paste Ford 196 Running
16 25 34 Darrell Basham/Henryville IN Anti Monkey Butt Powder Chevrolet 196 Running
17 21 28 Ron Cox/Soddy Daisy TN Hixson Construction Chevrolet 196 Running
18 33 26 Brad Smith/Shelby Township MI Central Michigan University Ford 194 Running
19 8 93 Justin Lofton/Westmorland CA Lofton Cattle Dodge 192 Running
20 15 22 Ken Butler III/Lilburn GA Aaron’s Rent Toyota 161 Running
21 32 24 Mike Harmon/Birmingport AL Elite 2 Racing Chevrolet 152 Oil Leak
22 6 37 Dexter Bean/Westby WI Glock Chevrolet 135 Running
23 11 5 Bobby Gerhart/Lebanon PA Auto World-Eagle Warranty Chevrolet 128 Fuel Pickup
24 22 7 Jake Francis/Painesville OH Bonner Farms-Habco Tool Chevrolet 121 Accident
25 31 90 Gabi DiCarlo/Phoenix AZ Great Clips Dodge 112 Accident
26 9 25 Brett Hudson/Owensboro KY Fannon & Rice Cable Construction Chevrolet 88 Accident
27 29 32 Dominick Casola/Holmdel NJ Red Line Oil-A. Casola Farms Dodge 73 Accident
28 19 8 Kory Rabenold/Slatington PA Interstate Batteries Chevrolet 71 Accident
29 30 23 Donny Kelley/Humble TX Porter Glass Chevrolet 62 Accident
30 27 18 Billy Leslie/Algonac MI Titan Tire Ford 53 Overheating
31 12 4 Tayler Malsam/Monroe WA Dodge Development-Cunningham Motorsports Dodge 30 Accident
32 14 45 Michael Phelps/Suwanee GA Bowen Family Homes Dodge 29 Accident
33 13 41 Josh Clemons/New Albany IN D&D Properties-Kahl’s Body Shop Ford 29 Accident
34 35 48 James Hylton/Inman SC Rhino’s Energy Drink Dodge 28 Accident
35 34 79 Mike Koch/Mountain Home AR Karl’s Plumbing-K&K Racing Chevrolet 22 Engine

SIM Factory Pole Award: Ken Schrader 16.909 (118.162 mph)
MRGN OF VIC: .261 seconds CAUTIONS: 10 for 74 laps
TIME OF RACE: 1:52:18 AVG SPEED: 60.492 mph
LAP LEADERS: Schrader 1-15, 40-107, 152-168 (100); Carter 16-39, 108-143 (60); Speed 144-151 (8);
Allgaier 169-204 (36)

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