(MOORESVILLE, N.C. - June 29, 2012) - This weekend, the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards heads to Thunderbolt Raceway at New Jersey Motorsports Park for its first and only road course race of the season. In a series that places an emphasis on competing on all types of race tracks, the 2.25-mile road course will be quite the test for the competitors.
Spencer Gallagher has been looking forward to this race all season long and has a lot of momentum coming into the event. Growing up in Las Vegas, NV Gallagher had a lot of experience at the Bullring of Las Vegas Motor Speedway. He’s also spent a lot of time on the road courses of Nevada and throughout the West Coast in Bandoleros, Legend Cars and various other racing series.
Gallagher is in the midst of his best stretch of performance of his young career in the ARCA Racing Series , or the K&N Pro Series for that matter. He has had some experience on the road course of the K&N Pro Series in the past and had a career best finish in the Series last year at the Portland International Raceway. The #23 Allegiant Chevy has been performing solidly and bringing home great results the past four races and Gallagher is hoping to showcase his road racing skills this weekend to continue to build on that momentum.
The event will be the second on the Bill France Four Crown schedule. The Bill France Four Crown is presented at year's end to the driver earning the most in-race points on a diverse slate of tracks: Michigan International Speedway, New Jersey Motorsports Park, the Illinois State Fairgrounds, and Salem Speedway.
A strong majority of the races leading up to ARCA's 60th Anniversary Season have been contested with left turns only - events on short tracks, speedways, and dirt tracks. Fifteen races, however, have taken different paths, and New Jersey Motorsports Park's Thunderbolt Raceway will host the 16th road course event in series history Sunday.
ARCA Racing Series teams will practice twice Saturday, from 11:20 a.m. to 12:50 p.m. and 1:40 to 2:40. Menards Pole Qualifying presented by Ansell - in groups of five as determined by practice speeds - will start at 4:30. The 67-lap, 150-mile race - the fifth for ARCA on the 2.25-mile New Jersey course - will start at 1 p.m. Sunday, with live timing and scoring and live audio coverage presented by the ARCA Racing Network available at ARCARacing.com.
The ARCA event is one of several races scheduled over New Jersey's All-American Race Weekend presented by Global Barter Corporation. Road course racing is new to many competitors in the ARCA Racing Series. In fact, just 15 of the drivers entered for this weekend's race have experience at New Jersey. Frank Kimmel, Tom Hessert, and James Hylton have each made all four starts on the track.