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Located in the Irish Hills of Brooklyn, Michigan, the spacious and fast two-mile superspeedway is an hour away from ARCA’s Temperance, Michigan-based home office, and has long been considered the tour’s hometown superspeedway.
ARCA’s relationship with Michigan reaches back to 1980 when Joe Ruttman won the inaugural ARCA race event from the pole. Other former Michigan ARCA winners over the decades include Bob Keselowski, Jeff Purvis, Tim Steele, Kerry Earnhardt, Casey Mears, Reed Sorenson, Steve Wallace, Parker Kligerman, Ty Dillon and Chris Buescher, to name a few.
There hasn’t been a repeat ARCA winner at Michigan since Steele pulled off the feat in 1996 and 1997.
Last year, Ross Kenseth, son of NASCAR Sprint Cup championship driver Matt Kenseth, rolled into victory lane in a Ken Schrader-owned car. It was the first ARCA victory for Kenseth, one of 10 first-time winners on the 2015 ARCA Racing Series 20-race tour. He beat 10-time series champion Frank Kimmel to the finish line.
“It’s been around forever…such a historic track,” said Kimmel. “It’s so smooth, big and wide…you can run right down on the bottom or you can run all the way right up against the wall. You can run anywhere on the racetrack you want so if the car’s not working where you want it to, you try to move somewhere else and get it better. You’ve got options at Michigan. It’s one of my favorite places.”
Kimmel’s first victory at Michigan was in 1998, the year he won his first national championship. The Clarksville, Indiana second-generation racer also drove to Victory Lane at Michigan in 2005.
The ARCA Racing Series recently completed its 63rd season of racing. The return to Michigan is the sixth race date of the 2016 season to be announced. Additional race dates will be announced in the coming weeks on arcaracing.com.
CREDIT: ARCA Racing Series