Fifteen ARCA RE/MAX Series teams turned wrenches and adjusted stock car set-ups during an open test at Kentucky Speedway today in preparation for the inaugural "Channel 5-155" on Saturday, May 11.

Two dozen Greater Cincinnati and Kentucky media also were on hand for "Channel 5-155" Media Day, which featured comments by current series points leader Chad Blount, 2001 series Rookie-of-Year Jason Jarrett and ARCA President Ron Drager.

Jarrett said his team is experiencing inconsistency as it begins its 2002 campaign, but he expects to challenge defending champion Frank Kimmel for both the ARCA RE/MAX Series and "Channel 5-155" title. Kimmel swept two ARCA RE/MAX Series events at Kentucky Speedway in 2001 and went on to win his third series championship in four years.

"I'm looking forward coming to Kentucky because it marks the beginning of the bulk of our season where we don't have weeks off," Jarrett said. "It's also one of the biggest races for the series. We need to add some consistency to our program and Kentucky Speedway would be a great place to do that in 'The Channel 5-155.'

"Right now, we're just looking to try to win a championship. It's a handful to try to take it away from Frank. He has the same equipment we have, so somehow, we have to try to get a jump and that's why we test as much as possible."

Another driver seeking to make a positive impression during "The Channel 5-155" is series veteran and Cincinnati resident Jeep Pflum. Pflum will drive for Cincinnati-based Rite Track Racing and pilot the No. 5 Channel 5 Monte Carlo for the event's title sponsor.

"We'll run the same car we had here last year, but it's reworked," he said. "We ran eighth last year and are really hoping for a top-five finish this year. It's a 155-mile race, so it's not about who has the most power, but who can make it to the end. Kimmel, Jarrett and Blount are the big money teams, but they can be beaten."

Kentucky Speedway officially opens its 2002 season on Friday, May10, at 8:00 p.m., with "The "Auto Body Panels Short Track Special," which will feature USAC National Midget Car Series, ARCA Lincoln Welders Truck Series and Baby Grand Series racing on the speedway's paved quarter-mile track.

Tickets for all 2002 events at Kentucky Speedway, including the June 15 NASCAR Busch Series "Kroger 300 Presented by Oreo" are on sale now and can be purchased in five easy ways:

  • By phone at 1-888-652-RACE
  • On the World Wide Web at www.kentuckyspeedway.com
  • In person at either the speedway's Ft. Mitchell ticket office or at the Kentucky Speedway Fan Center off Ky. Hwy. 35 in Sparta, Ky.
  • At Tickets.com and all Tickets.com retail outlets located in Greater Cincinnati area Meijer Hader Hardware and Play-It-Again Sports stores.
  • In person at all Greater Cincinnati AAA locations.