Stremme Wins ARCA RE/MAX Hantz Group 200

David Stremme, eliminated after two laps last Sunday by a parts failure, eliminated the competition by more than one lap today in the ARCA RE/MAX Hantz Group 200 at Michigan International Speedway. After losing a transmission at Pocono Raceway, Stremme got it in gear and then some in lapping the entire field by lap 57 of the 100-lap event. Billy Wease, a Roger Penske development driver competing in his first stock car race, finished second, just over a lap behind. Stremme is the first driver to win an ARCA race by more than one lap since Frank Kimmel turned the feat at Nashville in 2002. Stremme, a rookie in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series, drove the same car (owned by Rusty Wallace) that Rusty's son, Steve Wallace, drove to victory at MIS last year in his first ARCA start. Steve Wallace is competing in a NASCAR Busch Series race this weekend in Kentucky. "We concentrated on long runs," Stremme said. "The car was really good. The main thing I learned today is that there are things that I can apply to the race Sunday in regard to how the track changes with varying temperatures. I used to win by over a lap a lot, but then the competition got tougher." It wasn't too tough today. Wease credited Stremme with doing a better job in traffic and in the pits, experience in general being the biggest factor in Stremme's runaway victory and his first triumph since 2002 when he captured an ASA race. The average race speed of 145.955 miles per hour broke the ARCA MIS record of 142.461 mph set by Ron Barfield in June of 1996. In finishing fourth in the Hantz Group 200, Erin Crocker became the highest finishing female driver in any professional race at MIS. She surpassed the fifth-place finish of Christi Passmore in the ARCA Flagstar 200 in June of 2004.

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