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ARCA's 2014 Bill France Four Crown Championship Kicks Off At New Jersey Motorsports Park Road Course Sunday, June 1
Posted by: newsla on May 05, 2014 - 03:48 PM
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ARCA's 2014 Bill France Four Crown Championship Kicks Off At New Jersey Motorsports Park Road Course Sunday, June 1


The diversity of the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards is, in part, what sets the 62-year-old tour apart from the rest. And ARCA's Bill France Four Crown award best captures the series' versatility that has become, over the years, a large part of the brand's signature.

 

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The Great Railing 150 at New Jersey Motorsports Park (NJMP) Sunday, June 1 will kick off the first leg of this year's Bill France Four Crown, an annual honor that reaches back to 1984, when Davey Allison became the inaugural recipient of the year-end award.

The Four Crown schedule provides a link to the series' roots, featuring a diverse combination of tracks in any given season. This year's schedule includes NJMP (road course), Chicagoland Speedway (superspeedway), Berlin Raceway (short track), and DuQuoin (mile dirt oval), where the Four Crown will conclude September 1.

"The Bill France Four Crown Award speaks to the very nature of the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards," said Ron Drager, President of ARCA. "Being the full-bodied stock car series that runs on speedways, road courses, short tracks, and dirt ovals, this is the epitome of what our series is about."

Four Crown points are allocated without qualifying or in-race bonuses, and distributed in the same method as in the official series standings.

All-time ARCA winner Frank Kimmel, who has never won on a road course, is the all-time Bill France Four Crown champion with seven titles (2013, 2008, 2007, 2005, 2002, 2001, 1998).

Allison won the first Bill France Four Crown championship in his rookie season. Twenty-five years later another rookie, Parker Kligerman (current NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver), would earn the honor driving for Cunningham Motorsports in 2009, the year he finished second at NJMP.

Roxton Pond, Quebec's Andrew Ranger is the defending race winner at NJMP, his third consecutive ARCA victory on the 2.25-mile Thunderbolt course. The event has annually produced some extraordinarily thrilling finishes. In fact, the winner of four of the last six ARCA road course races at NJMP have been determined on the last lap reaching back to 2009 when eventual winner Patrick Long and Kligerman were bouncing off one another over the final circuit

The event will mark ARCA's seventh consecutive trip to the state-of-the-art facility and include a wide mix of different road course tours to complement the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards, including the Trans-Am tour, the Pirelli World Challenge, the SCCA Pro-It tour, and more.

Practice for this year's Great Railing 150 is Saturday, May 31 from 11:35 a.m. - 12:35 p.m. with final practice afterwards from 1:25 - 2:55. Menards Pole Qualifying presented by Ansell follows final practice Saturday at 4:30. Sunday's race is scheduled to roll off at 1:30.

ARCAracing.com will feature live timing and scoring of all on-track activity as well as live flag-to-flag audio coverage of the race.

Tickets available now for Great Railing 150
Tickets are on sale now for New Jersey Motorsports Park's 2014 major spectator events, including the Great Railing 150, by phone at 856-327-7256 or online at www.njmp.com. Ticket prices are subject to change when purchased at the gate during the event weekend.

Past ARCA Bill France Four Crown Award Champions:
1984 - Davey Allison
1985 - Lee Raymond
1986 - Lee Raymond
1987 - Grant Adcox
1988 - Grant Adcox
1989 - Tracy Leslie
1990 - Bob Keselowski
1991 - Bobby Bowsher/Bill Venturini (Tie)
1992 - Bobby Bowsher
1993 - Bob Keselowski
1994 - Bob Hill
1995 - Harris DeVane
1996 - Tim Steele
1997 - Tim Steele
1998 - Frank Kimmel
1999 - Bill Baird
2000 - Tim Steele
2001 - Frank Kimmel
2002 - Frank Kimmel
2003 - Jason Jarrett
2004 - Brent Sherman
2005 - Frank Kimmel
2006 - Blake Bjorklund
2007 - Frank Kimmel
2008 - Frank Kimmel
2009 - Parker Kligerman
2010 - Joey Coulter
2011 - Chad McCumbee
2012 - Chris Buescher
2013 - Frank Kimmel

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