Andy Belmont Racing; Mikey Kile Say Bring On Mobile
Andy Belmont Racing; Mikey Kile Say Bring On Mobile
MOBILE, Alabama (March 6, 2012)
Knight Motorsports Management
Andy Belmont Racing
March 6, 2012
- - With the season-opening Lucas Oil Slick Mist 200 from Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway in the rearview mirror, Andy Belmont Racing (ABR) driver Mikey Kile and the rest of the ABR team turn their attention towards round two, which in retrospect they consider the official start of the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards season when the green flag waives at Mobile (Ala.) International Speedway (MIS) on Saturday March, 10.
While the ABR team in their familiar No. 1 ModSpace Ford Fusion had a strong machine at Daytona, many of the spectacles that surface with restrictor plate racing are now obsolete which means it’s time to get back to the grassroots of stock car racing.
This weekend however, it’s not the traditional short track venues of Salem (Ind.) Speedway or Toledo Speedway that the 60-year old series is trekking towards, but instead, it’s a return to the deep South to the state of Alabama for ARCA’s inaugural showing at Mobile.
“I’m so ready to get back to some real racing,” said Kile, whose poised to make his 30th career ARCA start this weekend. “Daytona is fun but you can never predict the outcome. This weekend though, we’re heading to a track this weekend where a driver can actually make a difference.”
The 29-year old continued, “Jeff (McClure) my crew chief is really excited about this race. He likes short track racing just as much as I do and with Andy Belmont Racing’s success rate last year on the short tracks, it’s definitely giving the team something to look forward to. No question about it, I think we have a shot at Victory Lane on Saturday afternoon.”
A trip to the winner’s circle would not only be a nice way to reward ModSpace with their second career victory in the ARCA Racing Series – but for Kile, a native of Westlake, Louisiana, Saturday’s anticipated thriller also means an enormous celebration from the stands.
“I consider Mobile a hometown race,” sounded Kile. “Since it’s close to home, I’m going to have a lot of support in the stands from family and friends, so while I want to get a win for everyone at ModSpace and the team, it would be nice to get a win for them too.”
Team principal Andy Belmont is all to-familiar with history in Motorsports and he would be more than obliged to see his veteran team be the first to soar to the checkered flag this weekend.
“With the combination of Mikey and Jeff, how can we not be a favorite?” offered the long-time ARCA icon and Penndel, Pennsylvania native. “The guys have really been busting their tails to make sure that every car that we put on the track can be a contender. Mobile’s sure to have a lot of action, but we’re hoping to etch our name into the record books by winning the Mobile ARCA 200.”
An undeserving 16th place finish at Daytona has Kile occupying that position entering this weekend’s festivities in the championship standings, but with several competitors ahead of him opting out of partaking in Saturday’s contest, Kile will unofficially take the green flag inside the top-10 and look to make a massive dent towards the coveted top spot in the overall championship.
For the second consecutive event, Kile will have a teammate at ABR as rookie Thomas Praytor will steer the No. 5 ModSpace Ford Fusion in the first short track race of the season.
The Mobile ARCA 200 (200 laps / 100 miles) is the second of 20 events on the 2012 ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards schedule. The first ARCA race held at MIS is a two-day show. Practice begins Friday, March 9 with a three and a half hour practice session planned from 1:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Menards pole qualifying presented by Ansell is set for later in the day at 7:00 p.m. An on-track autograph session has been etched in on race day, Saturday, March 10 from 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. The event will take the green flag shortly after 2:00 p.m. The race will not be televised on SPEED but additional race coverage including live timing and scoring will be available through the ARCA Racing Network (ARN) online at arcaracing.com. All times are local.
For more on Mikey Kile, please visit him online at MikeyKile.com and through Twitter @MikeyKile.
Additional information on Andy Belmont Racing is available by logging onto AndyBelmont.com.
PHOTO CAPTION: Mikey Kile, driver of the No. 1 ModSpace Ford Fusion in the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards for Andy Belmont Racing (ABR).
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About Andy Belmont Racing (ABR):
Andy Belmont Racing (AndyBelmont.com) is a competitive and respected motorsports operation who fields race cars in the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards. ABR has been serving the motorsports community and winning for nearly 25 years. Currently, the team fields a full-time ARCA Racing Series program for series winner Mikey Kile in the No. 1 ModSpace Ford Fusion.