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ARCA Sim Racing for MRO; Scott Kalitta memorial June 25, 2008

Posted by claireblang in Items of Interest.
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Hey all!

It was so fun having DW’s brother telling stories last night on the air – prior to the ARCA Sim benefit race. I figured I’d send you a blog today on a number of things from here at my studio in Charlotte, NC.

ARCA Sim Racing Last Night -CBLBLOG UPDATE
Fundraiser for Motor Racing Outreach Last Night Racing On Line!

On “Dialed In’ yesterday, Darrell Waltrip’s brother, Bobby Waltrip (he so sounds exactly like DW doesn’t he?) and DW’s nephew Lee Bob Waltrip talked about their participation in last night’s LIVE on line charity sim racing event to benefit Motor Racing Outreach. Here’s a listener email:

What racing software are they using?

The software they raced was Arca Sim Racing 08′ from the Sim Factory. It
can be purchased at http://www.theSimFactory.com

This software is also featured and run at http://www.DMP-Racing.com which is Dale
Jr’s league. They race every other Monday, Live at http://www.OnlineRacin.com
(Dale Jr, AJ Allmendinger, TJ Majors, Martin Truex Jr all race there). Next
race is June 30th at 9:30 pm est at the famed Milwaukee Mile! (Joey Logano
helped them set that track up last year in development by the way)

Also, it is featured in Daytona’s 500 Experience center, which opened
yesterday (tuesday).

Here’s an update on last night’s sim racing:

Sim Racing Update: June 24, 2008
The SIM race itself last night went well, a few more cautions than expected, but since
these guys had not races together before, it kind of was not a total surprise. 43 cars
started and I think 33 were in the running at the end. A few self spins
early, the majority of the field was in contention with 20 laps left. This
caused for some extra laps at the end (Arca has unlimited
Green-White-Checkers), and ultimately a last lap move to the front by Josh
Parker and eventual race winner! Money raised for MRO was about $450 in
purse, and several drivers are donating 1/2 or all their race winnings as
well. A rebroadcast is available for offline post race viewing at:
http://www.PSRTV.com (MRO)

A few highlights of sim racing in ARCA sim:

You can have up to 43 cars participate at once (and 43 Live spotters)
Tracks raced are SuperSpeedway, Speedway, Short Track, Dirt oval and
soon even a Road Course!
Simulation has all 5 major manufacturers represented (Toyota, Ford,
Dodge, Chevy and Pontiac)
Scoring can be done in Arca format or Sprint Cup
Drivers seen in online races: Allmendinger, Truex, Dale Jr, McDowell,
Brad Coleman, Colin Braun, Logano, and many more
Software is currently used in preparation and as a traing tool for many
drivers not only in ARCA, but all the major motorsports

** really cool video of AJ racing at Pocono at the Myspace page ( first
one: www.myspace.com/arcasimracing )

Thanks to Bobby Waltrip and Lee Bob for hanging out on “Dialed In” with me last night. They are a hoot aren’t they?

Tuesday Night, June 24 -RESULTS

Here’s an update on racing last night at Madison International Speedway in Oregon, Wisconsin as the All Star Challenge featured NASCAR superstars Kyle Busch, Matt Kennseth and Tony Stewart. Here’s the finishing order:

Madison International Speedway

(Starting position in parentheses)

(2) Steve Carlson
(3) Matt Kenseth
(7) Andrew Morrissey
(11) Nathan Heseleu
(22) Travis Sauter
(5) Rich Bickle
(13) Chris Wimmer
(14) Steve Rubeck
(1) Tim Schendel
(15) Dave Feiler
(17) Steve Holzhausen.
(10) Kyle Busch
(20) Chad Wood
(18) Frank Kreyer
(24) Andy Monday
(9) Tony Stewart
(4) Dan Lensing
(16) Jonathon Eilen
(21) Dan Jung
(6) Nick Hammer
(12) Jeremy Lepak
(8) Bobby Wilberg
(19) Zach Riddle
(23) Eugene Gregorich Jr.

Here’s a link to my buddy Dave Kallmann (Milwaukee Journal Sentinal) who covered the event last night:


I know that a lot of folks in and around racing have been talking about the Scott Kalitta NHRA tragedy- and you know when we first saw the tape over the weekend we were all shocked – everyone in racing that I know -in NASCAR in the garage– mentioned that it was clear that Kalitta did not have room to stop before his vehicle hit the retaining wall.

The shutdown area seemed insufficient even to those who are not experts – even to casual race fans of another series. I have received a great deal of email on this. This has touched people even if they don’t follow NHRA racing or know Kalitta- because any death in racing in any series is a travesty and also really bad for racing in general.

This death, even as I head to New Hampshire to cover NASAR which has become increasingly safer over the past few years, thank God, saddens all of us. Here is the information regarding Scott’s memorial and where donations can be made. Some of you have asked for this information.

Memorials for NHRA Racer Scott Kalitta
A public memorial service to celebrate the life of Scott Kalitta will be held this Thursday, June 26 at 7 p.m. at Ernsthausen Performing Arts Center, 350 Shady Lane Drive, Norwalk, OH 44857. The Kalitta family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to these charities close to Scott’s heart:

Saint Stephen’s Episcopal School
Attn: Development Office
315 41st Street West
Bradenton, FL 34209
(His sons attend this school)

B.R.A.K.E.S. (Be Responsible and Keep Everyone Safe)
c/o Doug Herbert Performance Parts
1443 E. Gaston St.
Lincolnton, NC 28092 http://www.putonthebrakes.com

Cards for Scott’s family can be sent to:
Kalitta Air
818 Willow Run Airport
Ypsilanti, MI 48198

Email condolences can be sent to:

Prayers from here for his family.

Take care…more later. I sure appreciate all your IM’s and email and calls into the show. It means a lot to get to know you all!

Claire B.


1. SCOTT D. GIBB SR. - June 25, 2008


2. Leslie Eaton - June 27, 2008

Sadness and Heartsick are felt over the loss of Scott,Prayers for his family and racing family.

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