FRANK KIMMEL won his first ever Talladega Superspeedway race and moved that much closer to taking his eighth ARCA championship Friday at the ARCA-RE/MAX Food World 250 race.

The race was ended 13 laps short of the scheduled number of laps, due to darkness. When the fifth caution came out officials decided not to restart the race. This left STEVE WALLACE and JUAN PABLO MONTOYA out of luck in their battle to charge for the lead.

Wallace, son of RUSTY WALLACE, finished second and Montoya finished third. Rusty was coaching his son, and Montoya had team owner CHIP GANASSI at the other end of his radio.

This was JPM's stock car debut and he made a credible effort. He led nine laps at the start, made a great save when he was caught out by someone else's accident, fell to the back after pitting for repairs and then pitting three more times for more repairs, recovered from a penalty for entering a closed pit-lane, charged back up to second place and learned how to draft, bump, and understand NASCAR-speak. Perhaps the most difficult part of the weekend was waiting out the extra thirty minutes the car took going through NASCAR tech.

Ganassi graded Montoya at a nine on a scale of 1-10. Montoya said "I haven't had this much fun in a race for a long time. I'm not saying F1 is bad or anything. I think it's great racing as well. The cars are unbelievable, but I haven't had this much fun in a long time. I passed probably 40 cars today easily. It's outrageous."

Montoya will test the Car of Tomorrow Monday at Talladega, and then on to Memphis for testing. "I think the plan is to go to Iowa and see what happens. The more miles we do, and the more experience I get, the better it's going to be."

It was a competitive 41-car ARCA field, which saw another ten drivers go home after Qualifying. The three-wide driving and drafting is one reason two spotters were required for the newly paved 2.66-mile super speedway.

Road race veteran, TONY AVE/No.87 Cyberspeed Racing Chevrolet, DNF when he was involved in a multi-car accident, taking out five cars. It wasn't his fault but no matter. The cleanup on this accident was deemed to be too lengthy for the quickly closing darkness, and the race was called as the track has no lights. Doesn't matter what RICKY BOBBY had in Talladega Nights. Ave had been running fourteenth at the time and had run as high as eighth, which gave him at that point the most positions gained in the race. Ave had been put to the back of the field at the start due to a transmission change. Team-mate, rookie SKIP CUMMINS, finished eighteenth and turned the second fastest race lap.

Earlier in the day, MARK MARTIN earned the pole for the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series John Deere 250 at Talladega, with a lap of 52.523secs. AJ ALLMENDINGER qualified twenty-fifth for his second NASCAR race. He's on a break in his busy Champ Car schedule where he's second in the championship race.

Martin's plans for 2007 were revealed Friday morning. He will be leaving Roush Racing and Ford after all these years for a partial Nextel Cup season with MB2 in a Chevrolet. Martin will be sharing his ride with rookie REGAN SMITH in #01 U.S.Army Chevrolet. Martin will run 22 races including the Bud Shootout and the Daytona 500. Regan will run the other 18, and run the car full time in 2008. The car will have owner points. This year's driver for that #01 car, JOE NEMECHEK, will run a third car for the MB2, with no owner points - which the team figures isn't that much of a problem as he is a good qualifier. He has the nickname - 'Front Row Joe'.

What really excites Martin is his chance to mentor the team's other drivers - Smith, KRAIG KINSER and JESUS HERNANDEZ. Martin has said all along that he didn't want to run Nextel Cup full time, and tried to retire last year but was persuaded by JACK ROUSH to stay on when a replacement driver wasn't found.

Martin may be part of MB2's partnership with Morgan-Dollar Motorsports in the Craftsman Truck Series next season. MB2 hopes to fill out that programme with Smith, Kinser and Hernandez... and maybe Martin.

The Martin plan came together in the last 10-14 days. Martin will keep the crew for #01, and the third MB2 car will get a new crew.

Although it is a multi-year deal, after 2007, Martin can make the plan what he wants. And he has some flexibility for 2007 in that he could possibly run other series in other than a Chevrolet.

Friday at Mount Panorama outside Sydney in Australia, there was a horrible crash in the Fujitsu V8 Supercar series race, the support race preceding the annual Bathurst 1000 endurance race on Saturday.

MARK PORTER of New Zealand and DAVID CLARK of Australia were involved in a crash, causing serious head and chest injuries to both. They were each cut from their race cars, transported by ambulance to the Bathurst hospital and then airlifted to Sydney.

The series is a V8 Supercars development series, with the cars being mostly last year's V8 Supercars handed down to the junior teams. The series runs as a support race to many of the V8 Supercars races.

MARK SKAIFE has the pole for Saturday's race with a time of 2min 07.4221secs, three-tenths ahead of JASON BRIGHT. This is Skaife's fifth pole position at Bathurst and he has won five times. His co-driver is GARTH TANDER. Skaife will be going for his sixth victory, and this year the trophy is named after the late, great Aussie driver, nine-time Bathurst winner, PETER BROCK. Skaife said "For sure it will be emotional tomorrow. But as Peter Brock would say, we'll be having a red hot go tomorrow, that's for sure."