Series notebook 2009-06-08

NASCAR's Logano Wins Pocono 200 Joey Logano earned his second career ARCA RE/MAX Series win in his fourth Series start on Saturday at Pocono Raceway. The 19-year-old NASCAR Sprint Cup Series rookie has never finished worse than second in an ARCA...

NASCAR's Logano Wins Pocono 200

Joey Logano earned his second career ARCA RE/MAX Series win in his fourth Series start on Saturday at Pocono Raceway. The 19-year-old NASCAR Sprint Cup Series rookie has never finished worse than second in an ARCA RE/MAX Series race. He entered the Pocono ARCA race in a Venturini Motorsports Toyota as a way to prepare for Sunday's Sprint Cup Series race at the 2.5-mile triangle (finished 23rd on Sunday).

"The ARCA Race helped me learn a bunch of little things," said Logano. "Little bumps on the racetrack, different lines where you find a little more grip. Let off points, stuff like that. The cars are real different. The cars are just so different. At the same time you find little things like that, like you would in the Nationwide Series too, you kind of transfer back and forth."

Logano is not the first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver to use the ARCA RE/MAX Series as a way to gain experience at Pocono Raceway. Former ARCA RE/MAX Series winners at Pocono Raceway include Travis Kvapil, Scott Riggs, Casey Mears, Casey Atwood and Ryan Newman.

Penske Takes Parker Kligerman from Pocono to Prom

Following his sixth-place finish in Saturday's Pocono 200, Rookie of the Year Contender Parker Kligerman traveled from Long Pond, Pennsylvania, to his hometown of Westport, Conn., to attend his Senior Prom. Kligerman, a Penske Development driver for Cunningham Motorsports, has spent his senior year of high school juggling school work and fulltime ARCA RE/MAX Series competition in hopes of landing a fulltime career in motor sports.

"It's kinda a hectic schedule," said Kligerman. "I go to Staples High School. It's the public school in my hometown of West Port, Connecticut. I have a lot of support from my principal. The day that I walked into school Freshman year I said 'You know I want to be a racecar driver and I'm going to have to travel a lot.' I didn't know exactly how far I was going to go but at the time I was racing open wheel cars on the West Coast. He said as long as you keep your grades up, it's a cool endeavor, we like it. My parents said, 'well it keeps you focused so we'll support it as much as we can as long as you keep your grades up'.

"My parents, actually [were the harder sell than my principal in convincing that I should be a racecar driver]. You would think that it would have been the principal but he thought it was awesome right away."

In seven ARCA RE/MAX Series starts in 2009, Kligerman has finished outside of the top-10 on just one occasion. He earned his first Series win at Toledo Speedway on May 17.

Always a Bridesmaid...

Justin Lofton posted his third consecutive second place finish and fourth of 2009 on Saturday at Pocono Raceway. He heads into the next race on the ARCA RE/MAX Series schedule-Friday's Racing For Wildlife 200 at Michigan Int'l Speedway-as the event's defending winner.

"The 2009 championship is really all we're here for," said Lofton. "As long as we keep finishing second to the guy that's not racing all year then we'll be OK. I have good memories of Michigan from last year. A lot of rain! It was one of those days where the stars just kind of lined up. There was really no pressure in the race. It was just go out and have fun. The whole Eddie Sharp Racing Organization gives us some awesome equipment and there was really nothing to go out there and worry about. I just did my deal and ended up winning the race so it was neat."

Lofton is currently leading the ARCA RE/MAX Series Point Standings over Parker Kligerman, Frank Kimmel and Patrick Sheltra.

Qualifying Rained Out (Again)

The starting field for Saturday's Pocono 200 was set by current Car Owner Points after track officials cancelled on-track activity at Pocono Raceway as a result of heavy rain showers in Long Pond, Pennsylvania, and the surrounding area on Friday. The last three consecutive Menards Pole Qualifying Sessions presented by Ansell (Kentucky, Toledo, Pocono) have been scratched due to uncooperative weather.

Shifting No Longer an Option at Pocono

Saturday's Pocono 200 marked the first ARCA RE/MAX Series race in which Series Officials mandated a transmission rule.

"I wish we still shifted here," said Sheltra. "It makes it a lot more interesting. A lot more stuff does happen. Transmissions give away. You learn a lot from all that. I think it picks up the speeds a little bit too. So it slowed it down not shifting. You come here to Pocono and they change the shifting rule on you and then you get 55 minutes of practice. And then if you do not have the right gear in it takes some of your practice time out. So yea it was a struggle for the team."

Despite not shifting for the race, Sheltra was able to secure a third-place finish in Saturday's Pocono 200. The Indiantown, Florida, driver will spend the early stages of the week in Las Vegas with sponsor Buffalo Wings & Rings before heading to Michigan for the Racing for Wildlife 200 later in the week.

Owens Scores Second-Consecutive Top-10 Finish

In only her second try at Pocono Raceway, Alli Owens scored a tenth place finish. Her performance in the Pocono 200 made her the eighth female driver in ARCA RE/MAX Series history to finish inside the top-10 more than once.

"As soon as the race started, I knew we had a rocket ship," said Owens. "My car just blew by everyone in front of me. This is a tough track to figure out, but Eddie (D'Hondt, team owner) did a great job coaching me from the spotting stand and helping me with my line. I learned a ton and I can't wait to get back here later this season. This is the second top-10 in a row for my team and I know we can keep up the momentum next week in Michigan."

Kimmel Enjoys Large Ansell Presence at Pocono

Frank Kimmel's team sponsor Ansell - maker of Ansell gloves - brought a contingent of 150 employees to Pocono Raceway to watch the ARCA RE/MAX Series in action on Saturday. Ansell's headquarters are in Red Bank, New Jersey, located in close proximity to Pocono Raceway. Kimmel finished 14th in the race after cutting a tire early in the race.

"That was pretty disappointing with the tires early," said Kimmel. "We wanted to put on a good show for Ansell and their guests but we had those issues early and we got a lap down there and that's tough to get back. Overall, I thought the car was pretty good on exit but when I went into turn one, the car is just bouncing real hard so I think the other guys were beating us getting into the corners and through the center.

"Regardless, I think we learned a few things that will help us when we come back in August and that's what we'll focus on in the coming weeks."

Kimmel, the nine-time ARCA RE/MAX Series Champion, is currently third in points. He heads into this weekend's Racing for Wildlife 200 approaching a career milestone of 10,000 laps led in ARCA RE/MAX Series competition. The all-time active leader and Series veteran is currently at the 9,958 laps-led mark, just 42 laps shy of 10,000.

Racing for Wildlife 200 This Friday

The Racing for Wildlife 200-race eight of the 21-race ARCA RE/MAX Series-rolls off live on SPEED beginning at 5 p.m. on Friday. The race is sponsored by Racing for Wildlife. Racing for Wildlife unites the sports community with passionate land and water conservationists across the country. The Conservation Fund and the Ryan Newman Foundation launched the program last year to begin building an American land legacy for generations of sports enthusiasts who share Newman's love of the outdoors.

Newman is currently recognized by race fans as driver of the No. 39 Stewart-Haas Racing Army Chevrolet in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series but made his stock car racing debut at Michigan Int'l Speedway in the ARCA RE/MAX Series in 2000. He is a four-time ARCA RE/MAX Series winner.

Michigan=ARCA's Hometown Speedway

Located in Michigan's Irish Hills, Michigan International Speedway is situated approximately one hour away from ARCA's Temperance, Michigan home base. Michigan-based drivers currently entered for the Racing For Wildlife 200 include Brad Smith (Shelby Township), Michael Simko (White Lake), Larry Hollenbeck (Kalamazoo) and Robb Brent (Shelby Township).

ARCA Drivers to sign Autographs at Brooklyn Race Days ARCA RE/MAX Series drivers Patrick Sheltra, Steve Arpin, Joey Coulter and Robb Brent are scheduled to sign autographs in Brooklyn, Michigan on Thursday, June 11 from 6-7 p.m. at Victory Lane Speedway (Next to Hawkeye's Restaurant; 11551 Brooklyn Road, Brooklyn, MI 49230) as part of the town's Race Day's Festival.

Justin Marks Returns: Michigan up Next

Justin Marks will make a return to stock car racing for the first time since the ARCA Talladega race in 2008 this weekend at Michigan Int'l Speedway. Marks, who competed full time in the ARCA RE/MAX Series in 2007, has spent much of 2009 racing Porsche's in the Rolex Sports Car Series. The team he drives for won the 24 Hours of Daytona this year in the GT class.

Marks will be competing in the ARCA RE/MAX Series this weekend for Venturini Motorsports. He also plans to compete for Venturini Motorsports at Kansas Speedway on October 1.

Kansas Lottery to Sponsor Kansas Race

The ARCA RE/MAX Series will return for a ninth season to Kansas Speedway on Thursday, Oct. 1 at 4 p.m. for the Kansas Lottery $150 Grand.

"I'm looking forward to having the ARCA RE/MAX Series return to Kansas Speedway," said Kansas Speedway President Jeff Boerger. "The Kansas Lottery $150 Grand has provided some great racing and last year's race saw current NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Scott Speed visit victory lane for the first time in a stock car and Ryan Newman raced in the Kansas Lottery $150 Grand in 2001. This year's race should prove to be another great race and fans may be seeing some of the future NASCAR stars in this race."

Tickets for the Kansas Lottery $150 Grand are on sale now and are available by calling 866.460.RACE, online at www.kansasspeedway.com and at the Kansas Speedway ticket office. Advance tickets are $15 for reserved seats and $10 for general admission. Tickets purchased the day of the race are $20 for reserved and $15 for general admission. Discounted tickets are available for groups of 15 or more people by calling Doc Shobe at 913.328.3300.

WAM Poker Run to Benefit ARCA Crew Member Matt Daniels

The Women's Auxiliary of Motorsports, Inc. will host a Poker Run on June, 27, 2009 at Pat Rogers Speedway Harley Davidson, 10049 Weddington Rd., Concord, NC 28027 (704-979-0529). The cost is $20 per person, $30 per couple and $5 per extra hand. All proceeds will benefit Matt Daniels, an ARCA RE/MAX Series crew member from Eddie Sharp Racing who is currently hospitalized as he battles Guillain-Barre Syndrome, an uncommon inflammatory disorder. For more information on the Poker Run contact Julie Seligman (jeligman@waminc.org, 704-799-9299) or Michelle Thompson (mmluv2ride@msn.com, 704-609-6871).

For information on additional fundraising initiatives in support of Matt Daniels, contact Trina Arpin at Eddie Sharp Racing (teamesr@hotmail.com, 704-489-8809).

-credit: arca racing

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Series ARCA
Drivers Ryan Newman , Casey Atwood , Casey Mears , Frank Kimmel , Larry Hollenbeck , Scott Speed , Justin Marks , Robb Brent , Justin Lofton , Joey Logano , Patrick Sheltra , Alli Owens , Steve Arpin , Parker Kligerman , Joey Coulter , Travis Kvapil
Teams Stewart-Haas Racing