Points Contenders Lofton/Kligerman Visit Victory Lane in Busy Labor Day Weekend ARCA Racing Stretch Both Eddie Sharp Racing's Justin Lofton (No. 6 Lofton Cattle Toyota) and Cunningham Motorsports' Parker Kligerman (No. 77 Cunningham Motorsports...
Points Contenders Lofton/Kligerman Visit Victory Lane in Busy Labor Day Weekend ARCA Racing Stretch
Both Eddie Sharp Racing's Justin Lofton (No. 6 Lofton Cattle Toyota) and Cunningham Motorsports' Parker Kligerman (No. 77 Cunningham Motorsports Dodge) made trips to the ARCA RE/MAX Series Winner's Circle this weekend, with Lofton winning the ARCA RE/MAX 200 presented by Federated and Belle Tire at Toledo Speedway on Friday night and Kligerman winning the Southern Illinois 100 at the DuQuoin State Fairgrounds on Monday afternoon.
At Toledo, Second-year ARCA RE/MAX Series driver Lofton out raced ookies Joey Coulter and Kligerman and veterans Frank Kimmel and Ken Schrader to claim his fifth Series win of 2009 and first at the half-mile Glass City oval.
Three days later at the DuQuoin State Fairgrounds, Kligerman charged from the back to the front and then held off five-time DuQuoin winner Frank Kimmel during a last-lap shoot-out to earn his seventh series win of the year. Lofton finished sixth in the 100-lap/100-mile dirt track thriller.
With just four races remaining in the 2009 ARCA RE/MAX Series, Lofton leads Kligerman in the Championship points battle by a slim, 35-point margin. The Series travels next to Millville, New Jersey for the South Jersey Building Trades 150 at New Jersey Motorsports Park on Sunday, September 13.
Kimmel Finishes Second at DuQuoin
Although Frank Kimmel, the all-time active winner in ARCA RE/MAX Series competition with 74 career wins, remains winless in 2009, he continues to gain momentum. Kimmel has posted top-5 finishes in that last three consecutive races, including a fifth at Chicagoland and season-best finishes of fourth at Toledo and second at DuQuoin. The last winless season of Frank Kimmel's ARCA RE/MAX Series career came in 1995.
Ken Schrader, who competes in select events on the ARCA RE/MAX Series tour, has not won since DuQuoin in 2007-eleven races ago.
Mallory Ignitions Successful in All ARCA Divisions
With zero in-race failures in 107 consecutive races, the Mallory CT Pro Ignition System, which is mandated for use by all competitors in the ARCA RE/MAX Series, has successfully helped to even the playing field and serve as a cost containment measure in ARCA's National Stock Car Tour. Mallory's successes in the ARCA RE/MAX Series are trickling down to ARCA's short tracks as well. This past Labor Day weekend, Mallory Sponsor Representative Shawn Umphries spent the Saturday between ARCA RE/MAX Series races in Toledo, Ohio, and DuQuoin, Illinois, to travel to ARCA-owned Flat Rock Speedway, where Mallory Products helped Eric Lee clinch the ARCA Moran Chevrolet/Miller Lite Late Model Season Championship and Ricky Kargel win the 50-lap Late Model Feature.
Busy Stretch includes Bill France Four Crown
The ARCA RE/MAX Series is in the midst of a busy stretch of six aces in four weeks that began at the Illinois State Fairgrounds on August 23. This past week was particularly hectic for ARCA RE/MAX Series teams, with an ARCA Open Test at Kansas Speedway on Tuesday, September 1, the ARCA RE/MAX 200 presented by Federated and Belle Tire on Friday, September 4, and the Southern Illinois 100 at the DuQuoin State Fairgounds on Monday, September 7 (Labor Day). The Series will race at New Jersey Motorsports Park on Sunday, September 13, followed by Salem Speedway on September 19, Kansas Speedway on October 1 and Championship Weekend at Rockingham Speedway on October 11.
DuQuoin marked the first race in the 2009 Bill France Four Crown Series, a separate point fund within the 21-race ARCA RE/MAX Series schedule that tests drivers on a challenging combination of venues, including a dirt track (The Southern Illinois 100 at the DuQuoin State Fairgrounds, September 7), a road course (The South Jersey Building Trades 150 at New Jersey Motorsports Park, September 13), a short track (The Kentuckiana Ford Dealers ARCA Fall Classic at Salem Speedway, September 19) and a speedway (The Kansas Lottery 150 at Kansas Speedway, October 1).
In previous years, the Bill France Four Crown Series consisted of three diverse races on the schedule and was known as the Bill France Four Crown. The Series has honored a Bill France Champion at the Championship Awards Banquet each consecutive season since 1984.
South Jersey Building Trades 150 at New Jersey Motorsports Park This Weekend
The Sunday afternoon, September 13, South Jersey Building Trades 150 marks the ARCA RE/MAX Series second appearance to New Jersey Motorsports Park since debuting at the 2.6-mile roadcourse in 2008. Last year, Justin Allgaier won the rain shortened race-one of six victories he earned en route to the 2009 ARCA RE/MAX Series Championship.
ARCA Connection to New Jersey Motorsports Park Management Team The ARCA RE/MAX Series has a past history with New Jersey Motorsports Park Management. The facility's general manager, Don Fauerbach, is a former car owner in the ARCA RE/MAX Series and won an ARCA RE/MAX Series race event at Anderson Speedway in Indiana in 2000 with veteran driver Mark Gibson behind the wheel.
Rookies Road Course Ready
As a rookie on the tour, Joey Coulter has spent much of the 2009 ARCA RE/MAX Series acclimating himself to racetracks that he has never competed on before. And although the Miami Springs, Florida, driver has never raced a full sized stock car on a road course, he's looking forward to this Sunday's South Jersey Building Trade 150 at New Jersey Motorsports Park because it reminds him of his racing oots, which began in Go Kart competition.
"I can say I've at least been on a road course once," said Coulter. "I raced Go-Karts for six years. Obviously it's not a car and I don't have to shift but I think some of the techniques as far as learning the track are going to be somewhat similar. I guess it's just another first. It's the race I've been looking forward to probably close to the most all year."
Coulter heads into NJMP on the strength of two consecutive podium finishes (second at Toledo Speedway on September 4 and third at DuQuoin on September 7) and a Menards Pole Award presented by Ansell at Toledo. Rookie Parker Kligerman, who leads the 2009 ARCA RE/MAX series in race wins with seven, made his career first ARCA RE/MAX Series start at NJMP in 2008, finishing sixth after starting second.