Series notebook 2009-10-19

Kligerman Leading Rookie Candidate in 2009 ARCA RE/MAX Series Parker Kligerman concluded the 2009 ARCA RE/MAX Series as the leading candidate for the 2009 Rookie of the Year Award. Rookie points are accumulated based on a driver's best 15...

Kligerman Leading Rookie Candidate in 2009 ARCA RE/MAX Series

Parker Kligerman concluded the 2009 ARCA RE/MAX Series as the leading candidate for the 2009 Rookie of the Year Award. Rookie points are accumulated based on a driver's best 15 finishes in the 21-race ARCA RE/MAX Series and Kligerman's 2009 rookie season was highlighted by a Series' high nine wins (Toledo Speedway, Michigan Int'l Speedway, Mansfield Motorsports Park, Iowa Speedway, Kentucky Speedway, Illinois State Fairgrounds, DuQuoin State Fairgrounds, Kansas Speedway, Rockingham Speedway) among 14 top-5 finishes.

The final determination of the ARCA Rookie of the Year is based on a combination of points earned and the vote of a competition committee, with consideration to both driver conduct and performance. Four of the drivers who finished in the top-10 in the final point standings were considered rookie competitors in 2009, including Kligerman (finished second in points), Joey Coulter (finished fourth in points), Craig Goess (finished fifth in points) and Steve Arpin (finished seventh in points). Rookie competitor Tim George, Jr., finished 11th in points.

The ARCA RE/MAX Series has honored a top rookie at the Championship Awards Banquet each consecutive year since 1957. A total of five ARCA Rookie of the Years have gone on to capture ARCA RE/MAX Series championships later in their careers, including Benny Parsons, Dave Dayton, Bill Venturini, Frank Kimmel and Bill Baird. Parsons holds the distinction of being the only ARCA Rookie of the Year who has gone on to win season-ending championships in both the ARCA RE/MAX Series (1968 and 1969) and the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (1973).

2010 Schedule Continues to Take Shape

The 2010 ARCA schedule continues to take shape. The season will open at Daytona Int'l Speedway on February 6, 2010, as part of a triple-header race night to include NASCAR Sprint Cup Series qualifying for the Daytona 500 and the Budweiser Shootout. Other speedways on the 2010 ARCA schedule include Texas Motor Speedway (April 16), Talladega Superspeedway (April 23), Pocono Raceway (June 5 and July 31), Michigan Int'l Speedway (June 11) and Chicagoland Speedway (August 27), among others. In addition to superspeedways, the 2010 ARCA schedule will include a healthy mix of short tracks, including appearances to Salem speedway (April 11 and September 18) and Iowa Speedway (July 10). The complete schedule will be released on arcaracing.com in the coming weeks.

ARCA Drivers Stay Busy during first weekend of the "Off" Season

Although the 2009 ARCA RE/MAX Series has ended, drivers stayed busy during their first weekend of the "off" season participating in racing events throughout the country. Joey Coulter, who finished fourth in points in 2009, competed in the Mason Dixon 500 Late Model race at South Boston Speedway in South Boston, Virginia, where he finished 17.

Kyle Busch, a former winner in the ARCA RE/MAX Series, won the NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Lowe's Motor Speedway in Charlotte, North Carolina, and then traveled to Winchester Speedway in Indiana, where he won the Winchester 400 CRA Late Model race. Former ARCA RE/MAX Series winner Chuck Barnes, Jr., finished fifth in the race and current ARCA RE/MAX Series driver Johanna Long finished 31. ARCA Lincoln Welders Truck Series competitor Danny Jackson finished 29. Several ARCA Late Model Series drivers also competed, Brent Jack finished 12, John Van Doorn finished 23 and Scott Hantz finished 26.

Championship Awards Banquet to Honor the Stars of ARCA

This year's ARCA RE/MAX Series Championship Awards Banquet will honor the Stars of ARCA, including drivers who have earned ARCA Championships since the series' inception in 1953. The banquet is on Saturday, December 5, 2009, at the Northern Kentucky Convention Center in Covington, Kentucky. For tickets, call (734) 847-6726.

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Series ARCA
Drivers Frank Kimmel , Benny Parsons , Bill Baird , Steve Arpin , Parker Kligerman , Craig Goess , Joey Coulter , Johanna Long , Kyle Busch