Rockingham II: Series spotlight - Champion contenders

ARCA Title Contenders Lofton, Kligerman by the Numbers Headed to the "Rock" ROCKINGHAM NC (10-6-09) - With just one race remaining, the ARCA RE/MAX Series championship has come down to the final race of the season this Sunday at Rockingham ...

ARCA Title Contenders Lofton, Kligerman by the Numbers Headed to the "Rock"

ROCKINGHAM NC (10-6-09) - With just one race remaining, the ARCA RE/MAX Series championship has come down to the final race of the season this Sunday at Rockingham Speedway where the American 200 takes center stage.

It's hard to imagine that after 20 events there are just 15 points that separate point leader Justin Lofton and rookie Parker Kligerman.

By the numbers, Kligerman leads with a season-high eight wins to Lofton's six. Kligerman also has a better average finish - 5.2 to Lofton's 5.3.

However, in two other key categories - poles and laps-led - Lofton leads. And both categories award championship points. In the case of poles (15 for 1st, 10 for 2nd & 5 for 3rd), Lofton has the clear advantage with a season-high five Menards Pole Awards whereas Kligerman has none. Ironically, Kligerman earned the pole Saturday in his career-first Nationwide Series attempt at Kansas.

Lofton also leads in the lap-leader category which pays five points to any driver who leads a lap and five additional points to the driver who leads the most laps. Lofton has led 1005 laps in 15 races. Kligerman has led 659 laps in 14 races.

After all that, and all the variables that go with it, it comes down to a duel on a high-banked, historic mile oval in Rockingham, North Carolina where the series will crown its national champion in dramatic fashion this Sunday. As close as it is, it could come down to a lap led or tick of the clock in qualifying. However, it goes down, you'll need to follow all the action from start to finish to keep up with this one.

Coverage of Championship Weekend at Rockingham will be featured in live streaming audio at ARCAracing.com. In addition to live timing and scoring, live steaming audio coverage begins Saturday afternoon, October 10th with practice from 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM followed by Menards Pole Qualifying presented by Ansell at 2:30.

The Sunday afternoon American 200, scheduled for 1:00 PM, will also feature live streaming audio coverage at ARCAracing.com.

The American 200 will also air same-day on SPEED at 10:00 PM.

For more information about the Carolina ARCA RE/MAX 200 or to order tickets, please contact the speedway at (910) 205-8800 or visit the website at www.rockinghamspeedway.com.

-credit: arca

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Series ARCA
Drivers Justin Lofton , Parker Kligerman