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Kligerman, Sheltra, ESR, RCR, Win Tron & More on the Way to Iowa Speedway for ARCA RE/MAX Series Open Test Tuesday NEWTON IA (6-28-09) - Penske development driver/rookie Parker Kligerman leads the parade of testers en route to Newton, Iowa for...

Kligerman, Sheltra, ESR, RCR, Win Tron & More on the Way to Iowa Speedway for ARCA RE/MAX Series Open Test Tuesday

NEWTON IA (6-28-09) - Penske development driver/rookie Parker Kligerman leads the parade of testers en route to Newton, Iowa for Tuesday's June 30th ARCA RE/MAX Series open test at Iowa Speedway.

Kligerman, an 18-year-old recent high school graduate, has garnered a majority of headlines in 2009, winning three of the last four races, including last Saturday's Tim Richmond Memorial 200 at Mansfield Motorsports Park. The driver of the no. 77 Cunningham Motorsports Dodge also leads the championship point standings over Eddie Sharp Racing's Justin Lofton headed to Iowa for the next event on tour - the Prairie Meadows 200 Saturday, July 11th.

Lofton, who won at Talladega Superspeedway back in April, is one of four drivers entered in the open test from Eddie Sharp Racing (ESR). ESR has also entered Greenville, North Carolina's Craig Goess, Fort Frances, Ontario's Steve Arpin and New York, New York's Tim George, Jr., all rookies on the ARCA RE/MAX Series tour. All four drivers from the ESR camp are currently in the top-10 points.

Also entered for the open test is rookie Austin Dillon. Dillon, who finished a career-best second at Michigan Int'l Speedway in mid-June, is the grandson of Richard Childress Racing team owner Richard Childress. The youngest driver entered is 16-year-old Chris Buescher in the David Ragan Fan Club Ford. Buescher, in cars prepared by the Roulo Brothers, has two top-five finishes in three starts this year. Buescher could become the youngest winner in series history with a victory in the Prairie Meadows 200.

Buescher's cousin James Buescher is also entered. James is one of two entries from the Win-Tron Racing stable - the other being Portland, Texas rookie Matt Merrell. James opened the season with a victory at Daytona, and repeated as the victor in May at Kentucky Speedway. James is currently the youngest winner in series history with his victory in Lakeland, Florida, just two days shy of his 17th birthday.

Indiantown, Florida veteran Patrick Sheltra, the winner at Salem Speedway in early April, is also entered as is Miami Springs, Florida rookie Joey Coulter. Coulter finished a career-best second to Kligerman at Mansfield.

Other entrants for the open test include Johanna Long (Venturini Motorsports), Brian Ickler (Ickler Motorsports), Chad Hackenbracht (Hackenbracht Racing) and a second entry from the Cunningham camp. On-track activity is scheduled from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM local time Tuesday with an hour break for lunch.

The Prairie Meadows 200 is the 10th of 21 events on the 2009 ARCA RE/MAX Series tour.

Former series winners at Iowa Speedway include Steve Wallace (2006), Frank Kimmel (2007) and the late Matt Hawkins (2008).

The ARCA Lincoln Welders Truck Series will be joining the ARCA RE/MAX Series for an ARCA double-header on raceday at Iowa with the IMTA 50, the preamble to the same-night Prairie Meadows 200.

-credit: arca

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Series ARCA
Drivers Frank Kimmel , Justin Lofton , Patrick Sheltra , Steve Arpin , James Buescher , Brian Ickler , Parker Kligerman , Craig Goess , Joey Coulter , Steve Wallace , Austin Dillon , Chad Hackenbracht , Tim Richmond , Johanna Long , Matt Merrell , Chris Buescher
Teams Richard Childress Racing