ARCA Championship Down to the Wire at Kansas Speedway Plus, Superspeedway Champion to be Crowned at Kansas; Bill France Four Crown Too..... KANSAS CITY (9-17-09) - There's a lot at stake for ARCA RE/MAX Series teams when they go through the gates ...
ARCA Championship Down to the Wire at Kansas Speedway Plus, Superspeedway Champion to be Crowned at Kansas; Bill France Four Crown Too.....
KANSAS CITY (9-17-09) - There's a lot at stake for ARCA RE/MAX Series teams when they go through the gates at Kansas Speedway for the Kansas Lottery 150 Thursday, October 1.
Not only is the 2009 championship coming right down to the wire with a good old-fashioned "chase", ARCA, in its 57th consecutive season of competition, will crown its Hoosier Tire Superspeedway Challenge Champion following the 150-mile race at Kansas.
Currently, the Eddie Sharp Racing no. 6 Lofton Cattle Toyota team (car owner Jessica Sharp/driver Justin Lofton) is leading the superspeedway points headed into Kansas by 60 points over Kimmel Racing (car owner & driver Frank Kimmel). Car owner Kevin Cywinski trails in third, 110 points out of first with car owner Mark Gibson (driver Parker Kligerman) in fourth, 120 points from first.
The Hoosier Tire Superspeedway Challenge Championship is a separate points title combining all the superspeedway events on the annual ARCA RE/MAX Series schedule. This year's superspeedway schedule was made up of events at Daytona, Talladega, Kentucky, Pocono, Michigan, Chicagoland and Kansas. The award officially goes to the car owner and is officially awarded in December at the annual championship awards banquet.
The late Davey Allison was the first recipient of ARCA's superspeedway championship in 1984. Since then, the list of past winners is tall and mighty. Past Hoosier Tire Superspeedway Challenge Champions include Ray Evernham (driver Erin Crocker), Larry Clement (driver Frank Kimmel), Ken Schrader (driver Bill Baird), Harold Steele (driver Tim Steele), Kerry Scherer (driver Mark Gibson), Barry Owen (driver Mike Wallace), James Finch (driver Jeff Purvis), Ron Keselowski (driver Bob Keselowski), Cathy Venturini (driver Bill Venturini) and Don Biederman (driver Tracy Leslie) to name a few.
Overall Championship Down to the Wire at Kansas In addition to determining ARCA's superspeedway champion at Kansas, the overall championship could not be closer. With just three events remaining in 2009 (Salem Sept. 19; Kansas Oct. 1; Rockingham Oct. 11), Justin Lofton and rookie Parker Kligerman are tied at the top. Kligerman, a Penske Development driver who drives the Cunningham Motorsports Dodge, leads in the win column with a season-high seven wins to Lofton's five. "Winning races is our main goal," said Kligerman. "We come to win. If we accomplish that, the championship will take care of itself."
Round 4 of Bill France Four Crown Comes Down to Kansas Kansas marks the 4th leg of the 2009 Bill France Four Crown, 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). Kligerman, after a victory at DuQuoin and a second place finish at New Jersey Motorsports Park, currently leads the Bill France Four Crown points (pre Salem). Former Bill France Four Crown winners include Davey Allison, Frank Kimmel, Tim Steele, Bob Keselowski, Jason Jarrett and Bill Venturini to name a few.
Tight One-Day Show at Kansas To add more intensity, the Kansas Lottery 150 will be a one-day show for the ARCA RE/MAX Series with practice scheduled from 9:00 to 11:00 AM local time followed by Menards Pole Qualifying presented by Ansell at 1:00 PM. The Kansas Lottery 150 is live on SPEED at 5:00 PM Eastern.