The Art of the Restart: Kligerman Adds Dirt Track Win to His Racing Resume ARCA RE/MAX Series Rookie/Championship Point Contender Parker Kligerman can now add a one-mile clay oval to the list of venues that he has earned a stock car victory at.
The Art of the Restart: Kligerman Adds Dirt Track Win to His Racing Resume
ARCA RE/MAX Series Rookie/Championship Point Contender Parker Kligerman can now add a one-mile clay oval to the list of venues that he has earned a stock car victory at. Kligerman, in a No. 77 Cunningham Motorsports Dodge, used his restart prowess during a green-white-checker finish at the Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield, Illinois, on Sunday afternoon to stay in the point position and secure the victory over dirt track veterans Ron Cox, Patrick Sheltra, AJ Fike and Steve Arpin. "Green-white-checkers are just par for the course when it comes to our wins and it's just all about restarts," said Kligerman. "I just got on it real good in that last restart. I saw that the 28 (Ron Cox) was trying to hang back and so I just went when he was hanging back so that he didn't get the jump. If they stay close then you break and if they hold back then you go. That's just how it is." The Penske Development Driver has acquired six wins in the 2009 ARCA RE/MAX Series on a variety of venues including short tracks (Toledo Speedway, Mansfield Motorsports Park, Iowa Speedway), speedways (Michigan Int'l Speedway, Kentucky Speedway) and a one-mile clay oval (Illinois State Fairgrounds). 10,000 Career Laps Led for Kimmel
Nine-time ARCA RE/MAX Series Champion Frank Kimmel led 18 laps during Sunday's Allen Crowe 100 at the Illinois State Fairgrounds to reach a major career milestone of more than 10,000 laps led during ARCA RE/MAX Series competition. Kimmel, a seven-time race winner at Springfield, ran up front for much of the day but finished ninth after pitting on lap 77 of 100 for tires after reporting to his crew chief/brother Bill Kimmel that the car was not handling well. "We had a left rear tire coming apart," said Kimmel. "Just blistered it. The car was too tight all day and eventually it just ate up the tire. It's frustrating. When I got passed for the lead, I just had a feeling we had a problem and it turned out to be a fact. By coming in for tires, we gave up third place but we didn't come here to run third so we had to take a chance and try to make the car right. It's just not the result we hoped for but what can you do but go on to the next one and keep our head in the game as we focus on getting the first win for Ansell and Menards." Kimmel's nephew, Will Kimmel, also competed at Springfield this weekend, finishing eighth in the No. 68 Clarksville Schwinn & Cyclery-Crosley Radio Ford. The next milestone Kimmel is aiming for is the title of all-time winner in the ARCA RE/MAX Series. With 74 career wins, he is just five wins shy of tying Katona's all-time win record (79 career wins). The Southern Indiana-based driver has recorded ARCA RE/MAX Series race wins at short tracks, speedways and dirt tracks on the diverse stock car tour, including victories at Atlanta, Berlin, Chicagoland, DuQuoin, Five Flags, Flat Rock, Flemington, Gateway, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Kil-Kare, Lake Erie, Lowe's, MIS, Milwaukee, Nashville, Pocono, Salem, Shady Bowl, South Boston, Springfield mile-dirt, Talladega, Toledo, West Virginia and Winchester Speedways. Lofton Sets New Track Record at Springfield
Eddie Sharp Racing's Justin Lofton, in the No. 6 Lofton Cattle Toyota, earned his fifth pole of 2009 and set a new ARCA RE/MAX Series one-lap track record during Menards Pole Qualifying presented by Ansell on Sunday at the Illinois State Fairgrounds. Lofton toured the one-mile clay oval in 32.552 seconds (110.592 mph) and was among five qualifiers to eclipse the previous track record of 32.878 seconds/109.496 mph set by Frank Kimmel last year. Home Sweet Home
2008 ARCA RE/MAX Series Champion Justin Allgaier was a familiar face in the garage area at the Illinois State Fairgrounds this weekend. Allgaier traveled from Bristol where he competed in Friday's NASCAR Nationwide Series event for Penske Racing to his hometown of Springfield, Illinois, for Sunday's Allen Crowe 100 ARCA RE/MAX Series race. Allgaier is the 2006 ARCA Allen Crowe 100 race winner and spent much of Sunday lending advice to current series drivers, including Robb Brent and Parker Kligerman. "I don't know that I gave Parker Kligerman anything that won him the race," said Allgaier. "He's definitely a talented racecar driver and these guys are definitely talented at what they do. I know they were worried about it coming into this race, that they were going to have a tough time with it but I think he proved that they had a good racecar. I wish we could have seen what would have happened if Frank [Kimmel] wouldn't have had to pit there at the end. I'm happy for Parker and hopefully something I told him helped him. It was probably more so just him learning this place, getting used to it and having a great car underneath him. The restarts he had were unbelievable." Following Sunday's Allen Crowe 100, Kligerman continues to lead the ARCA RE/MAX Series Point Standings by 35 points over Justin Lofton. TOP TEN UNOFFICIAL ARCA RE/MAX SERIES POINTS AFTER THE ALLEN CROWE 100 AT THE ILLINOIS STATE FAIRGROUNDS (8-23-09, Race 14 of 21);1) Parker Kligerman, 3425; 2) Justin Lofton, 3390; 3) Frank Kimmel, 3095; 4) Joey Coulter, 2890; 5) Steve Arpin, 2880; 6) Craig Goess, 2875; 7) Bryan Silas, 2840; 8) Patrick Sheltra, 2770; 9) Tom Hessert, 2635; 10) Robb Brent, 2535. Former ARCA Drivers Fair Well at Bristol
Congratulations to David Ragan, who won the NASCAR Nationwide Series Race at Bristol on Friday night. Ragan, who currently competes in both the NASCAR Nationwide Series and the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, is a former winner in the ARCA RE/MAX Series at Lanier National Speedway in 2005. Kyle Busch, who won both the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races at Bristol this weekend, also has ARCA RE/MAX Series experience with three ARCA wins to his credit. Next Up: Chicagoland
From the Springfield mile-dirt to ARCA RE/MAX Series racing superspeedway style; the next race on the tour is The Ansell Cut Protection 150 at Chicagoland Speedway on Friday, August 28. The race marks the ARCA RE/MAX Series' ninth appearance to the 1.5-mile Joliet, Illinois-based speedway since 2001 and the 15th of 21 events in the 2009 ARCA RE/MAX Series. Up to 41 cars will start the 150-mile/100-lap race. Practice for the Friday, August 28 Ansell Cut Protection 150 race event is scheduled from 4:10 - 5:30 p.m. Thursday afternoon, August 27. A final practice from 8:00 - 8:50 a.m. Friday morning followed by Menards Pole Qualifying presented by Ansell at 12:10 p.m. will precede the race, which is LIVE on SPEED at 5:30 p.m. Central/6:30 p.m. Eastern. Race Event Sponsorship = Major Milestone for 100-year-old Company Since Ansell and Menards announced a full year co-primary sponsorship of Frank Kimmel and the No. 44 Ford in the ARCA RE/MAX Series, Ansell has been making its mark in the motor sports community. In addition to sponsoring Kimmel, the company is an ARCA RE/MAX Series Official Sponsor and a presenting sponsor of ARCA's Pole Award Program. Ansell officials will further extend the company's reach into the motorsports sector on August 28 with a foray into race event sponsorship-The Ansell Cut Protection 150 at Chicagoland Speedway, race 15 of the 21-race ARCA RE/MAX Series. 50-50 Odds that Menards Pole Award presented by Ansell Winner will Visit Victory Lane
In eight previous ARCA RE/MAX Series appearances to Chicagoland Speedway, the driver who has earned the Menards pole presented by Ansell has gone on to win the race 50 percent of the time, including Chad Blount in 2002, Frank Kimmel in 2003, Steve Wallace in 2006 and Michael McDowell in 2007. There has never been a repeat race winner or a repeat pole winner in ARCA RE/MAX Series competition at Chicagoland.
Upcoming ARCA RE/MAX Series Races
Ansell Cut Protection 150 at Chicagoland Speedway; Friday, August 28
WARCA RE/MAX 200 presented by Belle Tire at Toledo Speedway; Friday,
Southern Illinois 100 at the DuQuoin State Fairgrounds; Monday, September 7