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Petty-Yates Deal Not Done, Gilliland To Drive 2nd Car For Robby Gordon At Kansas, #48 and #5 cars ‘too close’ in tolerances at R&D center? Read all about these and other stock car racing headlines in today’s Stock Car Gazette.
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by Kurt Allen Smith
Gilliland To Drive Second Car For Robby Gordon At Kansas
David Gilliland, former driver of the No. 38 car for Yates Racing and current part-time driver for TRG Motorsports, will be driving a second car for Robby Gordon Motorsports, the No. 04 and attempt to make the field for the Price Chopper 400 Cup race this weekend at Kansas.
Gilliland took over for Gordon in the No. 7 car in Richmond, while Gordon raced in the SCORE Terrible’s Primm 300.
The No. 04 team has attempted and qualified for two races this season with P.J. Jones behind the wheel (Infineon and Watkins Glen). However, the team Start and Parked in both races. As a result, the team’s best finish is a 41st at Watkins Glen, having dropped out after 13 laps with Overheating issues.
Sadler Staying With R6 Engine
Following reports that teammate and Chase contender Kasey Kahne would be using Dodge’s R5 engine to insure against future failures, Elliott Sadler of Richard Petty Motorsports will continue using the Dodge R6 engine this weekend at Kansas, Scene Daily reported yesterday.
Sadler blew such an engine in qualifying for last Sunday’s race at Dover, but the team still has confidence in the new motor.
“I’m going to stay with the R6 as of right now because we do need to be running it because it is kind of the future for us right now, so we’re going to keep running it and testing it and trying it,” said Sadler. “I haven’t had any problems at all during the races with my R6s. I’ve been running them a couple months, so hopefully we’ll continue down that path.”
Sadler, driver of the No. 19 Dodge, is currently 25th in the Sprint Cup points standings.
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By Kurt Allen Smith
Atlanta Dropping Prices For March 2010 Race
Atlanta Motor Speedway announced on Monday that they will be lowering ticket prices for the coming Kobalt Tools 500 in March 2010. The track is offering reduced prices for seats in the Petty, Winners, Champion and Upper Earnhardt Grandstands and in other areas of the track.
The speedway is also allowing an installment payment for tickets with 25% down.
Adult seats will be starting at $39 next season, with student tickets starting at $19. There will be $59 seats available on the frontstretch.
Tickets can be ordered on the speedway website: http://www.atlantamotorspeedway.com.
Chicagoland Offers New 2010 Ticket Packages
Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, IL announced on Tuesday that they will be offering a new ticket package for fans in 2010. In addition to being still able to purchase “Track Packs”, fans will now be able to purchase tickets to individual single day events.
“This new ticket model is something we have been working on all summer and we’re thrilled that we are able to provide it for our fans for the 2010 season,” said track president Craig Rust. “Our fans specifically asked us for some flexibility with our ticket packages and I’m really excited that we are now able to provide them with more choices when it comes time to purchase tickets to our events.”
Tickets will go on sale in December and will be available at the track’s website: http://www.chicagolandspeedway.com.
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Nashville’s Fairgrounds Speedway honors NASCAR racer Bobby Hamilton Oct. 10 with a 125-lap race for the Ken-Ten crate Late Models, with Sportsman, Super Stock, Frontrunners, and Dwarfs support classes.Craig Thompson says Danny at the track has opened up his rules for weekend, and he’s hoping the straight rail guys will enter and help make this race a success.
The rumor mill again has this being the last year for the Fairgrounds, after 51 seasons.
After only six races, NASCAR driver Sterling Marlin is eighth in track LM points, and his son is 10th.
Oct. 31-Nov. 1 Nashville Fairgrounds All American 400 Weekend
Sat. – CRA Late Model Sportsman Series 50 laps, $1200 to win
Sat. – Street Stocks 50 lap, $1000 to win
Sat. – USA Modifieds 50-laps
Sun. 1:00 – CRA & GAS last chance races if needed
Sun. – CRA 250 laps $10,000 to win
Sun. – GA Asphalt Series 150 laps
(All the divisions will race on the 5/8-mile track)
Makes you wonder: We enjoy the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race, NASCAR Camping World East Series, NASCAR Camping World Series West, Camping World 300 at Daytona, and RV sales jumped 16% in August, and were up 136% from January. Airstream production is up 30%, and Keystone RV is hiring 200 workers. USA Today 9/29/09
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Memphis Sale Terminated
Dover Motorsports has terminated the agreement to sell Memphis Motorsports Park to Gulf Coast Entertainment, which could not finalize the project financing, according to a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Gulf Coast Entertainment, which plans to build Alabama Motorsports Park in the Mobile area, had agreed in January to buy the .75-mile track for $10 million. Bill Futterer, general manager of the Alabama project through his marketing company PSE-3 (which has a financial interest in the project), said Gulf Coast Entertainment still hopes to purchase Memphis once financing is completed. The deadline for completion of the deal had been extended from the end of April to the end of June and then to the end of September. Dover Motorsports officials declined comment beyond what was filed with the SEC.
Danica Patrick Won’t Talk About Future
If Danica Patrick knows what her future after this season holds, she’s not saying. Patrick refused Wednesday to confirm widespread reports that she’s agreed to a three-year extension of her IndyCar contract with Andretti Green Racing. Asked specifically about the extension, Patrick simply shook her head, not saying a word. Patrick is considered the biggest draw in the IRL, and her interest in moving to NASCAR has been speculated on numerous times in recent years. She has a close relationship with Tony Stewart, and he has said Patrick will eventually make the jump he did — from IndyCar to stock cars. “I’m definitely looking at doing some NASCAR stuff,” Patrick said, reaffirming what she’s said often in recent months. “And when we figure out what that is, we’ll announce it. But we haven’t figured it out yet.”
Petty-Yates Deal Not Done
Richard Petty Motorsports co-owner Richard Petty says that negotiations on the team’s proposed merger with Yates Racing are continuing, and he still expects the deal to be completed. RPM and Yates officials announced Sept. 10 that they planned to merge. At the time, Petty said he thought the deal would close within a few weeks. “It’s still in negotiations, and so far they ain’t signed nothing,” Petty said Wednesday following a news conference to promote the upcoming races at Lowe’s Motor Speedway. “I feel like if it went this far, we are going to go forward with it.”
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#48 and #5 cars ‘too close’ in tolerances at R&D center? UPDATE: Claire B. Lang reported on Sirius Satellite NASCAR Radio Channel 128 “Dialed In” show Thursday night that the #48 and #5 Chevy’s teams of Hendrick Motorsports were told they cars were too close to NASCAR tolerances at the NASCAR R&D Center in Concord, NC this week. The cars were taken to the R&D Center after Jimmie Johnson won the Sprint Cup race at Dover in the #48 with Mark Martin finishing 2nd in the #5 Chevy. Lang says she heard the teams were told not to bring the cars back to the track. Lang asked NASCAR if this was true and was told: “The 48 and 5 were brought back to the R&D center. We’ve been doing this since the inception of the new car as a part of routine post-race inspection. We bring the winner and a random pick back to the R&D center after each event. While both cars passed post race inspection, we informed the 48 and 5 they were extremely close on some of the tolerances.”(10-1-2009)
UPDATE Word circulated Wednesday night that NASCAR had found issues with the #48 Chevy as well as the #5 Chevy during inspection at the Research and Development Center in Concord, N.C. The two Hendrick Motorsports teams currently sit atop the points standings. The buzz within the NASCAR community suggests that the offset on the tail, which helps the rear of the car stick to the ground instead of spinning out, of the #5 Kellogg’s Chevy just made the tolerance. NASCAR allows a tolerance of 0.070 of an inch for the body off of the center line of the car. Suffice it to say, JJ’s #48 car didn’t make it. But by how much? NASCAR claims it was .006 over the tolerance. That’s about the thickness of two sheets of copier paper. Others in the garage hint at a charitable disposition on the part of the sanctioning body. So how did NASCAR view the situation with the Hendrick cars? “The 48 and 5 were brought back to the (Research and Development Center),” according to a NASCAR statement. “We’ve been doing this since the inception of the new car as a part of routine post-race inspection. We bring the winner and a random pick back to the R&D Center after each event. While both cars passed postrace inspection, we informed the 48 and 5 they were extremely close on some of the tolerances.”(in part from FoxSports)(10-2-2009)
No fuel injection until 2011? Car owner Richard Childress predicts that NASCAR will go to fuel injection in 2011. Childress has a share company that builds Chevrolet motors [Earnhardt-Childress Racing Engines]. He says “we’re constantly working on it right now.” Robin Pemberton, vice president of competition for NASCAR, said that series officials met with teams about it last week. “It wasn’t about ideas, it was about laying out the groundwork … with fuel injection,” Pemberton said. “We’re right in the very, very early stages of all of that.”(Roanoke Times)(10-2-2009)
EGR Saluting American Heroes: Earnhardt Ganassi Racing will host some very special guests this weekend at Kansas Speedway. The team, in conjunction with the Coalition to Salute America’s Heroes Campaign, will host: Sgt. James Wilson who was wounded in action in 2004 on his second tour, served with 1st Airmobile B 1st/27th Company, Sgt. Matt Lloyd served with C Company 67th Signal Corp in 2004 and Sgt. Mike Davis served with 20th Engineers 1st Cavalry Division.(EGR)(10-2-2009)
Sadler to host some special guests: #19-Elliott Sadler is hosting some very special guests at the racetrack this weekend at Kansas Speedway. The 34-year old Emporia, Va. native is hosting three Army servicemen that will soon be re-deployed back to the Middle East. The men contacted Sadler several years ago via the internet prior to a previous deployment and wanted to try to meet him at a race just prior to their departure, unfortunately the meeting never occurred as their deployment was moved up several weeks. Once the men returned from active duty, Sadler finally set up a meeting with them at a race in Talladega. Now, as the three men prepare to venture back oversees, Sadler is planning to host all three for a VIP race weekend during the Chase for the Championship at the 1.5-mile Kansas Speedway. Info:
· SFC Gilliam, 34, Brigade Maintenance Management NCO, 16-year vet, three deployments
· SSG Babineaux, 33, Transportation Management Specialist, 13-year vet, five deployments
· SGT King, 33, Wheeled Vehicle Mechanic and Recovery Specialist, 12-year vet, five deployments
Sadler says: “I’m looking forward to hosting SFC Gilliam, SSG Babineaux and SGT King. These guys are huge NASCAR fans and Elliott Sadler fans. They got in contact with me several years ago over the Internet and we’ve stayed in touch ever since. Hopefully this is a nice little going away present for them this weekend. Everyone that knows me realizes I’m a huge supporter of our military. These guys fight for our freedom everyday and this is a chance for me to say, Thank you!”(RPM)(10-2-2009)
Chase Stats going into Kansas: Chase history tells us true contenders rarely fall far out of range of the lead, and #5-Mark Martin and #48-Jimmie Johnson have certainly set a blistering pace over the first two races. Only #42-Juan Pablo Montoya (-65) and #2-Kurt Busch (-75) have managed to stay within 100 points of the lead in the first 20% of Chase VI. Plenty can happen but Johnson just posted his 28th consecutive Top 15 finish in a Chase event, 8th win and 19th Top 5 over the same 28 races. Montoya continued his breakthrough season at Dover by finishing fourth and climbing one spot to third in the Chase standings. JPM only has four Top 5s this season, but half of them have come in the first two Chase races. #14-Tony Stewart stayed in reasonable Chase contention with a 9th at Dover, but he needs to start stacking up Top 5s to get into range of the lead. Stewart leads the series with 13 Top 5s this season.
Kansas Tire Notes: Teams in NASCAR Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series will be running the same combination of left- and right-side tires at Kansas this weekend . . . this is the same tire combination that teams in these two series ran at Kansas last season . . . this tire set-up is run at just one other NASCAR track — California Speedway . . . as on all NASCAR ovals greater than one mile in length, teams are required to run inner liners in all four tire positions at Kansas . . . air pressure in those inner liners should be 12-25 psi greater than that of the outer tire. The estimated pit window is every 50-55 laps, based on fuel mileage (Goodyear PR)
Kansas Rookie Notes: #82-Scott Speed was the Raybestos Rookie of the Race in the September 27 AAA 400 at Dover International Speedway. Speed scored a 25th-place finish and took top rookie honors for the sixth time this season. #20-Joey Logano leads Scott Speed by 24 points (217-193) in the Raybestos Rookie standings entering the October 4 Price Chopper 400 at Kansas Speedway. The best finish by a Raybestos Rookie in eight previous NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Kansas is second by Ryan Newman in 2002 behind race winner Jeff Gordon and is the only Raybestos Rookie to finish inside the top-five at Kansas Speedway. Jason Leffler is the only Raybestos Rookie to win a pole in eight races at Kansas Speedway. Leffler took the top starting spot in the race in the inaugural Price Chopper 400 in 2001. The record for most wins by a Raybestos Rookie is three, shared by Tony Stewart (1999) and Jimmie Johnson (2002).(Camp & Assoc./Raybestos),
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Rookie-Owner Stewart Knew Times Would Get Tough
By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
Kansas City, Kan. – Tony Stewart began nodding affirmatively well before the question was fully put to him on Wednesday. He’s been around racing, he’s been around the media and he knew almost immediately what he is about to be asked.
And he was ready with an answer. http://www.racintoday.com/archives/10469
Minter: Two Races In, The Chase Field Is Thinning Rapidly – http://www.racintoday.com/archives/10459
Kligerman Unruffled By Big Jump to Nationwide Series – http://www.racintoday.com/archives/10476
NASCAR Newscast: Price Chopper 400 Chase Race 3 Preview – http://www.racintoday.com/archives/10478
Wednesday Memo: Kansas Is Home Of Bizarre Finishes – http://www.racintoday.com/archives/10443
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Kennedy planning some 2010 race: Alex Kennedy, on the cusp of the two most prestigious auto series in the United States, finished 10th in the NASCAR Camping World Series East this year. He expects to run a few races on the Nationwide Series next year after he turns 18 on Feb. 2 and becomes eligible. Kennedy is set to race in the Nationwide on Aug. 29 at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal. It’s a road course, and Kennedy won 11 world, national and state championships on such courses as a young driver, capitalizing on his adaptability and confounding ability to read a track better than other drivers. He also may test Porsche’s Rolex Series and sprinkle some Camping World Series races when it visits at larger tracks.(Farmington Daily News)(10-2-2009)
Sponsor for Mike Wallace at Kansas: Mike Wallace will drive the Village West Liquors #01 Chevy at The NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Kansas.(J-D Motorsports PR)(10-2-2009)
Edwards goes pink: Carl Edwards, in honor of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, will drive a “pinked-out” version of his #60 Save-A-Lot Ford in Saturday’s Kansas Lottery 300 Nationwide Series race at Kansas Speedway. Save-A-Lot food stores, in partnering with Susan G. Komen for the Cure, has pledged $100,000 to aid in the fight against breast cancer and to raise awareness through the millions of NASCAR fans at the track and watching the race on television. (Kansas City Star), see an image on the #60 Paint Schemes page.(10-1-2009)
Batycki leaves Gateway Raceway: Gateway International Raceway Vice President and General Manager Lenny Batycki says he has left Dover Motorsports Inc., the parent company of the track. Gateway, located in Madison, Ill., near St. Louis, Mo., hosts races in NASCAR Nationwide and Camping World Truck series. “It just came to a conclusion that I didn’t fit Dover’s management style,” Batycki said, “and we’ve parted ways.” Batycki was hired in December 2006 after serving as team president for the now-defunct Biagi DenBeste Racing team in what was then known as the Busch Series.(Scene Daily)(10-2-2009)
Trace Atkins signing National Anthem at Lowes: The NASCAR Nationwide Series Dollar General 300 on Friday, Oct. 16, will start with a memorable performance of the national anthem by country music star Trace Adkins. Adkins will perform live on the pre-race stage before the engines start roaring at Lowe’s Motor Speedway.(LMS PR)(10-1-2009)
Penske Racing development driver Parker Kligerman will make his NASCAR Nationwide Series debut this weekend, competing in the #22 Penske Truck Rental Dodge in the Kansas Lottery 300 at Kansas Speedway. Kligerman will also race for the team in the Nationwide Series season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Saturday, November 21.(Penske PR)(9-28-2009)
IMAGE: See a picture of the car on the #22 Paint Schemes page.(10-1-2009)
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Our House: Party!, a fast-paced, house-renovating party game in which players compete in numerous home-improvement projects, will adorn the No. 20 Toyota this weekend along with GameStop. For more information on this new video game title visit: www.gamestop.com.We are taking the same car that we raced at Chicago. That was one of the best cars I’ve every driven. It was so good that we didn’t even think about coming in and putting tires on at the end of that race. If we can get that same feel back in the car this weekend I will feel good about our chances for another win in the No. 20 GameStop Toyota.” (TSC) (10-01-09)
Danica Patrick says she is still working on a possible transition to NASCAR, and refused to confirm reports that she had reaching an agreement with Andretti Green Racing to remain in the IndyCar series. Speaking during her team’s test at Homestead-Miami Speedway yesterday, Patrick remained tight-lipped about her new AGR deal – which has been hinted at but not officially confirmed by the team – and hinted that a progressive move into NASCAR was still on the cards.The 27-year-old IndyCar race winner confirmed she is still working on dovetailing NASCAR outings with her single-seater schedule, although she would not talk about any specifics. (RACER.com) (10-01-09)
Kelly Bires hated it, but he knew he had no other choice. With no steady ride and no sponsor behind him, he did the only thing he could to make sure people saw him at the race track as much as possible. He drove a start-and-park car. He did it a few times, actually, filling the gaps between events with regular Nationwide Series teams like Braun Racing, Kevin Harvick Inc., and the JTG Daugherty team he drove for during all of 2008. For a driver who had finished inside the top 10 six times last year, it was clearly a galling experience. But the sponsorship market was tough. Full-time rides were difficult to come by. So he swallowed his pride and made a few starts in cars that were clearly going nowhere but right back to the garage area. Read more (NASCAR.com) (10-01-09)
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Compton in Captains Choice Golf Tournament: Following the Las Vegas 350, the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will enjoy three weeks off before returning to action at Compton’s hometown track of Martinsville Speedway on Saturday, October 24th. During the break, Compton will participate in a Captains Choice Golf Tournament that is open to the public at Twin Oaks Golf Club in Statesville, N.C. The tournament will kick off with a shotgun start at 1 p.m. on Sunday, October 4th. [For more details visit the Jayski Appearances Page.](Wyler Racing PR.(10-1-2009)
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ARCA RE/MAX Series Rookie Kligerman Fights Off Lofton in Fantastic Finish at Kansas; Narrows Point Lead to Rockingham
KANSAS CITY KS (10-1-09) – ARCA RE/MAX Series rookie Parker Kligerman, in the Cunningham Motorsports Dodge, drove past Justin Lofton on the final restart and then fought him off over the last two laps to win the Kansas Lottery 150 Thursday afternoon at Kansas Speedway.
The Westport, Connecticut driver also narrowed Lofton’s point lead to just 15 points headed into the season championship finale next Sunday at Rockingham Speedway.
Official Finish, ARCA RE/MAX Series
Kansas Speedway, Kansas Lottery 150
Kansas City, Kan., (AP) _ The official finish for Thursday’s Kansas Lottery 150 at Kansas Speedway for ARCA RE/MAX Series stock cars with starting position in parenthesis, driver, hometown, type of car, laps completed, and reason out of race, if any:
1. (2) Parker Kligerman, Westport, Conn., Dodge, 103; 2. (1) Justin Lofton, Westmorland, Calif., Toyota, 103; 3. (29) Grant Enfinger, Fairhope, Ala., Ford, 103; 4. (3) Frank Kimmel, Clarksville, Ind., Ford, 103; 5. (4) Beau Slocumb, Julliette, Ga., Toyota, 103; 6. (24) Mikey Kile, Westlake, La., Chevrolet, 103; 7. (5) Joey Coulter, Miami Springs, Fla., Chevrolet, 103; 8. (25) Steve Arpin, Fort Frances, Ont., Chevrolet, 103; 9. (12) Hal Martin, Galliano, La., Dodge, 103; 10. (6) Craig Goess, Greenville, N.C., Toyota, 103; 11. (9) Patrick Sheltra, Indiantown, Fla., Dodge, 103; 12. (28) Alli Owens, Daytona Beach, Fla., Toyota, 103; 13. (37) Peyton Sellers, Danville, Va., Chevrolet, 102; 14. (14) Tom Hessert, Cherry Hill, N.J., Ford, 102; 15. (10) Tim George, Jr., New York, N.Y., Toyota, 102; 16. (36) Darwin Green, Susquehanna, Pa., Chevrolet, 102; 17. (17) Nate Monteith, Bristol, Tenn., Chevrolet, 102; 18. (31) Tom Berte, New Berlin, Wis., Chevrolet, 102; 19. (34) Chase Mattioli, Long Pond, Pa., Chevrolet, 101; 20. (26) Bobby Gerhart, Lebanon, Pa., Chevrolet, 101; 21. (13) Kory Rabenold, Slatington, Pa., Ford, 101; 22. (40) Lance Fenton, Tyler, Texas, Dodge, 101; 23. (33) Ryan Crane, Panama City, Fla., Dodge, 100; 24. (35) Troy Wangerin, Jordan, Minn., Dodge, 100; 25. (7) Bryan Silas, Stuart, Fla., Ford, 100; 26. (32) Doug Keller, St. Joseph, Mo., Chevrolet, 100; 27. (19) James Hylton, Inman, S.C., Ford, 100; 28. (18) Brad Smith, Shelby Township, Mich., Ford, 98; 29. (23) Jason Basham, Henryville, Ind., Chevrolet, 98; 30. (15) Jeremy Petty, Smolan, Kan., Dodge, 96; 31. (8) Jesse Smith, Wildwood, Mo., Chevrolet, 92; 32. (21) Barry Fitzgerald, Sykesville, Md., Ford, 69, handling; 33. (30) Brian Ickler, San Diego, Calif., Toyota, 50, accident; 34. (11) Robb Brent, Shelby Township, Mich., Dodge, 44, oil tank; 35. (16) Darrell Basham, Henryville, Ind., Chevrolet, 36, engine; 36. (22) Todd Antrican, Lebanon, Ohio, Chevrolet, 30, rear end; 37. (39) Mike Koch, Mountain Home, Ark., Chevrolet, 19, brakes; 38. (20) Brett Butler, Lilburn, Ga., Ford, 9, accident; 39. (38) Jennifer Cobb, Kansas City, Kan., Ford, 1, radio; 40. (27) Wayne Peterson, Pulaski, Tenn., Chevrolet, 0, clutch.
Time of race: 1 hour, 31 minutes, 14 seconds; Margin of victory: .217 seconds; Lap leaders: Kligerman 1-41, Goess 42-49, Smith 50-57, Kligerman 58-88, Lofton 89-100, Kligerman 101-103.
TOP TEN UNOFFICIAL ARCA RE/MAX SERIES POINTS AFTER THE KANSAS LOTTERY 150 (RACE 20 of 21; 10/1/09);1) Justin Lofton, 5240; 2) Parker Kligerman, 5225; 3) Frank Kimmel, 4835; 4) Joey Coulter, 4585; 5) Craig Goess, 4310; 6) Steve Arpin, 4260; 7) Bryan Silas, 4215; 8) Patrick Sheltra, 4195; 9) Tom Hessert, 4095; 10) Robb Brent, 3940.
ARCA RE/MAX Series Rookie Parker Kligerman Clinches 2009 Bill France Four Crown
KANSAS CITY, Kansas (October 1, 2009)-19-year-old Parker Kligerman officially clinched the 2009 Bill France Four Crown in the ARCA RE/MAX Series by winning Thursday’s Kansas Lottery 150 at Kansas Speedway. The prestigious award consists of four distinct tracks on the ARCA RE/MAX Series schedule-a short track, a road course, a dirt track and a superspeedway- and is designed to highlight the diverse nature of the ARCA RE/MAX Series.
En route to the 2009 Bill France Four Crown, Kligerman posted two wins and two second place finishes. He won at the DuQuoin State Fairgrounds mile-dirt track on September 7 in just his second career start on a clay oval. He finished second at New Jersey Motorsports Park, a 2.6-mile road course, on September 13 and second at the half-mile Salem Speedway short track on September 19. Kligerman’s most recent race win occurred on Thursday afternoon at Kansas Speedway, where the Penske Development driver used a green-white-checker restart to pass Eddie Sharp Racing’s Justin Lofton in the closing laps of the Kansas Lottery 150.
Kligerman, a Penske Development Driver for Cunningham Motorsports, leads the 2009 ARCA RE/MAX Series in race wins with eight. He is in the midst of a tight points battle with Eddie Sharp Racing’s Justin Lofton that concludes next weekend at Rockingham Speedway.
Bill France Four Crown Champions, 1984-2009
2009 Parker Kligerman
2008 Frank Kimmel
2007 Frank Kimmel
2006 Blake Bjorklund
2005 Frank Kimmel
2004 Brent Sherman
2003 Jason Jarrett
2002 Frank Kimmel
2001 Frank Kimmel
2000 Tim Steele
1999 Bill Baird
1998 Frank Kimmel
1997 Tim Steele
1996 Tim Steele
1995 Harris DeVane
1994 Bob Hill
1993 Bob Keselowski
1992 Bobby Bowsher
1990 Bob Keselowski
1989 Tracy Leslie
1988 Grant Adcox
1987 Grant Adcox
1986 Lee Raymond
1985 Lee Raymond
1984 Davey Allison
One race remains in the 2009 ARCA RE/MAX Series-The American 200 at Rockingham Speedway on Sunday, October 11. The race marks the 21st and final event of the 2009 season and is set to roll off at 1 p.m. Eastern on Sunday, October 11, 2009. The race will air on SPEED Sunday at 10 p.m.
Sharp, Lofton Win 2009 Hoosier Tire Superspeedway Challenge Championship
KANSAS CITY, Kansas (October 1, 2009)–Car Owner Jessica Sharp, Driver Justin Lofton and the No. 6 Eddie Sharp Racing Lofton Cattle Toyota Team clinched the 2009 Hoosier Tire Superspeedway Challenge with their second-place finish at Kansas Speedway on Thursday.
The Superspeedway Challenge, which is a separate $75,000 point fund for races on speedway ovals greater than one mile in length, kicked off with the Lucas Oil Slick Mist ARCA 200 at Daytona on February 7. Other superspeedway challenge events on the 2009 schedule include Talladega Superspeedway (April 24), Kentucky Speedway (May 9 and July 18), Pocono Raceway (June 6 and August 1), Michigan Int’l Speedway (June 12), Chicagoland Speedway (August 28) and Kansas Speedway (October 1).
With the exception of a 30th-place finish at Michigan Int’l Speedway in June, Lofton has not finished worse than eighth on a speedway in 2009 ARCA RE/MAX Series competition. The superspeedway portion of his 2009 ARCA RE/MAX Series season included wins at Talladega and Chicagoland, second-place finishes at Kentucky and Pocono, a third place finish at Kentucky in July, a sixth-place finish at Pocono in August and an eighth-place finish at Daytona.
Superspeedway Challenge points are awarded to car owners based on race points, with the winner of a Superspeedway Challenge race earning 200 points and points decreasing in increments of five.
Heading into Thursday’s Kansas Lottery 150, the ninth and final race in the 2009 Hoosier Tire Superspeedway Challenge, Eddie Sharp Racing led the standings with driver Justin Lofton over Kimmel racing with driver Frank Kimmel and Win-Tron Racing, who has utilized drivers James Buescher, Kelly Bires, Matt Merrell, Brad Reithmeyer and Beau Slocum on speedway races in 2009.
Sharp and Lofton join an accomplished list of competitors who have earned the Hoosier Tire Superspeedway Challenge Championship. Last season, Eddie Sharp earned Hoosier Tire Superspeedway Challenge honors with driver Scott Speed. In 2007 ARCA RE/MAX Series car owner Ray Evernham and driver Erin Crocker earned Hoosier Tire Superspeedway Challenge honors, marking the first time that a female driver has earned the award. Car Owner Larry Clement is a five-time Superspeedway Challenge Champion with driver Frank Kimmel (1998, ’01, ’03, ’05, ’06). Other winners include Davey Allison (’84, ’85), Lee Raymond (’86), Bill Venturini (’87, ’91), Tracy Leslie (’88), Ben Hess (’89), Bob Brevak (’90), Bob Keselowski (’92), Jeff Purvis (’93, ’94), Mike Wallace (’95), Tim Steele (’96), Mark Gibson (’97), Chad Blount (’02), Bobby Gerhart (’04), Blake Feese (’04) and Kyle Krisiloff (’04).
The ARCA RE/MAX Series has recognized a superspeedway challenge champion each consecutive year since 1984. Sharp and Lofton will formally accept the 2009 Hoosier Tire Superspeedway Challenge Championship at the ARCA RE/MAX Series Championship Awards Banquet at the Northern Kentucky Convention Center in December.
Lofton currently leads the ARCA RE/MAX Series point standings by 15 points over Parker Kligerman with one race remaining in the 2009 ARCA RE/MAX Series-the American 200 at Rockingham Speedway on Sunday, October, 11. The race rolls off at 1 p.m. and airs on SPEED at 10 p.m.
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T V * L I S T I N G S
Courtesy of Race Fan TV
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 2
1:00A-2:30 SPEED FIA Formula One PRACTICE, Fuji Television Japanese Grand Prix, Suzuka, Japan, L
1:00P-2:30 SPEED NASCAR Sprint Cup PRACTICE, Price Chopper 400, Kansas Speedway, Kansas City, KS, HD, L
3:00P-4:30 SPEED NASCAR Nationwide Series PRACTICE, Kansas Lottery 300, Kansas Speedway, Kansas City, KS, HD, L
4:30P-6:00 espn2/TSN2 NASCAR Sprint Cup QUALIFYING, Price Chopper 400, Kansas Speedway, Kansas City, KS, HD, L
6:00P-7:00 espn2 NASCAR Nationwide Series FINAL PRACTICE, Kansas Lottery 300, Kansas Speedway, Kansas City, KS, HD, L
7:00P-7:30 espn2 NASCAR Now, HD, L
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 3
12:55A-2:00 TSN2 FIA Formula One QUALIFYING, Fuji Television Japanese Grand Prix, Suzuka, Japan, 16:9, L
1:00A-2:30 SPEED FIA Formula One QUALIFYING, Fuji Television Japanese Grand Prix, Suzuka, Japan, L (may be blacked out in Canada)
10:00A-12:00n SPEED NASCAR Nationwide Series QUALIFYING, Kansas Lottery 300, Kansas Speedway, Kansas City, KS, HD, L
12:30P-1:30 SPEED NASCAR Sprint Cup PRACTICE, Price Chopper 400, Kansas Speedway, Kansas City, KS, HD, L
1:30P-3:30 SPEED Grand-Am KONI Challenge, Miller Motorsports Park, Tooele, UT, Sept 20/09, N
3:00P-3:30 espn2 NASCAR Nationwide Series COUNTDOWN, Kansas Lottery 300, Kansas Speedway, Kansas City, KS, HD, L
3:30P-6:30 espn2 NASCAR Nationwide Series Kansas Lottery 300, Kansas Speedway, Kansas City, KS, HD, L (expect green at 3:46P)
4:00P-6:30 TSN NASCAR Nationwide Series Kansas Lottery 300, Kansas Speedway, Kansas City, KS, HD, L
5:00P-6:00 SPEED IHRA Nitro Jam Drag Racing Northen Nationals, U.S. 131 Motorsports Park, Martin, MI, Aug 2/09, N
6:30P-7:30 espn2 NASCAR Sprint Cup FINAL PRACTICE, Price Chopper 400, Kansas Speedway, Kansas City, KS, HD, SDD, N
8:00P-11:00 SPEED World of Outlaws, sprint cars, Williams Grove Speedway, Mechanicsburg, PA, HD, SDD, N
10:30P-12:30A espn2 NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing QUALIFYING, O’Reilly Mid-South Nationals, Memphis, TN, HD, SDD, N
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 4
12:30A-3:00 SPEED FIA Formula One Fuji Television Japanese Grand Prix, Suzuka, Japan, L (may be blacked out in Canada)
12:55A-3:00 TSN FIA Formula One Fuji Television Japanese Grand Prix, Suzuka, Japan, 16:9, L
10:00A-11:00 espn2 NASCAR Now, pre-race, HD, L
11:00A-1:00P SPEED NASCAR RaceDay, preview of today’s Price Chopper 400 at Kansas Speedway, HD, L
1:00P-2:00 ABC/TSN NASCAR Sprint Cup COUNTDOWN, Price Chopper 400, Kansas Speedway, Kansas City, KS, HD, L
2:00P-6:00 ABC/TSN NASCAR Sprint Cup Price Chopper 400, Kansas Speedway, Kansas City, KS HD, L (expect green at 2:16P)
3:00P-4:00 SPEED FIM World Superbike, Magny-Cours, France, Race #1, HD, SDD
4:00P-5:00 SPEED FIM World Superbike, Magny-Cours, France, Race #2, HD, SDD
5:00P-6:00 SPEED FIM 250 World Championship, Bwin.com Grande Premio De Portugal, Estoril, Portugal, HD, SDD
6:00P-7:00 SPEED FIM MotoGP World Championship, Bwin.com Grande Premio De Portugal, Estoril, Portugal, HD, SDD
7:00P-10:00 espn2 NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing ELIMINATIONS, O’Reilly Mid-South Nationals, Memphis, TN, HD, SDD, N
7:00P-8:00 HD Theater World Rally Championship, 2009 Season Preview, HD, N
7:00P-8:00 SPEED The SPEED Report, HD, N
8:00P-9:00 SPEED NASCAR Victory Lane, Price Chopper 400 at Kansas Speedway, HD, N
8:00P-9:00 HD Theater World Rally Championship, 2009 Rally Ireland, Jan 30-Feb 1/09, HD, N
9:00P-10:00 SPEED Wind Tunnel with Dave Despain, HD, L
10:00P-11:00 espn2 NASCAR Now, post-race, HD, L
We do not list all the programming offered by SPEED; for complete listings go to their website, http://www.speedtv.com/schedule/
Always CHECK YOUR LOCAL LISTINGS!
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