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Sean Caisse Pulls Off ARCA's Carolina 200

BROOKLYN, MI - JUNE 14:  Sean Caisse driver of the #01 AW-Aisin/aw Toyota makes a pit stop during the ARCA RE/MAX Series Racing for Wildlife 200 at the Michigan International Speedway on June 14, 2008 in Brooklyn, Michigan.  (Photo by John Harrelson/Getty Images for NASCAR)
David PhillipsAnalyst IApril 21, 2009

Sean Caisse went down in the record books as the winner of the second annual Carolina 200 at "The ROCK" on Sunday. He may have only lead three laps all day in his Venturini Motorsports Texas Corral-PME Engines Chevrolet, after Ken Schrader ran out of gas.

Schrader lead 185 laps of the 200 lap event and nearly dominated the Carolina 200, before a green flag that lasted over 80 laps at a track that's known to eat the tires off the car.

"Well, I can say I've lost a lot of races before, not necessarily running out of fuel, but tires going down or something; but I've never won a race this way," said Caisse. "I can tell you it feels just as good."

It was Caisse sixth ever start in the ARCA Re/Max Series, with Caisse's victory it makes the second straight ARCA race a first-time winner visited Victory Lane.

"I won the race, but I didn't beat [Schrader]." said Caisse. "He was doing such a great job with throttle control. I did get to race him side by side for the lead. It would have been a lot sweeter if we could have all made one more pit stop and battle for the win to the end."

"They (Caisse/Venturini Motorsports) were the best car for 200 laps, and that's what matters," said a clearly disappointed Schrader. "I didn't expect to go without a yellow for that long. I started conserving with about 40 laps to go, but it wasn't enough. I am proud of the show the ARCA Series put on today."

Last week's winner, Patrick Sheltra, finished second and is tied for the points lead. Matt Merrell, in the Win-Tron Racing, Dodge, finished a career-best third. Bryan Silas, in Andy Hillenburg's, Rockingham Speedway-Holland Pumps Chevrolet, finished a career-best fourth from the tail-end after changing a transmission in post-qualifying.

Penske Development driver Parker Kligerman, in the Cunningham Motorsports Dodge, finished fifth. Kligerman also left the track tied for the lead in points with Sheltra.

Practice for the ARCA RE/MAX 250 at Talladega is scheduled from 10 am to 1 pm CST, Thursday, April 23, followed by Menards Pole Qualifying presented by Ansell at 5:05 pm.

The 47th ARCA RE/MAX 250 is scheduled to roll just after 4 pm CST, Friday, April 24. The race will be televised live on SPEED.

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