This week the stars of the ARCA Re/Max Series will take yet another weekend off before rolling in to Long Pond, PA for the running of the Pocono ARCA 200.
In the rear- view mirror
So far this season, we have seen first time winners Parker Klingerman and Patrick Sheltra and we've also seen Sean Caisse pull off a win in his return to the ARCA Series.
Current points leader Justin Lofton has stayed out of trouble all year and won the ARCA 250 at Talladega.
So far, James Bruesher has gone two-for-two, meaning two wins in two starts, and also has helped get the No.32 Kevin Cywinski owned car the owner points lead so far.
Yet to win this year, is the nine-time Series Champion Frank Kimmel—who is almost never absent from Victory Lane.
Looking out the windshield
The ARCA Series will make it seventh appearance and will be aired on SPEED Channel.
Coming off a two week break, can rookie and Penske Development sensation Klingerman keep his momentum up and go for two in a row, or will one of Eddie Sharpe Racing drivers—Lofton, Craig Goess, Tim George Jr or Steve Arpin—get win number two for ESR.
Can three time Pocono winner Kimmel put his wild violent crash at the Pennsylvania track one year ago out of his mind this year and get redemption for the injuries he suffered there last year?
Taking full advantage of the Cup Series
As we all know this will be the 26th time the ARCA Series will kick off the racing weekend at Pocono.
Joe Gibbs driver Joey "Sliced Bread" Logono will enter the race in a Venturini Motorsports Toyota.
With only 25 teams entered so far, expect more Cup teams to enter cars for next weekends race—especially with the testing procedure.
Also, this will be a big help trying to replace Re/Max as the series sponsor as they leave after this season and ARCA searches for a new one.
Track/ Series Facts
- The first ARCA race was run back in 1969 when Bobby Watson held off Benny Parson for the win.
- This will be the 49th time the ARCA cars will be on the Long Pond track.
- Kyle Busch owns the ARCA track record for the fastest lap driving a Hendrick Chevy back in 2003.
- Casey Mears also swept both 2003 races at Pocono in a Ganassi Dodge.
- Other notable winners at Pocono include: Scott Riggs, Travis Kvapil, Kerry Earnhardt, Casey Atwood, and Mike Wallace.