Racing For Wildlife 200 : ARCA Series at Michigan Preview

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Racing For Wildlife 200 : ARCA Series at Michigan Preview
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This week the ARCA Re/Max Series will ride the coat tails of the Sprint Cup Series when they head to Michigan International Speedway for this year's Racing for Wildlife 200.

Last week at Pocono, it was Sprint Cup star Joey Logano that passed the field and beat out ARCA regulars for his first win of the season.

(For a detailed review of last weeks ARCA Pocono 200, see M.J.'s live from Long Pond article.)

James Buescher makes his third start, and so far he's two-for-two with wins in both starts in the No.32 Wolfpack Rentals Toyota, which currently sits second in owner points so far in 2009.

Jesse Smith will make his first start in the No. 25 Venturini Motorsports Chevrolet, which has visited Victory Lane twice, once with with Sean Cassie and one last week with Logono.

Will Smith be the third to pull off the W?

A guy who has been missing from Victory Lane so far this season is nine-time ARCA Re/Max Series Champion Frank Kimmel.

Kimmel has looked strong in recent weeks and would love to take new sponsor Menards Home Improvement to Victory No. 61.  In 13 starts at Michigan, Kimmel has one win back in 2005 and four top-fives.

Kyle Busch's protege Brian Ickler will make his second ARCA start of the season. Ickler is the man who drives the No. 51 Toyota in the Camping World Truck Series when Busch is unable to drive due to stand alone or other reasons.

Part-time ARCA driver Bobby Gerhart will make his third start of the season in his No. 5 Lucas Oil Chevy. Gerhart has 11 starts, with one top-five and six top-10s.

Richard Childress Racing brings the No.31 Chevy for Childress's grandson Austin Dillon. This will be Dillon's third ARCA start and second of the season.

With RCR in the ARCA Series, the competition better watch out.

Parker Kligerman, fresh off his high school prom and currently sitting second in points, may or may not show up after Michigan due to lack of funding.

Cunningham Motorsports began the season with an eight race agreement and after a great finish at Daytona the team decided to run the first eight races.

The 18-year-old Penske Development Driver has yet to secure sponsorship this season, despite having eight top-10s and a win in nine starts.

Another man who has been driving pretty darn good in an under-funded car, is points leader and defending winner of the Racing for Wildlife 200 Justin Lofton.

Lofton has brought new sponsorship with Valvoline Instant Oil Change to go along with Lofton Cattle, his family owned company.

So far Thursday's ARCA Re/Max Series practice session has been pushed back to Friday morning.

Menards Pole Qualifying presented by Ansell was cancelled early on Thursday afternoon, and the field was set by owner points for the second week in a row.

 

TRACK FACTS:

Michigan International Superspeedway: two-mile | D-shaped oval                       

Banking: Turns: 18-degrees | Straights: Frontstretch 12-degrees | Backstretch 5-degrees

Backstretch Length: 2,242 feet

Front stretch Length: 2,229 feet

Width: 73-feet wide with 10-foot apron in turns, 45-feet wide with 12-foot apron on straightaways

Pit lane is 50-feet wide and contains space for 44 individual pit areas

Pit Road Speed: 45 MPH

Seating: 137,243

Attendance: 153,000.

Opened: 1968

 

RACE INFO:

June 12 at 5 PM live on SPEED Channel

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