Racing for Wildlife 200: Kligerman Holds Off Dillon

David PhillipsAnalyst IJune 14, 2009

Race Review

Friday in Michigan the stars of the ARCA Re/Max Series kicked off the racing weekend, with the Racing for Wildlife 200.

Penske development driver Parker Kligerman held off Richard Childress's grandson, Austin Dillon, who was driving a black No. 31 which reminds us all of a black No. 3 we used to see a lot.

Kligerman, fresh off his high school prom six days ago, pulled off the stunning win after going one lap down earlier in the race after earning the Aarons Lucky Dog earlier in the race.

Kligerman's teammate, Chase Miller, driving the No.4 Cunningham Motorsports car, finished third, even after a spin earlier in the race.

Finishing fourth was James Buescher, in his third series start this season in the prior two he had wins, so saying fourth was disappointing says a lot.

Finishing fifth was the third rookie in the top-five when the No. 16 of Joey Coulter ran a great race all evening long and brought home his third top-10 in a row.

Points leader Justin Lofton droped to second in the points standings after an unscheduled pit stop in which Lofton went 17 laps down and finished a very dissapointing 30th, also the worst of the season.

| Has Happened |

Kligerman won his second race of the year and is also still unsponsored. He still may not have funding to compete in all the ARCA races despite being the points leader.

Eddie Sharpe Racing continues to have all three of his drivers in the top-10 in ARCA Re/Max points.

The No. 6 of Justin Lofton sits second only 45 points out of the lead; the No. 81 of Criag Goess sits fifth in points; the No.2 Ruby Tuesday machine of Tim George Jr. sits eighth; and the No. 20 of Steve Arpin sits 10th in points. As always, the ESR Toyota's continue to be strong in the ARCA Series.


| Yet to Happen|

Still no win for nine-time ARCA Re/Max Series Frank Kimmel, who sits third in points and has had a very consistent season but still no win.

Also, Kligerman still has no sponsor and/or funding and will be competing on a race-by-race basis.


| Up Next |

Up next for the ARCA Series is a trip to the Mansfield Motorsports Park for the first-ever running of the Tim Richmond Memorial 200.

This will be the ARCA Re/Max Seres firsts trip to the half-mile oval in Mansfield Ohio.


|Points so Far|

1Parker Kligerman1875
2Justin Lofton1830
3Frank Kimmel1700
4Bryan Silas1655
5Craig Goess1575
6Patrick Sheltra1500
7Joey Coulter1490
8Tim George Jr.1475
9Tom Hessert1465
10Steve Arpin1430