Following the penalty that was dropped yesterday on Cunningham Motorsports after both cars failed tech inspection, they knew they had to go out and prove themselves at the test.
Right off the bat they did, as Parker Kligerman, driving an ARCA car for the first time since last year, topped the speed charts with a lap of 32.182 seconds.
This year, Kligerman has been driving cars in the Nationwide Series for Penske Racing and has a pair of top-10 finishes in his last three starts.
"Cunningham Motorsports, who has an affiliation with Penske, brought four cars out for the test,” Kligerman is quoted on ARCARacing.com. “They called to see if I'd be willing to help, see how the cars are running, maybe do a little coaching. I'm taking what I've learned this year in Nationwide to see if I can apply that experience.”
Last year, Kligerman won a series-high nine races and finished second in points, five points behind champion Justin Lofton.
"One of the (No.) 22 cars Cunningham brought is the same car I won all those races in last year,” he said. “Dakoda [Armstrong] and Tom [Hessert] are both doing a really good job. I just wanted to lend any support I could to help them go in the right direction."
Kligerman was followed by Venturini Motorsports teammates Mikey Kile (32.192 seconds) and Steve Arpin (32.267). Scott Wimmer was fourth (32.312) with Joey Coulter fifth (32.399).
Also on hand for the test was Sprint Cup Series driver David Stremme, who was coaching Richard Childress Racing Development driver Tim George Jr. Stremme ended the day eighth with a time of 32.753 seconds, while George Jr. was ninth at 32.775.
Points leader Patrick Sheltra did not attend the test, nor did third in points Craig Goess.
EVENT NO. 19, ARCA RACING SERIES presented by RE/MAX and MENARDS
Kansas Speedway, Kansas City, KS
NO. DRIVER/HOMETOWN CAR TIME SPEED
1 22b Parker Kligerman/Westport CT Dodge 32.182 167.796
2 25 Mikey Kile/Westlake LA Toyota 32.192 167.744
3 55 Steve Arpin/Fort Frances Ontario Toyota 32.267 167.354
4 31 Scott Wimmer/Wausau WI Chevy 32.312 167.121
5 16a Joey Coulter/Miami Springs FL Chevy 32.399 166.672
6 32 Justin Marks/Rocklin CA Toyota 32.416 166.584
7 41 Ty Dillon/Lewisville NC Chevy 32.483 166.241
8 16b David Stremme/South Bend IN Chevy 32.753 164.870
9 31 Tim George Jr./New York NY Chevy 32.775 164.760
10 77a Tom Hessert/Cherry Hill NJ Dodge 32.799 164.639
11 77b Tom Hessert/Cherry Hill NJ Dodge 32.824 164.514
12 22a Dakoda Armstrong/New Castle IN Dodge 32.838 164.444
13 58 Chad Hackenbracht/New Philadephia OH Chevy 33.144 162.925
14 12 Russ Dugger/Owasso OK Chevy 33.307 162.128
15 36 Robb Brent/Shelby Township MI Dodge 33.532 161.040
16 59 Leilani Munter/Rochester MN Dodge 33.598 160.724
17 35 Tom Berte/New Berlin WI Chevy 33.628 160.580
18 52 Daryl Harr Chevy 34.202 157.886
19 28 Chad Frewaldt Chevy 35.177 153.509
20 7 Tanner Berryhill/Bixby OK Chevy 35.205 153.387
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