Lofton and Goess Teams Are Penalized After Pocono Race
Penalties Put Kligerman Back into ARCA Point Lead
ARCA PR Report
Two ARCA RE/MAX Series teams have been penalized based on post-race technical inspection after the Pennsylvania 200 at Pocono Raceway August 1.
The Sharp Racing Enterprises #6 team of owner Jessica Sharp and driver Justin Lofton, and the Sharp Racing Enterprises #81 team of owner Eddie Sharp and driver Craig Goess have each been fined $1500 and penalized with the loss of 25 championship points. Both teams were penalized for violation of 2009 ARCA Rulebook carburetor throttle bore maximum venturi size.
By virtue of the victory and leading the most laps at Pocono, Lofton would have been the point leader by five points over Parker Kligerman, who finished 21st after crashing in the closing laps.
However, as a result of the penalties issued, Kligerman remains first with a 20-point margin over Lofton heading into the next event on tour - the Allen Crowe 100 at the Illinois State Fairgrounds mile-dirt Sunday, August 23rd.
"All of us at Eddie Sharp Racing hold ourselves to the highest standards and take pride in doing things by the book," said Eddie Sharp. "This infraction was an oversight on our engine supplier's part; which is surprising because they do an excellent job and we value our relationship with them. This was an instance in which two brand new carburetors were sent to the racetrack without being tested first. It was a manufacturer's miscue and not necessarily a performance advantage. We'll take our lumps and move on with the goal of working hard the rest of the season so that we can earn those championship points back."
Car owner Jessica Sharp remains the leader in car owner points, 135 ahead of Mark Gibson, car owner for Kligerman.
The penalties also affect the Hoosier Superspeedway Challenge Championship points. Car owner Jessica Sharp remains the leader; however, she falls from 1200 to 1175. Sharp is still 40 points in front of car owners Frank Kimmel and Mark Gibson, who are tied for second in the Superspeedway Challenge points.
Justin Lofton (#6) beat Parker Kligerman (#77) at Pocono. He also led the point standings for a few days. But now Kligerman is back in the point lead without turning a wheel at a racetrack. (ARCA Photos)