Parker Kligerman participated in an ARCA-sanctioned event for the first time since winning last season's finale at Rockingham Speedway and finishing second in the final series points standings, and found himself at the top of the chart in today's ARCA Racing Series presented by RE/MAX and Menards open test at the 1.5-mile Kansas Speedway oval.
Kligerman drove the No. 22 Cunningham Motorsports Dodge to a lap of 32.182 seconds (167.796 mph) in the three-hour morning session, topping Mikey Kile's morning lap of 32.192 seconds (167.744 mph) in the No. 25 Venturini Motorsports Toyota.
Kile's teammate, Steve Arpin, posted the four-hour afternoon session's fastest time, 32.267 seconds (167.354 mph), in the No. 55 Venturini Motorsports Toyota.
Scott Wimmer drove a No. 31 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet to the fourth overall position with a 32.312-second (167.121 mph) lap in the morning. Joey Coulter (No. 16 Coulter Motorsports Chevrolet) was the fifth driver on the overall chart after finishing his best lap in 32.399 seconds (166.672 mph).
Justin Marks (No. 32 Win-Tron Racing Toyota) was sixth overall, and 18-year-old Ty Dillon (No. 41 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet) was the seventh-fastest driver. Dillon, the grandson of Richard Childress, will make his second ARCA Racing Series start at Kansas after winning the Menards Pole Award presented by Ansell at Iowa Speedway in July.
Part-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver David Stremme, acting as a driver coach for Coulter, finished eighth for the day, and was followed by Tim George Jr. (No. 31 Richard Childress Racing) and Tom Hessert (No. 77 Cunningham Motorsports Dodge) in the top 10. Dakoda Armstrong (No. 22 Cunningham Motorsports Dodge) finished the day in the 11th position.
Kligerman, who won a series-high nine races and finished just five points behind series champion Justin Lofton in 2009, said he was glad to help his old team in any way possible. The 20-year-old Penske Racing development driver has competed in eight NASCAR Nationwide Series races this season and has top-10 finishes in two of his last three starts.
"Cunningham Motorsports, who has an affiliation with Penske, brought four cars out for the test. 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," Kligerman said.
Kligerman assisted current Cunningham drivers Armstrong, who won Saturday at Salem (Ind.) Speedway, and Hessert, who is second in the ARCA Racing Series point standings and just 15 points out of the lead with two races remaining.
"One of the (No.) 22 cars Cunningham brought is the same car I won all those races in last year. Dakoda and Tom are both doing a really good job," he said. "I just wanted to lend any support I could to help them go in the right direction."
The driver also had the chance to provide some motivation to Hessert as he contends for his first ARCA Racing Series championship, although in a joking manner.
"I actually told Tom he can't let the number 77 down twice," he said with a smile. "No pressure though."
Neither points leader Patrick Sheltra nor Craig Goess, who is 20 points from the lead, entered the test.
The ARCA Racing Series presented by RE/MAX and Menards visits Kansas Speedway on Thursday, September 30 for the 19th of 20 races this season. The 100-lap, 150-mile Kansas Lottery 150 airs live on SPEED at 4 p.m. Central (5 p.m. Eastern), with live timing and scoring and live audio coverage presented by ARCA Nation and the ARCA Racing Network at ARCARacing.com.
The ARCA Racing Series presented by RE/MAX and Menards features 20 events at 17 tracks on its 2010 schedule. The series has crowned an ARCA national champion each year since its inaugural season in 1953, and has toured over 200 racetracks in 28 states since its inception. The series tests the abilities of drivers and race teams over the most diverse schedule of stock car racing events in the world, annually visiting tracks ranging from 0.4 mile to 2.66 miles in length, on both paved and dirt surfaces as well as left- and right-turn street and road courses.
Founded by John Marcum in 1953 in Toledo, Ohio, the Automobile Racing Club of America (ARCA) is recognized among the leading sanctioning bodies in the country. Closing in on completing its sixth decade after hundreds of thousands of miles of racing, ARCA administers over 100 race events each season in two professional touring series and local weekly events.
EVENT #19, ARCA RACING SERIES presented by RE/MAX and MENARDS
Kansas Speedway, Kansas City KS Overall Test Results (9-21-10) NODRIVER/HOMETOWNCARTIMESPEED 122bParker Kligerman/Westport CTDodge32.182167.796 225Mikey Kile/Westlake LAToyota32.192167.744 355Steve Arpin/Fort Frances OntarioToyota32.267167.354 431Scott Wimmer/Wausau WIChevy32.312167.121 516aJoey Coulter/Miami Springs FLChevy32.399166.672 632Justin Marks/Rocklin CAToyota32.416166.584 741Ty Dillon/Lewisville NCChevy32.483166.241 816bDavid Stremme/South Bend INChevy32.753164.870 931Tim George Jr./New York NYChevy32.775164.760 1077aTom Hessert/Cherry Hill NJDodge32.799164.639 1177bTom Hessert/Cherry Hill NJDodge32.824164.514 1222aDakoda Armstrong/New Castle INDodge32.838164.444 1358Chad Hackenbracht/New Philadephia OHChevy33.144162.925 1412Russ Dugger/Owasso OKChevy33.307162.128 1536Robb Brent/Shelby Township MIDodge33.532161.040 1659Leilani Munter/Rochester MNDodge33.598160.724 1735Tom Berte/New Berlin WIChevy33.628160.580 1852Daryl HarrChevy34.202157.886 1928Chad FrewaldtChevy35.177153.509 207Tanner Berryhill/Bixby OKChevy35.205153.387