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  • The first twelve laps were plagued by two essentially single-car spins so was a bit boring
  • Brian Ickler had an issue at the same time, so both cars spent time on pit lane with the hood up
  • What's amazing about this winner is that he's still in high school

    • by Orrymain
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      This eighth race of the 2009 NASCAR Arca Series is the Racing for Wildlife 200 in Michigan. Justin Lofton was on the pole, the order set by owner’s points as qualifying was rained out for the fourth straight time this season. One of the big deals of this race was Sprint Cup driver Kyle Busch serving as a spotter for a driver he’s mentoring somewhat. Another NASCAR connection had driver Ryan Newman in the commentator’s booth. Newman has connections to the Wildlife 200 sponsors which explained his presence.

      The first twelve laps were plagued by two essentially single-car spins so was a bit boring. Then they managed to get in another six or so laps when


      another car spun, but fortunately, no caution was called. I’m not a fan of a caution being brought out every time a car hits the wall.

      A fourth of the way in, there was some good racing fun between leader Lofton and Parker Kligerman. They were side by side numerous times in a thrilling quest to be number one. Lofton held his position, but it was quite enjoyable to watch them battle.

      Suddenly, about Lap 39, the race leader pulled into the pits. It was a bit early for a pit stop, so that got everyone’s attention. Brian Ickler had an issue at the same time, so both cars spent time on pit lane with the hood ...


      • up. This gave Kligerman the lead.

        The big shakeup came halfway through the race which had an unusual round of green flag pit stops. The caution came out, putting past leader Kligerman and everyone else who had pitted a lap down. It was the ultimate in bad breaks. I always hate that when it happens; it’s why I can’t stand green flag stops. This put Justin Marks in the lead at Lap 55.

        Clay Rogers ran into some bad luck with 25 to go when his engine blew up. At this point, there was nothing spectacular going on with this race. It had settled down again into a lot of uncharacteristic green flag laps.

        There were

        fireworks with ten to go. Leader Marks had a left rear tire go down, and when he got loose it was like watching a worm wiggle. He ended up smacking the wall hard, ending his day. His car was demolished. Unfortunately, this meant a very boring 8 laps of caution. It was duller than a knife with no edge.

        The race restarted with 2 laps to go and Kligerman rebounded to win the race. What’s amazing about this winner is that he’s still in high school. That’s amazing.

        All in all, these races which are always short are just too caution-filled. When they race, it’s pretty good, but it’s darn snail-like with all the yellows.




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