Logano wins Pocono ARCA race
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series rookie Joey Logano turned his test and tune day Saturday afternoon at Pocono Raceway into an ARCA RE/MAX Series triumph. Logano, in the Venturini Motorsports-prepared Home Depot Toyota, entered the Pocono ARCA 200 to get seat-time for the next-day Pocono 500 Cup race. The Middletown, Connecticut driver got that and plenty more as he led the most laps en route to his second series victory in his fourth series start.
"It's a good series to learn a lot," said Logano, who led 52 of 80 laps during the 200-mile race "For me, it helped me out a lot today to get some experience for the Sprint Cup race coming up here tomorrow. I definitely had a great race car today. We led, I'd say, most of the laps. The one time we got a little challenge but I think we were able to adjust the car and make it better. All the guys did a great job, we had good stops, came out first every time out of the pits so that was pretty cool. I had fun out here and I learned a lot."
The challenge that Logano referred to came from rookie Parker Kligerman, who after first-round pit stops, caught and passed Logano for the lead and began to pull away. However, Kligerman had two left-front tires go down resulting in two unscheduled pit stops that eventually relegated the Westport, Connecticut rookie to sixth in the final running order.
Outside of the mid-race challenge from Kligerman, Logano had no immediate challengers throughout the race, finishing nearly two seconds in front of second place finisher and current point leader Justin Lofton.
"We had a good day," said Lofton, who led the first 14 laps. "Eddie Sharp Racing prepares cars equally as good as anything on the Cup side, so I can't complain. It's getting a little frustrating running second everywhere, but we're building a pretty good point lead, so that's good. We only got a few laps of practice this morning so that didn't help, but all in all, we had a really good day."
Patrick Sheltra, in the Buffalo Wings & Rings Dodge, finished third.
Rookie Joey Coulter, after a tire went flat, battled back from one lap down to finish a career-best fourth in the Darrell Gwynn Foundation-Tempest Cycles Chevrolet.
"It got a little scary when we had that tire go down but it was early in the race and I knew once we made that pit stop we would need another caution so that we could get the lucky dog and we just kind of worked from there," Coulter said. "The pit crew did an awesome job and gained us I think like six spots the first stop and then they gained us another one or two or maybe three the second stop."
Matt Merrell finished fifth in the ColinsHope.org Dodge.
The ARCA RE/MAX Series heads to Michigan Int'l Speedway next Friday, June 12 for the Racing For Wildlife 200 live on SPEED at 5:00 PM.
FIN STR NO DRIVER/HOMETOWN TEAM & CAR LAPS STATUS
1 4 25 Joey Logano/Middletown CT Home Depot Toyota 80 Running
2 1 6 Justin Lofton/Westmorland CA Lofton Cattle Toyota 80 Running
3 8 60 Patrick Sheltra/Indiantown FL Buffalo Wings & Rings Dodge 80 Running
4 13 16 Joey Coulter/Miami Springs FL Darrell Gwynn Foundation-Tempest Cycles Chevrolet 80 Running
5 2 32 Matt Merrell/Portland TX ColinsHope.org Dodge 80 Running
6 6 77 Parker Kligerman/Westport CT Cunningham Motorsports Dodge 80 Running
7 17 36 Robb Brent/Shelby Township MI Orchard Chrysler Dodge Jeep Dodge 80 Running
8 23 29 Mikey Kile/Westlake LA Greased Lightning Products Chevrolet 80 Running
9 9 81 Craig Goess/Greenville NC Greenville Toyota of NC Toyota 80 Running
10 28 19 Alli Owens/Daytona Beach FL ElectrifyingCareers.com Toyota 80 Running
11 14 20 Steve Arpin/Fort Frances ON ESR Toyota 80 Running
12 30 5 Bobby Gerhart/Lebanon PA Lucas Oil Chevrolet 80 Running
13 34 82 Sean Corr/Goshen NY The Trans Group Ford 80 Running
14 3 44 Frank Kimmel/Clarksville IN Ansell-Menards Ford 79 Running
15 5 11 Bryan Silas/Stuart FL Rockingham Speedway-Oasis Outsourcing Ford 79 Running
16 16 4 Chase Miller/Canton GA Landmark Chrysler Dodge Jeep/Speed Factory Dodge 78 Running
17 12 23 Jeremy Petty/Smolan KS Hixson Construction Chevrolet 78 Running
18 33 43 Kyle Martel/Lebanon PA Hanover Cold Storage-Finish Line Transport Chevrolet 78 Running
19 10 2 Tim George Jr./New York NY Ruby Tuesday Toyota 78 Running
20 32 7 Brian Kaltreider/Reading PA Independent Graphics Ford 77 Running
21 29 14 Kevin Belmont/Langhorne PA KB Letterin'-Belmont Racing Ford 77 Running
22 15 34 Darrell Basham/Henryville IN Anti Monkey Butt Powder Chevrolet 77 Running
23 21 28 Brent Cross/Cortland NY Racing Against Cancer-Cummings Auto Machine Chevrolet 77 Running
24 20 48 James Hylton/Inman SC Radon.com Ford 75 Running
25 27 94 Jason Basham/Henryville IN Darrell Basham Racing Chevrolet 75 Running
26 37 89 Chad Beahr/Mechanicsville VA Racing With Jesus Dodge 72 Running
27 19 26 Brad Smith/Shelby Township MI ApplianceZone.com Ford 69 Running
28 7 1 Tom Hessert/Cherry Hill NJ Classic Auto Group Ford 67 Running
29 11 03 Stephan McCurley/Humble TX Porter Glass-American Screen-Royal Purple Chevrolet 24 Engine
30 24 90 Gabi DiCarlo/Phoenix AZ Great Clips Toyota 19 Brake line
31 22 06 Barry Fitzgerald/Sykesville MD TheBusPlace.com Ford 18 Overheating
32 18 84 Todd Antrican/Lebanon OH Norm Benning Racing Chevrolet 18 Brakes
33 36 75 Chuck Walker/Stanley NC Bob Schacht Motorsports Ford 12 Battery
34 25 0 Zachary Gibson/Richwood OH Wayne Peterson Racing Ford 8 Accident
35 31 10 Marc Easton/Saranac Lake NY Fast Track High Performance Driving School Chevrolet 7 Handling
36 35 04 Chase Mattioli/Long Pond PA Bobby Hamilton Jr. Racing Dodge 1 Accident
37 26 35 Tom Berte/New Berlin WI CGS Premier-Stay Tuned Customs Chevrolet 0 Accident
MENARDS POLE AWARD PRESENTED BY ANSELL: none
MRGN OF VICT: 1.996 seconds CAUTIONS: 5 for 27 laps
TIME OF RACE: 1:41:36 AVG SPEED: 118.110 mph
LAP LEADERS: Lofton 1-14 (14), Logano 15-34, 49-80 (52), Silas 35 (1), Arpin 36-39 (4),
Kligerman 40-48 (9)