(NEWTON, Iowa - July 13, 2012) - Two hundred laps of racing around Iowa Speedway's 0.875-mile oval tonight will highlight a full day of action for the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards.
The Prairie Meadows 200 will drop the green flag on the second half of the ARCA season, and with 10 races down and 10 to go, four drivers have established themselves as championship front-runners.
Brennan Poole leads Chris Buescher by 10 points atop the standings, and each driver has two wins. Nine-time ARCA champion Frank Kimmel is looking for his first win since 2008, but stands third - 160 points behind Poole. Of the six winners in ARCA's history at Iowa since 2006, only two past winners are entered today: Kimmel and Tom Hessert.
Like Poole and Buescher, Alex Bowman is a two-time winner this year. He ranks fourth, five points behind Kimmel. Poole and Buescher each have wins on a short track and a speedway this year, and Bowman's wins are both on short tracks. What does that mean this weekend? Frankly, not much. Iowa Speedway features characteristics of tracks big and small, making tonight's race one of the most interesting and unpredictable of ARCA's 60th Anniversary Season.
Tonight's event marks the return of Grant Enfinger in the No. 36 Allgaier Motorsports entry. Enfinger and the team finished fourth in last year's championship pursuit, and the Alabaman has driven two races this year. He led 48 laps but finished 13th at Mobile International Speedway, his home track, in March, and then finished third at Toledo Speedway two months later.
Enfinger celebrated Independence Day last week with a drive from his home in Charlotte to Allgaier's shop in Springfield, Ill. He arrived that evening and spent the night working on the car with crew chief Kelly Kovski before a test at Iowa Speedway the next day.
"We will get some more speed out of the car, but we were working on different setups and we know more now that we have tried those setups on the track," Enfinger said in a press release. "We feel we can be competitive at a track which has been good to us."
Enfinger has past success at Iowa; he finished fourth last year and third in 2010.
Two practices are scheduled today, from 11:30-1 and 2-3 ET. Menards Pole Qualifying presented by Ansell will begin at 5:30. SPEED will broadcast the race live at 9, and ARCARacing.com will carry live timing and scoring of all on-track activity throughout the day. All times listed are Eastern, one hour ahead of Iowa and Central Daylight Time.