(TOLEDO, Ohio - July 23, 2012) - After coming home out of the top 10 one week earlier at Iowa Speedway, Chris Buescher rebounded and finished fourth in Friday's Ansell ActivArmr® 150 - his series-leading seventh top-five of 2012 - to keep the ARCA Racing Series points lead.
Buescher (No. 17 Reliance Tool/Roulo Brothers Racing Ford) lost two positions, and therefore 10 points, to Brennan Poole (No. 25 Venturini Motorsports Toyota) in Friday's race, but remains 35 points ahead overall, 2905-2870, with eight races to go.
Alex Bowman (No. 22 St. Jude Children's Research Hospital Dodge) is third, 95 points behind first, but Frank Kimmel (No. 44 Ansell/Menards Toyota) made up 25 points on him Friday and now stands even closer in fourth place, just 100 points off of Buescher's lead.
Chad Hackenbracht (No. 58 CGH Motorsports Chevrolet) is fifth, 225 points behind Buescher. Matt Lofton (No. 16 Strutmasters.com Chevrolet) stayed sixth, just ahead of Tom Hessert, who did not enter at Chicagoland. Ryan Reed (No. 15 JDRF Ford) passed Spencer Gallagher (No. 23 Allegiant Air Chevrolet) for eighth, and Nelson Canache (No. 35 Venezuela Tourism Toyota) is the last driver in the top 10.
The full and official ARCA Racing Series standings will be released Tuesday.
By gaining six positions from his start in 10th Friday, Buescher won the CGS Imaging Hard Charger Award for the Ansell ActivArmr® 150. His Roulo Brothers Racing teammate Brandon Davis (No. 99 Ford) also advanced a race-high six positions (among drivers who qualified on time), but Buescher won the tiebreaker by finishing better.
Ten Winners for Venturini: As described above, 10 drivers have won ARCA Racing Series events for Venturini Motorsports after Kevin Swindell's Friday win. The other nine, in order of wins, are Bill Venturini (12), Steve Arpin (3), Brennan Poole (3), Alex Bowman (2), Joey Logano (2), Sean Caisse, Mikey Kile, Scott Lagasse Jr., and Billy Venturini.
By comparison, fellow Chicago-born team Roulo Brothers Racing has seen seven drivers win 29 races: Bob Strait (9), Dave Weltmeyer (8), Chris Buescher (7), Ken Schrader (2), David Green, Scott Lagasse, and Joe Ruttman.
Consistent Kimmel Wants Wins: Frank Kimmel's third-place finish in the Ansell ActivArmr® 150 kept him tied with Chris Buescher and Brennan Poole for most top-10s this year with nine, and more importantly drew him to within 100 points of Buescher's series points lead.
"Being consistent, that's my deal," Kimmel said. "It always has been, just trying to be out on the race track to get the best finish you can with the race car you have that day. To beat these guys, though, we're going to have to go out and beat them on the race track. Right now, they've got us covered pretty hard, especially on these mile-and-a-halves, and they're good on short tracks too. We just need to start winning something."
Friday's Speed a Race Record: The Ansell ActivArmr® 150 ended in record time, and by no slim margin. The previous race record was Justin Lofton's 111.02 mph win in 2009, but Kevin Swindell finished the 150-lap race in just one hour, three minutes, and 47 seconds - over 17 minutes faster than Lofton. Swindell's average speed for Friday's race was more than 30 miles per hour faster, at 141.103 mph.