(TOLEDO, Ohio - August 13, 2012) - When Chris Buescher took the lead from Erik Jones on Lap 184 of 200 in Saturday's Berlin ARCA 200 presented by Hantz Group at Berlin Raceway, he placed Roulo Brothers Racing on the fast track to a milestone reached by few ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards teams.
Buescher's (No. 17 Roulo Brothers Racing Ford) win - his third of the 2012 season - was the 30th for the Midlothian, Ill.-based Roulo team, which has fielded ARCA cars since the mid-1980s. With the victory, Buescher took another step toward becoming the team's all-time winningest driver, tying Dave Weltmeyer at eight. Those two trail Bob Strait, who won nine for the team.
The win was the team's first at Berlin but fifth in the state of Michigan, coming after three at Flat Rock Speedway between 1994 and 1996 and one at Michigan International Speedway this June.
"We were pretty good there at the beginning, and even in the long run we were staying right there with those two guys in third place," said Buescher. "I knew we had a good piece and the Roulo Brothers did a real nice job. We threw everything, including the kitchen sink, at it in practice to get it where we needed it to be. It really worked out there in the race."
If there's any question that Buescher can tie Strait on the all-time Roulo win list in short order, the schedule puts it to rest. Two of the series' remaining five races are on dirt, and Buescher won at DuQuoin, Ill. last season. The other three - Madison, Salem, and Kansas - are tracks where Buescher has either a win or a runner-up finish in the last year.
Sunday, the ARCA Racing Series will race in the Allen Crowe 100 at the Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield, Ill., where Buescher finished eighth last year.
"We're sitting good right now, but it by no means is over," he said. "We've got some tough races coming up. Dirt races were two that I enjoyed last year so I'm looking forward to getting back to those. Hopefully, we can pick up where we left off and get another win. We're going to do everything we can. We can't relax. They're right there, and they're going to stay there until the end of the season. It's just a really nice job by all of our guys with not one sponsor on the car; solid white. We're looking, and days like this can only help."
After Buescher's 40 laps led, Roulo Brothers Racing has led 3904 laps in ARCA Racing Series competition.
He finished the race in one hour, nine minutes, and 45 seconds, establishing a new Berlin race record of 75.269 mph.
Points Lead Back to Buescher: In addition to the race record and his team's latest wins milestone, Chris Buescher turned a 15-point deficit to first place entering Saturday's race into the unofficial points lead over former leader Brennan Poole (No. 25 Adcetera.com/Midas Chevrolet).
Buescher qualified third to earn five bonus points, and earned another five points for leading laps. Then, he finished eight spots ahead of Poole in the race to leave with a 35-point lead, 3795-3760.
Frank Kimmel (No. 44 Ansell/Menards Toyota) used a runner-up finish to move to within 70 points of the series lead with five races to go. Alex Bowman (No. 22 St. Jude Children's Research Hospital Dodge) is fourth, ahead of Chad Hackenbracht (No. 58 CGH Motorsports Chevrolet).
Matt Lofton (No. 16 Strutmasters.com Chevrolet) stayed sixth, but the positions below him shuffled. Saturday's race was the 15th of the season, signifying the end to another five-race leg and marking the awarding of ARCA's traditional 250-point bonuses.
Spencer Gallagher (No. 23 Allegiant Air Chevrolet) moved up to seventh and Nelson Canache (No. 66 Venezuela Tourism Toyota) improved to seventh and eighth, respectively, having both earned the 250 points for entering and competing in each of the leg's five races. Tom Hessert (No. 52 Federated Auto Parts Chevrolet) dropped to ninth, and Ryan Reed dropped to 10th. Neither earned the bonus.
The full and official ARCA Racing Series standings will be released Tuesday.