(TOLEDO, Ohio - August 20, 2012) - Clean racing in the ARCA Racing Series has again helped to set a race record.
Before Sunday, Bobby Bowsher's average of 90 miles per hour was the race record on Springfield's dirt mile, but Frank Kimmel broke that in the Allen Crowe 100. By finishing the race in one hour, two minutes, and 58 seconds for an average speed of 95.265 mph, Kimmel set a new standard.
Swindell Unhappy with Third: Kevin Swindell (No. 55 Curb Records Toyota) led 25 laps and earned his third straight top-three, but left unsatisfied after running out of time to gain positions at race's end.
Swindell was fifth with five laps to go and improved two positions to third, but felt that he should have been in higher positions earlier. He was displeased with other cars kicking dust into the main groove, creating conditions he compared to an "ice rink." He said that put him "behind the eight ball."
"I'm not happy at all," Swindell said. "We had the best car and it just didn't play out right. We got tires at the right thing and everything we needed. We were way back with five to go and ran those guys down quickly. I'm just really frustrated today. The best car didn't win."
The three-time defending Chili Bowl Midget Nationals champion plans to race on DuQuoin's dirt on Monday, September 3.
Kovski Ties Career High: Kelly Kovski (No. 99 Billingsley Towing/HUDL.com/Schluckebier Farms Ford) finished fourth in the Allen Crowe 100, tying a career-best he achieved last September at the DuQuoin State Fairgrounds. Kovski finished better than any of the six other Illinois drivers in Sunday's starting field.
Backup Car? No Problem for Hackenbracht: A practice crash relegated Chad Hackenbracht and his CGH Motorsports team to a backup car which he later qualified 20th for the Allen Crowe 100. Hackenbracht improved 14 positions from start to finish, though, more than any other driver in the race.
Mike Affarano, though, won the CGS Imaging Hard Charger Award for the race. Affarano rose 11 positions from start to finish (27th to 16th), more than any other driver participating in the decal program. The finish was the best of his career.