(TOLEDO, Ohio - August 27, 2012) - With a second-place finish, Alex Bowman was the highest-finishing Team Messina Rookie Challenge driver in Sunday's race.
He has eight 30-point (race-leading) finishes to his credit, ahead of Brennan Poole's five, but Poole (No. 25 Venturini Motorsports Toyota) has the higher rookie score over the best 15 races, 410-406.Bowman was happy to recover after driving off of the jack early in the race, but wished he had won for the second straight year at Madison.
"It's a good recovery, but at the same time, we wanted to win this race really, really badly," said Bowman, who had a slow leak in his right rear tire after losing the lead for the first time on Lap 55. "I tried to give it away last year and was able to recover, but this year, I thought I felt the jack drop but apparently it didn't, so it's my fault on that one. I got us behind the eight ball."
By finishing second to Chris Buescher, Bowman completed a reversal of last year's top two finishing positions at Madison.
"It's cool to see Chris win. He raced me really clean here last year."
Buescher's Points Lead Now 60: With three races remaining in 2012, Chris Buescher has as high a points lead as any driver has held this season. His unofficial 60-point advantage over Frank Kimmel, 4210-4150, is four times what he held going into Sunday's race at Madison International Speedway.
Brennan Poole is 135 points from the lead in third, with Alex Bowman 190 points out in fourth. Chad Hackenbracht (No. 58 CGH Motorsports Chevrolet) is fifth, followed by Matt Lofton (No. 16 Strutmasters.com Chevrolet), Spencer Gallagher (No. 23 Allegiant Air Chevrolet), Nelson Canache (No. 66 Venezuela Tourism Toyota), Tom Hessert (No. 52 Federated Auto Parts Chevrolet), and Josh Williams (No. 02 Southwest Florida Cable Construction Ford).
The full and official ARCA Racing Series standings will be released Tuesday.
Hackenbracht Appreciative of Crew: Chad Hackenbracht started his week in a Hoosier tire test at Michigan International Speedway and completed it across Lake Michigan, finishing third in the Herr's Live Life with Flavor 200 at Madison International Speedway.
A long week of work for his crew did little to slow the 20-year-old driver.
"We had the fastest car, for sure; we just screwed up on a pit call," he said. "We got jumbled way in the back and went a lap down, but we made it back on a restart. I had two tires there at the end. I know if we got those, we'd definitely be coming through the field. I think we had eight laps to go and we were 12th or something like that. To come back up to third is awesome. I can't say enough about these guys. We haven't touched the car since we unloaded, and that just goes to show all their hours of hard work. 80, 90 hours in a work week is nothing for them."