1990 Bobby Bowsher
Bobby Bowsher won at Flat Rock Speedway in 1990, the third member of his family to win an ARCA Menards Series race. (Rand Thompson)

This Week In ARCA History: Bobby Bowsher Continued Family’s Winning Ways at Flat Rock


A look back at milestones this week in ARCA Racing history:

John Soares
John Soares (Getty Images)

May 30, 1954 – John Soares started 17th in a 32-car starting field and drove to the victory in the Pacific Coast Late Model Division’s second race, defeating Lloyd Dane by a lap in a 500 lapper at Carrell Speedway in Gardena, California. The race was flagged four laps early due to a scoring error. Pole starter Danny Letner, Ben Gregory, and George Seeger rounded out the top five finishers. Soares took the lead from Dane at lap 286 and led the final 211 laps to the finish. Dane went on to win the title and was the series’ champion in three of the first four seasons.

May 29, 1960 – Elmer Musgrave earned his fourth career ARCA Menards Series victory, taking the checkered flag at Powell Speedway in Columbus, Ohio. Musgrave had achieved success on the Chicagoland area short tracks and would go on to win six times in the ARCA Menards Series. His son, Ted Musgrave, is the 2004 NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series champion. Elmer passed away in 2000.

May 30, 1971 – Tom Bowsher scored his fourth career series victory in the ARCA Menards Series’ second-ever visit to the half-mile Madison International Speedway in Wisconsin. Bowsher, the younger brother of ARCA legend Jack Bowsher, went on to sweep the Wisconsin weekend doubleheader by driving to victory the following night at Wisconsin International Raceway in Kaukauna.

May 29, 1988 – Mike Rowe won for the second consecutive time and the second consecutive week at Oxford Plains Speedway, beating Dale Shaw to win the Snap-on Tools 100 in the second NASCAR Busch North (now ARCA Menards Series East) season. Eventual series champion Jamie Aube was third, while Dave Dion and Leland Kangas rounded out the top five. Rowe also won at Oxford the previous week, beating Kangas, Kelly Moore, Dick McCabe, and Aube to the line.

RACING-REFERENCE: 1988 Oxford Plains Results | 1988 NASCAR Busch North Series Results

May 26, 1990 – Bobby Bowsher became the third member of the Bowsher family to win at ARCA Menards Series race by taking the checkered flag in the Miller Genuine Draft 150 at Flat Rock Speedway. Bowsher led 116 laps around the tight quarter mile, nipping eventual series champion Bob Brevak at the line. Bob Keselowski, Bob Strait, and Bob Dotter completed the top-five.

RACING-REFERENCE: 1990 Flat Rock Results | 1990 ARCA Permatex SuperCar Series Results

May 29, 2004 – Austin Cameron beat eventual series champion Mike Duncan to the win the NASCAR West Series – now ARCA Menards Series West – Havoline/NAPA Auto Parts 150 at Stockton 99 Speedway. Cameron took the lead from Duncan with just eight circuits remaining and led the rest of the way to take his ninth series win and his second career win at Stockton. David Gilliland, C.T. Hellmund, and Tim Smith rounded out the top five.

RACING-REFERENCE: 2004 Stockton 99 Results | 2004 NASCAR West Series Results

May 30, 2016 – Spencer Davis edged eventual series champion Justin Haley in a photo finish to win the ComServe Wireless 150 at the new Dominion Raceway. It was Davis’s first career NASCAR K&N Pro Series East – now ARCA Menards Series East – victory. Noah Gragson, Kaz Grala, and 2017 ARCA Menards Series champion Austin Theriault rounded out the top five.

RACING-REFERENCE: 2016 Dominion Results | 2016 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Results

WOODFORD, VA – MAY 30: Spencer Davis, driver of the #41 Davis Poultry/Ruud.com Chevrolet, takes the checkered flag in front of Justin Haley, driver of the #5 Braun Auto Chevrolet, to win the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East ComServe 150 on May 30, 2016 in Woodford, Virginia. (Photo by Matt Hazlett/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Spencer Davis, driver of the #41 Davis Poultry/Ruud.com Chevrolet, takes the checkered flag in front of Justin Haley, driver of the #5 Braun Auto Chevrolet, to win the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East ComServe 150 on May 30, 2016 in Woodford, Virginia. (Matt Hazlett/NASCAR via Getty Images)