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ALEX BOWMAN CLAIMS FOURTH WIN OF THE SEASON,
CHRIS BUESCHER WINS THE 2012 ARCA SERIES CHAMPIONSHIP

10-22-2012
Alex Bowman after claiming his 4th win of the season at Kansas Speedway (photo courtesy of www.arcaracing.com)KANSAS CITY, KS (October 19, 2012) -- The ARCA Series concluded its 60th Anniversary Season Friday at Kansas Speedway in grand fashion.

Alex Bowman (right) dominated the season finale leading three times for 67 laps in the ARCA Kansas Lottery 98.9 race, but it was Chris Buescher finishing eighth claiming the 2012 ARCA Series championship.

Alex Bowman left no doubt in qualifying he would be a force in the night's 99-lap race. The 19-year-old driver set a new track record in qualifying circling the 1.5-mile oval in 29.259 seconds (184.559 mph). 

The new pavement resulted in lap times more than two seconds faster than last year's event or more than 12 mph faster than last year's top qualifying speed (172.133 mph). 

In fact, 23 of the 37 cars posting times in qualifying posted times better than last year's top qualifying time at Kansas Speedway. 

The race had six leaders among four different drivers. Leaders during the event included; Alex Bowman 1-29, 38-60, 85-99 (67 laps), John Wes Townley 30-37 (8 laps), Grant Enfinger 61-83 (23 laps) and Brennan Poole 84 (1 lap).

The race had five cautions for a total of 38 laps on the new, higher-banked track surface. 

Chris Buescher and crew celebrate winning the 2012 ARCA Series Championship at Kansas (photo courtesy of www.arcaracing.com)In the end, Alex Bowman finished the race 2.017 seconds ahead of a hard-charging Kevin Swindell. 

Swindell was followed to the finish line by Grant Enfinger, Brennan Poole and Brennan Newberry to round out the top five.

Poole also won the 7-race Hoosier Tire Superspeedway Challenge Award by 105 points over Frank Kimmel.

In addition to his fourth win of the season, Bowman also won the top rookie honors for the series. 

Frank Kimmel finished the race in sixth and was denied his 10th series crown when Chris Buescher finished eighth to claim the 2012 ARCA Series championship.

The 19-year-old Buescher, who like Bowman also had four wins this season, captured the title over the veteran Kimmel by just 75 points.    

The top ten in (driver) points are:

2012  ARCA SERIES
Final Standings
1.   Chris Buescher           4885
2.   Frank Kimmel              4810
3.   Brennan Poole            4735
4.   Alex Bowman              4725
5.   Chad Hackenbracht  4310
6.   Matt Lofton                 
  4220
7.   Spencer Gallagher     3720
8.   Nelson Canache         3660
9.   Josh Williams              3285
10.  Tom Hessert                3205 

Hoosier Racing Tire Corp. is extremely proud to have been selected as the exclusive tire supplier for the ARCA Racing Series for its 60th Anniversary season.

Hoosier would like to thank Dave Wroblewski and his entire crew for providing outstanding trackside service at all the ARCA events this season.

Members of the service team for the final race of the season included; Rick Tostevin, John Reynolds and Steve Partridge from the engineering department and five members of track service including; Dave Wroblewski, Chad Wright, Ryan Craft, Mike Haenes and Mike Walsh.

For more information about the race at Kansas Speedway the ARCA Racing Series please visit www.arcaracing.com.     

      

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