Buescher's Win First for Ford in 30 Races; Roulos Back on Top (TOLEDO, Ohio) - Chris Buescher's win in the Menards 200 Presented by Federated Car Care at Toledo Speedway wasn't merely the first in the ARCA Racing Series Presented by RE/MAX and...
Buescher's Win First for Ford in 30 Races; Roulos Back on Top
(TOLEDO, Ohio) - Chris Buescher's win in the Menards 200 Presented by Federated Car Care at Toledo Speedway wasn't merely the first in the ARCA Racing Series Presented by RE/MAX and Menards for the 17-year old Texan. The victory for the No. 17 David Ragan Fan Club/Shriners Ford was notable in three other significant ways.
Buescher's triumph marked the first for Ford since Frank Kimmel's win at Salem Speedway on Sept. 13, 2008, exactly 30 races ago. The manufacturer had come close, finishing second on five separate occasions, but it was the driver from Prosper, Texas making just his ninth career ARCA start that delivered a trip to Victory Lane.
With his win at just 17 years, 206 days of age, Buescher also became the youngest ARCA Racing Series winner in Toledo Speedway history.
The victory was also noteworthy for Roulo Brothers Racing, a team which had not entered the win column in the ARCA Racing Series in nearly 13 years. Before helping Buescher to victory Sunday, team owner Russ Roulo and crew chief Gary Roulo had last won on Independence Day in 1997, with Dave Weltmeyer driving the No. 39 Chevrolet to victory at Kil-Kare Speedway in Xenia, Ohio. That win was the second of back-to-back triumphs for the Roulos, as Ken Schrader had driven the same car to victory at Toledo Speedway just five days earlier.
Below are additional news and notes from the sixth race of the 2010 ARCA Racing Series season, the Menards 200 Presented by Federated Car Care at Toledo Speedway.
Kimmel's 30th Delivers Another Top-Five: Frank Kimmel made his first Toledo Speedway start in the ARCA Racing Series on July 1, 1990, and has since amassed 30 total starts on the half-mile oval. Kimmel's 30th race at the series' home track ended with his No. 44 Ansell/Menards Ford in fourth place, his 22nd top-five and 24th top-10 finish on the track. The result boosted his overall average finish at the track to 6.2667.
By completing each of the race's 200 laps, Kimmel finished on the lead lap for the 17th consecutive race and the 25th time overall at Toledo. Kimmel has completed over 95% of the laps at Toledo Speedway since 1990, and last finished off of the lead lap on June 25, 1999, when he completed only 72 of 150 laps contested.
First-Time Winners Numerous Again: ChrisBuescher's win is the fourth for a first-time victor this season (Justin Marks, Steve Arpin, Dakoda Armstrong), and helped to mark the third instance in the last four years of four first-time winners in the opening six races.
Matt Hawkins, Scott Speed, Joey Logano, and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. all won for the first time in the opening six races in 2008, and James Buescher, Chad McCumbee, Scott Lagasse Jr. and Billy Leslie did the same to start the 2007 season.
Race Sponsor Sees Success: In addition to Frank Kimmel's high finish for race sponsor Menards, Matt Crafton also featured as a contender. The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series veteran drove the No. 88 Messina Wildlife Management/Menards Ford to fifth place in the Menards 200 in his ARCA Racing Series debut.
Four Drivers Make Debut: Matt Crafton was not the only driver making his ARCA Racing Series debut Sunday. Kyle Fowler, 17, finished 15th in the No. 6 Eddie Sharp Racing Toyota, followed by A.J. Frank, 35, who ended 24th in the No. 15 Venturini Motorsports Chevrolet. Tyler Miles, 18, finished the race 29th in the No. 06 Wayne Peterson Racing Ford.
Sheltra Alone on Top for First Time: Patrick Sheltra's rebound from a mid-race, multi-car incident did more than give the 24-year-old driver from Indiantown, Fla. an eighth-place finish. Sheltra now leads the ARCA Racing Series standings by 10 points over previous leader Justin Marks, a result based heavily on his series-high six top-10 finishes.
Sheltra had previously never led the ARCA Racing Series standings on his own, though he did share the lead with Parker Kligerman after the 2009 season's third race at Rockingham (N.C.) Speedway. Sheltra's total of 748 laps completed (of 749 possible) also leads all ARCA Racing Series competitors, just edging Marks and Tom Hessert (747), and Frank Kimmel (746).