Chicagoland: Series round 15 preview

Ansell Protective Gloves 150 Next as ARCA Goes to Chicagoland (TOLEDO, Ohio) - After nearly one full month since last racing on a speedway, the drivers of the ARCA Racing Series presented by RE/MAX and Menards will call on high horsepower this...

Ansell Protective Gloves 150 Next as ARCA Goes to Chicagoland

(TOLEDO, Ohio) - After nearly one full month since last racing on a speedway, the drivers of the ARCA Racing Series presented by RE/MAX and Menards will call on high horsepower this weekend as the series travels to the 1.5-mile Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Ill. for the Ansell Protective Gloves 150.

The 100-lap, 150-mile Ansell Protective Gloves 150 - the 15th of 20 series races this season - is scheduled to air live on SPEED at 6 p.m. Central (7 Eastern) on Friday, August 27, with live timing and scoring and live audio coverage presented by ARCA Nation and the ARCA Racing Network at ARCARacing.com. Nine previous ARCA Racing Series races have been held at Chicagoland Speedway since it opened in 2001, and four have been won from the pole.

Current series standings leader and nine-time series champion Frank Kimmel won from the first starting position in 2003; former series competitors Chad Blount (2002), Steve Wallace (2006) and Michael McDowell (2007) also won from the pole. Eventual series champion Justin Lofton won at Chicagoland last season from the third starting position and became the sixth driver to win after starting in the top three.

Kimmel (No. 44 Ansell/Menards Ford) leads Tom Hessert (No. 77 Cherry Hill Classic Cars Dodge) by five points and Craig Goess (No. 81 Greenville Toyota of N.C. Toyota) by 10 points atop the ARCA Racing Series standings.

Patrick Sheltra (No. 60 Recycling Services/Ferguson Pipe Toyota) is only 40 points out of the lead and in hot pursuit after his first 2010 victory Sunday in Springfield, Ill. Mikey Kile (No. 25 Venturini Motorsports Toyota) is in fifth place, 45 points from the top, after a second-place run in Springfield. The top seven drivers in the standings are separated by just 130 points.

The series has featured six races on paved ovals exceeding one mile in distance this season; winners Bobby Gerhart (Daytona), Steve Arpin (Texas), Dakoda Armstrong (Talladega), Goess (Pocono - June), Kile (Michigan), and Robb Brent (Pocono - July) are all entered for the Ansell Protective Gloves 150.

Arpin (No. 55 Mike's Hard Lemonade Toyota) posted one of the two fastest times in an open test session at the track last week, driving a lap around the 1.5-mile oval in 30.829 seconds (175.160 mph) to finish behind only Goess, who led the day with a lap in 30.807 seconds (175.285 mph).

"We had a great test there last week and definitely have a car that could win the race," said Arpin. "But it's not going to be easy by any means. There were several other cars that were real strong at the test. It's going to be a hard-fought battle, but we're up for the challenge. Our strongest tracks this year have been intermediate tracks and I was pretty competitive at Chicagoland last year."

Grant Enfinger (No. 09 Beasley Allen Law Firm Ford) is the highest returning finisher from last year's race after finishing second to Lofton. Enfinger drove underneath Lofton on the fourth turn of the final lap, only to have Lofton edge him by less than one car length at the checkered flag.

Other returners from last season's top 10 include Kimmel (fifth), Joey Coulter (sixth), Goess (eighth), and Sheltra (ninth).

"The opening practice begins at 4:30 p.m. Central (5:30 Eastern) on Thursday, August 26, with final practice following from 8-9 a.m. Central on Friday, August 27. Menards Pole Qualifying presented by Ansell - which has produced 12 different pole winners in 13 qualifying sessions this season - follows at 11:30 a.m. Central (12:30 p.m. Eastern) Friday. Live audio coverage and live timing and scoring of all events will be available on ARCARacing.com."

-source: arca

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Series ARCA
Drivers Chad Blount , Bobby Gerhart , Tom Hessert , Robb Brent , Patrick Sheltra , Steve Arpin , Mikey Kile , Craig Goess , Steve Wallace , Dakoda Armstrong , Grant Enfinger