Watkins Glen race report

by Patrick Jennings - Motorsport.com John Finger Wins ARCA RE/MAX BetOnUSA 150 at Watkins Glen in His First Career ARCA Start Watkins Glen, NY - First race, first win. That essentially sums up this afternoon's ARCA RE/MAX Series race from...

by Patrick Jennings - Motorsport.com

John Finger Wins ARCA RE/MAX BetOnUSA 150 at Watkins Glen in His First Career ARCA Start

Watkins Glen, NY - First race, first win. That essentially sums up this afternoon's ARCA RE/MAX Series race from Watkins Glen International as John Finger, a virtually unknown driver from South Carolina, emerged from a late-race spin involving the only three cars on the lead lap to win the BetOnUSA 150. Miraculously, this just also happened to be Finger's very first ARCA race. And if that's not enough, the unassuming Finger sat in his car for the first time this past Thursday. Hollywood could not have scripted it any better.

With two laps to go, Finger, second-place Blaise Alexander, and third-place Lyndon Amick tangled with a lapped car driven by Robert Burroughs in turn-11. Finger, who started fifth, was the only one of the leaders that could drive away from the wreck. He led the last two laps under caution. "It was a ball, it was the first ARCA-type race I've ever run," Finger proclaimed. "I've run some big cars before in vintage racing, we just ran our own race pace until it kind of came to us."

"We bent up the car a little bit, but we can fix it. Obviously, I was kind of in front since he hit me in the right rear as far back as you can get, it spun me and I just tightened it up and kept the wheels spinning. I thought I had broken something, but when I cam back around I was pretty tickled because if you observe the marks out there it looks like Atlanta Drag Way. The car ran good."

Alexander managed to finish second. "We had a pretty good car today. Second place is good, but when you're that close you want to win. We broke a transmission near the end that's how we lost the lead. They got it fixed on that pit stop, they kind of doctored it the best they could hoping that it would last until the end, but it ended up breaking as soon as I got the lead back."

Amick, however, ended up sixth, three laps down. "I guess you know the biggest thing at the end of the race, Robert Burroughs who was a lap down, spun out the leader. He has done some dirt racing, and this is all new to him, but usually a lap down, you give the leader some kind of courtesy. That wasn't the case today and I knew that if I were able to get through, we would have won the race. I didn't have second gear with about 10 laps to go so I was just limping around. I couldn't stop and I hit him [Finger] in the door."

Series points leader Frank Kimmel finished third.

ARCA takes to the track again next weekend at Kentucky Speedway.

ARCA Notes

Frank Kimmel has three wins this season: Gateway Int'l Raceway, Lowe's Motor Speedway, and Kentucky Speedway.

Tim Steele has two wins: Winchester Speedway and Pocono Raceway.

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Previous ARCA RE/MAX Road Course Winners:

1958 Meadowdale Raceway Fred Lorenzen 1960 Meadowdale Raceway Nelson Stacy 1964 Meadowdale Raceway Elmer Musgrave 1965 Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course Jack Bowsher 1986 St. Louis Int'l Raceway Bob Schacht 1991 Heartland Park Ken Schrader 1992 Heartland Park Darrell Waltrip 1994 Des Moines Grand Prix Scott Lagasse

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Series ARCA
Drivers Darrell Waltrip , Ken Schrader , John Finger , Lyndon Amick , Blaise Alexander , Frank Kimmel , Robert Burroughs , Tim Steele , Scott Lagasse Jr. , Bob Schacht , Fred Lorenzen