His Fourth Toledo Win in Menards 200
Through the final third of the Menards 200 presented by Federated Car Care at Toledo Speedway, the two drivers leading the field had earned a combined 12 victories at the half-mile oval.
Chris Buescher passed nine-time winner Frank Kimmel just after a Lap 153 restart and held the veteran off over the final 48 laps to score his fourth Toledo win since the start of 2010, a span of just five races. Buescher also drove the No.17 Roulo Brothers BeavEx Racing Ford to a win in last year’s season finale, and swept the ARCA Racing Series events at Toledo in 2010. The win was the sixth of his career and first in 2012.
Kimmel (No. 44 Ansell/Menards Toyota) led 20 laps, and for a while was running the fastest laps on track – along with Buescher. His lead approached two seconds – before Buescher used the race’s ninth caution and ensuing restart to his advantage – and he appeared primed to end a 67-race winless streak just an hour’s drive from new team ThorSport Racing’s headquarters in Sandusky, Ohio.
Grant Enfinger finished third, ahead of Clint King, Tom Hessert, and Mikey Kile. Clay Rogers, Chad Hackenbracht, Menards Pole Award presented by Ansell winner Alex Bowman, and Jared Marks completed the top ten on a warm, sunny day before a new-look Toledo Speedway, which featured two new grandstand towers overlooking the ARCA Racing Series for the first time.
Buescher’s final margin of victory was 3.514 seconds in a race with 10 caution periods for 42 laps.
The ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards will visit Elko Speedway in Minnesota for the first time on Saturday, June 2, in the Akona 200 presented by Federated Car Care. In 60 seasons, the tour has hosted races in 28 states, and Minnesota will be the 29th. ARCARacing.com will feature live timing and scoring coverage from the race, which will begin at 8 p.m. Central.
2012 is the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards’ 60th Anniversary Season, featuring 20 races at 18 tracks. The complete 2012 event schedule is available at ARCARacing.com.
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