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ALEX BOWMAN CLAIMS SECOND ARCA SHORT TRACK WIN OF SEASON
6-25-2012
Alex Bowman takes the checkered flag at Winchester Speedway Sunday (photo courtesy of www.arcaracing.com)WINCHESTER, IN (June 24, 2012) -- Alex Bowman led three times for 33 laps in the Herr's Chase The Taste 200 en route to capturing his second victory of the year in the ARCA Racing Series. 

It was the Tucson, AZ driver's second win of the year and fourth of his career. Bowman's earlier win this year was also on another short track--Salem Speedway.    

There were 32 cars on hand for qualifying with 25 of them posting times. 

Chris Buescher captured the pole for the event circling the 1/2-mile oval in 15.903 seconds or 113.186 mph. 

Chad Hackenbracht was second in qualifying followed by Brennan Poole and Erik Jones. 

In fact, the top four qualifiers were separated by just 44/100ths of a second.

The close qualifying times was also evidenced in the 200-lap race which featured 11 leaders among five different drivers. 

Leaders during the race included; Chris Buescher 1-35 (35 laps), Brennan Poole 36-91, 93, 95-108, 149 (72 laps), Alex Bowman 92, 94, 170-200 (33 laps), Erik Jones 109-148, 154-169 (56 laps) and Jared Marks 150-153 (4 laps).

In the end, Alex Bowman opted for a final four-tire pit stop which aided his final push to the finish. 

Bowman crossed the finish line 6.424 seconds ahead of runner-up Brennan Poole. 

After the race Bowman said, "I didn't win that race. The pit crew guys did. I've just got to thank everybody at Cunningham Motorsports."

Bowman added, "It's awesome to get St. Jude's (Children's Research Hospital) back in Victory Lane, and it's really cool to have the Impellizeri family here. It means a lot to me. Losing Scott was pretty tough. He was one of my really good friends so I've got to dedicate this win to him again."

Bowman concluded, "We were so evenly matched with the #25 (Poole) that I kept trying to get around him. I got somewhere around him one time when the caution came out. From there, their guys beat us off pit road, but our guys made up for it with that four-tire pit stop and I've got to thank Briggs Cunningham, Penske engines, Paul Andrews, Kerry Scherer, my grandma (and) God."

Poole was actually much closer at the end than the final margin indicated. 

Poole was closing in on the race leader when he suffered a flat right front tire on the race's final lap.

Despite that, Poole was able to limp home in second followed by Erik Jones who finished third.

Chris Buescher finished in fourth followed by Matt Lofton in fifth among the 32 cars that started the race. 

The race had just four cautions for a total of 27 laps. 

Brennan Poole remains atop the driver standings with his runner-up finish, while Chris Buescher, Alex Bowman, Frank Kimmel and Chad Hackenbracht round out the top five in the rankings.

The ARCA Series will resume action this Sunday, July 1, on the road course at New Jersey Motorsports Park. 

Hoosier Racing Tire Corp. is proud to begin its 18th consecutive season as the exclusive tire provider to the ARCA Series.

Members of the Hoosier Tire service team at Winchester included; David Wroblewski, Rick Tostevin, John Reynolds, Kevin Wroblewski, Chad Wright and Mike Haenes.

To learn more about the ARCA Series and its events you can visit www.arcaracing.com. 

      

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