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TY DILLON WINS HIS 6TH ARCA RACE OF THE SEASON!

7-29-2011

Ty Dillon battles Ryan Blaney Thursday evening at Lucas Oil Raceway. (photo cuortesy of www.arcaracing.com)INDIANAPOLIS, IN (July 28, 2011) -- It was more than a quarter century ago (1985) since the ARCA Racing Series last competed at Lucas Oil Raceway--formerly known as Indianapolis Raceway Park. 

In fact, it was so long ago that Thursday's Ansell Protective Gloves 200 race turned out to be a duel between a pair of teenage drivers who weren't even born the last time the series raced at the "other" famous Indy track. 

The series' return to Indianapolis had 19-year-old Ty Dillon battling 17-year-old Ryan Blaney for 200 laps and then adding to the excitement, the race was extended three more laps due to a late-race caution.

In the end, Ty Dillon won his sixth race of the season over a hard charging Ryan Blaney. The rookie driver and series points leader has now won over half (8 of 15) the ARCA races he has competed in.

Dillon was fast off the trailer setting a new track record in qualifying using Hoosier short-track radial tires. He circled the .686-mile oval in 22.565 seconds for an average speed of 109.444 mph. Ryan Blaney was second among the 42 qualifiers with a time of 22.615 seconds (109.202 mph).

The race had six leaders among four different drivers including; Ty Dillon 1-31, 150, 165-203 (71 laps), Ryan Blaney 32-98 (67 laps), James Buescher 99-149 (51 laps) and Dakoda Armstrong 151-164 (14 laps).

The race had 10 cautions for a total of 56 laps. 

The finish came down to a 3-lap shootout between Ty Dillon, Ryan Blaney and James Buescher after a late-race caution.   

When the race restarted with three to go, Dillon got the jump over Blaney, but the younger dirver just couldn't catch the #41 Chevrolet Dillon was piloting. 

In fact, before the race was over Blaney, who was pushing his car to the limit sliding through nearly every corner, had to fend off the advances of James Buescher to secure his runner-up finish.  

In the end, it was Dillon capturing the win by .667 seconds over Blaney with Buescher settling for third place.

Dakoda Armstrong finished in fourth place followed by Tom Hessert in fifth.

In an interesting side story, Ryan Glenski finished in sixth place in his first-ever series start.

Glenski, who started 22nd, earned the start by winning Andy Hillenburg's Fast Track Blue Collar Hero Driver Challenge.  

With the win, Ty Dillon adds to his already sizable lead in the driver standings to 355 points, while Frank Kimmel moves into second place over Grant Enfinger. 

The ARCA Racing Series will be back in action August 6th at Pocono Raceway.

Hoosier Racing Tire is proud to be the exclusive tire supplier to the ARCA Racing Series.

For more information about the race at Indianapolis or the ARCA Racing Series visit www.arcaracing.com.  

      

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