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