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CHRIS BUESCHER WINS AT BERLIN, TAKES THE LEAD IN THE DRIVER STANDINGS
8-15-2012
Chris Buescher captures his 3rd win of the season and takes over the lead in the driver standings. (photo courtesy of www.arcaracing.com)MARNE, MI (August 11, 2012) -- Chris Buescher led the final 17 laps in the Berlin ARCA 200 at Berlin Raceway Saturday night en route to claiming his third win of the season. 

With just five events remaining on the ARCA Series schedule, the 19-year-old Texas driver also takes the lead in the standings over Brennan Poole who finished ninth in the 200-lap event.

Twenty-nine cars were entered in qualifying with 26 of them posting times around the .4375-mile oval.

Last week's winner at Pocono, Chad Hackenbracht, posted the top time among the eager qualifiers. Hackenbracht's time was 16.908 seconds (93.258 mph).

Mason Mitchell was second with a time of 17.089 seconds (92.270 mph) followed by Chris Buescher, Frank Kimmel and Erik Jones to round out the top five qualifiers.

The 200-lap race featured seven leaders among five different drivers. Leaders included; Chad Hackenbracht 1-8 (8 laps), Chris Buescher 9-31, 184-200 (40 laps), Erik Jones 32-48, 173-183 (28 laps), Frank Kimmel 49-158 (110 laps) and Chase Elliot 159-172 (14 laps).

In the end, Chris Buescher regained the lead from Erik Jones with 17 laps to go. The young driver defended the top spot winning by 2.739 seconds over a hard charging Frank Kimmel. 

Kimmel was followed by Erik Jones, Tom Hessert and Mason Mitchell. Hessert had started the race back in 27th place before finishing fourth.

In a testament to the level of skill exhibited by the competitors in the ARCA Series, Saturday's race only had two cautions for a total of 14 laps. This comes on the heels of last week's race at Pocono which only had one caution flag.

Unofficially, Chris Buescher (3770) takes over the lead in the driver standings by 10 points over Brennan Poole (3760). Frank Kimmel continues to lurk in third place, 45 points behind Buescher, with five races to go in the 2012 season.

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

Trackside tire sales and service was provided by members of Hoosier's dedicated track service staff which included; David Wroblewski, Kevin Wroblewski, Chad Wright, Kevin Perkins and Mike Haenes.

The ARCA Series is back in action this Sunday, August 19, at the Illinois State Fairgrounds where the teams will be competing on the 1-mile clay oval at the Springfield (IL) fairgrounds.

For more information about the ARCA Series visit www.arcaracing.com

      

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