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MCREYNOLDS WINS FIRST CAREER ARCA RACE AT TALLADEGA
 May 7, 2012
Brandon McReynolds is joined by his father Larry McReynolds after the youngster captured his 1st ARCA Series win at Talladega.TALLADEGA, AL (May 4, 2012) -- Brandon McReynolds only led once (for about 20 feet) but it was enough to earn the young driver his first-ever ARCA Series win. 

McReynolds, the son of legendary NASCAR crew chief Larry McReynolds, used a last-lap charge to pass Matt Lofton coming out of the final turn to capture the International Motorpsorts Hall of Fame 250 before a cheering crowd of onlookers. 

Rain washed out qualifying so the field was set by car owners points. This put Matt Lofton on the pole with Chris Buescher completing the front row of the 43-car field.  

The 94-lap race featured four leaders among three different drivers. Matt Lofton led the race's first 52 laps before giving way to Chad Hackenbracht. 

Hackenbracht led 38 laps through lap 90 before Lofton regained the lead with four laps left to go. 

Lofton looked to be the car to beat when the second and third place cars got together on the final lap on the high side of Lofton. The Hackenbracht selflessly pushed Brandon McReynolds into the lead just before the finish line. It was McReynolds first win in seven starts in the ARCA Series. 

Lofton held onto second place while Hackenbracht settled for third. 

Tom Hessert finished in fourth followed by Steve Blackburn to round out the top five. Blackburn started the race 27th en route to his fifth place finish. 

The race was slowed six times for cautions for a total of 38 laps.

The ARCA Series has enjoyed four different winners to kick off its 20-race 2012 season.

Unofficially, Brennan Poole maintains his lead in the driver standings with his eight place finish. Poole leads the rankings with 795 points followed by Tom Hessert (740) and Chad Hackenbracht (725). 

The ARCA Series takes a week off before returning to action May 20, at Toledo Speedway. The race will be carried LIVE on SPEED at 2:00 p.m. (ET).

For more information about the race at Talladega you can visit www.arcaracing.com.      

      

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