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CHAD HACKENBRACHT CLAIMS FIRST WIN IN ARCA SERIES AT POCONO
8-06-2012
Chad Hackenbracht (photo courtesy of www.arcaracing.com)LONG POND, PA (August 4, 2012) -- The stars finally aligned for young Chad Hackenbracht on Saturday at Pocono Raceway. The 20-year-old driver from Ohio used an early pit strategy, coming in on lap 8, to stop for service on the race's only caution flag. 

Once the race went green, Hackenbracht watched as the other drivers who stayed out on the track during the early caution fall out of contention when they were forced to pit later on in the event under green.  

The ARCA Series requires all drivers to pit once before the 10-to-go mark which played a crucial role in the race's outcome. 

Brennan Poole looked to be on his way to repeating as a winner at Pocono when he captured the pole for the Pennsylvania ARCA 200.

Poole, who won at Pocono in June, topped the speed chart for Saturday's race when he circled the 2.5-mile tri-oval in 52.220 seconds (172.348 mph).

Amazingly, it was Poole's third pole in three career events at Pocono. The young Texas driver went on to win the June race leading 77 of 80 race laps. 

This time, Poole wasted no time motoring out front of the 34-car starting field. 

Poole had built a comfortable lead over Alex Bowman when the race's first caution flew on lap 8 of the 50-lap race.

That's when Chad Hackenbracht, who had started fifth, seized the opportunity and quickly ducked into the pits for service while Poole stayed out to preserve the race lead.  

The race featured five leaders among four different drivers.

Drivers leading during the event included; Brennan Poole 1-13, 21-37 (30 laps), Alex Bowman 14-20 (7 laps), Grant Enfinger 38 (1 lap) and Chad Hackenbracht 39-50 (12 laps).

Before the 10-to-go mark, many drivers were forced to pit under green and as they did, Hackenbracht found himself out front with more than a 26-second lead. 

The only thing that could potentially prevent him from capturing his first career win was a caution flag.

But the yellow would not come out. 

As the end of the race neared, Hackenbracht slowed his pace to conserve his fuel and tires ultimately crossing the finish line 13.453 seconds ahead of Brennan Poole.

Unofficially, the runner-up finish for the pole sitter propelled Poole into the lead in the ARCA standings over Chris Buescher by 15 points.

Poole was followed to the finish line by Alex Bowman, Frank Kimmel and Chris Buescher to round out the top five.

A jubilant Chad Hackenbracht commented after the race, "You know, my parents weren't able to make it to this race so we don't know if they're going to make it to any of the other ones now. My dad's back at home with a bad back, so I've got to say thanks to him and everything they've done."

"(Crew chief) Kevin Reed's strategy played out great. Every time we get in the lead, we have the chance to win and we have something go wrong," said Hackenbracht.

Hackenbracht added, "Those last 10 laps, I was just waiting for the caution. Finally, everything played into our hands and we finally got our first win and got the monkey off our back. I hope we'll have many more to come."   

The ARCA Series goes from one of the largest tracks (2.5-mile) to one of the smallest (.5-mile) on its schedule this Saturday, August 11, at Berlin Raceway.

The ARCA Series is in its 60th season of competition, while Hoosier has proudly been supplying tires to the series for the past 18 consecutive seasons.

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

      

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