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FRANK KIMMEL REWRITES ARCA HISTORY AT KANSAS  

KANSAS CITY, KANSAS (October 4, 2013) -- The ARCA Racing Series ended its 2013 season in grand fashion at Kansas Speedway with Frank Kimmel having a night he will never forget. 

The 51-year-old driver not only claimed his record 10th series championship, but then capped off the night with his record-setting 80th series win.

The Kansas Lottery 98.9 race was scheduled as a 99-lap event but with rain bearing down on the track, officials decided to call the race complete at 65 laps.   

The mid-race decision to end the race early played right into Kimmel's hand as race leader. The cagey veteran defended the top spot for ten more laps to claim the win 1.405 seconds ahead of Mason Mingus. More


COREY LAJOIE WINS THIRD ARCA RACE OF THE SEASON AT KENTUCKY SPEEDWAY

Corey and father Randy LaJoie enjoying Corey's win at Kentucky Speedway (photo courtesy of www.arcaracing.com)SPARTA, KY (September 21, 2013) -- The ARCA Racing Series returned to Kentucky Speedway after a 4-year hiatus to run the ZLOOP 150

The 100-lap race was scheduled for Friday afternoon but rain washed out both qualifying and the event which was pushed back to Saturday. 

As a result, the starting grid was set by owner points which put 9-time ARCA Series champion Frank Kimmel on the pole. 

Setting the starting grid by this method usually sets the stage for quite a bit of passing since many good cars have to start toward the back.

As it turns out, this is exactly what happened with the race boasting nine leaders among six different drivers. More


15-YEAR-OLD KYLE BENJAMIN WINS AGAIN IN ARCA COMPETITION

Kyle Benjamin after winning the Kentuckiana Ford Dealers ARCA Fall Classic at Salem Speedway (photo courtesy of www.arcaracing.com).SALEM, IN (September 14, 2013) -- Kyle Benjamin won for the second time this year winning the Kentuckiana Ford Dealers ARCA Fall Classic at Salem Speedway Saturday night leading 70 of 200 race laps.

The 15-year-old South Carolina driver took the lead on lap 192 from Kyle Weatherman who stayed out during a late-race caution while Benjamin opted to pit for two fresh Hoosiers.

With the fresh rubber, Benjamin was able to track down and pass Weatherman with nine laps remaining in the race.

Kyle Benjamin took the win .417 seconds ahead of Kyle Weatherman.

Weatherman was followed by Frank Kimmel still searching for that elusive record 80th win. More


GRANT ENFINGER WINS ARCA RACE IN IOWA

Grant Enfinger is all smiles after claiming his 2nd ARCA win of 2013 at Iowa Speedway (photo courtesy of www.arcaracing.com)NEWTON, IA (September 7, 2013) -- Grant Enfinger won his second ARCA Racing Series event of the season Saturday at Iowa Speedway winning the Prairie Meadows 150.

Late in the race, Enfinger saw the race leader, Kyle Weatherman, having success using the high line on the 7/8-mile track.

Enfinger moved to the high side and tracked Weatherman down in the race's closing laps.

It looked as though the race would end before Enfinger would be able to pass Weatherman for the win. More


FROM YOUNGEST TO OLDEST WINNER, KENNY SCHRADER WINS AT DUQUOIN

Kenny Schrader (right) celebrates his win at DuQuoin (IL) on Labor Day (photo courtesy of www.arcaracing.com) DUQUOIN, IL (September 2, 2013) -- On the heels of last week's win by 15-year-old Kyle Benjamin at Madison, the ARCA Racing Series followed that up with a win by 58-year-old Kenny Schrader at the DuQuoin State Fairgrounds in Illinois.

Schrader, who became the series' oldest winner earlier this year at Toledo, broke his own record Monday afternoon winning the Southern Illinois 100 to bring a close to the Illinois State Fair. 

After posting the fastest time in practice, the veteran racer went on to win the pole for the event when he circled the 1-mile clay oval in 34.351 seconds (104.800 mph). More


FIFTEEN-YEAR-OLD KYLE BENJAMIN BECOMES ARCA SERIES' YOUNGEST WINNER!

Kyle Benjamin is all smiles after winning at Madison Int'l Speedway (photo courtesy of www.arcaracing.com)OREGON, WI (August 25, 2013) -- History was made Sunday afternoon at Madison International Speedway when 15-year-old Kyle Benjamin captured the Herr's Live Life With Flavor 200.

Benjamin, who does not turn 16 until November, dominated the second half of the event leading the final 131 laps of the 200-lap event. 

Ross Kenseth, son of NASCAR's Matt Kenseth, won the pole for the event with a new track record in qualifying.

Kenseth circled the famed "Wisconsin's Fastest Half Mile" in 18.217 seconds (98.809 mph).

Justin Boston was second (18.238 seconds) and Kyle Benjamin was third (18.306 seconds) in qualifying. More


BRENNAN POOLE WINS ALLEN CROWE MEMORIAL 100

Brennan Poole is all smiles after winning the 2013 Allen Crowe Memorial 100. (photo courtesy of www.arcaracing.com)SPRINGFIELD, IL (August 18, 2013) -- Brennan Poole notched his second ARCA Series win of the season at the Illinois State Fairgrounds Sunday afternoon.

The Texas driver led three times for 43 laps in the annual Allen Crowe Memorial 100 race on the historic 1-mile clay oval.

For the second event in a row, Mason Mitchell set fast time in qualifying among the 28 cars posting times. 

The 19-year-old driver circled the 1-mile oval in 32.408 seconds (or 111.084 mph). 

Kelly Kovski just missed the top spot with a qualifying time of 32.478 seconds (110.844 mph). 

Kovski was followed by Brennan Poole, Mason Mingus and Taylor Ferns to round out the top five qualifiers. More


ERIK JONES CLAIMS FIRST CAREER ARCA WIN AT BERLIN

Erik Jones captured his first career ARCA Racing Series win at Berlin Raceway Saturday night. (photo courtesy of www.arcaracing.com)MARNE, MICHIGAN (August 10, 2013) -- While Erik Jones had been close a couple times, he had yet to win an ARCA Racing Series event. 

That is until Saturday's Primera Plastics 200 race at Berlin Raceway when the 17-year-old driver led 154 of 200 race laps en route to his first ever series win. 

Twenty-six cars were on hand for qualifying prior to the start of the night's main event. 

Mason Mitchell set a new track record in qualifying circling the .4375-mile track in 16.781 seconds (93.963 mph). It was the young driver's first career pole award.

Erik Jones was second in qualifying with a lap of 16.828 seconds (93.701 mph) in the #15 Toyota. More


COREY LAJOIE IN THE RIGHT PLACE AT THE RIGHT TIME AT POCONO

Corey LaJoie (photo courtesy of www.arcaracing.com)LONG POND, PA (August 5, 2013) -- Corey LaJoie found himself in a familiar position in Friday afternoon's ModSpace 125 at Pocono Raceway. 

Just like at Chicagoland Speedway a couple weeks earlier, LaJoie was in second place in the closing laps of the race when the leader had issues handing the lead to the Concord, NC driver. 

LaJoie then led the final three laps to claim his second win in less than two weeks in the ARCA Racing Series.

With rain washing out qualifying, the 35-car field was set by owners points which placed Frank Kimmel on the pole for the 50-lap event. More


ANDREW RANGER WINS 3RD CONSECUTIVE ARCA RACE AT NEW JERSEY MOTORSPORTS PARK

Photo courtesy of www.arcaracing.comMILLVILLE, NJ (July 28, 2013) -- Andrew Ranger led 30 of 67 race laps en route to winning the Barbera's Autoland 150 at New Jersey Motorsports Park on Sunday. 

Incredibly, the Canadian driver has now won the last three ARCA events held at the 2.25-mile road course. 

In qualifying, Ranger crushed the old track record with a time of 79.896 seconds/101.382 mph in the #53 Waste Management Bagster Dodge. 

Chase Elliott was second fastest among the 30-car field at 80.867 seconds/100.164 mph. 

The race featured seven leaders among three different drivers. 

Leaders included; Chase Elliott 1-7, 27-30, 35-57 (34 laps), Andrew Ranger 8-26, 31, 58-67 (30 laps) and Will Kimmel 32-34 (3 laps).

The race, which was completed in 1:27:48, had only three cautions for 10 laps.

In the end, Ranger motored to a 7.893 second win over Tom Hessert who started fourth. More


COREY LAJOIE WINS AT CHICAGOLAND

Corey LaJoie, alongside his father Randy LaJoie, are all smiles after his exciting win at Chicagoland. (photo courtesy of www.arcaracing.com)JOLIET, IL (July 21, 2013) -- Corey LaJoie had a strong car all day at Chicagoland Speedway on Sunday, but needed a bit of luck to secure the win.

LaJoie started on the outside pole and led 38 of 100 laps in the ARCA Racing Series Ansell ActivArmr 150, but found himself third in the closing laps of the race when he caught a couple of lucky breaks. 

First, race leader Ryan Blaney, having nearly lapped the field, ran out of gas with seven laps to go. 

Blaney clearly had the car to beat having won the pole while leading 41 laps before his tank went dry.

Justin Boston took over the lead and who looked to be in position to take the win when he also fell victim to a lack of fuel with just two laps to go. 

Corey LaJoie was next in line to be handed the race lead. 

Gas would not be a problem for Corey LaJoie who opted to pit for fuel and tires with 20 laps to go. More


FRANK KIMMEL TIES IGGY KATONA WITH 79 ARCA WINS!Photo courtesy of www.arcaracing.com

WINCHESTER, IN (June 30, 2013) -- Frank Kimmel won the Herr’s Chase the Taste 200 race at Winchester Speedway Sunday afternoon. It was his 3rd ARCA win of the season. 

With the win, the veteran Indiana driver now ties the legendary Iggy Katona with 79 career wins. 

In the 10 ARCA races contested to date Kimmel is the only repeat winner. 

With qualifying washed out by rain, owner points put Kimmel on the pole for the 100-mile race.

Kimmel dominated the event leading 158 of 200 race laps en route to the historic win. More


LAST-LAP PASS PROPELS CHRIS BUESCHER TO ARCA WIN AT ROAD AMERICA 

Photo courtesy of www.arcaracing.comELKHART LAKE, WI (June 22, 2013) -- Chris Buescher patiently watched and waited as Chase Elliott and Andrew Ranger battled it out for the race lead on the final lap in the SCOTT® 160 race at Road America on Saturday. 

Finally, when the two drivers made heavy contact in turn five, Buescher saw his opportunity and drove around them for the win. 

It was the first time the ARCA Racing Series competed at the picturesque road course facility.  

Buescher, making just his second start of the 2013 season, earned his 10th career win in the series and his first on a road course. More


BRENNAN POOLE COLLECTS FOURTH CAREER ARCA SERIES WIN

Brennan Poole after winning the ARCA 200 at Michigan Speedway (photo courtesy of www.arcaracing.com)BROOKLYN, MI (June 14, 2013) -- Brennan Poole led the final 12 laps in the Patriot Pumps 200 race at Michigan International Speedway to earn his fourth career ARCA Racing Series victory Friday afternoon.

Poole, 22, started on the outside pole alongside Ryan Blaney who earned the pole position after posting the fastest time in qualifying.

Blaney circled the 2-mile track in 37.699 seconds or 190.986 mph.

The 100-lap race had seven leaders among five different drivers including; Ryan Blaney 1-26, 31-68 (64 laps), Josh Williams 27-30 (4 laps), Justin Boston 69-74, 80-88 (15 laps), Grant Enfinger 75-79 (5 laps) and Brennan Poole 89-100 (12 laps).  

In the end, Brennan Poole held off the polesitter for the win. Poole crossed the finish line .567 seconds ahead of Ryan Blaney. More


CHASE ELLIOTT BECOMES YOUNGEST ARCA SUPERSPEEDWAY WINNER AT POCONO

It's hard to see who has the bigger smile, driver Chase Elliott or his father Bill Elliott. (photo courtesy of www.arcaracing.com)LONG POND, PA (June 8, 2013) -- Chase Elliott came from 32nd to win the Pocono ARCA 200 at Pocono Raceway on Saturday. 

The son of NASCAR great Bill Elliott also became the ARCA Racing Series' youngest superspeedway winner (17 years 6 months) eclipsing Shelby Howard for the honor. Howard won at Kansas Speedway in 2003 at the age of 17 years and 11 months.

It's hard to tell who had the bigger smile after the race, the winner or the winner's father who won five times in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at the famous 2.5-mile track.

Thirty-three cars lined up according to owner points for the 80-lap race after rain cancelled qualifying. 

The race featured five different leaders including; Frank Kimmel 1-22 (22 laps), Erik Jones 23-42 (20 laps), Mason Mingus 43-44 (2 laps), Tom Hessert 45-59 (15 laps) and Chase Elliott 60-80 (21 laps).

In the end, Elliott was able to lead the final 21 laps en route to the record win. More


FRANK KIMMEL WINS AGAIN IN ARCA SERIES, ONLY ONE WIN AWAY FROM IGGY KATONA'S ALL-TIME WIN RECORD (79)

Frank Kimmel after winning his 78th ARCA Series race. (photo courtesy of www.arcaracing.com)ELKO, MN (June 1, 2013) -- Frank Kimmel led 93 of 250 race laps, including the final 51, en route to his second win of the season in the ARCA Racing Series.  

It was the 51-year-old driver's 78th career win in the series and is now just one victory away from the series record held by Iggy Katona.

Only 22 cars made the trip north to Minnesota's beautiful Elko Speedway for Saturday night's Akona 250.

Ken Schrader, coming off his win at Toledo Speedway two weeks ago, won the pole for the race when he posted a time of 14.449 seconds (93.432 mph) around the 3/8-mile oval in qualifying. 

The race featured nine leaders among five different drivers. They included; Ken Schrader 1-64, 108-118 (75 laps), Tom Hessert 65-101, 136-152 (54 laps), Frank Kimmel 102-107, 153-188, 200-250 (93 laps), Justin Boston 119-135 (17 laps) and Kyle Benjamin 189-199 (11 laps). More


57-YEAR-OLD KEN SCHRADER BECOMES ARCA SERIES' OLDEST WINNER AT TOLEDO

Ken Schrader is all smiles after his history-making win at Toledo. (photo courtesy of www.arcaracing.com)TOLEDO, OH (May 19, 2013) -- Just ten days shy of his 58th birthday, Ken Schrader became the oldest winner in the ARCA Racing Series on Sunday at Toledo Speedway.

Schrader, who started on the outside pole, dominated the Menards 200 race leading three times for 163 laps. 

ARCA Series legend Iggy Katona was previously the oldest winner until Schrader's win Sunday afternoon. 

Schrader, making his 61st series start, notched his 16th career win--including five wins at Toledo. 

Thirty-one cars took the green flag with 15-year-old Kyle Benjamin starting on the pole. More


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