Alex Bowman Wins at Kansas Speedway, Takes Second Victory in Two ARCA Racing Series Starts

For Immediate Release:

Friday, October 7, 2011



(KANSAS CITY, Kan.) - Charging with the will to maintain his perfect record in the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards, Alex Bowman passed Chris Buescher with two laps remaining in the Kansas Lottery 98.9 and drove away to his second victory in as many starts.


Bowman defeated Buescher, Grant Enfinger, Max Gresham, and Cale Gale. Points leader Ty Dillon finished seventh after a late incident with a lapped car, but kept a 335-point lead over Buescher and will clinch the ARCA Racing Series title next week by entering and starting at Toledo Speedway.


 Bowman also won at Madison International Speedway in August, his first career start.


Buescher's second-place finish was his seventh top-five run in seven starts on paved ovals over one mile in distance, giving him the Hoosier Tire Superspeedway Challenge Award over Dillon by 25 points.


More information on the 99-lap, 148.5-mile Kansas Lottery 98.9 at Kansas Speedway - the track's first race under the lights - will be available shortly.


Next weekend's Toledo ARCA 200 presented by Federated Car Care at Toledo Speedway will close the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards season, completing a schedule of 19 races over speedways, short tracks, dirt tracks, and a road course.


Toledo Speedway will host two practices on Saturday, October 15, with one from noon to 12:45 p.m., and the second from 1:40 to 2:25. Menards Pole Qualifying presented by Ansell will decide the final ARCA pole winner of 2011 at 4 p.m., preceding a USAC Midget feature and a USAC Silver Crown feature to close the first day of the track's championship weekend.


On Sunday, October 16, an on-track autograph session for all fans from noon to 1 p.m. will precede the 200-lap, 100-mile Toledo ARCA 200, which will start at 2 p.m.


SPEED will air live television coverage of Sunday's race, and ARCARacing.com will carry live timing and scoring coverage of the weekend's entire ARCA schedule.


The ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards features 19 events at 16 tracks on its 2011 schedule. The series has crowned an ARCA national champion each year since its inaugural season in 1953, and has toured over 200 race tracks in 28 states since its inception. The series tests the abilities of drivers and race teams over the most diverse schedule of stock car racing events in the world, annually visiting tracks ranging from 0.4 mile to 2.66 miles in length, on both paved and dirt surfaces as well as a left- and right-turn road course.


Founded by John Marcum in 1953 in Toledo, Ohio, the Automobile Racing Club of America (ARCA) is recognized among the leading sanctioning bodies in the country. Closing in on completing its sixth decade after hundreds of thousands of miles of racing, ARCA administers over 100 race events each season in two professional touring series and local weekly events.



Griffin Hickman, ARCA


Don Radebaugh, ARCA


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Toledo, Ohio-October 7, 2011:  Former NASCAR Truck Series champion Jack Sprague will wheel a car owned by Mark Beard in next Sunday's ARCA Racing Series (ARS) presented by Menards Federated Car Care 200 at Toledo Speedway.  The entry was confirmed today while the Beard Oil team prepares for a race tonight at the Kansas Speedway.  The Toledo race is part of National Championship Weekend, set for Saturday and Sunday, October 15-16.



The Toledo event is the final race for the ARS Series for the 2011 season.  Sprague, a native of Spring Lake, MI will drive a car for fellow Wolverine resident Mark Beard of Mt. Pleasant, MI.  Beard is no stranger to Toledo Speedway, having competed many times at the fast, ½ mile paved oval in an ARCA Late Model in the 1970's.  The Beard Oil team has Clay Rogers in the driver's seat for the Kansas race tonight.  Sprague was scheduled to also compete at Kansas, but tagged the wall in testing at the track last week.


The race is part of National Championship Weekend at Toledo, perhaps one of the biggest season-ending events at a short track in the country.  Pre-registration will take place Friday, October 14 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Toledo Speedway Bar/Grille, located on the grounds of the track.  The NASCAR Nationwide race will be shown on big-screen TV's at the bar, courtesy of Aaron's.


Saturday, October 15 the USAC Silver Crown Cars will pay a visit to the Glass City oval for their championship event, the Rollie Beale 150.  The open-wheel cars will be making just their 2nd appearance at Toledo for the 2011 championship event.  The USAC Regional Midgets and practice and qualifying for the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards is also on the Saturday schedule of events.  Saturday's practice begins at 11 a.m. and racing begins at 3:30, with the 150 lap feature slated to roll off at approximately 5:15 p.m.


Aaron's will host another big-screen party at the Bar/Grille Saturday night, featuring the NASCAR Sprint Cup event from Charlotte.  Admission is free and open to the public.


The annual ARCA FanFest will be held in the track parking lot both Saturday and Sunday, with games, displays, race cars and more.  Admission is free to the FanFest.


The Sunday, October 16 schedule has the front gates opening at 10 a.m., with an on-track autograph session with the ARCA drivers at Noon.  The Federated Car Care 200 gets the green flag at 2 p.m.


Tickets are now on sale for both days of racing by calling the Toledo Speedway office at 419-727-1100.  Advance ticket sales for both races ends Friday, October 14 at 5 p.m.  Log onto www.arcaracing.com for the complete entry list, schedule of events and more for Championship Weekend at Toledo Speedway.



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