Friday, July 13, 2012
ARCA Turning 55 at Pocono; Pennsylvania ARCA 125 on the Way August 4; Poole, Buescher Battle for Championship Points Lead
TOLEDO, Ohio -- The ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards is celebrating its 60th Anniversary Season in 2012, a major milestone in anyone's book.
And if you read the 'book', you'll note that Pocono Raceway, the "Tricky Triangle" in Long Pond, Penn., has played a major role throughout ARCA's incredible history.
In fact, the upcoming Pennsylvania ARCA 125 on August 4 will mark the 55th ARCA race on Pocono's 2.5-mile triangular superspeedway since 1983.
The 125-mile race will follow the same-day NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Pocono, making for an impressive double-header event for race fans at track and those watching both events live on SPEED.
Equally impressive is the ARCA Racing Series winners list at Pocono over the year. It includes Tim Steele, Bob Schacht, Mike Wallace, Blaise Alexander, Kerry Earnhardt, Ryan Newman, Casey Atwood, Casey Mears, Scott Riggs, Frank Kimmel, Travis Kvapil, Justin Allgaier, Joey Logano and most recently, current point leader Brennan Poole, who looks forward to returning.
"I feel like we've always got a head start no matter where we go race," said Poole, who drives the No. 25 car for Venturini Motorosports, the same team that sent Logano to Victory Lane at Pocono.
"I'm going to be in a great racecar, the best out there. And Pocono fits my driving style. I think the combination of a great car and a track I really enjoy is what makes our success there.
"At the same time, the coaching I get from Bill and Billy (Venturini) puts me ahead of the game. They both have a lot of laps around that place, and they've really helped me with advice long before I ever saw the place.
"Pocono is the most fun I've ever had on a big track. There's something always going on, and so much to deal with even though you'll get a break through the straight-aways. All the corners are different; there's absolutely no boring element to that place. As fast as we're traveling there, you're on the edge the whole time."
The championship points battle that's been brewing all season most likely helps keep Poole on edge. As of 7-12-12, Poole's point advantage is only 10 points over Roush Fenway Racing development driver Chris Buescher. In the ARCA world, that's only two positions on the track. Furthermore, Buescher, a winner at Toledo and Michigan, has bested Poole's finishes in the last three ARCA races.
On-track activity for the Pennsylvania ARCA 125 starts Friday, August 3 with practice from 1:40 - 3:00 p.m. Menards Pole Qualifying presented by Ansell follows at 5:15 p.m. The Pennsylvania ARCA 125 is scheduled to get underway Saturday afternoon at 3 p.m.
In addition to live coverage on SPEED, ARCARacing.com will feature live timing and scoring of all the ARCA on-track activities.
2012 is the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards' 60th Anniversary Season, featuring 20 races at 18 tracks. The complete 2012 event schedule is available at ARCARacing.com.
The ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards has crowned an ARCA national champion each year since its inaugural season in 1953, and has toured over 200 race tracks in 26 states since its inception. The series has tested the abilities of drivers and race teams over the most diverse schedule of stock car racing events in the world, visiting tracks ranging from 0.375 mile to 2.66 miles in length, on both paved and dirt surfaces as well as a left- and right-turn road course in its most recent season. This year, the series visited Alabama's Mobile International Speedway and Minnesota's Elko Speedway for the first time.
Founded by John and Mildred 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 three professional touring series and local weekly events.