Friday, August 3, 2012
ARCA Racing Series Field at Pocono an Experienced Group
LONG POND, Pa. -- When practice for the Pennsylvania ARCA 125 begins today at Pocono Raceway, the field will be one of the most experienced in recent ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards competition.
Thirty-four of the 35 drivers entered have ARCA experience on the 2.5-mile triangle, from veterans Bobby Gerhart (46 prior starts) and Frank Kimmel (39) to a dozen drivers with just a single start. Until Clair Zimmerman's entry in Kimmel Racing's No. 69 car this morning, 100 percent of the entries had raced at Pocono in an ARCA car.
Kimmel and Brennan Poole are the only past Pocono winners entered. In all, the 34 drivers have combined for 236 ARCA Racing Series starts at Pocono Raceway. The drivers are listed below in order of starts made; a full record of each Pocono start and finish for every driver is available at ARCARacing.com.
46: Bobby Gerhart
39: Frank Kimmel
23: Darrell Basham
18: James Hylton
14: A.J. Henriksen, Brian Kaltreider
11: Tom Berte
9: Brent Cross
7: Steve Fox, Ed Pompa
6: Kyle Martel
5: Chad Hackenbracht
3: Chris Buescher, George Cushman, Buster Graham, Will Kimmel, Matt Merrell
2: Maryeve Dufault, Grant Enfinger, Michael Leavine, Brennan Poole, Don Thompson
1: Larry Barford Jr., Alex Bowman, Nelson Canache, Rick Clifton, Brandon Davis, Milka Duno, Spencer Gallagher, Aleks Gregory, Matt Lofton, Tommy O'Leary, Ryan Reed, Josh Williams
0: Clair Zimmerman
ARCA's 50-lap shootout on Pocono's 2.5-mile triangle will begin at 3 p.m. tomorrow and air live on SPEED. Practice will take place today, from 1:40-3 p.m., and Menards Pole Qualifying presented by Ansell will start at 5:15 today. ARCARacing.com will provide live timing and scoring coverage of all on-track action. The event will be the 14th of 20 this season.
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.