Alex Bowman wins Prairie Meadows 200 for third win of 2012

Alex Bowman would hold off Grant Enfinger on a late race restart to win the Prairie Meadows 200 at Iowa Speedway. It marks Bowman’s third win of the season as he became the seventh different driver to pull into victory lane on the short track.

“I definitely got to thank everybody – Paul Andrews, Mannats for coming on board,” the driver of the No. 22 St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital/Mannats Dodge says. “They called at the last minute and wanted their name on the hood.”

The 21-year-old gave credit to his veteran crew chief Paul Andrews for the adjustments he made following practice.

“We’ve ran this chassis three times this year and won those three times,” Bowman adds. “I think it’s just ‘cause of the crew chief, Paul Andrews.”

Bowman would pass Frank Kimmel for the lead with 49 to go after a caution and go on to lead the rest of the way, despite a pair of restarts.

“We’re looking forward to Chicago,” Andrews says looking forward. “We felt like we got short-changed at Michigan, so we’re excited to go there. He says it’s all about me, but it’s all about him. He makes me look good.”

Grant Enfinger would finish second for the fourth time in his career, tying his career best finish.

“Really it was a bunch of hard work by everybody,” Enfinger says. “Appreciate everybody for pushing to make this race happen. We came up a little short again, but that was everything we had. We had a strong car on the long run; they all had a little bit of a better car on short run. They would get away from us, but we would reel them in on the long run.”

Chad Boat would finish third in his ARCA debut, followed by Clay Rogers and Frank Kimmel.

“A lot of those guys were having the problem where they were spinning the tires on the restart and I was able to get off the line better,” Rogers says. “We were also able to cut the center better than our competitors before the tires got hot.”

Chad Hackenbracht would finish sixth, followed by Matt Lofton, Spencer Gallagher, Ryan Reed and Mason Mitchell.

Short track tempers would flare near the end of the race as there were two separate incidents involving drivers.

With four laps to go, Gallagher and Erik Jones would make contact multiple times while battling for sixth, ending with Jones going around after contact from Gallagher.

“I think at the end of the day, we pulled everything out and finished strong,” Gallagher says. “Do I wish that would’ve gone differently? Yes, but welcome to short track racing. Those things happen and it’s part of the short track mentality.”

Also, Lofton would give Reed a bump to get by him late in the race and as a result, Reed spun Lofton after the race.

The first 75 laps of the race would run green with pole sitter Brennan Poole leading every one of them, though he would bring out the first caution when he’d hit the wall with a flat tire. That pretty much ended his chances as he struggled for the rest of the night and got into the wall again on lap 115.

Brandon Davis would also have a bad night as he would get into the turn two wall after getting loose on lap 127. Davis would then get caught in another accident on lap 185 when Milka Duno would get loose, collecting both Davis and Jared Marks. Ralston would also get spun in the wreck by Robert Mitten.

It was also a weekend to forget for Nelson Canache as he would run into problems during practice, followed by a hard hit to the inside wall as he tried to miss hitting Zach Ralston when he spun.

“A couple cars in front of me were fighting and got side-by-side,” Canache says. “One of them spun in front of me and I was holding the car to see which way he was going to go. I went down and couldn’t avoid. We were working on the car in the race. I think we got the car good by that point to move up, but these things happen. I’m okay, but it is what it is.”

The next race for the ARCA Racing Series is the Ansell ActivArmr® 150 at Chicagoland Speedway on July 21st.


2012 ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards Event #11    
Iowa Speedway, Newton Iowa, 7-13-12      
Prairie Meadows 200      
July 13, 2012 / 11:04 PM      
1 2 22 Alex Bowman/Tucson AZ St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital Dodge 202 Running
2 8 36 Grant Enfinger/Fairhope AL Breland Homes Dodge 202 Running
3 4 98 Chad Boat/Phoenix AZ Curb Records-Celebrity Fight Night Chevrolet 202 Running
4 5 45 Clay Rogers/Troutman NC Beard Oil Chevrolet 202 Running
5 10 44 Frank Kimmel/Clarksville IN Ansell-Menards Toyota 202 Running
6 7 58 Chad Hackenbracht/New Philadephia OH CGH Motorsports Chevrolet 202 Running
7 11 16 Matt Lofton/Roxboro NC Chevrolet 202 Running
8 16 23 Spencer Gallagher/Las Vegas NV Allegiant Air Chevrolet 202 Running
9 3 15 Ryan Reed/Bakersfield CA Coil Spring Toyota 202 Running
10 9 6 Mason Mitchell/W. Des Moines IA J&S Ag Services-Make A Wish Foundation Chevy 202 Running
11 6 55 Erik Jones/Byron MI Paragon Corvette Reproductions-CG Financial Chevy 202 Running
12 18 32 Mason Mingus/Brentwood TN Iowa One Call-811 Call Before You Dig Chevrolet 202 Running
13 14 17 Chris Buescher/Prosper TX BeavEx-Reliance Tool Ford 202 Running
14 27 5 Bobby Gerhart/Lebanon PA Lucas Oil Chevrolet 199 Running
15 13 95 Michael Leavine/Bullard TX WRL General Contractors Ford 198 Running
16 22 94 Milka Duno/Caracas Venezuela Milka Way Toyota 198 Running
17 19 41 Michael Simko/White Lake MI Hendren Motorsports Chevrolet 197 Running
18 24 3 Drew Charlson/New Bremen OH Aluma Aluminum Trailers-Heitkamp Crop Ins Dodge 196 Running
19 26 88 Buster Graham/Lafayette LA Batter’s Ford 195 Running
20 23 90 Zach Ralston/Springville IA Chevrolet 192 Running
21 30 10 Rick Clifton/Circleville OH BASF Chevrolet 192 Running
22 32 34 Darrell Basham/Henryville IN Darrell Basham Racing Chevrolet 189 Running
23 28 04 Larry Barford Jr./Denton MD First Mariner Bank-Trauma Doc Dodge 188 Running
24 35 48 James Hylton/Inman SC Ford 187 Running
25 12 12 Jared Marks/Napoleon OH Premium Energy VIP-SRT Motorsports-UNOH Dodge 184 Accident
26 34 35 Tom Berte/New Berlin WI CGS Premier-Staytuned Customs Chevrolet 180 Accident
27 20 99 Brandon Davis/Huntington Beach CA Roulo Brothers Racing Ford 178 Accident
28 1 25 Brennan Poole/The Woodlands TX The Ad Man-Midas Chevrolet 172 Running
29 15 52 Tom Hessert/Cherry Hill NJ Federated Auto Parts Chevrolet 161 Accident
30 33 66 Nelson Canache/Caracas Venezuela Venezuela Tourism Chevrolet 133 Accident
31 38 79 Mike Koch/Mountain Home AR K&K Racing-Karl’s Plumbing Chevrolet 71 Oil Leak
32 17 02 Josh Williams/Port Charlotte FL SW Florida Cable Construction Ford 57 Handling
33 29 40 Roger Carter/Sunfield MI Carter 2 Motorsports Dodge 54 Handling
34 36 06 Tommy O’Leary/Cygnet OH Ford 18 Suspnsn
35 37 0 Scott Null/Lake Mills WI Wayne Peterson Racing Ford 10 Rear End
36 39 64 Joseph Hughs/Springfield IL Jack Hughes Racing Dodge 9 Engine
37 25 69 Korbin Forrister/Cedartown GA Tilted Kilt Ford 7 Brakes
38 21 68 Will Kimmel/Sellersburg IN Clarksville Schwinn & Cyclery Ford 5 Radiator
39 31 18 Mike Affarano/Shorewood IL North Grand Auto Parts Ford 4 Brakes
40 40 73 Dale Shearer/Chillicothe MO Shearer Racing Ford 0 Engine