When the ARCA Racing Series took the checkered flag on Saturday night at Berlin Raceway, it was Chris Buescher picking up his third win of the season. It marks the eighth win of his young career and gives him a sweep of the series’ Michigan events for 2012. He won at Michigan International Speedway two months ago.
The driver of the No. 17 Roulo Brothers Racing led the final 17 laps after making a pass on Erik Jones on lap 184. He would win the race by a 2.739-seconds.
The win hands Buescher back the points lead, now 35 points ahead of Brennan Poole. Poole finished the race in the ninth position.
Frank Kimmel would win the race in the second position and now sits third in points, 70 points behind Buescher.
Erik Jones finished third, his third top-five in eight starts this year. Tom Hessert ended the race fourth after battling back onto the lead lap, edging Mason Mitchell. Clint King finished sixth, his fourth top-six in five races this year.
Chase Elliott ended the race seventh, topping Matt Lofton, Poole, and the race’s pole sitter Chad Hackenbracht.
The race went a surprising 160 laps without a caution to start the Berlin ARCA 200 presented by Hantz Group. There’d be then be two cautions to close out the race.
Dirt racing is up next for the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards, with the Allen Crowe 100 taking place next Sunday, August 19, at the Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield, Ill. The race will be the first of two dirt events this year – preceding the September 3 race in DuQuoin, Ill.
Practice will begin at 9 a.m. and last for one hour, with Menards Pole Qualifying presented by Ansell starting at 11. The 100-lap, 100-mile race will take place at 1 p.m. All times are Central. ARCARacing.com will feature live timing and scoring coverage throughout the day, and ARCA Racing Network hosts Charlie Krall and Tim Clagg will deliver a live audio call for the race on the site.