Buescher, Roulos Strong in Special Award Races
Neither Chris Buescher nor Roulo Brothers Racing lead in any of the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards' special award categories, but Buescher and the two Roulo brothers made waves in Sunday's race at Toledo Speedway.
Buescher led 106 of 200 laps in his Menards 200 win to seal the Aaron's Lap Leader Award for the race. Buescher is second in the season-long Lap Leader standings, 99 laps behind Alex Bowman, who led 55 laps from the pole Sunday.
Buescher has led 313 of 1006 laps in his four wins over the last five races at Toledo, including 126 in his first Toledo win on May 23, 2010.
He spoke after the race about his dominance at the track from 2010-2012, representative of major improvement after finishing 16th and eighth in two Toledo races in 2009.
"The first two races, I could not get out of my own way, and it was something I struggled with all year," he said. "We brought a different car back, and this one has really come alive. It's a track that suits the Roulo brothers, and suits me, I guess."
Roulos Win Cometic Crew Chief, Klotz Mechanic Race Awards: Chris Buescher's win after starting third delivered a near-perfect points performance for Gary Roulo (left) in his pursuit of the race's Cometic Crew Chief Award. Roulo earned 390 points (190 for qualifying, 200 for the race) and captured the award for the first time this season. He trails Kevin Reed of CGH Motorsports by 25 points, 1465-1440, in the year-long standings.
Likewise, Russell Roulo (right) earned the Klotz Engine Mechanic of the Race honors for the first time in 2012.
Sixty in Sixty: In ARCA's 60 years of competition, exactly 60 drivers have won six or more ARCA Racing Series races, and Chris Buescher's Menards 200 victory made him the latest to join that group. Other drivers with exactly six wins are A. Arnold, Bill Baird, Earl Balmer, Bob Dotter, Ed Hage, Ryan Hemphill, Ralph Latham, Paul Parks, and Mike Wallace.