Two Races In, Bowman Takes Messina Rookie Lead
With two races behind him this season in the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards driver Alex Bowman has already built a firm lead in the Team Messina Rookie Challenge.
Of course, Bowman's 10-point advantage could easily be wiped away with a single poor finish, but after last season's tight rookie battle between winner Chris Buescher and Ty Dillon, 10 points is quite a lead.
In the Challenge, first-year ARCA competitors compete for per-race cash bonus awards, as well as the year-end Team Messina Rookie Challenge bonus of $10,000.
The top-finishing registered rookie in any event earns 30 points, and the second earns 28. The third earns 26, and so on in decreasing increments of two until all registered rookies are scored. Of 20 events on the 2012 ARCA Racing Series schedule, a driver's 15 best scores will be added to form a rookie point total.
Drivers in the Team Messina Rookie Challenge are easily identified on track by the classic rear bumper yellow stripe, which is accompanied by the official Team Messina Rookie Challenge logo.
Bowman's 30-point outing in finishing third overall at Mobile helped him rebound from fifth in the standings after Daytona, where he earned 22 points. At 52 points, Bowman stands 10 points in front of Buster Graham (28 at Daytona, 14 at Mobile).
Matt Lofton and Josh Williams are for third with 38 points, just ahead of Spencer Gallagher at 36. Fain Skinner is sixth with 30, ahead of Brennan Poole (28), Jared Marks and Larry Barford Jr. (26), and Ryan Reed (24). In all, 16 drivers have earned Team Messina Rookie Challenge points in 2012.
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Messina Wildlife Management is part of the Menards Racing vendor program in ARCA, and has been involved since 2010. In addition to the Team Messina Rookie Challenge, Messina Wildlife is an official company sponsor, and will be announced later this season as the title sponsor of an ARCA Racing Series event in 2012.