Ty Dillon surged past Steve Arpin with five laps remaining in the Kansas Lottery 150 to win his first ARCA Racing Series presented by RE/MAX and Menards race in just his second career start. In achieving victory, Dillon became the 14th different winner and the 12th different first-time winner in the series this season.
The 18-year-old Dillon, a grandson of legendary NASCAR team owner Richard Childress, started fourth and kept the No. 41 Karl Chevrolet/Richard Childress Racing Development Chevrolet among the leaders throughout the race's early stages. The race was not Dillon's first taste of success at the ARCA level, but surely his sweetest. In July, Dillon finished second after winning the Menards Pole Award presented by Ansell at Iowa Speedway.
"We had a good car all day. In practice, we were really fast, and in qualifying, we just freed it up a little bit. We thought we might have the pole," Dillon said. "The guys gave me a great car. To take two rookies, me and my brother (Austin, a NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver), and we've got three wins and six or seven poles, I just want to thank everybody. They work so hard with these cars, and now we'll take this to Rockingham."
Austin Dillon, 20, has two wins in NASCAR competition this year.
Childress himself was on hand for his grandson's first ARCA victory, and showed tremendous pride.
"It was just great to be here for this win today," said Childress. "I missed his run over in Iowa and I missed his (NASCAR K&N Pro Series East) win over at Gresham (Motorsports Park in Georgia), but it was great to be here today and watch him win and watch the look on his face, and to see how he drove that car."
Craig Goess (No. 81 Greenville Toyota of N.C. Toyota) finished third and Menards Pole Award winner Mikey Kile (No. 25 Venturini Motorsports Toyota) ended the race in fourth.
Patrick Sheltra's (No. 60 Tequesta Road and Bridge of Florida/Jones Group International Toyota) fifth-place finish helped him maintain his position atop the ARCA Racing Series point standings, and gave the driver and his team the Hoosier Tire Superspeedway Challenge Award for the best collection of performances on the series' eight speedway races this season.
"Sheltra Motorsports gave me some good cars. The late caution got us, and (Arpin) and some others gave us a good run. It was awesome," he said. "I'm really looking forward to running (at Rockingham) and doing what we've done all year: finish the race and get a top-five."
Kile had edged Arpin in qualifying earlier in the afternoon, and it appeared early that his car was just as good in race trim. As he did after starting from his first career pole at Pocono in June, Kile began to drive away from the field after the initial green flag, opening up a one-second lead on Arpin by Lap 10 and extending the advantage by more than a half-second just six laps later. Arpin would not relent, and held his car within two seconds of Kile until Lap 41.
Chad Finley made a charge to start the race, moving from 12th to fourth in just 20 laps. Unfortunately for Finley, his No. 29 Auto Value Certified Service Centers/Air Lift Chevrolet began to smoke and the DeWitt, Mich. driver had to drive to the garage after just 23 laps.
Chad Hackenbracht, too, had risen sharply early. The New Philadelphia, Ohio native had used the momentum from a strong qualifying effort to move significantly throughout the opening sequence, all before scraping the wall and falling back to 20th place. After starting a career-best ninth, Hackenbracht steered his No. 58 Tastee Caramel Apples Chevrolet to fifth by Lap 28. Hackenbracht made key passes of Joey Coulter on Lap 23 and Frank Kimmel five laps later. He then suffered tire damage and scraped the Turn 3 wall on Lap 47 to bring out the race's second caution, and fell from the lead lap.
All of the contenders entered pit road before the ensuing green flag, and Kile edged Arpin following their stops. The green flag flew to start Lap 52, and again Kile drove ahead of his teammate. Arpin maintained a short leash, however, only allowing Kile a half-second advantage.
Arpin quickly made his move, narrowing his deficit to 0.172 second on Lap 58, to 0.447 second on Lap 60, and 0.082 second on Lap 63. Arpin pressured Kile inside in the second turn on the next lap, but Kile made a run to elude Arpin shortly after that. Arpin surged to the outside of Kile in the fourth turn, however, and edged past him at the line for his first lead of the day.
Arpin opened his lead over Kile to more than one second, and Sheltra then moved in front of Kile for second place by Lap 72. Sheltra had slowly stalked the front of the field after starting 10th, moving to seventh by Lap 6, fourth by Lap 27, and third by Lap 68.
Sheltra moved within one second of the lead and was just five car lengths behind Arpin when the race's third caution flag flew for a Rob Jones incident on Lap 87.
Dillon, who had been in fourth place when the yellow flag flew, assumed his first lead of the race exiting the pits and appeared ready to lead the field out of the next green flag. Arpin passed Dillon on the outside - a legal move by ARCA Racing Series standards on restarts - to lead Lap 93, and held a lead of just under 0.1 second on the following lap. Dillon, though, moved to the inside of Arpin on the backstretch of Lap 95, and simply ran away. Goess challenged Arpin for the second spot, but could not fully close the gap. With his two closest pursuers battling, Dillon extended his lead to a full second and eventually two, and finished with a final winning margin of 2.273 seconds.
"I thought we were going to have a shot at the win there at the end, but Ty Dillon just came out of nowhere and kind of caught me off guard going down into (Turn) 1. We were just way too free those last five or six laps, and I couldn't get to the gas when I needed to give him a shot for the win," Arpin said.
Sheltra leads Goess by 10 points - a difference of just two positions in a single race - and Tom Hessert (No. 77 Cherry Hill Classic Cars Dodge) by 20 points as the series moves into the final race of the season, the American 200 presented by Black's Tire and Auto Service at Rockingham Speedway on October 9.
"We cut the points deficit in half, so being 10 points out, we can fix that with a pole (at Rockingham)," said Goess, who has won the Menards Pole Award a series-leading three times this year. "(The Venturini Motorsports) guys really have Rockingham figured out, and everybody else is going to be there. We definitely need the man upstairs to look out for us, and we need to have good luck along the way and be fast at the same time."
Hessert, who had only taken two tires on his final pit stop, rose to sixth place late after starting 17th and spending most of the afternoon just outside the top 10.
Frank Kimmel, Joey Coulter, Chad McCumbee, and Justin Marks rounded out the remainder of the top 10.
With an elapsed time of one hour, 11 minutes, and 21 seconds (126.139 mph), the race set a new speed record for 150-mile ARCA Racing Series races at the track. A mere three cautions slowed the action for just 17 laps.
The ARCA Racing Series presented by RE/MAX and Menards will crown a champion in just nine days, as the series speeds to historic Rockingham Speedway for the 2010 season finale, the American 200 presented by Black's Tire and Auto Service.
The American 200 is scheduled to air live on SPEED at 1 p.m. Eastern on Saturday, October 9, with additional live timing and scoring and live audio presented by the ARCA Racing Network and ARCA Nation on ARCARacing.com.
The weekend's only practice begins at 11:30 a.m. Friday and will last for 90 minutes, and Menards Pole Qualifying presented by Ansell is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. ARCARacing.com will feature live timing and scoring and live audio on ARCARacing.com.
The ARCA Racing Series presented by RE/MAX and Menards features 20 events at 17 tracks on its 2010 schedule. The series has crowned an ARCA national champion each year since its inaugural season in 1953, and has toured over 200 racetracks in 28 states since its inception. The series tests the abilities of drivers and race teams over the most diverse schedule of stock car racing events in the world, annually visiting tracks ranging from 0.4 mile to 2.66 miles in length, on both paved and dirt surfaces as well as left- and right-turn street and road courses.
Founded by John 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 two professional touring series and local weekly events.
Official Results, Kansas Lottery 150, Kansas Speedway (9-30-10)
ARCA Racing Series presented by RE/MAX and Menards
Kansas City, Kan., (AP) - The official finish for Thursday's Kansas Lottery 150 at Kansas Speedway for ARCA Racing Series stock cars with starting position in parenthesis, driver, hometown, type of car, laps completed, and reason out of race, if any:
1. (4) Ty Dillon, Lewisville, N.C., Chevrolet, 100; 2. (2) Steve Arpin, Fort Frances, Ont., Toyota, 100; 3. (7) Craig Goess, Greenville, N.C., Toyota, 100; 4. (1) Mikey Kile, Westlake, La., Toyota, 100; 5. (10) Patrick Sheltra, Indiantown, Fla., Toyota, 100; 6. (17) Tom Hessert, Cherry Hill, N.J., Dodge, 100; 7. (3) Frank Kimmel, Clarksville, Ind., Ford, 100; 8. (5) Joey Coulter, Miami Springs, Fla., Chevrolet, 100; 9. (11) Chad McCumbee, Supply, N.C., Ford, 100; 10. (6) Justin Marks, Rocklin, Calif., Toyota, 100; 11. (8) Dakoda Armstrong, New Castle, Ind., Dodge, 100; 12. (19) Russ Dugger, Owasso, Okla., Chevrolet, 100; 13. (13) Matt Lofton, Mooresville, N.C., Chevrolet, 100; 14. (36) Kyle Fowler, Smyrna, Ga., Chevrolet, 99; 15. (15) Tim George, Jr., New York, N.Y., Chevrolet, 99; 16. (25) Jerick Johnson, Faribault, Minn., Chevrolet, 98; 17. (22) Bobby Gerhart, Lebanon, Pa., Chevrolet, 98; 18. (18) Miguel Paludo, New Silver City, Brazil, Toyota, 97; 19. (20) Daryl Harr, St. Albert, Alberta, Chevrolet, 97; 20. (27) Nick Igdalsky, Long Pond, Pa., Ford, 96; 21. (23) Tom Berte, New Berlin, Wis., Chevrolet, 95; 22. (30) Benny Chastain, Tallahassee, Fla., Ford, 95; 23. (28) Darrell Basham, Henryville, Ind., Chevrolet, 94; 24. (21) Bryan Silas, Stuart, Fla., Ford, 89; 25. (9) Chad Hackenbracht, New Philadelphia, Ohio, Chevrolet, 82; 26. (29) Rob Jones, Bowie, Md., Chevrolet, 64, accident; 27. (14) Robb Brent, Shelby Township, Mich., Dodge, 63; 28. (32) Jason Basham, Henryville, Ind., Chevrolet, 54, vibration; 29. (33) Brad Smith, Shelby Township, Mich., Ford, 25, handling; 30. (12) Chad Finley, Lansing, Mich., Chevrolet, 22, engine; 31. (24) Chad Frewaldt, Kansas City, Kan., Chevrolet, 22, engine; 32. (35) James Hylton, Inman, S.C., Ford, 14, handling; 33. (31) Mike Harmon, Birmingport, Ala., Ford, 13, overheating; 34. (26) Richard Harriman, Snohomish, Wash., Dodge, 9, overheating; 35. (34) Leilani Munter, Rochester, Minn., Dodge, 5, engine; 36. (16) Casey Roderick, Lawrenceville, Ga., Dodge, 0, engine.
Time of race: 1 hour, 11 minutes, 21 seconds; Margin of victory: 2.273 seconds; Lap leaders: Kile 1-63, Arpin 64-88, Dillon 89-92, Arpin 93-94, Dillon 95-100.
Top-10 ARCA Racing Series Points after Kansas (9-30-10)
PosDriverPoints 1Patrick Sheltra4495 2Craig Goess4485 3Tom Hessert4475 4Frank Kimmel4335 5Justin Marks4305 5Mikey Kile4305 7Dakoda Armstrong4280 8Joey Coulter4130 9Tim George Jr.3905 10Bryan Silas3775