TOLEDO - With two races remaining in the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards season, points leader Chris Buescher can thank consistency for placing him on the verge of ARCA history.
Buescher and the No. 17 Roulo Brothers Racing Ford have completed every lap - 2687 in all - over 18 races so far this year, and lead the pursuit of the S&S Volvo Laps Completed Award.
One point toward the S&S Volvo Laps Completed Award is earned for every lap completed by an ARCA Racing Series driver carrying on their car the decal of S&S Volvo & GMC Truck of Lima, Ohio. S&S Volvo is a participating company in ARCA's expansive, multi-tiered sponsor program.
Frank Kimmel, Buescher's closest challenger for his first series title, has completed only four fewer laps and stands in second place for the award, but Buescher is the driver on the brink of finishing the milestone of race-over-race reliability.
Complete series records dating back to 1979, and partial records stretching over a decade beyond that, show that Buescher could become the first driver in at least 45 seasons to complete every lap in an ARCA Racing Series season. Several drivers have come close in recent years, but from the 1968 season forward, no driver has been able to complete every lap contested over a full year's schedule.
One hundred laps at the DuQuoin State Fairgrounds and 99 at Kansas Speedway remain for Buescher to wrap up the championship, the special award, and a new line in ARCA's records. He leads Kimmel by 85 points in the overall series standings, and has a series-high four wins.
Brennan Poole is currently third among participating drivers with 2633 laps completed in races in which he carried the decal. Matt Lofton is fourth with 2625, and Chad Hackenbracht is fifth with 2400.
The DuQuoin State Fairgrounds dirt in Illinois will host ARCA on Sunday, October 14, in a makeup of the rained-out Southern Illinois 100 presented by Federated Car Care from Labor Day weekend.
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 3 p.m. ET (2 p.m. local) race on the site.
Five days later - on Friday, October 19 - the season will close in the Kansas Lottery 98.9 at Kansas Speedway, with race action starting at 8:30 p.m. ET (7:30 p.m. local) on SPEED. ARCARacing.com will also feature live timing and scoring coverage for the season finale.
2012 is the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards' 60th Anniversary Season, featuring 20 races at 18 tracks. The complete 2012 event schedule is available at ARCARacing.com.
The ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards has crowned an ARCA national champion each year since its inaugural season in 1953, and has toured over 200 race tracks in 26 states since its inception. The series has tested the abilities of drivers and race teams over the most diverse schedule of stock car racing events in the world, visiting tracks ranging from 0.375 mile to 2.66 miles in length, on both paved and dirt surfaces as well as a left- and right-turn road course in its most recent season. This year, the series visited Alabama's Mobile International Speedway and Minnesota's Elko Speedway for the first time.
Founded by John and Mildred 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 three professional touring series and local weekly events.