Kansas Test Vital For ARCA Contenders

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ARCA Racing Series drivers will visit Kansas Speedway Oct. 2 for a test session ahead of the season finale for the series on Oct. 19. (ARCA Racing Series Photo)
ARCA Racing Series drivers will visit Kansas Speedway Oct. 2 for a test session ahead of the season finale for the series on Oct. 19. (ARCA Racing Series Photo)

KANSAS CITY, Kan. – In preparation for the championship finale at Kansas Speedway Oct. 19, the ARCA Racing Series is coming to town a couple weeks in advance of raceday for an open test on the 1.5-mile track Oct. 2.

The combination of the speedway’s new pavement and the series concluding its season at Kansas for the first time in ARCA’s 60-year history is creating quite a buzz in advance of the ARCA Kansas Lottery 98.9, going off under the lights Friday night.

Currently, 24 drivers have signed up for the open test to include all the championship players and a combination of new faces as the tour prepares to put a wrap on its 60th Anniversary Season.

Championship point leader Chris Buescher, nine-time champion and two-time Kansas winner Frank Kimmel, Brennan Poole, and defending Kansas winner Alex Bowman are all scheduled to test.

Buescher, Kimmel, Poole and Bowman are currently first through fourth, respectively, in the championship points with just two races remaining in 2012. All four can still win the title.

In addition, Venturini Motorsports is fully loaded with an assortment of drivers including Ryan Reed, Tom Berte, John Wes Townley, Venezuelan Nelson Canache, and two-time Chili Bowl Midget Champion Kevin Swindell. Swindell scored his career-first ARCA victory at Chicagoland Speedway in July, leading all 100 laps.

Second generation driver Chad Boat (son of Indy 500 veteran Billy Boat) is also entered for the test in a Ken Schrader Racing Chevrolet. Boat finished third in his ARCA debut at Iowa Speedway in mid-July.

Other entrants for the open test include rookie Mason Mitchell in an Eddie Sharp Racing entry, Milka Duno, Mason Mingus, Jared Marks, and series veteran Grant Enfinger.

Series regulars Matt Lofton and Spencer Gallagher, currently sixth and seventh, respectively, in championship points, are also entered.

The ARCA National Championship finale at Kansas falls just days after the series will race at the DuQuoin State Fairgrounds mile dirt on October 14, an event rescheduled after being rained out in early September.

In addition to the National Championship, additional year-end prominent titles still up for grabs in 2012 include the Hoosier Tire Superspeedway Challenge Championship, the Team Messina Rookie Challenge, the Aaron’s Lap Leader Award, the CGS Imaging Hard Charger, Cometic Crew Chief of the Year honors, the Menards Pole Award presented by Ansell and more.