It's a shame that the complete ARCA Racing Series schedule isn't televised right now. Some of the best races are on short tracks and on dirt, including Sunday's Allen Crowe 100 at the Illinois State Fairgrounds - a race won by nine-time division champion Frank Kimmel.
I understand the status quo. It's cost-prohibitive to broadcast races where there's not a NASCAR presence. Televising ARCA provides nothing but extra programming to the SPEED Network and is a gift to the ARCA fan base. I just wish there was a way to get these novelty races additional exposure.
The racing is essentially Diet NASCAR when ARCA visits Michigan or Pocono. ARCA really excels on the dirt and short bullrings where competition is high and contact is even higher. Some of my favorite childhood memories involve watching Kimmel, Ken Schrader, and Tony Stewart tackle the dirt on televised dirt ARCA races from the Fairgrounds and DuQuoin Speedway.
Here's to hoping these races will be televised in future years.
Kimmel and Alex Bowman exchanged the lead several times in the closing laps but equal tires gave way to experience with 10 laps to go as Kimmel got under Bowman and drove away to win his second race of the season - and 76th of his ARCA Racing career.
Bowman held on for second, with Kevin Swindell moving from fifth to third in the last 10 laps. Kelly Kovski finished fourth over Chris Buescher and Chad Hackenbracht. Tyler Speer, Mason Mingus, Austin Rettig and Spencer Gallagher completed the top-10.
The complete race results can be found after the jump.
|FIN||STR||NO||DRIVER/HOMETOWN||TEAM & CAR||LAPS||STATUS|
|1||10||44||Frank Kimmel/Clarksville IN||Ansell-Menards Toyota||100||Running|
|2||1||22||Alex Bowman/Tucson AZ||St. Jude Children's Research Hospital Dodge||100||Running|
|3||2||55||Kevin Swindell/Germantown TN||Curb Records Toyota||100||Running|
|4||3||99||Kelly Kovski/Springfield IL||Billingsley Towing-HUDL.com-Schluckebier Farms Ford||100||Running|
|5||5||17||Chris Buescher/Prosper TX||Reliance Tool-Roulo Brothers Racing Ford||100||Running|
|6||20||58||Chad Hackenbracht/New Philadephia OH||CGH Motorsports Chevrolet||100||Running|
|7||16||10||Tyler Speer/Woodstock GA||Fast Track Driving School Chevrolet||100||Running|
|8||8||32||Mason Mingus/Brentwood TN||811 Call Before You Dig-Diamond Equipment Toyota||100||Running|
|9||18||01||Austin Rettig/Sikeston MO||Allan Rettig Racing Dodge||100||Running|
|10||13||23||Spencer Gallagher/Las Vegas NV||Allegiant Air Chevrolet||100||Running|
|11||14||68||Will Kimmel/Sellersburg IN||Mallory Ignition Ford||100||Running|
|12||22||2||Ron Cox/Soddy Daisy TN||Hixson Construction Ford||100||Running|
|13||23||40||Tommy O'Leary/Cygnet OH||Carter 2 Motorsports Dodge||99||Running|
|14||17||16||Matt Lofton/Roxboro NC||Strutmasters.com Chevrolet||98||Running|
|15||21||71||Shane Cockrum/Benton IL||KBCgraphics.com Kevin & Donna's Sweetwater II Ford||98||Running|
|16||27||83||Mike Affarano/Shorewood IL||North Grand Auto Parts Chevrolet||96||Running|
|17||24||5||Mark Littleton/Arenzville IL||Mason Sound-Malcott Farms Chevrolet||95||Running|
|18||11||02||Josh Williams/Port Charlotte FL||Southwest Florida Cable Construction Ford||94||Running|
|19||30||79||Mike Koch/Mountain Home AR||K&K Racing-Karl's Plumbing Chevrolet||94||Running|
|20||28||73||Dale Shearer/Chillicothe MO||Shearer Racing Ford||93||Running|
|21||29||34||Darrell Basham/Henryville IN||Darrell Basham Racing Chevrolet||93||Running|
|22||6||25||Brennan Poole/The Woodlands TX||Venturini Motorsports Chevrolet||85||Running|
|23||7||35||Nelson Canache/Caracas Venezuela||Venezuela Tourism Chevrolet||82||Running|
|24||4||18||A.J. Fike/Galesburg IL||RFMS-Liberty Village Ford||73||Handling|
|25||9||70||Jeff Choquette/West Palm Beach FL||Adrian Carriers Ford||68||Engine|
|26||26||04||Dominick Casola/Holmdel NJ||Carter 2 Motorsports Dodge||55||Engine|
|27||32||48||James Hylton/Inman SC||Radon.com Ford||37||Handling|
|28||12||66||Ryan Unzicker/El Paso IL||RJR Transportation Chevrolet||36||Engine|
|29||33||06||Wayne Peterson/Pulaski TN||Wayne Peterson Racing Ford||25||Handling|
|30||15||15||Steve Arpin/Fort Frances Ontario||Loenbro Pipeline Solutions Chevrolet||20||Engine|
|31||19||00||James Swanson/San Antonio TX||PetersonMotorsports.com Ford||5||Handling|
|32||31||69||Ira Small/Lancaster SC||Tilted Kilt Ford||4||Handling|
|33||25||3||Joe Cooksey/Centralia IL||Fuelvend Chevrolet||3||Engine|
|0||Brett Hudson/Owensboro KY||Wayne Peterson Racing Ford||DNS|
|64||Joseph Hughs/Springfield IL||Jack Hughes Racing Dodge||DNS|
|Menards Pole Award Presented by Ansell: Alex Bowman 33.183 (108.489 mph)|
|Margin of Victory: 5.087 seconds||Cautions: 3 for 13 laps|
|Time of Race: 1:02:58||Average Speed: 95.265 mph|
|Lap Leaders: Bowman 1-10, 77-86 (20); Kovski 11-14 (4); Swindell 15-39 (25); Kimmel 40-76, 87-100 (51)|