Hackenbracht Gets First ARCA Victory
LONG POND, Pa. — Chad Hackenbracht used pit strategy to his advantage to earn his first ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards victory Saturday afternoon at Pocono Raceway.
Hackenbracht got the lead by short pitting and despite saving fuel in his Chevrolet during the final laps, held off polesitter and dominant leader Brennan Poole by 13.453 seconds to win the Pennsylvania ARCA 125 at the 2.5-mile tri-angular shaped race track.
“Kevin Reed (crew chief) is the man,” Hackenbracht said. “He had the strategy figured out for us, but I was getting nervous there at the end. I didn’t know if we were going to have a caution flag at the end that would screw us up or not? It worked out perfect and I can’t thank everyone enough for this.
“We don’t have a sponsor on this car and, hopefully, this will help us get one for Kansas.”
Poole came home second in a Venturini Motorsports machine with Alex Bowman third, Frank Kimmel fourth and Chris Buescher fifth.
“The car was really good,” said Poole, who took the point lead from Buescher. “We couldn’t chance it. We had to make sure that we ran all 50 laps today. We were close again today.”
Hackenbracht pitted on lap eight and assumed the lead when Poole and the other leaders turned pitside on lap 36 in the 50-lap event.
Hackenbracht’s first victory came in his 42nd start in the series.