Poole, Buescher Continue ARCA Title Fight
TOLEDO, Ohio – Brennan Poole finished sixth Sunday at New Jersey Motorsports Park and sat near his car after the race with a foot uncovered, having experienced tremendous heat throughout 67 laps in his first road course start.
The heat is definitely on in the championship standings as well, as Chris Buescher ended the season’s first half by trimming Poole’s points lead to just 10, 2540-2530.
Poole had entered with a 25-point lead, but Buescher gained 15 points by finishing three spots ahead of Poole in the race. Poole’s margin was last this low after the June 2 race at Elko Speedway in Minnesota, four races before Sunday’s event at New Jersey.
“Today was real hot and I burned my foot a little bit, but I’ll tell you, it was a lot of fun,” Poole said. “I’m covered in dirt, which brings me back to my old days; I’m just not used to turning right so much. Our plan was to qualify in the top 10 and we qualified 11th, so we were close. We wanted to stay on track all day, and we stayed on track all day.
“My guys put me in a good position with a strategy call there at the end. (Crew chief) Billy Venturini did a great job and we were fighting for a top-five finish there at the end. We just got a little too tight. That’s some of my inexperience. We didn’t lose a whole lot of points. We just wanted to get out of here safe and move on to some of our stronger tracks coming up like Iowa, Chicagoland, and Lucas Oil Raceway.”
Frank Kimmel moved into third, 160 points behind Poole but five ahead of Alex Bowman. Chad Hackenbracht is fifth, 260 points behind first. He stands 25 points clear of Tom Hessert who improved to sixth in his home state.
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