BROOKLYN, Mich. (June 14, 2013) -Despite a dominating performance by Ryan Blaney, it was Brennan Poole from Venturini Motorsports who took the checkered flag at the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards 2013 Patriot Pumps 200 at Michigan International Speedway on Friday. "It was a fun day," said Poole, who took his fourth career ARCA victory. "It's exciting to get to victory lane. These guys gave me a rocket ship." Poole, who led the final 12 laps, started second and stayed in the top five most of the day before passing Grant Enfinger with 20 laps to go. He began to pull away before the yellow flag came out on Lap 89.
Blaney started on the pole, was fastest in practice and led a race-high 64 laps but pitted two laps before a caution came out at lap 72. Blaney ended up a lap down before getting the free pass and restarting seventh. Blaney moved up and was third when the final yellow flag waved on Lap 89. He got by Frank Kimmel on the restart and tried to chase down Poole. But by that time, Poole had begun to pull away. Justin Boston and Enfinger rounded out the top five. Kimmel finished third in the No. 44 Ansell-Menards Toyota and remains one race from tying the all-time ARCA series record for wins at 79.
The 2013 ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards season continues at Road America next weekend with the SCOTT 160.
Poole and Blaney fighting for the win!
PHOTOS SUBMITTED BY ROBERT BENKO