Ty Dillon Takes ARCA Victory At Pocono

Long Pond, Pa. – Teenager Ty Dillon drove to his seventh ARCA Racing Series victory of the year when he handily won the 50-lap event Sunday morning at the Pocono Raceway. Scheduled for Saturday afternoon the race was postponed by a day after drenching rains forced the cancellation of on-track activities.

Starting second Dillon powered into the lead on the 17th lap and wasn’t to be denied as he headed for his third-consecutive win. The winner drove the RCR/CIPT Chevrolet fielded by his grandfather Richard Childress. Tim George Jr. won the June race here in a Childress car, giving the acclaimed car owner a clean sweep at Pocono in 2011.

Said the victor, “Since we unloaded, the car has been fast, and I was very confident going into the race. We have had a great year, and seven wins in any race is quite an accomplishment. My grandfather has given me a great car, and I am really pumped up looking forward to the upcoming dirt-track race at Springfield.

“Our team didn’t make any mistakes today. We are a band of brothers. We do everything together and win as a team.”

Overall, Dillon has nine ARCA victories.

Second place went to George in the Applebee’s-Potomac Family Dining Group Chevrolet. Said the runner-up driver, “My weekend didn’t start out well and while going for the pole, I messed up and ended up seventh. In the race, I started climbing the ladder and passed several cars in the tunnel turn but gave up a few spots during one pit stop.”

George scored his seventh top-five finish in 2011.

Third in the Reliance Tool-David Ragan Ford was Chris Buescher. “I finished second here in June and hoped to improve a spot, but lost out,” he said. “Pocono is a fun place to race, even though it is a short race for us.”

Tom Hessert took fourth place in Kenny Schrader’s Chevrolet with Grand Enfinger fifth in a Dodge.

Sixth through 10th were early leader Max Gresham, Chad Hackenbracht, Robb Brent, Ryan Wilson and Frank Kimmel.

In the ARCA point standings, Dillon has a 410 point advantage over Enfinger.

At the start, seven cars tangled heading into turn one with the Dodge of Buster Graham soaring over the low inner guardrail and sliding through the mud before coming to a stop. Five drivers were checked at the infield medical center with Tom Berte being dispatched to a nearby hospital for further evaluation.

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