Chris Buescher finished eighth in Friday night's Kansas Lottery 98.9 at Kansas Speedway to bring home the 2012 ARCA Racing Series Championship after an extraordinary season with his Roush Yates engine.
Buescher entered the final race of the season just 85 points ahead of former ARCA Champion Frank Kimmel and needed to finish 12 or more positions ahead of Kimmel to seal his title hopes. After 99 laps of dueling top competitors in the series, Buescher stayed in the top 10 most of the night to cross the finish line eighth and become the series' 30th different champion.
"This is absolutely amazing," said Buescher in Victory Lane. "So much work goes into this and we've had so much help. I'm very proud to get Ford back in Victory Lane. This really makes all the work worth it."
Buescher has finished in the top 12 on 45 occasions during his ARCA Racing Series career, a success rate of 84.9 percent in his 53 starts. He won four races in 2012 and has become the only driver in the history of the ARCA Racing Series to complete every single lap in a season. Gary and Rusty Roulo of Roulo Brother racing own the No. 17 Ford that Buescher drives and have been running Roush Yates engines for over 5 years.
"I'm so proud of this team," said Gary Roulo. "Chris Buescher has done an amazing job this season as our driver and everyone at Roush Yates engines have helped along the way. We couldn't be happier about this Championship."
Nick Ramey, Manager of the ARCA engine program at Roush Yates, is excited to win the ARCA Championship at Roush Yates. Ramey has been building engines with the Yates family for many years and is very proud of the entire No. 17 team.
"I'm very excited for Chris Buescher and the Roulo Brothers," said Ramey. "Chris is a great kid and to win an ARCA Championship at only 19 years old tells me he is going to have a future in racing. Roush Yates engines have performed well all year and it's great to bring home a championship."