MOORESVILLE, N.C. – Ranier Racing with MDM was in Brownsburg, Indiana on Friday for the team’s fourth ARCA Racing Series start of the season at Lucas Oil Raceway. The team, featuring a driver in his series debut, turned in a solid performance.
Travis Miller, in his first ARCA Racing Series start, finished second in the No. 8 Chevrolet. Miller utilized Friday afternoon’s practice sessions to learn adjust his line around the track and to dial-in the handling of his Chevrolet, while working closely with spotter Brian Crammer and crew chief Mark McFarland. Starting third for the 200-lap event, Miller settled into the fifth spot on the initial start, but quickly raced his way to the front and on lap 37 he makes it three wide out of turn four to make the pass for the second spot. For the remainder of the race, Miller maintained a spot inside the top-three and was scored in the second spot when the checkered flag waved.
“I couldn’t have asked for a better team to work with for my first ARCA Racing Series start,” said Miller. “Week in and week out the guys bring cars to the track that are capable of winning and I was fortunate enough to get the chance to run up front and compete for the win. Mark McFarland and Doug Howe did a great job of getting the car set up just the way I wanted it. I want to thank everyone at RRWMDM for everything they do and for all the hard work they pour into these cars in the shop and at the track.”
Kyle Benjamin and the No. 40 Chevrolet team finished seventh in their fourth ARCA Racing Series race of the season at Lucas Oil Raceway on Friday night. After completing runs during the practice session on Friday afternoon, Benjamin was scored in the top spot when practice came to an end. When it came time to qualify, Benjamin was the 29th car out of 33 to go out, and claimed the second starting position in the race. When Benjamin began the 200 lap-event, he quickly got to work searching for the fastest line around the track and didn’t let the leader out of his sight. On lap 19, Benjamin took over the top spot and ran away with the lead, but also was reporting a vibration. When the first caution of the night flew, Benjamin brought his car in for tires, fuel, and to diagnose the vibration. After having to re-enter pit road for the second time, the team diagnosed the problem as a left rear brake caliper issue, which put Benjamin a lap down and starting from the back of the field. After racing his way back to the front during the second half of the race and lapping the leader, Benjamin took the checkered flag in the seventh position.