17 Apr 2016 — Luis F Almeida held off David Ulmer at the finish line by the narrow margin of 0.054 seconds to take first place in the Fort Worth Speedway ARCA in the eighth and final round of the ARAIG ARCA Challenge series.

After starting seventh, Almeida gained his way to first and then dropped to 12th midway through. Almeida traded positions multiple rounds with Xavier Leggett in a long and tense battle for third from the middle stages, running within a scrape of each other over a span of 20 laps and changing positions six times. Almeida ran nearly all leading Leggett after being engaged by him on the first lap. Almeida fended off a prolonged challenge by Leggett midway through, staying just a bumper ahead of him over an unbroken run of five laps. After losing the spot on lap 100, Almeida cleared Leggett for the third time and into first place on lap 101, and defended it against pressure by Leggett the remaining three laps to the exhilarating finish with Ulmer.

Almeida finished the series fourth in the standings. Almeida made five starts and led 460 of his 659 laps while taking the win five times.

Jim Barisoff came from behind to beat Andy Graydon at the finish line by just 0.091 seconds and capture sixth place and clinch the series championship.

David Ulmer made a final pass on the last lap for a second-place finish.

Barisoff took the fight back and forth with Nello Spazio in a lengthy and unrelenting fight for fifth starting midway through, running within a scrape of each other over a stretch of 23 laps and changing positions 12 times. Barisoff spent nearly equal parts leading Spazio after being caught by him on lap 39. After losing the spot on lap 102, Barisoff got around Spazio for the sixth time and into seventh place by the hairline margin at the checkered flag.

The series championship was clinched this final round by Barisoff with his sixth-place run. Barisoff took the victory in two of his eight starts, leading 124 of 939 laps total.

After starting first, Ulmer dropped to eighth midway through. Ulmer wrestled the advantage back and forth with Bill Kaiser in a long and tense battle for third starting midway through, running within an apex of each other over a range of 14 laps and changing positions six times. Ulmer drove the majority pursuing Kaiser after being caught and passed by him on lap 55. Ulmer launched an extended challenge at Kaiser in the closing stages, staying within a car length behind him and keeping pace over a continuous run of six laps. Ulmer passed Kaiser for the third time and into third place on his final lap.

Ulmer finished the series 12th in the standings. He made one start and led 31 of his 103 laps raced while finishing as high as second.

In the 300 career runs taken by Barisoff in the ARCA, he has led 933 laps in all and taken the win five times. Barisoff has taken the car to Fort Worth Speedway nine times.

ARAIG ARCA Challenge series finished its season after eight rounds spanning several months. A total of 16 drivers competed for points in the championship.

Jim Barisoff captured the championship, leading 124 laps and taking two wins in eight races. Bob Fay, Xavier Leggett, Luis F Almeida, and Rich Baker rounded out the Top 5.

Starting from back in the field, Xavier Leggett picked off seven positions to finish in third place.

Bill Kaiser held off Rich Baker at the finish line by the tight margin of 0.106 seconds to take fourth place.

Rich Baker made a final pass on the last lap for a fifth-place finish.

Andy Graydon raced past the checkered flag a tight 0.353 seconds ahead of April Dillon to take seventh place.

Leggett took the fight back and forth with Luis F Almeida in a lengthy and unrelenting fight for fourth from the middle stages, running within a bumper of each other over a span of 20 laps and changing positions six times. Leggett spent the majority pursuing Almeida after targeting him on the first lap, coming from as many as three spots back. Leggett launched an extended challenge at Almeida midway through, staying within a scrape behind him and keeping pace over an unbroken run of five laps. In the end Leggett settled into second through attrition the few laps running to the checkered flag.

Leggett finished the series third in the standings. Leggett made seven starts and led 82 of his 818 laps while finishing as high as third.

After starting ninth, Kaiser gained his way to first and then dropped to 10th in the late stages. Kaiser swapped leads multiple rounds with David Ulmer in a lengthy and unrelenting fight for third from the middle stages, running within an apex of each other over a stretch of 14 laps and changing positions six times. Kaiser spent nearly equal parts leading Ulmer after challenging and passing him on lap 55, coming from as many as 11 places back. Kaiser fended off an extended challenge by Ulmer nearing the finale, staying just a car length ahead of him over a continuous run of six laps. Ultimately Kaiser lost the spot on lap 103 and settled into fourth the lap running to the conclusion, holding off Baker by the tight margin at the line.

Kaiser finished the series 13th in the standings. He made one start and led seven of his 103 laps raced while finishing as high as fourth.

After starting fourth, Baker gained his way to first and then dropped to 12th in the middle stages. Baker traded positions multiple rounds with April Dillon in a long and tense battle for seventh from the beginning, running within an apex of each other over a span of 17 laps and changing positions seven times. Baker ran nearly equal parts leading Dillon after engaging and passing her on lap 10. Baker fended off a prolonged challenge by Dillon midway through, staying just a turn ahead of her over a continuous run of six laps. After losing the spot on lap 100, Baker cleared Dillon for the fourth time and into fifth place on his final lap.

Baker finished the series fifth in the standings. Baker made five starts and led 67 of his 512 laps while finishing as high as second.

After starting third, Graydon gained his way to second and then dropped to 11th in the middle stages. Graydon took the fight back and forth with Jim Barisoff in a lengthy and unrelenting battle for fifth starting early on, running within a scuff of each other over a span of 11 laps and changing positions five times. Graydon ran nearly equal parts leading Barisoff after being caught by him on lap 12. Ultimately Graydon lost the spot on lap 102 and settled into eighth the lap running to the checkered flag, holding off Dillon by the hairline margin at the line.

Graydon finished the series seventh in the standings. Graydon made four starts and led 34 of his 501 laps while finishing as high as third.

April Dillon held the lead for nine laps in a run to eighth place.

Dillon traded positions multiple rounds with Rich Baker in a long and tense battle for fifth from the beginning, running within a scuff of each other over a span of 17 laps and changing positions seven times. Dillon spent nearly equal parts leading Baker after being engaged by him on lap 9. Ultimately Dillon lost the spot on lap 103 and settled into sixth the lap running to the finish, missing Andy Graydon ahead by just 0.353 seconds at the line.

Dillon finished the series 14th in the standings. She made one start and led nine of her 103 laps raced while finishing as high as eighth.

Nello Spazio logged a lap at the front in a ninth-place run.

Spazio traded positions back and forth with Jim Barisoff in a long and tense fight for fourth from the middle stages, running within a scuff of each other over a stretch of 23 laps and changing positions 12 times. Spazio spent nearly equal parts leading Barisoff after engaging and passing him on lap 41, coming from as many as five spots back. Ultimately Spazio lost the spot on lap 103 and settled into ninth the lap running to the conclusion, missing April Dillon ahead by just 0.529 seconds at the line.

Spazio finished the series eighth in the standings. Spazio made four starts and led five of his 468 laps while finishing as high as third.

Source: Almeida takes rousing win in Fort Worth Speedway ARCA // Events // Race2Play Multiplayer Online Racing

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