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JOLIET, Ill. - It may not be the NASCAR Busch Series or the Winston Cup circuit, but Ed Berrier's win in Saturday's ARCA 200 at Chicagoland Speedway is still sweet.

The veteran driver moved into the lead with 13 laps to go when series points leader Frank Kimmel had a tire go down and went on to win his first career ARCA race. Berrier held off Jason Jarrett, Tim Steele, Billy Venturini and John Metcalf for the victory.

"We had a little transmission trouble on our last pit stop, but fortunately everything worked out well for us," Berrier said. "This is a great win for this team and it has finally paid off that we had a little luck on our side today."

Jarrett, son of Winston Cup regular Dale Jarrett, scored his second best career superspeedway finish, after winning at Kansas earlier this year.

"Maybe like a week ago, my dad and myself talked about the kind of setup he used when he raced here in July," Jarrett said. "We basically used what we had in our tire test here last month and that seemed to work. The grip has definitely changed here since that test, and it seemed as rubber gets layed down on the track the easier it was to move and try to pass on the outside."

Pole winner Steele, a three-time ARCA Series champion, finished third despite having a difficult car to drive.

"We caved the front of the nose in happy hour practice last night, not really sure how we did that, but it seemed to really set us back on our race setup," Steele said. "The car felt tight at the beginning of the race and finally got better toward the end."

The ARCA Series won't have much time to rest over the Labor Day weekend as the circuit heads to the 1-mile dirt track at Illinois' DuQuoin State Fairgrounds on Monday afternoon.

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