Trackside Now: Daytona International Speedway
Gerhart Wins Another Race At Daytona
Friday, 11:30am ET - Cars are rolling through pre-qualifying inspection and time trials are set to begin within the next 30 minutes at Daytona. Jeremy Clements will be the first of 65 cars to attempt a qualifying lap and the #79 of Mike Koch in the final car int he qualifying order.
Thursday, 5:30pm ET - Today's practice session is over and the official times have been released by ARCA RE/MAX Series officials. To nobody's surprise, Bobby Gerhart set the fastest lap of the five-hour session with a lap of 49.486 seconds at 181.870 mph.
Following Gerhart on the speed charts were Frank Kimmel, Ryan Howard, Brandon Whitt and Erin Crocker.
Other notables were RCR development driver Timothy Peters in sixth, Steven Wallace
in seventh and Roush Racing Cup driver David Ragan in 15th.
The only incident in practice came when Darrell Basham cut a tire on the #34 Anti Monkey Butt Powder Chevrolet.
Thursday, 3:45pm ET - Chase Pistone has had an engine problem with his Bobby Jones Racing entry. He did not drop any oil on the track though and practice continues with a little over an hour remaining.
Thursday, 2:30pm ET - There are 65 cars that have made it through technical inspection and are practicing for the ARCA 200 at Daytona. Currently, Erin Crocker tops the speed charts with her pink and white #98 Dodge.
There are two Toyotas in the garage area - Josh Wise's #22 fielded by Eddie Sharp Racing and the #51 driven by Brandon Whitt.
So far, practice has been clean and green, with no wrecks or incidents.
Practice started at Noon and will run until 5pm ET. Qualifying for the ARCA 200 is scheduled for Noon on Friday. Stay tuned to Speed51.com for continued updates from the track.
Saturday, 6:30pm ET - Bobby Gerhart won the ARCA 200 event on Saturday afternoon.
Steve Wallace was out of the race early after he had early problems with a tire rub. He was having trouble again on the track after a pit stop. Wallace signaled car trouble, but ended up starting a chain reaction that took out several cars and was out of the race on lap 25.
Mario Gosselin and Gerhart were running side-by-side for the first position early in the race, but Gosselin ended up making contact with the wall, which ended his chances for the win.
Pole sitter Erin Crocker's car was fast but seemed to have no drafting partners. Anytime Crocker went to the outside, nobody would fall in line with her. Crocker ended up spinning on a restart, pitted and came back on track, but finished the race in the 20th position.
SLM star Tim Russell was an innocent victim of a crash that involved the #55 of Damon Lusk.
Full Field Results:
1Bobby Gerhart/Lebanon PA 2Marc Mitchell/Tallahassee FL 3Jeremy Clements/Spartanburg SC 4David Ragan/Unadilla GA 5Frank Kimmel/Clarksville IN 6Timothy Peters/Providence NC 7Justin Allgaier/Springfield IL 8Scott Lagasse, Jr./St. Augustine FL 9Phillip McGilton/Marion IL 10Michael McDowell/Phoenix AZ 11Dawayne Bryan/Winter Haven FL 12Bill Baird/Sarasota FL 13Mario Gosselin/Lake Wales FL 14Ryan Howard/Tipp City OH 15Todd Bowsher/Springfield OH 16Dexter Bean/Westby WI 17Butch Jarvis/Blountville TN 18Darrell Basham/Henryville IN 19Brad Smith/Belleville MI 20Erin Crocker/Wilbraham MA 21Billy Tanner/Newton PA 22Justin Marks/Rocklin CA 23Bryan Silas/Stuart FL 24Norm Benning/Pittsburgh PA 25Tim Russell/Longwood FL 26Damon Lusk/Kennewick WA 27Jason Hedlesky/Clinton MI 28Billy Venturini/Chicago IL 29Mike Harmon/Birmingport AL 30Justin South/Hueytown AL 31Chad McCumbee/Supply NC 32Brad Coleman/Houston TX 33Michael Faulk/Ocala FL 34Brandon Whitt/El Cajon CA 35JR Heffner/Stephentown NY 36Josh Wise/Mira Loma CA 37Brian Conz/Livonia MI 38Benny Chastain/Tallahassee FL 39Steve Wallace/Mooresville NC 40AJ Henriksen/Mooresville NC 41Greg Barnhart/Oklahoma City OK
Friday, 6:30pm ET – David Ragan (183.39), Erin Crocker, Michael McDowell, Billy Venturini and Timothy Peters were the fastest cars in the final practice.
Billy Tanner (75) car backed his car into the wall and has bought the 29 to race in tomorrow. THe 29 had failed to qualify for the race.
Friday, 4:30pm ET – Qualifying at Daytona International Speedway is all done and Erin Crocker became the first person not named Bobby Gerhart to win a pole for the opening event of the year. Crocker knocked Gerhart off of the pole to earn her first-career Daytona pole.
The top five in qualifying were:
1. Erin Crocker
2. Bobby Gerhart
3. Frank Kimmel
4. Mario Gosselin
5. AJ Henrikson
SLM star Tim Russell was sixth driving a Hagans Racing Dodge, with former Snowball Derby winner Steve Wallace seventh.
Some of the names who didn’t make it on time and who has a provisional and will start the race:
Justin Marks - Provisional
Justin South - Provisional
Dexter Bean - Provisional
Ryan Howard - Provisional
Todd Bowsher -Provisional
Darrell Basham - Provisional
Norm Benning - Provisional
Crocker will be the only girl to start the show.