Saturday, February 12, 2011

Daytona ARCA Race 2/12/11

It feels extremely weird to be able to write race recaps again, but weird in a good way! So today was the first ARCA race of the season and Ty Dillon, winner of the last two ARCA Races from last season, driver of the #41 UNOH Chevrolet, won the Menard's Pole Award by putting down a qualifying lap of 48.509.  

As the Green Flag waved, Ty fell back and Kyle Fowler took the lead, but on Lap four, Brett Hudson's #94 right rear tread came off his tire and brought out the first caution.  On Lap 10, the Green Flag waved for the Restart and Kyle Fowler still led. Lap 18, the #52 of Tom Hessert was hit from behind and spun out, bringing out the second caution.  Four laps later, on Lap 22, Bobby Gerhart led the field to the Green, becoming only the second leader of the race.  

On Lap 45, #58, Chad Hackenbracht, had a right rear tire down and spun.  He went into the Safety Barrier roof first.  There were pieces of his mangled car everywhere and five gallons of fuel on the track, causing the first Red Flag.  Lap 51 and Bobby Gerhart still had the lead, but by Lap 57, Ed Pompa's tire blew and brought out the third caution.  

The "Big One" came on Lap 64 when Hal Martin had a tire go down and then there was a big pile up, which caused the second Red Flag of the race.  Some of the drivers involved were: Bryan Silas, Maryeve Dufault, Kyle Fowler, Steve Arpin, and Nick Igdalsky.  

Lap 70 rolled around and Bobby Gerhart led the pack to the Green Flag, leading for the next ten laps, not being challenged at all for the win, but pulled of his seventh Daytona win.  

To see the big crash, click here.  

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