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ARCA at Daytona: Gerhart Wins, Danica Patrick Finishes Sixth

Posted in NASCAR, Newsworthy, Racing by Kurt Ernst | February 7th, 2010 | Leave a Reply |

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Veteran driver Bobby Gerhart won a crash-filled Lucas Oil Slick Mist 200 race, complete with two red flags to clear the track of debris. Mark Thompson finished second and John Wes Townley rounded out the podium spots.

Veteran driver Bobby Gerhart won a crash-filled Lucas Oil Slick Mist 200 race, complete with two red flags to clear the track of debris. Mark Thompson finished second and John Wes Townley rounded out the podium spots.

The question on everyone’s mind, though, was “how did Danica do”? The IRL star and media favorite managed a sixth place finish, despite her inexperience in using the draft to her advantage. Danica’s open wheel experience was evident from the car control she demonstrated on lap 52, when Nelson Piquet, Jr, forced her below the yellow line and into the infield grass. There’s a very fine line between correcting a spin at speed and overcorrecting a spin, and Danica’s recovery was near perfect. I’m still not a big Danica fan, but credit where it’s due: that was a very good a piece of driving.

Piquet Jr., the ex-Renault F1 driver, was disappointing in his ARCA debut. Unable to master the draft, Piquet appeared not to car who was above or below him on the track. In addition to his shunt with Danica Patrick, Piquet’s careless driving nearly took out series regular Steve Arpin. Piquet competes next Friday in the Craftsman Truck series; let’s hope he applies the lessons learned in yesterday’s race.

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