On Sunday May 23, 2010, the ARCA Re/Max Series hits Toledo Speedway to continue their season.
A pre-race autograph session, some NASCAR drivers stopping by the track, exciting racing, and a first-time race winner once again, made for an exciting event.
So let's take a look in the rear-view and look over what all took place at the famed Toledo Speedway.
All Pictures used in this slideshow are taken by: Ashley McCubbin
Steve said the Nationwide deal with JR Motorsports is going well, and he is going to run 13 more races this year, including Charlotte this coming weekend.
Also said prior to the race he had a good car for the day…..
Steve was having a good day and was coming up through the pack after taking two tires.
However Frank Kimmel got loose under him making contact, causing Steve to catch the turn three and four wall.
Spoke with Frank before the race and asked him some questions. Full article with quotes to be posted later.
Decent day for him as he finished fourth.
Making his first ever ARCA start with Venturini Motorsports, A.J. was minding his time, working for the end of the race.
However a pile-up in turn one and two ended his day.
“I was tight at the beginning and I was minding my time. After that pit stop, we made some adjustments and they seemed to be working. I guess they got tangled up in turn two and the 31 decided to make more adjustments.”
What happens when two young drivers go head-to-head? Tempers flare.
Coming off turn four, either Dakoda Armstrong got loose, or Mikey Kile got just such a better run. Whatever happened, Kile got into the back of Armstrong.
To say Armstrong wasn’t happy about that is an understatement. He came back through the field and spun Kile down in turn two.
No further contact was made by the two parties, though you have to wonder if this battle between the two will carry down the road to future races.
Hmm, a rivalry in the ARCA Series?
Hometown boy Levi Youster said he had a good car and was looking to just make some laps to get some experience as he was making his first ARCA start ever.
It didn’t work out well for him though, as he ended up being the first car wrecked.
“Car is good though conditions are different so we’ll see.” – Justin Marks before the race
Marks was running third when a right front tire blew out, ending his day.
Spoke to Rob Jones before the race and he said, "Car is okay. We brought the wrong gear so hopefully as the tires wear out we will make up some ground."
Rob ended up finishing 21st as he was bit by some other problems throughout the race.
Spoke to Darrell Basham before the race and he said, "The car is okay. Didn't get a lot of time to work on it due to regular job."
With the wrecks and nutrition, Basham had a good finish at 11.
Ken Schrader, NASCAR veteran and a driver who'll drive just about anything, was on hand to drive his No. 52 Federated Auto Parts Chevrolet.
Schrader led some laps in the first half, but poor strategy and not having the car he wanted at the end, resulted in a sixth place finish.
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver Matt Crafton was at the track for the festivities as he qualified Frank Kimmel's back-up car seventh and came home with an fifth place finish at the end of the day.
Tom Hessert qualified 10th and had a quiet day as he ran up front all day, staying out of trouble, to get his third place finish.
"When I saw the 16 pass the 32, I thought to ask for my lap times but I didn't want to mess up my concentration." - Chris Buescher, who won the race.
Coulter qualified 14th, worked his way up the pack, and finished second.
It was Roush-Fenway Development driver Chris Buescher who won the race at the end, as held off the late surge by Joey Coulter.
"This is my biggest (win) by far. I've never done anything big this."
Chris Buescher's spotter for the day was NASCAR Sprint Cup driver David Ragan. He had the David Ragan fan club aboard the hood of his ford.
"It's awesome having David Ragan here with us. I could tell he had fun up there. He was getting excited."