Josh Williams Looking To Gain Experience; Attention In Daytona Debut

Josh Williams  Looking To Gain Experience; Attention In Daytona  Debut

 

DAYTONA  BEACH, Florida (February 14, 2012) – - Josh  Williams made six

ARCA Racing Series starts last season. And it goes without  saying that

Williams and his Josh Williams Racing team picked up the pace  considerably from

their previous season and will look to raise that bar even  further in Saturday’s

Lucas Oil Slick Mist 200 at Daytona (Fla.)  International Speedway.  

Eight  of the 18 year old’s 11 ARCA Racing Series starts have come on short

tracks  with the other three consisting of the road courses of Palm Beach

(Fla.)  International Raceway and New Jersey Motorsports Park. After turning

the  legal age of 18 to compete at a superspeedway last August, the Port  

Charlotte, Florida native is has eagerly but patiently waiting increase his  

rhyme on the tour.

The time has finally arrived.  

“We’ve  been looking forward to this week since we started competing on

the ARCA  Racing Series tour in 2010,” said Williams, whose team is now run

out of  Concord, North Carolina. “Daytona is a big deal to us and we haven’t

taken  any curves that could hinder us in any of the on-track activity that

is  scheduled for this week.”

He  added, “One of the reasons, I’m excited to walk into that garage area

at  Daytona is knowing that the our main man calling the shots has won at

that  amazing place and will be a part of our No. 02 Southwest Florida Cable  

Construction Ford Fusion.” Of course, the man that Williams is referring to  

is Barry Owen.  

Owen,  a former winning ARCA car owner at Daytona with restrictor plate ace

Mike  Wallace will guide the rising star in his restrictor plate debut.  

“As  far as I’m concerned, you don’t get any better than Barry Owen,”

offered  Williams. “He truly has been the glue that has kept this team alive

and  thriving and now we’re going into his turf if you will at Daytona and we’

re  looking to be that inspirational story.

We  can’t predict what is going to happen. From practice to qualifying and

even  the race, fate is fate. We know that we’re bringing the strongest car

that  we can possibly bring to the racetrack and we’re going to give nothing

less  than 100 percent to put in solidly in the starting field and then

turn our  concentration on the race. I don’t have a lot of drafting experience,

so I  have to be incredibly careful of the moves I make on the track,

because I  might never know when I need that partner to be “hooked” up with me.

One  thing we will do no matter what this week(end) is hold our head high;  

because we made it to Daytona and that’s nothing to be ashamed about!”  

The  team is still in the process of finalizing their plans for the year

and will  further concrete their direction following the conclusion of the

first ARCA  race of the season.  

The  Lucas Oil Slick Mist 200 at Daytona (80 laps / 200 miles) is the first

of 20  events on the 2012 ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards schedule.

 The  49th ARCA race held at Daytona is a three-day show.  Practice  begins

Thursday, February 16 with a four hour practice session planned from  1:00

p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Menards pole qualifying presented by Ansell is set for  

Friday, February 17 slated to begin at 2:00 p.m. A forty-five minute final  

practice session is etched in on Saturday, February 18th from  10:00 a.m. -

10:45 a.m. The event will take the  green flag later that day shortly after

4:30 p.m. The race will be televised  live on SPEED with additional race

coverage including live timing and  scoring and radio broadcast through the ARCA

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