Gerhart Again In Daytona
February 6, 2010 | 6:53 P.M. EST
Gerhart was able to nurse his final fuel load to the finish line to score the victory in the season opening ARCA event.
“As a little kid, I dreamed of having an opportunity to come here and race,” Gerhart said. “When that happens, naturally comes the passion to come out and win, but I couldn’t imagine doing it this many times. I’ve got to tell you, though, I hate the number six. We’ve got to swing for seven.”
Patrick's day was eventful to say the least. She ran near the front of the pack for most of the race but also found herself sliding through the grass at one point.
She made contact with Nelson Piquet Jr. racing off the fourth turn on lap 54 and slid first up the track and then down through the infield grass but did not suffer any severe damage to the JR Motorsports Chevrolet.
"It feels to me like I got bumped a little bit in turns one and two," Patrick said. "I just held to the yellow line because I know that you're not supposed to go below the yellow line to advance your position and I took myself out unfortunately.
After a couple stops on pit road for tires and minor repairs, Patrick was able to draft her way back to the front again and came home with a very impressive top 10 for his first stock car effort.
"I was pretty excited to go from last to the top five," Patrick said. "I felt pretty good, I was going side-by-side with people. And then at the end I was running eighth and I thought what the heck so I pulled out of the line and ran high. You can see I was racing by all of the marks on the car. The GoDaddy.com Chevrolet doesn't look very pretty."
Mark Thompson was second and John Wes Townley third with polesitter James Buescher and Patrick Sheltra rounding out the top five.
The race was marred by several multi-car accidents and other frightening incidents including Barry Fitzpatrick's late-race crash that saw his car flip and roll seven times before finally coming to rest. He and the rest of the drivers involved in the day's wrecks were not injured.