After starting off strong in the Mobile ARCA 200, Josh Williams would not get the finish he desired due to a mechanical malfunction.
“Man, we had such a super race car,” Williams says. “I’m glad we were able to keep it in one piece, but I’m dejected because I think our problem could have been prevented. We’re still a young team and we’re learning, so we’re going to have some hiccups along the way.”
Starting behind the eight ball due to missing the test and practice being shortened by mother nature, Williams qualified the No. 02 Southwest Florida Calbe Construction Ford Fusion in the 25th position.
Williams drove to the top 12 by lap 68. Williams held his own in the top 12 till 85, before falling through the field after a restart.
Under the next caution on lap 168, the crew diagnosed a problem with the rear end of the car, telling their driver to finish the race while staying alert on the problem. Once at the shop after the race, the team found that a shock had become disengaged from the rear-end of the car.
Williams would bring the car home in the 20th position, two laps behind race winner Cale Gale.
“The strong point of the weekend was knowing that we had a car capable of running in the top-10 and were still able to salvage a decent finish all things considered,” he comments. “Salem’s next and that’s one of my favorite race tracks, so we’ll look for a little redemption there.”
Last year at Salem Speedway, Williams started 11th and finished sixth in just his first start there.
Next up for the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards is the third of 20 races on the 2012 tour at the historic Salem (Ind.) Speedway for the running of the Kentuckiana Ford Dealers 200 on Sunday, April 29.
For more information on Josh Williams, his Josh Williams Motorsports team and sponsorship opportunities for the 2012 season please connect to the team’s official website at Joshwracing.com.