(JOLIET, Ill. - July 22, 2012) - Carter 2 Motorsports entered Chicagoland Speedway with the intention to gain experience for the young team and bring the cars home in one piece.
Both missions were accomplished as the team finished with another consistent run. After qualifying 22nd in the No. 04 1st Mariner Mortgage/Trauma Doc/ RAD Racing Dodge, Larry Barford Jr. finished in 21st position respectively.
“We had a pretty good car, we just fought a tight handling issue and didn’t get much of a chance to work on that throughout the race,” said Barford Jr. With a lack of cautions the team only had one pit stop to make adjustments. “I drove to the best of my abilities with the situation we had. Overall, Chicago was a fun track once I got a better handling on the car at the end.”
Barford Jr. ran consistently in the mid twenties throughout the Ansell ActivArmr 150. With the help of veteran crew chief Jeff McClure and spotter Austin Pollack, Barford Jr. worked his way to his highest running position of the day. For the Team Messina Rookie contender, owner Roger Carter knows solid runs are key for building confidence in not only the driver but also team.
“We enter these races hoping to build from the previous weekend. We may not have finished where we would have liked but Larry and the team definitely gave it all they got and that’s all we can ask for,” said Carter, who was there bringing attention to Racing to Save America, which can be seen on his No. 40 Dodge. “Since we run a lot of tracks this size we were able to take some valuable notes to lean on when we visit similar tracks and we can earn those finishes we deserve.”
Next week will prove to be a similar challenge for the C2M team as Barford Jr. visits the Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis for the first time, just like the twelve prior racetracks on the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards schedule.
All on-track activity for the Messina Wildlife Animal Stopper 200 will take place Friday, July 27. Two practices and the Menards Pole Qualifying are scheduled to set the field for the 200-lap race. The race will air live on SPEED at 9 p.m. ET. Live timing and scoring can ben seen at ARCARacing.com.