(LONG POND, Pa. - August 1, 2012) - Josh Williams will turn 19 this Friday. Though still considered a teenager, the Port Charlotte, Fla. native hopes his maturity will shine as the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards returns to Pocono Raceway for Saturday afternoon's Pennsylvania ARCA 125.
On the heels of a respectable 13th place finish in the most recent race at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis where the driver of the No. 02 Southwest Florida Cable Construction / Fields Auto Parts Ford Fusion wrestled an extremely tight automobile - he now returns to one of his favorite race tracks hoping his "early" Birthday wish will indeed come true.
"I'm coming back to Pocono looking to finish what we started in June," said Williams. "We busted our tails to put a new car together and brought it to Pocono and had a 10th place run. Unfortunately, that car is on jack stands in the shop after our Michigan practice mishap. But, we've been thrashing on a new car and I'm wishing we'll be able to duplicate or better our performance this weekend."
The new car that the team is refereeing to has a pretty solid track record. After originating from Roush Fenway Racing, the team since acquired it from RAB Racing with Brack Maggard and is ready to put the blue oval back on the pavement.
"Being a small team, we don't have a lot of resources that some of the other teams are fortunate enough to have," he said. "However, it's a comforting feeling to know that there are other teams on the circuit who do want to help us and like to see us succeed - so another strong finish would not only be a soothing feeling for us - but I think for them too. We greatly appreciate their support."
Unlike June where Williams had 80 laps to maneuver his No. 02 Southwest Florida Cable Construction Ford Fusion to his second top-10 of the year - he'll have just 50 laps to get the job done meaning that all bets will more than likely go out the window.
"It's a sprint, literally," the Floridian added. "I really didn't realize it until I looked at the schedule at the beginning of the week. We've been talking in the shop on how we'll deal with different situations, because we have to be prepared for anything. I think Saturday will be a lot about luck and track position. I think you'll see a competitive race where it may not be so much about give - but a lot of take. I could be wrong. We'll see. If we can just come out of there with a top-10; it will be a great day."
Williams will again continue to sport his new helmet signifying his involvement with RAD (Racing Against Drugs). A slick Simpson helmet decked out in a stimulating and gasping design by Shell Shock, Williams will wear the piece through this weekend before auctioning it off in August with the proceeds being directly donated to the RAD program.
"The helmet's gained a lot of attention because it looks so cool," Williams explained. "RAD is such a great program and their techniques really do help make you think before choosing a path you may not want to follow. I enjoy my affiliation with them and we hope to gain them some additional attention with our team mission."
The Pennsylvania ARCA 125 (50 laps / 125 miles) is the 14th of 20 events on the 2012 ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards schedule. The 55th ARCA event in Long Pond will be a two-day show. Practice begins Friday, August 3 with an hour and twenty minute session planned from 1:40 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Menards pole qualifying presented by Ansell is set for later in the day slated to begin at 5:15 p.m. The event will take the green flag on Saturday, August 4 following the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series' Pocono Mountains 125 set to launch shortly after 3:00 p.m. The race will be televised live on SPEED with additional coverage including timing and scoring will be available through the ARCA Racing Network (ARN) online at arcaracing.com. All times are local (Eastern).
After 13 races, JWM has competed in 12 of them and occupies a respectable 13th in the championship standings, just 50 markers from 11th. This season, the team has amounted three top-10 finishes including a season best of ninth at Salem (Ind.) Speedway. An 11th place qualifying run at Pocono (Pa.) Raceway in June is the team's best time trials effort to date thus far.
For more information on Josh Williams, his Josh Williams Motorsports team and sponsorship opportunities for the 2012 and 2013 seasons please connect to the team's official website at Joshwracing.com.
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