(LONG POND, Pa. - August 5, 2012) - Long green flag runs plus a run-in with a fellow competitor was not a good equation for Carter 2 Motorsports at Pocono Raceway.
The team entered the Pennsylvania ARCA 125 with high expectations after finishing 17th at the same track in June with Larry Barford Jr. in the No. 04 1st Mariner Mortgage/Trauma Doc/ RAD Racing Dodge. Despite a slicker racetrack this time around, Barford Jr. entered the race with confidence finally visiting a track for a second time. Trouble on lap 3, though, would set the mood for the remainder of the race.
After starting the race in 25th position, Barford Jr. quickly fought his way up to 17th in just the first few laps. While passing a slower car, the No. 04 was pushed into the wall out of turn 2, causing extensive right side fender damage. An early caution on lap 7 allowed the team to work on making repairs. Unfortunately one caution for the 50-lap race was not enough time to make the car to the drivers liking.
“Starting 25th and finishing 25th was not how I wanted the day to go,” said a disappointed Barford Jr. “We were rebounding nicely but some things are out of my control like the actions from fellow drivers. I wish it was a better day for us, but we will put it behind us and move on. Thanks to all of my family and friends that came out to support me.”
Similar luck found Maryeve Dufault in No. 40 M5 Sports Entertainment/Descendo Fine Art/Dodge. Making her first appearance with C2M, and her first race of the 2012 ARCA Racing Series season, Dufault came into the race with confidence having raced at the tricky triangle twice, earning top 15 finishes in both. The same outcome could not be said this time around for the Canadian driver, after qualifying 29th she consistently ran in the mid-20s. The lack of cautions cost the team a chance to work on improving the car. Despite a solid effort from both cars, the team looks ahead with changes in the near future.
“I want to thank our team for as always giving a 100 percent effort. We had another rough weekend. But it was not from a lack of effort or heart from the team,” said owner Roger Carter. “We are going to take a step back and reevaluate our team this week and enter Berlin as a competitor.”
The Berlin ARCA 200 presented by Hantz Group will start at 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, August 11, with live timing and scoring and live audio coverage available at ARCARacing.com.
Special thanks to team sponsorsR.J. Nash Construction, Kentucky Building, Racedaysponsors.com, Gunk and Liquid Wrench, Savetheusconstitution.org, irstaxsurvivor.com for the continued support.
Save the US Constitution was formed by Carter 2 Motorsports, C2M, owner Roger Carter and season one winner of Survivor Richard Hatch to bring awareness to the amendments and overall restoration of our United States Constitution. To help spread the word, Racing to Save America will appear on the No. 40 Dodge driven by Carter in the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards. For more information and to donate to the cause visit www.savetheusconstitution.org.
For more information regarding C2M please contact Jamie Brown, 704-701-5563