(MARNE, Mich. - August 12, 2012) - All signs pointed in the right direction for Carter 2 Motorsports Saturday in the Berlin ARCA 200, as the team embarked on a fresh start with two new drivers. Unfortunately, Lady Luck was not on the same wavelength.
At a track where track position is key, Darren Hagen, driving the No. 04 Dodge proved that anything is possible with a fast car. Within the faced paced, caution free first 100 laps, Hagen quickly worked his way up from his 20th starting position to the top 10. After the first caution flag waved on lap 161, the team made their first and only pit stop of the night. With four fresh tires, Hagen was ready to battle it out with the top contenders until his left rear track bar broke with 30 laps to go. Hagen and the No. 04 team finished 21st respectively.
“We knew that when it came to green flag racing we would be hammer down. Everything was going really well, we made it in the top ten, and were in and out in no time with our pit stop,” said Hagen, who ran as high has eight position. “Things were going so good, I’m bummed for all the guys who put in so much work. I want to thank all the wives, girlfriends, everyone involved. I am proud of them all and the shot the team gave me.”
The same luck could be said for Justin Lloyd in the No. 40 Dodge after qualifying ninth, marking the best starting position to date for C2M this season. This was Lloyd’s second start in the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards with his first coming two years ago also at Berlin Raceway. A spin not of his doings and a long green flag run, however, did no play in the 20-year-old’s favor. On lap 145 Lloyd blew a tire and was forced to make a green flag pit stop, taking the top 10 car back to 20th and finishing the night in 19th position.
“The luck is all a part of racing but we definitely experienced the highest of highs and lowest of lows today,” said Lloyd. “Honestly, today was the most fun I have had maybe since the last time I raced in this series. Everyone worked their butts off and I wanted nothing more than to give the team their first top ten. I would do anything to get back out there with the team again.”
The strong run from both the C2M cars provided some much-needed confidence for the team that has experienced a rollercoaster of a season. Next week the team heads to the Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield, Ill, for the first of two dirt races.
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.