(OREGON, Wis. - August 28, 2012) - After moving back into the top 10 in the ARCA Racing Series championship point standings last weekend at Springfield, Josh Williams and his Josh Williams Motorsports team continued their late-season surge with their best finish of the year Sunday night at Madison International Speedway.
The team’s fourth top-10 of the season comes for the first time since June when the Port Charlotte, Florida native racked up a respectable 10th place run at Winchester (Ind.) Speedway. In the team’s eyes, the performance was long overdue.
Even though the team had never seen Madison’s 0.5-mile paved oval before Saturday’s first practice session, the family-owned team adapted quickly and it showed. After posting the 14th quickest lap then continually progressed forward with 12th overall in final practice leading into qualifying later in the day.
In time trials, Williams recorded the 12th fastest lap again but it was nearly two-tenths of a second faster than his lap in the second practice. Content with the handling on their No. 02 Southwest Florida Cable Construction Ford Fusion, the team was cautiously optimistic for race day.
Mother Nature though would change her tune on Sunday morning, drenching the facility and ultimately forcing track and ARCA Racing Series officials to delay the start of the Herr’s Live Life with Flavors 200 for several hours before taking the green flag nearly three and a half hours later than its original starting time.
From the drop of the green flag to the waive of the checkered flag, Williams found himself highly competitive never falling below 11th through the race’s 208 laps and steering to a race-high seventh when the action was all said and done.
Finally, luck also fell into the team’s lap as Williams received the beneficiary of the “lucky dog” award on lap 132 allowing the 19-year old to return to lead lap status which ultimately assisted in Williams recoding his seventh career top-10 finish in ARCA Racing Series competition.
Sitting 10th in the final laps of the 17th race of the season, several late-race cautions and heads-up driving by Williams allowed the Floridian to gain four spots over the final 22 laps and easily beat the team’s prior best finish of the year, ninth at Salem (Ind.) Speedway in April.
“It was a good weekend for the Josh Williams Motorsports team,” said Williams, who remains 10th in the ARCA Racing Series point standings following Madison. “We worked hard all weekend long and this crew never gave up and we were able to fight hard and finally get a finish that we deserve. Hopefully we can go onto these next three races and try to have duplicate performances. It would be a great feeling to end the season with some momentum.”
Next up for the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards is the annual Labor Day tradition at the DuQuoin (Ill.) State Fairgrounds for the running of the Southern Illinois 100 on Monday, September 3. With just three races remaining in 2012, the quick 100-lap race will be the second and final time the competitors race on a dirt track this season.
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.