Berlin: Craig Goess preview

Coming off his sixth top-five and eighth top-10 of the season at Pocono Raceway, Craig Goess is ready to compete under the lights at Berlin Raceway on Saturday, Aug. 7. Goess, driving the No. 81 Greenville Toyota of N.C. Eddie Sharp Racing Toyota,...

Coming off his sixth top-five and eighth top-10 of the season at Pocono Raceway, Craig Goess is ready to compete under the lights at Berlin Raceway on Saturday, Aug. 7. Goess, driving the No. 81 Greenville Toyota of N.C. Eddie Sharp Racing Toyota, looks to keep up the momentum, as he races toward the ARCA Racing Series Championship.

Craig Goess Berlin Fast Facts:

Last Race: Pocono: Goess returned to Pocono Raceway last weekend, the same track he received his first-career ARCA Racing Series victory in June 2010. Looking to repeat, Goess arrived at the track ready to compete for victory. The No. 81 team worked really hard after the lone practice session of the weekend, replacing the engine and reworking the setup of the car. Goess went out and qualified fourth for the event and competed near the top of the leaderboard for most of the race. He finished in the third position.

Goess at Berlin: In Goess' only start at the Marne, Mich., track, he finished seventh despite a damaged car. Goess got caught up in a wreck in front of him after a pit stop, and the No. 81 smacked the tire barriers. The car, which looked like a "crushed Pepsi can," had more than cosmetic damage, but Goess was able to drive the damaged car to a seventh-place finish.

ESR Success at Berlin: ESR is the defending winner at Berlin Raceway, with former ESR driver Justin Lofton winning the 2009 Berlin race from the pole. The race was extended to 207 laps, where Lofton became the seventh driver to win the race from the pole. While driving for ESR, Scott Speed won the event in 2008 and Michael McDowell finished second from the pole position in 2007.

In the Points: Goess' third place finish at Pocono Raceway helped close the gap on leader Justin Marks. He is currently 30 points behind Marks, with eight races left in the ARCA Racing Series schedule.

Listen in: The Berlin ARCA 200 will be broadcast live by BAS Racing Network and available on ARCARacing.com. Live timing and scoring will also be available on ARCARacing.com

QUOTES

Goess on running at Berlin:

"I'm really looking forward to this next race at Berlin. It is a classic short-track race under the lights, which is always exciting. I feel like we have a good set-up for the track. It is always weird the first few times you go into the corner somewhere like that when the last time you went into the corner was Pocono at close to 200 mph. Berlin is a tough little track to get the hang of...that's what makes it so fun!"

-source: esr

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Series ARCA
Drivers Michael McDowell , Scott Speed , Justin Marks , Justin Lofton , Craig Goess