Daytona: Michael Faulk race report

Daytona Disappointment For Michael Faulk "Cut Tire Spoils Florida Native's Debut At The World Center Of Speed" DAYTONA BEACH, Fla (Tuesday, February 13, 2007) - - For ARCA RE/MAX Series driver Michael Faulk last Saturday's ARCA 200 at Daytona...

Daytona Disappointment For Michael Faulk
"Cut Tire Spoils Florida Native's Debut At The World Center Of Speed"

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla (Tuesday, February 13, 2007) - - For ARCA RE/MAX Series driver Michael Faulk last Saturday's ARCA 200 at Daytona was a chance to shine. Unfortunately, a right rear cut tire approaching halfway brought Faulk's goal to a screeching halt.

After a mediocre practice effort (32nd) and a smooth qualifying run (28th), Faulk was ready for race day. 41 cars took the green flag Saturday afternoon with the No. 14 Cal-Bay International, VSurance and Orbitaltv.com Dodge Charger holding comfortably in a mid-pack draft.

While on the move to the front, Faulk remained calm and collective knowing that one wrong move could spoil the hard work of his MB3 Motorsports team.

Faulk avoided the lap 11 disaster when AJ Henriksen went around and took at least six other competitors with him. During the caution, Faulk reported that his Dodge Charger was strong but he was biding his time.

On the restart, Faulk began studying his prey looking to pull out and draft his way inside the top-10. Several laps passed when Steven Wallace racing fiercely in front of Faulk lost a Hoosier tire sending Wallace's No. 61 Dodge into the side of Faulk's automobile. Incredibly, he kept control of his machine despite some significant right side damage from Wallace's impact.

Faulk brought his machine to the attention of his MB3 Motorsports crew changing four Hoosier tires, and adding Sunoco Racing fuel. Despite the damage, Faulk believed that he still had a contending car and planned to make a mad dash back towards the front.

11 laps after Wallace blew a tire, Faulk suffered the same fate when his machine pounded the outside wall abruptly ending his Daytona debut.

"Gosh I hate this," said Faulk, who was credited with a 33rd place finish. "Our car was very solid today. We had a car just as good as Talladega. I was just waiting on the right opportunity to make the move. I got lucky when Steven hit me and I didn't lose control. But, unfortunately we ended up in the garage just a short time later. I hate it for my crew and sponsors; I guess it's just part of racing."

The former United Speed Alliance Racing Series (USAR Hooter's Pro Cup Series) driver added "We had some great sponsors on board with us at Daytona. Cal-Bay International, VSurance and Orbitaltv.com were a part of us making Daytona a positive weekend. Without them, we wouldn't have been able to make our Daytona debut. We'll try and make it up to them in our next race."

Faulk will return to the ARCA RE/MAX Series next month when the series invades USA International Speedway in Lakeland, Florida for the running of the Construct Corps-Palm Beach Grading 250 on March 24.

"I'm so excited about Lakeland," Faulk mentioned. "We have a lot going on, we're going to try and find some additional sponsors so we can make Lakeland a memorable event for everyone. We're going there to win and hold nothing back."

Leaving Daytona, Faulk, a third generation driver has three ARCA starts to his resume with a career best finish of eight at Talladega Superspeedway (October 2006) while holding an additional top ten finish of ninth at Nashville Superspeedway (April 2006). He holds a career best superspeedway time trials effort of 17th at Nashville Superspeedway (April 2006) and Talladega Superspeedway (October 2006). He also has controlled the ARCA field for five laps in one race.

-credit: mb3m

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