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Sherman Turns Heads Again At Lake Erie Lake Erie, Pennsylvania - - Two out of three isn't bad. Gary Sherman scored his second top-ten finish of his ARCA career Friday night from Lake Erie Speedway after collecting a tenth place position in one...

Sherman Turns Heads Again At Lake Erie

Lake Erie, Pennsylvania - - Two out of three isn't bad. Gary Sherman scored his second top-ten finish of his ARCA career Friday night from Lake Erie Speedway after collecting a tenth place position in one of the most adverse and competitive short track events on the 2005 ARCA RE/MAX Series schedule.

In two previous starts on the circuit, Sherman, a native of Holt, Michigan turned in a stout fifth place in his ARCA debut at the tricky Berlin Raceway. The team hoped to back that performance up a few weeks ago at Gateway International Raceway, but a mechanical imbalance at the end of the race resulted in a disappointing 24th place finish.

Back to Lake Erie, Sherman posted very competitive times during the first and only practice session showing the other teams and drivers he was back.

In qualifying, the former American Speed Association driver turned in a career best qualifying effort of tenth, turning a lap of 16.068 seconds equaling a speed of 84.018 MPH.

"We're excited about the race, said the 27-year old rookie driver. The car is really good, and we're looking forward to having the same type of results we had at Berlin."

35 of the best ARCA drivers and teams took the green flag shortly after 9:00pm with Sherman maintaining his position inside the top-ten.

Throughout the 200-lap event, Sherman showed his maturity and strength posting competitive lap times and hovering inside the top ten. The Cleary Motorsports team elected to pit only once throughout the event making a routine pit stop and only changing the two left side tires.

The pit strategy seemed to payoff as Sherman continued to dig for the remainder of the event and crossed the line tenth, giving the rookie team their confidence back and Sherman a reason to update his resume.

"It was a good night. We stayed cleaned for most of the event and we able to pick up another solid finish for our Michigan-based team."

Cleary Motorsports is planning on attempting Toledo Speedway and Salem Speedway, the two remaining short track events on the 2005 season, but the team is actively seeking sponsorship.

"I think we've showed what we have with very little," added Sherman. "If we can find some sponsorship the results could be endless."

-Cleary Motorsports

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