Spraker Racing Taps Hometown Driver to Compete at Iowa Speedway Joey Gase Makes ARCA Debut at Home Track MOORESVILLE, N.C. (July 7, 2010) - Spraker Racing tapped hometown driver Joey Gase to pilot the No. 37 Spraker Racing Chevrolet at Iowa ...
Spraker Racing Taps Hometown Driver to Compete at Iowa Speedway
Joey Gase Makes ARCA Debut at Home Track
MOORESVILLE, N.C. (July 7, 2010) - Spraker Racing tapped hometown driver Joey Gase to pilot the No. 37 Spraker Racing Chevrolet at Iowa Speedway in the ARCA Racing Series presented by RE/MAX and Menards race. Gase will turn his first ARCA Racing Series laps in the Prairie Meadows 200 on Saturday.
Although this will be Gase's first laps in an ARCA Racing Series car, the Cedar Rapids native is no stranger to Iowa Speedway. Gase took his first laps around the .875-mile oval in 2008 and has competed in five races at Iowa Speedway in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series, ASA Late Model Series Challenge and ASA Midwest Tour. His best finish at the track came this past June in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series combination race driving the No. 08 ASI Limited Chevrolet, another Spraker Racing Chevrolet. Gase kept his car clean in his NASCAR K&N Pro Series debut, starting 22nd and finishing 15th in the stacked 44-car field.
The 16-year-old racer is eager to get some ARCA Racing Series experience under his belt. "I'm really excited about making my first ARCA start, and hopefully, I will do well," Gase commented. "I would say this is the best track for me to make my ARCA debut."
He reflected on his first race in a "big" stock car this past June and how it will help him this weekend. "Mainly, the big difference was that you race hard in the corners, and the cars are a lot heavier," Gase said. "I think the K&N cars are supposed to drive a lot like the ARCA cars but with less horsepower. Hopefully, driving in ARCA should be about the same as driving the K&N car."
Spraker Racing's last ARCA Racing Series race was a partnership with driver Scott Stenzel for the Talladega ARCA 250 this season, where they finished seventh. The last ARCA race at Iowa Speedway for Spraker Racing was the 2008 Prairie Meadows 250, where they fielded a car for driver Dexter Bean. They ran a quick qualifying lap, landing them the third starting spot. Unfortunately, their fast Chevrolet was caught in an incident, relegating the team to a 35th-place finish.
Owner Jeff Spraker is excited to get back to Iowa and ARCA competition and thrilled to have the 16-year-old Iowa sensation drive his No. 37 Spraker Racing Chevrolet. "We worked with Gase some in the K&N race and really didn't have the opportunity to work a lot one-on-one," said Spraker. "We are looking forward to this weekend, where he gets an opportunity to showcase what he can do. He's a good kid. He won Friday night at Cedar Rapids and was third in the PASS race last weekend at Orange County, so he has some momentum going."
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