Jonathon Gomez makes series debut at Chicagoland

Gomez to Make ARCA Debut at Chicagoland Speedway Twin Falls, Idaho Native Jonathon Gomez Will Make First Superspeedway Start in ARCA Series Friday TWIN FALLS, IDAHO (August 27, 2009) Jonathon Gomez of Twin Falls, Idaho will make the first ...

Gomez to Make ARCA Debut at Chicagoland Speedway

Twin Falls, Idaho Native Jonathon Gomez Will Make First Superspeedway Start in ARCA Series Friday

TWIN FALLS, IDAHO (August 27, 2009) Jonathon Gomez of Twin Falls, Idaho will make the first superspeedway start of his racing career this Friday at the 1.5-mile tri-oval Chicagoland Speedway outside Joliet, IL. Gomez will be driving the #38 Quaker Steak & Lube/Heritage Cattle Dodge for owner Greg Sarff in the ARCA RE/MAX Series in what is also his first ARCA start in the Ansell Cut Protection "150" sponsored event.

Gomez, a 26-year successful business entrepreneur in rural Idaho, has continued to excel behind the wheel of a stock car after what many would consider a late start to racing. Gomez has been an integral member of his family's custom farming and cattle operation for several years but has also ventured out to establish his own business successes with interests in Century Boatland, J&C Custom Harvesting, and Gomez Farms. Racing comes second for Gomez who typically works 16 hours a day. "The business has always come first," Gomez offers. "We have worked hard to get to a point where we can have a little more fun and the entire family enjoys racing. We started our own team this year and we will see where it leads."

The race at Chicagoland Speedway is the natural next step for the youngster as he continues to develop behind the wheel of a stock car. "The ARCA series is a great series and to get a chance to drive the #38 Quaker Steak & Lube Dodge is a thrill," Gomez said. "We tested the car last week and I got pretty comfortable pretty quickly. I know Greg (Sarff-owner) and the rest of the team will have a really good car for the race I and hope we can be competitive."

Gomez cut his racing teeth on a tricky 1/3-mile paved oval in his hometown before graduating to touring series' in the region. "Chicagoland is like nothing I have ever raced other than Iowa Speedway," Gomez said. "Drafting will be new and just the speed of the action will be different but I know I will adapt and hopefully we can run up front all day."

Jonathon Gomez is in his fourth year of competitive racing having won local track titles at Magic Valley Speedway in Twin Falls. He has started seven NASCAR Camping World Series races with three top ten finishes and is currently fifth in the point standings in the CarbonX Rocky Mountain Challenge Series on the strength of four top five finishes this season. Plans call for Gomez to continue to gain experience and seat time in various series' throughout the United States the rest of the year.

Jonathon Gomez is also supported by Heritage Cattle Company, Century Boatland, J&C Custom Harvesting, and Gomez Farms. He will compete in the ARCA race on Friday then head back to Idaho to compete in the RMCS event Meridian (ID) Speedway on Saturday.

-credit: jgr

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Series ARCA
Drivers Greg Sarff , Jonathon Gomez