Mansfield: Craig Goess preview

Craig Goess and the Eddie Sharp Racing No. 81 Greenville Toyota of N.C. Toyota will take the track in the Tim Richmond Memorial ARCA 200 at Mansfield Motorsports Park on Saturday, July 17, 2010. Last Race: Iowa: Under the lights at Iowa Speedway...

Craig Goess and the Eddie Sharp Racing No. 81 Greenville Toyota of N.C. Toyota will take the track in the Tim Richmond Memorial ARCA 200 at Mansfield Motorsports Park on Saturday, July 17, 2010.

Last Race: Iowa: Under the lights at Iowa Speedway last Saturday, Goess took eighth place after battling an ill-handling car for most of the race. The race, broadcast live on SPEED, began with Goess making his 30th-career ARCA Racing Series start in the sixth position. Although the No. 81 struggled with adjustments for most of the night, Goess was consistent throughout the race, remaining calm and staying out of trouble. He stayed in the top-15 for the entire race while battling brake vibrations and an ill-handling car. After many attempts, Goess was finally able to pass the No. 32 of Justin Marks to take over the eighth position. The lead pack had a considerable lead at that point, and Goess crossed the finish line in the eighth position.

Goess at Mansfield: Goess has one previous ARCA Racing Series start at Mansfield Motorsports Park. In June 2009, Goess competed at the half-mile track in the No. 81, where he qualified 11th and finished in the 10th position. Goess also competed at the Mansfield, Ohio track in 2008 in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East. In the field of 26 cars, Goess started 10th and worked his way up to a fifth-place finish.

In the Points: Six top-10s this season, including his eighth place finish in Iowa, helped Goess move up one spot in the championship standings to third. He is only 30 points out of second and 140 behind Justin Marks at the top of the point standings.

Meet Craig Goess: Goess will participate in the ARCA Racing Series autograph session Saturday. Fans have the opportunity to meet Goess and the rest of the ARCA Racing Series drivers Saturday from 6 - 7 p.m. on the track. For more information, go to www.ARCARacing.com.

Goess on running at Mansfield Motorsports Park:

"Mansfield is a good track for us. We got our first top five in 2008 in the K&N Pro Series East car after a couple of starts. We had a bit of damage there last year and still managed to finish sixth. We are going to have a better car there this year, so I'm looking forward to it. It should be pretty sporty."

-source: esr

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Series ARCA
Drivers Justin Marks , Craig Goess , Tim Richmond