ESR Ready to Rock the "Rock" DENVER, N.C. (April 15, 2009) -- Eddie Sharp Racing heads to Rockingham Speedway this weekend for the Carolina 200 looking to capitalize on the momentum from a very strong appearance at the Salem Speedway....
ESR Ready to Rock the "Rock"
DENVER, N.C. (April 15, 2009) -- Eddie Sharp Racing heads to Rockingham Speedway this weekend for the Carolina 200 looking to capitalize on the momentum from a very strong appearance at the Salem Speedway. Although three of the four ESR teams will be making their career debuts at the 'Rock' this weekend, team owner Eddie Sharp is old friends with the legendary track. In February 1993, Sharp made his first NASCAR Nationwide Series start in the Goodwrench 200.
"I remember that qualifying was rained out and it was freezing cold," said Sharp with a chuckle. "There were icicles hanging from the rigs. It was a big deal for me and a big chance. I wasn't in a competitive car, but just the opportunity to do it was huge. There were drivers on that track that I had always admired and looked up to, for example [Dale] Earnhardt, Sr."
Sharp continued that "It was more than just the chance to race at Rockingham. It put me here; where I am today. I'm still chasing the dream, just a slightly altered dream. Back then, I couldn't afford a good car to drive. Now I have 40 great cars in my shop, but I don't drive them, I own them and get to help other young, talented drivers with opportunities that I didn't."
Eddie Sharp returns to the Rockingham Speedway with a team of very talented young drivers in his ESR corner -- Tim George, Jr., Justin Lofton, Steve Arpin, and Craig Goess, Jr. All four drivers cut their teeth on the one-mile oval track at a test session earlier this year and found it to be a valuable learning experience for the teams.
Tim George, Jr. (No. 2 Ruby Tuesday Toyota Camry)
"I am really looking forward to racing at Rockingham. The anticipation of seeing that GREEN flag and heading into turn one, really gets my heart rate going. I think that it will be a great chance to showcase my experience. I am very comfortable on the intermediate tracks and I look forward to racing at Rockingham. My Rockingham goals are to keep working on building my team's synergy. We have made great strides in the first 2 races (Daytona and Salem) and I feel that we are really starting to find our groove. I have a great group of guys working around me on this team. They are doing their part in the pits, and I am going to do my part on the track. Together we will showcase all of our abilities. My goal is to qualify and finish within the Top 10."
Justin Lofton (No. 6 Lofton Cattle Toyota Camry)
"I am really excited to be heading back to Rockingham this weekend. Myself, along with the whole team feel as if this is our track to shine at. We have had the performance on the track, but not the results we wanted at the end of the day. We are heading in to the race with momentum and determination to take home the trophy."
Steve Arpin (No. 20 Taylor Motorsports Toyota Camry)
"Rockingham is going to be great. We tested there a few weeks back and learned a lot. My crew chief, Wayne Carroll, has taken all of our data from the tests and we feel like we will definitely unload with a good package. We are setting our goals pretty high this weekend. I am feeling more at home in these cars every lap I make, and all the guys here at ESR are working harder every week to put awesome equipment under me. We are looking to be at the top of the board after practice Saturday and back it up with a good qualifying run. Sunday, a trip to Victory Lane is at the top of our priority list, but we just need to be smart and be there at the end to make that happen."
Craig Goess, Jr. (No. 81 Greenville Toyota Camry)
"I can't wait to get Rockingham. The whole team has been working hard for this weekend at Rockingham and I couldn't be more excited. I think we have a good car and if we can get some luck on our side, I think we will be good to go."
Tim George, Jr., Justin Lofton, Steve Arpin, and Craig Goess, Jr. will join fellow ARCA RE/MAX Series drivers signing autographs at the Rockingham ThunderFest event in Downtown Rockingham on Friday, April 17, 2009, from 6-7 p.m.