Ryan Foster Michigan race report

FOSTER EARNS CAREER BEST ARCA RE/MAX SERIES FINISH AT MICHIGAN Brooklyn, MI (August 18, 2006) -- Ryan Foster earned his career-best ARCA RE/MAX Series finish Friday evening at the two-mile Michigan International Speedway where he made his way...

FOSTER EARNS CAREER BEST ARCA RE/MAX SERIES FINISH AT MICHIGAN

Brooklyn, MI (August 18, 2006) -- Ryan Foster earned his career-best ARCA RE/MAX Series finish Friday evening at the two-mile Michigan International Speedway where he made his way from his 15th place starting position all the way to the third position when the checkered flag flew on the Hantz Group 200. Foster, who just turned 19 and is preparing for his first day of college at the University of Arkansas on Monday morning, also reclaimed the third position in ARCA RE/MAX Series Championship points standings. Foster and the rest of the ARCA RE/MAX Series competitors will head to the one-mile dirt track of the Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield, Illinois for another race on Sunday afternoon.

"It is really awesome to get my career best finish at a major speedway like Michigan," said Foster. "When we come to these race tracks, there is so much competition from the NASCAR teams and to leave with a third place finish just feels like such a great accomplishment. We had a really good car all day and I knew we would be pretty good in the race. I really have to give a lot of credit to my pit crew because they gained us a lot of track position on every stop. When I was running second to Frank (Kimmel) at one point in the race, I think I had a smile from ear-to-ear every lap that we ran like that. I know it meant a lot to me and the entire Tri-State Motorsports team."

Foster's pit crew had earned him a fourth place position for what was expected to be the final restart of the 100-lap event, right behind his teammate and owner, Frank Kimmel. But when Kimmel and TJ Bell made contact on the white flag lap, Foster was able to maneuver around the cars and retain the third position as the field prepared for a green-white-checker restart. Foster and Ryan Matthews battled to the checkered flag for the second position with Foster taking his career-best ARCA RE/MAX Series finish of third position.

Following the Hantz Group 200 at the Michigan International Speedway, Foster moves back into the third position in ARCA RE/MAX Series points as the series heads to the one-mile dirt track at the Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield for Sunday's running of the Allen Crowe Memorial 100.

-credit: lmm

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Series ARCA
Drivers Frank Kimmel , Ryan Foster