Texas: Craig Goess race report

Successful Second-Place Finish for Craig Goess at Texas Motor Speedway FORT WORTH, Texas (April 18, 2010)- Craig Goess finished second in the Rattlesnake 150 at Texas Motor Speedway Friday night with the ARCA Racing Series Presented by RE/MAX...

Successful Second-Place Finish for Craig Goess at Texas Motor Speedway

FORT WORTH, Texas (April 18, 2010)- Craig Goess finished second in the Rattlesnake 150 at Texas Motor Speedway Friday night with the ARCA Racing Series Presented by RE/MAX and Menards.

After a successful open test at TMS in March, Goess was prepared to compete for the win on Friday. With 21 other cars at the test, Goess and the No. 81 Greenville Toyota of N.C. Eddie Sharp Racing machine finished fourth fastest out of 21 cars with a speed of 184.074 mph.

Goess continued to find speed at TMS at practice Thursday afternoon. The Greenville, N.C. native posted the fourth fastest time of 29.009 seconds and speed of 185.810 mph.

Qualifying was washed out on Thursday, and the starting grid was completed based on the[esr.jpg] 2009 ARCA Racing Series car owner point standings, providing Goess with a sixth place starting position for the race. Coming off his career-high second place finish last week at Salem Speedway, Goess was ready for the race.

Goess started the race strong and worked his way to the front, leading 28 of the 100 laps in the Rattlesnake 150. Thirty laps from the finish, the No. 81 entered the pit for his second and final pit stop. The ESR crew put on fresh tires, and the No. 81 came off pit road fifth.

The rest of the race, Goess worked hard to get back to the front of the pack. The caution flag flew for the final time with only two-laps to go, and an overtime green-white-checkered flag finish was in store. Arpin edged Goess in the exciting finish, winning by only .326 seconds.

"It's great to run good, to run up front, but it's disappointing to be this close and not win," Goess said. "We had a little miscue in the pits, but I don't know whether we could have beat Steve tonight anyway."

Along with his second-place finish, Goess earned the Messina Wildlife Halfway Challenge award. The award is given to the team leading the event at the half-way point.

The No. 81 crew chief also won Friday, winning both the Cometic Crew Chief and Klotz Engine Mechanic awards.

Next up on the ARCA Racing Series schedule is the Talladega ARCA 250 at the famed Talladega Superspeedway on Friday, April 23.

-source: esr

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