The first ARCA RE/MAX visit to the 0.4 mile Lanier Speedway in Braselton, Georgia, was an exciting adventure for Todd Bowsher and the ...
The first ARCA RE/MAX visit to the 0.4 mile Lanier Speedway in Braselton, Georgia, was an exciting adventure for Todd Bowsher and the #21 crew. When practice began, the car rolled off the truck fast. Todd was 9th quickest on his fourth practice lap. The practice session led to high expectations for qualifying where Todd posted the 10th fastest speed in the Safe Auto Insurance Ford. Before the race Todd expressed his high hopes for the evening by saying, "We have a really fast race car-a car capable of running up front and winning this race. But with all short tracks, a lot of things can happen before the race is over."
The real excitement began when the race started. By lap 65 of the 200 lap event, Todd had worked his way to 7th and was working on 6th. The crew did not know at that point their night was just beginning. By lap 68, Todd had radioed that he was overheating severely and was bringing the car in to add water to the radiator. This was the first of eleven pit stops in the remaining 132 laps to add water. During each caution when Todd brought the car in, the crew left the car hooked up to the water pressurized tank until the last possible minute to get as much cool water as possible in the radiator. This put Todd at the tail end of the lead lap each time. When the green flag came out he started working his way back through the field. Around lap 150 Todd radioed his crew, "It is really too bad that we are having overheating problems. This car is awesome! We could be up there racing the leaders." Todd was running 7th with a handful of laps to go when a lapped car spun and Todd came to a complete stop to avoid the spinning car. This allowed three lead lap cars to pass Todd.
When the checkered flag flew, Todd finished on the lead lap in tenth position. With this finish, Todd moved up to 8th in the year long points race. After the race a disappointed, but excited Todd said, "We had such a good, fast car out there. It would have been so much fun to have been able to really show what we could do. Given our overheating problems, we all worked really hard to get this tenth place finish. We thought our race was over on lap 68. My hat goes off to my #21 crew who worked really, really hard during every caution. They never gave up. I can not wait until our next short track race in Berlin in July. I am really looking forward to out next race in Milwaukee where Dad (Jack Bowsher) ran so well in the 1960's."
The next race for the ARCA RE/MAX series is at the Milwaukee Mile Saturday, June 4. The race will be carried live on SPEED Channel at 3:30 p.m. Eastern.