Toledo/DuQuoin: Beau Solcomb race report

Beau Solcomb Learns Immensely In ARCA Double Header LAKEVILLE, Minnesota (September 9, 2009) - - Just a day before the ARCA RE/MAX Series was scheduled to head to Toledo Speedway last Friday night, Beau Solcomb received a call saying he was...

Beau Solcomb Learns Immensely In ARCA Double Header

LAKEVILLE, Minnesota (September 9, 2009) - - Just a day before the ARCA RE/MAX Series was scheduled to head to Toledo Speedway last Friday night, Beau Solcomb received a call saying he was going to be the driver for the Win-Tron Racing entry at both Toledo Speedway and the DuQuoin State Fairgrounds.

Despite his lack of experience in an ARCA car, Solcomb stepped up to the daunting challenges of racing under the lights at ARCA's hometown track and then two days later on the dirt in DuQuoin, Illinois.

At Toledo, Solcomb stepped up to the plate and answered a busy night in the No. 32 Wolfpack Rentals Dodge Charger by finishing ninth after qualifying an impressive sixth in his inaugural ARCA short track debut.

Happy with his performance at Toledo, the team was geared up for the final dirt track race of the season. Last month, Win-Tron Racing development driver Matt Merrell finished a solid 10th. The veteran ARCA RE/MAX Series was hoping to keep that top-10 streak alive with a rookie driver at the helm.

Adjusting to the dirt was "different" for the well-known and popular Georgia late model driver. After practicing 21st he stepped up to the plate big time by placing his Dodge Charger career-best fifth on the grid.

Overall the team was pleased with their protege's progression in the series but the race didn't turn out to be as fortunate. After running in the top-10 for the first 10 laps of the event, Solcomb brought his machine to pit road for an unscheduled pit stop.

Quick work by the Mike Chafee led team kept the team on the verge of gaining the Aaron's Lucky Dog but a torrid place by A.J. Fike stalled the team's attempt to return to lead lap status.

A gallant effort by the Win-Tron Racing team was evident but Solcomb was unable to overcome his early race plagues and was credited with a 19th place finish. Despite the run, the Win-Tron Racing team still has kept an impeccable feat of finishing inside the top-20 for 16 of the 17 races run this year.

"We had a pretty good weekend," said Solcomb, an ASA Southeast Asphalt Tour standout. "Toledo was pretty good; a lot of beating and banging but we were able to bring Win-Tron Racing another Toledo top-10. DuQuoin was a little different story. The team gave me a great car but we had a fumble early in the race and unfortunately we weren't able to recover."

He continued, "The ARCA RE/MAX Series on the dirt is something I've never experienced before. It was extremely challenging with the track conditions but I learned a lot even though we didn't have the outcome we really had hoped for. I have to thank Kevin Cywinski, Nate Thiesse and everyone affiliated with the Win-Tron Racing team for the opportunity to drive in the past three ARCA races. It's been a real pleasure. I hope we're able to do some more."

Nate Thiesse, co-owner and general manager of Win-Tron Racing offered, "Beau did the team a nice job this past weekend. His qualifying skills are extremely impressive. His run at Toledo was noteworthy especially since he had not seen the track before Friday's practice. DuQuoin did not go as we had hoped but as a team we made the best of the situation and we're glad Beau was able to learn and finish the race."

-credit: wtr

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Series ARCA
Drivers A.J. Fike , Matt Merrell