Toledo II: Dominick Casola preview

Talladega Recap: ARCA RE/MAX Series rookie Dominick Casola piloted the Andy Belmont Racing Ford Fusion to an outstanding third place finish in last Friday's ARCA RE/MAX 250 at Talladega Superspeedway. After qualifying 21st, Casola quickly drafting...

Talladega Recap: ARCA RE/MAX Series rookie Dominick Casola piloted the Andy Belmont Racing Ford Fusion to an outstanding third place finish in last Friday's ARCA RE/MAX 250 at Talladega Superspeedway. After qualifying 21st, Casola quickly drafting to the front after excellent coaching from crew chief Jeff McClure and spotter Jennifer Belmont. The third place run was a career best for Casola in 21 races. He also posted a top-five finish at Gateway International Raceway in August.

Welcome Back: For the second time in his ARCA career, Dominick Casola will make a return trip to Toledo Speedway. In May, Casola participated in the Hantz Group 200 by Federated Auto Care. After qualifying 27th, Casola patiently inched his way forward through the running order to collect a respectable 18th place finish.

Time Equals Success: If you took a poll around the ARCA RE/MAX Series garage, many would point fingers to Dominick Casola and Andy Belmont Racing as a driver and team who has picked up the most steam in the last handful of races. In addition to showing extreme consistency, the duo claimed a stout fifth place finish at Gateway International Raceway and with their thundering third place performance last Friday at Talladega, Casola is making himself a driver to watch in the last event of the season.

The New Look Continues: As the ARCA RE/MAX Series teams unload at Toledo Speedway on Saturday, the Andy Belmont Racing team will unveil a different paint scheme for Sunday's season finale. Instead of their normal white No. 1 Ford Fusion, the team will sport a black No. 1 Ford Fusion with Halloween figurines promoting sponsor A. Casola Farms Halloween fun.

Are You Ready For Halloween?: Every year Casola's sponsor A. Casola Farms offers New Jersey natives the opportunity to head to their farm for a day full of fun and activities celebrating the traditions of Halloween. Coming in late September and all of October, A. Casola Farms will have daily pumpkin pickings, hay rides, petting zoos, corn mazes and their haunted hay rides at night. And new for this year, A. Casola Farms will also open their Motorsports exhibit, not to mention the traditional fall cider and donuts. For an official list of activities and times, please call 732.332.1533

Watcha Haulin?: Crew Chief Andy Belmont has elected to bring Casola "Big Bird" to Toledo Speedway this weekend. This is the same Ford Fusion that Casola competed with in his inaugural debut at Pocono Raceway which yielded a impressive 14th place finish. The car was also run by ABR (Andy Belmont Racing) on the dirt at the DuQuoin State Fairgrounds.

Point Standings: Competing in 21 of the 22 races on the 2007 ARCA RE/MAX Series schedule, Casola sits 13th in the championship standings with just one race remaining in his first season of ARCA competition. Casola is only 30 markers from moving into the top-12 currently held by longtime ARCA veteran Norm Benning. 45 credits separate Casola from entering the 11th position held by fellow rookie and female competitor Gabi DiCarlo.

Dominick Casola, driver of the No. 1 A. Casola Farms Ford:

On Talladega: "What a race Talladega was. It was a great race. The car was strong and we stayed in line and recorded a third place finish. It was a lot of fun and something that I never ever will forget. I couldn't have done that if it wasn't for the guys on the Andy Belmont Racing team, they worked their butts off to make that finish possible."

On Toledo: "We have some momentum going into Toledo so I'm hoping to capitalize on it Sunday. It's the last race of the season and I really would like to add another top-five finish to my resume. Andy is bringing me a good car this weekend, we just need a little luck."J

On The Season: "I'm happy with the season. We've been able to make huge strides at Andy Belmont Racing and the finishes have really started to come within the last six races or so. The only thing that is missing from our lineup is a ARCA SIM Factory pole award and a win and we'll try to see if we can conquer both goals this weekend in Toledo."

On The Points Standings: "Last weekend's run really helped us. It's the last race of the season and every point is crucial, so I'm heading into Toledo with an open mind trying to deliver the best finish possible while also keeping in the back of my mind our point's situation. I would be disappointed if we didn't finish the season in the top-12."J

Andy Belmont, owner of the No. 1 A. Casola Farms Ford:

On Talladega: "We are absolutely ticked to death with our performance at Talladega. We knew we had a good car and all the cards played out right for us. Dominick did a heck of a job in his first restrictor plate race. We were able to prove that we have what it takes to run with the best of the best from NASCAR."

On Toledo Speedway: "I always ran good at Toledo Speedway and we know we have another shot to do it again this weekend. Our team is really on a roll right now and we would like to close out the season on a high note with a good run in Sunday's finale."

-credit: abr

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Series ARCA
Drivers Andy Belmont , Norm Benning , Dominick Casola , Gabi DiCarlo