Toledo: Michael Simko preview

Michael Simko Armed & Ready For Toledo Toledo, OH - - Clarkston, Michigan native Michael Simko is ready to attack the ARCA RE/MAX Series by storm in his 2004 debut. It's been a while since Simko has been on the track in an ARCA event, but ...

Michael Simko Armed & Ready For Toledo

Toledo, OH - - Clarkston, Michigan native Michael Simko is ready to attack the ARCA RE/MAX Series by storm in his 2004 debut. It's been a while since Simko has been on the track in an ARCA event, but this young-gun hasn't forgotten how to drive.

"It's been a long while since I've raced in the ARCA RE/MAX Series," explained Simko, a second-generation driver. "I feel that our Auburn Racing team is ready for Toledo, in fact we're ready to rock Toledo."

Simko will arrive with the other competitors on Sunday hauling his familiar No. 75 machine. The team will unload with a 2002 Chevrolet Monte Carlo carrying sponsorship from Mound Steel & Supplies.

While the team is excited to have Mound Steel & Supplies on board, they want the public to know they are still-hunting for primary and associate sponsors.

"We're thrilled to have Mound Steel & Supplies on board this weekend, but we are still hunting around the clock looking for more backers," said Michael Simko who hopes to make his tenth ARCA RE/MAX Series start this weekend.

The Auburn team will start their 2004 season off with one of Simko's favorite tracks, Toledo Speedway. The speedway, located in Ohio has been more kind than unkind to the Steelworker by trade.

Michael has a career best finish of sixth at the facility in 2002. He has also backed that up in qualifying with solid efforts of 12th in 2001, 23rd in 2002, and 14th last season.

In last year's GFS Marketplace 200 it appeared that Michael was headed to his fifth top-ten of his young ARCA career but that was stalled by an accident that pulled him from the track on lap 141. "It's a shame what happened last year, we had a good car, but that's racing," he recalled.

The team hopes they can recover from a last year's disappointment and score big. Based on the team's performance in testing, that shouldn't be a problem.

"We tested at Toledo last week, a day after they had five or six other ARCA teams there, and we were really satisfied with the way the day went. We were able to try a few different things and turn some pretty fast laps."

"Comparing our test to the race day from last year, we practiced all day faster than what we qualified, and we didn't even try a qualifying run. We're not going with expectations greater than what we're capable of," explained Simko who is also an avid late model competitor.

Much like any short track the goal is to start upfront and stay there. "To qualify in the top eight or so is something we really think we can accomplish," he added.

"We really think, if our day goes smoothly and we keep our nose clean, we'll find ourselves in the top four or five when the day is over. But don't be surprised if we are able to get out front and lead some laps and have something for them when it comes to the end. We feel really confident about our short track program," he exclaimed.

The Hickory Farms 200 is the fifth event on the 2004 ARCA RE/MAX Series tour. Sunday will mark the first one-day show for the team. The teams will hit the track on Sunday morning at 10:00am, with qualifying on tap at 12:45pm, with the race set to take the green at 3:00pm. While the race doesn't have any TV coverage this weekend, ARCARacing.com will have the latest results from the track.

-knight-

Be part of something big

Write a comment
Show comments
About this article
Series ARCA