Chicagoland: Michael Simko preview

Michael Simko, Auburn Racing Head West Looking To Triumph In Chicago Joliet, IL - - Michael Simko heads to Chicago looking to win. The avid late model competitor will compete in his second ARCA RE/MAX Series event in nine days. With one event...

Michael Simko, Auburn Racing Head West Looking To Triumph In Chicago

Joliet, IL - - Michael Simko heads to Chicago looking to win. The avid late model competitor will compete in his second ARCA RE/MAX Series event in nine days. With one event down, and one to go, Simko hopes to take his Auburn Racing team into victory lane Saturday in the ReadyHosting.com 200.

It appeared the second-generation driver would be heading towards a career best day last Friday at Toledo, but a faulty alternator while running very competitive in race trim erased the team's dream. They had to settle for a 21st place finish instead.

We were really disappointed at Toledo to have an alternator go bad on us, but sometimes parts fail," said the driver Michael Simko. "We had a really good car, all the way up to fourth, but it wasn't to be on that day."

With Toledo now out of the picture, the team turns their concentration towards Chicagoland Speedway, as they plan to compete in their fourth Superspeedway event of the 2004 season.

Earlier this year at Lowes Motor Speedway, Simko roared his way from the back of the field to collect his lone top-ten finish of the season, collecting tenth.

A few weeks later, Michael competed at his hometown track of Michigan International Speedway. In a race flooded with veterans and some NASCAR Nextel Cup Series competitors, Simko impressed. However, with less than ten markers remaining contact with another machine sent a top-ten finish to an ailing 20th place finish.

Returning to the site of his Superspeedway debut at Kentucky Speedway, a few weeks following Michigan, the driver was looking for revenge. After a solid weekend all around, Simko raced hard to collect a very stout 11th place finish at the 1.5-mile oval.

In his last Superspeedway event of the season, the Auburn Racing team would like to accelerate past that tenth place finish and draft to victory lane.

"We're taking the same car we finished tenth with at Lowe's, as well as a top-five car at Michigan if not for a little misfortune," he continued. The steelworker by trade added "We feel we can be a car to be reckoned with."

Rolling into Chicagoland, the team has teamed up with ARCA veteran driver/owner Greg Sarff and will utilize the No. 38 on Simko's Chevrolet Monte Carlo this weekend. "I would like to thank Greg Sarff for allowing us to run the 38 number for this race," continued Simko."

Posting the 16th fastest lap in time trials, Simko put the pedal to the metal gaining a 0x3963ond on his practice session times, and a solid starting position for the event.

Calling the shots once again from the pits is Michael's father, Dave. Dave Simko, a former competitor in the ARCA RE/MAX Series, and the now NASCAR Nextel Cup Series, hopes to maneuver his son through one of the most exciting events of the season and propel this limited schedule team into victory lane for the first time.

"Having my dad as the crew chief is a real beneficiary," said the former late model driver. "My dad knows what he's doing, the communication is there, and I think if we have some luck on our side, we can prove that this race team is a factor on both short tracks and superspeedways."

Joining Mound Steel & Supplies as sponsors for Friday's night showdown include Diamond Racing, and Expert Collision. "A huge thanks to all my sponsors," continued Michael.

"They have stuck behind us, and I hope that we're able to give them something to cheer about Friday night, hopefully in victory circle."

The ReadyHosting.com 200 is the 20th of 22 events on the 2004 ARCA RE/MAX Series schedule. The race will take the green flag Saturday, September 11th. The Speed Channel will broadcast the race live with coverage beginning at 2:00pm EST.

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