Lake Erie Speedway - (August 8, 2004), Following a strong 5th on the practice sheet on Saturday afternoon, Todd Bowsher put the GFS Marketplace ...
Lake Erie Speedway - (August 8, 2004), Following a strong 5th on the practice sheet on Saturday afternoon, Todd Bowsher put the GFS Marketplace #21 solidly in the field at Lake Erie Speedway in the 9th starting position.
Once the green waved Bowsher wheeled his Ford Taurus to the front runners, and it was beginning to look like an eight car break away but it wasn't long before the cautions began to fly on the short track at Lake Erie. Bowsher was driving hard within the lead pack when a lapped car spun directly in front of the #21, with no where to go on the race track Todd spun to avoid contact with the spinning car, before he could get his GFS Marketplace Ford fired and back on track the leaders had slipped by putting Todd a lap down. On the restart Bowsher was the first car in line on the inside, he was focused on getting that lap back and it worked, he jumped ahead of leader AJ Fike at the start finish line and set sail, when the caution flew again a few laps later Bowsher was once again on the lead lap in search of the front runners.
The GFS Marketplace Team was lightening fast on pit road and it was a drag race between the #21and the #67 of Jason Jarrett off pit road, with Bowsher prevailing. Back under green it was the typical short track battle there was bumping and banging all the way around the .4 mile racing surface, but that didn't deter Bowsher's focus he muscled the GFS Marketplace #21 for 150 laps through lapped traffic, spinning race cars and a few bumpers. Looking for the checkered flag with 50 laps to go a gear broke on the Bowsher #21, he was forced to pit road and parked the GFS Marketplace car for the remaining 50 laps with a disheartening 24th place finish that earned him the Landrum Spring Hard Luck Award of the race award.
Following the event, a dejected Bowsher said, "We had a winning race car here tonight until we lost that gear, I don't know what the deal is with us and short tracks this year, our short track program has always been top notch, I guess I just don't have any luck, we were fast and were gonna have somethin for 'em at the checkered flag. Don't get me wrong it was rough out there tonight, I got into a couple of cars myself, unintentionally, but that's just short track racing and we were all fighting hard out there." Bowsher added, " I just hate it for my team, they really turned in an outstanding performance for me on pit road, and we were all pumped for the finish of this one, but we're not gonna take this with a grain of salt, it just makes us stronger and more determined, we'll go to Nashville next week and see what we can do there."
The GFS Marketplace Team heads back to Nashville Superspeedway next weekend for the Waste Management 200 on Saturday August 14 with live television coverage on SPEED at 2pm.