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Super Mario Gosselin Sails to Victory at Nashville NASHVILLE TN (8-12-06) -- Super Mario Gosselin, in the No. 12 James Carter Attorney at Law Chevrolet, recovered from a lap 75 spin and then held off Brent Sherman on a ...

Super Mario Gosselin Sails to Victory at Nashville

NASHVILLE TN (8-12-06) -- Super Mario Gosselin, in the No. 12 James Carter Attorney at Law Chevrolet, recovered from a lap 75 spin and then held off Brent Sherman on a green-white-checker finish to win the ARCA RE/MAX 200 Saturday at Nashville Superspeedway.

"It was just a hard fought day," said Gosselin, who came back from one lap down en route to the win. "I have to thank all my family--my brothers, my kids, my wife and my dad. To come back from one lap down is pretty great. I ran out of gas first. Then I thought I had a flat and spun around. I guess it wasn't all the way flat, but it must have been a little low. It probably had debris on it. After that, we came back and had a good car."

The win marked Gosselin's third career ARCA RE/MAX Series victory and broke a three-year winless streak. Ironically, the last time Gosselin won was in August of 2003, right here at Nashville.

The race was shortened by five laps to accommodate a tight schedule that included the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race, which followed LIVE on SPEED. In the event the race ran long, ARCA RE/MAX Series teams were warned about the possibility of shortening the race in the drivers meeting.

"Obviously, I would have liked to run the whole race," said Sherman. "But I didn't have anything for Mario at the end. The biggest things were the cautions. I gave it my all and I drove it as hard as I could. You can't make excuses. It is what it is and I don't think I was cheated out of anything. They told us at the drivers meeting that the race might run short, based on time. You know, at Gateway last week we had six green-white-checkers before the race finished. We had no idea when the race was going to end and we didn't want that to happen again, especially with the time constraints."

Sherman settled for second in the No. 04 Serta Mattress Ford, two lengths away.

"We were a little disappointed in qualifying," said Sherman. "We qualified eighth so we didn't know what to expect with the car. I really feel like the car should be competing for the win and for top-5s and it didn't seem like that has happened the last few weeks. We made some changes with the team, set-up changes, specifically, and it looks like things are starting to come together for us."

Brad Coleman, in the No. 62 Johnny Carino's-Brewco Motorsports Ford, finished third after earning the Pork Pole award earlier in the day. The 18-year-old developmental driver worked his way back to the top-5 finish after falling three laps down early in the race when he pitted for a flat tire.

In addition to his third-place finish, Coleman led 64 laps and picked up a slew of special awards, including the highest finishing rookie award and the Hurst Shifter Fastest Lap of the Race award. Coleman's crew chief, Shawn Parker, was awarded SK Hand Tool Crew Chief of the Race honors.

Billy Venturini led one lap in the No. 25 3D Records Chevrolet, finishing fourth, while Damon Lusk, in the No. 65 Construct Corps Dodge, finished fifth, also leading one lap.

Scott Lagasse Jr. finished a career best sixth in the No. 4 Dodge Motorsports Dodge, followed by Bobby Gerhart in the No. 5 Lucas Oil Chevrolet. Gerhart led two laps and finished ahead of point contender Kimmel, who finished 13th. Gerhart now trails Kimmel by just 35 points in the national championship points battle.

In addition to two separate altercations that resulted in spins, Kimmel was also penalized with a one-lap stop-and-go penalty in the pits after making an unapproved left front jack bolt adjustment.

Jason Hedlesky finished a career best 8th in the No. 08 Hardcore Motorsports Ford. The Clinton, Michigan native hovered in the top-5 for much of day, and led three laps before spinning through the infield grass coming down to the checker flag.

Justin South led 25 laps but finished 26th with brake problems on his No. 78 Your Logo Here Chevrolet. Ryan Foster led two laps in the No. 47 Frank Kimmel Racing Ford but finished 28th, 54 laps down with electrical problems.

In all, the caution flag waved 10 times for a total of 52 laps for a variety of on-track incidents. There were no injuries.

The ARCA RE/MAX Series heads to Michigan Int'l Speedway on Friday evening August 18th for the Hantz Group 200. The race is LIVE on SPEED beginning at 5 p.m. Eastern.

-credit: arca

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Series ARCA
Drivers Bobby Gerhart , Shawn Parker , Jason Hedlesky , Billy Venturini , Damon Lusk , Brent Sherman , Scott Lagasse Jr. , Brad Coleman , Mario Gosselin , Ryan Foster , Justin South