Salem: Todd Bowsher race notes

The Jack Bowsher & Associates Motorsports team had the Gordon Food Service/GFS Marketplace Ford Taurus prepared to maximum performance for the ARCA ReMax Series event, posting the 4th fastest time in the morning practice session and 8th fastest in...

The Jack Bowsher & Associates Motorsports team had the Gordon Food Service/GFS Marketplace Ford Taurus prepared to maximum performance for the ARCA ReMax Series event, posting the 4th fastest time in the morning practice session and 8th fastest in Happy Hour.

When it came time to qualify for the Kentuckiana Ford Dealers 200 the car performed as expected. Todd drove the Gordon Food Service/GFS Marketplace car to 6th place on the starting grid. As close as the qualifying was if Bowsher had picked up 4/100 of a second he would have been 3rd on the grid.

At the start of the race Bowsher took no prisoners, on pace for a top-5 run. The 6 cars that made up the lead pack began to pull away from the rest of the field. Bowsher battled hard within the lead pack, wheeling through lapped traffic at a blistering pace as the rest of the field behind was fading fast.

While in the mix with the leaders the victory would escape the Bowsher team, as they developed an engine problem and were forced behind pit wall before the checkered flag came out, relegating them to a disheartening 23rd place finishing position.

After the race Todd said, "This is a heartbreaker for all of us, we came here to Salem with great expectations, and to get shot down like this is really hard to swallow. This just makes us even more determined, we're not going to settle for results like this, it's not in our play book and we're too good of a team to let this keep us from reaching our goals." He added, " Last September here at Salem when we fell out running 2nd with 40 laps to go, I was disappointed, that was the first time I've ever been in that good of a position that close to the finish. I'm even more let down at this situation because we knew we could be in contention for the win, it's just tough to take."

Three time ARCA ReMax Series Champion and team owner Jack Bowsher said, "Right now we're gonna load our stuff up and head to Kentucky Speedway for the test on Monday, but when we get back to the shop we'll discuss some adjustments for the immediate future."

The Jack Bowsher & Associates Motorsports Team was in Kentucky on Monday for the ARCA ReMax Series open test where they unloaded 2 cars in preparation for the upcoming event at Kentucky Speedway, with the primary Kentucky car turning in the 8th fastest time overall in the test session. The secondary car was used to prepare the set up for some similar upcoming events such as Chicagoland and Kansas. Todd said, "We learned a lot here today, the shock package we brought to the test is a little different than we've run here in the past, and these were the fastest laps I've ever turned here, we worked on set-up with springs and shocks and covered a lot of ground, we actually hit on something that made the car feel more comfortable and picked up a bunch of speed, we'll be good when we come back here for the race. We've already got a jumpstart on the rest of the competitors, this test was useful not just for the Kentucky race but throughout the year."

The next action for the GFS Marketplace team will be the Channel 5-205 from Kentucky Speedway on May 8 under the lights, with live television coverage on the SPEED channel as well as Cincinnati's NBC affiliate WLWT Channel 5.

-jb&am-

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Series ARCA
Drivers Todd Bowsher