South Boston: Michael Simko returns to series

South Boston, VA (Thursday, October 16th, 2003) - - Auburn Racing and rookie driver Michael Simko hope to end their 2003 ARCA RE/MAX Series with a bang, as the series marches their way into Virginia for the final event of the season. "The...

South Boston, VA (Thursday, October 16th, 2003) - - Auburn Racing and rookie driver Michael Simko hope to end their 2003 ARCA RE/MAX Series with a bang, as the series marches their way into Virginia for the final event of the season.

"The weather has played a hinder on the tour at this track this year," said the Clarkston, MI native. "ARCA has tried twice to get this event in, but have been unsuccessful. We're hoping that Mother Nature is kind to us this weekend and our race will be successful."

The team has entered their oldest car in the fleet, the No. 17 Mound Steel Chevrolet that holds a 1999 body style. "This may be an older body style, but it's a great car, and we're hoping to use it up this weekend," added Simko.

The second-generation driver hopes to make his sixth start of the season this weekend, after taking a hiatus while looking for sponsorship and racing his late model. "It's been a while since we've been to an ARCA show, but I'm looking forward to it. We've been searching hard for sponsors and also doing some local race stuff, but we're hoping to race in ARCA full time next year."

In those five events this season Simko has scored three top fifteen finishes, while crossing the line in the top ten at both Salem and Kentucky Speedway.

Michael heads to the legendary track this weekend with hopes of changing his record books and collecting his first top-5 finish of his career.

"We've had a decent season, some high and lows, but were heading to SoBo with all intentions of making some noise. South Boston is a very tight track and you have to be on top of your game all the time, it will be all about patience and luck on Saturday night," he said.

Former ARCA RE/MAX Series driver and NASCAR Winston Cup competitor David Simko, Michael's father returned from retirement and took a stab behind the wheel at Winchester. The results were mixed to say the least. David practiced well and qualified a respectable 23rd, but engine problems on lap 65 shattered the team's hopes for a good finish.

"It was cool to see my dad behind the wheel. I was there helping out the team and doing what I could. I wish the finish could have been better, but that's racing," explained the former late model winner.

As for the race this weekend, the entire team is pumped.

"This is going to be a very competitive weekend," smiled Simko. "They are a lot of good drivers in very good cars, again we just hope to race clean and be around in the end when it counts."

As for the 2004 ARCA RE/MAX Series season for the Auburn Racing team.

"We're still in some tough negations with some potential sponsors, but the ultimate goal is to compete for rookie of the year next year. We have a great team, and have the personnel, we just need some funding to make our magic work," said the driver.

A smashing field of 45 entries packs their way into South Boston Speedway this weekend for the running of the Bank of America ARCA 200 scheduled for this Saturday night at the .4-mile short track. The event will start shortly after 9:00pm EST. While there is no live television coverage for the event, the official website of the series ARCARacing.com will have the latest news and results from the track.

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