The ARCA/RE MAX season opener certainly did not go as Todd Bowsher had planned. Going into Daytona cautiously optimistic with a new sponsor in Safe Auto and a refurbished race car, Todd was hoping to improve on his previous best Daytona finish of...
The ARCA/RE MAX season opener certainly did not go as Todd Bowsher had planned. Going into Daytona cautiously optimistic with a new sponsor in Safe Auto and a refurbished race car, Todd was hoping to improve on his previous best Daytona finish of 12th.
After starting in the 38th position, Todd was slowly moving forward. On lap 11, Eddie Mercer and Mario Gosselin got together. Todd had cleared the accident by diving down pit road, when others who had taken the same route slowed dramatically. He suffered front end damage which required the crew's attention on each of the following caution laps. The crew continued to work on the damage, all the while keeping Todd on the lead lap. After the repair work, the car was not handling quite as well as before the accident. Even so, Todd worked his way to 16th before his next "near miss" happened. Following Clair Zimmerman through the tri-oval, Todd had "the best seat in the house" when Clair Zimmerman's car came across the track airborne and flew into the catch fence directly in front of Todd.
After surviving two close calls, Todd quipped over his radio transmission to the crew, "I have already had enough excitement for today." If only he had known that there was more excitement yet to come. On the next to the final lap (lap 63) of the time-shortened event, a fourteen car pile-up occurred, taking out the majority of the ARCA regulars. Fortunately, Todd and most of the competitors walked out of the infield care center. Todd is banged up and very sore, but he suffered no broken bones. Two drivers were taken to Halifax Medical Center, Billy Venturini and Dan Shaver, who was released later that evening. Billy Venturini serious neck fracture, but will make a full recovery.
After the race and the visit to the infield care center, Todd expressed his disappointment with some of his fellow ARCA drivers. "We didn't put on a very professional show. It was very ugly. We were going to come out of Daytona in one piece, in the top 18, even after the difficulties we had. But unfortunately that didn't happen."
The Bowsher team's next race is March 26 at Nashville Speedway in Lebanon, Tennessee. The team is ready to put their disappointing Daytona finish behind them and rebound at Nashville with a good finish.
Jack Bowsher & Associates Motorsports send their prayers out to Billy Venturini and the entire Venturini family and wish Billy a speedy recovery.