Toledo: Craig Goess preview

Craig Goess and the Eddie Sharp Racing No. 81 Greenville Toyota of N.C. Toyota will take the track in the Menards 200 presented by Federated Car Care at Toledo Speedway on Sunday, May 23, 2010 at 2 p.m. Last Race: Talladega: Goess and the ESR No.

Craig Goess and the Eddie Sharp Racing No. 81 Greenville Toyota of N.C. Toyota will take the track in the Menards 200 presented by Federated Car Care at Toledo Speedway on Sunday, May 23, 2010 at 2 p.m.

Last Race: Talladega: Goess and the ESR No. 81 team finished fourth in the last ARCA Racing Series event on April 23, 2010 at Talladega Superspeedway. The weekend got off to a bumpy start when the engine in the No. 81 blew during practice. After hard work from the crew to install the new engine, Goess went on to qualify 22nd. When the green flag dropped on the Talladega ARCA 250, Goess quickly moved up the field and never looked back. Running close to the front of the field all day, Goess finished fourth, marking his career-best finish at a superspeedway.

Keeping up Momentum: In the past three races, Goess finished in top-five in the field. He finished second at Salem Speedway and Texas Motor Speedway and fourth at Talladega Superspeedway. The ARCA Racing Series schedule had a four-week hiatus, but Goess is optimistic to keep the momentum going into this weekend at Toledo.

Chassis Info: Goess will be running the ESR No. 208 chassis, which was run in the NASCAR K & N Pro Series East car in 2008. It was later converted to fit ARCA Racing Series standards and ran at Mansfield in 2009, where Goess qualified 11th and finished 12th.

Testing at MIS: Goess and Eddie Sharp Racing will head to Michigan International Speedway for the ARCA Racing Series open test next week. The team will pack up from the race at Toledo Speedway and head directly to the test at Michigan. ESR teammate Nelson Piquet Jr. will also participate in the test.

In the Points: Goess' three consecutive top-five finishes helped the Greenville Toyota of N.C. driver move up to sixth the ARCA Racing Series points standings. He gained one spot after his fourth-place finish last race at Talladega Superspeedway. Goess is now five points shy of breaking into the top-five in points.

Goess on Toledo:

"I'm looking forward to this weekend at Toledo. Our second race at Toledo last year, I got caught in an accident, started by two other drivers. I am hoping to avoid that this time. I feel confident going back to Toledo, especially since I have already been there. I know our car is capable to contend for a win, and as a team, we are ready for that. Hopefully, all the stars will align, and we will have a great weekend."

-source: esr

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Series ARCA
Drivers Nelson Piquet Jr. , Craig Goess