Gerhart wins seventh Lucas Oil Slick Mist 200 victory

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Bobby Gerhart captured his seventh career Lucas Oil Slick Mist 200 victory on the new asphalt of historic Daytona International Speedway’s 2.5-mile tri-oval on Saturday afternoon.

Gerhart, who now has back-to-back victories for the third time in the season-opener of the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards’, led the last 61 laps of the 80-lap race. The No. 5 Lucas Oil Slick Mist Chevrolet team took a risk and made their sole pit stop on Lap 5 for fuel only.

“You have to put yourself in position to (win)," Gerhart said. "You have to take a gamble now and then. We knew we didn’t have the fastest car, but we had a good car. Had it gone green until the end, we wouldn’t have made it.

"It'll probably take a long time, maybe until even after I'm done racing until the meaning of what we've done sets in. It's a storybook deal. I'm so geared up to compete here and I have the privilege to do that. I'm already thinking about what we're going to do next year. It's a tremendous privilege for any race driver to come here and have the opportunity to compete at this level. I feel so lucky to do that right now."
 
Following the experienced Gerhart to the checkered flag was Chris Buescher, making his debut at the “World Center of Racing.”

“That was a lot of fun coming to Daytona for the first time,” said Buescher, driver of the No. 17 Roulo Brothers Racing Ford. “Especially to follow a guy like Bobby Gerhart around; he’s the best when it comes to these races and you learn so much from him. Just a great first speedway experience.”

Frank Kimmel, who was fastest in the final practice and was looking for his first win in 20 starts at DIS, finished 10th.

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