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Ricky Ehrgott No 16 Rev1 Power Services
Posted by: newsla on Feb 18, 2013 - 06:11 PM
Ricky Ehrgott No 16 Rev1 Power Services, Sandvik Coromant Chevrolet Daytona Int’l Speedway Post-Race Report

Ricky Ehrgott and the Coulter Motorsports No. 16 Rev1 Power Services, Sandvik Coromant Chevrolet team earned an impressive third-place finish in Saturday’s Lucas Oil 200 presented by Mav TV. While the famed event at Daytona International Speedway was the 50th in the ARCA Racing Series storied history, it marked the first for rookie contender Ehrgott.


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After participating in the daylong technical inspection process Wednesday, the crew quickly switched focus Thursday for the day’s lone practice session. Ehrgott, working closely with crew chief Jon Wolfe and NASCAR Sprint Cup Series spotter TJ Majors, quickly took to the track working on single car runs. Unfortunately the session was cut considerably short by a stagnant rain shower, but not before Ehrgott was able to post the 14th fastest time at 50.223 seconds.

Friday marked Menards Pole Qualifying, where Ehrgott would go out second among the 44 cars present. With 20 drivers attempting to qualify for the year’s biggest event who had never raced at Daytona, Ehrgott easily shrugged off the pressure. His fast lap of 50.278 seconds guaranteed the Florida native a seventh starting position, one of the highest amongst the rookies in the field.

Sidelined in Thursday’s practice session before getting a chance to draft, Ehrgott and crew opted to partake in Saturday morning happy hour practice. Going out with the first group, Ehrgott spent 11 laps in the middle of the draft, posting the 10th quickest time at 49.848 seconds. Extremely happy with the car, the Coulter Motorsports crew readied for the afternoon’s main event.

ARCA Racing officials waved the green flag over the 40-car field to start the Lucas Oil 200 late Saturday afternoon. Ehrgott made good use of the start and moved his No. 16 Rev1 Power Services, Sandvik Coromant Chevrolet into the fifth position.

Caution fell over the 2.5-mile superspeedway for the first time on lap 10, giving Wolfe a chance to bring Ehrgott to pit road for a fuel only stop. Restarting in the sixth spot, Ehrgott set in for the long race ahead. After the day’s third and final caution on lap 26, Ehrgott radioed to Wolfe that his Chevrolet was stable in the draft and he was very happy with it.

Back under green, Ehrgott kept his nose clean and worked his way through packs of slower traffic all the while sticking to the leaders bumpers. With less than 25 laps remaining, Ehrgott made a strategic move around a competitor moving his way into the third position.

As the laps wound down Ehrgott stayed right with the leaders continually trying to work his way around. With no help from behind however, the task was no small feat. Battling all the way to the end, the checkered flag waved as Ehrgott brought home the No. 16 Rev1 Power Services, Sandvik Coromant Chevrolet in the third position.

“I am proud of the effort my entire Coulter Motorsports team put in all week, culminating in our solid third-place finish,” commented Ehrgott. “The car was extremely stable in the draft and had the power needed to keep us with the leaders. It’s unfortunate we didn’t have any help behind us, because I think we could have won if we did. But all in all the day was a true success and I am happy with our finish. I can’t thank Rev1 Power Services, Sandvik Coromant and Coulter Motorsports enough for all of their support.”

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