Gerhart wins 7th career Daytona ARCA race

New pavement, same result: Bobby Gerhart won the ARCA race at

Daytona.

Gerhart held off the field for the final 10 laps to win

Saturday’s ARCA race at Daytona International Speedway – his

seventh Daytona win in the minor league stock car racing

series.

Chris Buescher finished second, followed by Matt Merrell, former

motocross star Ricky Carmichael and Jason Bowles.

”It’ll probably take a long time, maybe until I’m even done

racing, until the meaning of what we’ve done really sets in,”

Gerhart said. ”But we’re geared up to compete here, and I’m

privileged to do that. I’m already thinking about next year.”

It was a warmup for upcoming NASCAR events on the repaved

Daytona track, and drivers seemed to like the new smooth

surface.

”It was something that needed to happen for sure,” Gerhart

said. ”You can’t stop it when the track begins to fall apart. It

will certainly make for better racing. Fantastic. They did a

beautiful job.”

Gerhart said he nearly ran out of fuel in the closing laps of

the race.

The Daytona ARCA race often is known for its big crashes, but

Saturday’s race was relatively clean until a big wreck with 17 laps

to go. When the race restarted, Buescher and the rest of the field

couldn’t really challenge Gerhart for the lead.