[media-credit name=”ARCA Racing Network” align=”alignright” width=”180″][/media-credit]SALEM, Indiana (April 25, 2012) – – Josh Williams will be the first to tell you that his 2012 ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards season hasn’t gone directly according in his favor. However, the Port Charlotte, Florida native knows that Salem (Ind.) Speedway often brings a chance for redemption and the driver of the No. 02 Southwest Florida Cable Construction Chevrolet Monte Carlo is eager to take advantage of that in Sunday’s Kentuckiana Ford Dealers 200.
The Floridian has good reason to be anxious to get back to battling the half-mile bull ring. One of his 13 previous ARCA starts has occurred at the Southern Indiana short-track, nearly a year ago to be in fact. It was at Salem that Williams made himself a spectacle on the tour by qualifying a strong 11th and finding himself in the hunt for the coveted trophy, however a late race miscue would force the Josh Williams Motorsports (JWM) team to take an alternative motive and instead settle for a sixth place run, the team’s best effort to-date.
With the race being one of three top-10 efforts for the family-owned operation in 2011, the JWM organization is hoping to maneuver their Chevrolet Monte Carlo into a similar path that will give the Concord, North Carolina-based team an opportunity to latch onto a chain of momentum heading into a busy month of racing.
“I’ve been ready to get back to Salem since last year,” offered Williams, a renowned racer from Southwest Florida. “We’ve been working hard on the car over the past month to make sure it’s right and I feel our chances to redeem ourselves get couldn’t come at a better time.”
He added, “Honestly, we had a top-10 car at Mobile; just had some rotten luck. I guess that’s the way the cookie crumbles sometimes, but with a team like ours where every position counts and every point is critical, we can’t spare to have a whole lot more of bad luck.”
For the second consecutive race, Jeremy Crandall will lead Williams in his quest to earn respect and trust among his peers in the ARCA Racing Series. The two worked together at Mobile and showed potential. With the team’s previous experience at Salem, the two are hoping that they will be an unlikely target that will strike when everyone least expects them too.
“Jeremy has a lot of passion and since we’ve worked so well together in the past – we’re keeping this link together in hopes that we’re onto something that will eventually make us a factor each and every time we get on the race track. Of course, none this would be possible without the support of my parents; who believe in my racing dreams and aspirations and are doing everything that they can to make it happen.”
Picking up 10 positions in the ARCA Racing Series championship standings since Mobile has given the team some light – but Williams is tuned on moving JWM up the ladder.
“We made some gains as far as points are concerned and that’s helpful in our quest to search for (sponsorship) partners to join us, but we need finishes that we can stack together consistently and believe me with our drive and fight, we will accomplish that, guaranteed!”
During the brief racing hiatus, Williams has been traveling back and forth to his home state of Florida while also participating in the open ARCA Racing Series test at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway last week. He also aligned himself with Simpson Racing for the 2012 season and will be sporting a new uniform and helmet with the intriguing design on his armor crafted by Noah Ennis of Shell Shock beginning this weekend.
The Kentuckiana Ford Dealers 200 (200 laps / 111 miles) is the third of 20 events on the 2012 ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards schedule. The 91stARCA race held at Salem Speedway is a two day show. Practice begins Saturday, April 28 with a forty-five minute session planned from 12:00 p.m. – 12:45 p.m. Final practice also consisting of forty-five minutes begins at 1:15 p.m. and will conclude at 2:00 p.m. Menards pole qualifying presented by Ansell is set for later in the day slated to begin at 3:30 p.m. An on-track autograph session has been etched in on race day on Sunday, April 29 set to launch at 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. The event will take the green flag shortly after 2:15 p.m. The race will not be televised but race coverage including live timing and scoring will be available through the ARCA Racing Network (ARN) online at arcaracing.com. All times are local.
For more information on Josh Williams, his Josh Williams Motorsports team and sponsorship opportunities for the 2012 season please connect to the team’s official website at Joshwracing.com.