[media-credit name=”ARCA Racing Network” align=”alignright” width=”170″][/media-credit]POCONO, Pennsylvania (June 6, 2012) – – After taking a break from the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards tour last weekend at Elko (Minn.) Speedway, Josh Williams and his Josh Williams Motorsports (JWM) team turned their full attention towards the seventh race of the season – this Saturday’s Pocono ARCA 200 at Pocono (Pa.) Raceway.
The decision to skip last weekend’s race was not easy by any means. Especially, since the team had climbed into the top-10 in the championship standings following their exceptional top-15 performance at Toledo Speedway the weekend prior. However, the Concord, North Carolina-based team is hoping that their decision to forgo the Akona 200 will pay off with the team’s second top-10 run of the year on Saturday afternoon.
“We’ve been working hard on this downforce car for a while now,” said Williams, who sits 11th in the championship standings following his absence last weekend. It’s a really good car and collectively, we sat down as a team and decided if we wanted to go to Elko and not be fully prepared for some of the upcoming races or skip it and get ahead for the rest of the month. In the end, it wasn’t a hard decision.”
Solely focused on his inaugural Pocono debut, Williams in his No. 02 Southwest Florida Cable Construction / Shinestar Consulting Services Ford Fusion remains optimistic and feel with a little luck and some hard work – their season best finish could easily be on deck.
“There’s no doubt about it, we’re bringing a nice piece to the track but we’re hoping that reflects on the track with performance,” sounded Williams. “We’re a small team – fighting hard to make some noise in this series and I know we’re creeping up there as far as that goes. We wouldn’t be able to get to Pocono this weekend without the help of my parents, Southwest Florida Cable Construction, RoushYates and Shinestar Consulting Services, a new marketing partner for the weekend.”
Shinestar Consulting Services based in North Port, Florida provides management development and marketing support for medical device and pharmaceutical companies. Its clients include some of the largest fortune 500 companies in the United States.
With Pocono’s entire 2.5-mile triangle completely repaved, Williams isn’t sure what to expect once the track opens for practice on Friday morning but the Port Charlotte, Florida native knows that this may be a race that the fans may not soon forget.
“I think we’re going to be bunched up closely at high speeds which should produce some good racing,” explained the 18-year old. “I know everyone is up in the air with the rules package but I think the fans will get their money’s worth in the stands and at home on television.”
Experience will also be on Williams’s side this weekend as he’ll have one of the most experienced NASCAR Sprint Cup Series spotters atop of the stand helping him finesse his way through the pack. “You really don’t know what it means to have the support of a Cup spotter until you have them,” added Williams. “This is an advantage to us racing with the Cup guys. Not only am I going to rely on my spotter to help me during the race, but I’m also going to trust that he’ll help me with my line or anything else that he may have learned during Cup practice that could benefit us during the race, especially under the new circumstances of the track and all.”
The Pocono ARCA 200 (80 laps / 200 miles) is the seventh of 20 events on the 2012 ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards schedule. The 54th ARCA race at Pocono (Pa.) Raceway is a two-day show. Practice begins Friday, June 8 with a hour and fifty minute practice session planned from 10:00 a.m. – 11:50 a.m. Menards pole qualifying presented by Ansell is set for later in the day slated to begin at 2:05 p.m. A final fifty minute “happy hour” practice is scheduled from 5:10 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. The event will take the green flag Saturday, June 9 shortly after 1:30 p.m. The race will be televised on SPEED with a scheduled airing launch of 2:30 p.m. that afternoon. Additional coverage including timing and scoring available through the ARCA Racing Network (ARN) online atarcaracing.com. All times are local (Eastern).
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.