Levine Races To 6th Top Ten Finish Of The Year At Chicagoland
JOLIET, IL (June 20, 2015) David Levine raced to a 9th place finish on Saturday at Chicagoland Speedway in the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards Scott 150, marking his 6th top ten finish of the year.
The race weekend started with a practice session on Friday. During the two-hour session, David’s Lira Motorsports crew made multiple adjustments in an effort to get the car’s handling to David’s liking on the 1.5-mile track, where he had raced in two previous ARCA events in 2012 and 2013.
In qualifying, David picked-up more than a full second over his fastest practice speed, placing himself in the 9th position on the starting grid. This marked his third top ten qualifying effort of the year.
David remained within a few positions of his starting spot for the first half of the race, until making his only pit stop of the day just past the midway point of the 100 lap event. David had lost a lap to eventual race winner, and teammate, Ryan Reed a few laps earlier. He then lost a second lap during his stop, rejoining the field in the 15th position.
Unfortunately for David, the fifth and final caution of the race came out immediately after he had finished his green flag pit stop. He took the wave-around before the green flag to gain one of his laps back, then raced his way into the free pass position. However, no additional caution periods would occur, and he finished the race as the first car one-lap down.
After the race, David commented: “Another race, another top ten, and a good points day. We had a top five car though. The yellow right after we made our pit stop really messed us up. Hopefully our luck will improve when we’re back to short track racing next weekend.”
David’s finish will keep atop the Scott Rookie Challenge standings, a position he has held for the past five races. It will also keep him at 5th in the overall ARCA Series driver points standings.
David will return to action for the Herr’s Chase The Taste 200 at Winchester Speedway this Sunday.