Levine Scores Career Best ARCA Qualifying Spot At DuQuoin
In only the second time in his career racing on a dirt track, David Levine placed his Momo / Ford Performance / TraqGear Ford Fusion on the second row of the starting grid for Labor Day’s Southern Illinois 100 at the DuQuoin State Fairgrounds. It marks his career best starting position thus far in his rookie season of ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards competition.
After the race, David commented “Awesome qualifying run! We definitely had a rocket ship in qualifying – I even left a little on the table. Starting p4 in my second time on dirt is not something I would have imagined at the beginning of the season. Huge thanks to Momo, TraqGear, Ford Performance and Lira Motorsports.”
Early in the race, David brought his car to pit road to address handling issues, which were immediately attributed to a cut tire. The lap 14 pit stop, while under caution, was earlier than the team had planned for the 100 lap event.
The race would eventually see seven caution periods for 47 laps, including an extended 14 lap caution period mid-race for track workers to address deteriorating track conditions in turns one and two. The track conditions may have been partially to blame for the overheating issues David’s car experienced for much of the race.
“It was a tough day for sure at DuQuoin, but my crew is awesome! They never gave up all day, even after we cut a tire early and overheated the rest of the race. Our qualifying effort finally showed what this team is capable of – has been capable of all year long. We’ll take the lead-lap, 12th place finish and move on to Salem.”
The next race on the ARCA Series schedule is the Federated Car Care Fall Classic 200, at Salem Speedway, on September 19th. This is the Series’ second visit to the high-banked Indiana track this year. In the April race, David finished 9th, winning the CGS Imaging Hard Charger Award for the race.