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ARCA Racing News: Eddie Sharp and Ken Schrader Announce Drivers for Daytona

February 5th, 2013 at 2:42 PM
By Clayton Caldwell

The ARCA Racing Series season-opening event at the Daytona International Speedway is just 11 days away. Two team owners have announced their driver lineup for the the 50th running of the Lucas Oil 250. 

Ken Schrader announced that 20 year old Phoenix, Arizona native Chad Boat will pilot Schrader's #52 Chevrolet for the event. Boat is excited for the opportunity. 

"It's a great opportunity to drive for Ken Schrader Racing at Daytona," Boat said. "The team always builds great cars for speedway racing and coming off a successful test at Talladega last week, I feel we're ready to challenge for the win at Daytona."

Boat recently won the Friday night portion of the Chili Bowl Nationals and is looking for bigger things to come in 2013. 

"The win at the Chili Bowl was great," Boat said. "Even though we had a flat tire in the final race, it's always a good feeling to stand in Victory Lane. I'm really looking forward to racing at Daytona and thankful to have the support of Mike Curb and Curb Records. Mike has a long history in racing, and it would be great to add some ARCA history to his name. My focus is to build on the experience I gained in the ARCA Series last year and continue the momentum for future races this season."


Another ARCA team announced their plans for Daytona: Eddie Sharp Racing announced that 20 year old Caleb Armstrong will run for the team at the Daytona race. Armstrong is an elite USAC Midget driver who set the fastest time in the three day test at Daytona in January. It will be Armstrong's second career ARCA start. 

"I am very excited to join Eddie Sharp Racing," said Armstrong. "They are a top-level team with a winning track record in both ARCA and the Truck Series, so it's a great place for me to be for the next step in my career."

Armstrong is one of the elite young talents in the sport. He won his first championship at the age of six and he has won countless races and championships in the last 14 years.

"We're very excited to have a driver of Caleb's talent join our team at Daytona International Speedway," commented team owner Eddie Sharp. "For only being 20 years old, he has a very impressive resume and clearly a lot of talent behind the wheel. He showed a lot of speed during the ARCA test in Daytona last month, and we're excited to have him in one of our cars for the season opener."

The ARCA Racing Series Lucas Oil 250 will be broadcasted live at 4:30 p.m. on February 16th on the Speed Channel. 

Tags: ARCA Racing Series, Caleb Armstrong, Chad Boat, Daytona International Speedway, Eddie Sharp Racing, Ken Schrader Racing, Motorsports

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