(NEW BREMEN, Ohio - February 3, 2013) - Drew Charlson wasn't exactly a household name in the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards. Prior to the 2012 season, the New Bremen, Ohio rookie had just one ARCA start - at Toledo Speedway in 2011 where he finished 24th. Nothing to write home about. Then, in just his second series start last year at Daytona, Charlson chiseled his name in the ARCA history books with a stellar second place finish at the "World Center of Racing".
He raced in the top-10 most of the way, managed to avoid a last-lap crash involving the leaders, and followed eight-time Daytona winner Bobby Gerhart under the checkered flag. And just that fast, Charlson found himself in the media center at Daytona answering questions to media he had never met before.
"We had a great 2012," Charlson said. "We made three ARCA starts and I gained valuable experience. Our year was highlighted by the second place finish in the Lucas Oil Slick Mist 200 at Daytona, in only our second ARCA start. Our goal is to improve at every track we run, so we are looking to put the No. 3 Aluma Aluminum Trailers Chevrolet in victory lane at Daytona."
Charlson tested at Daytona for the upcoming Lucas Oil 200 presented by MAVTV American Real.
"We took the same car to Daytona and we learned a lot. We were happy with the speed in single car runs and how it handled in the draft."
However, to get ready for the test, the body had to be completely rebuilt and a new front clip installed after it was destroyed in an accident at Talladega Superspeedway last May. Any worries about speed were quickly diminished as Charlson posted the sixth fastest time in single car runs on day two of the Daytona test. Drafting practice brought some more changes and adjustments to the car. By the end of day three, Charlson had posted the seventh best time in drafting, while working with Gerhart and others.
"We had a list of changes we wanted to make on the car. We were able get a lot of track time and see how the car responded to each change. We were pretty satisfied with the test; we were never in full qualifying trim and we were not using our race motor, which should provide a little more horsepower come race time."
Aluma Aluminum Trailers, Charlson's long time sponsor during his tenure in the USAC Kenyon Series and Main Event Outlaw Series, has signed on as primary sponsor for the ARCA events at Daytona and Talladega.
Additionally, AgriGold Seed Company and Heitkamp Crop Insurance are back on board as associate sponsors for all races, with AgriGold Seed Company stepping up their involvement in the Main Event Racing Series. Charlson also welcomes new associate sponsor J&M Manufacturing at Daytona.
"I can't wait to get to Daytona for the Lucas Oil 200. We are so thankful to Aluma Trailers, J&M Manufacturing, AgriGold Seed and Heitkamp Crop Insurance for giving us this opportunity. This car has sat on the pole at Daytona and Talladega, visited victory circle at Talladega and finished second at Daytona, so we know that we have the equipment to be a contender."
Daytona is the biggest race on the ARCA schedule, and the list of former winners includes Benny Parsons, Kyle Petty, Ryan Newman, Kyle Busch and many more notable NASCAR stars. This year's race marks the 50th Anniversary race at Daytona since ARCA debuted on the historic 2.5-mile superspeedway in 1964.
Aluma Aluminum Trailers (Bancroft, Iowa) is a relatively new company that produces light weight, strong, rust free trailers for many purposes, with over 60 models of open utility and enclosed cargo trailers to choose from.
"Aluma has provided us with amazing trailers to transport our race cars. We log tens of thousands of miles annually and could not be happier with our trailers. They pull so smooth and easy that sometimes I forget they are behind me. They have the most complete aluminum utility and recreational trailer line in America and we couldn't be more pleased to continue our relationship with them," added Charlson.
The 50th Anniversary Lucas Oil 200 presented by MAVTV American Real is live on SPEED at 4:30 p.m. eastern Saturday, February 16. The event precedes the same-night Sprint Unlimited for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.
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