Daytona Countdown: 5 - Bobby Gerhart

Daytona Countdown: 5 - Bobby Gerhart

Bobby Gerhart's career in the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards dates back into the 1980s. The Lebanon, Pennsylvania dirt track specialist made the move to racing heavy, full-bodied stock cars on paved tracks and eventually became known as one of the preminent superspeedway drivers in series history.

Gerhart and brother Billy, who owns the No. 5 Chevrolet that Gerhart has driven throughout his career, have been inseparable over the course of their 30-plus year careers. Bobby has maintained the driving duties, while Billy has handled the mechanical aspects of the car and has served as crew chief.

Gerhart's first top-five finish, to no one's surprise, came on the dirt at Perry County Speedway in Hazard, Kentucky in 1988 when he finished fourth. He finished third on the dirt at Hagerstown in 1989, which served as his best career finish until he finally wrote his name in the record book as an ARCA winner at Daytona in 1999.

He followed with his second career win at Talladega in 2001. In 2002, he won for the second time at Daytona, and followed it with return trips to victory lane in 2005, 2006, 2007, 2010, 2011, and 2012. All told he has nine career wins, eight at Daytona, 55 career top-five finishes and 124 top-ten finishes. He's earned nine General Tire Pole Awards and led 841 laps in his career.

Gerhart will once again return to Daytona for the 32nd time for the Lucas Oil 200 driven by General Tire, and will again carry the Lucas Oil logos on his No. 5 Chevrolet.

The first official track activity of the season will come on Thursday, February 7 when the teams receive two hours of practice starting at 4 pm ET. There will be another hour of practice on Friday, February 8 starting at 9:30 am ET followed by General Tire Pole Qualifying at 3:30 pm ET. The green flag will wave over the expected 40-car field in the Lucas Oil 200 driven by General Tire at 4:30 pm ET on Saturday, February 9. ARCA for Me members can access live timing & scoring, live chat, and live track updates from Daytona exclusively at; new members can register for free at


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