Gerhart Details Strategy in Radio Interview
Bobby Gerhart's win in the Lucas Oil Slick Mist 200 last weekend may have seemed the result of a lucky gamble, but the eight-time Daytona winner insists that plenty of strategy went into his latest triumph.
Gerhart spoke with motorsports radio host Larry Henry earlier this week on Pit Pass USA, Henry's weekly, hour-long talk show on the VoiceAmerica Sports Network.
He detailed his decision to pit on the first of 80 scheduled laps, and later discussed his winning move that catapulted him from fifth in the final lap's fourth turn to first at the checkered flag.
"The strategy to come in on Lap 1 was basically taking a gamble that there'll be a caution before we get a lap down, which didn't happen," he said in the interview. "However, we really felt we didn't have anything to lose. Starting in the back, it could have ended up looking like a tremendously heroic move. It didn't work that way, but we really felt that we lost nothing through it."
Gerhart talked about making a move to the outside on the final lap even before race leader Brandon McReynolds started to struggle without fuel.
"Well, actually, the lap before, the kid who ended up finishing second, Drew Charlson, gave me a pretty good shot at the right part of the race track, and I really did get a tremendous run," he said. "However, at the spot that I moved out at, I actually was on a pretty good run and may have gotten past a car or car and a half, but that was it. However, at the same I made the move, the leader bobbled, and it just backed everybody up."
Gerhart's full interview with Henry is available by clicking here.
The ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards will return to action Saturday, March 10, in the series' first trip to Mobile International Speedway.