The idea was to save ground. Instead, locals Bobby Gerhart and Kyle Martel gave ground – although it was grudgingly.
Gerhart and Martel lost track position during Saturday’s Weis 125 ARCA stock-car race at Pocono Raceway’s 2.5-mile tricky triangle in Long Pond. Gerhart, who started 12th, finished 14th, while Martel, who began 18th, came in 19th.
The checkered flag went to Robb Brent, who recorded the first ARCA victory of his career by besting Dakota Armstrong by 2.844 seconds. Brent was the ninth driver this season to notch his initial ARCA win.
After starting in the middle of the field, neither Martel or Gerhart ever seriously threatened the leaders. At no point in the 125-mile race did the Lebanon County residents crack the top ten.
Gerhart, who has run more laps at Pocono than any other driver in the history of ARCA racing but never won there, entered the event 23rd in the 2010 ARCA points standings. It was Gerhart’s sixth ARCA start this year.
Martel, 23, came in 43rd in the points race, and now has started three ARCA events during 2010.
The Weis 125, the 11th of 20 stops on the ARCA schedule, was shortened from 80 to 50 laps to accomodate an earlier truck race.