Michael Lira In for Josh Williams Motorsports at DuQuoinby Kyle Pokrefky September 3, 2016 0 comments
The landscape of the ARCA Racing Series’s championship battle has taken a dramatic turn entering the General Tire Grabber 100 at DuQuoin State Fairgrounds on Sunday with Michael Lira’s name being submitted as the driver of the Josh Williams Motorsports No. 6 machine.
Josh Williams, driver/owner of the No. 6 car and the second-place driver in the points standings, has not been entered as a driver of a car for Sunday and instead will serve as Lira’s crew chief for the 100-lap event.
Entering DuQuoin, Williams trailed points leader Chase Briscoe by 510 markers with five races remaining in the season.
“It will be interesting having Josh as the crew chief,” Lira said. “It’s nice to have people working with you that have also raced, that way they understand more of what you’re going through. He has so much knowledge and up-to-date experience in these cars, so I am excited to have him as my crew chief.
“I’m really honored that Josh and his team wanted me to drive the No. 6 this weekend at DuQuoin.”
With his start in the No. 6 car this weekend, Lira will officially make his dirt debut in the ARCA Racing Series.
“What’s going to be tough is keeping up with how the track changes throughout the day and making the right adjustments to the car to correspond to that,” Lira stated. “One thing I remember from when I tested was there is a distinct racing line, and if you go outside of that line, there’s zero grip and a good chance you’ll wreck. Staying in the groove will be key to having a good night on Sunday.”
With four races remaining in the series schedule following DuQuoin, announcements regarding the driver lineup of the Josh Williams Motorsports entry for the remainder of the season are expected down the road.
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