Speedweeks 2022 Review - Race to Stop Suicide 200 & Daytona
ARCA East From New Smyrna Speedway
Moorseville, NC, February 21, 2022 – What a week that was! The 2022 Season really hit off with a bang, with Stephanie announcing a new partner and spending the week withg her team during Speedweeks 2022.
A New Partnership
Before even unloading in New Smyrna, some big news was announced on Valentine’s day; being part of the Busch Beer #accelerateher program. Along with 6 other Women that are part of the program, Busch has made a commitment to the psort and these driver’s with an ultimate goal of reaching the NASCAR Cup Series.
“I’m so excited to finally let the cat out of the bag!” Said Stephanie. “I’m proud to join the Busch Beer Family, and am so grateful for their commitment to women in NASCAR. Let’s Go Racing!”
Busch has made a multi-year commitment with media training and monetary support worth up to $10 million between all the drivers. For more information on the program and Stephanie’s Busch teammates, see the program’s website www.busch.com/accelerateher/
New Smyrna Review
From the get go, the event was a learning curve. The #01 Evergreen Raceway Park/#poweredbyfans Toyota for Fast Track Racing, was set up to be tight and snug, but this proved to be a moving target all day.
Out of the gate, Stephanie was a student, learning how to approach turn 3 and 4, but struggled with turn 1 and 2. As the hour and a half long practice/qualifying session went on, she picked up pace, ultimately reaching 10th on the board.
Carrying her brother’s memorial sticker just behind her on the B-Pillar, and with her first laps at the Florida Short Track behind her, it was now time to race. The start got a bit hairy, with the outside row checking up on the start droping Steph to 12th.
She clawed her way back up to 10th by the halfway race break, where her crew changed 4 tires and added fuel, as well as adjusted the racecar. In the final half of the race, Steph was able to pick off one more position before the car began to tighten up.
“We hit our goal and started the season off strong! This was a fun track to drive” said Moyer after her 9th Place finish. “It was awesome meeting all the new fans I’ve made and I hope I get the chance to race here again.”
The 9th Place finish places Stephanie 14 points off the leader, and sets her up for a hopeful title challenge in the next 6 races.
Following the New Smyrna Race, the ARCA Racing tour rolled on to continue Speedweeks 2022 at Daytona. With three days of activities on tap, Stephanie spent time with the team and fulfilling sponsor obligations.
In the few minutes between her responsibilities, many of her former College classmates from the University of Northwestern Ohio took the time to meet up with her in the garage area.
“I was so stoked to see so many people I knew out there! It’s never a bad thing to catch up with some old friends there. I’m hoping I can be out there on the track next year, Daytona has always been a favorite of mine”.
The Next Race on the schedule will be the Pensacola 200 from 5 Flags Speedway, March 19th, 2022. Before that, the full race from New Smyrna will be airing on USA Network, February 25, 2022 (1PM ET)
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