Chad Boat the son of 1997 Chili Bowl champion Billy Boat raced his way into the A main in this year’s Chili Bowl by winning his feature. Chad put himself in position to follow in his father’s footsteps and win the prestigious event. A flat tire during the race kept him from victory lane but his efforts didn’t go unnoticed.
Chad Boat said, “The win at the Chili Bowl was great, Even though we had a flat tire in the final race, it’s always a good feeling to stand in Victory Lane.”
Chad Boat has been chosen to pilot the Ken Schrader No. 52 Curb Records Chevrolet in the ARCA Racing Series opening race at Dayton International Speedway.
“It’s a great opportunity to drive for Ken Schrader Racing at Daytona,” Chad said. “The team always builds great cars for speedway racing and coming off a successful test at Talladega last week, I feel we’re ready to challenge for the win at Daytona.”
The ARCA Racing Series is one of the stepping stones to a NASCAR racing career. Many of today’s stars honed their stock car racing skills in the ARCA series. The most recent star to do so was Danica Patrick. Experience driving this race can be used as a reference to get a NASCAR license enabling a new driver to run the Daytona 500.
Chad said, “I’m really looking forward to racing at Daytona and thankful to have the support of Mike Curb and Curb Records. Mike has a long history in racing, and it would be great to add some ARCA history to his name. My focus is to build on the experience I gained in the ARCA Series last year and continue the momentum for future races this season.”
Chad doesn’t have plans to run the whole ARCA Racing schedule but who knows maybe a great finish in the opening race at Daytona will lead to other opportunities. That is the life of a race car driver.
The ARCA Racing Series Lucas Oil 200 is Saturday, Feb. 16. If you can’t get to Daytona International Speedway it will be broadcast on the Speed Channel at 4:30 p.m. ET.
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