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Gomez to Make ARCA Debut at Chicagoland Speedway

Jonathon Gomez of Twin Falls, Idaho will make the first superspeedway start of his racing career this Friday at the 1.5-mile tri-oval Chicagoland Speedway. (The Spokesman-Review)
Jonathon Gomez of Twin Falls, Idaho will make the first superspeedway start of his racing career this Friday at the 1.5-mile tri-oval Chicagoland Speedway. (The Spokesman-Review)

He ran strong for his first time at Stateline Speedway for the Napa Auto Parts Idaho 200. Now Jonathon Gomez is ready for another new experience-running on a superspeedway in the ARCA Re/Max Series.

Courtesy: Jonathon Gomez Racing Media Relations

TWIN FALLS, IDAHO (August 27, 2009) Jonathon Gomez of Twin Falls, Idaho will
make the first superspeedway start of his racing career this Friday at the
1.5-mile tri-oval Chicagoland Speedway outside Joliet, IL. Gomez will be
driving the #38 Quaker Steak & Lube/Heritage Cattle Dodge for owner Greg
Sarff in the ARCA RE/MAX Series in what is also his first ARCA start in the
Ansell Cut Protection "150" sponsored event.



Gomez, a 26-year successful business entrepreneur in rural Idaho, has
continued to excel behind the wheel of a stock car after what many would
consider a late start to racing. Gomez has been an integral member of his
family's custom farming and cattle operation for several years but has also
ventured out to establish his own business successes with interests in
Century Boatland, J&C Custom Harvesting, and Gomez Farms. Racing comes
second for Gomez who typically works 16 hours a day. "The business has
always come first," Gomez offers. "We have worked hard to get to a point
where we can have a little more fun and the entire family enjoys racing. We
started our own team this year and we will see where it leads."



The race at Chicagoland Speedway is the natural next step for the youngster
as he continues to develop behind the wheel of a stock car. "The ARCA series
is a great series and to get a chance to drive the #38 Quaker Steak & Lube
Dodge is a thrill," Gomez said. "We tested the car last week and I got
pretty comfortable pretty quickly. I know Greg (Sarff-owner) and the rest of
the team will have a really good car for the race I and hope we can be
competitive."



Gomez cut his racing teeth on a tricky 1/3-mile paved oval in his hometown
before graduating to touring series' in the region. "Chicagoland is like
nothing I have ever raced other than Iowa Speedway," Gomez said. "Drafting
will be new and just the speed of the action will be different but I know I
will adapt and hopefully we can run up front all day."



Jonathon Gomez is in his fourth year of competitive racing having won local
track titles at Magic Valley Speedway in Twin Falls.  He has started seven
NASCAR Camping World Series races with three top ten finishes and is
currently fifth in the point standings in the CarbonX Rocky Mountain
Challenge Series on the strength of four top five finishes this season.
Plans call for Gomez to continue to gain experience and seat time in various
series' throughout the United States the rest of the year.



Jonathon Gomez is also supported by Heritage Cattle Company, Century
Boatland, J&C Custom Harvesting, and Gomez Farms. He will compete in the
ARCA race on Friday then head back to Idaho to compete in the RMCS event
Meridian (ID) Speedway on Saturday.  The race at Chicagoland Speedway will
be broadcast on SPEED Channel on Friday, August 28 at 6:30pm ET. For more
information on Jonathon Gomez, please log onto his website at
www.jonathongomez.com.




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