August 22, 2012
The ARCA Truck Series reports that Gearhart Racing of Kendallville, IN has signed veteran racing driver Stephen Cox to compete in this weekend's THIKtees.com 100 ARCA Truck race.
The event marks Cox's return to ARCA Truck racing after a 9-year absence. His lone race in the series produced a top ten finish at Toledo in 2003. Cox will pilot the #45 Boschett Timepieces/Gearhart Timber Chevrolet S-10 at Ohio's Lorain County Speedway, just west of Cleveland, on Saturday night at 7:30 pm Eastern. The race will air in October on the TUFF TV national television network.
The move comes after Cox's previous team, Pack Motorsports, withdrew from the Super Cup Stock Car series, where he was leading the Rookie of the Year title chase with two races remaining and stood fifth in overall championship points.
ARCA Trucks will bring a stark contrast in driving style, replacing Super Cup's 3300-lb, 600-hp former Nationwide cars with 2200-lb, 400-hp trucks powered by V6 and V8 engines.
“You can't really drive a Nationwide car in the corners,” Cox said. “You have to wait for the car to pivot at the apex. They just don't turn. The ARCA Trucks do. You can drive them hard in the turns and you really don't miss the extra horsepower because the trucks are a thousand pounds lighter.”
The arrangement with Gearhart Racing is a one-race agreement, although the series confirmed that two truck teams have expressed interest in Cox. He is expected to sign with a team full-time prior to the JEGS.com 100 in Xenia, Ohio on August 31st.