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Fuel pressure issues spoil great ARCA Run for Mayer

Sam Mayer, 15, from Franklin appeared on his way to a great performance as the lone Wisconsin rep in the second ARCA race of the season, the Pensacola 200 with his #21 Team Chevy GMS Racing Chevrolet but a second half fuel pressure issue halted him.

Mayer Qualified 14th fastest at the ARCA Pensacola 200 Presented by Inspectra Thermal Solutions March 9 at Five Flags Speedway in Florida.

The young Wisconsin racer began moving forward during a long green flag stint, making a steady move to the front.

On Lap 51 Mayer moved past Christian Eckes into eighth spot and eight laps later he slid into seventh past Ty Gibbs.

Mayer continued moving forward, making his way by Kaden Honeycutt into sixth on Lap 69 and he was in the top five when he went by Corey Heim on Lap 78.  Under Caution Mayer pitted with the pack and returned to the track sixth. He dropped to eighth on the restart. He made his way back to sixth by Lap 119 but got no closer. He fell back to seventh with 152 laps to go and eighth a couple laps later.

Ultimately, Mayer was forced to the pits with some fuel pressure issues and he never returned, ultimately classed 15th.

Fourth at New Smyrna

Earlier, Mayer raced at New Smyrna in the NASCAR K&N Series East Opener, ranking fourth in his GMS Racing Chevy Accessories #21, giving Wisconsin two in the top five as the race was won by Derek Kraus of Stratford in his NAPA Auto Parts/Curb Records Toyota.

Mayer is another Wisconsinite that has an ambitious schedule played on the GMS team as he is scheduled to race in NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series events as well as the K&N East Series and another half-dozen ARCA Series events.

Next up for Mayer will likely be the Zombie Auto 150 at Bristol Motor Speedway, the second race of the K&N East Series schedule on April 6.

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