Bobby Gerhart

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Bobby Gerhart
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Gerhart in the 1980s
Nationality United States American
Born (1958-07-21) July 21, 1958 (age 58)
Lebanon, Pennsylvania, United States
ARCA Racing Series career
Debut season 1988
Current team Bobby Gerhart Racing
Car no. 5
Starts 304
Wins 9
Poles 9
Best finish 2nd in 2006
Awards
1988 ARCA Permatex Super Car Series Rookie of the Year
Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series career
24 races run over 9 years
Best finish 44th (1985)
First race 1983 Van Scoy Diamond Mine 500 (Pocono)
Last race 1992 DieHard 500 (Talladega)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 0 0
NASCAR Xfinity Series career
18 races run over 7 years
2016 position 60th
Best finish 60th (2016)
First race 2001 Jani-King 300 (Texas)
Last race 2016 Subway Firecracker 250 (Daytona)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 0 0
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series career
7 races run over 4 years
Truck no., team No. 63 (Bobby Gerhart Racing)
2016 position 89th
Best finish 66th (1996)
First race 1996 Stevens Beil/Genuine Parts 200 (Flemington)
Last race 2017 NextEra Energy Resources 250 (Daytona)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 0 0
Statistics current as of February 24, 2017.

Robert "Bobby" Gerhart Jr.[1] (born July 21, 1958) is an American professional stock car racing driver. He currently drives the No. 5 Lucas Oil Chevrolet owned by his brother on a part-time basis in the ARCA Racing Series. He also drives the No. 85 Chevrolet Camaro for his own team Bobby Gerhart Racing, in the NASCAR Xfinity Series on a part-time basis. He also drives the No. 36 Chevy Silverado for his own team in a joint effort with the MB Motorsports team in the Camping World Truck Series. He has won nine times on the ARCA circuit, eight of those victories coming in the season-opening ARCA Daytona 200 at Daytona International Speedway (2012, 2010, 2006, 2005, 2002 and 1999).

Racing career[edit]

Gerhart in 1984 at Pocono

Early racing career[edit]

Gerhart began racing at Linda's Speedway, where he won his first feature race. He eventually competed in many dirt modified series throughout his home state of Pennsylvania, often competing at Penn National and Susquehanna Speedway. He eventually moved to ashpalt racing and competed at Pocono Raceway.

ARCA Racing Series[edit]

Gerhart's No. 5 car competing at Kentucky Speedway.

In 1988, Gerhart began competing in the ARCA Series and was named Rookie of the Year that season. He has competed in that series on a regular basis since then, returning to NASCAR in 1996 to drive in the Craftsman Truck Series. He and his No. 85 Chevrolet Silverado qualified three times and had a best finish of 15th. He returned to Cup in 1998 attempting to qualify the No. 54 and eventually the No. 89 Chevrolet after picking up sponsorship from Kewadin Casinos. He was unable to qualify for those three attempts, but was able to win the season-opening ARCA race at Daytona in 1999, and went on to finish 3rd in points that year.

Since that time, Gerhart has competed in a mostly limited schedule in ARCA. The lone exception was the 2006 season where he ran full-time and finished second in points. From 2005–2007 and again in 2010, he won the season opening race at Daytona.

NASCAR[edit]

He made his NASCAR debut in 1983 at Pocono, finishing thirty-eighth in the Henley Gray-owned Buick. He ran Winston Cup races at Pocono, Dover International Speedway, North Wilkesboro Speedway, Michigan International Speedway, and Daytona International Speedway over the next five years in the #71, #85, #25, and #59 Chevrolets with a best finish of 19th.

He made his first starts in the NASCAR Busch Series in 2001, driving four times in his #65 and having a best finish of 22nd. In 2009, Gerhart returned again to NASCAR in the Nationwide Series to drive the #75 for Bob Schacht. At his first race at Talladega Superspeedway, he qualified fifth and ran in the top-twenty for most of the day before wrecking. In 2013, it was announced that Gerhart would attempt to qualify for the DRIVE4COPD 300 in a car owned by him and his brother William Gerhart, numbered 85. However, Gerhart failed to qualify.[2] Gerhart ran a few Nationwide Series races later in the year.

He qualified for the 2014 DRIVE4COPD 300, finishing 33rd.[3] Gerhart failed to qualify his first 2 attempts at Daytona and Talladega in his own 85 car. Gerhart was named as the driver of the JD Motorsports No. 0 Chevrolet Camaro replacing Harrison Rhodes in Chicagoland. Gerhart qualified for the July race in Daytona, finishing 22nd. In October, Gerhart made his first NASCAR Camping World Truck Series start since 1996 driving the 36 truck for MB Motorsports with sponsorship from long time partner Lucas Oil. Gerhart finished 12th after spending most of the race towards the front of the field. Gerhart plans to do the Daytona triple in 2016, running the ARCA race, the NASCAR Camping World Truck race, and the Xfinity Series race.

Personal life[edit]

Gerhart's brother Billy serves as his crew chief. Their father is former Eastern Modified champion Bobby Gerhart, Sr. Gerhart, Sr. began his racing career in Pennsylvania in 1954, and was inducted into the Eastern Motorsport Press Association Hall of Fame in 2002. Other family members in racing include Deacon Gerhart and Dave Gerhart.[1][4][5]

Gerhart owns Bobby Gerhart's Truck World, a used truck dealership in his hometown.

Motorsports career results[edit]

NASCAR[edit]

(key) (Bold – Pole position awarded by qualifying time. Italics – Pole position earned by points standings or practice time. * – Most laps led.)

Nextel Cup Series[edit]

Daytona 500[edit]
Year Team Manufacturer Start Finish
1988 Gerhart Racing Chevy DNQ
1989 DNQ
1990 DNQ
2000 Gerhart Racing Chevy DNQ
2002 Gerhart Racing Pontiac DNQ

Xfinity Series[edit]

Camping World Truck Series[edit]

ARCA Racing Series[edit]

(key) (Bold – Pole position awarded by qualifying time. Italics – Pole position earned by points standings or practice time. * – Most laps led.)

* Season still in progress
1 Ineligible for series points

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Gerhart family celebrates 50 years of racing in '03; and it starts at Daytona". arcaracing.com. Lebanon, Pennsylvania: Automobile Racing Club of America. February 1, 2003. Retrieved 24 June 2015. 
  2. ^ "2013 DRIVE4COPD 300". Racing-Reference. USA Today Sports Media Group. Retrieved 2013-09-09. 
  3. ^ "2014 DRIVE4COPD 300". Racing-Reference. USA Today Sports Media Group. Retrieved 2014-02-22. 
  4. ^ "GERHART SR; PENNSYLVANIA LEGEND; TO BE INDUCTED INTO EMPA HALL OF FAME SATURDAY". arcaracing.com. Automotive Racing Club of America. September 6, 2005. Retrieved 24 June 2015. 
  5. ^ Press Release (May 1, 2014). "Bobby Gerhart to make 300th career ARCA start at Talladega; crediting an old friend; live Saturday on FOX Sports 1". Catchfence.com. Talladega, Alabama: Catchfence.com, Automobile Racing Club of America. Retrieved 24 June 2015. 

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