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Gerhart to miss Daytona, turn to owner role after heart attack

An eight-time Daytona winner, Bobby Gerhart has his Daytona fleet prepped and ready to roll. The ARCA car is ready to put on the truck for pre-season testing and a new NASCAR Gander RV and Outdoors Truck Series entry is ready to roll too.

But there is one major change to the plan. Gerhart himself isn’t planning on being behind the wheel.

"I guess you could say I got the greatest Christmas gift of all," Gerhart said in a recent phone interview. "I was at home and wasn’t feeling well and drove myself to the doctor. When I got there they said I had a pretty serious heart attack. It could have been a matter of five minutes or five hours, but had I waited, it’s pretty likely it would not have ended up as well as it did. I still have a very long road to go but I have been given a second chance here and for that I am very lucky and very grateful."

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