There's a role reversal going on today at Toledo Speedway. Longtime ARCA crew chief and very occasional ARCA driver Kelly Kovski is behind the wheel, while his lifelong pal Justin Allgaier has the headset on.
Kovski, who has been employed by Allgaier Motorsport for decades, is testing today on the Toledo half-mile in preparation for his career-first start on pavement - that would be the Menards 200 presented by Federated Car Care coming May 18-19.
Kovski has also crew-chiefed for a variety of ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards drivers over the years, most notably, for Grant Enfinger in 2011 when they ran the full season under the Allgaier Motorsports banner. However, driving a big heavy ARCA car on pavement is all brand new to Kovski.
"It's fast a half mile," Kovski said. "Things happen quick. You go from, got grip, got grip - then you push it, and all of a sudden it snaps loose, so you have to be ready for that. In dirt racing, it's much more f...