CyberSpeed's Cummins Wins Hoosier Tire Hard-Charger Award, Sets Second-Fastest Race Lap at Talladega MAIDEN, N.C., Oct. 10 - Skip Cummins' goal for his first stock car race ever was simple: stay out of trouble and still be running when the ...
CyberSpeed's Cummins Wins Hoosier Tire Hard-Charger Award, Sets Second-Fastest Race Lap at Talladega
MAIDEN, N.C., Oct. 10 - Skip Cummins' goal for his first stock car race ever was simple: stay out of trouble and still be running when the checkered flag dropped.
The Houston-based driver did just that in last Friday night's Food World 250 ARCA RE/MAX Series race at the tough Talladega Superspeedway in Talladega, Ala. - and a whole lot more.
Cummins not only brought his CyberSpeed Racing Chevy Monte Carlo No. 97 home in one piece, but he set the second-fastest lap of the race and he won the Hoosier Tire Hard-Charger Award for being the driver to improve his starting position the most.
Cummins' fastest lap during Friday night's race was clocked in 48.706, which works out to an average of 196.4 mph miles per hour for the high-banked, 2.66-mile tri-oval. That was just a tick slower than the fastest lap run by anyone in the 81-lap race, which was Timothy Peters' lap at 197.354 mph. It was also much faster than the 189.485 mph (50.537 seconds) lap that veteran Bobby Gerhart ran to earn the Pork Pole last Thursday afternoon.
And it was also much faster than Cummins' qualifying lap of 52.189 (183.487 mph), which earned him the 32nd starting position in the 41-car race. Cummins won the Hoosier Tire Hard-Charger Award by finishing 18th in Friday night's race, improving 14 positions, more than anyone else.
It was an impressive result for someone making his first stock car start ever.
"It was an honor to run the second-fastest race lap at over 196 miles an hour and win the Hoosier Tire Hard-Charger Award in my first-ever stock car race," said Cummins, a native of Grove City, Pa. "It was my first race with ARCA and my first race at Talladega. I was awestruck by the track and the facility, and very impressed by the ARCA organization and the quality of the drivers, the crews and their equipment, including the cars."
Cummins, who has been racing a Daytona Prototype in the Grand American Rolex Series this year, is veteran Tony Ave's teammate at CyberSpeed Racing, a new team based in Maiden, N.C. Ave ran as high as eighth and appeared to be in line for a top-10 finish in Friday's race until the Mooresville, N.C. driver was caught up in a crash started by another driver with just a handful of laps remaining. In addition to being CyberSpeed's lead driver and Cummins' mentor, Ave is also the team's managing director as well as the engineer and crew chief for both cars.
"Although CyberSpeed is operating with a limited budget and only a few full-time personnel until such time as we get outside sponsorship, had Tony not been wrecked near the end of the race and had my gearbox not gotten stuck between first and reverse during my first pit stop, CyberSpeed would have no doubt had one car in the top 10 and the other in the top 15 in our first race with ARCA at a very challenging race track," Cummins pointed out.
"The entire CyberSpeed organization is looking forward to running in ARCA next year, starting with Daytona in February," Cummins continued. "Tony will no doubt run all the races in his quest for the 2007 championship and I will run 10 or so of the televised races to offer our sponsors who sign on for next year maximum exposure and return on their investment."