Daytona: CyberSpeed Racing preview

CyberSpeed Racing Ready for ARCA Season Opener Saturday at Daytona MAIDEN, N.C., Feb. 7 - After doing very well in the ARCA RE/MAX Series race at Talladega, Ala., last October, CyberSpeed Racing is excited about participating in this Saturday's...

CyberSpeed Racing Ready for ARCA Season Opener Saturday at Daytona

MAIDEN, N.C., Feb. 7 - After doing very well in the ARCA RE/MAX Series race at Talladega, Ala., last October, CyberSpeed Racing is excited about participating in this Saturday's 2007 season opener at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway.

Tony Ave, a native of Hurley, Wis., now residing in Mooresville, N.C., and Skip Cummins, a native of Grove City, Pa., now living in Houston, are both entered in the 80-lap/200-mile event. They'll drive CyberSpeed Racing Chevrolet Monte Carlos powered by Pro-Motor-prepped Chevy engines. Ave's car is red and white and will carry the number 87, while Cummins' car sports yellow and blue "hot rod" livery and carries the number 97.

Ave's car is expected to also have an on-board camera for the live broadcast on SPEED from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Eastern time.

Cummins earned the Hoosier Tire Hard Charger Award in his first ARCA race ever last fall. He wants to make the show and also do well in Saturday's race, which falls on his 53rd birthday.

Although he's an ARCA RE/MAX Series rookie, it's not Cummins' first race at Daytona. He and Ave finished 20th in the top class, Daytona Prototype, in the Brumos Porsche 250 Rolex Series race last June 29 on Daytona's road course. Ave had their Riley Pontiac as high as tenth in the early going but a gearbox problem caused it to drop back in the standings at the end.

Despite that previous experience here, Cummins learned that Saturday's race is going to be a whole new ballgame after he tested the stock car at Daytona earlier this year.

"Testing went well, but the complete oval is a lot more narrow and a lot bumpier than the road course," Cummins said. "Testing was stock-car-racing reality for me. I was 25th or so. If the testing times would have been qualifying times I would have made the show, which is my first goal.

"In the past I've driven on the road course at Daytona, which incorporates most of the oval, but now this is the full oval," he elaborated. "The stock car doesn't handle quite as well as the Daytona Prototype, and you notice the bumps more in a stock car.

"I drove for most of the Daytona Prototype race here last year over the Fourth of July holiday, and we finished," he added. "Making the show is my first goal; finishing the race is my second goal.

"I'm looking forward to spending my birthday racing," he added. "It's a historic race, and I want to make the field and do well on my birthday."

Cummins' mentor, Ave, who ran in the top-10 during most of the race at Talladega, wants a top-10 finish at Daytona on Saturday.

"I love racing at Daytona, and restrictor plate racing is among my favorite things as well," said Ave, a veteran of many different forms of racing. "It'll be a very big accomplishment to qualify in such a tough, full field, but we look forward to the challenge.

"I had a car that could win at Talladega that was completely destroyed, so this replacement piece was put together in the past few months with a top finish in this race in mind," he added. "We also hope to announce a new sponsor on Saturday, so I'm glad Speedweeks is finally here."

Practice begins Thursday morning. Starting grid positions one through 32 will be determined when each of the 70 entries runs two laps under the clock when qualifying begins at 11:05 a.m. Friday. The race starts at 4:15 p.m. Saturday.

-credit: cyberspeed racing

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Series ARCA
Drivers Tony Ave , Skip Cummins