Texas: Eddie Sharp Racing Friday report

Eddie Sharp Racing's Nelson Piquet Jr. on the Pole at the Rattlesnake 150; Craig Goess to Start in the Sixth Position FORT WORTH, T.X. (April 16, 2010) - Nelson Piquet Jr. will sit on the pole for today's Rattlesnake 150 at Texas Motor...

Eddie Sharp Racing's Nelson Piquet Jr. on the Pole at the Rattlesnake 150; Craig Goess to Start in the Sixth Position

FORT WORTH, T.X. (April 16, 2010) - Nelson Piquet Jr. will sit on the pole for today's Rattlesnake 150 at Texas Motor Speedway with the ARCA Racing Series presented by RE/MAX and Menards. Craig Goess posted the fourth quickest time during practice and will start sixth Friday night.

Rain showers crossed the 1.5-mile Texas track Thursday throughout the afternoon and forced series officials to cancel the qualifying session. The starting grid will be s[esr.jpg] et using the 2009 ARCA Racing Series car owner point standings.

Piquet Jr., driver of the No. 6 Eddie Sharp Racing Toyota, will start at the front of the pack Friday, after ESR won the 2009 ARCA Racing Series Championship. Justin Lofton drove the No. 6 ESR the points championship in the car Piquet Jr. will drive on Friday.

"We're just lucky to be in the championship winning car," said Piquet Jr. "Hopefully, starting up front will allow us to lead some laps and run in the clean air."

During practice Thursday afternoon, Piquet Jr. was ninth fastest with a time of 29.405 seconds and speed of 183.642 mph.

Coming off a career-high second place finish last weekend at Salem Speedway, Goess will start in the sixth position on Friday night. The Greenville, N.C. native had a successful practice earlier Thursday posting the fourth fastest time of 29.009 seconds and speed of 185.810 mph.

"We tried a few different things in practice and qualifying, but I think we are going to go back to the original set-up to gain more speed," said Goess. "I don't think it helped us, but we tried to get the car as balanced as we could for a longer run. It's tough when you are practicing in the heat, and the sun is out, especially when you know the track is going to be completely different Friday night. The car feels pretty comfortable, so I think we are going to have to wait and see. I feel like we are going to have a good finish. "

The Rattlesnake 150 will be broadcast on SPEED at 6:30 p.m. CDT.

-source: esr

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Series ARCA
Drivers Nelson Piquet Jr. , Justin Lofton , Craig Goess