Craig Goess Leads Opening ARCA Practice at Chicagoland (JOLIET, Ill.) - Craig Goess posted the fastest time in last week's ARCA Racing Series presented by RE/MAX and Menards test at Chicagoland Speedway, and backed up his leading performance...
Craig Goess Leads Opening ARCA Practice at Chicagoland
(JOLIET, Ill.) - Craig Goess posted the fastest time in last week's ARCA Racing Series presented by RE/MAX and Menards test at Chicagoland Speedway, and backed up his leading performance this afternoon by turning a lap around the 1.5-mile oval in 30.842 seconds (175.086 mph) to top the chart in the series' opening practice.
Goess (No. 81 Greenville Toyota of N.C. Toyota) will enter tomorrow's continued preparation for the Ansell Protective Gloves 150 - the 15th of 20 races on the 2010 series schedule - as one of several favorites after edging Steve Arpin (No. 55 Mike's Hard Lemonade Toyota) and nine-time series champion Frank Kimmel (No. 44 Ansell/Menards Ford) atop the chart. Goess completed 26 laps in the session.
"When we first went out there, the track felt pretty similar to the test. It was just a little bit looser. We had a set of front shocks we wanted to try, a couple of things here and there. We've got a fast car. We'll keep our fingers crossed, and we don't want to have any bad luck. We should have a good shot for tomorrow's race," said Goess, who sits in third place in the series standings, 10 points behind Kimmel for the lead and five points behind Tom Hessert for second place.
Arpin waited until late in the session to drive the best of his 15 laps in 30.872 seconds (174.916 mph); Kimmel's top effort of 31.230 seconds (172.911 mph) came in just his third of 12 laps.
Eighteen-year-old Casey Roderick, the winner at New Jersey Motorsports Park two weeks ago, began his first speedway effort with the fourth-fastest best lap of the afternoon, at 31.235 seconds (172.883 mph). Justin Marks completed the top five with a best lap of 31.258 seconds (172.756 mph).
Patrick Sheltra, Mikey Kile, Tim George Jr., Chad Finley, and Hessert comprised the remainder of the top 10.
36 cars took laps. Benny Chastain completed 41, the most of any driver.
The second and final ARCA Racing Series practice takes place at 8 a.m. Central tomorrow, and will last one hour. Menards Pole Qualifying presented by Ansell - which has produced 12 pole winners in 13 qualifying sessions this season - is set to begin at 11:30 a.m. Central. The 100-lap, 150-mile Ansell Protective Gloves 150 will air live on SPEED at 6 p.m. Central. Live timing and scoring and live audio coverage of all events will be presented by ARCA Nation and the ARCA Racing Network at ARCARacing.com.