CyberSpeed Talladega qualifying report

Both CyberSpeed Monte Carlos Make Field for Talladega TALLADEGA, Ala., Oct. 5 - Both of the CyberSpeed Racing Chevrolet Monte Carlos made the field for Friday's Food World 250 ARCA RE/MAX Series race during qualifications Thursday afternoon at...

Both CyberSpeed Monte Carlos Make Field for Talladega

TALLADEGA, Ala., Oct. 5 - Both of the CyberSpeed Racing Chevrolet Monte Carlos made the field for Friday's Food World 250 ARCA RE/MAX Series race during qualifications Thursday afternoon at Talladega Superspeedway. It is the Maiden, N.C.-based team's first event in this series, and the competition was intense for the 41 starting spots.

Veteran Tony Ave of Mooresville, N.C. qualified the No. 87 in 29th position with a time of 52.061 for an average speed of 183.938 miles per hour for the 2.66-mile superspeedway. Ave finished third in this race three races ago in the same car.

Skip Cummins of Houston earned the right to make his first ARCA RE/MAX start ever by putting the No. 97 in the field in 32nd spot with a lap in 52.189 for an average speed of 183.487 mph.

Bobby Gerhart won the Pork Pole with a 50.537 (189.485 mph). F1's Juan Pablo Montoya, who like Cummins is making his ARCA debut, qualified second.

A total of 53 cars were entered and 49 took time. Ave was the 25th driver to go under the clock while Cummins was the 34th. Cummins qualified right on the bubble, as the top 32 cars qualified by speed and the rest took provisionals. Since this is CyberSpeed Racing's first ARCA RE/MAX Series race it does not have points to fall back on for provisionals, so its team members were delighted that both cars made the show on their qualifying times.

Tony Ave: "As far as the 87 car goes, we ran our fastest lap of the week so far in qualifying. We're not happy where we qualified, but we're happy that we qualified. We look forward to running well in the race tomorrow. Bobby Dotter is going to help us out with some pit crew personnel from his NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series team, and we'll just try our best."

Skip Cummins: "I'm beyond pleased by the fact that the two-car CyberSpeed Racing ARCA RE/MAX team will make its debut in tomorrow's Food World 250 at Talladega. We didn't make the field by a whole lot, but given the size of our budget and the size of our crew, it's a real testament to Tony Ave and the entire CyberSpeed Racing team that both cars made the show. I'm really looking forward to a safe race and the best-possible finish tomorrow."

Both Ave and Cummins were very complimentary about the track's recently-completed repaving. The track was last repaved 27 years ago.

Friday's race is the longest race on the ARCA RE/MAX Series schedule.

With time trials complete, drafting will be the focus of tomorrow morning's final practice session from 9 a.m. until 10 a.m. The 250-mile, 94-lap race will get the green flag at 4:30 p.m. Central time. It will be broadcast on a same-day, tape-delayed basis at 8 p.m. Eastern time on SPEED.

For more information see the team's Web site at cyberspeedracing.us; the series' Web site at arcaracing.com, and the track's Web site at talladegasuperspeedway.com.

-credit: csr

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Series ARCA
Drivers Tony Ave , Bobby Gerhart , Skip Cummins