Lakeland: First practice quotes

First Practice Session Notes & Quotes Friday, March 23, 2007 The ARCA RE/MAX Series hosted their first inaugural practice session at USA International Speedway on Friday afternoon. Friday's session served as the first of two practice sessions ...

First Practice Session Notes & Quotes
Friday, March 23, 2007

The ARCA RE/MAX Series hosted their first inaugural practice session at USA International Speedway on Friday afternoon. Friday's session served as the first of two practice sessions leading up to ARCA pole qualifying set for Saturday afternoon (4:30pm Eastern Time). The 41-car field will take the green flag for the Construct Corps-Palm Beach Grading (PBG) 250 shortly after 7:30 pm Eastern Time.

Here is what some of the drivers are saying from the practice session.

BRYAN SILAS, NO. 11 PALM BEACH GRADING (PBG)-NORTAX-HOLLAND PUMP CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO

Silas, a rookie on the ARCA RE/MAX Series Rookie-of-the-Year candidate notched the 18th quickest lap of the session with a quick lap of 23.130 seconds at 116.732 MPH. Silas is one of the few ARCA drivers in the field that has experience on the three-fourths (3/4) mile oval when he competed in the United Speed Alliance Racing Series (USAR) two weeks ago finishing 25th.

"We have a good car. The testing definitely paid off. This is a big weekend for our Fast Track Racing team and I'm really excited for race time. We've worked hard on our program since Daytona with a lot of concentration on this race. My crew mad some changes to the car, so I think we'll be even better tomorrow.

DEXTER BEAN, NO. 6 FIVE STAR TELECOM CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO

Bean, a sophomore driver on the ARCA RE/MAX Series tour posted the 19th fastest time of the day with a quick lap of 23.157 seconds at 116.595 MPH. The Westby Wisconsin native is hoping to improve on his 16th place finish in the season opener, The ARCA 200 at Daytona (International Speedway) last month.

"We improved on the session and that's what important. We used the first practice session to gain knowledge about the track and to get a baseline setup for Saturday. We know what changes we're going to make and they should work. We're looking for the same performance we had at Salem Speedway (Bean sat on the pole, led 63 laps en route to an 11th place finish)."

PHILLIP MCGILTON, NO. 47 SIPERFORMANCE-BREWCO MOTORSPORTS FORD FUSION

McGilton, the current ARCA RE/MAX Series Rookie-of-the-Year leader had a little bit of a hiccup during his first short track practice of the year Friday. Midway through the two-hour session McGilton looped his No. 47 Ford Fusion in turn one.

Tim Russell and AJ Henriksen were also collected in the incident. McGilton suffered minor damage on the left rear of his SIPerformance machine, but his Brewco Motorsports will have the car ready for second round practice on Saturday afternoon. Still, the Illinois native motored to the 26th fastest lap of the session with a time of 23.362 seconds at 115.572 MPH.

"We were wicked loose. The car just escaped me. Luckily we didn't suffer any major damage and we'll be able to get back on Saturday. We're just looking for a strong run on Saturday night to continue our momentum from Daytona (McGilton finished a career best ninth)."

DOMINICK CASOLA, NO. 1 CASOLA FARMS FORD TAURUS

United Speed Alliance Racing Series competitor takes a major step in his racing career this weekend at USA International Speedway. Casola will attempt to make his ARS (ARCA RE/MAX Series) debut on Saturday night in a car prepared by veteran ARCA RE/MAX Series owner Andy Belmont.

If all goes according to plan, Casola will be a familiar face on the tour expecting to run the remaining 22 ARCA RE/MAX Series events.

"We're off to a solid start. The car is good. We're just working on some things. I think we'll be okay in practice tomorrow and I really think we can have a good qualifying effort. I want to thank everyone who is making my ARCA debut possible. If we can just get a solid finish on Saturday, I reached my goals."

NICK TUCKER, NO. 48 FREEFEDS.org DODGE CHARGER

Tucker, a former NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series (NCTS) driver is substituting for normal ARCA RE/MAX Series driver Roger Carter II in the No. 48 Dodge Charger this weekend. Carter II is recovering from a personal injury suffered in North Carolina earlier this week.

In a car owned by the legendary James "Harvey" Hylton, Tucker, an employee and test driver for Evernham Motorsports logged the 30th fastest lap with a time of 23.756 seconds or 113.655 MPH.

"We didn't have a good session. We had problems with the brakes and gear. Things are looking up for this Carter-2-Motorsports team. I think we have the brake problem corrected and we have a new gear in the car, so we should improve greatly on Saturday. This race is huge for Carter-2-Motorsports and FreeFeds.org; we're just looking to take the checkered flag with the best finish possible."

ADAM EDWARDS, NO. 10 RACECOOLERS.COM FORD TAURUS

Edwards, a former General Manager for Day Enterprises takes a major step in his career by attempting to make the Construct Corps-Palm Beach Grading (PBG) 250 in a car fielded by Fast Track Racing and Andy Belmont Racing.

Edwards, a native of Virginia was the 32nd fastest car on Friday afternoon after posting a time of 23.841 seconds at 113.250 MPH.

"Our RaceCoolers.com Ford still has a lot left. We were smoking through most of the practice session, but that's been corrected and we should be good to go. Hopefully practice on Saturday will yield better results and we'll post a strong qualifying effort. It's a long race. We just want to survived and log some laps, I think we'll accomplish that."

-credit: knight

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Series ARCA
Drivers Andy Belmont , Tim Russell , Roger Carter