Friday, April 6, 2007 -- The ARCA RE/MAX Series hosted their first practice session of the season at Nashville Superspeedway Friday afternoon. Friday's session under brisk temperatures served as the first and only practice sessions leading up to...
Friday, April 6, 2007 -- The ARCA RE/MAX Series hosted their first practice session of the season at Nashville Superspeedway Friday afternoon. Friday's session under brisk temperatures served as the first and only practice sessions leading up to ARCA pole qualifying set for later this afternoon (6:40pm Eastern Time). The 41-car field will take the green flag for the Nashville ARCA 150 shortly after 1:00 pm Eastern Time serving as the prelude to the NASCAR Busch Series' Pepsi 300.
Here is what some of the drivers are saying from the practice session.
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 30.048 seconds at 159.704 MPH. The Westby Wisconsin native is hoping to improve on his previous best Nashville Superspeedway finish of 15th (April, 2006). Bean is also featured in this weekend's official race program on page 36.
"We're solid," said Bean. "This is the same car we ran at Pocono Raceway and Chicagoland Speedway which yielded great runs for this BlackJack Racing team. We're going to make a few adjustments before qualifying and plan to start our No. 6 Chevrolet Monte Carlo near the top."
He continued, "This is a big weekend for us. I want to thank everyone at Nashville Superspeedway for choosing us to be a part of their race day program. It's a huge honor. Hopefully we can race well on Saturday and have a chance at the Gibson guitar (race trophy)."
DOMINICK CASOLA, NO. 1 A. CASOLA FARMS FORD TAURUS
After a promising debut in the ARCA RE/MAX Series last month at USA International Speedway, Dominick Casola is back. Ready to attack Nashville and run the remainder of the 2007 ARCA RE/MAX Series schedule.
Expanding his racing resume this weekend, Casola driving for Andy Belmont Racing (ABR) maneuvered the 37th fastest lap putting him officially with a time of 31.031 seconds and a speed of 156.645 MPH respectively.
"The car is good. We never made a sticker run, we have a lot left in our No. 1 A. Casola Farms Ford Taurus. I was pretty comfortable out there in practice. We're going to put on some stick Hoosier tires and get it in the show and go from there."
ALEX GARCIA, NO. 94 DIXIEN CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO
With one NASCAR Busch Series (NBS) start under his belts and several more on the way, Alex Garcia, a rookie driver and owner returns to the ARCA RE/MAX Series hoping to gather additional seat time and experience that will help with his NBS program which will run a limited schedule this season before launching a planned full season in 2008.
Forming an alliance with Darrell Basham Racing to utilize the No. 94 this weekend, the Venezuelan native posted the 38th fastest effort with a time of 31.374 seconds at 152.955 MPH.
"We made some strides," Garcia said. "At first our practice was real interesting. We came back with a complete different setup from what we ran here at the test (March 31) and we struggled in the beginning. We made some changes and our times improved. We did not make a sticker run and we're going to make some additional changes before qualifying which should put our No. 94 Dixien-OmniSource Chevrolet into the starting grid."
PHILLIP MCGILTON, NO. 47 SIPERFORMANCE-BREWCO MOTORSPORTS FORD FUSION
McGilton, the current ARCA RE/MAX Series Rookie-of-the-Year leader recently tested (March 14) at Nashville Superspeedway in preparation for Saturday's third race of the season. In that session, McGilton roared to third fastest on the speed charts (30.030 seconds, 159.441 MPH).
In practice, McGilton hammered out the 11th fastest lap with a quick time of 29.810 seconds at 160.980 MPH putting him 11th overall on the speed charts.
"The car is really consistent in race trim," he said. "I think we'll be better in qualifying, I think we'll start inside the top-10. The Brewco Motorsports team has done a great job preparing this car. They have had a lot of success here at Nashville Superspeedway and we plan to continue that trend on Saturday. "
He added, "We're sitting pretty high in the points and we would like to walk away from Nashville with our points position intact as we head to Salem Speedway" (event No. 4, April 22).
BRYAN SILAS, NO. 11 NORTRAX-SHELL ROTELLA T FORD FUSION
NOTE: Fast Track Racing has picked up Shell-Rotella T as a sponsor of his No. 11 Ford Fusion this weekend. The Nashville ARCA 150 will serve as the first of several races on the hood of the Stuart, Florida native's hood. Shell-RotellaT will be for the remainder of the 21 ARCA RE/MAX Series races this season.
Silas, a rookie on the ARCA RE/MAX Series Rookie-of-the-Year candidate notched the 20th quickest lap of the session with a lap of 30.050 seconds at 159.694 MPH. Silas will be making his debut at the 1.333-d shaped concrete track Saturday. The team has switched from their normal manufacturer (Chevrolet) to Ford this weekend.
"I'm happy with the way our No. 11 Nortrax-Shell Rotella T Ford Fusion is running this weekend. We have a good racecar. The more we worked on the car in practice, the quicker the car went. I'm really proud of my Fast Track Racing crew. We're looking good for qualifying and the race. I'm just tickled to death with the way everything is going here this weekend."
NICK TUCKER, NO. 48 FREEFEDS.org DODGE CHARGER
Tucker, a former NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series (NCTS) driver is once again substituting for normal ARCA RE/MAX Series driver Roger Carter II in the No. 48 Dodge Charger this weekend. Carter II is attending last minute potential sponsorship meetings which could steer towards two full-time ARCA RE/MAX Series entries for Carter-2-Motorsports.
In a car owned by the legendary James "Harvey" Hylton, Tucker, an employee and test driver for Evernham Motorsports logged the 41st fastest lap with a time of 33.665 seconds or 142.546 MPH
The team had an eventful practice session losing their primary motor of the No. 48 FreeFeds.Org early in the two and a half hour session. The Carter-2-Motorsports is swapping engine putting a backup motor in the No. 48 for qualifying.
"The turn of events is unfortunate for the Carter-2-Motorsports (C2M) team," Tucker explained. "We had planned to get as much seat time as possible in practice to get a grip on Nashville Superspeedway and put our FreeFeds.org Dodge upfront, but we had problems with the primary motor. We'll put the new motor in and give it our all in qualifying. Everyone on the C2M team deserves to be in the race tomorrow and I'm going to do everything in my power to make that happen"
The Nashville ARCA 150 (113 laps/150 miles) is the third of 23 events on the 2007 ARCA RE/MAX Series schedule. ARCA pole qualifying is slated for Friday afternoon at 5:40pm Central Standard Time. The Nashville ARCA 150 will take the green flag Saturday, April 7 shortly after 12:00pm Central Standard Time. The event will not be televised. However, additional race coverage can be found online at arcaracing.com