The ARCA RE/MAX Series held ARCA SIM Factory time trials Friday afternoon in preparation for Saturday's TOYOTA ARCA 150. Qualifying was still held in record heat conditions. The session set the starting grid for tomorrow's race, the 15th of 23 ...
The ARCA RE/MAX Series held ARCA SIM Factory time trials Friday afternoon in preparation for Saturday's TOYOTA ARCA 150. Qualifying was still held in record heat conditions. The session set the starting grid for tomorrow's race, the 15th of 23 events on the 2007 ARCA RE/MAX Series schedule.
MICHAEL ANNETT, NO. 32 TMC TRANSPORTATION DODGE CHARGER
Qualifying Position: Third Starting Position: Third
"We are thrilled with that lap. We set the car up for race day, but the car took to the track considerably well in qualifying. Country Joe Racing has given me a great car. I'm looking forward to my speedway ARCA debut tomorrow. I want to thank everyone at Country Joe and my sponsor TMC Transportation for making this possible."
DEXTER BEAN, NO. 6 FIVE STAR TELECOM CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO:
Starting Position: 15
"The car was better in qualifying than it was in practice. The guys made some adjustments and it worked. They tell me the car is going to be fast during the race tomorrow, I hope they are right. Michael (McDowell) and Frank (Kimmel) are starting ahead of us, so we need to stay clean and have a good showing."
DAN BRODE, NO. 62 A. CASOLA FARMS-ANDY BELMONT RACING
Starting Position: 32
"We picked up from practice and that's important. The car is pretty solid. We just need to use some patience and finish the race tomorrow. I want to thank Andy Belmont and the Andy Belmont Racing team plus A. Casola Farms for making this race possible. I'm excited to be making my speedway debut and hope we can move forward successfully tomorrow."
DOMINICK CASOLA, NO. 1 A. CASOLA FARMS FORD FUSION
Starting Position: 23
"I'll take that. We have a good racecar for the race. We slowed down a little from practice, but we picked up in the running order, so I guess that's a good thing. I have a feeling we're going to have a good race. We have some momentum on our side with our top-10 performance from last week at Pocono Raceway, so I hope we're able to continue that tomorrow."
BLAKE FEESE, NO. 95 SCOTTISH RITE-FPC DODGE CHARGER
Starting Position: 12
"We turned a pretty good lap. We picked up six tenths of a second from practice, so that's good news for our race team. I would like to win tomorrow and we're going to do everything we can to try and make that happen. Thanks to everyone on the Sadler Racing team and Scottish Rite-FPC for all their hard work and support this weekend."
MIKE HARMON, NO. 38 RICHARDSON-NETZLOFF-HARMON RACING--RADISSON OF
OPRYLAND CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO SS
Starting Position: 34
NOTE: Veteran ARCA RE/MAX Series driver Mike Harmon and his Richardson-Netzloff-Harmon Racing team experience an oil leak during practice today. The corrected the problem shortly before ARCA SIM Factory pole qualifying.
"I cannot complain, all things considered. We have our fair share of problems in practice the last two weeks, but I would rather get all of our problems out of the way in practice rather than the race. The guys worked hard to fix the car and we've done that. We're tight, but we'll make some adjustments to loosen it up for race conditions. We're going to just fine tomorrow."
PATRICK SHELTRA, NO. 60 CP CONCRETE-US CONSTRUCTION FLORAGANICS-BRADY
RANCH CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO SS
Starting Position: 16
NOTE: For the first time in his ARCA career, Sheltra will carry an on-board camera Saturday for the 15th ARCA race of the season. Sheltra is hoping the extra exposure will be a good luck charm, helping reel in a good finish.
"We picked up some from practice. The car is in good shape. I'm really happy with our performance thus far this weekend. Tomorrow's race is going to be held in very hot conditions, so I'm going to get well rested and stay hydrated tomorrow. We should have a good day. A top-10 is not out of the question one bit."
BRYAN SILAS, NO. 11 NORTRAX, SHELL ROTELLA T, HOLLAND PUMP,
Starting Position: 19
"Our car is going to be good during the race tomorrow. We were set up for race conditions and race runs all day long. I'm not worried one bit. The car is strong and the Fast Track Racing team has done an outstanding job this weekend. We're looking for some redemption during the race tomorrow and I think we'll find it."
BILLY TANNER, NO. 07 CHEAPCARIBBEAN.COM CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO
Starting Position: 26
"I wasn't feeling well right before qualifying. I gave it everything I had. The car is good, we just need to use some strategy during the race tomorrow and we can conquer our career best (14) finish from last weekend. The Stott Classic Team never gave up today even with the very warm temperatures and I'm proud of them!"
MICHELLE THERIAULT, NO. 37 GLOCK, INC. CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO SS
Starting Position: 14
"We picked up from practice and the car is handling very well. I owe it all to my guys at Spraker Racing Enterprises. We tested very well and we were able to come here and back it up. Jeff Spraker, I can't say enough about him. He has done a flawless job with the team this weekend and I am very excited about the race. We will have a shot at our first top-10 finish tomorrow."
WAYMAN WITTMAN, NO. 80 STAN HOVER MOTORSPORTS FORD FUSION
Starting Position: 30
"We made the race and that was our primary goal. We picked up some from our practice runs and that's important, but I think the race will come down to surivial and strategy on Saturday. I want to thank Stan and his group for battling the heat and giving 150 percent. It will be a while before we compete again if we don't pick up any sponsorship, so I would like to have a good run to hold us off until Talladega."
-credit: chris knight