Nashville: Series Friday practice report

Caisse, Toyota Top ARCA RE/MAX Series Speed Charts in Practice at Nashville Superspeedway NASHVILLE TN (8-8-08) -- The ARCA RE/MAX Series opened its 2008 Nashville Superspeedway race weekend with a three-hour practice session Friday afternoon...

Caisse, Toyota Top ARCA RE/MAX Series Speed Charts in Practice at Nashville Superspeedway

NASHVILLE TN (8-8-08) -- The ARCA RE/MAX Series opened its 2008 Nashville Superspeedway race weekend with a three-hour practice session Friday afternoon in preparation for Saturday's Toyota 150. Hattori Racing's Sean Caisse, in the No. 01 AISIN Toyota, was quickest among 41 drivers during the session, posting a time of 29.464 seconds for an average speed of 162.870 mph around the 1.33-mile concrete tri-oval.

"We came here like three weeks ago for the ARCA Open Test but I really didn't get to utilize the practice because I had a stomach virus," said Caisse. "We knew we would have a good car and today we made a couple of five and six lap runs and then a few mock qualifying runs. We should be good for tomorrow. Nashville Superspeedway is probably second on my list of favorite tracks and Dover would probably be my favorite. I think I just like concrete tracks. The track had a lot of grip. Hoosier gave us a really great tire for this race and I think we'll have a good race."

Brian Scott was second overall in the No. 25 Albertsons-Venturini Motorsports Chevrolet. Scott is competing in both the ARCA RE/MAX Series and NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series events this weekend and left the ARCA garage immediately after practice to participate in a NCTS practice session.

Current point leader Scott Speed, in Eddie Sharp's No. 2 Red Bull Toyota, shot from 20th quickest to third in the final moments of practice, followed by fellow SunTrust Rookie John Wes Townley in the No. 09 Zaxby's-SPS-BB&T-Saxon Group Ford. Justin Allgaier, whose family-owned team has entered into a collaboration with Venturini Motorsports/CJM Racing this weekend, was fifth quickest overall.

Matt Hawkins, Chad Blount, James Buescher, Ken Butler, III and Tayler Malsam rounded out the top-ten.

Nine-time and defending ARCA RE/MAX Series champion Frank Kimmel, who DNFed last weekend at Pocono Raceway resulting from a three-car incident, participated in the early stages of Friday's practice session but exited the car so that his nephew, Will, could practice the No. 44 Kimmel Racing Ford. It is expected that Frank Kimmel will start Saturday's Toyota 150 before giving up the seat during the first caution period to Will Kimmel, who expected to finish the race as a relief driver.

Patrick Sheltra switched from his primary racecar, a Dodge Charger he race at Pocono Raceway last weekend, to his backup car, a Dodge Charger that he tested here at Nashville Superspeedway one month ago. The team made the decision to change cars after brushing the turn four wall early during the practice session and posting speeds outside of the top-25 during most of the session.

Tim Mitchell was involved in a single car incident on the backstretch in the No. 06 Star Wheels Skate Center Ford. There were no injuries.

SIM Factory Pole Award Qualifying, Toyota 150 Saturday

ARCA RE/MAX Series competitors return to Nashville Superspeedway on Saturday for SIM Factory Pole Award Qualifying and the Toyota 150. The qualifying session is set to begin at 10:30 a.m. Central and will help determine the starting lineup for Saturday's Toyota 150 ARCA RE/MAX Series event. Arcaracing.com will feature live timing and scoring during the qualifying session.

Positions one through 32 will be determined by qualifying speeds, with the rest of the starting field set by provisional positions. Positions 32 through 36 are reserved for car owners based on current 2008 ARCA point standings, while positions 37-40 are reserved for "Golden A" eligible teams who have competed in 100 percent of the series races in 2008. Position 41 is made available for a past ARCA RE/MAX Series champion. If no past champion is in need of a provisional, the position is made available to a "Golden A" eligible team who competed in 100 percent of series races contested so far in 2008.

The Toyota 150 race marks the 14th of 21 events on the 2008 ARCA RE/MAX Series schedule and rolls off at 3:30 p.m. Central. The race is live on SPEED beginning at 4:30 p.m. Eastern. Arcaracing.com will feature live timing and scoring, powered by Team GLOCK Racing, during the 150-mile, 113-lap event.

-credit: arca

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Series ARCA
Drivers Frank Kimmel , Chad Blount , Tim Mitchell , Scott Speed , Justin Allgaier , Sean Caisse , Patrick Sheltra , Brian Scott , John Wes Townley , James Buescher , Will Kimmel , Ken Butler