Two Day ARCA RE/MAX Series Test Concludes at the Rockingham Speedway ROCKINGHAM, N.C. (March 22, 2008) -- Joey Logano and Scott Speed paced two days of testing at Rockingham Speedway, as ARCA teams began preparing for the May 4 Carolina 500 on...
Two Day ARCA RE/MAX Series Test Concludes at the Rockingham Speedway
ROCKINGHAM, N.C. (March 22, 2008) -- Joey Logano and Scott Speed paced two days of testing at Rockingham Speedway, as ARCA teams began preparing for the May 4 Carolina 500 on the historic track that's still as challenging as it was for the NASCAR teams.
Doug Barnes, who oversees Hoosier's ARCA program, said the 1-mile track was just as rough on tires as it was when the Indiana-based company supplied rubber for NASCAR's Cup division more than a decade ago.
"I'd always heard the reputation of Rockingham and the first thing I did when I got here was walk up on the track, take my hand and rub it against the surface of this track and I was really amazed how abrasive it is," Barnes said. "The tires are basically contacting rough edges of rock throughout the whole surface of this track. They did seal the track sometime last year, but it is very abrasive, very susceptible to a car being tight or loose. Any kind of sideways action on the tire is really going to chew the rubber right off of it. We have to find that happy medium of tire that's going to grip and work for each of the teams, so they're not sliding and taking the rubber off, and also not having the tire that's wearing due to heat as well.
"We tested here in early December of last year with one of the ARCA teams and we brought several different combinations, some newer tires, some tires that we run at other tracks and we found that the combination we currently run at Nashville was the best combination."
Lap times increased Saturday morning with three Toyotas at the top of the chart. Speed and Michael Annett, however, were the only two who broke the 144-mph mark. Speed led the field in his Red Bull Toyota with a 24.942-second, 144.335-mph lap. Annett was next in his Pilot Travel Centers Toyota with a 24.964-second, 144.208-mph lap. Justin Marks rounded out the top three in his Voodoo Ride Toyota. He recorded a lap of 25.092 seconds, 143.472 mph.
The morning times recorded by Speed, Annett and Marks, respectively, were the top lap times for the two-day session. Justin Aligaier, who was fourth quickest in his AG Tech-Hoosier Tire Midwest Chevrolet, also posted his 25.176-second, 142.993-mph lap in Saturday morning's practice.
Logano, Joe Gibbs Racing's development driver, was the quickest in Friday's two practice sessions in his Venturini Motorsports Chevrolet and fifth fastest overall. In the morning session, Logano clocked in at 25.195 seconds, 142.885 mph. His speed dropped off slightly in the afternoon to 25.304 seconds, 142.270 mph. Logano didn't participate in Saturday's practice sessions.
Joining Logano at the top of the chart Friday morning were Matt Carter and Chad McCumbee, both in Fords. Carter, the son of former NASCAR crew chief and team owner Travis Carter, was second quickest at 25.338 seconds, 142.079 mph, in his Stine Seed-Fort Dodge Animal Health Ford. McCumbee, a competitor in NASCAR's Craftsman Truck Series, recorded the third fastest lap at 25.343 seconds, 142.051 mph, in the Maaco Auto Painting Ford.
In the afternoon, Dexter Bean notched out the second quickest lap at 25.327 seconds, 142.141 mph in his Glock Chevrolet. Justin Marks moved up to third in his Voodoo Ride Toyota with a lap of 25.428 seconds, 141.576 mph.
Austin Dillon, grandson of NASCAR team owner Richard Childress, was 11th quickest Friday morning and ninth fastest in the afternoon.
Thirty-one cars took time in the morning, while 39 were on the track in the afternoon.
To purchase tickets and for more information about the Carolina 500, call Rockingham Speedway at (910) 205-8800 or go to the track's Web site at www.rockinghamspeedway.com.