Talladega test notes 2009-04-09

Veteran Mark Thompson Tops ARCA RE/MAX Series Speed Charts in Two-Day Open Test at Talladega Superspeedway TALLADEGA, AL (4-8/9-09)-Cartersville, Georgia's Mark Thompson, in a Venturini Motorsports-prepared Toyota, led the speed charts during...

Veteran Mark Thompson Tops ARCA RE/MAX Series Speed Charts in Two-Day Open Test at Talladega Superspeedway

TALLADEGA, AL (4-8/9-09)-Cartersville, Georgia's Mark Thompson, in a Venturini Motorsports-prepared Toyota, led the speed charts during two days of ARCA RE/MAX Series open testing Wednesday and Thursday (April 8/9) at Talladega Superspeedway where 19 drivers recorded times and speeds in preparation for the ARCA RE/MAX 250 at Talladega Friday, April 24.

Thompson posted a quick time of 51.030 seconds/187.654 mph around the 2.66-mile speedplant during the morning portion of Wednesday's test in a single car run, and opted not to participate in the afternoon session. The series' most recent winner Patrick Sheltra, who won last Sunday at Salem Speedway, was second fastest overall in a Dodge at 185.686 mph, more than a half-second behind Thompson's run.

Series rookie Bradley Riethmeyer, in a Toyota, was third quickest overall at 185.065 mph. 2009 Daytona winner James Buescher was fourth followed by Fairhope, Alabama's Grant Enfinger in fifth.

Wednesday's test also served as a media day at the track and several local print and broadcast affiliates spent the one hour lunch break interviewing drivers and team owners.

There were no on-track incidents.

The ARCA RE/MAX 250 at Talladega Superspeedway is LIVE on SPEED at 5:00 PM ET Friday, April 24. The event will also feature LIVE streaming audio broadcasts at ARCAracing.com.

-credit: arca

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Series ARCA
Drivers Patrick Sheltra , James Buescher , Mark Thompson , Grant Enfinger