Tuesday, June 19, 2012
Chicagoland Test Prepares Teams for July's Ansell ActivArmr 150; Poole, Reed Lead Speed Charts
JOLIET, Ill. -- ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards points leader Brennan Poole drove the fastest lap in open testing at Chicagoland Speedway today, rounding the 1.5-mile oval in 30.949 seconds at an average speed of 174.481 mph.
Poole, in the No. 25 Venturini Motorsports Toyota, drove that lap in the three-hour morning session to lead his closest pursuer, teammate Ryan Reed. Reed completed an afternoon lap of 31.555 seconds to lead that five-hour session.
Nelson Canache, another Venturini driver, charted third, just ahead of Spencer Gallagher and Chris Buescher, who like Poole is a two-time race winner this season. Buescher, who is second in points, won at Michigan International Speedway Friday; the victory was his first on a speedway.
The full list of drivers and top speeds is below.
The Ansell ActivArmr® 150 at Chicagoland Speedway will air live on SPEED at 5 p.m. ET on Saturday, July 21. Practice will open one day earlier. ARCARacing.com will feature live timing and scoring coverage of all on-track activity.
This weekend, an ARCA tripleheader is on the schedule at Indiana's half-mile Winchester Speedway, as the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards headlines a weekend that also features the ARCA CRA Super Series and ARCA Truck Series. The ARCA Racing Series will hold two 45-minute practices on Saturday, at 12:05 and 2:05 p.m. Menards Pole Qualifying presented by Ansell will follow at 4:30, just before the Truck Series race at 5:30 and the Super Series event at 6:30.
The 200-lap, 100-mile Herr's Chase the Taste 200 will begin at 2 p.m. Sunday, with live timing and scoring and live audio coverage presented by the ARCA Racing Network available at ARCARacing.com.
2012 is the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards' 60th Anniversary Season, featuring 20 races at 18 tracks. The complete 2012 event schedule is available at ARCARacing.com.
The ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards has crowned an ARCA national champion each year since its inaugural season in 1953, and has toured over 200 race tracks in 26 states since its inception. The series has tested the abilities of drivers and race teams over the most diverse schedule of stock car racing events in the world, visiting tracks ranging from 0.375 mile to 2.66 miles in length, on both paved and dirt surfaces as well as a left- and right-turn road course in its most recent season. This year, the series visited Alabama's Mobile International Speedway and Minnesota's Elko Speedway for the first time.
Founded by John and Mildred Marcum in 1953 in Toledo, Ohio, the Automobile Racing Club of America (ARCA) is recognized among the leading sanctioning bodies in the country. Closing in on completing its sixth decade after hundreds of thousands of miles of racing, ARCA administers over 100 race events each season in three professional touring series and local weekly events.