(TALLADEGA, Ala. – April 16, 2014) – Justin Boston, one of three drivers testing for Venturini Motorsports at Talladega Superspeedway Wednesday, posted the fastest speed in the morning ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards open test session. Boston, in the No. 25 ZLOOP Toyota, circled the 2.66-mile superspeedway in 52.664 seconds, an average speed of 181.832 mph.
Boston’s teammates John Wes Townley and Leilani Munter, both in Toyotas, were second and fifth respectively on the morning speed charts.
ARCA veteran Mark Thompson, in a Turner Scott Motorsports Chevrolet, was third overall on the morning charts. Thompson, 62, has made 92 series starts reaching back to 1991. His overall stats include two wins at Charlotte Motor Speedway and Michigan Int’l Speedway in 1997. He’s also finished second on eight occasions, including runner-up runs at Daytona and twice at Talladega. Thompson owns Phoenix Air, which holds US Defense Department contracts to provide tactical electronic warfare training services to the Air Force, Air National Guard and Navy.
Rookie Karl Weber, making his Talladega debut in a Hixson Motorsports Chevrolet, was sixth fastest overall in a Chevrolet with fulltime ARCA participant Mason Mitchell, in a Ford, trailing in seventh on the charts.
Austin Wayne Self, in the Cunningham Motorsports Dodge, was eighth overall. Self plans to make his ARCA superspeedway debut in the upcoming May 3 Int’l Motorsports Hall of Fame 200 at Talladega.
Rookie Michael Lira, driving for Kimmel Racing, also looked good in his first Talladega showing, coming in ninth overall with ARCA veteran Canadian driver Terry Jones, a teammate to Frank Kimmel at Win-Tron Racing, 10th overall.
Seventeen drivers overall posted speed this morning. Frank Kimmel II and Andy Seuss, also on hand, are expected to test later. Open testing is scheduled to resume at 2:00 p.m. Eastern.
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