ARCA: Just Fast Enough; Reed Tops ARCA Practice Ahead of Venturini Tandem at Chicagoland

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Ryan Reed didn’t turn a lot of laps during the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards practice session Friday afternoon, but he certainly turned the fastest.

Reed, driving for Lira Motorsports and pulling double duty by racing in both the ARCA race and the NASCAR Xfinity race this weekend, had the fastest lap of all ARCA cars during the practice session. Reed’s best time was 173.149 mph around the 1.5-mile Chicagoland Speedway tri-oval.

His speed was faster than Venturini Motorsports teammates Daniel Suarez (172.485) and Frank Kimmel (172.249) as the ARCA Racing Series cars prepared for Saturday’s SCOTT 150. Menards Pole Qualifying presented by Ansell is at 2:30 p.m. Saturday with the start of the SCOTT 150 planned for just after 6 p.m. The race will be live on Fox Sports 2.

“I’m excited to pull double duty this weekend at Chicagoland because of the opportunity for two strong finishes,” Reed said.

Reed, who won the NASCAR Xfinity race at Daytona earlier this season, has made one previous ARCA start at Chicagoland, finishing fifth at the track in 2012. He took part in the NASCAR Xfinity Series practice earlier Friday, then turned 13 laps during the ARCA practice, the fewest among drivers with the top 15 speeds.

Will Kimmel and Tom Hessert also made the top five list of practice speeds.  Hessert, in the Cunningham Motorsports No. 77, drove 42 laps in his Barbera’s Autoland Dodge in practice. Tyler Audie, driving the No. 6 Southwest Florida Cable Construction Dodge, turned 50 laps.

Others having top 10 speeds included Cody Coughlin in the No. 55 JEGS Toyota, Matt Tifft in the No. 52 Federated Auto Parts Chevrolet, series point leader Grant Enfinger, Matt Kurzejewski and Sarah Cornett-Ching in the No. 2 Race Chevrolet.

Josh Williams, third in driver points entering the weekend, had the 11th best time in the No. 22 Cunningham Motorsports Dodge. It’s his first race with the No. 22 team which has three wins on the season.

Austin Wayne Self, driving the No. 98 AM Technical Solutions-Pirate Energy Ford, was 12th in practice. He’s driving the same car that Mason Mitchell drove to victory lane in 2014.

The ARCA qualifying record at Chicagoland is 180.030 mph, set by Ricky Stenhouse Jr. in 2008.

CREDIT: ARCA Racing Series

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