KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Report by Associate Editor Kyle Magda for Race Chaser Online — Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images North America photo — Spencer Gallagher posted the quickest speed in his ARCA return in the abbreviated practice session this morning at Kansas Speedway.
Gallagher led the practice charts with a top speed of 170.632 mph, the only car to crack the 170 mph barrier. He topped both Justin Boston’s (169.972) and Matt Tifft’s (169.854) quick laps with 16 total cars taking time.
Rain fell at the 1.5 mile track and forced ARCA officials to cut the morning practice and cancel qualifying. A practice session will now be held at 2:30 p.m. ET, 1:30 p.m. track time instead of qualifying. The starting lineup will be set by points and Mason Mitchell will lead the field to the green in Friday night’s Kansas ARCA 98.9. Mitchell will only have to start the race to become the 2014 ARCA Racing Series champion.
Grant Enfinger will start beside Mitchell in his No. 90 GMS Racing Chevrolet. The team is fielding two cars with Enfinger and Gallagher, who has shifted his focus to racing in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series in the No. 23 truck. Enfinger won six times this season including the season opener at Daytona and a team change mid-way through the season. No driver has bookended the season in wins in ARCA since Mike Wallace in 1994.
Salem fall winner Tom Hessert, defending ARCA champ Frank Kimmel and Ken Schrader Racing driver Matt Tifft will round out the top five in the lineup.
Justin Allison made his ARCA debut at Kansas last year and will run for his own team this weekend in the No. 08 HAVACO Ford. Since the team has no points, Allison will start last in the 33-car field and fight his way to the front once the green flag drops Friday night.
The Kansas ARCA 98.9 is a night race for the fourth consecutive year, with Alex Bowman winning the first-ever night race at Kansas Speedway in October 2011.