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After starting 9th in the ZLOOP 150 at Kentucky Speedway, Justin Allison fought hard throughout the 100 laps to capture his 6th top-10 finish of the season in 7th place.  
 
“We were a little aero tight when we were running with traffic, but overall the car felt great,” says Justin Allison. “We lost track position on our pit stop, but we definitely made a ton of gains throughout the race, making our way up to 4th at one point.”
 
After qualifying for the ZLOOP 150 in the 9th position, Allison maintained his position in the top-10 through the first half of the race. On lap 25, the caution flag flew; giving Team BCR the option to come into pit, but the team chose to stay out. Some of the cars on the lead lap chose to pit, giving Allison the chance to start 5th at the restart. Once the green flag flew again, Allison, in the No. 88 HaVACo Ford Fusion made his way up to 4th during a few laps.
 
When the second caution flag flew for debris on lap 45, where Allison was 7th at the time, the car was still a little tight. Crew Chief, Teddy Brown and the crew serviced the car for a wedge adjustment, air pressure adjustment, a change of four Hoosier tires and Sunoco Fuel. When the pit crew went to change tires on the left side of the No. 88 HaVACo Ford, they had difficulties getting the car jacked up, which resulted in several lost positions.
 
Allison would be forced to restart 16th at the green flag on lap 52. During the last half of the race, Allison fought hard to gain back track position, finishing 7th.
 
“All in all, we were top-10 all day yesterday during practice and qualifying, but during the race I knew we would have easily been top-5,” says Allison. “Howard Bixman and the crew at Team BCR made sure I had one of the best cars out there as always and I can’t thank them for their commitment and hard work this week. I’d also like to thank HaVACo, Rush Racing Products, Casite, Stanley Industries and Tornado Alley Car Wash for their continued support.”

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Late-Race Incident Relegates Rhodes to a 27th-Place Finish

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Saturday, 20 September 2014 15:37

In his second-career ARCA Racing Series start, and first race at Kentucky Speedway, Ben Rhodes and the No. 41 Alpha Energy Solutions team showed early speed. After laying down the sixth-quickest lap in the day's only practice session, the 17-year-old qualified 5th for the ZLoop 150. Rhodes ran strong during the 100-lap race, but unfortunately brought home a 27th-place result after getting involved in a late-race incident while charging to the lead.

 

As the race began, Rhodes quickly moved through the top five, settling into the second position by lap 15. The first caution of the race fell on lap 18, and crew chief Mark McFarland brought the No. 41 Chevrolet to pit road to the attention of the Alpa Energy Solutions crew. McFarland called for four tires and fuel while some competitors stayed out on the racetrack. When the race resumed, Rhodes restarted in the 13th position. By lap 30, the NASCAR Next driver was already back into the top 10, running eighth. Rhodes continued to quickly move through the field, racing up to third by lap 40. On lap 47, Rhodes took the race lead as the caution flew for the second time on the night. Under the caution, McFarland elected for a fuel-only stop, maintaining the race lead for Rhodes for the restart. Rhodes remained out front for the next 25 circuits, putting a strong gap between himself and those looking to run him down. An untimely caution in the race's closing laps set up some late-race strategy decisions. McFarland decided to bring Rhodes back down pit road for four tires and fuel. When the race resumed, Rhodes made quick work of the competitors around him, moving into the top 10 within one lap. Rhodes continued moving forward and held strong inside the top five by lap 82. While battling for the third position on lap 86, Rhodes got caught up in an on-track incident. The ensuing damage sent the young driver to the garage, ending his night early and relegating him to a 27th-place finish.

 

Ben Rhodes on his evening at Kentucky:

"What an experience to finally race at Kentucky Speedway. I've been looking forward to this night for a long time and to finally get on track and lead laps in the fashion that we did was a great feeling for me personally. We had one of the strongest cars all night long, but unfortunately we got caught up in a racing incident. I hate it for Turner Scott Motorsports, Alpha Energy Solutions and all the guys who have worked so hard on this No. 41 Chevrolet since Tuesday for the open test. They gave me a great racecar to go out and race hard at my home racetrack. I also want to thank all the fans that came out to support us this weekend at Kentucky; the amount of support we received throughout the weekend was amazing, and I really can't thank the fans enough. While we didn't get the end result we were looking for tonight, I did gain a ton of experience for racing on 1.5-mile racetracks and I look forward to racing here again soon."

 

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Brennan Poole returns to ARCA victory lane at Kentucky

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Saturday, 20 September 2014 12:10

Brennan Poole slowly inched away from the field to grab his sixth career ARCA victory at Kentucky Speedway Friday night.  Poole filled in for John Wes Townley in the No. 15 Zaxby’s Toyota and picked up his first win in 2014.

“These guys did it,” Poole said in his post-race interview on FOX Sports 1.  “I think God gave me some angels tonight.  He was pushing this baby because we were struggling in practice.”

Townley was in New Hampshire for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series event and decided to skip the race at Kentucky.  The Georgia driver’s ARCA season was halted at Pocono last month after suffering a concussion in a qualifying accident for the ModSpace 125. He then missed the next three races and took him out of championship contention to recover and return at Madison.  Poole drove the No. 15 Toyota at Berlin, the week after Townley’s accident, and wheeled the car to a third-place finish.  He also serves as a driver coach and spotter for Venturini Motorsports, but gets behind the wheel once in a while like Friday night.

“I just want to thank Zaxby’s. They supported me all year,” Poole said.  “They’ve really believed in me, as much as they believe in John Wes.  It’s been an honor to race with them and help John Wes out and I feel so blessed.”

Another Venturini driver also had a strong run, with that being Daniel Suarez.  The NASCAR K&N East and Mexico Series competitor led the most laps on the night with 39 laps and came home in the fifth spot.

“There are a lot of fast cars,” Suarez said of ARCA.  “I’m very happy to have all of this learning process for this series.”

Suarez ran the race to gain additional experience in preparation for his full-time ride with Joe Gibbs Racing in the NASCAR Nationwide Series in 2015 and Kentucky is on their schedule twice.  ARRIS sponsored the No. 66 effort for Suarez Friday night.

The battle for the championship also became a little clearer, as points leader Mason Mitchell drove his No. 98 Ford to a third-place finish, while Grant Enfinger suffered engine problems and relegating him to a 30th-place finish.

“It’s unfortunate he had issues,” Mitchell said.  “I like to race guys hard to the end, but stuff happens.  It’s part of racing.”

Unofficially, Mitchell leaves Kentucky with a 200-point lead over Enfinger.  The No. 98 team won Chicagoland in July for Mitchell’s first career win and Enfinger has five wins on the season.  The two have been locked in a tight points battle all season, as Enfinger’s year got off to a bang with three straight victories to open the season.  Mitchell has been consistent and has only two did-not-finishes (DNF) on the year.

“We can’t relax at all,” Mitchell said of heading into the season finale.  “We just got to keep on digging hard and try to get a win at Kansas.”

The ARCA Racing Series heads next to the Kansas Speedway in October for their season finale and a champion will be crowned.

           

Boston Rumbles to Ninth in ZLOOP 150 at Kentucky

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Saturday, 20 September 2014 10:00

Justin Boston started the night from the pole and spent much of the early stages of Friday's ZLOOP 150 near the front of the field, but a mid-race pit stop for adjustments cost him track position that eventually left the No. 25 ZLOOP Toyota Camry ninth at the finish. Boston's Venturini Motorsports teammate Brennan Poole won the race.

“We started off the night really good,” Boston said. “We led some laps and I felt like we probably had a car we could have finished in the top five with. But we're here to win, and when we came down pit road for our second stop, we felt like we weren't quite able to beat the 41 (Ben Rhodes) and 66 (Daniel Suarez) so Billy (Venturini) took a pretty big swing at it. We put a rubber in the rear and we knew that would take a little bit of time. Unfortunately it took a little bit longer than we expected and it cost us a lot of track position. Once we were back in traffic dirty air just killed us. It was like we had a totally different racecar; it was just way too tight.”

After starting the pole, Boston dropped in line behind another of his Venturini Motorsports teammates Daniel Suarez before he jumped to the lead at lap 3. He led for five laps before settling in among the top five before the field jumbled following pit stops.

“After that first run I really thought we'd have a car that could get up there and fight for it,” he said. “But once we were back in traffic we were just way too tight. We loosened it up and much as we could and I tried as many different lines as I could, but nothing I did seemed to work. It's a tough night when you have a car that could have finished in the top five and you finish ninth with it, but at the same time we're here to win the race and I am 100 percent with Billy on that call. We did what we thought we had to do to win but it just didn't work out for us tonight. We win as a team and we lose as a team and tonight we did what we had to do to try to win.”

Boston will stay at Kentucky Speedway to make his NASCAR Nationwide Series debut for Joe Gibbs Racing on Saturday evening. He drove the JGR No. ZLOOP Toyota Camry to 13th in the final practice for the VisitMyrtleBeach.com 300, giving him optimism heading into the race.

“I was pretty happy with the car for my first time in it,” Boston said. “We kept getting better and better throughout the day and by the end I was really comfortable. I was on the track behind the 9 car (NNS point leader Chase Elliott) and he wasn't getting any smaller out in front of me.”

Boston's Nationwide Series debut will be televised live Saturday evening on ESPNNews starting at 7:30 P.M. Eastern.

The next race for Boston and the No. 25 ZLOOP Toyota in the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards will be the season finale at the Kansas Speedway on Friday, October 3. The Kansas ARCA 98.9 is slated to go green shortly after 8:30 P.M. Eastern; the race will be televised live on Fox Sports 2 and ARCARacing.com will have live timing and scoring throughout the day.

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Getting To Know Mackena Bell

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Friday, 19 September 2014 22:01

Mackena Bell lives by one word: Believe. So much so, that she has a tattoo on her right wrist that reads “Belleve” which combines her last name and her old car number 11.
 
Throughout her 13 years of racing, Bell has remained mentally tough overcoming many challenges to pursue her racing dreams. 
 
Though Bell, 24, has been racing for over a decade, during her childhood, she played soccer with a traveling team, which required plenty of invested time. Eventually, the time had come when she was forced to make a decision between the two sports.
 
“Once I started getting more into racing, I realized that it was lifestyle and not just a hobby,” Bell said. “The racetrack is the happiest place I can be. When I get in that racecar, I don’t think about anything. It’s just me and the racecar.”
 
Without looking back, she chose the sport she had been around her entire life, and she and her younger sister, Kellcy, raced for her family’s team in her hometown of Carson City, Nevada.
 
After much success on the west coast with her father, Kelly, as her crew chief and her mother, Shannon, as one of her biggest supporters, she moved to North Carolina in 2010 and became Rev Racing’s first female driver. However the move wasn’t easy.
 
“I didn’t think it would be as hard as it was. It was 3,000 miles away from anything I had ever known,” she said. “I packed my car full of everything that I could, and I didn’t have a bed, so I slept on the floor.”
 
She was initially selected to drive in the K&N Pro Series.
 
“I destroyed every single car I had been in. I caught on fire,” she said. “My confidence was terrible. I was miserable.”
 
She was so discouraged that she contemplated giving up, but after speaking with Rev Racing’s owner, Max Siegel, she decided that she wanted to keep pursing her dream. In order to progress, she took a step back and raced late models in the Whelen All-American Series for three years before moving back up to K&N.
 
In addition to overcoming the distance between her and her family, Bell also struggled with her weight throughout her racing career, but she didn’t let that stop her. She began eating healthy and exercised daily; a regiment that included running 3.5 miles every day.
 
“To overcome all that, I really felt like I could overcome anything at this point,” she said. “I have a better grasp on racecars and NASCAR in general and what it takes.”
 
In 2013, she became the second female driver to finish in the top-5 of a K&N Pro Series race. During her career with Rev Racing, she’s accumulated seven top-fives and 31 top-10 finishes.
 
Though she doesn’t like to play the “girl card,” Bell understands the challenges of being a woman in a male-dominated sport, which is why she generally has a serious demeanor and tone at the racetrack. She expects to be taken seriously as a competitor.
 
As a driver, she tries her best to set a good example for younger drivers and also mentors one of Rev Racing’s Bandolero drivers, 11-year-old Ryleigh Lemonds.
 
“I want to be a good role model,” Bell said. “Little girls like Ryleigh motivate me. They make me want to be better and work hard.”
 
Along with her desire to be a positive influence for young girls, she enjoys giving back to the community.
 
In 2013, Bell partnered with the American Lung Association to speak out in the fight against lung disease. She lost her great-grandfather to lung cancer.
 
“That was really hard on me because he was really big in my racing. He always supported me. I never had a racecar that didn’t have his name on it because he sponsored me,” she said.
 
Aside from racing, Bell grew up wake boarding and jet skiing at Lake Tahoe, just 20 minutes away from her house and still enjoys simply relaxing on the lake when she can.
 
When she’s not racing or in the shop working on her car, Bell works Monday thru Friday as a waitress in Huntersville, where she’s acquired new fans who support her at races both near and far.

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Justin Boston wins pole for ARCA Kentucky race

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Friday, 19 September 2014 18:07

Venturini Motorsports driver Justin Boston made his race sponsor proud by winning the pole for Friday night’s ZLOOP 150.  Boston turned a lap of 30.904 (174. 735 mph) and was the quickest time through all the testing, practice and qualifying at Kentucky Speedway. 

Joining him alongside on the front row is points leader Mason Mitchell, who is coming off a runner-up finish at Salem Speedway last weekend.  Mitchell finished runner-up in last year’s Kentucky race and looks to make it one spot better on Friday night.  His closest chaser in the ARCA points, Grant Enfinger, qualified 12th for the ZLOOP 150.

All four Venturini cars qualified in the top eighth with Daniel Suarez (third), Cody Coughlin (sixth) and Brennan Poole (eighth) representing the stable.  All three drivers are making their first ARCA start on the 1.5 mile track.

Two Fords qualified in the top five, with Mitchell in second and Roulo Brothers Racing driver Kyle Weatherman in the fourth spot.  Weatherman, along with three of the four Venturini drives, is also making his Kentucky debut.  The 17-year-old is now old enough to run at tracks like Pocono Raceway and Kentucky.

Home-state favorite Ben Rhodes had the pole for awhile, before settling in the fifth spot.  Rhodes showed speed during Wednesday’s test and looks to bring the Bluegrass State crowd to their feet Friday night with a win in the ARCA race at Kentucky.  Will Kimmel was another driver showing speed and qualified seventh.  The younger Kimmel posted the quickest time during the test Wednesday and held the fastest speed, until Boston eclipsed his mark in qualifying Friday afternoon.

Last week’s winner at Salem, Tom Hessert qualified 15th, while his rookie teammate, Brandon Gdovic, qualified in the 11th spot.  Another rookie, Matt Tifft, slotted in the 10th spot.

The green flag for Friday’s night ZLOOP 150 drops shortly after 8 p.m. ET and will be shown live on FOX Sports 1.

ZLOOP 150 Starting Lineup Top 10

1. #25 Justin Boston

2. #98 Mason Mitchell

3. #66 Daniel Suarez

4. #60 Kyle Weatherman

5. #41 Ben Rhodes

6. #55 Cody Coughlin

7. #69 Will Kimmel

8. #15 Brennan Poole

9. #88 Justin Allison

10. #52 Matt Tifft

           

ARCA ZLOOP 150 Preview

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Friday, 19 September 2014 16:11

The ARCA Racing Series heads to the Kentucky Speedway for the ZLOOP 150 on Friday night.  The championship battle between Mason Mitchell and Grant Enfinger is only separated by 50 points coming into the Bluegrass State.

Mtichell dominated last weekend at Salem, before engaging in a late-race battle with Tom Hessert for the win.  The two beat and bang in the final laps, until coming to the final turn with Hessert hanging on for his third win at Salem and Mitchell crossing the finish line backwards in second.

The current ARCA points leader ran in last year’s race at Kentucky with Empire Motorsports and finished runner-up to Corey LaJoie.  The finish propelled Mitchell to another second-place finish the next week at Kansas and the momentum carried into the 2014 season. 

LaJoie won the race with the Roulo Brothers, who are entered this weekend with 17-year-old Kyle Weatherman.  The teenager has never raced at the 1.5 mile track and will make his superspeedway debut.  This is the first event for the Roulo team on a track 1.5 mile or larger since New Jersey Motorsports Park in June.

Another driver getting his feet wet at a bigger race track is Daniel Suarez.  The frequent NASCAR K&N East and Mexico Series competitor will run full-time for Joe Gibbs Racing in the NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) and 2015 and Friday’s night race will allow Suarez to gain valuable experience with Venturini Motorsports, as he transitions into NASCAR’s top three series.

Suarez’s teammate, John Wes Townley, will not race at Kentucky, as he will run the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.  Townley suffered a concussion after an ARCA qualifying accident at Pocono Raceway and forcing him to miss five ARCA races and out of championship contention.  Venturini driver coach and spotter Brennan Poole will take the reigns of the No. 15 Toyota at Kentucky.   Also, Justin Boston will run double-duty in the ARCA race with his No. 25 Venturini Toyota Friday night and run the No. 20 ZLOOP Camry for Joe Gibbs Racing in Saturday’s NNS race.

The ZLOOP 150 is a home game for Ben Rhodes, who hails from Kentucky.  Rhodes attended the Sprint Cup race at the track in June and announced in the last few weeks that the 2014 K&N Pro Series East champion would run at Kentucky in the No. 41 Chevrolet for Turner Scott Motorsports (TSM).  Rhodes has won five times during his championship run with one more race to go at Dover next Friday.

Staying on the subject of current and former K&N East drivers, Cunningham Motorsports will field a third entry for 2013 winner Brandon Gdovic at the 1.5 mile track.  Gdovic doesn’t have experience on superspeedways and Friday night’s race will help expand his learning curve by making his ARCA debut.  The Cunningham team won the Kentucky race with Parker Kligerman in 2009.

Defending ARCA champ Frank Kimmel is still looking for his first win on the season with Win-Tron Racing.  Their Camping World Truck Series driver, Mason Mingus, announced this week that he would head to Billy Boat Motorsports for the rest of the 2014 season, starting at Las Vegas next weekend.  Their future is uncertain whether Win-Tron will either shut down the truck team and/or put more focus on the ARCA effort.  The team finished second last year with Mingus in the ARCA championship. 

34 cars were on the entry list for the ZLOOP 150.  Drivers such as Chase Elliott, Erik Jones, Chad Boat and Corey LaJoie were a few of the names who ran in last year’s race in ARCA’s return to Kentucky Speedway.  The race starts shortly after 8 p.m. ET Friday night and will be shown live on FOX Sports 1.

 

 

Justin Boston revs up to pull double duty at Kentucky

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Thursday, 18 September 2014 17:58

 

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Justin Boston [(“JBoss”) No. 25: ZLOOP Computer & Electronic Recycling Centers –Toyota Camry for Venturini Motorsports] is gearing up to pull double duty this weekend to compete in both the ARCA Racing Series (presented by Menards) and NASCARNationwide Series (NNS).

Nearing the close of the 2014 season, JBoss will sport his sponsor colors on Friday, September 19, 2014 at the ARCA ZLOOP 150 at Kentucky Speedway. Boston will drive his familiar white ARCA No.25 ZLOOP Toyota Camry for Venturini Motorsports.  On Saturday, JBoss will suit up to represent Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) in his first career NASCAR Nationwide Series start at the VisitMyrtleBeach.com 300 as the pro driver behind the No.20 ZLOOP NNS Toyota Camry.
“This is a wonderful opportunity to be welcomed into the NASCAR circuit,” said JBoss. “It’s weekend of thrills; this is our (ZLOOP) second year sponsoring the ZLOOP 150 (ARCA) race at Kentucky and we’re also making our NASCAR Nationwide debut. It’s going to be ‘career’ weekend for me--one that we hope will make the history books for the teams, sponsors and for all our fans and supporters.”
In his sophomore season, the 25-year-old rising star, JBoss, has two first-place wins to his credit in the 2014 ARCA racing season (in Madison, WI and Toledo, OH).  The wins complement Boston’s promising stats; he also has seven Top-5 and eleven Top-10 finishes to date.
JBoss also has realistic expectations in the step-up to NASCAR’s second-tier series. "Plain and simple, our goals are to compete and run all the laps in both of our Nationwide Series starts" he added. "I have confidence in everyone on the No. 20 team; it’s a strong team and that’s reassuring. I'm excited to see what we can do together.”

Also announced this week, JBoss will race at next weekend’s NASCAR nationwide series event with Joe Gibbs Racing at Dover International Speedway.
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Injury Sidelines Reid Wilson For Coastal Plains

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Thursday, 18 September 2014 10:25

Reid Wilson Racing (RWR) announced today that it will be necessary to sit out this weekend’s X-1R Pro Cup Series event at Coastal Plains Speedway, because of injuries sustained at Southern National (N.C.) Motorsports Park earlier this month.

Contact between Reid Wilson and another competitor in the Gold Leaf 200, sent Wilson’s No. 66 Bojangles’ Famous Chicken ‘n Biscuits Chevrolet hard into the outside wall and a trip to a local hospital for medical attention.

Since returning to his home in Huntersville, N.C., Wilson has remained under care from his personal physician and a sports injury specialist, who suggested that he sit out this weekend’s race in order to make a speedy, full recovery.

“It’s unfortunate that we won’t be able to contend for the championship, but we need to think safety first,” said Barry Wilson, Reid Wilson Racing team principal. “We had a well-positioned plan if Reid would have received clearance to compete this weekend. But, in the best interest of Reid’s healthy recovery, we will skip Coastal Plains and hope to be back for the second to last race.”

While the team is hopeful that they’ll return to contend for Wilson’s first career X-1R Pro Cup Series victory at Lonesome Pine next month, the Reid Wilson Racing team is extremely confident they’ll be able to compete with Wilson at the helm in the season-finale, The Bojangles’ 250 at Hickory (N.C.) Motor Speedway, on October 18.

“It stinks, that’s putting it lightly,” said driver Reid Wilson. “I certainly don’t like being asked not to race, but I understand the reasoning. I hate that our championship hopes have all but evaporated, but we still have a couple opportunities to contend for wins, so we’ll put our focus on that and hope for the best.”

Wilson, who would have entered this weekend’s race tied for third in the championship standings, only 17 points out of first, added, “I want to thank my guys, my friends, family and most of all our sponsors for supporting us during this situation. No doubt I’m focused to getting back to 100 percent and putting our No. 66 Bojangles’ Famous Chicken ‘n Biscuits in victory lane. We have had so many opportunities this season, but each have slipped through our fingers.

“Getting myself healthy and to be able to compete at Hickory is my main focus right now. It’s an important race for us, because it’s in our sponsors’ backyard and we’ll have a lot of fan support at that race,” he concluded.

Further updates on Wilson’s medical clearance will be released as it becomes available.

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It was a tall order but someone had to do it. And that someone was Sellersburg, Indiana's Will Kimmel who topped the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards speed charts Wednesday in open testing at Kentucky Speedway.

 

It was no small feat either as 25 drivers posted time and speed in preparation for Friday night's ZLOOP 150 at Kentucky, live on FOX Sports 1 at 8:00 p.m. ET.

 

Kimmel, in the No. 69 Kimmel Racing Ford, shot to the top of the board in the final moments of testing, very near the 5 o'clock bell. The third-generation ARCA racer circled the 1.5-mile superspeedway in 31.044 seconds, an average speed of 173.947 mph.

 

"It was about five minutes to go when we put down that lap," Kimmel said.

 

"It was a qualifying run. If we would have put new tires on it, I think we would have been even better...the scuffs we had on it had cooled.

 

"That part was good, but we were chasing it a little bit in our race runs. We tried something early on and then went back to where we were. I think we were fighting the old tires we had on it, so we weren't sure how fast it will be in race trim. We'll see where we stand when we come back for the race Friday."

 

Kimmel not only put down the fastest lap of the session, he was also arguably the busiest driver of the bunch, showing up on the board in three places - his own No. 69 Messinas-Circle Track Ford and in the Kimmel Racing No. 68 Gary Yeomans Ford team car that Michael Lira will drive Friday during the race. Kimmel also assisted Ken Schrader Racing with the team's No 52 Chevrolet.

 

"Matt (Tifft) couldn't make it so Donnie (Richeson/Ken Schrader Racing Crew Chief) came down and asked if I'd give it a few runs, so I squeezed in there...got it fairly close for them. I think it'll give Matt something to work with."

 

Tifft, who drives the Federated Auto Parts Chevrolet when Schrader's not in it, could not attend the open test Wednesday because of school commitments. Tifft is in his first year at UNC Charlotte, and couldn't stay for Wednesday's test, which was originally scheduled the day before; however, wet track conditions from all night rains prevented any on-track racecar activity Tuesday.

 

Justin Boston was second quickest overall at 172.994 mph. Boston's already in the headlines this week, having announced that he'd also compete in Saturday's NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Kentucky for Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR). ZLOOP, Boston's title sponsor for both his Venturini Motorsports Toyota and the JGR car, is also the title sponsor of Friday's ARCA Racing Series event.

 

"This is a big weekend for me and my sponsor ZLOOP," said Boston. "In addition to this being our (ZLOOP's) second year sponsoring the ZLOOP 150 (ARCA) race at Kentucky, we're also making our NASCAR Nationwide debut. Wow...so pumped for the weekend and excited for all our fans and supporters."

Boston is also scheduled to race for JGR in next weekend's Nationwide event at Dover Int'l Speedway.

Louisville, Kentucky native Ben Rhodes made his first-ever laps on a superspeedway in the Kentucky test for Turner Scott Motorsports, turning in the third fastest speed overall at 172.254 mph. Rhodes has already clinched the 2014 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East championship as well as the
Sunoco Rookie of the Year award. Rhodes will be making his superspeedway debut in Friday's ZLOOP 150.

 

Current ARCA Racing Series point leader Mason Mitchell was fourth quickest ahead of Monterrey, Mexico's Daniel Suarez in fifth. The ZLOOP 150 marks Suarez's debut with the ARCA Racing Series. JGR announced last week that the 22-year old Suarez would join the organization in 2015 to compete full time in the NASCAR Nationwide (XFINITY) Series with ARRIS as the primary sponsor.

"I'm excited to race with Venturini Motorsports at Kentucky in the ARCA Series as I continue to prepare for next season and running full time with Joe Gibbs Racing in the Nationwide Series," said Suarez. "I'm looking forward to representing my new sponsor ARRIS and I'm thankful to ARRIS and everyone involved for giving me this opportunity as I make the next step in my career."

 

Kyle Weatherman, in a Roulo Brothers Racing Ford, was sixth fastest over Venturini Motorsports' Cody Coughlin in seventh.

 

"We had a good test session and I think we are in a good spot with our setup for this Friday," Coughlin said. "We picked up our speed throughout the day and were in the top-five most of the day...sometimes at the top of the chart. I'm looking forward to Friday night."    

 

Coughlin also took a quick liking to the 1.5-mile oval.  

   

"Kentucky Speedway is a pretty cool place. It has a unique character and pretty wild to drive around," Coughlin added. "It has some bumps around the track that could upset the nose of the car, but this will be a good learning experience for me and I hope to be a strong contender on Friday night."    

 

The 18-year-old from Delaware, Ohio is coming to Kentucky after recently recording a big Super Late Model win earlier this month at the renowned Winchester Speedway in Winchester, Indiana.   

   

"It felt great to get into victory lane at Winchester Speedway," Coughlin continued. "Things are really coming along well with both our ARCA Racing Series and Super Late Model program. Our goal is to end our year on a high note and we are going in the right direction."

 

Josh Williams, Justin Allison and Kimmel (52 car) completed the top-10 respectively.

 

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