Coughlin, Self top Chicago practice

(JOLIET, Ill. – July 18, 2014) – SCOTT Rookies Cody Coughlin and Austin Wayne Self – both making their ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards debut at Chicagoland Speedway – topped the speed charts for the only pre-qualifying practice session.

Practice results

Coughlin, from Delaware, Ohio, and Self, From Austin, Texas, finished 1-2 in the session, which lasted one hour and 50 minutes. Grant Enfinger, the current series point leader, was third. John Wes Townley had led most of practice but was overtaken by several cars that went out late in qualifying set-ups.

“This Venturini team gave me a rocket ship,” Coughlin said. “We found a burnt hub and fixed that and went back out. We were really good in qualifying trim.

“I’m looking forward to going out there tomorrow in qualifying, but I have to keep in mind that this is all a learning experience for me,” Coughlin said. “This is only my seventh ARCA race. I learn something every time I go out there.”

Self was on the leaderboard throughout the afternoon and came up second to Coughlin.

“Hopefully we can go out there tomorrow and improve by one position,” Self said. “We have some things to work on. We can still improve.”

Enfinger enters qualifying with a 10-point lead in the ARCA Racing Series championship point standings. The pole winner receives 15 points, the runner-up 10 and the third-fastest qualifier five.

“The car is way better than it has been,” Enfinger said. “We struggled a little bit with it at Pocono Raceway, were better at Michigan, but now I feel like we have a car that can go out there and race. We may not have the best car, but it’s capable of going out there tomorrow and running up front.”

Will Kimmel was fourth-fastest and Matt Tifft, a third SCOTT Rookie, was fifth in practice.

Saturday will be an action packed day leading to the Ansell ActivArmr 150. Qualifying is at 1:30 p.m. CT with the race at 5 p.m. CT.

The race will air live on Fox Sports 2.

The top 10 in practice

1

55

Cody Coughlin/Delaware OH

2

22

Austin Wayne Self/Austin TX

3

90

Grant Enfinger/Fairhope AL

4

69

Will Kimmel/Sellersburg IN

5

52

Matt Tifft/Hinckley OH

6

25

Justin Boston/Baltimore MD

7

23

Spencer Gallagher/Las Vegas NV

8

98

Mason Mitchell/West Des Moines IA

9

15

John Wes Townley/Watkinsville GA

10

44

Frank Kimmel/Clarksville IN

 - By Doug Donnelly, arcaracing.com

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