Wallace 192-Plus in Talladega Practice

Wallace 192-Plus in Talladega Practice
TALLADEGA AL (10-5-06) - Mike Wallace took advantage of the draft during a practice session Thursday morning in preparation for Friday’s Food World 250 ARCA RE/MAX Series race at Talladega Superspeedway. Wallace, who is making his first ARCA RE/MAX Series start in almost a decade, posted the top speed of 192.432 mph around the newly paved 2.66-mile superspeedway. 

Practice Results

Fellow draft partners Kelly Bires, Frank Kimmel, Juan Montoya and Steve Wallace filled up the top-five fastest slots during practice. 

“Practice was simple; the end result was that we were fastest because of the draft,” said Wallace, who won an ARCA RE/MAX Series race at Talladega in 1995. “We aren’t the fastest car out there, but the speed charts show us as fastest because we were drafting. We were working strictly on race mode. The racetrack is smooth. Talladega did a great job on the repaving process and it should be a good race. This is a big race for the ARCA series this weekend. You know, all of the races are big, but this series is getting a lot of national exposure this weekend with Juan Pablo Montoya in the race. That’s what people call him—Juan Pablo—but I think I’m going to call him JP. It’s a big thing for him to make the transition to stock cars and it says a lot for the ARCA series that he is here this weekend. I hope everyone uses this exposure in the right way so that it is to the series’ advantage.” 

Kelly Bires was second quickest in the No. 99 Ken Schrader Racing Ford. The 22-year-old driver, who made one previous ARCA RE/MAX Series start at Lowes Motor Speedway in 2003, is driving a car fielded by the Wood Brothers. 

“We’ve got a really good car in the draft,” said Bires, the 2006 ASA Late Model Champion. “We went out with the 09, the 4 and the 61. All four of us were running real well out there. I think we were a little bit better in the draft than we are alone.” 

Early during Thursday morning’s two-and-a-half hour practice session, Mike Harmon cut a left rear tire in his No. 38 Oostlander Racing Chevrolet. While Harmon’s car did not make contact with the wall, there was heavy damage to his car.

Next up for the ARCA RE/MAX Series is Pork Pole Qualifying, slated to begin at 3:30 p.m. The qualifying session will help determine the starting lineup for Friday’s Food World 250. Positions one through 32 will be determined by Pork Pole qualifying speeds, with the rest of the starting field set by provisional positions.  

Positions 32 through 36 are reserved for car owners based on 2006 ARCA point standings, while positions 37-40 are reserved for Golden A eligible teams who competed in 100 percent of the series races in 2006. Position 41 is made available for a past ARCA RE/MAX Series champion. If no past champion is in need of a provisional, the position is made available to a Golden A eligible team who competed in 100 percent of series races in 2006. 

The Food World 250 will be broadcast on SPEED on Friday, October 6th beginning at 8 p.m. Eastern.