SPARTA, Ky. (Sept. 20, 2016) - The new pavement at Kentucky Speedway is showing up in a big way on the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards speed charts Tuesday in open testing.
Both Austin Cindric and Kyle Weatherman - one/two on the board - are already unofficially under the one-lap track record set by Parker Kligerman back in 2009 (30.126 seconds/179.247 mph).
Cindric, in the No. 99 Cunningham Motorsports Ford, circled the 1.5-mile speedway in 29.932 seconds, an average speed of 180.409 mph. Weatherman, in his own No. 10 Ford, was just a tick away at 29.959 seconds (180.246 mph).
Myatt Snider, also in a Cunningham Ford, was third fastest overall at 30.223 (178.672 mph). Dalton Sargeant, in a Venturini Motorsports Toyota, was fourth at 30.256 (178.477 mph). Both Snider and Sargeant are taking their first laps at Kentucky today. John Wes Townley, in an Athenian Motorsports Chevrolet, was fifth at 30.542 (176.806 mph).
In all, 21 drivers took to the track this morning, all in preparation for this Friday night's Crosley 150. Josh Williams and rookie Josh Whipple are also on site, but made no laps in the morning session.
Championship leader Chase Briscoe brushed the wall in turn two without completing a full lap. With right-side damage, the team packed up and went home to fix it. Mark Thompson spun off turn four with no contact.
This afternoon's final test session runs from 1:00 p.m. to 5.
|ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards|
|Kentucky Speedway Open Test (Morning Session)|
|Sept. 20, 2016|
|05||John Wes Townley||Chevrolet||Composite||Ilmor||30.542||176.806|