Several drivers approved for race through Pocono testing opportunity

Several drivers approved for race through Pocono testing opportunity

LONG POND, Pa. (June 8, 2017) -- The ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards approval process kicked into high gear Wednesday at Pocono Raceway where several drivers came under the watchful eyes of series officials, all with the same goals -- get approved for Friday's General Tire #AnywhereIsPossible 200.

In reality, the process started long before the drivers showed up on Pocono's doorstep.

"Once the drivers clear the application process, part of every driver's approval process with no speedway experience includes the requirement of attending an open test under the supervision of series officials," said Director of Race Operations and Administration, Joe Wells.

"We view their on-track performance as part of the process to clear them to compete. Pocono and Kentucky are unique in that 17-year-old drivers can potentially run those events."

The approval process is also a demonstration of ARCA's position in the motorsports industry.

"We bring inexperienced drivers to superspeedway racing as part of our industry position. Drivers have to get experience to advance their careers, and that's often here in the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards. The open tests are very valuable in getting those drivers up to speed and ready to compete."

Prior to participating in an open test, drivers must also submit resumes and go through the ARCA application process, including drug screening and a doctor's physical examination.

The drivers approved during Wednesday's test session at Pocono were Frankie Kimmel, Tony Mrakovich, Justin Fontaine, Natalie Decker, Vinnie Miller, Bobby Dale Earnhardt, Riley Herbst (pictured) and Dan Bainey.

Thirty-one drivers total took part in the open test at Pocono Wednesday. Herbst came through with flying colors, up to seventh on the speed charts.

Practice for the General Tire #AnywhereIsPossible 200 is Friday morning from 9:30 - 10:55 a.m., with General Tire Pole Qualifying following at 2 p.m.. The General Tire #AnywhereIsPossible 200 is live on FS1 Friday afternoon at 5:30 p.m. All times are Eastern.

In addition to live coverage on FS1, will feature live timing and scoring and live chat of all on-track activities.

Don Radebaugh