TALLADEGA, Ala. (Nov. 7, 2017) -- Composite cars are now unloaded at Talladega Superspeedway in preparation for the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards open test Tuesday and Wednesday. However, the track is still damp in certain areas because of overnight and early morning rain. Currently, jet dryers are out drying the track. The track will not be ready by the 9 a.m. Central opening bell but we'll keep you updated as to when the track can go green.
When all is clear and the track is dry, you'll find Live Timing, Scoring and Chat right here at arcaracing.com from 9 - 5 each day.
In the meantime, ARCA photographer Rich Corbett is on the grounds and captured some very nice images below.
The test is taking place in advance of the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards racing exclusively composite material flange fit bodies at restrictor plate races in 2018. The new bodies will be utilized next season at Daytona International Speedway Feb. 10 (Lucas Oil Complete Engine Treatment 200 Driven by General Tire), as well as at Talladega Superspeedway April 29 (General Tire 200). ARCA announced in May of 2016 that all teams racing at Daytona and Talladega in 2018 would be required to run the composite material body.
Body styles eligible for competition in the ARCA Racing Series at Daytona and Talladega in 2018 include the Chevrolet SS, Ford Fusion and Toyota Camry. Teams have the option of running the ARCA Ilmor 396 or the Legacy engine package.