Erik Jones Leads Final ARCA Racing Series Practice at Lucas Oil Raceway

After practice was able to start following a rain shower, it’d be 15-year-old Erik Jones topping the charts in final practice late in the session at Lucas Oil Raceway. The rookie Venturini Motorsports driver lapped the 0.686-mile oval in 22.217 seconds in his No. 55 Chevrolet. Jones became the youngest driver to start an ARCA race earlier this year after ARCA changed the minimum age from 16 to 15.

Jones’ Venturini Motorsports teammate Brennan Poole was second, 0.026 seconds behind. Poole is looking for a good run to get himself back in the points lead as he currently sits 35 points behind Chris Buescher.  Clay Rogers was third, followed by Matt Lofton and Venturini’s Kevin Swindell. Swindell was last week’s race winner at Chicagoland Speedway, adding to Venturini’s 30th Anniversary ceremonies that took place throughout the weekend.

Mason Mitchell was sixth, followed by Chad Hackenbracht. Hackenbracht had led the charts in the first sesssion earlier today and was leading the charts before the rain delay in the second session.

Rain cut the first practice short by 15 minutes and then cut the second practice short by half of the 45 minutes allowed. Whether it will have an effect on the race tonight is yet to be seen.

Nine-time ARCA champion Frank Kimmel was eighth ahead of ThorSport Racing teammate Matt Crafton. Mason Mingus rounded out the top 10. Points leader Chris Buescher was 16th.

It was Hackenbracht topping the charts in the first session earlier in the day at a lap of 22.655 seconds, followed by Jones, Kimmel, Poole and Rogers. Buescher was sixth in that session.

Menards Pole Qualifying presented by Ansell will start at 6 p.m. and set the field for tonight’s Messina Wildlife Animal Stopper 200 presented by Federated Car Care. The race will air at 9 p.m. on SPEED.


Practice 2

2012 ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards Event #13    
Lucas Oil Raceway, Clermont IN, 7-27-12      
Messina Wildlife Animal Stopper 200 presented by Federated Car Care    
July 27, 2012 / 3:45 PM      
1 55 Erik Jones/Byron MI Paragon Corvette Reproductions Chevrolet 22.217 111.158
2 25 Brennan Poole/The Woodlands TX Country Music Artist Buddy Jewell-Adcetera Chevy 22.243 111.028
3 45 Clay Rogers/Troutman NC Beard Oil Chevrolet 22.279 110.849
4 16 Matt Lofton/Roxboro NC Chevrolet 22.373 110.383
5 66 Kevin Swindell/Germantown TN Curb Records Toyota 22.464 109.936
6 6 Mason Mitchell/W. Des Moines IA J&S Ag Services-Make A Wish Foundation Chevy 22.518 109.672
7 58 Chad Hackenbracht/New Philadelphia OH CGH Motorsports Chevrolet 22.550 109.517
8 44 Frank Kimmel/Clarksville IN Ansell-Menards Toyota 22.571 109.415
9 18 Matt Crafton/Tulare CA Messina-Menards Toyota 22.572 109.410
10 32 Mason Mingus/Brentwood TN 811 Call Before You Dig Chevrolet 22.580 109.371
11 15 Ryan Reed/Bakersfield CA Toyota 22.673 108.923
12 98 Chad Boat/Phoenix AZ Curb Records-Celebrity Fight Night Chevrolet 22.735 108.625
13 22 Alex Bowman/Tucson AZ St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital Dodge 22.771 108.454
14 95 Michael Leavine/Bullard TX WRL General Contractors Ford 22.847 108.093
15 99 Grant Enfinger/Fairhope AL Breland Homes/Preble-Rish Ford 22.887 107.904
16 17 Chris Buescher/Prosper TX Reliance Tool-Roulo Brothers Racing Ford 22.961 107.556
17 52 Tom Hessert/Cherry Hill NJ Federated Auto Parts Chevrolet 22.993 107.407
18 12 Jared Marks/Napoleon OH Walgreen’s-SRT Motorsports Dodge 23.081 106.997
19 23 Spencer Gallagher/Las Vegas NV Allegiant Air Chevrolet 23.122 106.807
20 01 Austin Rettig/Sikeston MO Rettig Racing Dodge 23.141 106.720
21 88 Buster Graham/Lafayette LA Batter’s Ford 23.190 106.494
22 02 Josh Williams/Port Charlotte FL Fields Auto Parts-Southwest Florida Cable Ford 23.216 106.375
23 40 Darren Hagen/Indianapolis IN Al & Diane’s Red Onion Lounge Dodge 23.249 106.224
24 35 Nelson Canache/Caracas Venezuela Venezuela Tourism Chevrolet 23.307 105.960
25 3 Brian Finney/Merritt Island FL Bob Steele Chevrolet 23.356 105.737
26 08 Brad Cox/China Grove NC 5 K Logistics Chevrolet 23.400 105.538
27 68 Korbin Forrister/Cedartown GA Clarksville Schwinn & Cyclery Ford 23.508 105.054
28 51 Brad Lloyd/Charlotte NC Frontline Ministries Ford 23.728 104.080
29 04 Larry Barford Jr./Denton MD First Mariner Bank-Trauma Doc Dodge 23.755 103.961
30 5 Bobby Gerhart/Lebanon PA Lucas Oil Chevrolet 23.761 103.935
31 94 Milka Duno/Caracas Venezuela Milka Way Toyota 23.787 103.821
32 34 Darrell Basham/Henryville IN Darrell Basham Racing Chevrolet 24.563 100.541
33 69 Will Kimmel/Sellersburg IN Tilted Kilt Ford 24.790 99.621
34 86 Tim Walter/Valparaiso IN’s Auto Body Dodge 25.330 97.497
35 48 James Hylton/Inman SC Ford 27.051 91.294
36 10 Mike Senica/Doylestown PA Damn Good Jerky Ford
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