16-Year-Old Erik Jones Leads Both ARCA Racing Series Practice At Berlin Raceway

At the end of both practice sessions at Berlin Raceway, it was 16-year-old Erik Jones topping the charts. He’d lap the 0.438 mile oval in 17.235 seconds in the first practice, followed by a 17.183 seconds in the second practice.

Jones made his ARCA debut earlier this year at the age of 15 and has impressed with two top fives and three top 10s in five starts. Berlin is where the Byron, Michigan native cut his teeth so its no surprise to see him at the top of the charts.

Last race’s winner Chad Hackenbracht was second in the final practice at a lap of 17.284 seconds, 0.049 seconds off of Jones. The win for Hackenbracht marked his first ARCA Racing Series win in 42 ARCA starts.

Hendrick Motorsports development driver Chase Elliott was third at 17.459 seconds. In his three previous ARCA starts, he has three top 10s.

Alex Bowman and Frank Kimmel rounded out the top five. Points leader Brennan Poole was sixth, followed by Michael Simko, Matt Lofton, Brian Campbell and Tom Hessert.

In the first practice, it’d be Jones, followed by Hackenbracht, Clint King, Poole and Elliott. Mason Mingus was sixth, followed by Lofton, Nelson Canache, Chris Buescher and Kimmel.

Menards Pole Qualifying presented by Ansell will start at 5, with live timing and scoring coverage at ARCARacing.com. The Berlin ARCA 200 presented by Hantz Group will start at 8:30 with the same live timing and scoring coverage. Charlie Krall and Tim Clagg will host a live pre-race show at 8 before delivering an online audio call of the race at ARCARacing.com.

 

ractice Results

Practice 1

2012 ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards Event #15    
Berlin Raceway, Marne Michigan, 8-11-12      
Berlin ARCA 200 presented by Hantz Group      
           
August 11, 2012 / 2:45 PM      
           
POS NO DRIVER/HOMETOWN TEAM & CAR TIME SPEED
1 55 Erik Jones/Byron MI Paragon Corvette Reproductions-CG Financial Chevy 17.235 91.488
2 58 Chad Hackenbracht/New Philadelphia OH CGH Motorsports Chevrolet 17.284 91.229
3 9 Chase Elliott/Dawsonville GA Aaron’s Dream Machine-Hendrickcars.com Chevrolet 17.459 90.314
4 22 Alex Bowman/Tucson AZ St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital Dodge 17.469 90.263
5 44 Frank Kimmel/Clarksville IN Ansell-Menards Toyota 17.473 90.242
6 25 Brennan Poole/The Woodlands TX Adcetera.com-Midas-Venturini Motorsports Chevrolet 17.478 90.216
7 35 Michael Simko/Clarkston MI Venturini Motorsports Chevrolet 17.478 90.216
8 16 Matt Lofton/Roxboro NC Strutmasters.com Chevrolet 17.522 89.990
9 68 Brian Campbell/Wyoming MI Hantz Group Chevrolet 17.526 89.969
10 52 Tom Hessert/Cherry Hill NJ Federated Auto Parts Chevrolet 17.565 89.769
11 6 Mason Mitchell/W. Des Moines IA J&S Ag Services-Make A Wish Chevrolet 17.608 89.550
12 32 Mason Mingus/Brentwood TN 811 Call Before You Dig Chevrolet 17.612 89.530
13 29 Brian Keselowski/Rochester Hills MI Diversified Documents Dodge 17.654 89.317
14 04 Darren Hagen/Indianapolis IN Carter 2 Motorsports Dodge 17.677 89.201
15 15 Clint King/Denton NC Speedrack Products Group Toyota 17.712 89.024
16 17 Chris Buescher/Prosper TX Roulo Brothers Racing Ford 17.713 89.019
17 66 Nelson Canache/Caracas Venezuela Venezuela Tourism Toyota 17.715 89.009
18 23 Spencer Gallagher/Las Vegas NV Allegiant Air Chevrolet 17.806 88.554
19 40 Justin Lloyd/Raleigh NC Carter 2 Motorsports Dodge 18.068 87.270
20 10 Ricky Ehrgott/Brandon FL Fast Track Driving School Blue Collar Chevrolet 18.279 86.263
21 02 Josh Williams/Port Charlotte FL Southwest Florida Cable Construction Ford 18.433 85.542
22 34 Darrell Basham/Henryville IN Darrell Basham Racing Chevrolet 18.489 85.283
23 2 Ron Cox/Soddy Daisy TN Hixson Construction Chevrolet 18.915 83.362
24 99 Mike Young/Toledo OH Roulo Brothers Racing Ford 19.025 82.880
25 48 James Hylton/Inman SC Radon.com Ford 19.510 80.820
26 0 James Swanson/San Antonio TX Wayne Peterson Racing Ford 19.601 80.445
27 3 Tim Walter/Valparaiso IN MPBToday.com/racersfoot Dodge 19.628 80.334
28 06 Tommy O’Leary/Cygnet OH GreatRailing.com Ford 20.232 77.936

Practice 2 

2012 ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards Event #15    
Berlin Raceway, Marne Michigan, 8-11-12      
Berlin ARCA 200 presented by Hantz Group      
           
August 11, 2012 / 4:07 PM      
           
POS NO DRIVER/HOMETOWN TEAM & CAR TIME SPEED
1 55 Erik Jones/Byron MI Paragon Corvette Reproductions-CG Financial Chevy 17.183 91.765
2 58 Chad Hackenbracht/New Philadelphia OH CGH Motorsports Chevrolet 17.264 91.335
3 15 Clint King/Denton NC Speedrack Products Group Toyota 17.272 91.292
4 25 Brennan Poole/The Woodlands TX Adcetera.com-Midas-Venturini Motorsports Chevrolet 17.322 91.029
5 9 Chase Elliott/Dawsonville GA Aaron’s Dream Machine-Hendrickcars.com Chevrolet 17.355 90.856
6 32 Mason Mingus/Brentwood TN 811 Call Before You Dig Chevrolet 17.360 90.829
7 16 Matt Lofton/Roxboro NC Strutmasters.com Chevrolet 17.368 90.788
8 66 Nelson Canache/Caracas Venezuela Venezuela Tourism Toyota 17.409 90.574
9 17 Chris Buescher/Prosper TX Roulo Brothers Racing Ford 17.440 90.413
10 44 Frank Kimmel/Clarksville IN Ansell-Menards Toyota 17.484 90.185
11 68 Brian Campbell/Wyoming MI Hantz Group Chevrolet 17.487 90.170
12 35 Michael Simko/Clarkston MI Venturini Motorsports Chevrolet 17.492 90.144
13 22 Alex Bowman/Tucson AZ St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital Dodge 17.579 89.698
14 40 Justin Lloyd/Raleigh NC Carter 2 Motorsports Dodge 17.588 89.652
15 6 Mason Mitchell/W. Des Moines IA J&S Ag Services-Make A Wish Chevrolet 17.623 89.474
16 04 Darren Hagen/Indianapolis IN Carter 2 Motorsports Dodge 17.644 89.367
17 10 Ricky Ehrgott/Brandon FL Fast Track Driving School Blue Collar Chevrolet 17.788 88.644
18 02 Josh Williams/Port Charlotte FL Southwest Florida Cable Construction Ford 17.871 88.232
19 29 Brian Keselowski/Rochester Hills MI Diversified Documents Dodge 17.999 87.605
20 2 Ron Cox/Soddy Daisy TN Hixson Construction Chevrolet 18.177 86.747
21 23 Spencer Gallagher/Las Vegas NV Allegiant Air Chevrolet 18.277 86.272
22 69 Will Kimmel/Sellersburg IN Tilted Kilt Ford 18.515 85.163
23 99 Mike Young/Toledo OH Roulo Brothers Racing Ford 18.575 84.888
24 34 Darrell Basham/Henryville IN Darrell Basham Racing Chevrolet 18.732 84.177
25 52 Tom Hessert/Cherry Hill NJ Federated Auto Parts Chevrolet 18.840 83.694
26 0 James Swanson/San Antonio TX Wayne Peterson Racing Ford 19.651 80.240
27 06 Tommy O’Leary/Cygnet OH GreatRailing.com Ford 19.695 80.061
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