Jeese Smith Leads The Way in ARCA Iowa Testing From ARCA RE/MAX Series PR
21 Team Prep For April 19th Race
Wildwood, Missouri’s Jesse Smith turned heads Tuesday at Iowa Speedway when the 18-year-old ARCA RE/MAX Series rookie unofficially posted the quickest speed in open testing.

Smith, in the no. 30 Jones Group Dodge, circled the 7/8ths-mile Newton, Iowa oval in 23.120 seconds for an average speed of 136.246 mph.
Smith led the way over 21 drivers that tested today in preparation for the upcoming third annual Prairie Meadows 250 at Iowa set for April 19th.

Roush Fenway Racing’s Erik Darnell was second on the charts with a speed of 136.069 mph. Matt Carter, in Larry Clement’s #46 Ford, was third overall at 135.952. Joe Gibbs Racing development driver Marc Davis posted the fourth quickest speed overall in the Venturini Motorsports #25 Chevrolet. Justin Lofton, in the #45 Cunningham Motorsports Dodge, was fifth quickest overall.

From Iowa, the ARCA RE/MAX Series heads to Kansas Speedway for more open testing Wednesday, April 3rd.

The next race event for the ARCA RE/MAX Series is the Kentuckiana Ford Dealers ARCA 200 presented by Federated Auto Parts at Salem Speedway Sunday afternoon, April 13th.

2008 ARCA RE/MAX Series
Iowa Speedway, Newton IA, 4-1-08
Open Testing, Overall Speeds (Unofficial)

NO DRIVER/HOMETOWN TEAM & CAR TIME SPEED

1 30 Jesse Smith/Wildwood MO Jones Group Dodge 23.120 136.246
2 99 Erik Darnell/Beach Park IL Roush Fenway Racing Ford 23.150 136.069
3 46 Matt Carter/Denver NC Stine Seed-Hantz Group-NuSouth Lemonade Ford 23.170 135.952
4 25 Marc Davis/Silver Spring MD Venturini Motorsports Chevrolet 23.230 135.601
5 93 Justin Lofton/Westmorland CA Lofton Cattle Dodge 23.270 135.367
6 16 Justin Allgaier/Springfield IL AG Tech-Hoosier Midwest-Simpson Safety Chevy 23.300 135.193
7 42 Matt Hawkins   23.310 135.135
8 2 Scott Speed/Manteca CA Red Bull Toyotoa 23.400 134.615
9 4 Tayler Malsam/Samammish WA Dodge Development Dodge 23.470 134.214
10 99 Ricky Stenhouse, Jr./Olive Branch MS Roush Fenway Racing Ford 23.530 133.872
11 32 Dominick Casola/Holmdel NJ A. Casola Farms Dodge 23.540 133.815
12 45 Michael Phelps/Suwanee GA Cunningham Motorsports Dodge 23.660 133.136
13 77 Todd Hansen/Minneapolis MN Hansen Racing Chevrolet 23.670 133.080
14 28 Michael Annett/Des Moines IA Pilot Travel Centers Toyota 23.750 132.632
15 22 Ken Butler III/Lilburn GA Aaron's Rent Toyota 23.820 132.242
16 00 Robb Brent/Shelby Township MI Bob Brent's Orchard Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ford 24.000 131.250
17 90 Gabi DiCarlo/Phoenix AZ Great Clips Ford 24.090 130.760
18 09 John Wes Townley/Watkinsville GA Zaxby's-SPS-BB&T Ford 24.150 130.435
19 25 Tom Berte/New Berlin WI CGS Premier Chevrolet 24.450 128.834
20 2B Craig Goess Toyota 24.580 128.153
21 02 Pierre Bourque/Ottawa ON ESR Dodge 25.020 125.899





Jeese Smith (ARCA Photo)