Miami Springs, Florida rookie Joey Coulter, in a Chevrolet, shot to the top of the speed charts in the final moments of ARCA RE/MAX Series open testing Tuesday at Iowa Speedway.
The 19-year-old driver circled the .875-mile short track in 23.138 seconds, an average speed of 136.140 mph. The one-lap track record was set by Steve Wallace in 2006 at 137.357 mph.
"We got to try a lot of different things today," said Coulter. "We found out how the car reacts to big and small changes. We were really fast right out of the trailer, and then just adjusted on it little by little. After lunch, we made some really big changes, completely changed the set-up. Then, right before our quickest lap, we made our last adjustment - a combination of things, track bar, wedge and changed a couple shocks.
"It's the same set-up that we're using in the race, but we had the nose taped off and the tires set at qualifying pressures."
Coulter, who has climbed to 6th in championship points, is on a role lately with three consecutive top-five finishes, including a career-best second at Mansfield last weekend.
"It's the same situation as Mansfield. This will be my third time here at Iowa, so I could spend more time on how the car works on the track rather than having to spend all my time learning the track, or both."
In all, 15 drivers tested in preparation for the next event on tour - the Prairie Meadows 200 at the Newton, Iowa track on Saturday, July 11.
ARCA RE/MAX Series rookie Austin Dillon, also in a Chevrolet, was second on the speed charts with a speed of 134.967 mph. Dillon, the grandson of Richard Childress Racing team owner Richard Childress, is also coming off a career-best run at Michigan Int'l Speedway where he finished second in mid-June.
Sixteen-year-old Chris Buescher was third on the charts in the Roulo Brothers-prepared David Ragan Fan Club Ford. The Prosper, Texas rookie posted a best speed of 134.495 mph.
NASCAR Camping World East Series racer/winner Brian Ickler was fourth overall at 134.088 mph.
Johanna Long, in a Venturini Motorsports-prepared Chevrolet, made her first laps in an ARCA RE/MAX Series car in the open test, posting the fifth best speed overall at 133.786 mph. Long, 17, recently made headlines at Five Flags Speedway in Pensacola, Florida with a victory in the super late model Blizzard Series. Long dominated the 100-lap race from the pole leading the most laps en route to the win, her second triumph in three attempts in the Blizzard Series at Five Flags.
There was only one on-track incident when Tim George, Jr. spun off turn four and backed into the outer retaining wall. He was not injured.
Dakoda Armstrong, in a Cunningham Motorsports Dodge, made the most laps during the open test circling the track 111 times.
2009 ARCA RE/MAX Series Open Testing
Iowa Speedway, Newton IA, 6-30-09
NO DRIVER/HOMETOWN CAR TIME SPEED
1. 16 Joey Coulter/Miami Springs FL Chevrolet 23.138 136.140
2. 31 Austin Dillon/Welcome NC Chevrolet 23.339 134.967
3. 17 Chris Buescher/Prosper TX Ford 23.421 134.495
4. 51 Brian Ickler/Mooresville NC Toyota 23.492 134.088
5. 25 Johanna Long/Pensacola FL Chevrolet 23.545 133.786
6. 6 Justin Lofton/Westmorland CA Toyota 23.689 132.973
7. 32c James Buescher/Plano TX Toyota 23.706 132.878
8. 32b Matt Merrell/Portland TX Toyota 23.780 132.464
9. 4 Dakoda Armstrong/New Castle IN Dodge 23.787 132.425
10. 60 Patrick Sheltra/Indiantown FL Dodge 23.839 132.136
11. 20 Steve Arpin/Fort Frances ON Toyota 23.853 132.059
12. 81 Craig Goess/Greenville NC Toyota 23.854 132.053
13. 2 Tim George Jr./New York NY Toyota 23.995 131.277
14. 36a Robb Brent/Shelby Township MI Dodge 24.045 131.004
15. 32a Matt Merrell/Portland TX Toyota 24.066 130.890
16. 58 Chad Hackenbracht Chevrolet 24.276 129.758
17. 36b Robb Brent/Shelby Township MI Dodge 24.628 127.903