Make it five.
Venturini Motorsports soared to the top of the chart yet again in ARCA Racing Series Presented by RE/MAX and Menards testing, achieving the highest lap speed on the board Tuesday at the 2-mile Michigan International Speedway with driver Mikey Kile and the No. 25 Toyota.
Kile's late afternoon lap of 39.430 seconds (182.602 mph) helped the Concord, N.C.-based team achieve the best speed for the fifth consecutive open test for the 2010 season, dating back to an open session at Daytona International Speedway in December. The team also carried the top spot at Palm Beach (Fla.) International Raceway, Texas Motor Speedway, and Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway in recent months.
ARCA Racing Series standings leader Patrick Sheltra steered the No. 60 Dodge to the day's second spot with an afternoon lap of 39.455 seconds (182.486 mph).
The top speeds came late in the afternoon, in the warmest hours of the day. Numerous teams chose the final hours of the 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. session to simulate actual qualifying runs, as time trials for the Racing for Wildlife 200 are scheduled for a 3 p.m. start on Thursday, June 10.
"We came here and went third in the first practice," Sheltra said. "We just wanted to play around with some things and see if we could get better in the long run on old tires. We're still pretty good. We went out there and did a qualifying run in the heat of the day and ended up second. I hope we can get back here and qualify like that."
Kile and the Venturini camp chose to push his Camry to the limit in the session's waning hours.
"We stayed on old tires most of the day, and it seemed pretty quick," said Kile, who stands fifth in points through six of 20 races. "We were a little tight, but I think that was mostly old tires and no fuel. We're just looking forward to coming back and racing here, because I think we've got a pretty good hot rod."
Kile noted that quick speeds today may not necessarily yield the same results in 17 days for 100 laps of competition.
"I think if we were racing today, we'd be in good shape, but then you get the (NASCAR Sprint) Cup cars and the rubber they lay down on the race track that kind of changes it a little bit, so hopefully that plays in our favor a little bit," Kile said.
Steve Arpin provided Venturini with another high position on the final chart, finishing with the third-fastest lap in the afternoon after going fifth in the morning in the No. 55 Toyota. Craig Goess drove the No. 81 Eddie Sharp Racing Toyota to the fastest lap in the three-hour morning session at 39.475 seconds (182.394 mph) before finishing with the fifth-fastest afternoon lap.
Like Arpin and Goess, Sheltra and Kile posted top-five laps in each session.
Shelby Township, Mich. native Robb Brent enjoyed the chance to race at his home superspeedway, but seemed ready to forget the test and get to regular racing after a minor afternoon incident.
"I love this place. It's a big, fast track. We had a rough day. The car wasn't handling right, and we spun out down in Turns 1 and 2," Brent said. "We didn't hit anything, at least, but it was rough. We couldn't quite get a handle on the car like we wanted to, and the clutch eventually went at the end of the day.
"We'll see how it goes, but that's why the race is what counts. I think we'll be ready to go. I'm excited to come back here; it should be fun."
Nine-time ARCA Racing Series champion Frank Kimmel drove the No. 44 Ansell/Menards Ford to the fourth spot in the morning before finishing eighth in the afternoon.
The Racing for Wildlife 200 takes the green flag at Michigan International Speedway at 5 p.m. on Friday, June 11 with live television coverage provided by SPEED and live radio broadcast coverage provided by the BAS Racing Network and streamed online at ARCARacing.com.
The ARCA Racing Series Presented by RE/MAX and Menards features 20 events at 17 tracks on its 2010 schedule. The series has crowned an ARCA national champion each year since its inaugural season in 1953, and has toured over 200 racetracks in 28 states since its inception. The series tests the abilities of drivers and race teams over the most diverse schedule of stock car racing events in the world, annually visiting tracks ranging from 0.4 mile to 2.66 miles in length, on both paved and dirt surfaces as well as left- and right-turn street and road courses.
Founded by John Marcum in 1953 in Toledo, Ohio, the Automobile Racing Club of America (ARCA) is recognized among the leading sanctioning bodies in the country. Closing in on completing its sixth decade after hundreds of thousands of miles of racing, ARCA administers over 100 race events each season in two professional touring series and local weekly events.
MICHIGAN INT'L SPEEDWAY TEST - 5/25/10 ARCA Racing Series presented by RE/MAX and Menards 125Mikey KileToyota39.430182.602 260Patrick SheltraToyota39.455182.486 381Craig GoessToyota39.475182.394 444Frank KimmelFord39.655181.566 555Steve ArpinChevy39.678181.461 647Clayton RogersChevy39.718181.278 731bScott WimmerChevy39.787180.964 86Nelson PiquetToyota39.804180.886 909Grant EnfingerFord39.836180.741 1032Justin MarksToyota39.883180.528 1116bJoey CoulterChevy39.900180.451 1282Sean CorrFord40.090179.596 1315Alli OwensChevy40.148179.336 1416aJoey CoulterChevy40.173179.225 1522bDakoda ArmstrongDodge40.175179.216 1677aTom HessertDodge40.228178.980 1717Chase MattioliFord40.309178.620 1836Robb BrentDodge40.311178.611 1999Josh RichardsFord40.366178.368 2042Mario GosselinChevy40.462177.945 2131aTim GeorgeChevy40.588177.392 2271Max GreshamToyota40.656177.096 2327Michael SimkoChevy40.748176.696 2411Bryan SilasFord40.870176.168 257Kent SchenkelDodge41.158174.936 2658Chad HackenbrachtChevy41.258174.512 2777bTom HessertDodge41.532173.360 2870Tony PalumboFord41.803172.236 2970aMike HoltFord43.248166.482 3010Rick ClifftonChevy43.895164.028 3110aEd PompaChevy46.475154.922