Kevin Swindell leads practice for RainEater Wiper Blades 200 at Michigan

[media-credit name=”ARCA Racing Network” align=”alignright” width=”313″][/media-credit]After winning the previous two ARCA Racing Series events with Brennan Poole, Venturini Motorsports looks to continue their streak through Michigan International Speedway as Kevin Swindell led the practice session. It marked the first practice on the newly-repaved track for the ARCA cars.

Swindell, the three-time defending Chili Bowl Champion, topped the charts with a best lap of 37.278 seconds. If Swindell is able to lay down that lap during Friday’s qualifying session, he will be beat Cale Gale’s track record by 3.5 mph. In total, five drivers beat the track record in the practice session.

Swindell is set to drive the No. 55 Curb Records Toyota in eight events this year, including Talladega, Michigan, Pocono, Chicagoland Speedway, New Jersey Motorsports Park, the Illinois State Fairgrounds, the DuQuoin State Fairgrounds, and Kansas Speedway

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Coulter Motorsports teammates Joey Coulter and Matt Lofton were second and third on the charts. Coulter was excited about the racing this weekend, knowing it’d be exciting after the re-pave.

“It’ll definitely be fast, which we saw in the test session last month, but it’ll allow us to run multiple grooves with less tire ware,” Coulter commented. “If we keep our Chevy out of trouble, I know we’ll be in contention at the end to win.”

Kyle Larson was fourth in practice, driving for Eddie Sharp Racing in his ARCA debut. Larson was signed to an Earnhardt-Ganassi Racing Development Driver contract after winning 22 major professional feature races last year, including victories in the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series (WoO), all three United States Auto Club (USAC) National Divisions and the American Sprint Car Series (ASCS).

Cunningham Motorsports’ Alex Bowman rounded out the top five. Roulo Brother’s driver Chris Buescher was sixth, followed by Venturini’s Ryan Reed, ThorSport Racing’s Frank Kimmel, CHR’s Chad Hackenbracht and points leader Brennan Poole.

There were several incidents during the 95-minute practice session, but nothing too serious.

Menards Pole Qualifying presented by Ansell begins on Friday at 10 a.m. with the 100-lap, 200-mile race at 5 p.m. The race will be aired live on SPEED. ARCARacing.com featuring live timing and scoring coverage for both the qualifying session and the race.

Practice Results

ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards Event #8
Michigan Int’l Speedway, Brooklyn MI, 6-15-12
RainEater Wiper Blades 200, Practice Results

POS NO DRIVER/HOMETOWN TEAM & CAR TIME SPEED
1 55 Kevin Swindell/Germantown TN Curb Records-Venturini Motorsports Toyota 37.278 193.143
2 61 Joey Coulter/Miami Springs FL RipIt Energy Drink-Darrell Gwynn Foundtn Chevy 37.623 191.372
3 16 Matt Lofton/Roxboro NC Strutmasters.com Chevrolet 37.667 191.149
4 6 Kyle Larson/Elk Grove CA ESR Chevrolet 37.885 190.049
5 22 Alex Bowman/Tucson AZ 13 abc/abc 12-St. Jude’s-eBay Motors Dodge 37.919 189.878
6 17 Chris Buescher/Prosper TX Roulo Brothers Racing Ford 38.182 188.571
7 15 Ryan Reed/Bakersfield CA JDRF Ford 38.269 188.142
8 44 Frank Kimmel/Clarksville IN Ansell-Menards Toyota 38.319 187.896
9 58 Chad Hackenbracht/New Philadelphia OH Michigan Apples Chevrolet 38.390 187.549
10 25 Brennan Poole/The Woodlands TX Venturini Motorsports Toyota 38.488 187.071
11 92 Brennan Newberry/Bakersfield CA NTS Motorsports Chevrolet 38.664 186.220
12 35 Nelson Canache/Caracas Venezuela Venezuela Tourism Chevrolet 38.706 186.018
13 52 Tom Hessert/Cherry Hill NJ Federated Auto Parts Chevrolet 38.713 185.984
14 99 Brandon Davis/Huntington Beach CA Roulo Brothers Racing Ford 38.903 185.076
15 04 Larry Barford Jr./Denton MD First Mariner Bank-Trauma Doc Dodge 39.354 182.955
16 97 Juan Carlos Blum/Guadalajara Mexico Carter 2 Motorsports Dodge 39.380 182.834
17 66 John Blankenship/Williamson WV Coal America’s Energy Toyota 39.506 182.251
18 32 Aleks Gregory/Baton Rouge LA Mosquito Patch Toyota 39.624 181.708
19 12 Jared Marks/Napoleon OH Premium Energy VIP-SRT Motorsports-UNOH Dodge 39.659 181.548
20 88 Buster Graham/Lafayette LA Buffalo Wild Wings-Batter’s Dream Ford 39.798 180.914
21 68 Will Kimmel/Sellersburg IN Clarksville Schwinn & Cyclery Ford 39.888 180.505
22 95 Michael Leavine/Bullard TX WRL General Contractors Ford 40.158 179.292
23 20 Tom Berte/New Berlin WI CGS Premier-StayTuned Customs Chevrolet 40.650 177.122
24 40 Roger Carter/Sunfield MI Carter 2 Motorsports Dodge 41.066 175.328
25 3 Mike Buckley/Ann Arbor MI ETS-Kelly Tire Chevrolet 41.300 174.334
26 5 Bobby Gerhart/Lebanon PA Lucas Oil Slick Mist Chevrolet 41.730 172.538
27 23 Spencer Gallagher/Las Vegas NV Allegiant Air Chevrolet 41.881 171.916
28 7 Kent Schenkel/Huntington IN Schenkel Racing Dodge 42.076 171.119
29 02 Josh Williams/Port Charlotte FL SW Florida Cable Construction Ford 43.166 166.798
30 69 Korbin Forrister/Cedartown GA Tilted Kilt Ford 43.821 164.305
31 48 James Hylton/Inman SC Radon.com Ford 44.673 161.171
32 06 Tommy O’Leary/Cygnet OH Wayne Peterson Racing Ford 45.172 159.391
33 0 Brad Smith/Shelby Township MI Wayne Peterson Racing Ford 45.226 159.200
34 34 Darrell Basham/Henryville IN Darrell Basham Racing Chevrolet 46.596 154.520
35 10 Rick Clifton/Circleville OH BASF Chevrolet 46.735 154.060

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