Will Kimmel Posts Fastest Speed in 'Dega Test

Posted: Thursday, April 19, 2012 by WKR in

(TALLADEGA, Ala. - April 18, 2012) - Two scheduled sessions turned into one after morning rain delayed the start of the second day of open testing at Talladega Superspeedway, and Will Kimmel led the pack. 

Kimmel, driving Kimmel Racing's No. 68 Ford, drove the top lap of the two-day ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards open test on Wednesday, rounding the 2.66-mile oval in 52.633 seconds, a speed of 181.939 mph. He topped Andy Belmont Racing's Mikey Kile, who best effort was 52.971 seconds (180.778 mph).

The two drivers were the only competitors to eclipse Bobby Gerhart's Tuesday-leading speed of 180.228 mph. Gerhart did not participate Wednesday.

Some gains are to be made, however, if any driver is to match last season's pole speed by Ty Dillon. Dillon earned the Menards Pole Award presented by Ansell in 52.134 seconds last year; seven drivers qualified in under 52.6 seconds.

Turner Motorsports' Brandon McReynolds finished Wednesday third. Hal Martin, driving for Coulter Motorsports, was fourth. Roulo Brothers Racing driver Chris Buescher finished the day fifth.

The final top 10 for the entire test period were, in order: Kimmel, Kile, Gerhart, McReynolds, Martin, Buescher, Brandon Davis, Greg Hutto, Thomas Praytor, and Korbin Forrister.