(SALEM, Ind. - April 28, 2012) - Will Kimmel led the opening session of ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards practice at Salem Speedway, but that achievement came with a price.
Kimmel drove five laps in the first of two 45-minute sessions, completing his best lap on his home track in 17.238 seconds, a speed of 115.907 mph. Shortly after that, though, Kimmel drove his No. 68 Ford to the garage and the Kimmel Racing crew went to work on what they explained as driveline issues.
"I'm not really sure what happened," Kimmel said. "I had some issues and went up in smoke going into Turn 1 after we did a mock qualifying run. That's the first time we've ever done that. I don't know what to say right now. It's a good thing we're at Salem. Our Clarksville Schwinn/Kentuckiana Ford Dealers Fusion was running really good.
"The track's a little slick right now, but that's Salem when it's hot." Kimmel said he was not certain whether the team would be able to qualify this afternoon, but he remained confident about tomorrow's race. "We'll put another Roush Yates Ford in it and let her eat."
Alex Bowman finished the practice second by 0.007 second. He was followed by Chris Buescher, last September's winner at Salem and the only person to finish ahead of Will Kimmel in that event.