If the ARCA Racing Series test at Pocono Raceway is any indication, Saturday’s race is going to be a ‘Battle of the Ages.’

16 year-old Karl Weber. (Speed51.com photo)

16 year-old Karl Weber. (Speed51.com photo)

Twenty-four cars competed in Wednesday’s open test session at the Tricky Triangle in Long Pond, PA. A handful of teenagers took to the 2.5 mile tri-oval for the first time to test their talent against the skilled veterans. The youngest driver was 16-year-old Karl Weber and the oldest, Bobby Gerhart at 55 years-old.

Eighteen-year-old Austin Wayne Self was second-quick overall in the Cunningham Motorsports number-22.

“The first few times I went out there I didn’t like it too much,” Self admitted. “It’s a big track, fast track and you have to use the brakes a bunch too. It’s a lot to learn, but the more and more I run it, the more I like it.”

“There’s nothing like going off into turn one at almost 200mph,” said 17 year-old Matt Tiftt, who competes for Ken Schrader Racing. “That’s quite a bit different from what I’m used to on the short tracks.”

In fact, young guys like Tiftt were trying to get some advice from veterans such as 52 year-old, 10-time ARCA champ Frank Kimmel. “Frank Kimmel told me turn one is like Nazareth, which I had never heard of before,” explained Tifft. “He said, ‘That’s ok, it (the track) was before you were born.”

52 year-old Frank Kimmel.  (Speed51.com photo)

52 year-old Frank Kimmel. (Speed51.com photo)

“He then told me, ‘No, I think I’ve heard of that. I said, ‘Oh, thanks,” said Kimmel with a laugh. “Then he went on to tell me that when he was seven years old he remembered watching a race from Pocono and I was in it. I said, ‘Now you’re just getting to be a smart ass.’”

On-track activity for the Pocono ARCA 200 includes one practice session on Friday, June 6 from 10:00-11:50 a.m., with Menards Pole Qualifying presented by Ansell following at 2:30.  The Pocono ARCA 200 is live on FOX Sports 1 Saturday afternoon at 1 p.m. This is the 58th race for ARCA at Pocono Raceway.

ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards Open Test

Pocono Raceway, Long Pond PA,

6-4-14 Overall Results (Combined Morning & Afternoon)


1 88 Justin Allison 53.436 168.426 Frd

2 22 Austin Wayne Self 53.509 168.196 Dge

3 98 Mason Mitchell 53.538 168.105 Frd

4 25 Justin Boston 53.551 168.064 Tyt

5 44 Frank Kimmel 53.712 167.56 Tyt

6 90 Grant Enfinger 53.866 167.081 Frd

7 69 Will Kimmel 53.991 166.694 Frd

8 77 Tom Hessert 54.363 165.554 Dge

9 15A Brennan Poole 54.369 165.536 Tyt

10 52 Matt Tifft 54.43 165.35 Chv

11 15 John Wes Townley 54.546 164.998 Tyt

12 4 Ben Kennedy 54.712 164.498 Chv

13 55 Cody Coughlin 54.869 164.027 Tyt

14 86 Nick Igdalsky 54.893 163.955 Chv

15 3 Karl Weber 54.907 163.914 Chv

16 25A Austin Theriault 56.274 159.932 Tyt

17 5 Bobby Gerhart 56.588 159.044 Chv

18 68 Michael Lira 56.674 158.803 Frd

19 43 Kyle Martel 56.68 158.786 Chv

20 2 Thomas Praytor 56.989 157.925 Chv

21 6 Josh Williams 57.415 156.753 Chv

22 18 Bill Catania 01:00.2 149.42 Chv

23 7 Brent Cross 01:01.5 146.337 Chv

24 40 Jay Curry 01:03.0 142.832 Dge


– By Bob Dillner, Speed51.com – @bobdillner

Photo Credit: Speed51.com

Battle of the Ages for ARCA’s Test at Pocono Triangle