Justin Boston showed winning speed in practice at Winchester Speedway (IN) as he looks to make his first ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards start of 2015,
A regular of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, Boston put down a lap time of 15.973 seconds to top Friday’s ARCA practice on the Winchester high-banks.
Boston, 25, will drive the No. 55 HydraulicCylindersInc.com Toyota for Venturini Motorsports in tomorrow’s race.
Championship points leader Grant Enfinger ended the session in second, after putting down a 16.174-second lap in the closing minutes. Ken Schrader, who led until the final round of pit stops in last season’s Herr’s Taste the Chase 200, put down a 16.211-second lap to end the session in third.
Defending race winner Brandon Jones was fourth on the charts, with a time of 16.22 seconds, with Austin Wayne Self (16.234) rounding out the top five.
Will Kimmel and Lira Motorsports continued to show speed a week after competing for the win at Chicagoland Speedway. Kimmel finished the session in sixth, with Michael Lira ending the session seventh in the No. 58 TraqGear-Ford Performance-Gary Yeoman Ford that drove to victory lane last week.
NASCAR K&N East regular Kyle Weatherman ended the session in eighth to lead Cunningham Motorsports, with teammate and father-to-be Tom Hessert III finishing in ninth. Hessert, 29, is anticipating making his 150th-career ARCA start on Sunday. However, the Cherry Hill, New Jersey native and his wife are expecting a child any day. Should Hessert’s wife go into labor during Sunday’s race, Hessert will skip the race.
A.J. Fike put down a 16.582-second lap to round out the top 10, with championship contender Josh Williams (16.629) ending the session just behind Fike in 11th.
The session, originally slated to begin at 2 p.m. ET, was pushed back nearly four hours as the track crew worked to drain flood-water from turns three and four and dry the racing surface. The field finally got practice underway just before 6 p.m. ET.
The caution flag fell once on the session, when the No. 3 driven by Josh White lost a tire and spun into the turn four wall. White would climb out of his car unhurt following the incident. Mark Meunier spun his No. 68 Ford coming off of turn two earlier in the session, but kept his car clean and made it to pit road without a caution.
With qualifying officially rained out, the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards will return to Winchester Speedway tomorrow at 2 p.m. ET for the Herr’s Chase the Taste 200. The field will be set by owner’s points.
-By Aaron Bearden, Speed51.com contributor.
-Photo Credit: ARCA Racing Series photo
55 Justin Boston 15.973
23 Grant Enfinger 16.174
52 Ken Schrader 16.211
25 Brandon Jones 16.22
98 Austin Wayne Self 16.234
69 Will Kimmel 16.351
58 Michael Lira 16.428
22 Kyle Weatherman 16.474
77 Tom Hessert 16.491
27 A.J. Fike 16.582
6 Josh Williams 16.629
2 Sarah Cornett-Ching 16.646
42 Bo LeMastus 16.648
48 James Swanson 16.673
10 Clayton Weatherman 16.72
56 Ricky Howerton 16.78
59 David Levine 16.9
03 Kevin Rutherford 17.002
9 Thomas Praytor 17.417
68 Mark Meunier 17.561
97 Eric Caudell 18.346
31 Richard Hauck 18.355
3 Josh White 18.59
06 Con Nicololapoulos 19.014
00 Mike Abram 22.6
0 Wayne Peterson 25.835