Late Models and Modifieds hit the track at South Carolina’s Myrtle Beach Speedway for Practice Day at the Icebreaker. The day was largely uneventful and saw the usual suspects at the top of the practice charts.
Three-time NASCAR Whelen All-American Series national champion Lee Pulliam turned in the fastest time for the Late Model Stock Cars with a lap of 20.670 seconds. Pulliam’s fast lap came in the middle of the day when the track was at its warmest on a really cold day.
Tommy Lemons, the defending winner of the Icebreaker 200, got up to third fastest during the third practice session, with a time of 20.909 and that was as much as he could muster out of his No. 27 car.
Brian Vause, a local driver paced the field in the fourth session, topping both Pulliam and Snider with a time of 20.787.
Sam Yarbrough, a two-time track champion at Myrtle Beach, said he was upset with his runs early in the day.
“It was pretty bad, upsetting at first, we threw some stuff at it and everything we did was a plus,” Yarbrough told Speed51.com powered by JEGS. “I think we are in decent shape, maybe a top five.”
With the air temperature supposed to reach the mid-50’s, about 10-15 degrees warmer than Friday, Yarbrough said he hopes the track slickens up to aide the changes his team made today.
Meanwhile, Myatt Snider felt that his No. 2 machine was pretty sporty and should be solid for Saturday’s 125-lap race.
“The car is pretty good, we made a lot of changes and now I’m pretty happy with it, the track changes with temperature and loses grip but makes it more fun,” said Snider.
In the Modified division the entry list is packed with champions with like four-time NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour champ Doug Coby, 2013 champion Ryan Preece, 2016 NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour champion Burt Myers, 2011
NWMT champion Ron Silk and nine-time RoC Asphalt Modified Tour champion Matt Hirschman.
The Myers brothers arrived during the second session of the day, and didn’t take time until the third for a plethora of reasons, according to Jason Myers.
“We ran down here the last couple of years so we didn’t really need a whole lot of practice. We just wanted to shake the cars down and if we practice too much we would be running through too many practice tires, and I had work this morning so we really couldn’t get out here until just now.”
Despite arriving late, both Jason and Burt said they believe they can win in a stacked field of drivers.
After a year of running the NASCAR Xfinity Series took Ryan Preece away from the Modifieds full-time, Preece spent much of Friday just tinkering with his race car to learn what it could do. Even still, Preece found himself near the top of the charts throughout much of the day.
“Last year I didn’t get to spend a lot of time with this car. There has been a lot of different things I have wanted to try, and these last two days we have been doing different things and finding out how this car reacts. We feel like we worked on some things for the NWMT race when we come back here later this year. The track is really abrasive on tires, and not like anything we raced on last year.”
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-By Reese Nobles, Speed51.com Mid-Atlantic Correspondent
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Late Model Stock Car Practice Results:
Tour-type Modified Practice Results:
|5||17||Richie Pallai Jr.||20.240|
|7||79||Doug Meservey Jr.||20.441|