Open Race Thread: ARCA Series Lucas Oil Slick Mist 200 | Daytona International Speedway

DAYTONA BEACH, FL - FEBRUARY 18: James Hylton signs autographs for fans prior to the start of the ARCA Series Lucas Oil Slick Mist 200 at Daytona International Speedway. Hylton has been a fixture at Daytona since the 1966 Daytona 500. (Photo by MattWeaver/NASCAR Ranting and Raving)

Update: 2:50 p.m. EST - Notes from the ARCA Series drivers meeting can be found in the comments section.

DAYTONA BEACH, FLA. - The ARCA Racing Series has a unique place in the grand scheme of NASCAR's ladder system. With its blend of short tracks, dirt tracks, and superspeedway action, ARCA serves as the last link between NASCAR and its short track racing heritage.

Many of the same names that Ranting and Raving reported on at the Snowball Derby will also attempt to take the checkered flag for today's Lucas Oil Slick Mist 200 at Daytona International Speedway. To compare, Five Flags Speedway is a half-mile speedway. Daytona -- as you may recall is 2.5 miles -- with 32 degree banking in the corners.

ARCA could boast the most the most versatile drivers in motorsports if they truly wanted to. The Series competes on short tracks, dirt tracks, superspeedways and road courses.

Qualifying for the event was scheduled for Friday afternoon and witnessed Sean Corr secure his first career pole in major stock car racing. Ryan Reed, Steve Blackburn, Tom Hessert and Chris Windom round out the starting top-5.

Cale Gale is the 2010 Snowball Derby polesitter and a former Kevin Harvick Inc. developmental driver. He's done a little bit of everything in his 10-year career. He has not won at Daytona. He'll sixth for Eddie Sharp Racing, with equipment purchased from KHI. He was 13th in final practice.

Frank Kimmel has won nine ARCA championships but is also winless at Daytona. Kimmel doesn't believe in legacies but believes his career is incomplete until he wins at the famed 2.5-mile superspeedway. He was second-fastest in practice and qualified in 17th.

"Daytona is a big one on my personal bucket list," Kimmel said. "It's the grandest stage in motorsports and we'd definitely love to win it. We're a little behind on our speedway program but ThorSport carries a proven track record. We definitely have a shot at coming away with a real good finish."

And then there's Bobby Gerhart.

Gerhart has won five of the last seven ARCA Daytona 200s and seven overall. He initially qualified on the pole for today's race but his time was disallowed after failing post-qualifying inspections. He qualified for the race based on a provisional and will roll off in 42nd.

Gerhart posted the fastest time in Saturday happy hour at 184.102 mph.

The Lucas Oil Slick Mist 200 is scheduled to start at 4:30 p.m. at Daytona International Speedway. SPEED will begin television coverage at 4 p.m.

The complete starting lineup can be found after the jump. See you in the comments section!




ARCA Racing Series
Daytona International Speedway
49th Lucas Oil Slick Mist 200 at Daytona
Provided by ARCA Statistics - Sat, February 18, 2012 @ 11:00 AM Eastern

Position

Vehicle No.

Driver

Team & Car

1

82

Sean Corr

Empire Racing Ford

2

15

Ryan Reed

JDRF Chevrolet

3

94

Steve Blackburn

Harley Davidson Pike-Pop's Chevrolet

4

52

Tom Hessert

Federated Auto Parts Toyota

5

32

Chris Windom

Justice Brothers-Gillund Enterprises Toyota

6

6

Cale Gale

Rheem Chevrolet

7

28

Drew Charlson

Aluma Aluminum Trailer Chevrolet

8

17

Chris Buescher

Roulo Brothers Racing Ford

9

58

Chad Hackenbracht

Tastee Chocolate Apples Chevrolet

10

1

Mikey Kile

ModSpace Ford

11

4

Brandon McReynolds

Turner Motorsports Chevrolet

12

66

Mark Thompson

Phoenix Air Toyota

13

35

Nelson Canache

Venezuela Tourism Toyota

14

22

Alex Bowman

Ebay Motors-St. Jude CHildren's Research Hospital Dodge

15

09

Brett Hudson

Hudson Performance Drivelines Dodge

16

33

Milka Duno

Cantv-milkaway Chevrolet

17

44

Frank Kimmel

Ansell-Menards Toyota

18

9

Max Gresham

Made in USA Chevrolet

19

78

Aleks Gregory

The Mosquito Patch Ford

20

08

Alex Kennedy

SprakerRacing.com Ford

21

68

Will Kimmel

Enterprise Software Development Ford

22

39

Fain Skinner

CarportEmpire.com-CSBdirect.com Ford

23

90

Zach Ralston

O-Ring Sales & Service Ford

24

16

Matt Lofton

Strutmasters.com Chevrolet

25

30

Terry Jones

Jones Group Limited Dodge

26

12

Leilani Munter

The Cove/Dolphins Awareness Dodge

27

00

Ed Kennedy

Ralph Solhem Racing Chevrolet

28

88

Buster Graham

Batter's Dream-RoushYatesParts.com Ford

29

29

Sloan Henderson

K Automotive Dodge

30

13

George Cushman

Vukelja Law Attorneys-AIP-Beveridge Medical Dodge

31

2

Brandon Davis

ModSpace-Hixson/Belmont Ford

32

11

Rick Clifton

Syngenta Ford

33

25

Brennan Poole

Adcetera-The Ad Man Chevrolet

34

31

Mike Harmon

American Heroes Ford

35

23

Spencer Gallagher

Allegiant Air Chevrolet

36

55

Paulie Harraka

Country Music Artist Jaclyn North Toyota

37

10

Ed Pompa

Milwaukee Crusher-Double H Ranch Chevrolet

38

34

Darrell Basham

Darrell Basham Racing Chevrolet

39

48

James Hylton

Radon.com Ford

40

18

Bill Coffey

JM Sportswear-Fast Track Driving School Ford

41

02

Josh Williams

Southwest Florida Cable Construction Ford

42

5

Bobby Gerhart

Lucas Oil Slick Mist Chevrolet

43

04

Larry Barford Jr.

1st Mariner Bank-Trauma Doc Dodge

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