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Sammy Smith Paces Hour-Long Practice at Phoenix, Sharing Front Row with Taylor Gray

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Practice for Friday night’s General Tire 150 at Phoenix Raceway – a combination race between the ARCA Menards Series and ARCA Menards Series West — continued a great start to the season for Kyle Busch Motorsports and Sammy Smith.

Smith, who started his title defense in the ARCA Menards Series East with a victory at New Symrna, paced the hour-long practice-qualifying session for the series on Friday Afternoon, posting a lap of 26.912 seconds (133.769mph).

The No. 18 TMC Toyota Camry was the only entry to break into the 26-second bracket during the hour-long session, after making a qualifying run in the closing minutes to top the session.

Taylor Gray, whose David Gilliland Racing team continues to mourn the loss of hauler driver Steven Stotts after a traffic accident en-route to Phoenix, posted the second-fastest time in the session, just under two-tenths slower than Smith.

Jesse Love – the two-time and defending ARCA West champion — posted the third-fastest time in the session, with Nick Sanchez and Connor Mosack rounding out the top-five times.

The fastest driver of those competing for the ARCA West championship was Jake Drew in ninth-place, who lost the title to Love in a tiebreaker last season. Daniel Dye (sixth), Rajah Caruth (seventh), Parker Chase (eighth), and Toni Breidinger (10th) joined Drew in the top-10.

Other ARCA Menards Series championship-contenders, included: Greg Van Alst (21st), Amber Balcean (25th), and Brad Smith (35th).

Other ARCA Menards Series West championship-contenders, included: Joey Iest (12th), Todd Souza (13th), PJ Pedroncelli (15th), Austin Herzog (16th), Tanner Reif (17th), Cole Moore (19th), Takuma Koga (20th), Kyle Keller (24th), Bridget Burgess (27th), Chris Lowden (31st), Andrew Tuttle (33rd), and Bobby Hillis Jr. (36th).

Brian Kaltrieder (No. 07) and Nick Joaindes (No. 77) did not take time in the hour-long session in advance of Friday’s General Tire 150 at Phoenix Raceway.


PosCarDriverSponsorMakeLapDiffBest LapLaps
118Sammy SmithTMCToyota26.912--2020
217Taylor GrayFord PerformanceFord27.090-0.1783132
320Jesse LoveCrescent ToolsToyota27.153-0.2413031
42Nick SanchezUniversal Technical InstituteChevrolet27.220-0.3081819
523Connor MosackNic TaylorChevrolet27.292-0.3802828
643Daniel DyeGMS RacingChevrolet27.331-0.4193132
761Rajah CaruthMax Siegel Inc.Chevrolet27.426-0.5142930
815Parker ChaseVertical BridgeToyota27.611-0.6991516
96Jake DrewSunrise RacingFord27.660-0.7482930
1025Toni BreidingerHairclubToyota27.776-0.8642529
1117WJosh BerryMMIChevrolet27.777-0.8651718
1254Joey IestRichmond Meats / Basila FarmsFord27.826-0.9141823
1313Todd SouzaCentral Coast CabinetsFord27.912-1.000916
1419Derek KrausNAPA AutoCareChevrolet28.181-1.269124
1533Paul Pedroncelli JrSelect Mobile BottlersToyota28.208-1.2961819
1616Austin HerzogNAPA Auto PartsChevrolet28.276-1.3642932
179Tanner ReifVegas Fastener ManufacturerFord28.413-1.5014651
1886Tim SpurgeonDavids Racing Products / NascimentoToyota28.456-1.5443232
1999Cole MooreBBB IndustriesChevrolet28.464-1.552916
207Takuma KogaRise UpToyota28.530-1.6183232
2135Greg Van AlstCB FabricatingFord28.553-1.6412526
2242Christian RoseVisit WVToyota28.755-1.8432126
2310Zachary TinkleWayne Peterson Racing / Fast TrackToyota28.794-1.8821314
2470Kyle KellerThird3ye / Eros Environmental / Battle BornChevrolet29.118-2.2061420
2530Amber BalcaenIconFord29.238-2.3262333
264Sebastian AriasRubbermaid Commercial Prod. / Brady IFSToyota29.319-2.4072929
2788Bridget BurgessHMH ConstructionChevrolet29.321-2.4093435
2812D.L. WilsonLeggott Trailers of WacoChevrolet29.877-2.9651617
2966Eric RheadJones RacingChevrolet30.727-3.81569
3085Ryan RouletteBellator Recruiting AcademyToyota30.738-3.8261625
3121Chris LowdenStoney's Roadhouse / Blue Valor WhiskeyFord30.919-4.0072439
3201Tim MonroeFast Track High Performance DrivingChevrolet31.250-4.33855
3339Andrew TuttleGearhead CoffeeChevrolet31.993-5.08114
3411Bryce HaugebergMagnum ContractingToyota32.148-5.23638
3548Brad SmithPSSTChevrolet32.312-5.40027
3627Bobby Hillis JrFirst Impression PressChevrolet35.145-8.23322
3731Paul PedroncelliRancho Victoria WeddingsChevrolet43.809-16.89711
3803Alex ClubbFlowers with Jazz & Jane MartinFord0.000--00
3907Brian KaltreiderMystic MotorsportsFord0.000--00
4077Nick JoanidesJan's / Wallace SignToyota0.000--00
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