Rockingham Speedway – Friday Testing Day Recap
NASCAR’s return weekend at Rockingham Speedway is highlighted by the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, but also includes the UARA-STARS Series and the Frank Kimmel Street Stock Nationals. Friday’s Practice/Test Day opened with the UARA cars hitting the track. Paddy Rodenbeck proved he still knows how to get around the 1.017 mile track with a 24.894 second/147.072 mph lap which bested his current track record. Travis Swaim notched the second fastest lap with a 25.398 second effort for a speed of 144.153 mph. Tim George Jr. started his double duty weekend with a 25.471 second lap for a 143.740 mph lap. The fourth fastest driver was Andy Mercer who tripped the scoring beam at 25.677 seconds with a speed of 142.587 mph. The final car in the top five was Josh Wright whose 142.354 mph lap lasted 25.719 seconds.
The next session of the day saw the Camping World Trucks hit the track for the first time in the history of the series. Joey Coulter laid down a 24.923 second lap for a 144.445 mph. Timothy Peters was the only other driver under 25 seconds in the first practice session with a 24.952 second effort for a speed of 144.277 mph. The third fastest driver was James Buescher who narrowly missed the 24 second bracket by posting a 25.001 second lap for a 144.993 mph. Fourth fastest in the session was Parker Kligerman whose 25.060 second lap was good for a 143.655 mph while Nelson Piquet Jr. capped the top five for the session with a 25.088 second lap at 143.495 mph.
The UARA-STARS came back on the track for a second session and Clay Rogers bested 27 cars in the session with a 25.027 second lap for a speed of 146.290 mph. Andy Mercer backed up his first session speed by turning a 145.470 mph lap in 25.168 seconds. Scott Turlington snared the third spot in the speed breakdown for practice two as he logged a 25.196 second lap at 145.309 mph. Paddy Rodenbeck wore the goody off of his tires in the first session but still managed to turn the fourth fastest lap in practice number 2 with a 25.238 second lap for 145.067 mph. Rounding out the top five in the second UARA practice session was Sammy Jasper who put a 25.291 second lap on the board at 144.763 mph.
Following the UARA-STARS the Camping World Truck Series jumped on the track again and it was Nelson Piquet who turned a 25.112 second lap at 143.358 mph. Piquet bested Matt Crafton’s best lap of 25.169 seconds at 143.033 mph. Third quick in the second Truck practice was Miguel Paludo who circled the historic track in 25.439 seconds for a speed of 141.515. Paludo narrowly beat the time of John Wes Townley, who posted a 25.445 second lap at 141.482 mph. Rounding out the top five was former Rockingham winner Jeff Agnew, who ran his No. 70 Truck around the Rock at 25.488 seconds at 141.243 mph.
The final session of the day was for the Frank Kimmel Street Stocks. Their practice session also determines the starting lineup for their race. Chuck Barnes Sr. continued to prove he is the man to beat at Rockingham in a Frank Kimmel car by posting the fastest time of the session with a 48.426 second lap. Frank Kimmel was the second quickest car in the practice period with a 28.546 second circuit. Chad Hall slotted in third with a 28.603 second effort while Jason Leatherwood will start outside row two after a 29.408 second lap. Rounding out the top five was Tony Conway with a lap of 29.446 seconds.
Saturday’s feature events will include 75 lap races for the UARA-STARS and Frank Kimmel Street Stock Nationals bookending the qualifying session for the Camping World Trucks.Share this article