Mokena, Illinois-native Bob Strait wasted no time moving to the front of the pack during an open ARCA RE/MAX Series test at Chicagoland Speedway. Strait has not raced since the Daytona race in February where he finished second behind Ryan Newman. Strait?s top speed in his number 66 Ford Taurus during the test was 169.173 mph (31.92 seconds). ?I am happy to be back racing. I could not let this opportunity go by-the speedway is so close to home,? said Strait after running his first laps at the new Chicagoland Speedway. Strait added, ?It?s really special for me to race here. Hopefully, half the stands will be packed with my family and friends.? Strait and nine other drivers from the ARCA RE/MAX Series tested throughout the day in preparation for the ARCA 200 September 1. Second to Strait was John Metcalf in his Chevrolet Monte Carlo posting a top speed of 167.338 mph (32.27 seconds). 3-Time ARCA RE/MAX Series champion Tim Steele, whose fastest lap was 167.183 mph (32.30 seconds), commented on the test session. ?It?s our first time here and we like what we have done so far.? Steele added ?(Chicagoland Speedway) is a beautiful facility. It?s incredibly fast and very smooth. I can?t seem to find a bad thing about it.? The ARCA RE/MAX Series, one of the most versatile series in the country, racing on asphalt, concrete and even dirt with the same cars, rolls into Chicagoland Speedway September 1 for the ARCA 200. It is the 19th stop on the 25 race schedule during the 2001 season. For a schedule of events for the IRL/ARCA weekend, visit Fastest Times and Speeds According to ARCA RE/MAX Officials Bob Strait 31.92 sec. 169.173 mph; Chad Blount 32.58 sec. 165.740 mph; John Metcalf 32.27 sec. 167.338 mph; AJ Henriksen 32.84 sec. 164.434 mph; Tim Steele 32.30 sec. 167.183 mph; Eric Smith 33.47 sec. 161.339 mph; Jason Jarrett 32.43 sec. 166.512 mph; Brent Sherman 33.95 sec. 159.057 mph; Damon Lusk 32.64 sec. 165.188 mph; Skip Smith 34.04 sec. 158.637 mph
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