ARCA Firstplus Financial 200 - Notes and Practice Times (Saturday)
6 February 1999
Saturday Final Practice Speeds: FIRSTPLUS Financial polesitter Matt Hutter was back on top in Saturday's final practice session with a speed of 189.032 mph followed by Mark Gibson 188.080, Shawna Robinson 187.071, Dan Pardus 186.776, Bobby Hamilton Jr 186.726, Bob Schacht 186.629, Mike Swaim Jr 185.452, Andy Hillenburg 185.418, Shane Doles 185.364, Joe Ruttman 185.357, Shane Yoder 185.159, Andy Belmont 184.813, Mark Stahl 184.506, Carl Long 184.305, Jimmy Kitchens 184.234, Bobby Gerhart 184.132, John Kinder 184.087, Jerry Hill 183.966, Kirk Shelmerdine 183.812, Tim Horvath 183.587, Bill Baird 182.960, Doug Graham 182.760, Cavin Councilor 182.574, Ed Curtis 182.168, Bob Kelly 181.243, John Metcalf 181.185, Ed Kennedy 180.919, Josh Baltes 180.846, Mike Ciochetti 180.256, Scott Stovall 178.784, David Boggs 172.685
After posting the quickest ARCA test speed in practice Saturday morning at 190.206 mph, Josh Baltes cut a right front tire just past the start-finish line and had contact with the outside retaining wall. Baltes was uninjured however it remains to be seen if the car can be repaired in time for the race.
In other news from Daytona, defending ARCA Bondo/Mar-Hyde Series champion Frank Kimmel had contact with the turn 4 wall Thursday in 1st round qualifying. The 14-time series winner was transported to Halifax Regional Medical Center in Daytona Beach where he was held overnight for evaluation and released Friday morning. ARCA veteran Bob Hill qualified the back-up car on Saturday morning however it is yet undecided if Kimmel or Hill will start the race on Sunday. The #46 Advance Auto Parts Chevrolet will roll off 37th on the grid.