Austin McDaniel, Alex Yontz And Tommy Lemons Jr. Top Friday’s Practice At Myrtle Beach Speedwayby Hunter Thomas November 20, 2015 0 comments
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MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. – Drivers of the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series hit the banks of Myrtle Beach Speedway on Friday for the first three practice sessions in preparation for Saturday’s UNOH Battle at the Beach.
Due to inclement weather on Thursday, Myrtle Beach Speedway decided to host three of the four practice sessions on Friday. In previous years, the event known as the Myrtle Beach 400 has now been re-branded as the UNOH Battle at the Beach. Throughout the afternoon, 48 drivers from around the United States took to the track.
Two-time Hickory Motor Speedway track champion, Austin McDaniel kicked off the day by running the fastest time during opening practice. His fastest lap was 21.007 seconds. Runner-up on the speed chart was this year’s ValleyStar Credit Union 300 winner, Tommy Lemons Jr. Myrtle Beach Speedway regular, Justin Milliken was third fastest.
“We built a new car, got a different engine package and we’re looking really forward to this race,” Milliken said. “I always look forward to this race. We always seem to be around at the end, but something seems to happen. Hopefully, that something won’t happen this time. I think we have a really good Bell & Bell Buick, GMC Chevrolet. I think we’re going to be in good shape.”
Rounding out the top-five in Friday’s opening practice was Dylan Hall and Myatt Snider.
During the second practice, it was Alex Yontz topping the chart with a 21.085 second lap. Sam Yarbrough, 2015 Myrtle Beach Speedway track champion was second. Yarbrough finished out this year’s national standings in 13th. He claimed 13 wins in 18 stars.
“It’s good to have a lot of laps and run here all year, but you’ve got the best Late Model drivers out here, so the advantage is kind of out the window so to speak,” Yarbrough said. “Right now, the car is driving pretty good. It’s consistent.”
Former NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver, Chad McCumbee rounded out the top-three. Spencer Davis was fourth fastest, and 2013 UARA-STARS runner-up, Garrett Campbell finished out the session in fifth.
Tommy Lemons Jr. paced the third practice session on Friday afternoon. He ran a 20.765 second lap. Kason Plott finished out the session in second, and 2015 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series National Champion, Lee Pulliam posted the third fastest lap. This weekend’s efforts will mark Pulliam’s third start in the UNOH Battle at the Beach. He won during his debut appearance and finished third in his second.
“This is our third time being down here for the Myrtle Beach 400, and I feel like the event is as strong as ever,” Pulliam said. “There are a lot of really good cars here today. I’m really looking forward to it. I think we have a good piece. It’s a good, competitive field. We’ll just see how it all shakes out.”
Justin Milliken ran another strong lap, placing him fourth on the speed chart. Chad McCumbee who also competes at Myrtle Beach Speedway regularly, rounded out the top-five.
Final practice for the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series will begin at 7:45 a.m. on Saturday morning. Qualifying is set to begin at 11:30 a.m., followed by heat races at 1 p.m. The green flag is set to wave on the UNOH Battle at the Beach at 4:30 p.m.
UNOH Battle at the Beach First Practice:
1.) #12 Austin McDaniel | 21.007 seconds
2.) #27 Tommy Lemons Jr. | 21.053 seconds
3.) #02 Justin Milliken | 21.066 seconds
4.) #4H Dylan Hall | 21.069 seconds
5.) #2S Myatt Snider | 21.109 seconds
6.) #34 Matt Waltz | 21.124 seconds
7.) #60 R.A. Brown | 21.153 seconds
8.) #36 Anthony Anders | 21.165 seconds
9.) #4P Kason Plott | 21.167 seconds
10.) #21 Travis Swaim | 21.179 seconds
UNOH Battle at the Beach Second Practice:
1.) #33 Alex Yontz | 21.085 seconds
2.) #20 Sam Yarbrough | 21.132 seconds
3.) #95 Chad McCumbee | 21.140 seconds
4.) #07 Spencer Davis | 21.145 seconds
5.) #12 Garrett Campbell 21.148 seconds
6.) #21 Travis Swaim | 21.169 seconds
7.) #58 Tyler Ankrum 21.193 seconds
8.) #83 Jeremy McDowell | 21.196 seconds
9.) #5B Dexter Canipe Jr. | 21.202 seconds
10.) #34 Matt Waltz | 21.242 seconds
UNOH Battle at the Beach Third Practice:
1.) #27 Tommy Lemons Jr. | 20.765 seconds
2.) #4A Kason Plott | 20.953 seconds
3.) 5A Lee Pulliam | 20.955 seconds
4.) #02 Justin Milliken | 20.961 seconds
5.) #95 Chad McCumbee | 20.980 seconds
6.) #50 Jamey Caudill | 20.994 seconds
7.) #2A Myatt Snider | 21.021 seconds
8.) #21 Travis Swaim | 21.069 seconds
9.) #8P Kyle Plott | 21.097 seconds
10.) #34 Matt Waltz | 21.121 seconds