At the end of both practice sessions at Berlin Raceway, it was 16-year-old Erik Jones topping the charts. He’d lap the 0.438 mile oval in 17.235 seconds in the first practice, followed by a 17.183 seconds in the second practice.
Jones made his ARCA debut earlier this year at the age of 15 and has impressed with two top fives and three top 10s in five starts. Berlin is where the Byron, Michigan native cut his teeth so its no surprise to see him at the top of the charts.
Last race’s winner Chad Hackenbracht was second in the final practice at a lap of 17.284 seconds, 0.049 seconds off of Jones. The win for Hackenbracht marked his first ARCA Racing Series win in 42 ARCA starts.
Hendrick Motorsports development driver Chase Elliott was third at 17.459 seconds. In his three previous ARCA starts, he has three top 10s.
Alex Bowman and Frank Kimmel rounded out the top five. Points leader Brennan Poole was sixth, followed by Michael Simko, Matt Lofton, Brian Campbell and Tom Hessert.
In the first practice, it’d be Jones, followed by Hackenbracht, Clint King, Poole and Elliott. Mason Mingus was sixth, followed by Lofton, Nelson Canache, Chris Buescher and Kimmel.
Menards Pole Qualifying presented by Ansell will start at 5, with live timing and scoring coverage at ARCARacing.com. The Berlin ARCA 200 presented by Hantz Group will start at 8:30 with the same live timing and scoring coverage. Charlie Krall and Tim Clagg will host a live pre-race show at 8 before delivering an online audio call of the race at ARCARacing.com.