WELKOM, Free State — South Africa - The first practice session for Sunday's ASA Transcontinental Series Free State 500 has ended at the Phakisa Freeway Circuit in Welkom, Free State, South Africa. This was the only practice session to take place on Friday.
Gary Lewis (Bothell, WA, USA), the 2009 ASA Northwest Late Model Tour Champion, led the field in practice with a time of 37.334 seconds with 1986 Daytona 500 champion Geoff Bodine (Chemung, NY, USA) in second with a time of 37.534 seconds. Russ Blakeley, an ASA Midwest Tour competitor from Wisconsin, USA was third with 37.926 seconds. Jaco Correia from Welkom, Free State, South Africa was fourth with a time of 38.194 seconds. Greg Barnhart from Oklahoma City, OK, USA rounded out the top-five with a time of 38.210 seconds.
2009 ASA Midwest Tour Champion Steve Carlson (West Salem, WI, USA) was sixth with a time of 38.248 seconds with Tiff Daniels from Smithfield, VA, USA seventh with a time of 38.293 seconds. Eighth was Chris Wimmer from Wausau, WI, USA with a time of 38.395 seconds. Marc Davis from Mitchelville, MD, USA was ninth with a time of 38.424 seconds. Danie Correia of Welkom, Free State, South Africa rounded out the top-ten with a time of 38.720 seconds.
The fans in attendance to watch practice today cheered when it was announced that the Correia brothers ended the practice session with times in the top-ten. Both looked very strong as they toured the 1.5-mile oval for the first time ever.
Saturday will have a full day of on-track activities at Phakisa with practice starting at 10:45 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. Qualifying will get underway later in the afternoon.
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