General Tire 200 at Talladega Speedway: After getting beat up in the season opener in Daytona, Ed Pompa is bringing the same Clemson National Championship scheme to the Lions Den in Talladega, Alabama. “I realize Alabama may not be the best place to run a Clemson scheme but it’s all for a good cause and we get a ton of exposure at Talladega,” said Pompa. The New Yorker and his racing efforts have been long time supporters of the Double H Ranch for Kids and the Clemson Hoods will carry forward past the racetrack. “We’ve set aside both hoods to be auctioned off for charity. The Daytona hood is being donated to the Clemson Foundation, and the Talladega hood is going to the Double H Ranch. In the end we hope the kids will ultimately be the big winners.”
The General Tire 200 is a 2 day event starting with technical inspection Thursday. The gates open bright and early at 6 am Friday morning for a whirlwind day of events, starting with practice at 8:30 until 10:30. We will then continue on into General Tire qualifying at 2:30 pm, and the green flag with drop at 5pm. Live timing and scoring for practice, qualifying and the race will be on ARCAracing.com. The race will be broadcast live on Fox Sports 1. Also, please follow us on Twitter (@FastTrackRacin), for live trackside updates from our PR team.
PRIMARY SPONSOR: Cedar Peaks Enterprises, Wake Forest, NC
SECONDARY SPONSORS: Milwaukee Crusher Co., Burt Crane, Pompa Bros. Inc., T-Shirt Graphics
SUPPORTED CHARITY: Double H Ranch (www.doublehranch.org)
WHAT TO LOOK FOR THIS WEEKEND: This weekend is going to be about strategy and friends. As it all starts within group qualifying, you depend on those 6 people as a collective group to make a good lap time, but that is not always how it goes down. This rolls into the race as the main key is to have a good draft strategy and a companion to stay in the draft with you until the end. The fans will be in for a ride to see as to who sticks with whom and who leaves their companion in the wind.
Picture: Ed Pompa In the #10 Clemson Chevy heads out for practice at Daytona.