(DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - February 23, 2013) - If there is still any doubt that the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards is an effective stepping stone to NASCAR's biggest leagues, let the finishing order from Friday's NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Daytona Int'l Speedway remove any further debate.
The NextEra Energy Resources 250 was, no doubt, one of the most exciting Truck races in recent memory. It was also stacked with former (and current) ARCA Racing Series competitors.
In fact, among the top-10 finishers, nine are former and/or current ARCA Racing Series drivers, including all of the top-nine finishers. Four of the top-10 finishers (Kyle Busch, Ron Hornaday, Justin Lofton, Ty Dillon) are former ARCA winners, and two of the top-10 finishers are former ARCA champions (Justin Lofton, Ty Dillon).
Overall, a majority 75% of the drivers in the Truck field at Daytona have ARCA Racing Series experience. Overall, 11 drivers are former ARCA winners, including Busch, Hornaday, Lofton, Dillon, James Buescher, Tim George, Jr., Dakoda Armstrong, John Wes Townley, Joey Coulter, Max Gresham and Scott Riggs.
Looking ahead to the NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Daytona, the ratios are very similar. Among the drivers in the starting lineup, 75% are drivers who have had experience in the ARCA Racing Series. Among the drivers in the Nationwide lineup, 10 are former ARCA winners, including Parker Kligerman, Busch, Alex Bowman, Tony Stewart, Justin Allgaier, Michael Annett, Mike Wallace, Scott Lagasse, Jeremy Clements and Reed Sorenson.