After two days of track activity, Amherstburg, Ontario native Dominique Van Wieringen led the combined speeds in the ARCA Menards Series test for the season-opening Lucas Oil 200 driven by General Tire.
Van Wieringen (No. 30 Rette Jones Racing Ford) turned a lap in the draft on Saturday afternoon at 49.615 seconds/181/.397 miles per hour. Her time was just 0.044 seconds quicker than World of Outlaws sprint car star David Gravel (No. 28 KBR Development Chevrolet), who times in at 49.659 seconds/181.236 miles per hour.
Neither Van Wieringen and Gravel had ever made laps at Daytona prior to the open test and both were making their Daytona debuts in preparation for the Lucas Oil 200, which both are expected to enter.
Former Daytona General Tire Pole Award winner Sean Corr timed in third overall, his fast time also coming in Saturday afternoon drafting practice. Corr (No. 8A Empire Racing Chevrolet) was just 0.061 seconds off Van Wieringen’s fastest lap, coming it at 49.676 seconds/181.174 miles per hour.
The top seven speeds were set in Saturday afternoon drafting practice.
Connor Hall, eighth overall, turned his quick lap in a drafting session just before Friday’s session was cut short by rain. Hall (No. 22C Chad Bryant Racing Ford), timed in at 49.711 seconds/181.046 miles per hour to lead the way in Friday’s activities. Ronnie Osmer (No. 02O Our Motorsports Chevrolet) was second fastest on Friday and ninth overall with a lap at 49.754 seconds/180.890 miles per hour.
Friday morning was delayed by about 90 minutes by rain. The early part of the day was used for single-car runs, led by Riley Herbst (No. 18H Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota). Herbst’s fastest lap by himself came in at 50.528 seconds/178.119 miles per hour. Herbst ended up twelfth on the overall combined results turning a lap at 49.799 seconds/180.722 miles per hour on Saturday.
Seventeen drivers turned their best lap on Friday. The remaining 30 drivers turned their best lap on Saturday.
The ARCA Menards Series returns to Daytona for the Lucas Oil 200 driven by General Tire on Saturday February 8, with the green flag expected at 4:45 pm ET. The race will be televised live on FS1; ARCARacing.com will have living timing & scoring throughout all on-track activity.
(Photo credit – Rich Corbett, ARCA/Left Turn Media)