(DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - February 14, 2013) - ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards practice was cut short today at Daytona Int'l Speedway because of rain, but not before John Wes Townley, in the No. 15 Zaxby's Toyota, positioned himself atop the leader board.
Townley, in a Venturini Motorsports (VMS) entry, circled the 2.5-mile superspeedway in 49.288 seconds, an average speed of 182.600 mph.
"We have an excellent shot at this; the car is really, really good," said Townley. "I think we're better off than we were at the test, and we were really good then. The Venturinis have so much experience in ARCA. This is such a great opportunity for us to go out there and get a win."
Townley's career-best ARCA finishes, a third and a fifth, came at Daytona.
"I think it's a lot of luck, more than anything on the speedways. But I love this place. The speedways are a lot of fun for me, and I think that helps. There are obviously a lot of variables that go into it. It's a gamble any way you look it, but I sure like our chances."
Venturini Motorsports grabbed the top four positions overall.
Milka Duno, in the No. 35 Cantv-Milka Way Toyota, was second fastest overall at 181.848 mph with VMS teammates Justin Boston and Darrell Wallace trailing in third and fourth, respectively. In all, 43 drivers posted time and speed today.
The ARCA garage opens at 7:00 a.m. Friday morning with Menards Pole Award Qualifying presented by Ansell following at 2:00.
ARCAracing.com will feature live timing and scoring of all the on-track activity, including qualifying, final practice Saturday and the race to follow.
The 50th Anniversary Lucas Oil 200 presented by MAVTV American Real at Daytona is live on SPEED Saturday at 4:30.