News & Notes: 70-plus test at Daytona
News & Notes: 70-plus test at Daytona
Motorsports led the speed charts overall with 2013 SCOTT Rookie of the Year
Justin Boston, who circled the 2.5-mile superspeedway in 49.019 seconds, a top
speed of 183.602 mph. Defending race winner, John Wes Townley, gave the
Venturini team a clean sweep of the top two positions with the second best
speed - 183.501 mph.
Daytona ARCA event will open the season for the ARCA Racing Series presented by
Menards for the 51st consecutive season in 2014. Bobby Gerhart
brought four Lucas Oil-MAV TV Chevrolets to the test in his effort to grow his
all-time record eight victories in the Daytona ARCA race, first run in 1964.
Motorsports also made a big splash with four drivers testing, including rookies
Tyler Reddick (fifth fastest), Austin Wayne Self (ninth fastest), Shannon
McIntosh, and veteran Tom Hessert. Reddick recorded the most laps in any of the
six different sessions, making 57 circuits on the final afternoon session
Road To Daytona initiative brought touring series champions Travis Braden (ARCA
CRA Super Series) and Dan Fredrickson (ARCA Midwest Tour) to Daytona to gain
experience on the famed high banks. In its second year with support from Fast
Track High Performance Driving School, Roush Yates Engines and Hoosier Racing
Tire, Braden and Fredrickson were guided by program administrator and spotter
Andy Hillenburg, the 1995 ARCA Racing Series champion and a two-time Daytona
ARCA 200 winner.
familiar red Mallory Ignition trays, standard issue to ARCA teams since 2005,
were being swapped out for yellow Accel Ignition brand products. Both brands
are owned by Mr. Gasket Company. The brand change coincides with significant
technological advances to the ARCA-mandated ignition systems. Major features of
the new and improved systems are greater protection internally to prevent
overvoltage charges, a design enhancement to reduce overheating of the systems
and lightening the system from 16 pounds to 11 pounds. Graham Fordyce and Chris
Whitworth represented Accel at the test.
Elliott had an impressive lineup of Hendrick Motorsports mechanical talent
assisting his Daytona ARCA Test effort including Jim Long, Billy Wilburn and
Allison, who posted the third best speed overall in Saturday's drafting
practice session, had help beyond the Howard Bixman-Grant Enfinger led BCR Ford
team. His grandfather Donnie Allison, who nearly won the Daytona 500 in the now
famous battle with Cale Yarborough which ended with Donnie and his brother
Bobby Allison scuffling with Yarborough, was an interested observer at the test
and enjoyed offering his insight.
Midget, Sprint Car and Silver Crown legend Dave Darland, whose accomplishments
are well documented in the USAC record book, made his initial laps at Daytona
and plans to return to race in February.
Lushes, car chief of the 2013 ARCA Racing Series championship team of owner Duke
Thorson and driver Frank Kimmel, has moved to Venturini Motorsports to join the
crew chief lineup. Venturini Motorsports fielded the full time effort of 2013 SCOTT
ARCA Rookie of the Year Justin Boston. Venturini Motorsports brought five teams
to the test including ZLOOP sponsored Boston, Zaxbys driver John Wes Townley,
Mark Thompson, Leilani Munter (sixth fastest) and Michael Self (seventh
fastest), all of whom logged many laps at the test.
Coulter, whose career advanced through the ARCA Racing Series presented by
Menards en route to his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series success, was on hand
spotting for Allegiant Travel Chevrolet driver Spencer Gallagher, who was
fourth fastest overall. Newcomer Scott Sheldon also tested a Gallagher
Motorsports entry, ending up eighth fastest overall.
the ‘Moose' Praytor gave Wayne Hixson's car a good ride with the 10th
best speed overall among the 78 drivers who posted time and speed Friday
Sprint Cup veteran Carl Long was at Daytona assisting in the efforts of Empire
Racing and driver Sean Corr.
Hylton combined efforts with the Empire Racing Ford team at the test and may be
looking at plans to work together with the John Corr owned, John Bellesfield
managed team for the full 2014 season.
ARCA Racing Series champion Bob Keselowski was in the garage working with Matt
Kurzejewski. Keselowski's son Brad is the 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
champion and son Brian is a multi-time winner in ARCA Racing Series
Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series driver Joe Nemechek brought his son John
Hunter to gain experience, working with veterans Del and Rick Markle and the
John Fox Motorsports team.
Two teams notably absent from the Daytona test indicated they will do private testing at Talladega Superspeedway in January to prepare for the Daytona ARCA race. Win-Tron Racing's Nate Thiesse indicated Frank Kimmel would be at the wheel of the Win-Tron owned #44 Ansell Menards Toyota. Stange Motorsports crew chief Larry Moore was at Daytona and said MaryEve Dufault would be at test the team's Fords at Talladega in January as well.
|Daytona Int'l Speedway|
|ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards|
|Overall Combined Test Results (12-20/21/22-13)|
|2||15||John Wes Townley||49.046||183.501|
|9||22||Austin Wayne Self||49.163||183.064|
|33||97E||Friday Hassler Jr||49.678||181.167|
|42||69B||Chris Bailey Jr||49.928||180.260|
|50||32||John Hunter Nemechek||50.036||179.870|
|54||57A||Doug Barnes Jr||50.229||179.179|