Leilani Munter Leads Combined Test Speeds at Daytona

Leilani Munter Leads Combined Test Speeds at Daytona

Leilani Munter (No. 55 What The Health Toyota) led the combined results for two days of testing for the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards Lucas Oil 200 driven by Geberal Tire at Daytona International Speedway.

Munter's fastest speed was 184.064 miles per hour.

The top nine drivers in the combined results turned their fastest lap in the Friday afternoon session. The top seven drivers were all in Toyotas, and the top four were all Venturini Motorsports teammates.

Munter will be making her seventh, and possibly final, start at Daytona and is looking for a strong run if this indeed her final race.

"Venturini Motorsports and my crew chief Frank Kimmel have given me a rocket to drive and I am thankful for the opportunity," Munter said. "Right now Daytona is the only confirmed race on my schedule and it's quite possible it could be my last race. I'd love to end my career with a great run and I certainly have the car to accomplish that in."

Behind Munter was Christian Eckes (No. 15 JBL Audio Toyota), Harrison Burton (No. 20 DEX Imaging Toyota), and defending race winner Michael Self (No. 25 Sinclair Lubricants Toyota). Eckes and Self have stated their intentions to compete for the series title in 2019; Burton, son of former NASCAR driver and current NASCAR on NBC analyst Jeff Burton, will run select races for the Venturini team when his NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series schedule allows.

Todd Gilliland (No. 4 DGR-Crosley Racing Toyota) rounded out the top five. Gilliland is the son of 2007 Daytona 500 pole starter David Gilliland, and he too will be making select ARCA Racing Series starts as his NASCAR Truck Series schedule allows. He and Burton are teammates driving for Kyle Busch Motorsports in the Truck Series.

Riley Herbst (No. 18 Monster Energy/ORCA Coolers/Advance Auto Parts Toyota) was sixth, Derrick Lancaster (No. 29 On Point Motorsports Toyota) was seventh, Bret Holmes (No. 23 Bret Holmes Racing Chevrolet) was eighth, Gus Dean (No. 32 Win-Tron Racing Chevrolet) was ninth, and last year's General Tire Pole Award winner Natalie Decker (No. 54 DGR-Crosley Racing Toyota) was tenth. Decker's speed, 181.921 miles per hour, led the Saturday morning session; she was the only driver in the top ten in the combined results to turn their fastest lap on Saturday.

The two days of testing ran virtually incident free. The red flag was displayed only twice, both for minor incidents. Derrick Lancaster had an oil line come loose early in the Friday morning session, necessitating a red for track inspection, while Dave Mader III scuffed the outside wall in the afternoon session on Friday with no significant damage.

With testing complete, attention now turns to the 65th annual Lucas Oil 200 driven by General Tire at Daytona. Last year's winner Michael Self will be back to defend his victory and he is chasing the series championship for the first time.

The first official track activity of the season will come on Thursday, February 7 when the teams receive two hours of practice starting at 4 pm ET. There will be another hour of practice on Friday, February 8 starting at 9:30 am ET followed by General Tire Pole Qualifying at 3:30 pm ET. The green flag will wave over the expected 40-car field in the Lucas Oil 200 driven by General Tire at 4:30 pm ET on Saturday, February 9. ARCA for Me members can access live timing & scoring, live chat, and live track updates from Daytona exclusively at ARCARacing.com; new members can register for free at ARCARacing.com/login.


congrats #55 team for being fastest overall for the weekend.