News and notes from the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards test session at Daytona International Speedway

News and notes from the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards test session at Daytona International Speedway

-Mark McFarland was back at the track in a much different capacity than he was in 2018. McFarland, a championship-winning co-owner last season alongside Matthew Miller and Doug Fuller, has transitioned from team ownership back to team management. He is overseeing the ARCA Racing Series efforts Joe Gibbs Racing and drivers Riley Herbst and Ty Gibbs in 2019. Herbst was sixth overall with a lap at 182.113 miles per hour. The young Gibbs, not yet eligible to race on superspeedways, was eligible to test and worked mainly on single-car runs; his best lap was 178.077 miles per hour, good for 30th overall.

- Harrison Burton also moved from MDM Motorsports to Venturini Motorsports for 2019. He was at the track with long-time NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series crew chief Mike Hillman, Jr. The two will work together inthe NGOTS this season as they chase the series title with Kyle Busch Motorsports. Burton, a winner last season at Pocono Raceway in the ARCA Racing Series, will run a handful of races with Venturini Motorsports this season. Burton was third overall with a speed of 184.023 miles per hour.

-Former sprint car driver and NASCAR Cup Series crew chief Frankie Kerr has signed on with DGR-Crosley Racing to work with driver Natalie Decker in 2019. Decker will compete in 4-5 ARCA races as well as the majority of the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series schedule. Kerr is a member of the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame, and has worked with several top NASCAR drivers including Marcos Ambrose, Robby Gordon, Bobby Labonte, A.J. Allmendinger, and most recently Cole Whitt.

-A couple of ARCA Racing Series crew chiefs have found a new home for 2019. Matt Weber, who has worked with Bret Holmes Racing and Ken Schrader Racing in recent years, and Todd Myers, who recently worked with Win-Tron Racing, were both at Daytona working with Chad Bryant Racing.

-A few well-known names were busy on the spotter's stand at Daytona. Tim Fedewa, Jason Hedlesky, Mike Bliss, David Keith and Cole Custer all took their binoculars up to the roof for the two-day test. Keith is a former ARCA Racing Series winner at Daytona.

-Tony Glover, Technical Director, NASCAR Touring Series, was on hand coordinating efforts with ARCA's competition department, including senior director of competition Grayling Call and technical services director Bobby Thomsen. Glover is a three-time Daytona 500 winning crew chief, in 1991 with Ernie Irvan and in 1994 and 1995 with Sterling Marlin. One of Glover's main focuses now is oversight of the NASCAR K&N Pro Series rules and enforcement.

-The youngest driver at the test was 16-year-old Ty Gibbs. The oldest was Dave Mader III. Gibbs will run several short track races for the JGR team. Mader, the 1978 winner of the famed Snowball Derby, will run a selected number of superspeedway races. He is a former winner in ARCA as well, taking a Clint Folsom-owned Buick to victory lane at Michigan in 1991.

-Gary Gatter, a veteran ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards weekend official, returned to the track after weathering some health issues.

-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; new members can register for free at


Let's get this party started on the race season...LOL!!!  Feburary can't get here quick enough.


Does this mean then that there will not be any MDM cars anymore? They had 3 full time teams last year.