At Daytona Downpour hampers first of two-day ARCA test

Friday’s first day of a two-day open test for the ARCA Menards Series at Daytona International Speedway was sliced short because of downpour.

A sum of 37 vehicles – out of 50 that were entered – took to the 2.5-mile oval, with Connor Hall of Chad Bryant Racing turning in the quickest lap of 181.046 mph, trailed by Ronnie Osmor (180.890 mph) and Jacob Heafner (180.843).

“We were working on single car runs this morning,” Hall said in an ARCA media discharge.

“We had a game plan to work on the car and getting air where we wanted it.”

“We made some gains and learned some things we liked and didn’t like. That’s what testing is all about. We were focused on what we needed to be better on last year. We have a great racecar. We are happy but not totally happy so we’ll get back to work tomorrow.”

Included Heafner, “It was a learning curve at the beginning. I calmed myself down and got to driving. It is a big change coming from late models on short tracks. We worked a little on single car runs and then got out there in the draft a little. We’re learning a lot and ready to come back in February.”

Other eminent names in the field included Ty Gibbs, grandson of NASCAR crew proprietor Joe Gibbs, who was fourth quickest (180.825 mph), Riley Herbst (seventh, 180.552), Tanner Gray (seventeenth, 176.602), Hailie Deegan (eighteenth, 176.167) and Sam Mayer (30th, 172.894).

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Groups trust the climate is progressively helpful Saturday, the second day of the two-day test, which is in anticipation of the period opening Lucas Oil 200 on Saturday, February 8. A morning session starts at 9 a.m. ET, while the evening session is set to begin at 1 p.m. ET. Live planning and scoring will be accessible for the duration of the day at ARCARacing.

Cordiality of the Daytona Beach News-Journal, of a meeting Deegan gave before the downpour came.