Bobby Gerhart and Tyler Reddick Top Charts on Final Day of ARCA Daytona Testing

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For the first time in the three days of testing at Daytona International Speedway, a Venturini Motorsports car wasn’t at the top of the charts. Instead, it was Bobby Gerhart and Tyler Reddick topping the charts at the end of the two sessions.

Gerhart, a eight-time Daytona 200 winner, topped the morning single-car run session with a time of 49.565 seconds driving for his own team. The veteran confirmed that Lucas Oil will once again be on the hood of his No. 5 Chevrolet come February 14th.

Cunningham Motorsports driver Tom Hessert was second quickest as he enters his seventh season in the ARCA Racing Series. Hessert’s best points finish was a third in 2010. Last year, he finished fourth in points with one win, seven top fives and 12 top 10s in 21 races.

Mark Meunier was third quickest as the Louisville, Kentucky native will look to make his sixth ARCA start in February. The 49-year-old made five ARCA starts last year with a career best finish of 16th. Mason Mitchell and Sean Corr rounded out the top five.

Rookie Austin Wayne Self was sixth followed by Buston Graham, Jacob Engle, Darin Mathews and Cole Powell.

Self’s Cunningham Motorsports teammate Tyler Reddick led the afternoon draft session with a quick time of 49.146 seconds. Reddick has only made three starts in the ARCA Racing Series, with his best finish being an eighth at Salem Speedway in 2012. Self was second as the pair of rookies will look to make their first Daytona start in February.

Thomas Praytor was third after finishing ninth in points this past season with three top 10 finishes. Jacob Engle was fourth with Shannon McIntosh rounding out the top five. McIntosh is looking to transition into stock cars after running a couple seasons in U.S F2000 National Championship Series, which is part of the stepping ladder to the IndyCar ranks. This coming season will bring her first ARCA start.

“I couldn’t be more excited to have this opportunity with Cunningham Motorsports,” the 24-year-old said. “For as long as I can remember, I have wanted to pursue a career in NASCAR and this year is an opportunity for me to continue pursuing that route.  After a great test (in November) at Motor Mile Speedway with Cunningham Motorsports, I felt right at home, both in the car and with the team. I am really looking forward to developing my stock car skills this year with one of the best teams in the series and honored that I am able to work with such a recognized and talented team.”

2013 NASCAR Whelen Modified Rookie of the Year Cole Powell was sixth fastest, followed by Mario Gosselin, 2013 NASCAR Canadian Tire Series Rookie of the Year Alex Guenette, Derrick Lancaster and Sean Corr.

The teams will now focus towards getting their cars ready for the 200 mile race on February 14, 2014.

 

Daytona Int’l Speedway
ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards
Test Results (Session 1 on 12-22-13)
POS NO NAME TIME SPEED
1 5 Bobby Gerhart 49.565 181.580
2 77 Tom Hessert 49.645 181.287
3 40G Mark Meunier 50.024 179.914
4 98 Mason Mitchell 50.033 179.881
5 48 Sean Corr 50.097 179.651
6 22 Austin Wayne Self 50.167 179.401
7 99 Buster Graham 50.233 179.165
8 82B Jacob Engle 50.237 179.151
9 39 Darin Matthews 50.331 178.816
10 82A Cole Powell 50.363 178.703
11 69A Will Kimmel 50.380 178.642
12 5B Scott Hubler 50.400 178.571
13 69E Brian Finney 50.484 178.274
14 39B Alex Guennet 50.495 178.235
15 38 Clay Rogers 50.570 177.971
16 69B Chris Bailey Jr 50.591 177.897
17 22A Tyler Reddick 50.665 177.637
18 68 Michael Lira 50.836 177.040
19 10B Ed Pompa 50.934 176.699
20 75B Scott Green 50.941 176.675
21 5c Jacob Severen 51.023 176.391
22 75A Doug Barnes Jr 51.057 176.274
23 7 Brent Cross 51.107 176.101
24 97A Andrew Portter 51.205 175.764
25 86 Bobby Grewohl 51.238 175.651
26 3C Karl Weber 51.274 175.528
27 10D Casey Hillenburg 51.439 174.965
28 10 Ethan McMillian 51.480 174.825
29 57 Bryan Dauzat 51.484 174.812
30 56 Derrick Lancaster 51.543 174.611
31 12B Rachel Marks 53.901 166.973

 

Daytona Int’l Speedway  
ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards
Test Results (Session 2 on 12-22-13)  
POS NO NAME TIME SPEED
1 22A Tyler Reddick 49.146 183.128
2 22 Austin Wayne Self 49.163 183.064
3 2 Thomas Praytor 49.206 182.905
4 82B Jacob Engle 49.25 182.741
5 22B Shannon McIntosh 49.27 182.667
6 82A Cole Powell 49.313 182.508
7 39A Mario Gosselin 49.338 182.415
8 39B Alex Guennet 49.34 182.408
9 56 Derrick Lancaster 49.342 182.4
10 48 Sean Corr 49.35 182.371
11 86 Bobby Grewohl 49.472 181.921
12 5 Bobby Gerhart 49.492 181.848
13 38 Clay Rogers 49.513 181.77
14 98 Mason Mitchell 49.516 181.759
15 99 Buster Graham 49.53 181.708
16 2 Josh Williams 49.543 181.66
17 57 Bryan Dauzat 49.713 181.039
18 69B Chris Bailey Jr 49.928 180.26
19 68 Michael Lira 49.939 180.22
20 57A Andy Seuss 50.067 179.759
21 5B Scott Hubler 50.192 179.311
22 5c Jacob Severen 50.256 179.083
23 97D Jami Weimer 50.259 179.072
24 7 Brent Cross 51.462 174.886
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