John Wes Townley leads both Friday ARCA test sessions at Daytona

Photo Credit: ARCARacing.com

On Friday December 20th, the ARCA Racing Series took the high banks of Daytona for a pre-season test as teams prepare for the biggest race of the season – the Lucas Oil 200 at Daytona International Speedway. At the end of the first of three days, a familiar face appeared at the top of the charts.

2013 race winner John Wes Townley topped both the morning single-car session and the afternoon draft-session as he’ll look to make it two in a row in February. Townley, once again behind the No. 15 for Venturini Motorsports, brought Venturini their first Daytona 500 in the team’s 30 year history in the ARCA Racing Series after leading the final set of laps last year. He capped the year off with a solid third place finish at Kansas Speedway.

Townley led the morning single-car session with a lap of 49.45 seconds ahead of his Venturini teammate Michael Self. Self is looking to make his first Daytona start and first start in the ARCA Racing Series after success in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West. Last season, Self scored three wins, 10 top fives and 13 top 10s in the 15 races to finish fourth in points for car owner Jim Offenbach.

ARCA veteran Tom Hessert was third quickest in his Cunningham Motorsports ride, followed by his teammate and rookie Austin Wayne Self. Grant Enfinger rounded out the top five after a successful 2013 season.

Eight-time Daytona 200 winner Bobby Gerhert was sixth followed by Venturini’s sophomore driver Justin Boston, Will Kimmel, Mark Thompson and Lelani Munter. Munter will return to the ARCA Series at Daytona in February driving a car for Venturini Motorsports.

Notably, NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race winner Chase Elliott was 17th quickest.

When it came to the afternoon session, Townley topped the speed with a lap of 49.046 seconds ahead of Cunningham Motorsports teammates Tyler Reddick, Tom Hessert and Shannon McIntosh.

While Hessert is a veteran of the series, Reddick and McIntosh come into Daytona without a lot of experience. Reddick has only made three starts in the ARCA Racing Series, with his best finish being an eighth at Salem Speedway in 2012, while McIntosh has yet to made a start in the ARCA Racing Series. 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.

Self was fifth, followed by Kimmel, Justin Allison, Boston, Tanner Berryhill and Justin Marks. Allison is the grandson of NASCAR Legend Donnie Allison and the great nephew of NASCAR Legend Bobby Allison.

Testing continues at Daytona on Saturday and Sunday.

 

Practice Results



Daytona Int’l Speedway
ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards
Test Results (Session 2 on 12-20-13)
POS NO NAME TIME SPEED
1 15 John Wes Townley 49.046 183.501
2 22A Tyler Reddick 49.340 182.408
3 77 Tom Hessert 49.369 182.301
4 22B Shannon McIntosh 49.413 182.138
5 35 Michael Self 49.427 182.087
6 5 Bobby Gerhart 49.489 181.859
7 69A Will Kimmel 49.612 181.408
8 88 Justin Allison 49.691 181.119
9 25 Justin Boston 49.702 181.079
10 12C Tanner Berryhill 49.769 180.835
11 12A Jared Marks 49.781 180.792
12 82A Cole Powell 49.814 180.672
13 98 Mason Mitchell 49.827 180.625
14 38 Clay Rogers 49.831 180.610
15 54 Matt Kurzejewski 49.854 180.527
16 11 Travis Braden 49.854 180.527
17 39B Alex Guennet 49.933 180.242
18 57A Andy Seuss 49.962 180.137
19 40B Justin Lloyd 50.040 179.856
20 40 Josh Reeves 50.061 179.781
21 5B Scott Hubler 50.065 179.766
22 32 Terry Jones 50.120 179.569
23 23A Spencer Gallagher 50.138 179.505
24 40E Alx Danielsson 50.141 179.494
25 9 Chase Elliott 50.207 179.258
26 55 Leilani Munter 50.212 179.240
27 69B Chris Bailey Jr 50.224 179.197
28 32 Mason Mingus 50.242 179.133
29 66 Mark Thompson 50.250 179.104
30 5A Michael Lia 50.269 179.037
31 75 Benny Chastain 50.325 178.838
32 40G Mark Meunier 50.339 178.788
33 68 Michael Lira 50.400 178.571
34 48 Sean Corr 50.412 178.529
35 75A Doug Barnes Jr 50.432 178.458
36 99 Buster Graham 50.451 178.391
37 82B Jacob Engle 50.542 178.070
38 11B Dave Darland 50.554 178.027
39 23 Scott Sheldon 50.582 177.929
40 39A Mario Gosselin 50.673 177.609
41 40A Rick Clifton 50.700 177.515
42 10B Ed Pompa 50.739 177.378
43 10D Casey Hillenburg 50.789 177.204
44 10A Richard Doheny 50.886 176.866
45 10 Ethan McMillian 50.907 176.793
46 3B Jerry Tunney 50.994 176.491
47 12 Kody Weisner 51.130 176.022
48 7 Brent Cross 51.206 175.761
49 3 Sarah Cornett-Ching 51.242 175.637
50 57 Bryan Dauzat 51.316 175.384
51 56 Derrick Lancaster 51.451 174.924
52 97A Andrew Portter 51.481 174.822
53 3A Kevin Powell 51.502 174.750
54 97D Jami Weimer 51.595 174.436
55 97C David Sear 52.730 170.681

Daytona Int’l Speedway
ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards
Test Results (Session 1 on 12-20-13)
POS NO NAME TIME SPEED LAPS
1 15 John Wes Townley 49.450 182.002 11
2 35 Michael Self 49.461 181.962 11
3 77 Tom Hessert 49.582 181.517 15
4 22 Austin Wayne Self 49.600 181.452 12
5 90 Grant Enfinger 49.721 181.010 3
6 5 Bobby Gerhart 49.734 180.963 9
7 25 Justin Boston 49.872 180.462 8
8 69A Will Kimmel 50.016 179.942 8
9 66 Mark Thompson 50.092 179.669 15
10 55 Leilani Munter 50.112 179.598 11
11 32 Terry Jones 50.150 179.462 14
12 82A Cole Powell 50.191 179.315 4
13 23A Spencer Gallagher 50.205 179.265 8
14 5B Scott Hubler 50.231 179.172 14
15 54 Matt Kurzejewski 50.235 179.158 12
16 75 Benny Chastain 50.356 178.727 26
17 9 Chase Elliott 50.396 178.586 12
18 40G Mark Meunier 50.436 178.444 6
19 40E Alx Danielsson 50.497 178.228 17
20 99 Buster Graham 50.505 178.200 13
21 82B Jacob Engle 50.550 178.042 13
22 75A Doug Barnes Jr 50.556 178.020 22
23 48 Sean Corr 50.558 178.013 4
24 22A Tyler Reddick 50.560 178.006 6
25 11 Travis Braden 50.564 177.992 17
26 38 Clay Rogers 50.615 188.813 6
27 68 Michael Lira 50.715 177.462 8
28 98 Mason Mitchell 50.791 177.197 14
29 12C Tanner Berryhill 50.811 177.127 5
30 10B Ed Pompa 51.063 176.253 15
31 3A Kevin Powell 51.110 176.091 11
32 10C Tyler Spears 51.117 176.067 7
33 7 Brent Cross 51.266 175.555 12
34 3 Sarah Cornett-Ching 51.464 174.880 8
35 40A Rick Clifton 51.495 174.774 9
36 57 Bryan Dauzat 51.497 174.767 12
37 57A Andy Seuss 51.512 174.717 8
38 56 Derrick Lancaster 51.523 174.679 5
39 12A Justin Marks 51.680 174.149 2
40 97 Dominick Casola 52.294 172.104 5
41 97A Andrew Portter 52.348 171.926 15
42 23 Scott Sheldon 53.286 168.900 2
43 5A Michael Lia 53.473 168.309 3
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