Armstrong Paces Daytona ARCA Testing

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – ARCA Racing Series rookie Matt Kurzejewski, in the No. 54 Dodge, sat atop the speed charts for most of the afternoon test session Saturday at Daytona Int’l Speedway.

That was until the final moments of on-track testing when four big bad Toyotas from the Venturini Motorsports stable ganged up in a tight draft and zoomed to the top of the board again, all four cars posting the fastest laps so far at more than 184 mph. Rookie Caleb Armstrong was fastest overall at 184.192 mph.

Following Armstrong were teammates Justin Boston, Taylor Ferns and John Wes Townley. Kurzejewski ended the session fifth fastest.

Despite getting nudged off the top of the mountain, Kurzejewski, with an assist from crew chief/mentor/coach Bob Keselowski, took a big step toward getting approved for the 2013 season opener at Daytona.

While he still waits the official and complete approval process via series officials, he most certainly gained the approval of the 49 drivers who posted time and speed this afternoon in day two of the three day test.

Venturini Motorsports also dominated the morning test session at Daytona, with Ferns topping the speed charts at 181.965 mph. Townley, Boston, Armstrong and Mason Mingus were the top five.