Ladies Rule Daytona ARCA Testing

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Natalie Decker topped day two of the annual ARCA Racing Series test at Daytona Int'l Speedway. (ARCA Photo)

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards concluded a two-day test at Daytona Int’l Speedway on Saturday afternoon.

A total of 43 drivers took time on the 2.5-mile tri-oval over the course of the two days.

Last year’s General Tire Pole Award winner Natalie Decker led the way on Saturday, turning the fastest lap of the day in the morning session at 181.921 mph while driving for DGR-Crosley.

Gus Dean was second fastest at 181.866 mph for Win-Tron Racing, Dave Mader III was third at 181.855 mph, Bret Holmes fourth at 181.800 mph and Travis Braden rounded out the top-five at 181.789 mph.

Andy Seuss, Codie Rohrbaugh, Brandon McReynolds, Corey Heim and Scott Melton rounded out the top-10 on Saturday.

C.J. McLaughlin paced Saturday’s afternoon session at 180.538 mph in front of Thad Moffitt, Branden Queen, Sean Corr and Seuss.

The weekend was dominated by the two female drivers that were entered, with Decker leading the way on Saturday and Leilani Munter turning the fastest lap of the weekend at 184.064 mph on Friday.

Munter and her Venturini Motorsports teammates Christian Eckes, Harrison Burton and defending race winner Michael Self worked together in the draft to set the fastest speeds of the weekend.

Saturday’s nine hours of testing ran incident free, with the only stoppages of on-track activity being for routine track inspections. The only incidents of the weekend happened on Friday, when Derrick Lancaster had a loose oil line and Mader brushed the outside wall off turn two.