DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards officials allowed drafting for the first time Saturday afternoon in open testing at Daytona Int’l Speedway, and Venturini Motorsports filled the top four spots on the speed chart.
Alex Bowman — a winner in each of his only two ARCA starts, at Madison, Wis. and Kansas — drove Venturini’s No. 25a Chevrolet to the best lap at 47.787 seconds (188.336 miles per hour), topping teammates John Stancill, Brennan Poole, and Ryan Reed, and Tony Marks Racing’s Jared Marks.
Milka Duno finished sixth overall for the day. Duno had driven Sheltra Motorsports’ No. 63 Ford to the best time in the morning session — under single-car conditions — at 48.383 seconds (186.016 mph). She improved to 48.166 seconds (186.854 mph) in the draft.
Nelson Canache was seventh, and Drew Charlson, Matt Lofton and Steve Blackburn filled the top 10.
Seven-time and defending Daytona winner Bobby Gerhart ended Saturday 22nd, ahead of 2011 Daytona runner-up and ARCA Rookie of the Year Chris Buescher (30th) and nine-time ARCA champion Frank Kimmel (33rd).
Kimmel’s work Saturday represented his first on-track ARCA action for ThorSport Racing.
In all, 63 drivers made laps Saturday.
Open testing for teams and drivers will conclude Sunday.