Dylan Lupton among fastest in first day of ARCA testing at Daytona


After being rained out on Friday, the ARCA Racing Series finally got its testing at Daytona International Speedway underway Saturday with an all-day session that ended at 5 pm ET.

Sixty-six cars total took to the 2.5-mile superspeedway in the session. Daytona will host the series’ season opener, the Lucas Oil 200, on Feb. 13.

One of the top-five times posted Saturday was by NASCAR Next driver Dylan Lupton.

Driving the No. 82 Ford Fusion, the product of an alliance between Win-Tron Racing and Empire Racing Group, Lupton had the fourth-best time at 47.557 seconds after 39 laps.

Other NASCAR names participating in the test were William Byron, John Wes Townley, Cole Custer and Dalton Sargeant.

Townley, who it was announced would compete in a majority of the ARCA races in 2016, was 16th fastest in the No. 05 Chevrolet at 47.86 seconds.

Byron, a rookie in the Camping World Truck Series in 2016, was the 18th quickest at 47.867 seconds after 21 laps in the No. 55 Toyota.

Custer, a NASCAR Next member and a JR Motorsports driver in the Truck series, was 42nd fastest. Sargeant, another NASCAR Next member, was 45th fastest.