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Hailie Deegan fastest overall in ARCA practices at Daytona

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Hailie Deegan was fastest in two 60-minute ARCA practice sessions Friday at Daytona International Speedway.

Deegan, who will make her debut with DGR-Crosley and Ford Performance in Saturday’s Lucas Oil 200, clocked a lap of 183.572 mph around the 2.5-mile superspeedway in the first of the two practice sessions. Her fast lap came on the 18th of 24 laps that she ran, which was the third-most number of laps of all drivers in that session.

Deegan did not go back out for the second practice.

She was pleased with her effort, particularly since she was able to get some key drafting practice.

“That was the real drafting practice that i had with more than five cars,” Deegan told ARCAracing.com. “I needed that, and I didn’t get a lot of that in the test. It was really good leading the pack too. (The car) felt super stable, not darty at all.”

Drew Dollar was second-fastest at 183.326 mph, followed by Tanner Gray (183.217 mph), Riley Herbst (183.146 mph) and Bret Holmes (183.061 mph).

PRACTICE SESSION 1 RESULTS

In the second practice, Connor Hall of Chad Bryant Racing was a bit slower than Deegan’s first session at 181.906 mph, followed by Dave Mader (181.837 mph), Dominique Van Wieringen (181.569 mph), Willie Mullins (181.141 mph) and Sean Corr (180.774 mph).

PRACTICE SESSION 2 RESULTS

Qualifying takes place Saturday afternoon at 12:30 p.m. ET, with the race slated to tart at 4:30 p.m. ET.

It will be Deegan’s seventh career ARCA race. She made six starts last season with one top five and three other top 10 finishes.

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Rain hampers first of two-day ARCA test at Daytona

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Friday’s first day of a two-day open test for the ARCA Menards Series at Daytona International Speedway was cut short due to rain.

A total of 37 cars – out of 50 that were entered – took to the 2.5-mile oval, with Connor Hall of Chad Bryant Racing turning in the fastest lap of 181.046 mph, followed by Ronnie Osmor (180.890 mph) and Jacob Heafner (180.843).

“We were working on single car runs this morning,” Hall said in an ARCA media release. “We had a game plan to work on the car and getting air where we wanted it.

“We made some gains and learned some things we liked and didn’t like. That’s what testing is all about. We were focused on what we needed to be better on last year. We have a great racecar. We are happy but not totally happy so we’ll get back to work tomorrow.”

Added Heafner, “It was a learning curve at the beginning. I calmed myself down and got to driving. It is a big change coming from late models on short tracks. We worked a little on single car runs and then got out there in the draft a little. We’re learning a lot and ready to come back in February.”

Other notable names in the field included Ty Gibbs, grandson of NASCAR team owner Joe Gibbs, who was fourth fastest (180.825 mph), Riley Herbst (seventh, 180.552), Tanner Gray (17th, 176.602), Hailie Deegan (18th, 176.167) and Sam Mayer (30th, 172.894).

2020r01 Daytona Test Friday Speeds

Teams hope the weather is more cooperative Saturday, the second day of the two-day test, which is in preparation for the season-opening Lucas Oil 200 on Saturday, February 8. A morning session begins at 9 a.m. ET, while the afternoon session is set to start at 1 p.m. ET. Live timing and scoring will be available throughout the day at ARCARacing.com.

Here’s a video, courtesy of the Daytona Beach News-Journal, of an interview Deegan gave before the rain came:

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