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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).

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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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Denny Hamlin wins his Short Track Showdown at Langley

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Denny Hamlin held off Kyle Busch to win Thursday night’s Denny Hamlin Short Track Showdown charity race at Langley Speedway.

The Denny Hamlin Short Track Showdown is a 200-lap Late Model charity race that benefits the Denny Hamlin Foundation, which supports cystic fibrosis research, as well as other youth initiatives.

Hamlin’s victory was his second in the event. Busch was going for his fourth victory in the event.

Results

1 – Denny Hamlin

2 – Kyle Busch

3 – Timothy Peters

4 – CE Falk

5 – Peyton Sellers

6 – Myatt Snider

7 – Justin S. Carroll

8 – Ruben Garcia

9 – Connor Hall

10 – Nick Smith

11 – Grayson Cullather

12 – Ty Gibbs

13 – Brendon Queen

14 – Philip Morris

15 – Casey Wyatt

16 – Colin Garrett

17 – Eddie Johnson

18 – Mason Diaz

19 – Mark Wertz

20 – Chris Johnson

21 – Chase Cabre

22 – Justin T. Carroll

23 – Doug Barnes

24 – Tyler Hughes

25 – Danny Edwards

26 – Nicholas Sanchez

27 – Matt Bowling

28 – Cody Carlton

29 – Ryan Vargas

30 – Brett Moffitt

31 – Bubba Johnston

32 – Terry Carroll

33 – Woody Howard

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