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Chad Bryant Racing leads the way in ARCA Preseason test at Daytona

The ARCA Menards Series returned to on-track action for the annual preseason test at Daytona International Speedway. Rain showers interfered in today and shortened testing on day one. Despite the limited test, one driver was still smiling at the end of the session and that was Chad Bryant’s Connor Hall in the No. 22C Ford with a time of 49.711 seconds equaling 181.046 mph.

There was also a morning test, which accompanied the afternoon test session. Hall said, they did some single-car runs throughout the morning and was somewhat pleased the way things went on day 1 of testing.

“We were working on single-car runs this morning,” Hall said. “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.”

Following in Hall’s footsteps was Jacob Haefner, who placed third fastest in the test session. Haefner piloted the No. 77H Chad Bryant Racing Ford and laid down a lap of 49.767 seconds, 180.843 miles per hour. This was the first time Haefner got on-track at Daytona and while he was excited in the beginning, the Chad Bryant Racing driver was able to calm his nerves.

“It was a learning curve at the beginning,” Haefner said. “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.”

Splitting the Chad Bryant Racing team was the No.02O Chevrolet of Ronnie Osmer for Our Motorsports. Osmer’s lap placed him second on the charts with a time of 49.754 seconds at 180.890 mph. Rounding out the top five was Ty Gibbs in the No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota, with Andy Seuss completing the top five in the No.02S Our Motorsports Chevrolet.

All in all, just 37 drivers took part in the first day of ARCA testing at Daytona right before the rains came and shortened testing. There will be another day of testing with day two taking place tomorrow morning/afternoon. However, should the rain interfere in that session and wash it completely out, there is a reserve date set for Sunday, January 12.

Official Results

  1. Connor Hall
  2. Ronnie Osmer
  3. Jacob Heafner
  4. Ty Gibbs
  5. Andy Seuss
  6. Gus Dean
  7. Riley Herbst
  8. Dominique Van Wieringen
  9. Tristian Van Wieringen
  10. Bret Holmes
  11. David Gravel
  12. Dave Mader III
  13. Jason Kitzmiller
  14. Drew Dollar
  15. John Ferrier
  16. Harold Crooms
  17. Tanner Gray
  18. Hailie Deegan
  19. Kieth McGee
  20. Michael Self
  21. Chuck Walker
  22. Gabe Sommers
  23. Chuck Hiers
  24. Jason White
  25. Tom Hessert
  26. Willie Mullins
  27. Sean Corr
  28. Sebastian Airias
  29. Chandler Smith
  30. Sam Mayer
  31. Scott Reeves
  32. Jared Ivan
  33. Ryan Vargas
  34. Ed Pompa
  35. Dawson Cram
  36. Tim Richmond
  37. Doug Herd

Tomorrow’s test session resumes at 9:00 a.m./ET lasting until 5:00 p.m./ET with an hour for lunch at 12:00 p.m./ET.

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