Saturday, January 28, 2023

Joe Gibbs Racing’s William Sawalich Paces Day One of ARCA Test at Daytona

William Sawalich ARCA test 2023 Daytona testing speeds
The ARCA Menards Series drivers and teams were in action for a test at Daytona International Speedway on Friday. The session was paced by William Sawalich. Photo Credit: Gavin Newton

Day one of the two-day ARCA Menards Series pre-race practice session at Daytona International Speedway is in the books and William Sawalich, the 16-year-old phenom driver for Joe Gibbs Racing, led the way with the top speed.

Sawalich’s best lap time was a 49.155 sec. circuit around the 2.5-mile superspeedway, which equates to a 183.094 mph speed.

Andy Jankowiak clocked in second-fastest in the session in the No. 73 KLAS Motorsports entry, 0.394-sec. off the pace of Sawalich, while Brayton Laster was third-quick in the No. 3B Mullins Racing entry.

Nick Sanchez, the 2022 ARCA Menards Series champion who is set to compete full-time in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series for Rev Racing was fourth-fastest in the No. 2 Rev machine, and Jacob Perry rounded out the top-five fastest in the session, driving the No. 44 McClure Racing car.

In all, 45 of the 60 drivers on the entry list clocked in a lap on Friday. And while the session, which featured pack drafting on the track, was relatively clean, there were a few close calls on track on the day.

One of the close calls occurred with 2022 Hickory Motor Speedway track champion Landon Huffman, who blew a tire in the No. 3H Mullins Racing car entering turn one on his first attempt at a fast lap. The North Carolina native would only muster the 38th-fastest lap time with the issues.

However, Huffman was just glad to save the race car.

Actor-turned-race car driver Frankie Muniz clocked in sixth-fastest in the No. 30 Rette Jones Racing entry. Muniz announced on Wednesday that he will run the full 2023 ARCA Menards Series schedule in the No. 30 car.

Other notable drivers on the scoring sheet included Amber Balcaen in 10th in the No. 15 Venturini Motorsports car, Jesse Love in 12th in the No. 20 Venturini Motorsports Toyota, Connor Mosack in 13th in the No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing entry, Christian Rose in 22nd in the No. 32 AM Racing car and Brad Perez in 23rd in the No. 3P Mullins Racing machine.

Love and Rose were announced as full-time competitors in the ARCA Menards Series for 2023 earlier this week.

Perez, who ran two NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series races and two NASCAR Xfinity Series races in 2022, shared some hilarious moments from his Willie Mullins Racing team at the test on Twitter.

Perez showcased that the Mullins Racing team had come equipped with decals that made their race cars look like Ford Mustang Mach-e’s.

Perez also shared a hilarious photo of the underside of the Mullins Racing car in the garage. The decals on the underside of the hood read, “Built Ford Tough with Chevrolet Stuff.

Here are the full results from Friday’s ARCA Menards Series test at Daytona International Speedway

Pos.Car No.DriverMakeLap timeSpeed
118William SawalichToyota49.155183.094
273Andy JankowiakFord49.261182.700
33BBrayton LasterChevrolet49.362182.326
42Nick SanchezChevrolet49.394182.208
544Jacob PerryChevrolet49.396182.201
630Frankie MunizFord49.403182.175
769Scott MeltonFord49.422182.105
812TChristopher TateFord49.468181.936
997Jason KitzmillerChevrolet49.505181.800
1015Amber BalcaenToyota49.531181.704
1125Gus DeanToyota49.545181.653
1220Jesse LoveToyota49.638181.313
1318Connor MosackToyota49.704181.072
1435Greg Van AlstChevrolet49.715181.032
151Jake FinchToyota49.836180.592
166Andres Perez De LaraChevrolet49.913180.314
1775Bryan DauzatChevrolet50.024179.914
1863Logan MisuracaChevrolet50.112179.598
1973ANick AnglaceFord50.177179.365
2042Robby LyonsChevrolet50.252179.097
2153ZGarrett ZacariasFord50.255179.087
2232Christian RoseFord50.279179.001
233PBrad PerezChevrolet50.283178.987
2442LLandon LewisChevrolet50.428178.472
2553Mike PolicastroFord50.568177.978
263Landon PembeltonChevrolet50.575177.954
278Sean CorrChevrolet50.606177.845
2842GMatt GouldChevrolet50.657177.665
2955Toni BreidingerToyota50.833177.05
3074Mandy ChickChevrolet50.904176.803
3157Hunter DeshautelleChevrolet50.920176.748
326SLavar ScottChevrolet51.074176.215
333MHMario HartChevrolet51.100176.125
3412MJon McKennedy (RTD)Ford51.167175.895
3568Gage RodgersFord51.320175.370
3662Steve LewisChevrolet51.405175.080
3710Ed PompaChevrolet51.411175.060
383HLandon HuffmanChevrolet51.493174.781
395C.W. LemoineChevrolet51.528174.662
4011Leland Honeyman (RTD)Ford51.536174.635
4127Tim RichmondToyota51.550174.588
4201DCole DuncanFord51.576174.500
4353EPatrick EmerlingFord51.712174.041
443MWillie MullinsFord51.728173.987
4511DJake Drew (RTD)Ford52.737170.658
463SKayla SurlesChevrolet
473JChase JanesChevrolet
484Dale QuarterleyChevrolet
4910MChristopher Martin, Jr.Chevrolet
5010AChristopher ArthurChevrolet
5111JHarley Jankowski (RTD)Ford
5211LLayne Riggs (RTD)Ford
5311ZZoey EdenholmToyota
5412BBilly Van Meter (RTD)Ford
5542SAmber SlagleChevrolet
5682Kevin CampbellChevrolet
5793Caleb CostnerChevrolet
5801GMiguel GomesFord
5901ZZach HerrinFord
6006AJ MoyerFord
Toby Christie
Toby Christie
Toby is the Founder, and Editor-in-Chief of Toby is also the co-host of The Final Lap Weekly Podcast. Additionally, he is a NMPA (National Motorsports Press Association) award-winning writer, and has followed the sport as a fan since 1993.

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