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Reviewing The Data: Recapping The Big Takeaways From The 2024 ARCA Menards Series Test At Daytona

ARCA Menards Series Daytona Test

Teams were out testing this weekend at Daytona in prep for the 2024 ARCA Menards Series season. PC: James Gilbert/NASCAR

After a winter of prep, and two days down in Daytona Beach the annual Daytona test of the ARCA Menards Series has come to a close. Now teams turn to the season opener just over a month away, but what can we take from two days at the high banks? Well, a good amount.

Venturini Motorsports Sets The Standard

We’ve seen how strong Venturini Motorsports has been before on the big tracks. They hold five of the last six race wins at Daytona for the ARCA Menards Series, and once again they show that they mean business. Newly signed Jake Finch sat on top of the speed chart at 48.878 at 184.132 mph. His VMS teammates held the new three spots with Toni Breidinger, Kris Wright, and Gus Dean following behind. All with times under the 49-second bracket. 

The only damper on the weekend was a part failure for Amber Balcaen in the No. 22. She came home 40th on the speed chart after the issues, but said she gained a lot of insight for the upcoming race.

It’s still early, but it’s clear that Venturini is coming out swinging and looking to continue the success from last year.

Big Names Make A Strong Showing

Arguably, a lot of hype surrounded two drivers coming to the test. NASCAR Cup Series winner Shane Van Gisbergen and Indycar Star and SRX Champion Marco Andretti took to the track for the first time this weekend as part of the two-day test.

SVG, who is set to make his ARCA Menards Series debut a few weeks back at the superspeedway sat a 49.410, good enough for 12th on the charts in the Pinnacle Racing Group Chevrolet.

Meanwhile, the grandson of the 1996 Indianapolis 500 winner was able to break into the top 10 with a 49.350 and finished eighth. 

The strong showing that the two will be hoping to translate over for the future.

Left Feeling Disappointed

While some drivers were left feeling good, others seemed to find themselves struggling.

After an incident during the second day, both KLAS Motorsports No. 73 and some damage to one of the Van Alst Motorsports entries left them looking for more. Both KLAS drivers Andy Jankowiak and Andrew Patterson made it in the top 20 on the chart, while the two Van Alst cars finished 24th and 30th.

Other notables on the speed charts include ARCA veteran Dale Quarterley just missing out on the top 10 in eleventh. Newly announced NASCAR Xfinity driver Leland Honeyman and Youngs Motorsports in 17th, and fan favorite Willie Mullins in 21st among others.

With testing wrapped, you can catch the ARCA Menards Series 2024 season opener from Daytona International Speedway on February 17th at 1:30 PM live on Fox Sports 1.

Official Results from the Daytona Preseason Test

PositionCar No. DriverHometownTeamMake TimeSpeed
1. 20Jake FinchLynn Haven, FLVenturini MotorsportsToyota48.878184.132
2. 25Toni BreidingerHillsborough, CAVenturini MotorsportsToyota48.916183.989
3. 15Kris WrightWexford, PAVenturini MotorsportsToyota48.925183.955
4. 55Gus DeanBluffton, SCVenturini MotorsportsToyota48.978183.756
5. 18SWilliam SawalichEden Praire, MNJoe Gibbs RacingToyota49.318182.489
6. 53EPatrick EmerlingOrchard Park, NYEmerling MotorsportsFord49.332182.437
7. 2Andres PerezMexico City, MexicoREV RacingChevrolet49.349182.375
8.17AMarco AndrettiNazareth, PACook Racing TechnologiesChevrolet49.350182.371
9. 02BAnthony BelloNewtown, CTYoungs MotorsportsChevrolet49.357182.345
10.18GTanner GrayArtesia, NMJoe Gibbs RacingToyota49.379182.264
11.4Dale QuarterleyWestfield, MAQuarterley RacingChevrolet49.401182.183
12. 28VShane van GisbergenAukland, New ZealandPinnacle Racing GroupChevrolet49.410182.149
13. 6Lavar ScottCarney’s Point, NJREV RacingChevrolet49.527181.719
14.32Christian RoseMartinsburg, WVAM RacingFord49.530181.708
15.74Mandy ChickDesoto, KSChick EngineeringChevrolet49.545181.653
16.44Thomas AnnunziataColts Neck, NJMcClure MotorsportsChevrolet49.548181.642
17.02HLeland HoneymanMooresville, NCYoungs MotorsportsChevrolet49.551181.631
18.07Jeff ScofieldThonotosassa, FLFinney MotorsportsChevrolet49.579181.528
19.73JAndy JankowiakTonawanda, NYKLAS MotorsportsFord49.659181.236
20.73PAndrew PattersonDayton, OHKLAS MotorsportsFord49.885180.415
21.3MWillie MullinsFredericksburg, VAMullins RacingFord49.896180.375
22.75DBryan DauzatAlexandria, LABrother-In-Law MotorsportsChevrolet49.945180.198
23.3KRyan KuhnEast Bridgewater, MAMullins RacingFord50.005179.982
24.35Greg Van AlstAnderson, INVan Alst MotorsportsChevrolet50.148179.469
25.53KKyle KellerLas Vegas, NVKKM Driver DevelopmentFord50.153179.451
26.17RTanner ReifLas Vegas, NVCook Racing TechnologiesChevrolet50.236179.154
27.01CChase Burda (RTD)Columbiaville, MIFast Track RacingFord50.324178.841
28.3LBlake LothianWellesley, MAMullins RacingFord50.334178.806
29.63John AramendiaNew Braunfels, TXSpraker RacingChevrolet50.414178.522
30.34Isaac JohnsonMartinsville, INVan Alst MotorsportsChevrolet50.415178.518
31.93Caleb CostnerDallas, NCCostner Weaver MotorsportsChevrolet50.487178.264
32.69AScott MeltonRockford, MIKimmel RacingFord50.529178.116
33.3CDavey CallihanFredericksburg, VAMullins RacingFord50.722177.438
34.53WArmani WilliamsGrosse Pointe, MIEmerling MotorsportsFord50.817177.106
35.17BTyler Reif (RTD)Henderson, NVCook Racing TechnologiesChevrolet50.841177.022
36.68LGil LinsterFrisange, LuxembourgKimmel RacingFord50.855176.974
37.27Tim RichmondOttawa, ILRichmond RacingToyota50.891176.849
38.63John AramendiaNew Braunfels, TXSpraker RacingChevrolet50.901176.814
39.69BWill KimmelSellersburg, INKimmel RacingFord50.903176.807
40.22Amber BalcaenWinnipeg, ManitobaVenturini MotorsportsToyota51.039176.336
41.01JJustin Bonsignore (RTD)Holtsville, NYFast Track RacingFord51.120176.056
42.53MCJ McLaughlinFramingham, MAEmerling MotorsportsFord51.203175.771
43.12HSean Hingorani (RTD)Newport Beach, CAFast Track RacingToyota51.235175.661
44.10HDaylan HairstonCrawford, MSFast Track RacingChevrolet51.248175.617
45.10LDylan LeBeauDaytona Beach, FLFast Track RacingChevrolet51.248175.617
46.11HMichael Hinde (RTD)Hernando, FLFast Track RacingFord51.257175.586
47.10KMatt KempSawyer, MIFast Track RacingChevrolet51.311175.401
48.28HLandon S. HuffmanConnelly Springs, NCPinnacle Racing GroupChevrolet51.312175.398
49.10DBlaine DonahueCornelius, NCFast Track RacingChevrolet51.422175.022
50.57Hunter DeshautelleAlexandria, LABrother-In-Law MotorsportsChevrolet51.487174.801
51.11GJacob Goede RTD)New Germany, MNFast Track RacingToyota51.656174.230
52.12KTakuma KogaNagoya, Aichi, JapanFast Track RacingToyota51.723174.004
53.99Michael MaplesChoctaw, OKFast Track RacingChevrolet51.737173.957
54.66RRebecca MonopoliLakeland, FLFast Track RacingToyota51.746173.926
55.10PEd PompaBallston Spa, NYFast Track RacingToyota51.750173.913
56.01RRyan RouletteMinot, NDFast Track RacingFord52.011173.040
57.75MAustin McDanielHarrisburg, NCBrother-In-Law MotorsportsChevrolet52.062172.871
58.8Sean CorrGoshen, NYEmpire RacingChevrolet52.130172.645
59.7Eric CaudellPiedmont, OKCCMToyota52.351171.916
60.28MConnor MosackCharlotte, NCPinnacle Racing GroupChevrolet52.626171.018
61.11RTyler Reif (RTD)Henderson, NVFast Track RacingFord52.718170.720
62.66GLance GriffithConcord, NCFast Track RacingToyota52.802170.448
63.10SBryan Syer-Keske (RTD)Lakeville, MNFast Track RacingFord52.969169.911

64.31GMitch Gibson Coeburn, VARise MotorsportsChevrolet53.176169.249
65.11MChase MillerChilicothe, OHFast Track RacingFord53.279168.922
66.66CMichael ContarinoLong Island, NYFast Track RacingToyota53.474168.306
67.31TTim GouletMilwaukee, WIRise MotorsportsChevrolet53.810167.255
68.31RRita GouletMcCalla, ALRise MotorsportsChevrolet53.999166.670
69.31CCasey CardenBraselton, GARise MotorsportsChevrolet54.112166.322
70.06PBen PetersonBirmingham, ALPeterson MotorsportsFord55.281162.805
71.06JJames Simmons, Jr.Marion, NCPeterson MotorsportsFord55.399162.458
72.06MNate MoellerLafayette, OHPeterson MotorsportsFord55.623161.804
73.06KKenneth MoranVineland, NJPeterson MotorsportsFord55.628161.789
74.06SPresley SorahCambridge City, INPeterson MotorsportsFord56.359159.691
75.06DCody DennisonHokes Bluff, ALPeterson MotorsportsFord56.946158.044
76.06OTommy O’Leary IVCygnet, OHPeterson MotorsportsFord57.027157.820
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