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Marco Andretti Tops ARCA Menards Series Practice At Daytona

Marco Andretti ARCA Menards Series Daytona

Marco Andretti paced the field in ARCA Menards Series practice at the World Center of Racing. PC: Craig White,

The one and only practice session for the ARCA Menards Series at Daytona International Speedway, and first-timer Marco Andretti has set the pace for the rest of the field.

The Nazareth, PA native set a 48.600 time on the board in the No. 17 Chevy for Cook Racing Technologies. Andretti is set to team up with Bruce Cook’s No. 17 for several more races this season, and it looks like they are off to a strong start.

Fall just 0.001 short was NASCAR Whelen Modified driver Patrick Emerling in his equipment who ran a 48.601 in the No. 08 Ford. He is also set to run the double on Saturday as the driver of the No. 07 for SS Green Light Racing.

Series fan favorite Willie Mullins in his No. 3 Ford took home the third place. The Fredricksburg, VA owner-driver, is looking to pull off some magic as a single-car team.

Venturini Motorsports’ Kris Wright and series veteran Dale Quarterly rounded out the rest of the top five. All were only separated by .118.

Venturini cars of Jake Finch, Gus Dean, Amber Balcaen, and Toni Breidinger took home sixth through ninth with Fast Track Racing Ed Pompa rounding out the top ten.

Just missing the top ten in eleventh is NASCAR Modified Champion Justin Bonsignore and just behind him is Rev Racing’s Lavar Scott.

Pinnacle Racing Group’s No. 28 and driver Shane Van Gisbergen ran the 13th-best lap. He’s another one looking to pull the double in the Xfinity Series race on Saturday afternoon.

Other notables include Tanner Gray in 15th, sophomore Andres Perez in 18th, first-year full-timer Caleb Costner in 20th with Youngs Motorsports driver Leland Honeyman Jr. just outside the top 20.

NASCAR Whelen Euro driver Gil Linster ran 24th with teammate Scott Melton No. 69 running just a few spots back in 28th.

Last year’s winner Greg Van Alst was only able to put up a lap good enough for the 30th place when all was said and done. Just being him was Mandy Chick, who is looking to pull off another top-five here again this season.

Qualifying for the ARCA Menards Daytona 200 is on Friday at 1:30 PM ET.

Practice Results from Daytona

117Marco Andretti48.60013
208Patrick Emerling48.601-0.0017
33Willie Mullins48.676-0.0763
415Kris Wright48.718-0.1184
54Dale Quarterley48.718-0.1185
620Jake Finch48.719-0.1193
755Gus Dean48.733-0.1333
822Amber Balcaen48.792-0.1927
925Toni Breidinger48.840-0.2403
1010Ed Pompa49.295-0.69510
1130Justin Bonsignore49.309-0.70910
126Lavar Scott49.456-0.85612
1328Shane Van Gisbergen49.512-0.91210
1473Andy Jankowiak49.516-0.91612
1518Tanner Gray49.527-0.92713
1697Jason Kitzmiller49.528-0.92816
1762Steve Lewis Jr.49.805-1.20511
182Andres Perez49.810-1.2109
1936Ryan Huff50.051-1.45119
2093Caleb Costner50.142-1.5429
2102Leland Honeyman Jr.50.312-1.71219
2213Armani Williams50.471-1.87120
2307Jeff Scofield50.552-1.95211
2468Gil Linster50.581-1.98111
2563John Aramendia50.594-1.99414
2632Christian Rose50.677-2.0778
2734Issac Johnson50.681-2.0819
2869Scott Melton50.684-2.08416
297Eric Caudell50.714-2.1148
3035Greg Van Alst50.732-2.1325
3174Mandy Chick50.744-2.14414
328Sean Corr50.896-2.2963
3395Brayton Laster50.994-2.39424
3475Bryan Dauzat51.069-2.46912
3557Hunter Deshautelle51.082-2.4829
3644Thomas Annunziata51.118-2.5187
3711Bryce Haugeberg51.196-2.59610
3887Charles Buchanan51.219-2.6199
3912Ryan Roulette51.361-2.76112
4088A.J. Moyer51.444-2.84412
4127Tim Richmond51.675-3.07510
4201Takuma Koga51.867-3.2676
4399Michael Maples52.233-3.63313
4406Tommy O'Leary IV53.807-5.2075
4531Mitch Gibson54.411-5.81117
4647Becca Monopoli54.895-6.2952
4748Brad Smith55.344-6.7448
4898Dale Shearer55.591-6.99112
4986Cody Dennison57.082-8.48212
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