ARCA Racing Series To Test at Daytona International Speedway Next Week

Ashley McCubbinAnalyst IJanuary 5, 2011

DAYTONA BEACH, FL - FEBRUARY 06: Mark Thompson drives the #66 ahead of James Buescher, driver of the #51, Alli Owens, driver of the #15, Danica Patrick, driver of the #7, Joey Coulter,driver of the #16, and Justin Marks, driver of the #32, during the ARCA Racing Series Lucas Oil Slick Mist 200 at Daytona International Speedway on February 6, 2010 in Daytona Beach, Florida.  (Photo by Jason Smith/Getty Images)
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While most of the focus remains on the upcoming Sprint Cup Series test near the end of the month, the ARCA Racing Series is set to hit the high banks of Daytona first.

From January 11 to 13, ARCA drivers will be present at the 2.5-mile oval, trying their hand on the new pavement.

One of the drivers attending will be last year's winner, Bobby Gerhart.

Gerhart will be making his 24th consecutive ARCA race this year at Daytona when he takes the green flag in February.

In those 24 starts, he has six wins, four poles and has led in 11 of the last 13 races at Daytona.

"We always come out with some very positive info," Gerhart said in the ARCA Racing Network's press release.

"We know our set-up is very solid for the race. We understand our baseline very well, but there are so many small adjustments anymore on these cars that translate into on-track performance. It's those several incremental adjustments that we gain on going to these tests.

"Overall, the information we've gleaned from the tests has worked for us, so we're not going to try and fix it."

Twenty-seven drivers are listed on the entry list to be at Daytona, including series veterans Frank Kimmel and young stars Ty Dillon and Chris Buescher. will feature live timing and scoring from the three-day test.

ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards 
Open Testing, Daytona Int'l Speedway (January 11, 12, 13)
Tentative Entry List  
1Chad McCumbeeAndy Belmont Racing 
1Chad McCumbeeAndy Belmont Racing 
3Brent BrevakBrevak Racing 
5Bobby GerhartBobby Gerhart Racing 
5Bobby GerhartBobby Gerhart Racing 
5Brian SmithBobby Gerhart Racing 
12Maryeve DuFaultTony Marks Racing 
12Chase AustinTony Marks Racing 
12Jared MarksTony Marks Racing 
14John GrahamAndy Belmont Racing 
14John FerrierAndy Belmont Racing 
15Kyle FowlerVenturini Motorsports 
16Randy RenfroCoulter Motorsports 
16Joey CoulterCoulter Motorsports 
17Chris BuescherRoulo Brothers Racing 
23Rob JonesHixson Motorsports 
25TBAVenturini Motorsports 
28Tony ClarkHixson Motorsports 
31Tim George Jr.Richard Childress Racing 
36TBAJam Motorsports 
41Ty DillonRichard Childress Racing 
44Frank KimmelKimmel Racing 
48James HyltonHylton Motorsports 
49Jimmie NowellNowell Racing 
55TBAVenturini Motorsports 
66Mark ThompsonVenturini Motorsports 
08James HyltonHylton Motorsports 
09Grant Enfinger  
 Brent CrossCross Motorsports 
 Brett Hudson  
 Russell Henderson  
 Ricky Byers  
 Hal MartinVenturini Motorsports