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NASCAR Drivers Benny Gordon and Chad McCumbee Top ARCA Afternoon Draft Session

Ashley McCubbinAnalyst IJanuary 12, 2011

(C)ARCA Racing Network
(C)ARCA Racing Network

Wednesday afternoon's test session for the ARCA Racing Series at Daytona International Speedway marked the first draft session, as the other three sessions were just comprised of single car runs.

The highest speeds were set in the final hour as five cars set out to draft tightly together.

Benny Gordon topped the list with a lap of 48.414 seconds (185.897 seconds). Gordon is looking to make his first ARCA Racing Series start after running some races in the NASCAR Nationwide Series.

"We have, obviously, a really good car right now," Gordon told the ARCA Racing Network. "We did a lot of qualifying runs the first thing this morning and the car's pretty decent by itself, but the car's extremely fast in the draft. We hung around that top 10 in qualifying trim and qualifying runs, but in the draft, it was really good."

He edged Chad McCumbee, who had a lap of 48.427 seconds (185.847 mph). McCumbee also had some NASCAR experience in the Camping World Truck Series and also has some previous starts in the ARCA Series. In the final five races of last season, he finished in the top 10 in all of those starts.

"It's so far, so good," McCumbee said. "The Andy Belmont Racing guys have really worked over the offseason and we've brought in some new people. The first couple days working with (crew chief) Wayne Carroll have been great. We're still off from where we'd like to be, obviously. We've got some more to do that we haven't shown."

Other drivers who were in that draft were Ty Dillion, Sean Corr and Joey Licata Jr. They were followed on the charts by Chad Hackenbracht, Hal Martin, Kyle Fowler, and Steve Arpin. The speeds for the top nine were all higher than what has been seen so far, which is expected due to draft speeds always being higher.

IndyCar Driver Milka Duno rounded out the top 10, matching her previous best mark of 48.673 seconds.

Other notables include six-time Daytona winner Bobby Gerhart, who finished the session 25th, while nine-time ARCA Racing Series champion Frank Kimmel elected not to participate in the afternoon session. Kimmel wasn't the only one opting out, as many drivers did not participate or chose to make single-car runs.

In all, 39 drivers turned laps in 42 different cars in the afternoon session.

Open testing for teams and drivers will conclude Thursday at Daytona International Speedway. Only single-car runs will be allowed in the morning, and drafting will be permitted in the afternoon.

DAYTONA INT'L SPEEDWAY TEST - 1/11-13/11 
ARCA RACING SERIES PRESENTED BY MENARDS 
JANUARY 12, 2011, AFTERNOON SESSION 
      
 CAR #DRIVERMAKETIMESPEED
109Benny GordonFord48.414185.897
21Chad McCumbeeFord48.427185.847
341bTy DillonChevy48.431185.831
482Sean CorrFord48.432185.828
577Joey Licata, Jr.Dodge48.473185.670
658Chad HackenbrachtChevy48.522185.483
755Hal MartinToyota48.609185.151
815Kyle FowlerChevy48.652184.987
925Steve ArpinToyota48.660184.957
1063aMilka DunoDodge48.673184.907
1166Mark ThompsonToyota48.779184.506
126Jason BowlesToyota48.834184.298
1336bBrett HudsonDodge48.834184.298
1416bRandy RenfrowChevy48.844184.260
1522Dakoda ArmstrongDodge48.844184.260
163Brent BrevakDodge48.962183.816
174Brian RoseToyota48.965183.805
1836Grant EnfingerDodge49.000183.673
1911Bryan SilasFord49.031183.557
2054Will VaughtChevy49.044183.509
2116Randy RenfrowChevy49.060183.449
2231Tim GeorgeChevy49.084183.359
2368Steve BlackburnDodge49.142183.143
2414bJohn FerrierFord49.199182.931
255aBobby GerhartChevy49.578181.532
2662Drew CharlesonChevy49.637181.316
2714aJohn GrahamFord49.690181.123
2810bRick CliftonChevy49.724180.999
2908James HyltonFord49.776180.810
3012aJarod MarksDodge49.781180.792
3175bBenny ChastainChevy49.788180.766
3210aEd PompaChevy49.762180.681
3317aChris BuescherFord49.814180.672
3495Tommy Joe MartinsDodge49.927180.263
3512bMaryeve DufaultDodge49.936180.231
3617bChris BuescherFord50.254179.090
3718dJill GeorgsFord50.417178.511
385cDamon LuskChevy50.426178.479
3980aRicky ByersFord50.627177.771
4075aHannah BakerChevy50.661177.651
4148James HyltonFord51.685174.132
4280Russell HendersonFord59.108152.264
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