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Cunningham Motorsports claims 3 of 5 fastest speeds to wrap ARCA Daytona test


ARCA teams likely have a better handle of what to expect for next month’s season opener after two days of testing this weekend at Daytona International Speedway.

Day 2 of the test was Saturday, with three of the five fastest drivers from the Cunningham Motorsports stable. The fastest Cunningham driver was Shane Lee, who was fastest of the 52 drivers in the test, with a speed of 188.608 mph. Third-fastest was Dalton Sargeant (188.111 mph) and fifth-fastest was Ty Majeski (188.013 mph).

Given how his car performed Saturday, Lee is ready to start the season, which begins at Daytona on Feb. 18 for the 54th Lucas Oil Complete Engine Treatment 200.

“We’re confident about our chances coming back in February,” Lee told “This car was strong from the get-go. We put well over 100 laps down in testing. We were doing 15 to 20 laps at a time in the draft today. It’s a nice feeling knowing you’re with a winning team, and all I have to do is drive.”

In-between Lee and Sargeant with the second-fastest speed (188.363 mph) was Austin Theriault, driving the No. 52 Toyota for Ken Schrader Racing.

“I might have been able to do a faster lap, but we were being cautious,” Theriault told “We want to bring this car back for the race. I learned a little more about how these cars draft. We’ll go over the changes we made back at the shop, and decide what package to come back with.”

Rounding out the top-five cars was fourth-fastest Kaz Grala (188.103 mph) of Mason Mitchell Motorsports.

Just one female took part in the two-day test, Leilani Munter, who recorded the 16th fastest speed of the field (186.100 mph) in her Toyota on Saturday.

“It was good to knock the cobwebs out this weekend, and be back in a car before the race,” Munter said. “I’ll be in driving shape, 100 percent focused on racing for the next month and I’m looking forward to February.”

While Lee was fastest Saturday, overall he was the third-fastest of the two-day test. Venturini Motorsports rookies Noah Gragson (189.143 mph) and Spencer Davis (189.092 mph) were fastest with their speeds from Friday’a first day of the test.

Saturday’s overall session was both shortened and its start delayed due to the track having to be dried following early morning showers. Still, teams managed to get a full five hours of track time in before the test concluded.

ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards
Daytona Int’l Speedway (Day 2)
Open Testing, Overall Speeds (1-14-17)
122Shane Lee/Newton NCFord47.718188.608
252Austin Theriault/Fort Kent MEChevrolet47.780188.363
377 sDalton Sargeant/Boca Raton FLFord47.844188.111
478 gKaz Grala/Westborough MAChevrolet47.846188.103
577 mTy Majeski/Seymour WIFord47.869188.013
623Bret Holmes/Munford ALChevrolet47.884187.954
783Derrick Lancaster/Christiansburg VADodge48.047187.317
825Spencer Davis/Dawsonville GAToyota48.142186.947
932Gus Dean/Bluffton SCToyota48.155186.896
1034 mWillie Mullins/Fredricksburg VAFord48.159186.881
1155 sZane Smith/Huntington Beach CAToyota48.167186.850
1233Justin Fontaine/Fletcher NCToyota48.214186.668
138 hJustin Haley/Winamac INToyota48.255186.509
1401Travis Braden/Wheeling WVFord48.330186.220
157Codie Rohrbaugh/Petersburg WVChevrolet48.358186.112
1615Leilani Munter/Rochester MNToyota48.361186.100
1780 bCaesar Bacarella/Parklna FLChevrolet48.365186.085
1802Andy Seuss/Hampstead NHChevrolet48.440185.797
1916John Ferrier/Middletown NYChevrolet48.470185.682
2098Quin Houff/Mount Sidney VAChevrolet48.482185.636
2137 lDavid LeBeau/Daytona Beach FLFord48.564185.322
225Bobby Gerhart/Lebanon PAChevrolet48.655184.976
2372 hTyler Hill/Port Tobacco MDChevrolet48.707184.778
2442Bo LeMastus/Louisville KYDodge48.735184.672
2557 dBryan Dauzat/Concord NCChevrolet48.748184.623
268 mTravis Miller/Chesapeake VAToyota48.748184.623
2738Ray Cicarelli/Ellicott City MDChevrolet49.027183.572
289Thomas Praytor/Mobile ALFord49.355182.352
2972 mTony Mrakovich/Elizabethtown PAChevrolet49.585181.507
307 lVerlin Larry Berg/Petersburg WVChevrolet49.587181.499
3134 bRobert Bruce/Fredricksburg VAFord49.717181.025
3272 sStan Mullis/Las Vegas NVChevrolet49.780180.796
3316 fSteve Fox/Hawley PAChevrolet49.784180.781
3437 cWendell Chavous/Hephzbah GAFord49.862180.498
3534 aWyatt Alexander/Ellsworth MEFord49.876180.448
3634Jeff MacZink/Rockwood MIFord49.926180.267
370 hRichard Hauck/Howell MIChevrolet49.985180.054
380 nCon Nicolopoulos/Columbus, MIChevrolet49.995180.018
392Eric Caudell/ Piedmont OKChevrolet50.023179.917
400 mDale Matchett/Cherry Hill NJChevrolet50.265179.051
4110 rZach Ralston/Springville IAChevrolet50.333178.809
4210 pEd Pompa/Ballston Spa NYChevrolet50.431178.462
4310 bBryant Barnhill/Supply NCChevrolet50.780177.235
440 tDon Thompson/Carlisle PAChevrolet50.997176.481
4569Trey Hutchens/Lexington MCFord51.468174.866
463Mike Senica/Doylestown PAChevrolet51.672174.176
4769Cody Lane/Port Richey FLFord51.799173.749
483 eScott Edwards/Ormand Beach FLChevrolet52.333171.976
4911D.L. Wilson/Waco TXChevrolet53.713167.557
503Mike Senica/Doylestown PAChevrolet52.123172.668
510nCon Nicolopoulos/Columbus, MIChevrolet53.951166.818
5237bMike Brown/Iuka MSFord60.540148.662

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