By Christian Koelle, Staff Writer
Greg Van Alst turned the fastest lap in the first of two days of preseason testing at Daytona.
The Anderson, Indiana native, who made his return to the ARCA Menards Series for the first time since 2002 last season, turned a 48.880-second (184.124-mph) lap to top the speed charts.
I still can't believe this is real life and I get to live it. Daytona bound. Last 3 months have been nonstop getting this car ready. Hopefully she's fast. pic.twitter.com/oMEPQhGVoi
— Greg Van Alst (@GregVanAlst35) January 13, 2022
ARCA veteran John Ferrier finished the session in second, .042-seconds off of Alst for the top spot.
Daniel Dye, Willie Mullins, and Toni Breidinger rounded out the top-five in speeds.
My family’s love for racing started when my Grandpa Bob came to the 1969 Daytona 500. He then passed his new love for racing on to my dad and my uncles. He passed away today. I wish he could’ve seen all of this, but I know he’s proud watching from the best seat in the house. pic.twitter.com/fWXORiihhC
— Daniel Dye (@danieldye43) January 14, 2022
— Mullins Racing (@mullins_racing) January 15, 2022
— Toni Breidinger (@ToniBreidinger) January 14, 2022
52 drivers turned at least one lap on Friday, Drew Dollar turned the most at 78 total laps with Joe Gibbs Racing. A total of seven drivers turned more than 50 laps.
Preseason testing at Daytona will resume on Saturday, January 15th starting at 10 a.m. ET. Timing and scoring will be available via the ARCARacing website. Stay tuned to Kickin’ the Tires for your latest ARCA Menards Series news and results from day two of the test.
Photo: ARCA Menards Series