Chris Buescher, Tim George Jr and Ty Dillion Top Morning ARCA Daytona Test
Eighteen-year old rookie Chris Buescher drove the Roulo Brothers Racing Ford, marked with an orange No. 17, to a lap of 49.315 seconds (182.5 mph) in the opening session to top the charts.
"It was a little unexpected, for sure, being the first session out on a speedway for me," said Buescher, who has two wins in 15 ARCA Racing Series starts over two seasons. "To be honest, I'm not at all comfortable yet. I was a little bit all over the place, but that means I've got a good piece under me. We did a good job preparing."
Buescher has experience in the ARCA Racing Series as he won both races at Toledo last year, however this marks his first full-season now that he has become of age.
Buescher was followed by Richard Childress Racing Development driver teammates Tim George Jr. (49.368 seconds) and Ty Dillon (49.497 seconds). The 2011 season marks George's third full season in ARCA while Dillon, grandson of Richard Childress and brother of Camping World Truck Series driver Austin Dillon, enters his first full year of ARCA Racing.
Benny Chastain and Dakoda Armstrong rounded out the top five and Matt Lofton was sixth.
IndyCar driver Milka Duno, who recently announced she had joined forces with Sheltra Motorsports, ended the morning seventh. Scott Stenzel, Mark Thompson, and 2010 ARCA Racing Series champion Patrick Sheltra completed the top 10.