Daytona testing day one

SOURCE: Daytona International Speedway HILLENBURG TOPS SPEED CHARTS AS ARCA SERIES TESTING BEGINS AT DAYTONA DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- 1995 and defending Daytona ARCA 200 champion Andy Hillenburg posted the fastest speed on the...

SOURCE: Daytona International Speedway

HILLENBURG TOPS SPEED CHARTS AS ARCA SERIES TESTING BEGINS AT DAYTONA

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- 1995 and defending Daytona ARCA 200 champion Andy Hillenburg posted the fastest speed on the first of three days of ARCA Series testing Saturday at Daytona International Speedway. Hillenburg was one of 14 drivers to post times during the test as ARCA teams prepare for their season-opening Daytona ARCA 200 to be held Feb. 8 in conjunction with the all new Bud Shootout At Daytona. Hillenburg, driving the No. 80 Ford Thunderbird, was clocked at 48.9 seconds, for an average speed of 184.049 mph. Hillenburg, who made his first big splash into professional auto racing in 1995 with his Daytona ARCA 200 victory, plans to become only the second driver to win the event three times. The only three-time champion of the Daytona ARCA 200 is Iggy Katona who won the event in 1965, 1971 and 1974. "We're real happy so far," said Hillenburg. "This crew has really done a terrific job of preparing the car. Once we start focusing more on engine tuning and aerodynamics, I feel like we can get even more from the car. Right now we're just looking at how the car rides. So far we're real pleased, I can't remember when we have unloaded this good. "I love Daytona, this is my favorite race track. I love coming here and I love driving here. I figure with all the testing and including Speedweeks events I'll be on the race track 25 to 30 days this year and that's a great feeling. I can't wait to come back and try to defend my title. I've been fortunate enough to win the 200 twice, and I'd like to be one of only two drivers ever to win it three times." The test continues Sunday and Monday. A section of the Oldfield Grandstand is open daily at no charge from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. with access through DAYTONA USA, "The Ultimate Motorsports Attraction." Guided Speedway Tours are also available from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. for a nominal fee.

ARCA SERIES TEST SPEEDS -- Dec. 20* No Driver/Car Speed 80 Andy Hillenburg/Ford 184.049 mph 52 Bill Baird/Chevrolet 182.556 5 Bobby Gerhart/Chevrolet 181.452 55 Russell Landrum/Ford 180.723 59 Mark Gibson/Ford 179.283 74 Gary Laton/Chevrolet 179.283 31 Randal Ritter/Chevrolet 177.866 44 Greg Usher/Chevrolet 170.778 65 Sammy Potashnick/Chevrolet 177.165 11 Glen Morgan/Chevrolet 176.471 53 Bob Kelly/Chevrolet 174.757 08 John Kinder/Chevrolet 174.419 93 Wayne Larson/Chevrolet 172.084 67 Rob Julian/Chevrolet 172.084 44 Greg Usher/Chevrolet 170.778

* Electronic times taken randomly throughout the day.

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Series ARCA
Drivers Andy Hillenburg , Bobby Gerhart , Bob Kelly , Mark Gibson , Bill Baird
Teams HART