JGR’s William Sawalich Tops Friday ARCA Test at Daytona

The ARCA Menards Series drivers and teams were in action for a test at Daytona International Speedway on Friday. The session was paced by William Sawalich. Photo Credit: Gavin Newton

Day one of the two-day ARCA Menards Series pre-race practice session at Daytona International Speedway is in the books and William Sawalich, the 16-year-old phenom driver for Joe Gibbs Racing, led the way with the top speed.

Sawalich’s best lap time was a 49.155 sec. circuit around the 2.5-mile superspeedway, which equates to a 183.094 mph speed.

Andy Jankowiak clocked in second-fastest in the session in the No. 73 KLAS Motorsports entry, 0.394 sec. off the pace of Sawalich, while Brayton Laster was third-quick in the No. 3B Mullins Racing entry.

Nick Sanchez, the 2022 ARCA Menards Series champion who is set to compete full-time in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series for Rev Racing was fourth-fastest in the No. 2 Rev machine, and Jacob Perry rounded out the top five fastest in the session, driving the No. 44 McClure Racing car.

In all, 45 of the 60 drivers on the entry list clocked in a lap on Friday. And while the session, which featured pack drafting on the track, was relatively clean, there were a few close calls on track on the day.

One of the close calls occurred with 2022 Hickory Motor Speedway track champion Landon Huffman, who blew a tire in the No. 3H Mullins Racing car entering turn one on his first attempt at a fast lap. The North Carolina native would only muster the 38th-fastest lap time with the issues.

However, Huffman was just glad to save the race car.

Actor-turned-race car driver Frankie Muniz clocked in sixth-fastest in the No. 30 Save Jones Racing entry. Muniz announced on Wednesday that he will run the full 2023 ARCA Menards Series schedule in the No. 30 cars.

Other notable drivers on the scoring sheet included Amber Balcaen in 10th in the No. 15 Venturini Motorsports car, Jesse Love in 12th in the No. 20 Venturini Motorsports Toyota, Connor Mosack in 13th in the No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing entry, Christian Rose in 22nd in the No. 32 AM Racing car and Brad Perez in 23rd in the No. 3P Mullins Racing machine.

Love and Rose were announced as full-time competitors in the ARCA Menards Series for 2023 earlier this week.

Perez, who ran two NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series races and two NASCAR Xfinity Series races in 2022, shared some hilarious moments from his Willie Mullins Racing team at the test on Twitter.

Perez showcased that the Mullins Racing team had come equipped with decals that made their race cars look like Ford Mustang Mach-e’s.

Perez also shared a hilarious photo of the underside of the Mullins Racing car in the garage. The decals on the underside of the hood read, โ€œBuilt Ford Tough with Chevrolet Stuff.


Here are the full results from Friday’s ARCA Menards Series test at Daytona International Speedway

position Car No. drivers Make lap time speed
1 18 William Sawalich Toyota 49,155 183,094
2 73 Andy Jankowiak ford 49,261 182,700
3 3B Brayton vice Chevy 49,362 182,326
4 2 Nick Sanchez Chevy 49,394 182.208
5 44 Jacob Perry Chevy 49,396 182.201
6 30 Frankie Muniz ford 49,403 182.175
7 69 Scott Melton ford 49,422 182.105
8th 12T Christopher Tate ford 49,468 181,936
9 97 Jason Kitzmiller Chevy 49,505 181,800
10 15 Amber Balcaen Toyota 49,531 181,704
11 25 Gus Dean Toyota 49,545 181,653
12 20 Jesse Love Toyota 49,638 181,313
13 18 Connor Mosack Toyota 49,704 181,072
14 35 Greg Van Alst Chevy 49,715 181,032
15 1 Jake Finch Toyota 49,836 180,592
16 6 Andres Perez De Lara Chevy 49,913 180,314
17 75 Bryan Dauzat Chevy 50,024 179,914
18 63 Logan Misuraca Chevy 50.112 179,598
19 73A Nick Anglace ford 50.177 179,365
20 42 Robby Lyons Chevy 50,252 179,097
21 53Z Garrett Zacarias ford 50,255 179,087
22 32 Christian Rose ford 50,279 179.001
23 3p Brad Perez Chevy 50,283 178,987
24 42L Landon Lewis Chevy 50,428 178,472
25 53 Mike Policastro ford 50,568 177,978
26 3 Landon Pembelton Chevy 50,575 177,954
27 8th Sean Corr Chevy 50,606 177,845
28 42G Matt Gould Chevy 50,657 177,665
29 55 Tony Breidinger Toyota 50,833 177.05
30 74 Mandy Chick Chevy 50,904 176,803
31 57 Hunter Deshautelle Chevy 50,920 176,748
32 6S Lavar Scott Chevy 51,074 176,215
33 3MH Mario Hart Chevy 51,100 176.125
34 12M Jon McKennedy (RTD) ford 51.167 175,895
35 68 Gage Rodgers ford 51,320 175,370
36 62 Steve Lewis Chevy 51,405 175,080
37 10 Ed Pompa Chevy 51,411 175,060
38 3H Landon Huffman Chevy 51,493 174,781
39 5 CW Lemoine Chevy 51,528 174,662
40 11 Leland Honeyman (RTD) ford 51,536 174,635
41 27 Tim Richmond Toyota 51,550 174,588
42 01D Cole Duncan ford 51,576 174,500
43 53E Patrick Emerling ford 51,712 174.041
44 3M Willie Mullins ford 51,728 173,987
45 11D Jake Drew (RTD) ford 52,737 170,658
46 3S Kayla Surles Chevy โ€“ โ€“
47 3y Chase Janes Chevy โ€“ โ€“
48 4 Dale Quarterley Chevy โ€“ โ€“
49 10M Christopher Martin, Jr. Chevy โ€“ โ€“
50 10A Christopher Arthur Chevy โ€“ โ€“
51 11y Harley Jankowski (RTD) ford โ€“ โ€“
52 11L Layne Riggs (RTD) ford โ€“ โ€“
53 11Z Zoey Edenholm Toyota โ€“ โ€“
54 12B Billy Van Meter (RTD) ford โ€“ โ€“
55 42S Amber Slagle Chevy โ€“ โ€“
56 82 Kevin Campbell Chevy โ€“ โ€“
57 93 Caleb Costner Chevy โ€“ โ€“
58 01G Miguel Gomes ford โ€“ โ€“
59 01Z zach mistress ford โ€“ โ€“
60 06 AJ Moyer ford โ€“ โ€“

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