DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (February 11, 2016) – For most of his years, Chase Briscoe has been a sprint car driver from Indiana. Today, he was a stock car driver at Daytona. He was also the fastest stock car driver at Daytona. Briscoe, in the No. 77 Cunningham Motorsports Dodge, topped the charts with the fastest speed in ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards practice.
Briscoe circled the 2.5-mile Daytona Int’l Speedway in 47.543 seconds, an average speed of 189.302 mph.
“This is only my sixth time ever on pavement,” Briscoe said. “It’s pretty humbling to get to do this in Daytona. Stevie Reeves is my spotter…he’s a sprint car guy so we have a lot in common. He understands what I need in the car. He really helped me to find the air and the right line to run that fast lap.
“I was by myself with no one behind me when I made that fast lap. I was surprised, because we’ve been faster with a car behind me. Chad Bryant (crew chief) has put together an excellent car for this race. We’ll go out in practice tomorrow morning to see if we can run faster.”
Sean Corr, the Menards Pole Award winner at Daytona in 2012, was second fastest in his own No. 48 NESCO-Transgroup Ford.
“Me and Dylan (Lupton) got a good run to get to the other pack, and that’s when we put up that fast lap,” Corr said. “My teammate (Lupton) helped me to catch the air for that fast lap. The car handles great. We’ll probably try a few more things tomorrow to see if we can go a little faster.”
Corr’s Empire Racing teammate Dylan Lupton was third fastest at 188.758 mph in the No. 82 Empire Racing Ford.
“This car is really good everywhere—at the top, in the middle, and on the bottom,” rookie Lupton said. “For my fast lap, I was drafting together with Sean (Corr). It was pretty wild…I had to go three wide and split two cars, and then get to the bottom to catch the draft.”
Venturini Motorsports was fourth and fifth on the charts with veteran Mark Thompson at 188.549 mph in the No. 66 Phoenix Air Toyota and rookie William Byron at 188.501 mph in the No. 55 Liberty University Toyota.
Friday’s on-track action continues with morning practice from 9:30 – 10:30 a.m. with Menards Pole Qualifying presented by Ansell following at 3:30 p.m. The 53rd annual Lucas Oil 200 at Daytona is live on FS1 Saturday, February 13 and precedes NASCAR’s same-night Sprint Unlimited. ARCAracing.com will feature live timing and scoring and live chat for all on-track activities.
Don Radebaugh, email@example.com
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