McReynolds Leads First ARCA Practice

The first practice of the ARCA season started very well for Brandon McReynolds. He was fastest in practice in his #28 Toyota painted up just like the old scheme for Davey Allison. The paint job has a special meaning for the 27-year-old driver, as his father, Larry McReynolds, served as the crew chief for Allison from 1991 until Allison’s death in 1993. In 1992 they had a stellar season together, winning the Daytona 500 and nearly winning the championship. Brandon McReynolds is making his first ARCA start since winning at Talladega in 2012, another restrictor plate track. If that hiatus from the series seems to be too long for him to be a favorite this weekend, he also had ran one race in the K&N Pro Series East at New Hampshire. McReynolds won that race too.

Joining Brandon McReynolds at the top of the charts were three NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series drivers. Kyle Busch Motorsports has two drivers running for the Truck championship in 2019, Todd Gilliland and Harrison Burton, and they placed the 2nd and 4th fastest times in practice, respectively. 3rd fastest in practice was 2-time ARCA winner Gus Dean who is moving up to the Truck Series in 2019 with Young’s Motorsports. Rounding out the Top-5 in practice was Munford, Alabama native Bret Holmes.

Of course, not all cars ran in the draft, but there were a few times where at least a half dozen cars ran together in a pack. There were a couple incidents during the practice. The #11 of Jason White blew an engine during the first half of the 2-hour session. The #77 of Joseph Graf Jr. stalled heading to pit road which caused a brief pause as well. In the second half of the practice session, the #1 Toyota driven by Chuck Hiers ran out of room after the tri-oval and scraped the outside wall.

The ARCA Racing Series has one more practice session Friday morning at 9:30am and then they have a group qualifying session at 4:30pm. The Lucas Oil 200 Driven by General Tire will take place Saturday evening at 4:45pm and will air live on FS1, all times are Eastern.

128Brandon McReynoldsToyota49.014183.621
24Todd GillilandToyota49.155183.094
332Gus DeanChevy49.169183.042
420Harrison BurtonToyota49.185182.983
523Bret HolmesChevy49.190182.964
67Codie RohrbaughChevy49.193182.953
718Riley HerbstToyota49.193182.953
822Connor HallFord49.202182.919
930Grant QuinlanFord49.255182.723
1035Brenden QueenToyota49.257182.715
1102Andy SeussChevy49.264182.689
1252Tyler DippelFord49.344182.393
1309CJ McLaughlinChevy49.380182.260
1415Christian EckesToyota49.385182.242
1555Leilani MunterToyota49.399182.190
1625Michael SelfToyota49.401182.183
1763Dave Mader IIIFord49.467181.939
183Willie MullinsFord49.502181.811
1927Travis BradenFord49.507181.792
2054Natalie DeckerToyota49.520181.745
2129Derrick LancasterToyota49.521181.741
2277Joseph Graf Jr.Ford49.534181.693
2343Sean CorrChevy49.634181.327
2446Thad MoffittChevy49.642181.298
2544John FerrierChevy49.663181.221
265Bobby GerhartChevy50.179179.358
2711Jason WhiteChevy50.803177.155
2836Paul WilliamsonToyota50.876176.901
291Chuck HiersToyota51.184175.836
3010Tommy Vigh Jr.Ford51.248175.617
312Eric CaudellFord51.269175.545
3269Scott MeltonFord51.414175.050
3361J.J. PackToyota51.983173.134
3406Con NicolopoulosChevy52.208172.387
3548Brad SmithChevy52.293172.107

Author: Tom Bailey

Tom Bailey (@TomBaileyScoop) grew up in the backyard of Chicagoland Speedway, making a passion for all motorsports inevitable. Tom is entering his first full year of racing coverage in 2020 as the owner and founder of You can contact him at [email protected]

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