Pre-race testing at Daytona External

This past weekend, Daytona International Speedway held a two-day pre-race practice session for the ARCA Menards Series. More than 60 drivers completed laps on the 2.5-mile oval during the Friday and Saturday sessions.

CCM Racing fielded three drivers for the practice session – Matt Wilson, Thomas Pacheco and Kevin Hinckle.

The weekend was not easy for the CCM Racing crew. The No. 7 Chevy had to stop early Friday afternoon after oil pressure issues caused the rear main seal to rupture. The team worked late into the night and early Saturday morning to get the car ready to go back on track on Saturday.

The three drivers were able to hit the track before the end of the session. However, oil pressure issues continued to plague the No. 7 squad on Saturday and ultimately forced an early end to the second day of practice.

CCM Racing will return to Daytona International Speedway with owner/driver Eric Caudell for the season opener. The Lucas Oil 200 driven by General Tire will take place on Saturday, February 19, 2022 at 1:30 p.m. ET with coverage on FS1, the Fox Sports app, MRN, SiriusXM (XM channel 391, online channel 981) and ARCARacing.com.

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“I owe a huge thank you to the CCM team for the opportunity to work with them and test at Daytona for my superspeedway license. Driving a production car at Daytona is different from the road races I’m used to. The sustained speeds , high banks and G-forces experienced by a driver at tracks like Daytona are incredible.The way the air affects the car at these speeds has a way of amplifying the mistakes the driver makes with their hands.I would compare short track superspeedways like me would compare golf to kickball.

As for the 2022 season, my exact race schedule is still somewhat undecided, pending sponsorship deals etc. We are, however, delighted to welcome Laravel as a team sponsor this season. -Matt Wilson | Springdale, Arkansas

“The tests went well. It was great to get back there and shake off the cobwebs a bit as it had been a few years since I had been to Daytona. The car was excellent despite the few mechanical problems we had. Kevin Hinckle | Shawnee, Kansas

“In the end, CCM accomplished what we set out to do and got all the laps from our drivers at Daytona. It was by no means easy or what we expected. Our engine had been trouble free. and worked perfectly when we tested it for many laps on a short track.Pump boost and rear main seal blowout created a lot of work in a short time.

Finney Racing of Florida was able to provide us with parts and part numbers so we could fix it the first night. It was very labor intensive, but our three UNOH crew members held on and helped fix the leak. This allowed us to do more laps on the second day.

If I’m looking for silver linings, I now know our engine bearings are fine and I’m glad it didn’t happen on race day. We definitely relied on the ARCA racing family this weekend with big thanks for the help from Fast Track Racing, Ilmor, Sheppard Racing, Kimmel Racing, Brian Finney and Wally Finney. Eric Caudell, CCM Racing owner

Shirlene J. Manley