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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Kyle Larson seemingly can race anything on wheels. The reigning NASCAR K&N Pro Series East champion led NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour practice on Monday for the UNOH Battle At The Beach at Daytona International Speedway.
Larson, out of Elk Grove, Calif., climbed behind the wheel of a NASCAR Modified for the first time and laid down a 18.556-second lap for an average speed of 77.603 mph on the .4-mile oval at “The World Center of Speed.” His prior open-wheel experience certainly proved helpful in making the adjustment to the legendary style of NASCAR machines.
Burt Myers, out of Walnut Cove, N.C., registered the second-fastest lap of the session at 18.669 seconds (77.133 mph). He competes regularly at Bowman Gray Stadium in Winston-Salem, N.C., which has a flat track similar to the Daytona course.
Eric Goodale ranked third in this first practice session with a time of 18.725 seconds (76.903 mph) followed by Ryan Preece in fourth at 18.743 seconds (76.829 mph) and Justin Bonsignore was fifth with a fast lap of 18.781 seconds (76.763 mph).
Todd Szegedy, Bobby Santos, Ron Silk, John Smith and nine-time NASCAR champion Mike Stefanik rounded out the top 10.
Larson is competing in all three – NASCAR K&N Pro Series, NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour and NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Late Models – of the UNOH Battle At The Beach events.
The Whelen Modified Tour will be back on the track for two practice sessions on Tuesday before its two qualifying heats later in the day. The Modified 150-lap main event is slated for a 7:15 p.m. ET start. SPEED and MRN will carry the action beginning at 7 p.m. and NASCARHomeTracks.com will have supplemental coverage throughout the day. The MRN coverage will also be picked up by SiriusXM NASCAR Radio, channel 90.