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ARCA celebrates 50 years at Daytona

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DAN GELSTON | February 15, 2013 06:32 PM EST | AP


DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — ARCA will celebrate the 50th anniversary of its first race at Daytona International Speedway on Saturday.

The field includes drivers of all ages, from 20-year-old Kyle Larson to 78-year-old James Hylton. Larson is one of 20 first-time drivers at Daytona.

John Wes Townley took the pole and Milka Duno is second. Eight-time Daytona ARCA winner Bobby Gerhart is third in the 40-car field.

Darrell Wallace Jr. is part of the whopping Daytona rookie class. Wallace will run a full season in the Trucks Series in the No. 54 Toyota for Kyle Busch Motorsports and is set to become the fourth black driver to run a full-time schedule in the NASCAR series.