Daytona testing notes 95-12-16

STEELE, SKINNER QUICK IN 2ND DAY OF ARCA TESTING AT DAYTONA DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Dec. 16) -- Former ARCA champion Tim Steele turned the fastest lap in Bondo/Mar-Hyde Supercar Series stock car testing Saturday at Daytona International...

STEELE, SKINNER QUICK IN 2ND DAY OF ARCA TESTING AT DAYTONA DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Dec. 16) -- Former ARCA champion Tim Steele turned the fastest lap in Bondo/Mar-Hyde Supercar Series stock car testing Saturday at Daytona International Speedway as 23 cars were on hand preparing for the Feb. 11 Daytona ARCA 200. Steele's Ford Thunderbird was clocked at 47.74 seconds, an average speed of 188.521 mph around the 2.5-mile trioval as ARCA officials continued to monitor test speeds while trying to develop carburetor restrictor plate and spoiler rules for the 1996 season. ARCA Competition Director Joe Wells said Friday's quick laps had been logged with 1 1/16-inch plates, while the ultimate plate size would be something less than that. On Saturday, defending NASCAR SuperTruck Series By Craftsman champion Mike Skinner hit 188.482 mph in a Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet Monte Carlo. The team packed-up and left at mid-afternoon to return to North Carolina, reportedly for the organization's Christmas party. Rounding out the top five speeds on Saturday were Randal Ritter in another Monte Carlo, 186.104; Monte Carlo-mounted Pete Orr, 185.567; and former off-road and NASCAR Winston Cup driver Mark Stahl in a Thunderbird, 185.109. "This car wasn't supposed to be fast, but we ended up having a real good test," said Steele, the 1993 ARCA Supercar Series champ. "This is a car we built as a Winston Cup Chevrolet Monte Carlo. We tried to work with it and just couldn't get it to run, so we cut the body off it and switched it to a Ford, which we were a lot more familiar with." "We've got a super engine program with Ernie Elliott building our motors," continued Steele, who won as many races -- three -- in a partial '95 season as he did in his championship year. "We learned a bunch at this test and now we're going to go back to the shop and complete a new car for the Daytona ARCA 200. "The competition is going to be tough, with (defending race and Series champion Andy) Hillenburg, Mike Skinner and I hear (Dale) Earnhardt's building a car for (SuperTruck driver Ron) Hornaday. But, we think we can win it and I know I want to!" More than 15 cars will conclude the session on Sunday. A section of the Oldfield Grandstand will be open with access through the Visitors' Center and guided tours of the Speedway will be available. Advance reserved seat tickets for the Daytona ARCA 200 and Busch Clash of '96 doubleheader, set for noon on Sunday, Feb. 11, are available in the Roberts Tower for $55 each. To order tickets or for information on any Speedweeks '96 events, call the Daytona Ticket Office at 904-253-RACE (7223). ARCA TEST SPEEDS* -- Saturday, Dec. 16 NO DRIVER/CAR TIME SPEED 16 Tim Steele/Thunderbird 47.74 secs 188.521 mph 3x Mike Skinner/Monte Carlo 47.75 188.482 31 Randal Ritter/Monte Carlo 48.36 186.104 88 Pete Orr/Monte Carlo 48.50 185.567 32 Mark Stahl/Thunderbird 48.62 185.109 1 Rob Smith/Thunderbird 48.69 184.843 46 Bob Hill/Monte Carlo 48.73 184.691 6 Perry Tripp/Monte Carlo 48.97 183.786 33 Harris DeVane/Thunderbird 49.41 182.149 52 Andy Hillenburg/Monte Carlo 49.45 182.002 97 Shane Doles/Grand Prix 49.48 181.892 15 Dale Kreider/Lumina 49.57 181.196 74 Danny Kelley/Lumina 49.58 181.525 56 Dill Whittymore/Lumina 49.86 180.505 26 Blaise Alexander/Monte Carlo 49.95 180.180 88 Wally Finney/Cutlass 50.50 178.218 28 C.W. Smith/Lumina 50.98 176.540 24 Jeff Marmack/Lumina 51.89 173.444 50 Jerry Hill/Monte Carlo 52.45 171.592 69 Glenn Miller/Thunderbird 54.70 164.534 0 Delma Cowart/Thunderbird no time no speed 48 Jeff Jones/Grand Prix no time no speed 99 Drew White/Grand Prix no time no speed * = Randomly hand-timed and from various sources.

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