DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., (June 26, 2001) ^O Haas-Carter Motorsports participated in a two-day test session on Tuesday at Daytona International Speedway with driver Kirk Shelmerdine and the No. 46 Ford. Owner Travis Carter, who fields two NASCAR ...
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., (June 26, 2001) ^O Haas-Carter Motorsports participated in a two-day test session on Tuesday at Daytona International Speedway with driver Kirk Shelmerdine and the No. 46 Ford.
Owner Travis Carter, who fields two NASCAR Winston Cup Series teams with drivers Jimmy Spencer and Todd Bodine, says he's unsure whether or not he'll field a third team for the 43rd annual Pepsi 400 on July 7.
"We want to run it sometime, but I doubt (the car) would be ready for the Pepsi race," Carter said. "Perhaps Talladega. (The test) is a good opportunity to learn something for all the cars. In order to do that, we need a third car to do it.
"We hope to learn a little something for the 26 and 66. You're always looking to expand your operation and that's what we're doing, looking to expand to a third car. As much as I hate to say it, it looks like it's the nature of the beast."
Shelmerdine, a veteran of the ARCA RE/MAX Series, knows his way around tracks like Daytona International Speedway. He won the pole for the 2000 Discount Auto Parts 200 Presented By ACDelco at the "World Center of Racing."
Said Shelmerdine of the test: "You can't just jump right in there. There's a lot of research that goes into it. From our standpoint, we're going to test a lot and see what happens after that. I don't think there's time to get prepared even if you had a year. There's so many more things on the list to get through in order to hit the ground running."
Carter says Shelmerdine would be a potential driver to put into the No. 46 Ford if the team chooses to enter the car in a race..
"If we run the car at one of these races, he would be probably a good candidate to run it," Carter said.
Other teams testing at Daytona include Stan Hover Motorsports and driver Morgan Shepherd and BAM Motorsports and driver Andy Hillenburg. Participating in a one-day test in preparation for the July 6 DAYTONAUSA.com 150 NASCAR Goody's Dash Series race was driver Monty Klein and Malcombson Racing.
Both Shelmerdine and Hillenburg turned laps in the 179 mph range while Shepherd had not turned any laps by late afternoon.
"We're tweaking the minor stuff," Carter said. Said Hillenburg: "We're a lot better than our last trip here. We feel a lot better about this test."
NASCAR Winston Cup Series testing will continue on Wednesday between 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Grandstand access is free and open to the public with entry through the lobby of DAYTONA USA.
Tickets for the Pepsi 400 weekend can be purchased online at http://www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com or by calling the Speedway ticket office at (386) 253-7223.