Theys top qualifier for Daytona 250

Theys top qualifier for Jani-King Paul Revere 250. DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (July 2, 2002) - Two hours of practice on the 3.56-mile road course today at Daytona International Speedway gave way to qualifying for the Jani-King Paul Revere 250. GTS,...

Theys top qualifier for Jani-King Paul Revere 250.

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (July 2, 2002) - Two hours of practice on the 3.56-mile road course today at Daytona International Speedway gave way to qualifying for the Jani-King Paul Revere 250. GTS, GT, AGT, SRP and SRPII models from the Rolex Sports Car Series tackled the Speedway's road course, with Didier Theys and his No. 27 Doran Lista Judd Dallara-powered SRP taking the top position.

Theys captured the pole position for the Jani-King Paul Revere 250 with a speed of 126.364 mph. It's his second pole position this year at the Speedway since the veteran racer captured the top spot for February's Rolex 24 At Daytona.

"I knew the car was good here," said Theys. "Every race, we've made a little improvement. We don't have a huge budget to test every week. We use races to develop the car. That's one of the reasons why we don't make up a big gap all the time.

"After three or four laps, the car started to get loose. We're going to try different things tonight to make the car better for the race and make the balance better."

Taking the second and third best qualifying times respectively were Butch Leitzinger in the No. 20 Dyson Racing Ford Riley & Scott (126.104 mph) and Jack Baldwin in the No. 74 Robinson Racing Judd R&S (124.549).

Top spots for other remaining classes include the No. 8 Rand Racing Risi Competizione Nissan Lola SRP II (118.800), No. 48 Heritage Motorsports Mustang AGT (116.222), No. 5 Park Place Racing Saleen S7R GTS (113.992) and No. 24 Perspective Racing Mosler MT900R GT (112.251).

Other notables include Anthony Lazzaro in the No. 7 Nissan-powered Lola of Rand Racing, who posted a fastest qualifying speed of 118.372, good enough for seventh overall. NASCAR Winston Cup series driver Jerry Nadeau is partnering with Lazzaro for Thursday's race.

The No. 2 Crawford Racing team and drivers Elliott Forbes-Robinson and Tony Stewart opted not to qualify for the 250-mile event. Stewart, crossing over from the NASCAR Winston Cup Series, will take the first shift behind the wheel for the race's start.

The Jani-King Paul Revere 250 begins at 11:15 p.m. on Thursday, July 4 following Bud Pole Qualifying for the Pepsi 400 NASCAR Winston Cup Series race. The sports cars of the Rolex Sports Car Series return to the track for practice session at 6 p.m. on July 3, their final preparation for the mid-summer sportscar event.

On Wednesday at the Speedway, the NASCAR Busch Series will take to the track qualifying for the STACKER 2/GNC Live Well 250. Practice begins at 3:30 p.m. and qualifying is slated for 8 p.m.

Fans can purchase tickets for the Pepsi 400 and other July Summer Speedweek events at daytonainternationalspeedway.com, or by calling the Speedway ticket office at (386) 253-RACE.

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