IRL: Las Vegas Friday Notes

David Reininger - Motorsport News International Las Vegas, NV (October 9, 1998)- It was business as usual for Tony Stewart at Las Vegas Motor Speedway today. Stewart ripped off a lap at 213.338 mph to set the fastest speed of the day. Greg Ray...

David Reininger - Motorsport News International

Las Vegas, NV (October 9, 1998)- It was business as usual for Tony Stewart at Las Vegas Motor Speedway today. Stewart ripped off a lap at 213.338 mph to set the fastest speed of the day.

Greg Ray was second fastest overall with his lap of 211.856 mph set during today's first practice session. Hamilton also set his fastest lap during the morning session which placed him third fastest overall.

The first group in this afternoon's practice session took the green flag at 1:45. Within ten minutes, Stewart had set, and reset, the fastest lap of the day three times. The first group in the second session saw Buzz Calkins turn a lap at 211.086 mph, good enough for second fastest of the session and fourth fastest of the day. Calkins' Bradley Motorsports crew stood around their timing monitor as the second group wound down their final practice session. As Ray exited his car in the next pit stall and Boat's car was towed back to the pits, the crew breathed a sigh of relief. Their time would stand as the second fastest of the session.

Two weeks ago, Bradley Motorsports ran a two day test at LVMS. "We're at the point where we're fine tuning now," Calkins said.

Calkins has had a rough season up until this point, but there were smiles all around in the Bradley garage this afternoon. "It helps not only my confidence," said Calkins, "I think it helps everyone on the team. This gives everybody on the team the idea that we can do it."

Scott Goodyear's primary car caught fire in the pits this afternoon. With the car suffering heavy damage, the spare car was brought out and Goodyear was allowed to shake it down in this afternoon's second group. The primary car could be repaired at the track but the team has decided to devote their time to racing the back-up car. Panther Racing still intends to run both Goodyear and Dave Steele in Sunday's race.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Tony Stewart , Greg Ray , Scott Goodyear , Dave Steele
Teams Panther Racing