Andretti fastest in second round By Shawn A. Akers BRISTOL, Tenn. (April 10, 1999)Rich Bickle, Stanton Barrett, Derrike Cope and Carl Long were all sent home after Bud Second-Round Qualifying Saturday morning, failing to make the field for ...
Andretti fastest in second round By Shawn A. Akers
BRISTOL, Tenn. (April 10, 1999)Rich Bickle, Stanton Barrett, Derrike Cope and Carl Long were all sent home after Bud Second-Round Qualifying Saturday morning, failing to make the field for Sunday's Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway. A total of 10 cars attempted to re-qualify after their Bud Pole Qualifying efforts Friday. John Andretti, driver of the No. 43 STP Pontiac, was the fastest of the 10 with a lap of 123.905 mph. That put him in the 26th starting position for Sunday's race.
"I'm ecstatic about the lap," Andretti said. "We made some changes to the car, right before we qualified and it was the race-day setup, even the race-day oil, not the qualifying oil. I think we'll begin qualifying like this every time now.
"Ever since I've been with this team, even for those few races back in '94, I've never taken a provisional starting spot. And now, this means I don't have to share a pit with anybody for the race on Sunday, either. So, there was a lot more at stake than just qualifying and, besides, it was a good lap."
The provisionals, beginning with starting position number 37 and running through 43rd, were awarded as follows: Jeremy Mayfield, Ward Burton, Michael Waltrip, Chad Little, Ernie Irvan, Johnny Benson and Steve Park.
No past champions' provisional was awarded.
Joe Nemechek bettered his first-round speed as well. He'll start 27th after a second-round qualifying lap of 123.332 mph. Kevin Lepage will start 28th after a fast lap of 123.221 mph in the second round.
Buckshot Jones was the only other driver to top his Bud Pole Qualifying speed. He'll start 36th after a second-round lap of 122.984 mph.
Terry Labonte, Jeff Burton, Rick Mast, Mike Skinner, Dale Earnhardt and David Green all stood on their Bud Pole Qualifying times from Friday.
Cope, the driver of the No. 30 Jimmy Dean Pontiac, failed to qualify for a race for the third time this season. Bickle, in the No. 45 10-10-345 Pontiac, also failed to make the field for a show for the third time in 1999.
Source: NASCAR Online