TEAM MONTE CARLO TENNESSEE DRIVERS PACE FINAL ROUND OF GM TEST Tennessee natives Sterling Marlin and Bobby Hamilton led the afternoon test session Tuesday at Daytona International Speedway. Marlin posted the fastest lap of the winter test...
TEAM MONTE CARLO TENNESSEE DRIVERS PACE FINAL ROUND OF GM TEST
Tennessee natives Sterling Marlin and Bobby Hamilton led the afternoon test session Tuesday at Daytona International Speedway. Marlin posted the fastest lap of the winter test sessions with a speed of 187.153 mph. Hamilton was close behind at 186.908 mph.
STERLING MARLIN (No. 40 Coors Light Chevrolet Monte Carlo)
"We found a good half a second today. The guys have been working hard on it. You're always going to come back with your best motors, so I think we'll be OK. I don't know what the Fords will run, but I think we'll be in good shape. Both of our cars were about the same. We went a little faster in our 500 car. I think the 2000 Monte Carlo has a lot of potential, and I think it's going to be as good as what we had. The shock package is 1000 times better than what we had. You can concentrate on working on the car. We used to come down here and not work on anything but the shocks and springs. It would beat you to death. The crew boys were all skinned up and bleeding. This is a whole lot better. Used to you'd run fast qualifying and not run as fast drafting. Now, you're going to qualify a little slower and you're going to race faster because of the draft. We're practicing pit stops, knocking them out, we're ready to go. We've got a little more left, so we'll what happens when we come back."
BOBBY HAMILTON (No. 4 Kodak Max film Chevrolet Monte Carlo)
"It's not a surprise for Sterling to be the fastest. At least it gives the Tennessee boys bragging rights right now. That doesn't count much right now, but it's something. We worked on race stuff today. The shock rule has got you doing a lot of different stuff than you did in the past. This is our first test, so we're pretty happy with it. I like the shock package a lot. We could stand just a little more control. We went out in a draft today and it wasn't that bad, but we don't know what it's going to do on old tires. We might need a little more control. Everybody had their average stuff out there drafting. Qualifying might get that fast, but I'm happy with the way it is right now. We rearranged some stuff over the winter and got everybody working together a lot better. The test was real organized and everything went smooth. When we lost track of it, it came back. Everything was in black and white, and it hadn't been that way."