Daytona Ford test day 2 of 3 (98-01-07)

SOURCE: Daytona International Speedway RE: NASCAR Winston Cup Ford stock car testing - Day 2 of 3 PRESSLEY QUICKEST IN DAY TWO AS FORD TEAMS CONTINUE TEST AT DAYTONA DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Robert Pressley of Asheville,...

SOURCE: Daytona International Speedway

RE: NASCAR Winston Cup Ford stock car testing - Day 2 of 3 PRESSLEY QUICKEST IN DAY TWO AS FORD TEAMS CONTINUE TEST AT DAYTONA

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Robert Pressley of Asheville, N.C., posted the fastest time on day two as Ford NASCAR Winston Cup testing continued Wednesday at Daytona International Speedway as teams prepare for the all-new Bud Shootout At Daytona (Feb. 8) and the "Great American Race," the 40th Annual Daytona 500 (Feb. 15). Pressley's Ford Thunderbird posted a time of 47.947 seconds, for an average speed of 187.707 mph. Rick Mast, who posted the quickest time on Tuesday, turned in the second quickest time of 47.961 seconds, for an average speed of 187.652 mph. "We're tickled to death," said Mast. "We had this car at Talladega and the best we got was within a half second of the Thunderbird. When we went back to the shop, we found out a lot of things about the car. We're now in the ball park. Back at Talladega we weren't sure what we had to work with. "The biggest difference between the Thunderbird and the Taurus is one's a square box and the other is a basketball. The Taurus is more like the Monte Carlo or the Pontiac in that it's real round. The car has pretty good down force and if we can get it balanced properly we'll be okay. "There's really an art to making a car go around Daytona and Talladega. Everybody does everything they can to make these cars perform, and most of the time it doesn't work. But in this particular case everything worked, so if we were on a grading scale yesterday, it was definitely an A+ for us. The team is pumped up because we've got to qualify for this race. We missed the Daytona 500 a year ago. I never missed a race in my life until then, and I didn't like the feeling." The Ford NASCAR Winston Cup test continues tomorrow. A section of the Oldfield Grandstand is open daily at no charge from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. with access through DAYTONA USA, "The Ultimate Motorsports Attraction." Guided tours of the Speedway are also available from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. for a nominal fee.

                        FORD TEST SPEEDS -- Jan. 7*
NO  DRIVER/CAR                          TIME    SPEED
77   Robert Pressley/Ford Thunderbird   47.947  187.707 mph 
75   Rick Mast/Ford Taurus              47.961  187.652         
 2   Rusty Wallace/Ford Taurus          48.061  187.262 
28   Kenny Irwin/Ford Taurus            48.088  187.157 
 9   Lake Speed/Ford Taurus             48.143  186.943         
59   Mark Gibson/Ford Thunderbird       48.198  186.730 
90   Dick Trickle/Ford Thunderbird      48.606  185.162 
37   Jeremy Mayfield/Ford Taurus        48.890  184.087
15   Tim Steele/Ford Thunderbird        49.016  183.614 

* Electronic times taken throughout the day's practice sessions.

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Drivers Jeremy Mayfield , Dick Trickle , Rusty Wallace , Robert Pressley , Rick Mast , Tim Steele , Mark Gibson