DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Dale Jarrett, winner of the 1993 Daytona 500, again topped the time sheets in Wednesday's Ford NASCAR Winston Cup stock car testing at Daytona International Speedway, clocking a lap of 190.921 mph on a brisk,...
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Dale Jarrett, winner of the 1993 Daytona 500, again topped the time sheets in Wednesday's Ford NASCAR Winston Cup stock car testing at Daytona International Speedway, clocking a lap of 190.921 mph on a brisk, overcast day. Among the 18 teams that were preparing for stock car Speedweeks '95, Feb. 8-19 at Daytona, Bill Elliott, in his new driver-owner role, turned in a 190.800 lap; Brett Bodine was at 190.557; Ted Musgrave, 190.074; and Morgan Shepherd, 189.514. Testing continues today. A section of the Oldfield Grandstand will be open to the public from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., with access through the Visitors' Center. "The team is coming along really well," said Elliott after Wednesday's session. "We're trying a lot of different things with the car to see what works best. This is just work we need to do to get the season started. The sooner it starts, the better." "We don't really take the testing times too seriously," continued Elliott. "The only time things really count is when everybody has gone through NASCAR tech inspection and we're all on level playing ground." Tony Gibson, a Daytona Beach native who came home as crew chief for Elliott-Hardy Racing for the first time since his appointment was announced in mid-December, has been working toward his current position for a long time. "Becoming a Winston Cup crew chief has been my goal since I was a little kid working with my dad (Bo Gibson) at the races," noted Gibson. "My last three jobs have been with owner-drivers. I worked for Lake Speed and then Alan Kulwicki Racing for five years. "This situation, working with Bill, fits right into the way I like to do things. Bill is excited; his brother, Ernie, who builds the engines is excited; and Charles Hardy, who is a partner with Bill in owning the team, is excited. We're focused and we've got a team of hard workers who want to win." AGATE
DAYTONA BEACH -- The fastest laps* recorded in Ford NASCAR Winston Cup stock car testing Wednesday at the 2.5-mile Daytona International Speedway:
DALE JARRETT 190.921 mph BILL ELLIOTT 190.800 BRETT BODINE 190.557 TED MUSGRAVE 190.074 MORGAN SHEPHERD 189.514 JIMMY SPENCER 189.354 LOY ALLEN 189.354 LAKE SPEED 189.195 DAVY JONES 188.600 STEVE KINSER 187.617 DERRIKE COPE 187.032 JEFF BURTON 186.955 JOE RUTTMAN 185.185 RITCHIE PETTY 184.919 RICK MAST 184.767 SHAWNA ROBINSON 183.486 MIKE WALLACE 183.038 KEN BOUCHARD 180.144
*Randomly hand-timed and from various sources