NASCAR Winston Cup General Motors stock car testing - Day 3 of 3 LABONTE POSTS QUICKEST LAP ON FINAL DAY OF GM TEST AT DAYTONA DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- 1996 NASCAR Winston Cup champion Terry Labonte posted the quickest lap for the third...
NASCAR Winston Cup General Motors stock car testing - Day 3 of 3
LABONTE POSTS QUICKEST LAP ON FINAL DAY OF GM TEST AT DAYTONA
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- 1996 NASCAR Winston Cup champion Terry Labonte posted the quickest lap for the third consecutive day as GM NASCAR Winston Cup testing concluded Monday at Daytona International Speedway. Labonte was clocked at 47.852 seconds, for an average speed of 188.080 mph, which was just shy of test session's best lap of 188.139 mph in which Labonte posted on Sunday. Bobby Hamilton, driver of the No. 4 Kodak Film Chevrolet, ended up with the fourth quickest time Monday with a run of 47.973 seconds, for an average speed of 187.606 mph. Hamilton finds himself in an enviable position as the 1998 Daytona 500 approaches, driving for Morgan-McClure Motorsports. Morgan-McClure has prepared three of the last seven cars to visit Daytona's Victory Lane following a Daytona 500. "The first time I pulled onto the racetrack, I went up through the gearbox, and I thought to myself what have I been missing," said Hamilton. "I'm looking forward to the Daytona 500. I already told this team, anything to do with Daytona or Talladega, I wasn't going to open my mouth. I'll start talking at the intermediate racetracks. "There is a little added pressure being in this car, but the pressure just comes from the magnitude of the Daytona 500 itself, not necessarily because of the car I'm in. I know they run good here, and I draft good, so hopefully good things will happen. Every time this car comes down here, it has a shot at winning. I feel like there might be a little added pressure there just because they had such a bad season last year, they want to perform in 1998." Ford NASCAR Winston Cup teams begin tomorrow the first of two three-day January test sessions. 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.
GENERAL MOTORS TEST SPEEDS -- Jan. 5*
NO DRIVER/CAR SPEED NO DRIVER/CAR SPEED 5 Terry Labonte/Chevrolet 188.080 91 Kevin LePage/Chevrolet 186.054 5a Jack Sprague/Chevrolet 188.029 40 Sterling Marlin/Chevrolet 186.048 33 Ken Schrader/Chevrolet 187.715 18 Bobby Labonte/Pontiac 185.208 4 Bobby Hamilton/Chevrolet 187.606 40a Elton Sawyer/Chevrolet 184.508 31 Mike Skinner/Chevrolet 187.005 18a Tony Stewart/Pontiac 184.019 17 Darrell Waltrip/Chevrolet 186.918 71 Dave Marcis/Chevrolet 183.831 33a Andy Hillenburg/Chevrolet 186.858 17a Phil Parsons/Chevrolet 183.587 41 Steve Grissom/Chevrolet 186.831 96 David Green/Chevrolet 183.020 31a Mike Dillon/Chevrolet 186.800 03 Dan Pardus/Chevrolet 181.818 8 Hut Stricklin/Chevrolet 186.745 * Electronic times taken throughout the day's practice sessions.