Daytona GM test ends 97-01-08

R. Gordon ends GM test as king of the (GM) hill DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Jan. 8) -- Robby Gordon ended the winter's first GM NASCAR Winston Cup stock car test Wednesday at Daytona International Speedway as the only GM driver to top 188...

R. Gordon ends GM test as king of the (GM) hill

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Jan. 8) -- Robby Gordon ended the winter's first GM NASCAR Winston Cup stock car test Wednesday at Daytona International Speedway as the only GM driver to top 188 mph with a lap of 47.845 seconds, 188.107 mph, in his Team Sabco Chevrolet while preparing for the Feb. 16 Daytona 500. Jeff Gordon and Terry Labonte continued their tradeoff in second and third with laps of 187.383 mph and 186.722, respectively. Sterling Marlin was at 186.239 and Mike Skinner was at 185.993, rounding out the top five. Derrike Cope ended the test as the fastest Pontiac at 185.185 mph. "We're happy with what we accomplished, but we would've liked to have been a little quicker," said defending NASCAR Winston Cup champion Terry Labonte after two days of chasing Robby Gordon. GM's final test is scheduled Jan. 20-22. Seven-time NASCAR Winston Cup champion Dale Earnhardt was not one of those pleased at the end of the three days, as he was frustrated at not being able to wring more than a 184.816 mph effort out of two Childress Chevrolets. Teammate Mike Skinner, on the other hand, turned a lap at 185.993 mph after only two days of testing. More than 50 IMSA Exxon Series teams will arrive Friday for a three-day test preparing for the Feb. 1-2 Rolex 24 At Daytona. Among the World SportsCar teams expected are those of defending Rolex 24 winner Wayne Taylor and IMSA Finale champions Butch Leitzinger and John Paul Jr. The Oldfield Grandstand will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. for no charge with access through the DAYTONA USA lobby. GENERAL MOTORS TEST SPEEDS -- Jan. 8* NO DRIVER/CAR TIME SPEED 40 Robby Gordon/Chevrolet 47.845 secs 188.107 mph 24 Jeff Gordon/Chevrolet 48.030 187.383 5 Terry Labonte/Chevrolet 48.200 186.722 4 Sterling Marlin/Chevrolet 48.325 186.239 31 Mike Skinner/Chevrolet 48.389 185.993 25 Ricky Craven/Chevrolet 48.450 185.759 42 Joe Nemechek/Chevrolet 48.458 185.728 17 Darrell Waltrip/Chevrolet 48.564 185.322 36 Derrike Cope/Pontiac 48.600 185.185 33 Ken Schrader/Chevrolet 48.604 185.170 3 Dale Earnhardt/Chevrolet 48.697 184.816 41 Steve Grissom/Chevrolet 48.743 184.642 71 Dave Marcis/Chevrolet 48.800 184.426 22 Elton Sawyer/Pontiac 48.880 184.124 30 Johnny Benson/Pontiac 48.995 183.692 51 Jeff Purvis/Chevrolet 49.351 182.367

* Electronic times taken randomly throughout the day.{ET

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