Daytona Jeff Fuller Crashes; Switches to Back-Up

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (February 14, 2000) -- Jeff Fuller, who posted the 13th fastest overall time in Monday morning's practice session, crashed midway through practice in an incident with driver Greg Sacks, and has been forced to run a back-up car...

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (February 14, 2000) -- Jeff Fuller, who posted the 13th fastest overall time in Monday morning's practice session, crashed midway through practice in an incident with driver Greg Sacks, and has been forced to run a back-up car for the remainder of the week at Daytona International Speedway.

Fuller, who pilots the No. 27 Viagra Pontiac Grand Prix for Eel River Racing, was checked out and released from the infield care center. A decision by the team on Fuller's status for the rest of the week is expected on Tuesday morning.

In Monday afternoon's second round Winston Cup qualifying, Kyle Petty was the only Pontiac driver to make an attempt. Petty, behind the wheel of the No. 44 Hot Wheels Grand Prix, turned a fast lap of 187.180 miles per hour, which was slower than his first round qualifying speed of 187.852.

JEFF FULLER, NO. 27 VIAGRA PONTIAC GRAND PRIX:

"I was out there in the first draft session and got going pretty decent. The car was a little free, so we came in and put a bigger bar in it. They made some adjustments, and we went back out. We had just gotten in a pack going down into three. (Greg) Sacks had gone underneath and I guess his car just came right out from underneath him. The back end came right out from underneath him, and he tried saving it, got up into us and the rest is history. I'm an innocent bystander - a sore innocent bystander. I talked with Greg on the way to the infield car center in the ambulance and he said the back end just came out from under him." (PLANS FOR THE BACK UP CAR) "To be honest, I don't know what the plan is right now. They are working on the back up car to get it ready, but that's all I know. We did run this car some in testing and it did draft good, so I think we'll be fine. Just instead of starting 44th, we'll going to start 57th. I'm pretty disappointed. Obviously, we didn't figure anything like this was going to happen. We were just in the wrong place at the wrong time. We were decent, and I'm sure we could have gotten it even better."

BARRY DODSON, CREW CHIEF, NO. 27 VIAGRA PONTIAC GRAND PRIX:

(HOW DISAPPOINTING) "It's heartbreaking. We put 90 percent of our effort into this one car, knowing it might not qualify well. But, I've been here long enough to know what races well, and it was certainly doing that. The time sheet proves that. To have all that taken away - I guess it's a black valentine, not red. What is sad is I just went and picked up my time sheet, and we were 13th overall in that session at 191. We knew the primary car would draft real well. That was the plan. It didn't want to run by itself qualifying. We got it ready to race and that's what we had this morning. It's just unfortunate Greg Sacks lost control of his car at the bottom or racetrack. He tried to drive it and save it, and you can't do that at these speeds. These guys are taught to turn it left and lock it down. He tried to save it and that's instinct. That's not Greg's fault. We'll get the back up car out there and go through the same motions. It's kind of Russian Roulette until that last practice is over before Thursday. We're just going to calm down and try to do everything right on this car, and then race our way in. There are people trying to run minimum spoiler angle when they are getting ready to race, and that's not enough when you get in traffic. That's what happened to Sacks. He wasn't even that close to a car and his came around on him because he on the bottom of us. Then he just over-corrected and collected us. Hopefully everybody's OK. Jeff's neck is hurt, so we don't know." (THE BACK UP CAR) "We drafted with it down here, but we didn't do a lot of one-on-one testing with it down here because it was not as fast as the primary car." (A BACK UP PLAN FOR A DRIVER, IF NECESSARY) "We've talked about a backup plan and all of that depends on his (Jeff's) health in the morning, I guess you'd say. If I went and got somebody right now, I would go get somebody that is pretty darn good at this track - probably Mike Wallace. But, I hope Jeff is going to be fine. I think he is."

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Kyle Petty , Jeff Fuller , Mike Wallace , Greg Sacks