Daytona Test II: Thursday test report

Mike Wallace fastest as Winston Cup testing wraps up at Daytona DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., (Jan. 17, 2002) * The second wave of Winston Cup testing wrapped up on Thursday and Mike Wallace, driving the No. 33 Andy Petree Racing Chevrolet, was the...

Mike Wallace fastest as Winston Cup testing wraps up at Daytona

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., (Jan. 17, 2002) * The second wave of Winston Cup testing wrapped up on Thursday and Mike Wallace, driving the No. 33 Andy Petree Racing Chevrolet, was the fastest with a lap of 184.302 mph turned in the afternoon drafting session.

Wallace has been thrilled with how the three-day test session has turned out. He'll be making an attempt to qualify for the 44th annual Daytona 500 on Feb. 17, but the team is still seeking a sponsor for the "Great American Race" and beyond. He believes the team's performance during the test will help in that pursuit.

"There was a couple of (sponsors) here (Tuesday) that say they are interested in something," Wallace said. "But as Andy has and myself and the team, we've heard that before."

Wallace will have a hectic schedule during Speedweeks 2002. He'll compete in the Feb. 15 Florida Dodge Dealers 250 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series driving for Kenny Schrader. He'll race his in the EAS/GNC Live Well 300 in a car owned by himself and Fred Biagi and he'll take a shot at making the field for the Daytona 500 with APR. Beyond Daytona, Wallace says the only thing solid in his schedule are about 10 Busch Series races.

"Hopefully something will materialize," Wallace said. "The 33 car is too good of a race team to be sitting there without a sponsor."

Rounding out the top-five speeds were Bill Elliott (184.298), Jimmy Spencer (184.222), Bobby Labonte (184.207) and Matt Kenseth (184.185). All of those speeds were posted during Thursday's afternoon drafting session.

Said Spencer: "We drafted out there this afternoon with our Budweiser Shootout car. It was pretty good. I was pretty happy with it. The other car is a little faster, but we just decided not to draft with it. We're working on trying to get it to go as fast as we can in qualifying. We're still not as fast as we want to be."

Excluding speeds from the final drafting sessions from each wave Winston Cup testing, Raybestos Rookie of the Year candidate Jimmie Johnson, in the No. 48 Lowe's Home Improvement Chevrolet, posted the best one-lap qualifying speed with a lap of 183.816 mph.

Testing will continue on Friday at the Speedway with the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series kicking off a three-day testing session in preparation for the Feb. 15 Florida Dodge Dealers 250.

All testing sessions are free and open to the public with access to the Oldfield Grandstand through the lobby of DAYTONA USA. Tickets for all Speedweeks 2002 events are available online at www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com or by calling the Speedway ticket office at (386) 253-7223.

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Drivers Bill Elliott , Matt Kenseth , Bobby Labonte , Mike Wallace , Jimmie Johnson , Andy Petree