Daytona testing preview

GORDON, EARNHARDT LEAD GM TEAMS INTO DAYTONA TEST SESSION DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Jan. 2) -- Ten NASCAR Winston Cup stock car teams -- including those of defending Winston Cup champion Jeff Gordon, seven-time Winston Cup champion Dale Earnhardt...

GORDON, EARNHARDT LEAD GM TEAMS INTO DAYTONA TEST SESSION

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Jan. 2) -- Ten NASCAR Winston Cup stock car teams -- including those of defending Winston Cup champion Jeff Gordon, seven-time Winston Cup champion Dale Earnhardt and two-time defending Daytona 500 winner Sterling Marlin -- are among those expected to be on hand for the opening pre-season NASCAR stock car testing session Wednesday at Daytona International Speedway.

The General Motors session, which will include teams running both Chevrolet's Monte Carlo and Pontiac's Grand Prix, is the first of seven separate test periods that will take up the balance of the month of January at the ~World Center of Racing' as teams prepare for the events of Speedweeks '96.

A section of the Oldfield Grandstand is open daily at no charge from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. with access through the Visitors' Center. Guided tours of the Speedway are also available from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. for a nominal fee.

Tickets for the 1997 Daytona 500, set for Sunday, Feb. 16, went on sale Tuesday at the Speedway Ticket Office. Permanent Reserved Seat orders will continue to be taken beginning at 9 a.m. Wednesday. Phone orders will be accepted at 904-253-RACE (7223) from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Advance Reserved Seat tickets for many events of Speedweeks '96 -- Feb. 1-18 -- as well as Advance Paddock/Garage Tickets for the Feb. 1-4 Rolex 24 At Daytona, continue to be on sale at the Speedway Ticket Office.

GENERAL MOTORS TEST SESSION -- Jan. 3-5 Among the teams expected to test during the first General Motors test session*:

3 Dale Earnhardt, 4 Sterling Marlin, 5 Terry Labonte, 17 Darrell Waltrip, 22 Ward Burton, 24 Jeff Gordon, 29 Steve Grissom, 33 Robert Pressley, 71 Dave Marcis, 87 Joe Nemechek.

* Circumstances may cause teams to not attend or to cut short individual tests.

NOTE: Ticket Office hours are Eastern Time...

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Dale Earnhardt , Ward Burton , Jeff Gordon , Terry Labonte , Joe Nemechek , Sterling Marlin , Robert Pressley , Dave Marcis , Steve Grissom