GENERAL MOTORS TESTING AT DAYTONA -- 1-11-95
Ken Schrader set the fastest time Wednesday at Daytona International Speedway in the second day of General Motors NASCAR Winston Cup stock car testing, when he ran a lap of 190.355 mph in the Hendrick Motorsports Budweiser Chevrolet Monte Carlo. Robert Pressley was the only other driver of the 11 present to exceed 190 mph, as he ran 190.235 mph in Leo Jackson's Monte Carlo. The GM test ends today. A section of the Oldfield Grandstand will be open to the public, with access through the Visitors' Center.
NASCAR Goody's Dash Series sub-compact stock cars will have a two-day test on Saturday and Sunday.
Jeff Gordon, the defending winner of the Busch Clash special event that is held during Speedweeks at Daytona, tested a variety of configurations, with a best lap of better than 188 mph. After winning his first two Winston Cup races in '94, he likes his chances for the Feb. 19 Daytona 500.
"My choice for the winner? The #24 car, of course," said Gordon with a laugh. "I've finished fifth and fourth in the 500 (in two tries), so we should be up for a top-three finish this year. First would be nice."
Gordon's Hendrick Motorsports crew, led by crew chief Ray Evernham, is working harder than in previous seasons. The introduction of Chevrolet's new Monte Carlo is the reason.
"It seems like a good car," said Gordon. "We're working hard on it, trying a lot of different things. It may not be fast enough to win the pole, but it will be a good race car. It feels good and should be comfortable in a pack."
Gordon, who won the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway and the inaugural Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway last season, is ready to get back to racing.
"We've still got some work to do, but I'm pretty happy," Gordon said.
DAYTONA BEACH -- The fastest laps# recorded in General Motors NASCAR Winston Cup stock car testing Wednesday at Daytona International Speedway, listing car #, driver/car, time and speed:
25 Ken Schrader/Chevrolet 47.28 190.355 33 Robert Pressley/Chevrolet 47.31 190.235 5 Terry Labonte/Chevrolet 47.50 189.474 18 Bobby Labonte/Chevrolet 47.50 189.474 17 Darrell Waltrip/Chevrolet 47.52 189.394 31 Ward Burton/Chevrolet 47.75 188.482 24 Jeff Gordon/Chevrolet 47.80 188.285 41 Ricky Craven/Chevrolet 48.00 187.500 43 Bobby Hamilton/Pontiac 48.00 187.500 40 Greg Sacks/Pontiac 48.09 187.149 93 Charlie Baker/Chevrolet N/T
# = Randomly hand-timed and from various sources.