Las Vegas Second Round Qualifying

Spencer leads second round at Las Vegas Dave Rodman - NASCAR Online LAS VEGAS (Feb. 28, 1998) Jimmy Spencer posted the fastest speed in Bud Second-Round Qualifying Saturday morning for Sunday's inaugural $3,638,464 Las Vegas 400 at Las Vegas...

Spencer leads second round at Las Vegas Dave Rodman - NASCAR Online

LAS VEGAS (Feb. 28, 1998) Jimmy Spencer posted the fastest speed in Bud Second-Round Qualifying Saturday morning for Sunday's inaugural $3,638,464 Las Vegas 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway as the 43-car starting field for the season's third race was set.

Spencer posted a lap of the 1.5-mile speedway in 32.773 seconds, an average speed of 164.770 mph, in Travis Carter's No. 23 Winston Ford Taurus. He will start 29th in the race that begins at 2:30 p.m. EST.

"I think the fans are going to see a real good show," said Spencer, who also started seventh in his own car in Saturday's Sam's Town Las Vegas 300 NASCAR Busch Series Grand National Division race. "Las Vegas is probably one of the most perfect race tracks because it's a handling race track.

"Most of all, you can pass on it. It's not a one-groove race track, and that's the important part. This track will warrant a lot of side-by-side racing and fans will see an exciting race. The pit stops and handling are gonna be a factor. I think, all-in-all, it will be one of the best shows they see in Winston Cup racing all year."

Drivers who stood on their speeds from Bud Pole Qualifying will start 25th-27th. Seven-time NASCAR Winston Cup Series champion Dale Earnhardt, who ran a lap in 164.860 mph, will start 26th in the No. 3 GM Goodwrench Service Plus Chevrolet, followed by three-time series champion Darrell Waltrip and two-time titlist Terry Labonte.

Less than .2-second separated positions 26-36, the cars that made it into the field on qualifying speeds. Michael Waltrip was the last driver to qualify on his speed at 163.979 mph.

Dale Jarrett won his first Bud Pole Award of the year on Friday with a lap of 168.224 mph in the No. 88 Quality Care/Ford Credit Ford and will lead the field to the green flag next to Geoff Bodine in the No. 7 Philips Ford.

Ken Schrader, Kenny Irwin, Ricky Craven, Steve Grissom, Bobby Hamilton, Hut Stricklin and Lake Speed were forced to use provisional starting spots to make the race.

Drivers who missed the event included Ford Thunderbird pilots Tony Raines, Larry Gunselman and Butch Gilliland; Ford Taurus drivers Gary Bradberry and Jerry Nadeau; Pontiac driver Todd Bodine; and Chevrolet drivers Dave Marcis and Steve Park.

Park and Nadeau were two of the four Raybestos Rookie of the Year candidates entered. Kevin Lepage was the fastest rookie qualifier with a lap of 164.359 mph in the No. 91 Little Joe's Auto Chevrolet, good for 35th position.

The live will be televised live by ABC Sports at 2:30 p.m. EST and on radio by MRN Radio through its network of affiliates at 2:15 p.m. EST.

Source: NASCAR Online

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Drivers Dale Earnhardt , Bobby Hamilton , Dale Jarrett , Terry Labonte , Michael Waltrip , Todd Bodine , Ken Schrader , Jimmy Spencer , Kevin Lepage , Jerry Nadeau , Hut Stricklin , Ricky Craven , Larry Gunselman , Dave Marcis , Steve Grissom , Steve Park.