The second and final day of NASCAR Sprint Cup testing at Phoenix was more relaxed and Juan Pablo Montoya continued his streak of impressive testing speeds by setting the fastest time during the day and overall throughout the two day event. The...
The second and final day of NASCAR Sprint Cup testing at Phoenix was more relaxed and Juan Pablo Montoya continued his streak of impressive testing speeds by setting the fastest time during the day and overall throughout the two day event.
The morning session of the second day say 56 cars make a timed run and Montoya led them all in his #42A Dodge with a 27.385 (131.459 mph). Second quick during the morning session was Jamie McMurray with a 27.488 (130.966 mph) in the No. 26A Ford. Third overall was Roush-Fenway teammate Greg Biffle in the No. 16A Ford with a 27.511 (130.857 mph).
The fastest Chevy of the morning was the No. 1A of Martin Truex Jr. who timed in fourth overall with a 27.555 (130.658 mph).
Toyota also showed pace with the No. 18A of Kyle Busch clocking in tenth overall with a 27.618 (130.350 mph), fastest amongst Toyota's.
Regan Smith in the No. 01A Chevrolet was the quickest rookie with a 27.724 (129.851 mph) and he was 20th overall during the morning session.
Slowest during the morning session was the No. 45A Dodge of Kyle Petty with a 28.448 (126.547 mph).
During the afternoon session it was a large change up front.
Scott Riggs in the No. 66B Chevrolet took the quickest time during the afternoon with a 27.585 (130.506 mph) and he was followed by the man out of a ride, A.J. Allmendinger. Allmendinger took second during the afternoon with a 27.679 (130.063 mph) in the No. 84B Toyota and Jimmie Johnson, who has been very quiet during the testing session, took third during the afternoon in the No. 48A with a 27.810 (129.450 mph) in his Chevrolet.
The fastest Dodge during the afternoon session was Bobby Labonte in the No. 43A with a 27.824 (129.385 mph) and his time was good enough for fourth overall.
Interestingly enough, not a single Ford made a timed lap during the afternoon session and only 23 cars timed in during the afternoon.
Allmendinger in the No. 84A Toyota also set the slowest time of the afternoon session with a 28.501 (126.311 mph).
No rookies completed any laps during the final session.
The Sprint Cup now heads to Atlanta Motor Speedway on Sunday (03/09/08) for the Kobalt Tools 500.
In other news, Toyota's Jim Aust will step down from his leadership role end of June. Aust joined Toyota USA division in 1987 and in his 20 years, the Japanese-marque has grown, not only in Toyota US sales but in the motorsports world with their debut in NASCAR.
The president and CEO of Toyota Racing Development commented that he has "great memories" over the years.
"There was Toyota's first CART win by Juan Pablo Montoya, Gil de Ferran's Indy 500 win, a CART championship for Cristiano da Matta and an IRL championship for Scott Dixon, Johnny Greaves' multiple championships in CORR, Todd Bodine's championship in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series, and the three-peat by Ganassi Racing in the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona," Aust said.