Tony Stewart Tests Cup Car at Richmond

RICHMOND, Va. (April 28, 1998) Two Joe Gibbs-owned NASCAR Winston Cup Series Pontiacs spent Monday in action, but at very different venues -- one in a Marietta, Ga., wind tunnel and one on the track at Richmond International ...

RICHMOND, Va. (April 28, 1998)

Two Joe Gibbs-owned NASCAR Winston Cup Series Pontiacs spent Monday in action, but at very different venues -- one in a Marietta, Ga., wind tunnel and one on the track at Richmond International Raceway.

Sunday's DieHard 500-winning car driven by Bobby Labonte was scheduled to be in the wind tunnel, while the NASCAR Winston Cup Series car of his rookie teammate-to-be, Tony Stewart, circled Richmond International Raceway, testing for the June 6 Pontiac Excitement 400 NASCAR Winston Cup Series race.

Stewart also brought his Labonte/Gibbs No. 44 NASCAR Busch Series Grand National Division Pontiac mount to RIR, preparing for the June 5 Hardee's 250. He was joined in the by Mark Green and Mike Laughlin.

Misty rain delayed testing until 1:25 p.m. EDT, when Green ventured out for the first RIR ride of the day. At 3 p.m. EDT, skies were clearing and the assembled teams were turning steady laps.

Stewart's Joe Gibbs NASCAR Winston Cup Series pit crew set up a mock pit so that Stewart could practice Richmond pit stops in the heavier and unfamiliar NASCAR Winston Cup Series vehicle. RIR's unofficial timing caught the pit crew cranking out stops at around 20 seconds.

Stewart ran a 400-lap simulated race using six sets of Goodyear rubber and a great deal of 76 racing fuel. Unofficial timing had Stewart turning 22.7-second laps on fresh tires. No qualifying runs were attempted. Richmond NASCAR testing continues Tuesday and Wednesday.

Source: NASCAR Online

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Drivers Bobby Labonte , Tony Stewart , Mark Green