Daytona Beach, FL (February 15, 2000) â€“ Mondayâ€™s rain was followed by clear skies at Daytona on Tuesday as the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series held its first scheduled practice session for Speedweeks 2000. Mike Wallace, driver of the No. 2...
Daytona Beach, FL (February 15, 2000) – Monday’s rain was followed by clear skies at Daytona on Tuesday as the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series held its first scheduled practice session for Speedweeks 2000. Mike Wallace, driver of the No. 2 Team ASE Ford, was the fastest in practice with a speed of 188.663 mph.
"I think practice went well today, but the number is probably a little misleading because I got some drafting help from the No. 24 truck," said Wallace. "I’m very content with our performance at this time and I think that, just like everybody else, we will continue to work harder on the truck to get it to run faster than it is."
Rounding out the top five in practice were Randy Tolsma, No. 25 Supergard Motor Oil Dodge, 188.021 mph; Joe Ruttman, No. 18 DANA Corporation Dodge, 187.911 mph; Andy Houston, No. 60 CAT Rental Stores Chevrolet, 187.899 mph; and Terry Cook, No. 88 Sealmaster Racing Chevrolet, 187.207 mph.
NASCAR’s Craftsman Truck Series competitors are preparing for the Daytona 250 scheduled to start Friday, Feb. 18, at 11 a.m. The truck series competitors will attempt to qualify for the Daytona 250 during Bud Qualifying tomorrow at 12:30 p.m. The entry list for the inaugural NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race at Daytona is the largest field for a NASCAR truck race since the 54 team field at the Homestead-Miami event April 4, 1998.
Also attempting to qualify tomorrow are the competitors from the NASCAR Busch Series. Busch Series drivers held their first practice sessions today for this weekend’s 42nd annual NAPA Auto Parts 300, scheduled to start Saturday at noon.
Bobby Hillin, Jr. in the No. 8 Kleenex Chevrolet posted the fastest lap in practice today with a speed around the 2.5-mile tri-oval of 186.355 mph. Hillin was followed in practice by Kevin Harvick and Jason Jarrett.
"From a competitive level, you have to look at it as being way more competitive than it’s ever been," said Hillin. "The year 2000 is going to be the most competitive year Busch has ever seen."
NAPA 300 defending champion Randy LaJoie looks to be among the toughest competition in Saturday’s Busch Series race at Daytona. LaJoie was the fourth fastest in practice with a speed of 185.778 mph
"We knew we had a good car," said LaJoie. "I don’t think it’s as good as the 2000 would have been. But, all in all, we’re going to be fine with the way it performs."
Speedweeks continues tomorrow with Bud Pole Qualifying for the NASCAR Busch Series and the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday’s schedule also includes practice for the NASCAR Winston Cup Series as they prepare for Thursday’s Gatorade 125 qualifying races used to determine the field for the "Great American Race", the Daytona 500 on Sunday. Tickets for Speedweeks at Daytona International Speedway are available by calling the Speedway ticket office at 904-253-RACE.