BUSCH: Daytona test report 2002-06-11

Kerry Earnhardt hopes it's his turn to win at Daytona. DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., (June 11, 2002) - In February at Daytona International Speedway, Dale Earnhardt Jr. drove the No. 3 Oreo Chevrolet to victory in the season-opening EAS/GNC Live Well 300...

Kerry Earnhardt hopes it's his turn to win at Daytona.

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., (June 11, 2002) - In February at Daytona International Speedway, Dale Earnhardt Jr. drove the No. 3 Oreo Chevrolet to victory in the season-opening EAS/GNC Live Well 300 NASCAR Busch Series race.

Kerry Earnhardt will look to follow his younger brother's tire tracks to Victory Lane when the Busch Series returns to Daytona International Speedway for the inaugural STACKER 2/GNC Live Well 250 on July 5.

The STACKER 2/GNC Live Well 250 will be the first night race at Daytona for the NASCAR Busch Series. It's also the first time NASCAR's junior circuit has made a second stop at Daytona in the summer.

"It's going to be a lot of fun," said Earnhardt about the inaugural Busch Series race. "It's always fun racing at night because it's cooler for us inside the car. Plus, it makes it fun for the fans. A lot of fans won't come out because of the heat in the day. At night, it cools off and you can enjoy it."

Earnhardt, who wheels the No. 12 Chevrolet for FitzBradshaw Racing, was among three teams attending a two-day test session at the Speedway. Kenny Wallace was testing the No. 98 Chevrolet he'll race for Innovative Motorsports in the July 6 Pepsi 400 while C.W. Smith shook down No. 64 Chevrolet that he competes with in the Busch Series.

The start of Tuesday's test session was delayed by rain and the cars didn't take to the 2.5-mile tri-oval until the afternoon. Testing concludes on Wednesday and is free and open to the public with access to the Oldfield Grandstand through the lobby of DAYTONA USA.

In random hand-held times taken during the test on Tuesday, Kenny Wallace posted a lap of 180.723 mph while Earnhardt had a speed of 182.186.

Earnhardt finished 41st in February's season opener after getting collected in an early accident. In the most recent restrictor-plate race in April at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway, Earnhardt got involved in another multi-car incident and limped home in the 18th position.

FitzBradshaw Racing put a new body on the No. 12 Chevrolet and the team elected to use a test session in preparing for the STACKER 2/GNC Live Well 250.

"We're trying some different things on the car as far as aero stuff that might help and some things that might not help," Earnhardt said. "Who knows? That's why we're here trying to find out before we come back to race."

Earnhardt, who is a Raybestos Rookie of the Year candidate in the Busch Series, is still receiving his education in the art of restrictor-plate racing.

"I've got a lot to learn," Earnhardt said. "Just drafting experience and learning the air. I've learned a lot in the past year and a half, but there's still more I need (to learn.) I'm not up on it as much as I feel like I should be.

"I would like to win here. I've had trouble qualifying for some reason. During the race, we really have a fast car because it drafts so well. We end up qualifying in the back and end up getting in that junk whenever it happens.

"We'll see it how it works here (in July)."

Tickets for the 44th annual Pepsi 400 and the STACKER 2/GNC Live Well 250 NASCAR Busch Series race are available online at www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com or by calling the Speedway ticket office at (386) 253-7223.

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Dale Earnhardt Jr. , Kenny Wallace , Kerry Earnhardt , C.W. Smith