BUSCH: Trucks to Test at Daytona

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Dec. 13, 1999) More than 25 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series teams are scheduled to begin a two-day test session Tuesday at Daytona International Speedway in preparation for the inaugural NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series 250 that...

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Dec. 13, 1999) More than 25 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series teams are scheduled to begin a two-day test session Tuesday at Daytona International Speedway in preparation for the inaugural NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series 250 that will be held as part of Speedweeks 2000 at the "World Center of Racing" on Feb. 18.

The trucks, including the Chevy of two-series champion Jack Sprague, the Ford of runner-up Greg Biffle and third-place point man Dennis Setzer's Dodge, should be on track from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET each day.

In conjunction with the test, fans will have the opportunity to meet drivers Sprague, Biffle and NASCAR Winston Cup Series veteran Ken Schrader, who will be testing in the Chevrolet Silverado that he owns, in a "Fan Forum" at 5:30 p.m. at DAYTONA USA, the "Official Attraction of NASCAR."

Admission to the attraction and Fan Forum is $12 for adults. However, guests who bring canned food items for an ongoing "Share Your Christmas" food drive or an unwrapped new toy for Toys for Tots drive will receive $2 off the admission price. Autographs are typically not available at Fan Forums.

Among the other top series drivers who are scheduled to test are Mike Wallace, Andy Houston and Joe Ruttman. Among the NASCAR Winston Cup Series drivers who should be on hand are Morgan Shepherd and Bobby Hamilton, who owns the Dana Dodge driven by Ruttman. Ruttman and Hamilton each plan to test a truck.

Drivers appearing with new teams or combinations include former series Rookie of the Year Bryan Reffner in John Menard's Chevrolet, former NASCAR Busch Series champion Steve Grissom in Richard Petty's Dodge and former NASCAR Touring Division champions Kurt Busch (1999 Featherlite Southwest Series) and Mike Cope (two-time Slim Jim All Pro Series), who will debut at Daytona with Roush Racing and Impact Motorsports, respectively.

In an earlier test session prior to the announcement of the inaugural Daytona event, the trucks were clocked at about 186 mph in solo runs and at better than 190 mph in drafting formations.

During the test, a section of the Oldfield Grandstand is open to the public at no charge, with access through DAYTONA USA. Guided speedway tours are also offered for a nominal fee, subject to availability.

The NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series 250 will be held on Friday, Feb. 18 as part of a doubleheader with the True Value International Race of Champions. For ticket information call (904) 253-7223.

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Bobby Hamilton , Greg Biffle , Andy Houston , Kurt Busch , Jack Sprague , Dennis Setzer , Joe Ruttman , Richard Petty , Bryan Reffner , Steve Grissom , Morgan Shepherd