SOURCE: Daytona International Speedway BAIRD CLOCKS FASTEST LAP IN DAY TWO OF ARCA SERIES TESTING AT DAYTONA DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Bill Baird, who drives for NASCAR Winston Cup Series regular Ken Schrader, posted the...
SOURCE: Daytona International Speedway
BAIRD CLOCKS FASTEST LAP IN DAY TWO OF ARCA SERIES TESTING AT DAYTONA
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Bill Baird, who drives for NASCAR Winston Cup Series regular Ken Schrader, posted the fastest speed on the second of three days of ARCA Series testing Sunday at Daytona International Speedway. Baird, driving a No. 52 Schrader Racing Chevrolet Monte Carlo, was clocked at 47.8 seconds, for an average speed of 188.285 mph. Baird, who has limited superspeedway experience, was impressive in his Daytona debut last February, turning in a fourth-place finish in the Daytona ARCA 200. The ARCA Series' season-opening Daytona ARCA 200, to be held in conjunction with the all new Bud Shootout At Daytona, is scheduled for Feb. 8. "We just made a lot of short runs yesterday (Saturday)," said Baird. "And today, after making some simulated qualifying runs, we got the car down to where we wanted, so we're loading up and going home. We're happy because this is the fastest we've ever had this car. We went faster than we did last year and that's why we came down to Daytona in the first place. Everybody at Schrader Racing has been working hard for a whole year to be where we are, so it's paid off. "Last year I came down to Daytona looking for a top 10 in the race and hoping just to finish and we finished fourth. My goal this year is to sit on the pole and win this thing (Daytona ARCA 200). I've been racing on asphalt now for four years and I've never won an asphalt race. If I win the ARCA 200, I'll probably be more emotional than Jeff Gordon was at the (NASCAR Winston Cup Awards) banquet." The test continues tomorrow (Monday). A section of the Oldfield Grandstand is open daily at no charge from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. with access through DAYTONA USA, "The Ultimate Motorsports Attraction." Guided Speedway Tours are also available from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. for a nominal fee.
ARCA SERIES TEST SPEEDS -- Dec. 21* No Driver/Car Speed No Driver/Car Speed 52 Bill Baird/Chevrolet 188.285 mph 59 Mark Gibson/Ford 186.335 7 Chad Coleman/Ford 185.950 55 Russell Landrum/Ford 185.567 66 Mark Thompson/Ford 185.185 80 Andy Hillenburg/Ford 184.049 15 Dale Kreider/Chevrolet 183.299 11 Glen Morgan/Chevrolet 182.186 31 Randal Ritter/Chevrolet 181.087 42 Dan Pardus/Chevrolet 181.087 53 Bob Kelly/Chevrolet 180.723 18 Josh Baltes/Chevrolet 180.361 32 Mark Stahl/Ford 180.361 5 Bobby Gerhart/Chevrolet 179.641 74 Gary Laton/Chevrolet 179.283 3 Kirk Shelmerdine/Chevrolet 178.218 44 Greg Usher/Chevrolet 175.781 93 Wayne Larson/Chevrolet 174.419
* Electronic times taken randomly throughout the day.