Talladega Race Week preview and schedule

MAST TESTS AT DAYTONA FOR TALLADEGA, PEPSI 400 DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Rick Mast opened a two-day test at Daytona International Speedway on Tuesday, April 25, in last-minute preparation for this weekend's Winston Select 500 at Talladega ...

MAST TESTS AT DAYTONA FOR TALLADEGA, PEPSI 400

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Rick Mast opened a two-day test at Daytona International Speedway on Tuesday, April 25, in last-minute preparation for this weekend's Winston Select 500 at Talladega Superspeedway in Alabama and looking ahead to the Pepsi 400 on Saturday, July 1, at the "World Center of Racing."

Mast admitted Richard Jackson's Precision Products/Skoal Racing team has struggled for three years, since switching from Oldsmobiles to Fords, even though he has finished on the lead lap in two out of the last three Daytona 500s.

"Everywhere else we go you're a racer," said Mast, whose team has expended three of its seven '95 test sessions at Daytona. "You change springs, shocks, tires, (sway) bars -- trying to go faster. When you come to here and Talladega, you're a scientist, an engineer. Sometimes it's like a black art, trying to go fast here!"

The team was able to run in the high 180 mph range, but Mast said it was about "one second off where we need to be running."

The test was scheduled to conclude on Wednesday.

TENTATIVE SCHEDULE OF EVENTS WINSTON SELECT 500 RACE WEEK

Wednesday, April 26-Sunday, April 30 Talladega Superspeedway WEDNESDAY, APRIL 26 IROC & ARCA Bondo/Mar-Hyde Supercar Series Practice (closed to public) THURSDAY, APRIL 27 7:00 am - 5:00 pm ARCA registration & inspection 9:00 am - 10:30 am IROC practice 10:30 am - 2:00 pm ARCA practice 2:00 pm - 3:15 pm IROC practice 3:30 pm ARCA qualifying (pos. 1-20) 2 laps FRIDAY, APRIL 28 7:00 am NASCAR Winston Cup & ARCA Registration 8:00 am - 9:00 am ARCA practice 9:00 am - 9:30 am IROC practice 9:30 am - 10:00 am ARCA qualifying (pos. 21-40) 2 laps 10:00 am - 11:00 am IROC practice 11:00 am - 1:30 pm NASCAR Winston Cup practice 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm IROC practice 3:00 pm NASCAR Winston Cup Busch Pole Qualifying (pos. 1-20) 2 laps, followed by ARCA and IROC practice - time permitting SATURDAY, APRIL 29 8:00 am - 9:30 am NASCAR Winston Cup practice 10:30 am Winston Cup qualifying (pos. 21-38) 12:00 pm IROC XIX Race (38 Laps/101 Miles) 1:15 pm FOOD WORLD 500K (117 laps/312 Miles) Followed by 1 Hour of Winston Cup Practice - Time Permitting SUNDAY, APRIL 30 10:00 am NASCAR Winston Cup Drivers'/Crew Chiefs' Meeting 10:30 am Chapel Service 11:30 pm NASCAR Winston Cup Introductions 12:10 pm WINSTON SELECT 500 (188 laps/500 Miles)

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