IRL: Dallas Notes 98-06-04

Ft Worth,TX (June 4, 1998) - The new surface on Texas Motor Speedway has met with approval from many of the drivers in the Pep Boys Indy Racing League as well as the Craftsman Truck Series. "It's smooth as silk, it really is" Roberto Guerrero ...

Ft Worth,TX (June 4, 1998) - The new surface on Texas Motor Speedway has met with approval from many of the drivers in the Pep Boys Indy Racing League as well as the Craftsman Truck Series. "It's smooth as silk, it really is" Roberto Guerrero exclaimed after this afternoon's first practice session. "All the changes they've made have been very positive, and the track is as smooth as Indianapolis.

Barry Bodine, driver of the No. 7 Prime Performance Chevrolet in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series agrees with Guerrero's assessment. "I had heard about bumps in the track" Bodine said, "I haven't found any, it's as smooth as glass".

A one hour rain storm hit the track just before qualifying was to begin for the NASCAR truck series. Truck qualifying got underway just after 10 p.m. causing IRL officials to postpone Indy car qualifying until Friday afternoon.

Tony Stewart was fastest in both sessions today, setting his fastest lap in the late session at a speed of 223.224 mph. Rookie, J.J. Yeley was second fastest in the first session with a lap recorded at 218.235 mph. Yeley was unable to improve upon his time in the second session dropping him to eighth overall at the end of the day.

Bob Keselowski was fastest in both practice sessions for the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series. Keselowski's fastest lap of 177.597 mph was set in the second practice session.

Notes:

Buddy Lazier was suffering from a stomach flu today. Johnny Unser practiced in the Hemelgarn entry this afternoon. Lazier is expected to race the car on Saturday night.

Pagan Racing is sporting a new sponsor on Roberto Guerrero's Dallara. Nokia, a manufacturer of cellular telephones, is now a primary sponsor on the red and silver car.

Steve Kinser, was expected to run the Team Pelphrey entry when John Paul Jr. was offered the ride on Jonathan Byrd's team. Tyce Carlson took over the seat, turning only fourteen laps today with a best lap of 207.294 mph.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Tony Stewart , Buddy Lazier , Roberto Guerrero , Tyce Carlson , Steve Kinser , J.J. Yeley , Johnny Unser , John Paul