SPEEDWEEKS OPENS WITH ARCA, IROC PRACTICE DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Speedweeks '95 opened Wednesday at Daytona International Speedway as ARCA Bondo/Mar-Hyde Supercar Series teams and the True Value Dodge IROC Avengers practiced for some six hours...
SPEEDWEEKS OPENS WITH ARCA, IROC PRACTICE
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Speedweeks '95 opened Wednesday at Daytona International Speedway as ARCA Bondo/Mar-Hyde Supercar Series teams and the True Value Dodge IROC Avengers practiced for some six hours at the 2.5-mile superspeedway.
IROC test drivers Dave Marcis, Jim Sauter and Dick Trickle participated in the testing, along with Dodge IROC XIX competitors Steve Kinser, Steve Millen, Jeff Gordon and Hurley Haywood; along with USAC Silver Crown champion Jimmy Sills, who tested the cars thanks to his series champion's status.
Defending Daytona ARCA 200 winner Mike Wallace posted the fastest practice speed among the 54 entries for Sunday's 32nd annual ARCA season-opener. Wallace was clocked at 193.899 mph in his Duron Paints Ford. Veteran Bob Schacht was close behind with a lap of 193.587 in the Engineered Components Thunderbird.
Rounding out the five best practice speeds were Andy Hillenburg in Ken Schrader's Air Orlando Chevrolet, 191.014; Doug Reid in the Long-Lewis Ford, 190.678; and '93 Daytona ARCA 200 winner Jeff Purvis in the Delco-Remy Chevrolet, 190.569.
"I think we've got a pretty good shot at the pole, because the car's running pretty good," said Schacht. "We only ran four or five laps today. We tested here (in December) at 190 and ran over 193 right off the truck today, so we should be in pretty good shape."
The day was marred by two single car incidents that resulted in no driver injuries. Veteran Bob Brevak crashed in turn four, badly damaging his Scaffidi/CONCOR Ford. The team was undecided about trying to truck another car in from its shop in Ohio.
Former STP-Prestone Rookie of the Year Frank Kimmel cut down a tire and hit the wall between turns three and four, but Kimmel said the team could make repairs, at the very least in time for Sunday's 1:15 p.m. event.
Meanwhile, entries continue to flow into the NASCAR offices for the other events of Speedweeks. Sixty-six entries have been received to date for the Feb. 19 Daytona 500, 55 cars have entered the Feb. 18 Goody's 300 NASCAR Busch Series event and 44 cars have entered the Feb. 17 Florida 200 NASCAR Goody's Dash Series opener.
Among the Daytona 500 hopefuls, car owner Billy Hagan announced that Canadian Late Model ace Randy MacDonald of Oshawa, Ontario, would drive his Hagan Racing Pontiac during Speedweeks. RaDiUs Motorsports announced that Ben Hess of Wadsworth, Ohio, would be its Ford Thunderbird for Speedweeks, although originally listed Winston Cup driver Tim Fedewa would still wheel the D-R Racing Enterprises Ford in the Goody's 300.
Sixteen drivers will draw for their starting positions for Sunday's Busch Clash of '95 at a media brunch on Thursday morning. Defending Clash winner Jeff Gordon, five-time Clash winner Dale Earnhardt, Bill Elliott, Geoff Bodine, Loy Allen, Ward Burton, Greg Sacks, Rick Mast, Rusty Wallace, defending Daytona 500 winner Sterling Marlin, Mark Martin, Ricky Rudd, Ted Musgrave, Todd Bodine, David Green and Jimmy Spencer are expected to attend the drawing. The Busch Clash begins at noon on Sunday.
Advance reserved seat tickets for the Busch Clash/ARCA 200 doubleheader are available now at the Daytona Ticket Office, for $50 each. All other seats are unreserved and will sell for $35 each on race day. For information or to order tickets for most Speedweeks '95 events, call 904-253-RACE (7223).
Also on Thursday, IROC, ARCA and NASCAR Winston Cup Busch Clash practice will be held, along with Talladega Pole Qualifying fo r the top 20 starting postions in the Daytona ARCA 200, beginning at 2:30 p.m.