BUSCH: Talladega Cold Weather, Hot Times

TALLADEGA, Ala. (Jan. 27, 2000) Battling frigid weather, nine NASCAR Winston Cup Series, NASCAR Busch Series and NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series teams took to the track at Talladega Superspeedway on Thursday as a busy month of testing continued at...

TALLADEGA, Ala. (Jan. 27, 2000) Battling frigid weather, nine NASCAR Winston Cup Series, NASCAR Busch Series and NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series teams took to the track at Talladega Superspeedway on Thursday as a busy month of testing continued at the mammoth 2.66-mile trioval.

With temperatures hovering around the freezing mark, staying warm was a top priority in the garage as a line of snow and freezing rain is forecast to move through North-Central Alabama beginning Thursday evening. Weather could adversely affect further scheduled testing this weekend at the "World's Fastest Speedway."

Teams typically use Talladega as another place to prepare for the upcoming activities of Speedweeks 2000 at Daytona International Speedway.

Thursday's on-track action concluded a two-day test for NASCAR Winston Cup Series drivers Loy Allen, Dave Blaney, Jeff Fuller, Sterling Marlin, Kenny Wallace and Michael Waltrip. Wallace's and Waltrip's NASCAR Busch Series teams wrapped up tests as well.

Randy Renfrow and the No. 41 Farris Concrete Dodge NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series team will attempt a second day of testing Friday, pending clear weather conditions.

NASCAR 2000 begins in earnest next month with Speedweeks 2000 at Daytona. The Daytona 500 gets the season in full swing Feb. 20, and the NASCAR Winston Cup Series season is highlighted by a heralded seven-driver Raybestos Rookie of the Year class that is expected to make an immediate impact on NASCAR's top level.

"You know being a rookie, you can't learn anything unless you're in that car racing it," said Blaney, driver of the No. 93 Amoco Pontiac. "We're excited about it because we have a good car. So as soon as I can get in there and get racing, we can start the learning."

Despite his rookie status, Blaney shows no signs of apprehension about making the move to the NASCAR Winston Cup Series. Citing the increasingly strong competition in the NASCAR Busch Series, Blaney says that experience has him duly prepared to enter the ranks of stock car racing's elite class.

"I feel like we've got an even shot going in, and I feel good about our race team at every race track," Blaney said. "But even more than the rookie class, we want to run good everywhere and just have a solid season regardless how the rookie race ends up.

"We're just ready to go."

-nascar.com-

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Series NASCAR Cup , NASCAR XFINITY , NASCAR Truck
Drivers Michael Waltrip , Jeff Fuller , Sterling Marlin , Dave Blaney