Daytona General Motors test day 2 0f 3 (98-01-04)

NASCAR Winston Cup General Motors stock car testing - Day 2 of 3 LABONTE STILL FASTEST AS GM TEAMS CONCLUDE DAY TWO AT DAYTONA DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- 1996 NASCAR Winston Cup champion Terry Labonte posted the fastest time for...

NASCAR Winston Cup General Motors stock car testing - Day 2 of 3 LABONTE STILL FASTEST AS GM TEAMS CONCLUDE DAY TWO AT DAYTONA DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- 1996 NASCAR Winston Cup champion Terry Labonte posted the fastest time for the second consecutive day as GM NASCAR Winston Cup testing continued Sunday at Daytona International Speedway as teams prepare for the all-new Bud Shootout At Daytona (Feb. 8) and the "Great American Race," the 40th Annual Daytona 500 (Feb. 15). Labonte was clocked at 47.837 seconds, an average speed of 188.139 mph, in one of two Hendrick Racing Chevrolet Monte Carlos that he drove on the day. "This is the same car we've run here in the past," said Labonte. "It's a good car and that's a decent speed. That's better than we thought we would run, so we've got to be pretty happy with it." Labonte, who finished second in both NASCAR Winston Cup Series races held at Daytona in 1997, hopes 1998 will finally be his year to capture an elusive Daytona 500 title. "We've come so close in the past. I like Daytona and we think we have a good combination for the racetrack. "The Daytona 500 is just a hard race to win. It's a race you see people win that it's their first race they've ever won. Then you seen guys like Earnhardt and myself that have run here a lot and run good, that have never won it. 1998 would be a great year to win it. Aside from the record purse (minimum of $6 million), because I won Talladega, I'm eligible for the (No Bull 5) million dollar bonus. In last year's restrictor plate races, we had a first, two seconds and a sixth. We just hope we can maintain that momentum in this race here. It would be nice to win, it's definitely the biggest race we run." The GM test concludes tomorrow. Ford NASCAR Winston Cup teams will be at the Speedway starting Tuesday to open their first of two three-day January test sessions. 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 tours of the Speedway are also available from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. for a nominal fee. GENERAL MOTORS TEST SPEEDS -- Jan. 4* NO DRIVER/CAR SPEED

 5  Terry Labonte/Chevrolet     188.139  40  Sterling Marlin/Chevrolet   185.014
33  Ken Schrader/Chevrolet      187.672  96a Mark Green/Chevrolet        184.942
33a Andy Hillenburg/Chevrolet   187.539  91  Kevin LePage/Chevrolet      184.824
 5a Jack Sprague/Chevrolet      187.445  17  Darrell Waltrip/Chevrolet   184.279
41  Steve Grissom/Chevrolet     187.297  40a   Elton Sawyer/Chevrolet    184.211
31  Mike Skinner/Chevrolet      186.994  17a   Phil Parsons/Chevrolet    183.441
 8  Hut Stricklin/Chevrolet     186.528  18    Bobby Labonte/Pontiac     183.408
 4  Bobby Hamilton/Chevrolet    186.501  71    Dave Marcis/Chevrolet     183.270
31a Mike Dillon/Chevrolet       186.316  18a   Tony Stewart/Pontiac      182.971
96  David Green/Chevrolet       185.851  03    Dan Pardus/Chevrolet      181.218

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Bobby Hamilton , Darrell Waltrip , Bobby Labonte , Terry Labonte , Tony Stewart , Mike Skinner , Ken Schrader , Elton Sawyer , Sterling Marlin , Hut Stricklin , Jack Sprague , Andy Hillenburg , Mark Green , David Green , Dave Marcis , Steve Grissom , Phil Parsons