Daytona January testing notebook

Open-wheel racer Kenny Brack has been participating in this week's Winston Cup test session at Daytona International Speedway. The 35-year-old native of Arvika, Sweden has been wheeling the No. 42 Dodge Intrepid for Chip Ganassi Racing and might...

Open-wheel racer Kenny Brack has been participating in this week's Winston Cup test session at Daytona International Speedway. The 35-year-old native of Arvika, Sweden has been wheeling the No. 42 Dodge Intrepid for Chip Ganassi Racing and might come back for Speedweeks 2002 and attempt to qualify for the 44th annual Daytona 500 on Feb. 17.

"A stock car is like comparing tennis to squash or something," Brack said. "It's the same game, it's racing, but it's so different when you compare an open wheel car to a stock car. Right now, I''ve been given a chance to test a few days and get my feet wet and then we'll see if they can find some extra funding for the race (Daytona 500). If not, we''ll leave it at that.

"I've always wanted to test a stock car, so I'm just grateful for that right now. I'm taking it one step at a time. Next week, we''ll test the CART car. I try to focus on the near future and what will come will come."

Robert Pressley completed his three-day Winston Cup test session on Thursday with the No. 92 Melling Racing Dodge, but he's not leaving Daytona International Speedway just yet. Beginning Friday, Pressley will participate in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series three-day test session in preparation for the Feb. 15 Florida Dodge Dealers 250.

"It's kind of nice," Pressley said. "It's a little cold up in the Carolina mountains. It'll be a good little vacation and the main thing is to get in the (Daytona 500)."

Andy Hillenburg has been subbing for Ricky Rudd in the No. 28 Texaco-Havoline Ford fielded by Robert Yates Racing during this week's Winston Cup test session. Rudd is recovering from off-season back surgery, but he'll be ready for the season-opening Daytona 500 on Feb. 17. Meanwhile, Hillenburg has been enjoying the experience.

"It's great to work with this bunch of guys," Hillenburg said. "It's good equipment. Everything's prepared. Everything's the way it's supposed to be. It's the way you always hope a deal should be when you drive it. I always knew I was going to drive for Robert Yates at Daytona, except this is January instead of February."

Derrike Cope, the 1990 Daytona 500 champion, tested the No. 57 CLR Ford and posted some strong speeds in the drafting session on Wednesday. He'll compete in about 15 races with the team and he'll attempt to qualify for the Daytona 500. He's focused on the Feb. 14 Gatorade 125's as his avenue to breakthrough into the field.

"I think you see right now the Chevrolets and the Dodges are going to be the fast race cars," Cope said. "Pontiacs are going to be proficient as well. You're going to have to come down here and race your way in. You need to get as good as spot as you can get in one round of qualifying, go practice three times and find out what the car wants and go race your in."

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Derrike Cope , Robert Pressley , Kenny Brack , Andy Hillenburg , Chip Ganassi , Robert Yates
Teams Chip Ganassi Racing , Yates Racing