Daytona Pepsi 400 Night Qualifying

Pepsi 400 to qualify under lights DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (April 13, 1998) July Fourth -- already one of the most anticipated weekends of the 1998 NASCAR Winston Cup season due to the inaugural nighttime running of the Pepsi 400 at Daytona ...

Pepsi 400 to qualify under lights

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (April 13, 1998) July Fourth -- already one of the most anticipated weekends of the 1998 NASCAR Winston Cup season due to the inaugural nighttime running of the Pepsi 400 at Daytona International Speedway -- will now be preceded by a dramatic Bud Pole Qualifying session under the lights on July 2.

Speedway officials have moved first round qualifying to Thursday, July 2 at 8:15 p.m. Just as the race itself was moved from its traditional Saturday morning start to Saturday night at the request of fans, so too was Bud Pole Qualifying. Qualifying was originally scheduled for the afternoon of July 3.

"Fans asked for night racing at Daytona and on July 2 they will get their first look at the world's largest outdoor lighting project during qualifying for the Pepsi 400," said John Graham, president of Daytona International Speedway. "Then on July 3, fans can witness a full 1.5 hours of 'drafting' practice under the lights. The addition of nighttime qualifying enhances an already exciting three days of racing."

Special commemorative "Pole Night" tickets are available through the speedway's ticket department. The $15 tickets celebrate the first official NASCAR Winston Cup racing ctivities under the lights at the "World Center of Racing." The Pepsi 400 Pole Night tickets are the first such tickets in the 40-year history of the famed speedway, which opened in 1959.

"Qualifying at night will be spectacular," said 1997 Pepsi 400 champion John Andretti. "That's when the cars bottom out and the sparks start flying. I love racing at night."

A three-hour practice for the 40th Pepsi 400 will begin at 3 p.m. on July 2. The first 25 starting positions for the July 4 Pepsi 400 will be determined that night at 8:15.

The July 3 schedule includes practice from 3-5:30 p.m. with Bud Beer Second-Round Qualifying beginning at 6:30 p.m. Activity ends with a 7:30-9 p.m. extended "Happy Hour" final practice session under the lights, which will prepare the cars and drivers for the July 4 race at 8 p.m.

Not only will the Pepsi 400 be the largest nighttime sporting event in the country, CBS Sports will make it the first live network television broadcast of a motorsports event in prime time.

The largest Independence Day fireworks show in the State of Florida, almost as anticipated as the race itself, will take to the sky high above the 2.5-mile speedway immediately following the event.

The world-famous Fireworks By Santore of Bunnell, Fla., will provide a 20-minute show set to music for each of the more than 140,000 spectators in the facility to enjoy.

All reserved seat tickets for the 1998 Pepsi 400 have been sold, however, there are several unreserved general admission opportunities available.

To order Pepsi 400 Pole Night tickets or for more information regarding general admission ticket opportunities call (904) 253-7223.

Source: NASCAR Online

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers John Andretti , John Graham