Daytona practice 97-02-07

Wallace the pole favorite at Daytona DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Feb. 7) -- Rusty Wallace, who has never used a full-blown restrictor plate engine set-up at either Daytona or Talladega Superspeedway, Friday established himself as the early...

Wallace the pole favorite at Daytona

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Feb. 7) -- Rusty Wallace, who has never used a full-blown restrictor plate engine set-up at either Daytona or Talladega Superspeedway, Friday established himself as the early favorite for Saturday's Busch Pole Qualifying session for the Feb. 16 Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway. Wallace continued his strong pre-season effort with a lap of 47.572 seconds, an average speed of 189.187 mph, around the 2.5-mile trioval. His Miller Lite Ford led a practice top 10 comprised of veterans, rookies and former Daytona race and pole winners as Speedweeks kicked off for the NASCAR Winston Cup set. Second-quickest Friday was winter testing hotshoe John Andretti, who was at 47.663/188.826 in the RCA Ford. Defending Busch Clash and Daytona 500 winner Dale Jarrett was a tick behind at 47.678/188.766 in the Quality Care/Ford Credit Ford; former Daytona 500 pole winner Loy Allen was at 47.725/188.580 in the Child Support Recovery International Ford; and Dick Trickle rounded-out the all-Ford top five at 47.788/188.332 in the Heilig-Meyers T-bird. Fast GM man from testing, Robby Gordon, was only 13th quickest in the Coors Light Chevrolet at 47.984/187.563. On Saturday, Racing Radios Second-Round Qualifying for Sunday's Daytona ARCA 200 will be at 11 a.m. Practice opens at 8 a.m. with NASCAR Winston Cup cars out first followed by the ARCA machines. Busch Pole Award Qualifying for "The World's Greatest Race" begins at 2 p.m. TOP 16 FRIDAY NASCAR WINSTON CUP TEST SPEEDS 1. 2 Rusty Wallace, Ford 47.572 secs 189.187 mph 2. 98 John Andretti, Ford 47.663 188.826 3. 88 Dale Jarrett, Ford 47.678 188.766 4. 19 Loy Allen, Ford 47.725 188.580 5. 90 Dick Trickle, Ford 47.788 188.332 6. 28 Ernie Irvan, Ford 47.827 188.178 7. 20 Greg Sacks, Ford 47.845 188.107 8. 31 Mike Skinner, Chevrolet 47.874 187.993 9. 7 Geoff Bodine, Ford 47.876 187.986 10. 3 Dale Earnhardt, Chevrolet 47.894 187.915 11. 77 Bobby Hillin, Ford 47.906 187.868 12. 41 Steve Grissom, Chevrolet 47.943 187.699 13. 40 Robby Gordon, Chevrolet 47.984 187.563 14. 17 Darrell Waltrip, Chevy 47.998 187.508 15. 25 Ricky Craven, Chevrolet 48.003 187.488 16. 36 Derrike Cope, Pontiac 48.009 187.320

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Dale Earnhardt , John Andretti , Derrike Cope , Ernie Irvan , Dale Jarrett , Darrell Waltrip , Dick Trickle , Rusty Wallace , Mike Skinner , Robby Gordon , Ricky Craven , Steve Grissom , Greg Sacks