Daytona qualifying postponed

PEPSI 400 BUSCH POLE QUALIFYING RAINED-OUT AT DAYTONA DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (July 4) -- Busch Pole Award Qualifying for Saturday's Pepsi 400 will be completed on Friday morning at 9 a.m. after rain washed out the initial session on ...

PEPSI 400 BUSCH POLE QUALIFYING RAINED-OUT AT DAYTONA

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (July 4) -- Busch Pole Award Qualifying for Saturday's Pepsi 400 will be completed on Friday morning at 9 a.m. after rain washed out the initial session on Thursday at Daytona International Speedway. Gates will open on Friday at 8 a.m. After a rain delay of a little more than 90 minutes, continuing rain made completion of the first round of qualifying impossible. Only nine of 43 entries attempted to qualify Thursday before rain interrupted track activity shortly before 3 p.m. Defending Pepsi 400 champion Jeff Gordon blitzed the field as the eighth car to make an attempt. Gordon's second lap in the DuPont Refinishes Chevrolet was 188.869 mph. Gordon's run far outdistanced previous polesitter Darrell Waltrip, who ran 186.776 in the Parts America Chevrolet, and third man Jeff Purvis, who was at 186.474 in the MCA Records Chevy. Forty-three cars drew for qualifying positions. Thirty-eight starters will be locked-in through Busch Qualifying with up to five additional positions available depending on eligibility. NASCAR planned to determine the balance of Friday's schedule Thursday note and an announcement was planned Friday morning prior to the resumption of Busch Pole Qualifying. Ticket Stubs, accompanied by a rain check from the Speedway, will be valid for entrance to the grandstands on Friday. Fans who purchased infield tickets for Thursday's activities can redeem their tickets for a grandstand seat at the gate on Friday. There will be no one-day infield tickets sold for Friday's activities. The infield opens for overnight parking for the Pepsi 400 at 6 p.m. on Friday. Those without tickets to Thursday's action may purchase tickets to Friday's activities for $6. Advance reserved grandstand tickets for the Pepsi 400 will be available through 5 p.m. Friday for $35-45, and on race day morning at the gates. General admission tickets to the backstretch Lund Grandstand will be available on race day for $35. Grandstand gates open at 7 a.m. on race day. The Pepsi 400 begins at 11 a.m. PEPSI 400 NOTES: PETTY, SABATES ANNOUNCE SPLIT: After an eight-year association, Team SABCO owner Felix Sabates and driver Kyle Petty have mutually agreed to part ways at the end of the 1996 NASCAR Winston Cup season. Petty, 36, has driven a Sabates-owned car since 1989, forming the fourth-longest continuous owner-driver association among active teams. "Kyle and I have a lot of mutual respect and love for one another and I know that Team SABCO will continue to be a winning organization and Kyle Petty will continue to be a winning Winston Cup driver," said Sabates in announcing the agreement to split. "This is just one of those things that happens to everyone at one point or another," said Petty. "We have had a lot of great years but our time together has run its course." Petty, while with Team SABCO, has posted 211 starts, six wins, eight poles, 26 top-fives, 43 top-10s and more than $5.3 million in winnings. Petty is currently 20th in the 1996 NASCAR Winston Cup point standings.

PEPSI 400 AND DAYTONA USA ADVANCE NOTES DAYTONA USA GRAND OPENING DAYTONA USA, "The Ultimate Motorsports Attraction," will open to the public at 8 a.m. Friday. Attraction hours for July and August will be 8 a.m. - 10 p.m. Adult admission is $10, senior citizens (60 and over) are $8, children 6-12 are $5 and children five and under are admitted free with a paying adult. TICKET AVAILABILITY WITH THE ADDITION of seats in the backstretch Lund Tower and Winston Tower, plenty of reserved garndstand seats remain for Saturday's Pepsi 400. Price range for reserved seats is $35-45. Infield tickets go on sale at 6 p.m. Friday. Adult infield admission is $35 (children 11 and under are admitted free when accompanied by a paying adult), infield RV parking is $40 and infield car/van parking is $10. General admission to the Lund Grandstand will be available Saturday morning at 7 a.m. for $35. HONORARY OFFICIALS GRAND MARSHAL for the Pepsi 400 will be U.S. Congressman John L. Mica of the East Central Florida 7th Congressional District. Honorary starter will be John Budzak of the Pepsi-Cola Co. RCA recording artist Lari White will present the National Anthem. TELEVISION AMONG THE LIVE and taped TV and radio productions featured this weekend will be: ** Busch Pole Award Qualifying for the Pepsi 400, which was rained out on Thursday and which will set the top 25 positions, will be live on MRN Radio beginning at 9 a.m. Friday. ** The Pepsi 400 will be broadcast live on MRN Radio's more than 450 nationwide affiliates July 6 at 10:45 a.m. ** The Pepsi 400 will be telecast live on ESPN July 6 at 11 a.m. The scheduled three-hour telecast will be preceded by a live, half-hour edition of NASCAR Today from 10:30-11 a.m. on ESPN2. ** The Grand Opening Gala of DAYTONA USA will be replayed on ESPN2 from 3:30-4:30 a.m. July 5 and from 7:30-8:30 a.m. July 6. ** The Pepsi 400 is scheduled to be replayed three times. Edited versions of the race will be shown from 3:30-5:30 a.m. July 8 and from 1-3 p.m. July 9, both on ESPN. The full event will be replayed from 7:30-10:30 p.m. July 9 on ESPN2. ** "Race Talk Special Edition" with Eli Gold on The Nashville Network (TNN), July 5, 8-9 p.m. Gold's guest for the telecast from DAYTONA USA's Velocitorium will be seven-time NASCAR Winston Cup champion Dale Earnhardt. ** "Race Talk" with Eli Gold on TNN, July 6, 6-7 p.m. This weekly show, featuring guests Bill France, president of NASCAR and Gary Nelson, NASCAR Winston Cup Series director, will be taped in the Velocitorium July 5 from 5:30-6:30 p.m.

STARTING LINEUP -- 38TH PEPSI 400 Round 15 -- NASCAR Winston Cup Series Saturday, July 6, 1996 -- Daytona International Speedway -- 11 a.m.

POS NO DRIVER TEAM/CAR SPEED

ROW ONE 24 Jeff Gordon DuPont Refinishes Chevrolet 188.869 17 Darrell Waltrip Parts America Chevrolet 186.776 44 Jeff Purvis MCA Records Chevrolet 186.474 3 Dale Earnhardt GM Goodwrench Service Chevrolet 186.409 9 Lake Speed Spam/Melling Ford 186.100 33 Robert Pressley Skoal Bandit Chevrolet 185.575 12 Derrike Cope Badcock Home Furnishings Ford 185.559 75 Morgan Shepherd Remington Ford 185.410 95 Gary Bradberry Shoney's Ford 184.339

ON-LINE TO QUALIFY: 94 Bill Elliott McDonald's Ford 57 Steve Seligman Matco Tools Ford 28 Ernie Irvan Texaco Havoline Ford 90 Dick Trickle Heilig-Meyers Ford 37 John Andretti Kmart/Little Caesars Ford 10 Ricky Rudd Tide Ford 98 Jeremy Mayfield RCA Ford 7 Geoff Bodine QVC Ford 18 Bobby Labonte Interstate Batteries Chevrolet 77 Bobby Hillin Jasper Engines Ford 87 Joe Nemechek Burger King Chevrolet 1 Rick Mast Hooters Pontiac 21 Michael Waltrip Citgo Ford 23 Jimmy Spencer Camel Cigarettes Ford 5 Terry Labonte Kellogg's Corn Flakes Chevrolet 99 Jeff Burton Exide Batteries Ford 25 Ken Schrader Budweiser Chevrolet 22 Ward Burton MBNA America Pontiac 16 Ted Musgrave Family Channel PRIMESTAR Ford 8 Hut Stricklin Circuit City Ford 81 Kenny Wallace Square D/T.I.C. Ford 30* Johnny Benson Pennzoil Pontiac 41 Ricky Craven Kodiak Chevrolet 88 Dale Jarrett Quality Care/Ford Credit Ford 11 Brett Bodine Lowe's Ford 15 Wally Dallenbach Hayes Modems Ford 6 Mark Martin Valvoline Ford 19 Loy Allen Healthsource Health Plans Ford 43 Bobby Hamilton STP Pontiac 2 Rusty Wallace Miller Ford 42 Kyle Petty Coors Light Pontiac 4 Sterling Marlin Kodak Film Chevrolet 29 Greg Sacks Cartoon Network Chevrolet 71 Dave Marcis Prodigy Chevrolet

* = NASCAR Winston Cup Rookie of the Year Candidate

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Dale Earnhardt , John Andretti , Brett Bodine , Jeff Burton , Ward Burton , Derrike Cope , Wally Dallenbach Sr. , Bill Elliott , Jeff Gordon , Bobby Hamilton , Ernie Irvan , Dale Jarrett , Darrell Waltrip , Bobby Labonte , Terry Labonte , Jeremy Mayfield , Dick Trickle , Rusty Wallace , Michael Waltrip , Kyle Petty , Ken Schrader , Jimmy Spencer , Joe Nemechek , Kenny Wallace , Sterling Marlin , Hut Stricklin , Robert Pressley , Johnny Benson , Ted Musgrave , Ricky Craven , Jeff Purvis , Dave Marcis , Rick Mast , Gary Bradberry , Morgan Shepherd , Greg Sacks , Felix Sabates , Mark Martin