MARLIN, EARNHARDT WIN GATORADE TWIN 125'S AT DAYTONA DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Sterling Marlin, winner of the 1994 Daytona 500, won the first of the Gatorade Twin 125-Mile Qualifying Races Thursday at Daytona International Speedway to secure the...
MARLIN, EARNHARDT WIN GATORADE TWIN 125'S AT DAYTONA
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Sterling Marlin, winner of the 1994 Daytona 500, won the first of the Gatorade Twin 125-Mile Qualifying Races Thursday at Daytona International Speedway to secure the third starting position in Sunday's Daytona 500. Marlin, in the Kodak Film Chevrolet Monte Carlo, averaged 150.050 mph for the 50- lap sprint around the 2.5-mile Speedway.
In the second Gatorade Twin, Dale Earnhardt picked-up his 25th career victory at Daytona. Earnhardt, who had already earned the second starting position for Sunday's race during qualifying last Saturday, averaged 131.887 mph for the win.
Speedweeks '95 race action continues Friday with the NASCAR Goody's Dash Series Florida 200 at 11 a.m. and Round One of True Value presents the Dodge International Race of Champions XIX, at 1:30 p.m., in which Earnhardt will try to repeat his 1994 Daytona IROC victory.
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- The starting lineup for the 37th Daytona 500 NASCAR/FIA Winston Cup Series Race, to be held at the 2.5-mile Daytona International Speedway at 12:15 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 19, 1995; listing starting position, car no., driver/hometown, tema/car and qualifying speed/finish in Gatorade Twins/provisional:
POS. NO. DRIVER/HOMETOWN TEAM/CAR SPEED 1 28 Dale Jarrett/Hickory, NC Texaco Havoline Ford 193.498 2 3 Dale Earnhardt/Kannapolis, NC GM Goodwrench Chevrolet 193.449 3 4 Sterling Marlin/Columbia, TN Kodak Film Chevrolet 1st/1st 4 24 Jeff Gordon/Pittsboro, IN DuPont Chevrolet 2nd/2nd 5 17 Darrell Waltrip/Franklin, TN Western Auto Chevrolet 1st/2nd 6 6 Mark Martin/Batesville, AR Valvoline Ford 2nd/3rd 7 2 Rusty Wallace/Fenton, MO Miller Genuine Draft Ford 1st/4th 8 75 Todd Bodine/Chemung,NY Factory Stores Ford 2nd/4th 9 25 Ken Schrader/Fenton, MO Budweiser Chevrolet 1st/5th 10 94 Bill Elliott/Dawsonville, GA McDonald's Ford 2nd/5th 11 5 Terry Labonte/Crpus Chrsti TX Kellogg's Corn Flakes Chev 1st/6th 12 16 Ted Musgrave/Franklin, WI Family Channel Ford 2nd/6th 13 42 Kyle Petty/Randleman, NC Coors Light Pontiac 1st/7th 14 41* Ricky Craven/Newburgh, ME Kodiak Chevrolet 2nd/7th 15 30 Michael Waltrip/Owensboro, KY Pennzoil Pontiac 1st/8th 16 9 Lake Speed/Jackson, MS Spam Ford 2nd/8th 17 15 Dick Trickle/Wscnsin Rpids WI Ford Qaulity Care Ford 1st/9th 18 10 Ricky Rudd/Chesapeake, VA Tide Ford 2nd/9th 19 71 Dave Marcis/Wausau, WI Olive Garden Chevrolet 1st/10th 20 18 Bobby Labonte/Crpus Chrsti TX Interstate Batteries Chev 2nd/10th 21 31 Ward Burton/So. Boston, VA Hardee's Chevrolet 1st/11th 22 12 Derrike Cope/Spanaway, WA Straight Arrow Ford 2nd/11th 23 87 Joe Nemechek/Lakeland, FL Burger King Chevrolet 1st/12th 24 22* Randy LaJoie/Norwalk, CT MBNA America 2nd/12th 25 43 Bobby Hamilton/Nashville, TN STP Pontiac 1st/13th 26 66 Ben Hess/Wadsworth, OH RaDiUs Motorsports Ford 2nd/13th 27 80 Joe Ruttman/Upland, CA Park Ohio Industries Ford 1st/14th 28 8 Jeff Burton/So. Boston, VA Raybestos Ford 2nd/14th 29 98 Jeremy Mayfield/Gdlttsvlle TN RCA Ford 1st/15th 30 21 Morgan Shepherd/Conover, NC Citgo Ford 2nd/15th 31 33* Robert Pressley/Asheville, NC Skoal Bandit Chevrolet 193.050 32 19 Phil Parsons/Detroit, MI Tri Star Motorsports Ford 191.824 33 77 Davy Jones/McGraw, NY Jasper/USAir Ford 191.546 34 44 Jeff Purvis, Clarksville, TN Jackaroo Barby-Q Sauce Chevy 191.156 35 29 Steve Grissom/Gadsden, AL Meineke Chevrolet 190.589 36 90 Mike Wallace/St. Louis, MO Heilig-Meyers Ford 190.335 37 27 Loy Allen/Raleigh, NC Hooter's Ford 190.247 38 37 John Andretti/Indianapolis IN Kmart/Little Caesar's Ford 190.010 39 11 Brett Bodine/Chemung, NY Lowe's Ford Prov. 40 7 Geoff Bodine/Chemung, NY Exide Batteries Ford Prov. 41 1 Rick Mast/Rockbridge Baths VA Skoal Ford Prov. 42 26* Steve Kinser/Bloomington, IN Quaker State Ford Prov.
*Maxx Race Cards Rookie of the Year candidate
GATORADE TWIN 125'S NOTES & QUOTES
DALE EARNHARDT (#3 GM Goodwrench Service Chevrolet) -- The Busch Clash is a "get-up-and-go" race...this is more like the 500. We've got a car that can race like this all day. We've got good balance on it. We've still got a lot of work to do. We've still got to tune another engine and get this car ready for Sunday.
DANNY LAWRENCE (Engine builder #3 GM Goodwrench Service Chevrolet) -- (Lawrence accepted congratulations and good wishes after Earnhardt took the checkered flag for his 25th career victory at Daytona. Today is Lawrence's 33rd birthday.) This is a great birthday present! But I'll tell you what, though. I'm not asking for this one for my birthday -- I'm asking for Sunday!
ANDY PETREE (Crew chief #3 GM Goodwrench Service Chevrolet) -- (Laughing loudly when told 'that darned (Energizer) bunny's got nothing on you!') We made a lot of adjustments since the Clash. We learned a few things there that helped us here, and we practiced hard. We ran all the practice that we could, trying to refine the car a little bit. The handling was definitely the key here, and I think it's going to be even moreso come Sunday. We've got a few more things we're going to try (between now and Sunday). We made a change (this morning) that helped and we'll do a little more of that and see if it helps more. We'll just keep tuning on it. We made one adjustment this morning that seemed to help some.
RICHARD CHILDRESS (Team owner #3 GM Goodwrench Service Chevrolet) - - You know, each race you approach it a little bit different, with a little bit different set-up. We had a set-up for this race, and we'll have a complete different set-up for Sunday's race. I'm just so proud of this whole race team. They've worked really hard all winter... A lot of people put a lot of effort into making this Monte Carlo what it is. I'm just proud of everybody. Dale done a super job out there today. We made some changes, 'cause we were wanting to try some stuff for Sunday. We feel good about where we're at going into Sunday's race.
JOHN ANDRETTI (#37 Kmart/Little Caesars Ford) -- It's really a shame. He (Ricky Craven) didn't have anything to gain. We were racing close and there's going to be contact, but he hit me way too hard. I'm really frustrated. I should have backed off when I hit the wall the first time, maybe I could have saved it. (On overshooting his pit under caution.) We have a new (pit) sign and I couldn't read it. I was already by when I saw it, so I just went on. We were about an eighth place car, anyway, so it didn't matter. New tires just would have made the car easier to drive.
LAKE SPEED (#9 Spam Ford) -- We led but then the car picked up a bad push. I knew where we were running that we wouldn't do any good, so we rolled the dice and decided to try something. We made a stop and adjusted it, then we were able to run 'em down. We got a caution and made another change, and it got too loose again. I was right there and saw (John) Andretti hit the wall. I slipped by on the inside. I was on the inside, trying to make a pass, and I was in the right place at the right time.
CHAD LITTLE (#97 Bayer Aspirin Ford) -- We cut a left rear down in the trioval. We needed a top 15 finish to make the 500 and we were in the top 10. It's tough to run that good and have this happen.
KENNY WALLACE (#81 TIC Financial Systems Ford) -- We didn't make the race. We didn't run good. The car just didn't handle.
DAVE MARCIS (#71 Olive Garden Chevrolet) -- (On 28th straight Daytona 500 start.) Richard's (Petty) got a ton of records that'll never be broken, and maybe I've got one that'll never be broken. (On Jim Sauter's accident, in car that was actually Marcis' back- up.) I guess Phil Barkdoll spun, and Jim was right behind it. He tried to miss it and miss it; he said he pretty much thought he was clear, and at the last minute the Barkdoll car came up in front of him, and he had to swing to the right to miss him. He said he might've swung to the right too quick. He lost the car himself and went up into the wall with the right front. He didn't get hurt, and that was the main thing, and the car's really not that bad. Pretty superficial. (His strategy for the 500?) Go to the front. We have the Olive Garden sponsorship this year, Breathsaver Mints, STG Corporation, Terramite Construction Equipment. Our program's in- line for the '95 season, the best it's been for any season. Our plan is to run hard, be competitive and show the people we do have backing us this year that with some money, we CAN be competitive.
PHIL PARSONS (#19 Tri Star Motorsports Ford) -- (On his accident with Greg Sacks, while trying to avoid a spinning Phil Barkdoll.) Barkdoll spun in front of me, and when I slowed down Sacks hit me from behind. It was smokey, sure, but I saw well enough to get stopped. That's what spotters are for. (As Tri Star crew worked on rear of car.) (Later...) We thought we'd be able to fix it, but it's damaged too badly. The back-up car is not as fast for qualifying, but maybe we can make it as good for the race.
DELMA COWART (#0 Masters Inn Economy Ford) -- Some you win, some you lose and some get rained out! We did the best we could do with what we had. There were three cars up there that were faster than us, and we went around 'em. I was real happy with the outcome of the race. I wanted to run in the top 10, something like that, but I just didn't have the horsepower. I just ran flat-out the whole race. I think I drove as hard that race as I ever have. Bouchard and one other car were in behind me movin' in and out, in and out. We had us a heckuva race. I out-run three whole cars all day, but it made me feel good 'cause I outran 'em -- they didn't fall out. I had 49 laps of fun, I really did. (Cowart finished 29th.) We were runnin' flat out, and I think that says a lot for our car. We've got a cowl problem with our car and we can't seem to find the problem. We've worked and worked and worked. All in all, I've got to be happy because we finished the race and the car's in one piece, but I would've been a lot happier if we'd finished up in the pack. It's flustrating. Everybody on the team's worked 15 or 20 hours a day and overcome every problem they threw at us. Now, it's time to kick back, ride down to the beach tonight, put our feet in sand, look up and say 'ain't we lucky to be alive?' And wait for Atlanta! (ARCA Bondo/Mar-Hyde Supercar Series race on March 10.)
STERLING MARLIN (#4 Kodak Film Chevrolet) -- The boys work hard on the car and in the motor shop, that's what makes it look easy out there. We did get a little tight when the caution came out. I thought we'd be OK if we came in and got tires. It seems like we may be wearing the tires a bit more than we have. We didn't have any problem making it back up to the front. We run a bit tighter here off turn four. We'll make some adjustments for Sunday. We've got one fast hot rod here. The car runs great in the draft. It never bobbled.
LARRY McCLURE (Team owner #4 Kodak Film Chevrolet) -- We've done a lot of testing, a lot of hard work and a lot of preparation... We've still got a ways to go. At one point, there, we weren't exactly right, but we changed the tires, put a band-aid on it, to win this race. We're looking forward to Sunday, and we feel like we're in the position we need to be in. Sterling did a fantastic job, as well as the crew. The car was almost perfect at the start of the race. There in the middle it got to sliding the front end a little bit, but we got a caution and took the opportunity to put four tires on it and evidently that was the right decision to make. (What does returning as the Daytona 500 winner mean to the team's confidence level?) Really, we got our confidence back with about five or six races to go in the season. We got a pole in Phoenix and got a little momentum going! I'll tell ya, coming down here after you've won it gives you a little something extra, and I think Sterling's up to the task.
TONY GLOVER (Crew chief #4 Kodak Film Chevrolet) -- Well, right now we're not 100 percent (to reaching the Monte Carlo's potential). We've got some slight problems we're going to have to work on for the 500-mile race. We've still got a couple days to adjust on it, and there's a few things on my mind that we want to do to it. I hope, by Sunday, it'll be an even better race car than it was today.
STEVE KINSER (#26 Quaker State Ford) -- Short day, wasn't it? We just lost the motor. I was just out there, being conservative, getting the feel of it. But we didn't get to run long enough to learn more about the car.
WARD BURTON (#31 Hardee's Chevrolet) -- I feel like the weight of the world is off my shoulders. In my mind, we just won the Daytona 500, just by getting in it. It's been a heck of a week. We just got a little bit better than some of the rest of them as the race went on, but I guarantee this, I drove every darn thing I had. Whether that was good enough or not, I don't know.
JOE NEMECHEK (#87 Burger King Chevrolet) -- There definitely was a lot of pressure. I could hardly even sleep last night. There was just a lot of pressure on me. We're just trying to do the best we can with what we have. We've been struggling since we've been here, but we know that we've got one race under our belt. We know what the car going to do, we know we're in the race, we'll figure out how to fix it for the 500. The car drafts real good until it gets a push to it, so we'll have to do a little work to the car. I had to do whatever I had to do to keep the guys behind me, and I did it.
DAVY JONES (#77 USAir Ford) -- We had a safety cushion (qualifying speed) so we didn't have to risk anything. We saw it as a learning experience, for Sunday, to get a feel for the draft and how the car works. There were some times when I lost a little momentum and that came from inexperience. We'll work on the car and get it a little better and a little more consistent.
MIKE WALLACE (#90 Heilig-Meyers Ford) -- We weren't too stable. I got the car almost completely sideways in turn two one time. We pitted for new tires and that didn't help, either.
RICK MAST (#1 Skoal Ford) -- It just blew up! Going down the back straightaway, it acted like it burned a piston. Same problem we've been having all week. We might have to go back to our pit stop practice motor that we used to qualify. For the few laps we were out there the car was just perfect. Of course everybody's on new tires, and we were too. My car felt good. We'll just keep working on it for Sunday.
NOTE: Re. Shawna Robinson attempting to make the '95 Daytona 500: The last woman to start the Daytona 500 was Janet Guthrie, who finished 11th in the 1980 500, after starting 18th. In the Gatorade Twin that year, she started 12th and finished ninth. In the '77 500, Guthrie started 39th and finished 12th. In the '77 Twin, she started 12th and finished 18th. The last woman to compete in a NASCAR Winston Cup race at Daytona was Patty Moise, who ran in the 1988 (26th) and '89 (39th) Pepsi 400s.
BILLY STANDRIDGE (#47 World Championship Wrestling Ford) -- Typical. Spencer lacked about 3-4 feet of clearing me and pulled up hard, and that stuck his front end right into the wall. I don't know if his spotter failed to tell him he didn't have me cleared or what. It happened just past the trioval. Too early in the race for that!
LOY ALLEN (#27 Hooters Ford) -- I saw Jimmy and Billy get together ahead of me and I had nowhere to go. It looked like maybe Jimmy didn't quite clear Billy when he was passing. I'm just disappointed for the whole team, because they've worked awful hard. At least nobody got hurt.
MIKE CHASE (#32 Active Trucking Chevrolet) -- The car got a bad vibration coming off turn 2 and I got out of it and pulled to the bottom. It's internal in the motor. Our day is over.
PHIL BARKDOLL (#73 X-1R Ford) -- The car was loose, and coming off turn 2 it just came around on me. Phil (Parsons) was behind me, I don't know if he took air off my spoiler or not.