Daytona Ricky Rudd testing notes 96-07-15

Rudd sets test at Daytona for DieHard 500, Speedweeks '97 DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (July 15) -- Riding the momentum of Sunday's third place finish in the Jiffy Lube 300 at New Hampshire International Speedway, Ricky Rudd will conduct a two-day...

Rudd sets test at Daytona for DieHard 500, Speedweeks '97

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (July 15) -- Riding the momentum of Sunday's third place finish in the Jiffy Lube 300 at New Hampshire International Speedway, Ricky Rudd will conduct a two-day test today (Tuesday) and Wednesday at Daytona International Speedway. A section of the Oldfield Grandstand will be open at no charge from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily with access through the DAYTONA USA lobby. Guided Speedway Tours will be offered from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Rudd was disgruntled with the performance of his Tide Ford after he failed to qualify for the recent Pepsi 400, took a provisional starting spot (39th) and finished 33rd, one lap behind winner Sterling Marlin. The test was scheduled with an eye to improving the team's prospects in the July 28 Sears DieHard 500 at Talladega Superspeedway as well as Speedweeks '97 at Daytona, Feb. 5-16. The team, including Rudd and crew chief Richard Broome, plans to test a pair of Thunderbirds, including the car Rudd drove at Daytona in the July 6 "Mid-Summer Classic" as well as the car he used in the Busch Clash of '96. "Basically we're just trying to get our superspeedway program back on track," said Rudd Performance Motorsports Team Manager Dale Cagle. "We ran good in the Daytona 500 in February and were running good at Talladega (Winston Select 500) in April and then we got caught up in the big wreck and Ricky Craven landed on top of our car. "We had to put a new body on it, we came down to Daytona (for the Pepsi 400) without testing and it bit us. "We thought about going to Talladega, but we already had a baseline for Daytona because we'd just run there. What we learn may help us for Speedweeks but right now we're looking at a short term fix for the Sears DieHard 500."

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Sterling Marlin , Ricky Craven