Daytona Rudd testing notes 96-07-16

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (July 16) -- Ricky Rudd opened a two-day test Tuesday at Daytona International Speedway and had showed more than three miles per hour of improvement over his performance of two weeks ago by 5 p.m. in a day that was ...

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (July 16) -- Ricky Rudd opened a two-day test Tuesday at Daytona International Speedway and had showed more than three miles per hour of improvement over his performance of two weeks ago by 5 p.m. in a day that was interrupted by rain showers late in the morning and early in the afternoon. Rudd's best lap to that point was unofficially about 185.567 mph -- or a great bit better than the 182.061 mph effort he turned in in Busch Pole Award Qualifying for the Pepsi 400. That lap was only the 40th quickest out of 43 cars on hand and Rudd had to take a provisional starting spot for the "Mid-Summer Classic." His Tuesday lap would've earned him the 17th starting spot for the Pepsi 400. He was scheduled to run a pair of Tide Fords until 6 p.m. Tuesday due to the time lost to the wet track. Rudd planned to run a full day Wednesday in preparation for the July 28 Sears DieHard 500 at Talladega Superspeedway. Rudd did say the change to a 45 degree minimum rear spoiler angle had particularly hurt his Thunderbird. The team spent much of the day Tuesday doing various aerodynamic fixes to the car.

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