Daytona testing 97-01-20

Robby Gordon picks up where he left off at Daytona -- smokin'! DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Jan. 20) -- Robby Gordon ended the first day of the final NASCAR stock car test session at Daytona International Speedway Monday the same way he...

Robby Gordon picks up where he left off at Daytona -- smokin'!

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Jan. 20) -- Robby Gordon ended the first day of the final NASCAR stock car test session at Daytona International Speedway Monday the same way he ended his last visit to the "World Center of Racing" -- as the fastest of 23 GM drivers after running a lap of 188.182 mph while preparing for the Feb. 16 Daytona 500. Gordon, driving one of two Sabco Racing Chevrolets in town for the test, was timed at 47.826 seconds around the 2.5-mile trioval. Rounding out the top five speeds were Sterling Marlin, 188.088 mph; Jeff Gordon, 187.672; Mike Skinner, 187.492; and Steve Grissom, 187.406. All drove Chevrolets. Derrike Cope ended the day as the fastest Pontiac at 186.575 mph. Tracy Leslie was on hand to drive Bill Davis' Pontiacs in the absence of Ward Burton. Wisconsin native Dave Marcis showed his roots with the green legend "Go Packers" emblazoned on the sides and hood of his Chevrolet to celebrate the Green Bay, Wis., team's appearance in the upcoming NFL championship game. Two days remain in the final test session before racing action begins next week. The Oldfield Grandstand will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily for no charge with access through the DAYTONA USA lobby.

GENERAL MOTORS TEST SPEEDS -- Jan. 20* NO DRIVER/CAR SPEED 40 Robby Gordon/Chevrolet 188.182 mph 4 Sterling Marlin/Chevrolet 188.088 24 Jeff Gordon/Chevrolet 187.672 31 Mike Skinner/Chevrolet 187.492 41 Steve Grissom/Chevrolet 187.406 3 Dale Earnhardt/Chevrolet 187.126 46 Wally Dallenbach/Chevrolet 187.071 25 Ricky Craven/Chevrolet 186.831 5 Terry Labonte/Chevrolet 186.741 36 Derrike Cope/Pontiac 186.575 1 Morgan Shepherd/Pontiac 185.403 33 Ken Schrader/Chevrolet 185.353 17 Darrell Waltrip/Chevrolet 185.303 22 Tracy Leslie/Pontiac 185.079 97 Chad Little/Pontiac 185.037 44 Kyle Petty/Pontiac 184.892 95 Gary Bradberry/Chevrolet 184.831 51 Jeff Purvis/Chevrolet 184.642 43 Bobby Hamilton/Pontiac 184.536 71 Dave Marcis/Chevrolet 184.287 73 Phil Barkdoll/Chevrolet 182.734 96 David Green/Chevrolet 181.759 91 Mike Wallace/Chevrolet 179.867 * Electronic times taken randomly throughout the day.

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Dale Earnhardt , Ward Burton , Derrike Cope , Wally Dallenbach , Jeff Gordon , Bobby Hamilton , Darrell Waltrip , Terry Labonte , Mike Skinner , Kyle Petty , Ken Schrader , Sterling Marlin , Robby Gordon , Mike Wallace , Ricky Craven , Chad Little , Jeff Purvis , David Green , Dave Marcis , Steve Grissom , Gary Bradberry , Morgan Shepherd