JARRETT RECORDS FASTEST SPEED FOR SECOND DAY IN A ROW AT DAYTONA DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Jan. 10) -- Dale Jarrett posted the fastest time in Ford Motor Company NASCAR Winston Cup stock car testing for the second day in a row Wednesday at ...
JARRETT RECORDS FASTEST SPEED FOR SECOND DAY IN A ROW AT DAYTONA
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Jan. 10) -- Dale Jarrett posted the fastest time in Ford Motor Company NASCAR Winston Cup stock car testing for the second day in a row Wednesday at Daytona International Speedway. Jarrett, driving for Robert Yates Racing, was the fastest of five stock car drivers who took laps in the test session in preparation for the Feb. 18 Daytona 500 and the Feb. 11 Daytona ARCA 200.
Jarrett, the 1993 Daytona 500 winner and defending 500 Busch Pole Award winner, Wednesday was clocked at 48.195 seconds, an average speed of 186.741 mph.
Wally Dallenbach, former driver for Roush Racing and Petty Enterprises, was at the test driving two Bud Moore-prepared Ford Thunderbirds -- happy to be back at Daytona for the first time since a brief cameo appearance at Speedweeks '95.
"We're here testing for the Daytona 500 and hoping that we're going to be coming back for the race," said the versatile Dallenbach, a former SCCA Trans-Am and IMSA GTS-1 road racing champion. "A lot of it is going to depend on the sponsorship situation. We don't have a sponsor right now but we're looking very hard."
Dallenbach, who equalled a career-best second-place finish in the 1995 Bud at the Glen road course event at Watkins Glen International driving in a substitute role for Bill Davis Racing, was happy to be in Daytona with Moore. "I'm glad to be here with this team," he said enthusiastically. "The Moores and I have been trying to get hooked up for about three or four years and circumstances just prevented it. I believe we'll be back to race (in February), but after that the team won't be able to go racing without a sponsor."
Dallenbach, who did not have a full-time ride for the 1995 season, is eager to compete again on a regular basis in Winston Cup racing. "I didn't have a very high profile last year. I drove two Winston Cup races, one SuperTruck race, I ran the Pikes Peak Hillclimb and I did some testing for different teams -- I stayed active.
"I didn't go to a lot of races just to have my face seen. That's very hard for me. What I did do was spend a lot of time on airplanes and in boardrooms trying to promote sponsorship and put things together. I learned a lot about that end of the sport although nothing came together for me."
After a harrowing trip from Virginia, team owner Junie Donlavey's crew showed with a pair of T-birds for Mike Wallace. In addition, Ron Barfield continued to test the waters for his ARCA debut in an Elliott-Hardy Racing 'bird.
In Alabama, driver Rusty Wallace was reportely "iced out" for the second straight day Wednesday at Talladega Superspeedway.
At Daytona, Ford's test will conclude on Thursday. A section of the Oldfield Grandstand is open daily at no charge from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. with access through the Visitors' Center. Guided tours of the Speedway are also available from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. for a nominal fee.
FORD TEST SPEEDS -- Jan. 10*
NO DRIVER/CAR TIME SPEED 88 Dale Jarrett/Ford 48.195 secs 186.741 mph 94 Bill Elliott/Ford 49.198 182.934 90 Mike Wallace/Ford 49.692 181.116 15 Wally Dallenbach/Ford 49.814 180.672
* Electronic times taken randomly throughout the day.
WALLY DALLENBACH (#15 Bud Moore Racing Ford) -- (On sponsorship search.) There are some opportunities out there which would let us run a limited schedule. At this point in time, it's going to be hard to find sponsorship which will let us go racing for the entire season. Hopefully something will come through.
I've always wanted to work for these guys. I spent last year working on getting into a really good situation for this season. So far, everything is on course as long as the rest of it -- sponsorship -- comes.
We've got two cars here. One car is the team's favorite. It's a 1993 or '94 chassis with the '95 nose on it. That one has worked good for them on the superspeedways. The other car is a new one with the '96 nose on it. We're comparing both to see what they do differently. I think things have gone well. We're just getting over our baselining situation. Now, we can work on things to make the cars faster.
Moore was on hand with the key members of his operation, including son Greg and General Manager, former NASCAR Winston Cup independent stalwart Jimmy Means and his long-time sidekick, mechanic Bryan Dorsey.