Schrader tops Wednesday A.M. practice John Crowley - NASCAR Online DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Feb. 11, 1998) Ken Schrader's No. 33 Skoal Chevrolet was the fastest of 56 cars taking part in NASCAR Winston Cup Series morning practice, Wednesday at ...
Schrader tops Wednesday A.M. practice
John Crowley - NASCAR Online
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Feb. 11, 1998) Ken Schrader's No. 33 Skoal Chevrolet was the fastest of 56 cars taking part in NASCAR Winston Cup Series morning practice, Wednesday at Daytona International Speedway.
The Andy Petree Racing driver topped the speed charts on lap 10 of a maximum 25 as a light collection of clouds and cooler temperatures greeted the NASCAR Winston Cup Series drivers. He was clocked at 190.243 mph, in a time of 47.309.
Schrader was followed by the Ford Tauruses of Jimmy Spencer, at 190.026 mph and Jeff Burton (190.014 mph).
Only three drivers topped 190 mph, compared with Tuesday, when 18 drivers went over the mark, and Mark Martin was fastest at 191.722 mph.
Bud Pole Award winner Bobby Labonte, whose Bud Shootout car was sent to the salvage yard after cutting a tire, is still apparently working out the kinks with his Daytona 500 car.
Labonte's No. 18 Interstate Batteries Pontiac was 49th fastest, at 187.009 mph, behind guys like Michael Ciochetti Jr., Gary Bradberry, Andy Hillenburg, Kevin Lepage and Mark Gibson. Last Saturday, he won his first Daytona Bud Pole at 192.415 mph.
Terry Labonte, who will share the front row with his younger brother on Sunday, was also down a bit. The driver of the No. 5 Kellogg's Corn Flakes Chevrolet was 37th, at 188.206 mph.
Kenny Irwin, who turned in the fastest NASCAR Winston Cup Series test times in January, is still searching for some additional speed. He was the slowest of the four Raybestos Rookie of the Year candidates in the morning session, which lasted from 9:30 to 10:25 EST. Irwin was 31st fastest, at 188.403 mph. Jerry Nadeau's No. 13 FIRSTPLUS Financial Ford produced the top time for the first-year drivers, 47.500 seconds, which translates to 189.474 mph.
Steve Park, the third rookie, was clocked at 189.215, 16th quickest. Kevin Lepage (187.161 mph) was 48th in the No. 91.
The top-10 speeds were: Schrader (190.243); Spencer (190.026); Jeff Burton (190.014); Mike Skinner (189.998); Brett Bodine (189.681); Johnny Benson (189.637); Jeff Gordon (189.534); Wally Dallenbach (189.530); Nadeau (189.350) and Jeff Green (189.434).