Earnhardt Turns Quick Lap at Daytona

EARNHARDT TURNS QUICK LAP AS PEPSI 400 TESTING CLOSES 1998 Daytona 500 champion Dale Earnhardt, driving his familiar No. 3 Goodwrench Service Plus Chevrolet, recorded the quickest lap Tuesday at Daytona International Speedway as a two-day ...

EARNHARDT TURNS QUICK LAP AS PEPSI 400 TESTING CLOSES

1998 Daytona 500 champion Dale Earnhardt, driving his familiar No. 3 Goodwrench Service Plus Chevrolet, recorded the quickest lap Tuesday at Daytona International Speedway as a two-day test session in preparation for the Oct. 17 Pepsi 400 came to a close. Earnhardt's lap of 189.514 mph bettered laps clocked by Ernie Irvan (189.268 mph) and Geoff Bodine (188.838 mph). Irvan recorded the quick lap of the session on Monday with a time of 47.44 sec., for an average speed of 189.713 mph.

The July 4 Pepsi 400, and related activities, were postponed to Oct. 15-17 at the "World Center of Racing" due to wildfires in the Volusia County area. The much-anticipated 40th Pepsi 400 on Oct. 17, will be preceded on Oct. 15-16 with practice and qualifying. Although all tickets for the Pepsi 400 race have been sold, tickets for Pepsi 400 Pole Night are still available by calling the Speedway ticket office at 904-253-7223.

TEST SPEEDS -- Oct. 6

No. DRIVER/CAR TIME SPEED 3 Dale Earnhardt/Chevrolet 47.49 secs 189.514 mph 36 Ernie Irvan/Pontiac 47.55 189.268 7 Geoff Bodine/Ford 47.66 188.838 30 Derrike Cope/Pontiac 47.68 188.758 3a Mike Dillon/Chevrolet 47.80 188.285 89 Dennis Setzer/Ford 47.88 187.970 13 Ted Musgrave/Ford 47.89 187.931 41 Rick Wilson/Chevrolet 48.12 187.032 11 Brett Bodine/Ford 48.50 185.567

TEST SPEEDS -- Cumulative (Oct. 5-6)

No. DRIVER/CAR TIME SPEED 36 Ernie Irvan/Pontiac 47.44 secs 189.713 mph 3 Dale Earnhardt/Chevrolet 47.49 189.514 7 Geoff Bodine/Ford 47.66 188.838 30 Derrike Cope/Pontiac 47.68 188.758 3a Mike Dillon/Chevrolet 47.78 188.363 89 Dennis Setzer/Ford 47.88 187.970 13 Ted Musgrave/Ford 47.89 187.931 41 Rick Wilson/Chevrolet 48.12 187.032 11 Brett Bodine/Ford 48.50 185.567 Note -- Hand-timed speeds randomly taken throughout the night.

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Dale Earnhardt , Brett Bodine , Derrike Cope , Ernie Irvan , Ted Musgrave , Dennis Setzer