Ford Daytona test, day two

Craven shows speed in new ride By Dave Rodman DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Jan. 9, 2001) -- Matt Kenseth continued as the fastest Ford driver Tuesday as 20 Taurus teams staged a full day of preseason Winston Cup testing under sunny skies at Daytona ...

Craven shows speed in new ride
By Dave Rodman

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Jan. 9, 2001) -- Matt Kenseth continued as the fastest Ford driver Tuesday as 20 Taurus teams staged a full day of preseason Winston Cup testing under sunny skies at Daytona International Speedway.

Kenseth, who placed both of his No. 17 Roush Racing Tauruses at the top of the speed chart in a four-hour rain-shortened session Monday, was fastest again on Tuesday, discounting three cars that clocked their fastest electronically timed laps while drafting. Kenseth’s run around the 2.5-mile trioval was in 49.576 seconds on Tuesday morning, an average speed of 181.539 mph.

His best lap Monday was 182.271 mph. Tuesday afternoon, Rusty Wallace (49.102/183.292), Dale Jarrett (183.195) and Ricky Rudd (183.184) posted faster laps than Kenseth while running in a two-car draft that developed into a three-car set when Wallace joined the Robert Yates Racing teammates.

Teams began testing at about 9 a.m. and broke for an hour lunch.

Second best in single car runs Tuesday was surprising Ricky Craven, who marched up the chart in Cal Wells’ No. 32 Ford to post a 49.584-second lap, an average of 181.510 mph. He was followed by Mark Martin (180.926), Robert Pressley (180.437) and Rudd (180.014).

The test is scheduled to conclude at mid-day Wednesday. GM cars will begin a two-day test Thursday morning. -nascar.com

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Dale Jarrett , Matt Kenseth , Rusty Wallace , Robert Pressley , Ricky Craven , Robert Yates , Mark Martin
Teams Yates Racing