Kyle Petty tests At Martinsville

Martinsville, VA (September 19, 2000) --- Kyle Petty tested with the ...

Martinsville, VA (September 19, 2000) --- Kyle Petty tested with the #45 Sprint Chevrolet race team on Tuesday at Martinsville Speedway in preparation for the team's first Winston Cup race with Kyle at the wheel. Petty along with Jeff Burton, Casey Atwood, Mike Skinner, and Wally Dallenbach began a two-day test session for the NAPA AutoCare 500 NASCAR Winston Cup race on October 1. Petty will make his first Winston Cup start with the team for which his son, Adam, was the driver before his fatal crash earlier this year at New Hampshire International Speedway in NASCAR Busch Series practice. Petty said the original schedule for Adam was to run the full Busch season and Winston Cup races at Texas, Charlotte, Bristol, Martinsville and Homestead. "We sat down with Sprint and said we can probably do Martinsville and do Homestead because they were two important markets. The Charlottesville (Va.) market is big for Sprint so we decided to come to Martinsville and tap into the marketing plan they had laid out for Adam at the first of the year," Petty said. Kyle has been driving the Sprint Chevrolet in the Busch Series, but testing with the team is a new experience. "For the #45 team, this is our first Winston Cup test. This is really our first test period because we haven't tested anywhere as a team, but it's been really great so far today," he said late Tuesday afternoon. "I'm used to going to the race track with them and throwing things at it until it works, but working a methodical test and trying different things has been good so far," he said. Petty said he believes the Sprint Busch team will be a good Winston Cup team. "Most of these guys have Winston Cup experience. When we hired these guys it was with the goal in mind to go Winston Cup at some point in time," Petty said. "We put together a Winston Cup team that just happens to be running Busch. They are ready to make the move up to Winston Cup." Petty said he is looking forward to the NAPA AutoCare 500, but it will be an emotional weekend. "It's always exciting to bring a new sponsor to the Winston Cup ranks," Petty said adding, "It will be emotional because this was one of his (Adam) races." Petty finished seventh at Martinsville in last year's NAPA AutoCare 500 driving the Hot Wheels Pontiac. The NAPA AutoCare 500 weekend gets underway with time trials, for the first 25 starting spots, on Friday, September 29 at 3 p.m. Second round qualifying will be Saturday, September 30 at 11:15 a.m. followed by qualifying for the Goody's Body Pain 200 NASCAR Featherlite Modified Tour at 11:30 a.m. The final Winston Cup practice will be held from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. followed by the 3 p.m. start of the Goody's Body Pain 200. Tickets for the Goody's Body Pain 200 are $30 for adults and $5 for children ages 6-12. The NAPA AutoCare 500 gets the green flag at 1 p.m. on Sunday, October 1. Great seats are available for $40-$45 by calling the ticket office toll free at (877) 722-3849 or online at www.martinsvillespeedway.com.

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Jeff Burton , Mike Skinner , Kyle Petty , Casey Atwood