LAS VEGAS - For the second consecutive day, Todd Bodine set the pace during Las Vegas Motor Speedway's open test session. But Wednesday, Bodine's time was better than any times set during the entire three days of testing. Bodine's fast lap of ...
LAS VEGAS - For the second consecutive day, Todd Bodine set the pace during Las Vegas Motor Speedway's open test session. But Wednesday, Bodine's time was better than any times set during the entire three days of testing.
Bodine's fast lap of 31.47 seconds (171.648 miles per hour) easily eclipsed the next best time set by Rusty Wallace, who toured the 1.5-mile superspeedway in 31.700 seconds (170.347) on Wednesday. Those were the only two times better than Elliott Sadler's 31.796-second lap on Monday. There were 13 NASCAR Winston Cup teams present for Wednesday's test.
"We've got this car about as good as we could get it," Bodine said. "We have worked hard on this test both days here. We thought about some things last night that we would try today, and everything we thought would work did. We were fast on qualifying set-up and race set-up."
Wallace also left Las Vegas feeling good about his return for the March 4 UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400.
"We were terrible here last year," Wallace said. "We were fast in qualifying trim and in race trim. I know we're going to be a lot better here this year than we were last year."
Tim Sauter paced a group of 13 NASCAR Busch Series drivers who were preparing for the March 3 Sam's Town 300. Sauter turned a lap in 32.53 seconds (166.037 mph), which was a lot faster than Marty Houston's second-best time of 33.16 (162.901 mph).
Ryan Newman was involved in the day's only incident. The NASCAR Winston Cup rookie made contact with the turn-two wall around noon. Newman spent the remainder of the day testing one of Wallace's back-up cars under the watchful eye of racing veteran Buddy Baker.
Here is a complete list of Wednesday's testing times for NASCAR Winston Cup teams: Todd Bodine (31.47 seconds), Rusty Wallace (31.70), Michael Waltrip (31.80), Johnny Benson (31.90), Robert Pressley (32.02), Dale Jarrett (32.12), Jeremy Mayfield (32.20), Robby Gordon (32.32), Mike Wallace (32.30), Ricky Rudd (32.39), Ron Hornaday (32.40) and Ryan Newman (32.61).
oining Sauter and Houston for Busch Series testing were Jamie McMurray, Blaise Alexander, Chad Chaffin, Kevin Grubb, Larry Foyt, Rick Johnson, Rich Bickle, Mike Dillon, Bobby Hamilton Jr., Michael Waltrip and Mark Green.
Benson and Mike Wallace will be the only two NASCAR Winston are the teams scheduled to test on Thursday. Bodine and Waltrip are expected to test Busch cars on Thursday.