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NASCARFans E-Mail Newsletter For driver Greg Sacks and Cale Yarborough Motorsports, the decision of whether to test a Ford Taurus or a Thunderbird this week in the final preseason test at Daytona International Speedway was an easy one....

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For driver Greg Sacks and Cale Yarborough Motorsports, the decision of whether to test a Ford Taurus or a Thunderbird this week in the final preseason test at Daytona International Speedway was an easy one. Being the fastest of the Ford isn't simple, but it was something Sacks accomplished with impact this week.

Sacks, who will make his debut for Yarborough Feb. 7 in Bud Pole Qualifying for the Daytona 500, toured the 2.5-mile Daytona course in 47.440 seconds on Tuesday morning, at an average speed of 189.713. He had topped 190 mph on Monday, but on Tuesday most teams made only minute improvements and at the top of the chart not much changed.

Rounding out the top-five speeds Tuesday were: NASCAR Winston Cup Series Rookie of the Year candidate Kenny Irwin in the No. 28 Texaco Havoline Taurus at 47.541 seconds and 189.310 mph; Lake Speed in the No. 9 Cartoon Network Taurus at 47.662 seconds and 188.830 mph; Rusty Wallace, in one of three No. 2 Miller Lite Tauruses he and Buddy Baker tested, at 47.663 seconds and 188.826 mph, and surprising Billy Standridge in the Standridge Racing Thunderbird, who backed up his strong Talladega Bud Pole Qualifying from last fall with a test lap of 47.702 seconds and 188.671 mph. (NASCAR Online)

===== Jan. 21, 1973 -- Mark Donohue, who later will star in Indy car and Formula One, gets his only NASCAR Winston Cup victory in the season-opening Winston Western 500 at Riverside (Calif.) International Raceway. (NASCAR Online)

===== Testing times

Pos No. Name Make Time Speed 1 98 Greg Sacks Thunderbird 47.440 189.713 2 28 Kenny Irwin Taurus 47.541 189.310 3 9 Lake Speed Taurus 47.662 188.830 4 2 Rusty Wallace Taurus 47.663 188.826 5 47 Billy Standridge Thunderbird 47.702 188.671 6 88 Dale Jarrett Taurus 47.881 187.966 7 11A Brett Bodine Thunderbird 47.899 187.895 8 2A Buddy Baker / Rusty Wallace Taurus 48.024 187.406 9 10 Ricky Rudd Taurus 48.087 187.161 10 23 Jimmy Spencer Taurus 48.139 186.959 11 90A Dick Trickle Taurus 48.160 186.877 12 7A Geoff Bodine Taurus 48.174 186.823 13 99 Jeff Burton Taurus 48.190 186.761 14 13 Jerry Nadeau Taurus 48.250 186.528 15 9A Lake Speed Taurus 48.326 186.235 16 11 Brett Bodine Taurus 48.366 186.081 17 81 Kenny Wallace Taurus 48.376 186.043 18 10B Ricky Rudd Taurus 48.460 185.720 19 6 Mark Martin Taurus 48.517 185.502 20 2B Buddy Baker Taurus 48.522 185.483 21 16 Michael Waltrip Taurus 48.590 185.223 22 90 Dick Trickle Taurus 48.621 185.105 23 16 Ted Musgrave Taurus 48.690 184.843 24 81A Kenny Wallace Taurus 48.691 184.839 25 23A Jimmy Spencer Taurus 48.741 184.649 26 26 Johnny Benson Taurus 48.798 184.434 27 13A Jerry Nadeau Thunderbird 49.094 183.322 28 7 Geoff Bodine / Barry Bodine Taurus 49.737 180.952 29 48 Andy Belmont Thunderbird 51.185 175.833 * Electronically recorded by AMB transponders (NASCAR Online) =====

Rusty Wallace on the testing, from the RacingPR website press release:

1989 NASCAR Winston Cup champion Rusty Wallace, driver of the No. 2 Miller Lite Ford Taurus, turned in the fourth fastest speed on the day. He was clocked at 47.874 seconds, for an average speed of 188.826 mph.

"We don't want to come down here next month and come out of the box way behind," said Wallace. "I'm already looking past the learning procedure that we have had to go through with the new car. I'm just concerned with coming down here and running up front and winning the Daytona 500. This team and I are going to give all that we've got to accomplish that goal. I think we'll have a good car, but the whole key on the Taurus is the drag. If we can get around the drag issue, I think we'll be in good shape.

"We had a great shot to win the Daytona 500 last year. I finished second in the Bud Shootout, qualified fourth for the 500 and was running great up until the time we lost the motor. If we can avoid that happening again, I think we have a great shot." =====

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Brett Bodine , Jeff Burton , Dale Jarrett , Dick Trickle , Rusty Wallace , Michael Waltrip , Jimmy Spencer , Kenny Wallace , Jerry Nadeau , Johnny Benson , Ted Musgrave , Andy Belmont , Greg Sacks , Buddy Baker , Cale Yarborough , Mark Donohue , Mark Martin