REVISION REVISION REVISION NASCAR Winston Cup General Motors stock car testing - Day 2 of 3 LABONTE STILL FASTEST AS GM TEAMS CONCLUDE DAY TWO AT DAYTONA DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- 1996 NASCAR Winston Cup ...
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NASCAR Winston Cup General Motors stock car testing - Day 2 of 3 LABONTE STILL FASTEST AS GM TEAMS CONCLUDE DAY TWO AT DAYTONA
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- 1996 NASCAR Winston Cup champion Terry Labonte posted the fastest time for the second consecutive day as GM NASCAR Winston Cup testing continued Sunday at Daytona International Speedway as teams prepare for the all-new Bud Shootout At Daytona (Feb. 8) and the "Great American Race," the 40th Annual Daytona 500 (Feb. 15).
Labonte was clocked at 47.766 seconds, an average speed of 188.419 mph, in one of two Hendrick Racing Chevrolet Monte Carlos that he drove on the day.
"This is the same car we've run here in the past," said Labonte. "It's a good car and that's a decent speed. That's better than we thought we would run, so we've got to be pretty happy with it." Labonte, who finished second in both NASCAR Winston Cup Series races held at Daytona in 1997, hopes 1998 will finally be his year to capture an elusive Daytona 500 title. "We've come so close in the past. I like Daytona and we think we have a good combination for the racetrack.
"The Daytona 500 is just a hard race to win. It's a race you see people win that it's their first race they've ever won. Then you seen guys like Earnhardt and myself that have run here a lot and run good, that have never won it. 1998 would be a great year to win it. Aside from the record purse (minimum of $6 million), because I won Talladega, I'm eligible for the (No Bull 5) million dollar bonus. In last year's restrictor plate races, we had a first, two seconds and a sixth. We just hope we can maintain that momentum in this race here. It would be nice to win, it's definitely the biggest race we run."
The GM test concludes tomorrow. Ford NASCAR Winston Cup teams will be at the Speedway starting Tuesday to open their first of two three-day January test sessions. A section of the Oldfield Grandstand is open daily at no charge from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. with access through DAYTONA USA, "The Ultimate Motorsports Attraction." Guided tours of the Speedway are also available from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. for a nominal fee.
GENERAL MOTORS TEST SPEEDS -- Jan. 4* NO DRIVER/CAR SPEED NO DRIVER/CAR SPEED 5 Terry Labonte/Chevrolet 188.419 40 Sterling Marlin/Chevrolet 185.613 5a Jack Sprague/Chevrolet 188.387 91 Kevin LePage/Chevrolet 185.494 33 Ken Schrader/Chevrolet 188.182 17 Darrell Waltrip/Chevrolet 185.219 33a Andy Hillenburg/Chevrolet 188.033 96a Mark Green/Chevrolet 184.942 41 Steve Grissom/Chevrolet 187.297 18 Bobby Labonte/Pontiac 184.718 31 Mike Skinner/Chevrolet 186.994 40a Elton Sawyer/Chevrolet 184.211 4 Bobby Hamilton/Chevrolet 186.776 17a Phil Parsons/Chevrolet 183.703 31a Mike Dillon/Chevrolet 186.699 18 Tony Stewart/Pontiac 183.405 8 Hut Stricklin/Chevrolet 186.528 71 Dave Marcis/Chevrolet 183.270 96 David Green/Chevrolet 185.851 03 Dan Pardus/Chevrolet 181.218 * Electronic times taken randomly throughout the day's practice sessions.