Casey Mears Tops Charts in Second Day of Testing at Richmond International Raceway Richmond, VA -- April 12, 2006 - Day two of NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series testing at Richmond International Raceway ended with Casey Mears at the top of the...
Casey Mears Tops Charts in Second Day of Testing at Richmond International Raceway
Richmond, VA -- April 12, 2006 - Day two of NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series testing at Richmond International Raceway ended with Casey Mears at the top of the speed charts. For the second day in a row, NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series drivers tested from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. in preparation for the May 6 race "under the lights."
Kevin Harvick, who thinks the 12 hour test sessions are a bit long, clocked the fastest time in the morning session (9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.) at 21.343 seconds (126.505 mph).
"The testing is way to long first off, we should start it about noon. It's the 24 hours of Richmond. The test is going good, we've run through a lot of stuff. They won't sell us anymore tires. We only have one more set of tires so that's what we're gonna do for the rest of the night is burn up one more set of tires and go home."
Kyle Busch had the two best times in the afternoon session (1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.) at 21.331 seconds (126.576 mph) and 21.401 seconds (126.162 mph). Teams bring two cars to a test session so they can prepare a primary and back up car for the upcoming race. Casey Mears ended the final session of the night (6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.) with a 21.293 second run (126.802 mph).
Only a handful of drivers will return Thursday for the final day of testing at Richmond International Raceway. The grandstands are open free to the public from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. The teams and drivers will take a break from on-track action from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Tickets for the May 5 Circuit City 250 Presented by FUNAI NASCAR Busch Series race are on sale now at the Richmond International Raceway ticket office and online at www.racetickets.com. Come out to cheer on your favorite NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series drivers as they battle to beat NASCAR Busch Series stars to the checkered flag.
The top 10 fastest drivers of the day on Richmond International Raceway's ¾-mile oval, regardless of morning, afternoon or evening session were:* <pre> 1. No. 42 Casey Mears -- E 21.293 seconds 126.802 mph 2. No. 5b Kyle Busch -- A 21.331 seconds 126.576 mph 3. No. 29 Kevin Harvick -- M 21.343 seconds 126.505 mph 4. No. 12b Ryan Newman -- E 21.360 seconds 126.404 mph 5. No. 5 Kyle Busch -- A 21.401 seconds 126.162 mph 6. No. 21 Ken Schrader -- M 21.418 seconds 126.062 mph 7. No. 66 Jeff Green -- E 21.443 seconds 125.915 mph 8. No. 40 David Stremme -- E 21.447 seconds 125.892 mph 9. No. 6b Mark Martin -- A 21.492 seconds 125.628 mph 10. No. 1b Martin Truex, Jr. -- E 21.507 seconds 125.541 mph
Legend* M - Morning Session from 9:00 a.m. to Noon A - Afternoon Session from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. E - Evening Session from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.