Wallace And Mayfield Will Be Tough Team In Goody''s Body Pain 500

Martinsville, VA---Rusty Wallace was fast in his second day of testing at Martinsville Speedway on Thursday and the test will make he and teammate Jeremy Mayfield a force in the Goody's Body Pain 500 NASCAR Winston Cup race on April 9. ...

Martinsville, VA---Rusty Wallace was fast in his second day of testing at Martinsville Speedway on Thursday and the test will make he and teammate Jeremy Mayfield a force in the Goody's Body Pain 500 NASCAR Winston Cup race on April 9. The Penske Racing teammates turned quick times in qualifying and race setup with Wallace working on time trials and Mayfield solely preparing his car for the race. Wallace ran a 19.93 seconds, 95.013 miles per hour lap for the second day in a row in qualifying trim. The qualifying record was set, a year ago, by Tony Stewart at 19.875 seconds, 95.275 mph. Maybe even more impressive was Mayfield turning laps as fast as 20.10 seconds with a race setup. "I'm happy with my car just the way it is. After we prepare it for qualifying, it ought to be fast," Mayfield said at the end of testing. "My race setup is as fast as I have ever qualified here." Wallace was pleased with his car, but as always he wanted more. "We have tried four or five different setups, but haven't gotten any quicker than that .93 so far. It's pretty wild, because it's really hard to get the car running fast in just a couple of laps here because it's hard to get the heat in the tires. But it's typical Martinsville," he said. Mayfield believes he and Wallace work well together during a joint test as each one has a specific mission. "We do that every time we get to test together. We tested together a lot in 1998. In 1999, they would test at one track and we would test at another. That was not to bad. Usually when we both come to the track together we get twice the information and that helps us more than anything." Elliott Sadler and the Wood Brothers CITGO Ford team joined Penske Racing at the test on Wednesday and spent the day getting a "general baseline" for their car and will return for a second day of practice on Thursday. "We are going to get into qualifying tomorrow morning and race stuff tomorrow afternoon. We want to get a handle on the car and get our general direction right now," Sadler said. The car the team plans to bring has raced twice in the past, but not at Martinsville. "It's a pretty good race car. We didn't know if we wanted to bring it here because it's got such a good body on it," Sadler said, expecting the usual fender rubbing that goes along with racing at Martinsville. "Being as it's so close to home, we wanted to try to do the best we can." The action gets underway at Martinsville Speedway in the Goody's Body Pain 500/NAPA 250 weekend with Craftsman Truck Series time trials at 1:40 p.m. on Friday, April 7 followed by Bud Pole qualifying for the Winston Cup Series at 3 p.m. The NAPA 250 Craftsman Truck race starts at 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 8 and tickets are $30 for adults and $5 for children ages 6-12. The Goody's Body Pain 500 begins at 1 p.m. on Sunday, April 9 and great seats are still available for the race. For tickets call toll-free at 1-877-RACE-TIX. For more information on the Goody's Body Pain 500 go to www.martinsvillespeedway.com.

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Jeremy Mayfield , Tony Stewart , Rusty Wallace , Elliott Sadler
Teams Team Penske