BUSCH: Daytona testing 97-01-17

Ron Fellows busts 189 mph mark in NASCAR Busch Series test at Daytona DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Jan. 17) -- Ron Fellows, a Canadian road racing standout with limited stock car experience, Friday posted a lap of 189.135 mph, the fastest...

Ron Fellows busts 189 mph mark in NASCAR Busch Series test at Daytona

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Jan. 17) -- Ron Fellows, a Canadian road racing standout with limited stock car experience, Friday posted a lap of 189.135 mph, the fastest NASCAR Busch Series stock car test lap of the winter at Daytona International Speedway in preparation for the season-opening Gargoyles 300 on Feb. 15. Fellows drove Jim Bown's Chevrolet. Fellows' lap was the second-quickest stock car test lap of the winter behind NASCAR Winston Cup driver John Andretti's 189.458 mph effort on Jan. 15 in a Ford Thunderbird. Rounding out the top five speeds Friday were 1996 Raybestos Rookie of the Year contender Shane Hall in a Chevrolet at 188.490 mph, Todd Bodine in a Pontiac at 187.817, teammate Mike McLaughlin in a Chevrolet at 187.383 and defending NASCAR Busch Series champion Randy LaJoie at 187.371. Pre-season testing continues Saturday with more than 20 NASCA Goody's Dash Series teams beginning a two-day test in preparation for the Feb. 14 Discount Auto Parts 200. Among drivers expected are defending DAP 200 and series champion Lyndon Amick and local driver Robert Ham of Ormond Beach, a three-time Gatorade Florida Legends Series champion who will run the Dash Series in 1997. A section of the Oldfield Grandstand is open daily at no charge from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. with access through the DAYTONA USA lobby. Guided Speedway tours are also available from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fellows, who is a perennial SCCA Trans-Am Tour championship contender but whose only stock car outing came on the Watkins Glen International road course in the Bud at the Glen, plans a limited NASCAR Busch Series schedule with the team owned and managed by the younger brother of former NASCAR Busch Series champion Chuck Bown. "Owning the team and managing the team and trying to drive is really a time-consuming chore," said Bown, who ran the day's first laps in the car and pronounced the Jack Tant-built engine as a strong one. "Ron is a pro -- I think he'll do fine. I'm going to semi-retire from driving, but I'll still do some (NASCAR Craftsman) truck races. This (racing) is all I've ever done -- I don't think I could walk away from it." "This is different from everything I'm used to in road racing, where you get so much feedback from your hands and arms and the seat of the pants -- and telemtry readings," said Fellows, who has led the SCCA Trans-Am Tour in laps led and victories for each of the last three season and who was understandably thrilled by the test. "Here we don't have any of the computer equipment, so all the feedback came from what what I was feeling. I just tried to be as smooth as I could be." Thirty-eight drivers tested, with the teams of Dale Fischlein and Mark Day replacing those of Jeff Purvis and Kenny Irwin, which left after one day of testing. Practice for the Gargoyles 300 begins on Monday, Feb. 10. Reserved tower seats are available. For information call the Speedway Ticket Office at (904) 253-7223.

NASCAR BUSCH SERIES TEST SPEEDS -- Jan. 17* NO DRIVER/CAR SPEED 51 Ron Fellows/Chevrolet 189.135 mph 8 Jeff Green/Chevrolet 185.517 85 Shane Hall/Chevrolet 188.490 81 Jeff Neal/Chevrolet 185.208 36 Todd Bodine/Pontiac 187.817 33 Tim Fedewa/Chevrolet 185.120 34 Mike McLaughlin/Chevrolet 187.383 60 Mark Martin/Ford 184.949 74 Randy LaJoie/Chevrolet 187.371 29 Elliott Sadler/Chevrolet 184.695 63 Tracy Leslie/Pontiac 187.348 43 Rodney Combs/Chevrolet 184.668 6 Joe Bessey/Chevrolet 187.137 3 Steve Park/Chevrolet 184.566 17 Tim Bender/Chevrolet 186.947 77 Jeff McClure/Ford 184.494 47 Jeff Fuller/Chevrolet 186.749 70 Dale Fischlein/Chevrolet 184.415 00 Buckshot Jones/Pontiac 186.737 5 Terry Labonte/Chevrolet 183.542 10 Phil Parsons/Chevrolet 186.590 37 Mark Green/Chevrolet 183.128 38 Elton Sawyer/Ford 186.471 98 Johnny Chapman/Ford 182.693 57 Jason Keller/Chevrolet 186.297 7 Brad Teague/Chevrolet 182.656 88 Kevin Lepage/Chevrolet 186.243 68 Chris Diamond/Chevrolet 181.778 64 Dick Trickle/Chevrolet 186.204 99 Glenn Allen/Chevrolet 180.752 97 Doug Reid III/Ford 186.181 16 Mark Day/Pontiac 180.727 96 Stevie Reeves/Ford 186.177 97 David Hutto/Chevrolet 180.531 49 Kyle Petty/Chevrolet 186.108 11 Jimmy Foster/Ford 177.641 9 Jeff Burton/Ford 185.628 71 Dennis Setzer/Chevrolet 176.963 * Electronic times taken randomly throughout the day.

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Drivers John Andretti , Jeff Burton , Terry Labonte , Dick Trickle , Todd Bodine , Steve Park , Jason Keller , Kyle Petty , Jeff Fuller , Jeff Green , Kevin Lepage , Shane Hall , Elton Sawyer , Buckshot Jones , Ron Fellows , Mike McLaughlin , Lyndon Amick , Dennis Setzer , Mark Green , Jeff Purvis , Doug Reid , Brad Teague , Phil Parsons , Elliott Sadler , Johnny Chapman , Stevie Reeves , Mark Day , Mark Martin