BUSCH: LaJoie, Sprague and Borkowski Among Quickest in Daytona Test

Daytona Beach, Fla. — Randy LaJoie, the defending NAPA Auto Parts 300 race winner, showed his strength again in a NASCAR Busch Series test session at Daytona International Speedway. The two-time series champion consistently posted top laps ...

Daytona Beach, Fla. — Randy LaJoie, the defending NAPA Auto Parts 300 race winner, showed his strength again in a NASCAR Busch Series test session at Daytona International Speedway.

The two-time series champion consistently posted top laps during both days of the open test on the 2.5-mile tri-oval. He ran off two of the top five times on Tuesday, including the fastest lap of the day (185.816 mph). On Wednesday, LaJoie, a Skip Barber-trained driver, was one of only two drivers to top 186 mph with a 186.270 lap.

Jay Sauter clocked the fastest time overall at 186.672 mph.

Two more drivers with a Skip Barber background were among the Top 10 on Wednesday and overall. NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series champion Jack Sprague rounded out the top five yesterday and was sixth quickest during the entire session at 185.483 mph. Rookie Mike Borkowski, was eighth on Wednesday at 184.744 mph (the best time for a Pontiac) and 10th overall.

Thirty-three teams participated in the test in preparation for the Feb. 19 season opener at Daytona. Ken Schrader won the 1999 Bud Pole Award for the NAPA Auto Parts 300 with a lap of 47.402 seconds, an average speed of 189.865 mph. However, there is a totally different technical package in place for NASCAR this season that has resulted in slower speeds.

- Roy Hasty

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Ken Schrader , Jay Sauter , Jack Sprague , Skip Barber , Mike Borkowski