BUSCH: Martin Fastest at Charlotte Testing

Martin leads as Charlotte testing wraps up CONCORD, N.C. (April 29, 1998) Mark Martin, Dale Jarrett, and David Hutto led the speed parade at Charlotte Motor Speedway Tuesday in the final practice session before the track opens...

   Martin leads as Charlotte testing wraps up
   
   CONCORD, N.C. (April 29, 1998)

Mark Martin, Dale Jarrett, and David Hutto led the speed parade at Charlotte Motor Speedway Tuesday in the final practice session before the track opens in two weeks for Coca-Cola 600 month activities. More than 70 cars from various divisions were on the track during the final 14-hour session.

In preparation for the May 23 CarQuest Auto Parts 300, Martin was unofficially the fastest of 36 NASCAR Busch Series Grand National Division drivers testing. Martin posted the quickest lap time at 30.77 seconds, for an average speed of 175.495 mph. Fellow NASCAR Winston Cup Series regular Dale Jarrett was second fastest with a time of 30.88 seconds, at a speed of 174.870 mph.

Matt Kenseth was fastest among NASCAR Busch Series regulars, and third-best overall, taking his Chevrolet around the 1.5-mile oval in 30.94 seconds, for a speed of 174.531 mph. Jeff Burton followed close behind Kenseth with a 30.98-second lap, and Mark Krogh rounded out the top-five with a lap at 31.00 seconds.

Several NASCAR Busch Series drivers looking for speed found the wall instead. Kevin Schwantz hit in Turn 4 around noon. A blown oil line caused Chad Little, driving the Dr. Pepper Ford for Jimmy Foster, to hit the wall in Turn 2. Around 2:30 p.m., Blaise Alexander backed his car hard into the Turn 4 wall. Kelly Denton also made contact with the Turn 4 wall this afternoon. None of the drivers were injured.

Hutto posted the best speed among nearly 20 Goody's Dash Series, NASCAR Touring, entries. NASCAR Busch Series Grand National Division Results Pos. Driver Time Speed 1. Mark Martin 30.77 175.495 2. Dale Jarrett 30.88 174.870 3. Matt Kenseth 30.94 174.531 4. Jeff Burton 30.98 174.306 5. Mark Krogh 31.00 174.193 6T. Loy Allen 31.05 173.913 6T. Mike McLaughlin 31.05 173.913 8. Kevin LePage 31.12 173.521 9. Patty Moise 31.18 173.187 10T. Lance Hooper 31.20 173.076 10T. Jeff Krogh 31.20 173.076 12. Robert Pressley 31.22 172.966 13. Lyndon Amick 31.23 172.910 14. Elton Sawyer 31.25 172.800 15T. Buckshot Jones 31.30 172.523 15T. Blaise Alexander 31.30 172.523 15T. Jim Bown 31.30 172.523 15T. Stanton Barrett 31.30 172.523 19. Joe Bessey 31.35 172.248 20. Jason Keller 31.37 172.138 21. Shane Hall 31.38 172.084 22. Kelly Denton 31.50 171.428 23. Derrike Cope 31.55 171.156 24. Ed Berrier 31.59 170.940 25. Andy Santerre 31.60 170.886 26. Doug Reid 31.70 170.347 27. Kevin Cywinski 31.90 169.278 28T. Stevie Reeves 31.92 169.172 28T. Kenny Irwin 31.92 169.172 30. Mike Cope 32.10 168.224 Dave Blaney n/a Bobby Hillin n/a Joe Nemechek n/a Chad Little n/a Kevin Schwantz n/a Rich Bickle n/a Goody's Dash Series, NASCAR Touring Results Pos. Driver Time Speed 1. David Hutto 34.19 157.940 2. Jake Hobgood 34.50 156.521 3. Mike Swaim Jr. 35.33 152.844 4T. Doc Brewer 35.71 151.218 4T. Ricky Bryant 35.71 151.218

Source: NASCAR Online

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Rich Bickle , Jeff Burton , Derrike Cope , Dale Jarrett , Matt Kenseth , Jason Keller , Joe Nemechek , Shane Hall , Elton Sawyer , Buckshot Jones , Robert Pressley , Kevin Schwantz , Mike McLaughlin , Lyndon Amick , Blaise Alexander , Chad Little , Lance Hooper , Doug Reid , Ed Berrier , Stanton Barrett , Dave Blaney , Stevie Reeves , Mark Martin