Pepsi 200 Friday Notebook By Shawn A. Akers BROOKYLN, Mich. (Aug. 14, 1998) Some notes and quotes Friday surrounding Saturday's NASCAR Busch Series Grand National Division Pepsi 200 presented by DeVilbiss at Michigan Speedway: ...
Pepsi 200 Friday Notebook By Shawn A. Akers
BROOKYLN, Mich. (Aug. 14, 1998) Some notes and quotes Friday surrounding Saturday's NASCAR Busch Series Grand National Division Pepsi 200 presented by DeVilbiss at Michigan Speedway:
Second-round qualifying on Friday morning saw Wayne Grubb turn in the fastest speed with a lap 176.289 mph. That moves up him five spots from 31st to 26th, where he'll start Saturday's Pepsi 200 Presented by Devilbiss.
Phil Parsons (176.285 mph), Michael Waltrip (175.362), Ken Schrader (175.174) and Jason Keller (175.093) all improved their speeds from Thursday's first-round effort and will start 27th through 30th, respectively, on Saturday. A total of 19 cars requalified on Friday morning.
Tim Fedewa, Ed Berrier, Shane Hall, Jeff Krogh, Ashton Lewis, Blaise Alexander and Dave Rezendes all had to settle for provisionals. Dave Blaney, Dale Fischlein, J.D. Gibbs, Kevin Schwantz and Lyndon Amick failed to make the field for Saturday's 43-car field event.
Schwantz crashed his primary car in practice on Thursday and couldn't qualify during the first round. His second-round lap was the second-slowest among all cars.
Robert Pressley, who qualified his No. 59 Kingsford/Matchlight Chevrolet in 35th position on Thursday, decided not to try to requalify on Friday morning, instead turning the reins of the car over to Morgan Shepherd. Shepherd then went out and improved a bit on Pressley's Thursday speed with a lap of 174.753 mph, and will start Saturday's race in 31st position.
Pressley has made only one NASCAR Busch Series start since June 5. He won the Bud Pole and finished 14th in the July 19 Kenwood Home and Car Audio 300 at Fontana, Calif.
Jeff Burton's Bud Pole on Thursday with a speed of 177.052 mph was his second of the 1998 season. The driver of the No. 9 Track Gear Ford also won the Bud Pole for the Diamond Hill Plywood 200 at Darlington back in March, when he finished second.
Burton's only NASCAR Busch Series victory this season came in the last series race he ran, the Hardee's 250 at Richmond International Raceway, back in June. No driver has ever won a NASCAR Busch Series race at Michigan Speedway from the pole.
Patty Moise's qualifying efforts have greatly improved over the past few races. The driver of the No. 14 Rhodes Furniture Ford, who had qualified in the top-25 only three times prior to the race in Fontana, Calif., in July, has recorded three consecutive top-25 qualifying efforts following Thursday's effort.
At Fontana, she qualified 25th, followed by a 14th-place effort at Indianapolis two weeks ago. On Thursday, Moise put her Ford in the 19th starting position for Saturday's Pepsi 200.
Mark Martin is the only driver with more than one NASCAR Busch Series victory at Michigan. The driver of the No. 60 Winn-Dixie Ford, who'll start Saturday's race from the outside of Row 4 in the eighth position, has two wins at the 2.0-mile, D-shaped oval, in 1993 and 1995.
Todd Bodine (1992), Bobby Labonte (1994), Jeff Purvis (1996) and Steve Park (1997) are the other winners at Michigan since the NASCAR Busch Series began competition there in 1992.
To virtually no one's surprise, Martin holds several NASCAR Busch Series records at Michigan Speedway, including average finishing position (4.00), races led (4), laps led (292), times led (11), average miles per start (200), money won ($77,060), and average starting position (5.60).
Only Ricky Craven and Phil Parsons have completed more laps at Michigan than Martin. The all-time NASCAR Busch Series leader in victories, Martin also holds the track record for average speed for a race of 169.571 mph, set in 1995.
Source: NASCAR Online