Daytona Test: Monday notes

DAYTONA BEACH, FL (January 13, 2002) - With the 2002 NASCAR season just weeks away the NASCAR teams are visiting Daytona International Speedway to shake down their new cars in preparation for Speedweeks 2002. The Goody's Dash Series, NASCAR ...

DAYTONA BEACH, FL (January 13, 2002) - With the 2002 NASCAR season just weeks away the NASCAR teams are visiting Daytona International Speedway to shake down their new cars in preparation for Speedweeks 2002.

The Goody's Dash Series, NASCAR Touring teams were at the speedway Saturday and Sunday preparing for the NASCAR stock car season opener. The Daytona USA.com "150" will be run on Saturday, February 9, 2002 immediately following Bud Pole Daytona 500 Qualifying for the Winston Cup Series.

Two-time series' Champion Larry Caudill posted the fastest time with a speed of 164.868 mph. Caudill is teamed up with Crenshaw Motorsports for the event. The team announced that their sponsor for the event will be "Sunsational" a beverage produced by Vitality Foods in Tampa, Florida. Caudill has won the event three times (1987, 1988, and 1995). "I appreciate George Crenshaw giving me the opportunity to run Daytona in this car. This team won the pole last year so we have high expectations for the race. I love running at Daytona, we have had a lot of success here. And even at my age (52) I know I can still drive a race car," commented Caudill.

Defending series' Champion, Cam Strader posted the second fastest time. He has switched from Mercury to a Ford Escort ZX2 for the Daytona event. "We feel that the ZX2 body provides us with a better aero package for the super speedways. We are looking forward to defending our Championship in 2002," said Strader.

Randy Humphrey was listed as sixth fastest overall, but he was quick to point out that his time was not a result of drafting with another car. "We wanted to know what we were capable of by ourselves. We know that the car will draft well in the race. It was important for us to find out what we had on our own," stated Humphrey.

Other notes: Defending race winner, Justin Hobgood, posted the third quickest time. The series' two female drivers, Angie Wilson and Kelly Sutton showed that they will return in February well prepared for the race. Sutton has teamed up with Cam Strader and has acquired Strader's Championship Crew Chief, Barry Owens, to guide her efforts in contending for the MAG-KLIP Rookie of the Year honors. Former series' Champions David Hutto and Robert Huffman were both in the top ten with their practice speeds. The 1997 series' Champion, Mike Swaim, Jr., rejoins the Goody's Dash Series in 2002. He will drive the Toyota Celica entry for the Weaver/Watson racing team.

Interesting news: Series' Director Mike Simons and Wanda Atwell exchanged vows at a private ceremony Saturday night. Ed Cox, from NASCAR gave the bride away. Mike's brother, (and series flagman) Brian Simons, served as the bestman. Pam Shook served as Matron of Honor.

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Series NASCAR
Drivers Brian Simo , Cam Strader , Angie Wilson , Robert Huffman , Justin Hobgood