Sacks Quickest as Ford Teams Open Final Pre-season Test at Daytona
20 January 1998DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Greg Sacks of Mattituck, N.Y., posted the fastest speed as Ford NASCAR Winston Cup teams opened their final three-day pre-season test Monday at Daytona International Speedway as teams prepare for the all-new Bud Shootout At Daytona (Feb. 8) and the "Great American Race," the 40th Annual Daytona 500 (Feb. 15).
Sacks was clocked at 47.330 seconds, for an average speed of 190.154 mph, in his No. 98 Ford Thunderbird.
"We have a lot to learn here at Daytona because we really didn't get to where we wanted to be during our test at Talladega," said Jarrett. "As far as feeling like we're as competitive as we need to be, we have a lot of work that has yet to be done. This will be an interesting three days of testing.
"It's hard to say exactly what kind of race car the Taurus will be, with no more track experience than we have had. Whatever anybody says is just purely speculation, we really don't have any idea of what the Taurus may do in traffic or actual race conditions. The Bud Shootout and the Gatorade 125s are going to be a big tune up for us so we can exactly see what we have."
The Ford NASCAR Winston Cup test continues tomorrow. A section of the Oldfield Grandstand is open daily at no charge from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. with access through DAYTONA USA, "The Ultimate Motorsports Attraction." Guided tours of the Speedway are also available from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. for a nominal fee.
FORD TEST SPEEDS -- Jan. 19* NO DRIVER/CAR SPEED NO DRIVER/CAR SPEED 98 Greg Sacks/Ford Thunderbird 190.154 23 Jimmy Spencer/Ford Taurus 186.247 2 Rusty Wallace/Ford Taurus 189.546 47 Billy Standridge/FordThunderbird 185.900 28 Kenny Irwin/Ford Taurus 189.167 6 Mark Martin/Ford Taurus 185.885 99 Jeff Burton/Ford Taurus 188.399 13 Jerry Nadeau/Ford Taurus 185.559 10 Ricky Rudd/Ford Taurus 187.997 7 Geoff Bodine/Ford Taurus 185.548 88 Dale Jarrett/Ford Taurus 187.982 16 Ted Musgrave/Ford Taurus 185.105 9 Lake Speed/Ford Taurus 187.754 11 Brett Bodine/Ford Taurus 184.320 90 Dick Trickle/Ford Taurus 187.040 26 Johnny Benson/Ford Taurus 183.711 81 Kenny Wallace/Ford Taurus 186.351
* Electronic times taken throughout the day's practice sessions.