NASCAR: Sacks Quickest on Second Day of Ford Testing
22 January 1998DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Greg Sacks of Mattituck, N.Y., posted the fastest speed as Ford NASCAR Winston Cup teams continued their final three-day pre-season test Tuesday 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 47.440 seconds, for an average speed of 189.713 mph, in his No. 98 Thorn Apple Valley Ford Thunderbird.
1989 NASCAR Winston Cup champion Rusty Wallace, driver of the No. 2 Miller Lite Ford Taurus, turned in the fourth fastest speed on the day. He was clocked at 47.874 seconds, for an average speed of 188.826 mph.
Rusty Wallace; Fourth Fastest In Day Two Of Testing
"We had a great shot to win the Daytona 500 last year. I finished second in the Bud Shootout, qualified fourth for the 500 and was running great up until the time we lost the motor. If we can avoid that happening again, I think we have a great shot."
The Ford NASCAR Winston Cup test concludes 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. 20* NO DRIVER/CAR SPEED NO DRIVER/CAR SPEED 98 Greg Sacks/Ford Thunderbird 189.713 90 Dick Trickle/Ford Taurus 186.877 28 Kenny Irwin/Ford Taurus 189.310 7 Geoff Bodine/Ford Taurus 186.823 9 Lake Speed/Ford Taurus 188.830 99 Jeff Burton/Ford Taurus 186.761 2 Rusty Wallace/Ford Taurus 188.826 13 Jerry Nadeau/Ford Taurus 186.528 47 Billy Standridge/Ford T-bird188.671 81 Kenny Wallace/Ford Taurus 186.043 88 Dale Jarrett/Ford Taurus 187.966 6 Mark Martin/Ford Taurus 185.502 11 Brett Bodine/Ford T-bird 187.895 21 Michael Waltrip/Ford Taurus 185.223 10 Ricky Rudd/Ford Taurus 187.161 16 Ted Musgrave/Ford Taurus 184.843 23 Jimmy Spencer/Ford Taurus 186.959 26 Johnny Benson/Ford Taurus 184.434 * Electronic times taken throughout the day's practice sessions.Editors Note: The images displayed in this article (plus many more) can be viewed in the Visions of Speed Art Gallery from The Callahan Racing Page.