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NASCAR: Kenny Irwin Fastest in Final Daytona Night Test

11 June 1998

Kenny Irwin
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- NASCAR Winston Cup Raybestos Rookie-of-the-Year Candidate Kenny Irwin posted the fastest speed on the third and final night of NASCAR Winston Cup testing Wednesday at Daytona International Speedway in preparation for the inaugural nighttime running of the Pepsi 400 on July 4.

Irwin was clocked at 46.950 seconds, for an average speed of 191.693 mph in his No. 28 Texaco Havoline Ford Taurus. The drivers rounding out the top-five included Mark Martin (190.034 mph), Michael Waltrip (189.673 mph), Rusty Wallace (189.593) and Sterling Marlin (188..996 mph).

The first official nighttime activity of Pepsi 400 weekend is Bud Pole Award Qualifying under the lights on Thursday, July 2 at 8:15 p.m.

Race fans can witness Daytona's new lighting system and two nights of NASCAR Winston Cup practice and qualifying for the price of one, by purchasing a Collectible Pole Night Ticket on or before July 1. By purchasing a Collectible Pole Night Ticket for Thursday's qualifying in advance, race fans receive all of Friday's track action for free including two rounds of practice and all of second-round qualifying. Call the Speedway Ticket Office at (904) 253-7223, or for more information visit

                        NASCAR WINSTON CUP TEST SPEEDS -- June 10*

NO  DRIVER                      SPEED           NO  DRIVER            SPEED
28   Kenny Irwin                191.693 mph     89   Dennis Setzer   187.891
 6   Mark Martin                190.034         35   Todd Bodine     187.344
21   Michael Waltrip            189.673          7   Geoff Bodine    186.645
 2   Rusty Wallace              189.593         98   Rich Bickle     186.490
40   Sterling Marlin            188.996         77   Robert Pressley 185.529
31   Mike Skinner               188.838         15   Blaise Alexander184.388
96   Hut Stricklin              188.009         07   Dan Pardus      184.351
 * Electronic times taken randomly throughout the day.
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