Waltrip fastest in Daytona test

Two-time Daytona 500 winner Michael Waltrip outlined that he will be a serious challenge for a third win in NASCAR's blue riband event by setting the fastest time on the first day of pre-season testing at the 2.5mile Superspeedway in Florida yesterday (Tuesday)

Waltrip fastest in Daytona test

The Dale Earnhardt Inc driver set the fastest time in both the morning and afternoon sessions, with a fastest overall time of 48.171s. However, Waltrip's day wasn't entirely perfect, as a broken oil line caused him to crash into the wall, inflicting significant damage upon his car.

"We blew an oil line off and coated the front tyres with oil," explained Waltrip, who was able to continue running in a back-up car. "It happened so fast, I really don't know what went on. I went down into the turn and a little bit of smoke puffed up and I was in the wall and idling down the back straightaway before I figured out what happened."

Petty Enterprises driver Jeff Green was a surprising second fastest in the test, which was run for team's that had finished in odd numbered positions in the 2003 Winston Cup standings. Joe Nemecheck was third quickest for MB2 Motorsports, ahead of the second DEI entry of Dale Earnhardt Jr.



Michael Waltrip DEI Chevrolet 48.171s
Jeff Green Petty Enterprises Dodge 48.430s
Joe Nemecheck MB2 Motorsports Chevrolet 48.519s
Dale Earnhardt Jr DEI Chevrolet 48.668s
Dale Jarrett Robert Yates Racing Ford 48.717s
Jamie McMurray Ganassi Racing Dodge 48.788s
Brendan Gaughan Penske-Jasper Dodge 48.858s
Mark Martin Roush Racing Ford 48.877s
Matt Kenseth Roush Racing Ford 48.903s
Kurt Busch Roush Racing Ford 48.926s

shares
comments
Penske adds third car

Previous article

Penske adds third car

Next article

Gibbs returns to NFL coaching

Gibbs returns to NFL coaching
Load comments
Why NASCAR's most resilient driver has landed on his feet at 23XI Plus

Why NASCAR's most resilient driver has landed on his feet at 23XI

In a career that has had many ups and downs, Kurt Busch has been written off many times before. But facing career uncertainty after the sale of Chip Ganassi's NASCAR team, the 2004 Cup champion has found a new berth at Denny Hamlin and Michael Jordan's 23XI organisation - which underlines his enduring value

NASCAR
Aug 31, 2021
The F1 nearly-man winding back the clock in NASCAR’s European cousin Plus

The F1 nearly-man winding back the clock in NASCAR’s European cousin

A multiple F3000 race winner, Marc Goossens was on the precipice of making Formula 1 in the 1990s - but a lack of budget left him without a path to the promised land. Turning to an illustrious racing career in sportscars, Goossens left the endurance circuit to try his hand at racing stock cars - and now calls the NASCAR Euro Series home

NASCAR
Jul 1, 2021
Why a British prospect is trying to make it in NASCAR Plus

Why a British prospect is trying to make it in NASCAR

There has never been a full-time British driver in the NASCAR Cup. But Alex Sedgwick, who is rising through the stock car ranks, wants that to change and could be a trailblazer for European talents to reach the top echelons of the NASCAR ladder

NASCAR
Feb 28, 2021
How Earnhardt’s death changed American motorsport Plus

How Earnhardt’s death changed American motorsport

It's 20 years since legendary driver Dale Earnhardt Sr died at the Daytona 500, but the legacy of his crash continues today through the pioneering safety work done by NASCAR

NASCAR
Feb 18, 2021
The NASCAR subplots to keep an eye on in 2021 Plus

The NASCAR subplots to keep an eye on in 2021

This weekend's Daytona 500 kickstarts a NASCAR Cup season that promises plenty of intrigue courtesy of new owners and a refreshed calendar. Here's what you need to know ahead of the new season

NASCAR
Feb 12, 2021
How a second-chance NASCAR ace is rebuilding his career Plus

How a second-chance NASCAR ace is rebuilding his career

From a disgraced NASCAR exile, Kyle Larson has been given a shot at redemption by the powerhouse Hendrick Motorsports squad. Replacing seven-time champion Jimmie Johnson is no easy billing, but Larson has every intention of repaying the team's faith

NASCAR
Feb 11, 2021
Autosport's top 5 NASCAR machines Plus

Autosport's top 5 NASCAR machines

The American stock car scene is more famous for its close racing and occasional punch-ups, but there have been some fantastic machines too. As part of Autosport's 70th anniversary celebrations in 2020, we picked out five of its best

NASCAR
Jan 3, 2021
Why NASCAR's latest second-generation champion is just getting started Plus

Why NASCAR's latest second-generation champion is just getting started

Chase Elliott's late charge to the 2020 NASCAR Cup title defied predictions that it would be a Kevin Harvick versus Denny Hamlin showdown. While the two veterans are showing no signs of slowing down, Elliott's triumph was a window into NASCAR's future

NASCAR
Nov 17, 2020