October 3, 2001
Teams Test At
MARTINSVILLE, VA. (Oct. 2, 2001) - Consistency was the goal at Martinsville Speedway Tuesday.
Speed will be the target of more than a half-dozen Winston Cup teams on Wednesday.
the Old Dominion 500 Winston Cup race at Martinsville Speedway is still 12 days away, but it sounded
like a race day Tuesday. Kevin Harvick, Bobby Hamilton, Terry Labonte, Ken Schrader, Ricky Craven,
Hermie Sadler, Rusty Wallace and Tony Stewart were at the track, trying to get their cars dialed in for
the Old Dominion 500. All but Wallace and Harvick will be back today for another day of testing, which
will be open to the public at no charge.
The eight teams worked on race setup Tuesday and because of that, times were well off of Tony Stewart's
track record of 19.855 seconds (95.371) set last fall. All teams reported times in the neighborhood of 20.50
seconds to 20.60 seconds. "We're just working on race stuff," said Bobby Hamilton, who won the Virginia
500 at Martinsville in 1998. "We brought the same car here we had last spring and we've hardly done anything
to it today. We've just been working on shock setup and things like that." Ken Schrader and his M&M team
were doing the same. "We're just setting the shocks in and see what they are like," said Newt Moore, Schrader's crew chief. "We're just shaking it down good today."
Terry Labonte said he and his Kellogg's crew were trying
to "break in some brakes" in preparation for the Old Dominion 500, scheduled for Sunday, October 14.
been a long time since we tested here," said Labonte. "We figured it would be good to come up here and
try some things and work on the brakes some." Wednesday will be spent working on going fast instead of
stopping quick. All the teams that are returning plan on spending a good portion of Wednesday dialing in qualifying setups.
And no one needs to find the best qualifying setup any worse than Hermie Sadler. The
Emporia, VA driver is driving a limited schedule with the Virginia Lottery as his sponsor. His failed to make
the spring race here and doesn't want a repeat performance in a few days. "We're going to work on qualifying runs all day Wednesday," said Sadler. "Qualifying is what we really have to shoot for. Tomorrow we'll be in qualifying trim all day."
Qualifying for the Old Dominion 500 is scheduled for Friday, October 12 at 3:05 p.m.
On Saturday, October 13, the NASCAR Featherlite Modified Series will run the Advance Auto Parts 200 beginning at 2:45 p.m.
Tickets for the Advance Auto Parts 200 are $30 each and children ages 6-12 get in for $5. All seats are unreserved.
Great reserved seats for the Old Dominion 500 are available in the towers for $40-$60. Tickets can be ordered by calling the speedway ticket office toll free at 1-877-722-3849 or (540) 956-3151. Tickets also can be ordered online at www.martinsvillespeedway.com