NASCAR Winston Cup Rookie of the Year
contender Jamie McMurray topped the unofficial speed charts in day
one of a two-day testing session on Tuesday at Lowe’s Motor
Last October at this very track, Jamie McMurray went from unknown to
history maker, becoming the fastest driver to score their first
career Winston Cup victory since 1963, winning the UAW-GM Quality
500 in just his second career start, driving in relief for injured
driver Sterling Marlin.
McMurray posted a lap 29.834 seconds (181.002 mph) around the
1.5-mile superspeedway in the #42 Havoline Dodge, one of seven teams
taking part in the twilight session in preparation for the Oct. 11
race, the first time the fall race has been held under the lights at
McMurray's pacesetting lap was posted after the sun had set and the
track surface cooled, nearly identical conditions teams will face
during Bojangles' Pole Night qualifying on Thursday, Oct. 9.
Dale Jarrett, a two-time UAW-GM Quality 500 winner, was second
fastest on the unofficial watches at 180.566 mph in the No. 88 UPS
The third fastest time of the night was set by part-time ARCA driver
Jeff Fultz, putting up a lap of 180.391 mph in the #55 Ford.
A pair of NASCAR Busch Series stars rounded out the top five. Series
points leader, making his debut driving the #57 Ford, was fourth
fastest with a lap of 179.509 mph. Scott Wimmer, a five-time winner
in the Busch Series, was fifth fastest with a lap of 177.954 mph.
The session was halted twice during the six-hour session, the first
being a one-hour stoppage for rain. On-track action was stopped yet
again when Christian Fittipaldi’s No. 44 Dodge scraped the outside
wall in turn four, the only on-track incident of the day.
The unofficial speeds:
1. Jamie McMurray, 181.002 mph; 2. Dale Jarrett, 180.566; 3. Jeff
Fultz, 180.391; 4. Scott Riggs, 179.509; 5. Scott Wimmer, 177.954;
6. Christian Fittipaldi, 176.476; 7. Larry Foyt, 175.873.
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