The Frontstretch: Down in Daytona: Trucks Hand Track Over to Cup Cars for Second Session by Mike Lovecchio -- Monday January 14, 2008

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Editor’s Note: Mike Lovecchio will be covering testing news and information in a variety of ways for us this January at Daytona. To read his reports from earlier in the week, be sure to click the links below:

Cup Testing, Day One
Cup Testing, Day Two
Cup Testing, Day Three
Truck Testing, Day One
Truck Testing, Day Two

Raindrops came down late Sunday afternoon, signaling the end of Craftsman Truck Series testing at Daytona International Speedway around 2:00 P.M. The rain-shortened session was the series' third and final day at the track before Speedweeks gets underway next month, as teams prepare for their 250-mile main event to be held on Friday, February 15th.

A number of teams decided to head home after testing on Saturday, but those who stuck around encountered a late start because of a wet track in the morning and then showers early in the afternoon. Prior to the rain, it was accomplished road racer and Rookie of the Year candidate Justin Marks who posted the day's fastest speed, mastering the historic tri-oval with a lap of 185.723 miles per hour.

Defending series champion Ron Hornaday finished the day second on the charts, with Chad McCumbee coming in third fastest. On the final day of the session, speeds continued to climb in the draft, with Marks actually recording the fastest time of the week in his No. 9 Germain Motorsports Toyota. As for single-car trim, it was fellow “young gun” Erik Darnell who led the pack – his fastest lap came in the AM session on Saturday, turning a speed of 178.547 MPH for Roush Fenway Racing.

Only one major incident occurred during the Sunday session; the No. 22 of Philip McGilton smacked the wall hard entering turn 3. The Truck sustained heavy damage, but McGilton checked out OK. It was the second major accident of testing, coming on the heels of Friday’s crash between Joey Clanton, Colin Braun, and Kyle Busch.

Now, the Truck Series hands off the track to the second group of Sprint Cup drivers Monday. Drivers on hand for that session will include Dale Earnhardt, Jr., defending Daytona 500 champion Kevin Harvick, and Tony Stewart. They’ll benefit from a better forecast – the next chance for rain is on Thursday, January 17th, after the three-day Cup session has concluded.

Day 3 Craftsman Truck Series Testing

Top 3 AM Speeds (drafting)

Justin Marks (No. 9) — 178.547 MPH
Ron Hornaday (No. 33) — 178.327
Chad McCumbee (No. 8) — 177.792

Top 3 PM Speeds

Cancelled Due To Rain

Truck Series Testing – Cumulative Top 3 Speeds


Justin Marks (No. 9) — 178.547 MPH
Ron Hornaday (No. 33) — 178.327
Chad McCumbee (No. 8) — 177.792

Single Car Runs

Erik Darnell (No. 99) — 178.547
Scott Lynch (No. 29) — 178.327
Mike Skinner (No. 5) — 177.792

Things to watch for in Sprint Cup testing

  • Will speeds continue to climb? Jimmie Johnson was quickest in single-car runs at 184.763 MPH, and Kyle Busch came in quickest in drafting practice at 188.830. The weather should be significantly cooler this week, giving teams a good shot to best that mark.
  • Will Dale Earnhardt, Jr. continue the strong performance for Hendrick Motorsports – even though he’ll be testing without the help of his three teammates?
  • Tony Stewart is actually behind the wheel of the No. 20 at Daytona testing instead of a substitute driver – will that equate to better speed for the his JGR Toyota?

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