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TESTING - Day 1


AJ Allmendinger and Denny Hamlin turn laps during Preseason Thunder testing at California Speedway
(Photo Credit: Rusty Jarrett/Getty Images for NASCAR)

THE SPEEDS - Day 1 - Jan. 31, 2008

Preseason Thunder Practice Jan-31 (AM)
Day 1 at California Speedway
Pos Car# Driver Manu Time Speed
1 11B Denny Hamlin Toyota 39.447 182.523
2 11A Denny Hamlin Toyota 39.604 181.800
3 12A Ryan Newman Dodge 39.667 181.511
4 18 Kyle Busch Toyota 39.676 181.470
5 8A Mark Martin Chevy 39.679 181.456
6 12B Ryan Newman Dodge 39.741 181.173
7 18B Kyle Busch Toyota 39.871 180.582
8 24A Jeff Gordon Chevy 39.872 180.578
9 07A Clint Bowyer Chevy 39.881 180.537
10 99A Carl Edwards Ford 39.890 180.496
11 70A Jeremy Mayfield Chevy 39.892 180.487
12 26B Jamie McMurray Ford 39.914 180.388
13 29A Kevin Harvick Chevy 39.960 180.180
14 20A Tony Stewart Toyota 39.963 180.167
15 99B Carl Edwards Ford 39.985 180.068
16 17A Matt Kenseth Ford 40.083 179.627
17 16B Greg Biffle Ford 40.103 179.538
18 31A Jeff Burton Chevy 40.107 179.520
19 6A David Ragan Ford 40.122 179.453
20 22B Dave Blaney Toyota 40.127 179.430
21 44A Dale Jarrett Toyota 40.134 179.399
22 2B Kurt Busch Dodge 40.147 179.341
23 26A Jamie McMurray Ford 40.171 179.234
24 84B A.J. Allmendinger Toyota 40.186 179.167
25 00A David Reutimann Toyota 40.191 179.145
26 17B Matt Kenseth Ford 40.203 179.091
27 2A Kurt Busch Dodge 40.215 179.038
28 5B Casey Mears Chevy 40.217 179.029
29 9B Kasey Kahne Dodge 40.229 178.975
30 38A David Gilliland Ford 40.234 178.953
31 1A Martin Truex, Jr. Chevy 40.307 178.629
32 00B David Reutimann Toyota 40.318 178.580
33 01A Regan Smith Chevy 40.318 178.580
34 5A Casey Mears Chevy 40.358 178.403
35 7A Robby Gordon Ford 40.386 178.280
36 78A Joe Nemechek Chevy 40.389 178.266
37 41A Reed Sorenson Dodge 40.460 177.954
38 48A Jimmie Johnson Chevy 40.463 177.940
39 19B Elliott Sadler Dodge 40.464 177.936
40 15A Paul Menard Chevy 40.470 177.910
41 21B Bill Elliott Ford 40.474 177.892
42 77A Sam Hornish Jr. Dodge 40.479 177.870
43 42A Juan Pablo Montoya Dodge 40.480 177.866
44 15B Paul Menard Chevy 40.481 177.861
45 84A A.J. Allmendinger Toyota 40.521 177.686
46 9A Kasey Kahne Dodge 40.534 177.629
47 83A Brian Vickers Toyota 40.540 177.602
48 34B John Andretti Chevy 40.581 177.423
49 27B Jacques Villeneuve Toyota 40.617 177.266
50 96A J.J. Yeley Toyota 40.635 177.187
51 28A Travis Kvapil Ford 40.669 177.039
52 55A Michael Waltrip Toyota 40.696 176.922
53 21A Bill Elliott Ford 40.804 176.453
54 49A Ken Schrader Dodge 40.832 176.332
55 10B Patrick Carpentier Dodge 40.834 176.324
56 40A Dario Franchitti Dodge 41.514 173.435

(NASCAR Media)


Preseason Thunder Practice Jan-31 (afternoon)
Day 1 at California Speedway
Pos Car# Driver Manu Time Speed
1 24A Jeff Gordon Chevy 39.888 180.505
2 99A Carl Edwards Ford 40.025 179.888
3 00B David Reutimann Toyota 40.066 179.703
4 8A Mark Martin Chevy 40.072 179.677
5 11B Denny Hamlin Toyota 40.167 179.252
6 11A Denny Hamlin Toyota 40.183 179.180
7 88A Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Chevy 40.201 179.100
8 38A David Gilliland Ford 40.223 179.002
9 9A Kasey Kahne Dodge 40.304 178.642
10 2A Kurt Busch Dodge 40.309 178.620
11 1A Martin Truex, Jr. Chevy 40.311 178.611
12 20A Tony Stewart Toyota 40.333 178.514
13 48A Jimmie Johnson Chevy 40.340 178.483
14 18B Kyle Busch Toyota 40.345 178.461
15 99B Carl Edwards Ford 40.350 178.439
16 29A Kevin Harvick Chevy 40.365 178.372
17 17B Matt Kenseth Ford 40.366 178.368
18 26A Jamie McMurray Ford 40.396 178.235
19 26B Jamie McMurray Ford 40.475 177.888
20 15A Paul Menard Chevy 40.476 177.883
21 18 Kyle Busch Toyota 40.482 177.857
22 16B Greg Biffle Ford 40.510 177.734
23 17A Matt Kenseth Ford 40.512 177.725
24 2B Kurt Busch Dodge 40.513 177.721
25 12A Ryan Newman Dodge 40.547 177.572
26 07B Clint Bowyer Chevy 40.559 177.519
27 12B Ryan Newman Dodge 40.576 177.445
28 00A David Reutimann Toyota 40.583 177.414
29 66B Scott Riggs Chevy 40.593 177.370
30 31A Jeff Burton Chevy 40.598 177.349
31 5A Casey Mears Chevy 40.609 177.301
32 6A David Ragan Ford 40.619 177.257
33 42A Juan Pablo Montoya Dodge 40.641 177.161
34 84B A.J. Allmendinger Toyota 40.649 177.126
35 78A Joe Nemechek Chevy 40.667 177.048
36 41B Reed Sorenson Dodge 40.722 176.809
37 07A Clint Bowyer Chevy 40.740 176.730
38 01A Regan Smith Chevy 40.744 176.713
39 44B Dale Jarrett Toyota 40.745 176.709
40 27A Jacques Villeneuve Toyota 40.753 176.674
41 41A Reed Sorenson Dodge 40.759 176.648
42 83B Brian Vickers Toyota 40.783 176.544
43 44A Dale Jarrett Toyota 40.805 176.449
44 77A Sam Hornish Jr. Dodge 40.821 176.380
45 84A A.J. Allmendinger Toyota 40.845 176.276
46 22B Dave Blaney Toyota 40.928 175.919
47 96B J.J. Yeley Toyota 40.962 175.773
48 65A Chad McCumbee Chevy 40.971 175.734
49 28A Travis Kvapil Ford 40.995 175.631
50 19A Elliott Sadler Dodge 40.996 175.627
51 96A J.J. Yeley Toyota 41.005 175.588
52 10B Patrick Carpentier Dodge 41.008 175.575
53 27B Jacques Villeneuve Toyota 41.033 175.469
54 15B Paul Menard Chevy 41.036 175.456
55 88B Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Chevy 41.037 175.451
56 49A Ken Schrader Dodge 41.044 175.421
57 55A Michael Waltrip Toyota 41.057 175.366
58 83A Brian Vickers Toyota 41.120 175.097
59 43A Bobby Labonte Dodge 41.148 174.978
60 45B Kyle Petty Dodge 41.225 174.651
61 40A Dario Franchitti Dodge 41.261 174.499
62 19B Elliott Sadler Dodge 41.351 174.119
63 34B John Andretti Chevy 41.370 174.039
64 21B Bill Elliott Ford 41.431 173.783
65 22A Dave Blaney Toyota 41.904 171.821
66 66A Scott Riggs Chevy 42.049 171.229
67 10A Patrick Carpentier Dodge 42.217 170.547

(NASCAR Media)


Preseason Thunder Practice Jan-31 (night)
Day 1 at California Speedway
Pos Car# Driver Manu Time Speed
1 99A Carl Edwards Ford 39.729 181.228
2 17A Matt Kenseth Ford 39.771 181.036
3 55A Michael Waltrip Toyota 39.797 180.918
4 17B Matt Kenseth Ford 39.907 180.419
5 16B Greg Biffle Ford 40.073 179.672
6 26B Jamie McMurray Ford 40.119 179.466
7 1A Martin Truex, Jr. Chevy 40.122 179.453
8 31A Jeff Burton Chevy 40.161 179.278
9 07B Clint Bowyer Chevy 40.163 179.269
10 15A Paul Menard Chevy 40.164 179.265
11 6A David Ragan Ford 40.185 179.171
12 9A Kasey Kahne Dodge 40.187 179.162
13 27A Jacques Villeneuve Toyota 40.212 179.051
14 00B David Reutimann Toyota 40.240 178.926
15 29A Kevin Harvick Chevy 40.257 178.851
16 66B Scott Riggs Chevy 40.258 178.846
17 00A David Reutimann Toyota 40.305 178.638
18 78A Joe Nemechek Chevy 40.331 178.523
19 01A Regan Smith Chevy 40.337 178.496
20 38A David Gilliland Ford 40.407 178.187
21 88B Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Chevy 40.419 178.134
22 70A Jeremy Mayfield Chevy 40.444 178.024
23 88A Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Chevy 40.473 177.896
24 28A Travis Kvapil Ford 40.486 177.839
25 26A Jamie McMurray Ford 40.544 177.585
26 43A Bobby Labonte Dodge 40.552 177.550
27 42A Juan Pablo Montoya Dodge 40.553 177.545
28 41B Reed Sorenson Dodge 40.564 177.497
29 21B Bill Elliott Ford 40.664 177.061
30 7A Robby Gordon Ford 40.671 177.030
31 65A Chad McCumbee Chevy 40.675 177.013
32 49A Ken Schrader Dodge 40.681 176.987
33 40A Dario Franchitti Dodge 40.693 176.935
34 96A J.J. Yeley Toyota 40.715 176.839
35 22B Dave Blaney Toyota 40.755 176.665
36 44B Dale Jarrett Toyota 40.769 176.605
37 8A Aric Almirola Chevy 40.851 176.250
38 19A Elliott Sadler Dodge 40.860 176.211
39 45B Kyle Petty Dodge 40.917 175.966
40 41A Reed Sorenson Dodge 40.928 175.919
41 34B John Andretti Chevy 41.006 175.584
42 10B Patrick Carpentier Dodge 41.051 175.392

(NASCAR Media)



TESTING - Day 2 - Feb 1, 2008

Preseason Thunder Practice Feb-1 (AM)
Day 2 at California Speedway
Pos Car# Driver Manu Time Speed
1 99A Carl Edwards Ford 39.791 180.945
2 41B Reed Sorenson Dodge 39.831 180.764
3 12B Ryan Newman Dodge 39.969 180.140
4 07B Clint Bowyer Chevy 40.079 179.645
5 31A Jeff Burton Chevy 40.102 179.542
6 26B Jamie McMurray Ford 40.108 179.515
7 88A Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Chevy 40.145 179.350
8 17B Matt Kenseth Ford 40.159 179.287
9 1A Martin Truex, Jr. Chevy 40.209 179.064
10 70A Jeremy Mayfield Chevy 40.239 178.931
11 17A Matt Kenseth Ford 40.261 178.833
12 55A Michael Waltrip Toyota 40.290 178.704
13 16B Greg Biffle Ford 40.294 178.687
14 28A Travis Kvapil Ford 40.294 178.687
15 15A Paul Menard Chevy 40.305 178.638
16 83B Brian Vickers Toyota 40.307 178.629
17 24A Jeff Gordon Chevy 40.334 178.509
18 2B Kurt Busch Dodge 40.374 178.333
19 6A David Ragan Ford 40.374 178.333
20 29A Kevin Harvick Chevy 40.391 178.258
21 10B Patrick Carpentier Dodge 40.401 178.213
22 48A Jimmie Johnson Chevy 40.424 178.112
23 8A Aric Almirola Chevy 40.439 178.046
24 78A Joe Nemechek Chevy 40.481 177.861
25 5A Casey Mears Chevy 40.481 177.861
26 00B David Reutimann Toyota 40.503 177.765
27 9A Kasey Kahne Dodge 40.512 177.725
28 44B Dale Jarrett Toyota 40.514 177.716
29 84B A.J. Allmendinger Toyota 40.518 177.699
30 19A Elliott Sadler Dodge 40.521 177.686
31 2A Kurt Busch Dodge 40.531 177.642
32 38A David Gilliland Ford 40.553 177.545
33 66B Scott Riggs Chevy 40.628 177.218
34 42A Juan Pablo Montoya Dodge 40.632 177.200
35 01A Regan Smith Chevy 40.675 177.013
36 88B Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Chevy 40.684 176.974
37 40A Dario Franchitti Dodge 40.700 176.904
38 77A Sam Hornish Jr. Dodge 40.718 176.826
39 83A Brian Vickers Toyota 40.752 176.678
40 21B Bill Elliott Ford 40.786 176.531
41 21A Bill Elliott Ford 40.850 176.255
42 43A Bobby Labonte Dodge 40.864 176.194
43 43B Bobby Labonte Dodge 40.918 175.962
44 16A Greg Biffle Ford 40.966 175.756
45 45B Kyle Petty Dodge 41.013 175.554
46 49A Ken Schrader Dodge 41.027 175.494
47 12A Ryan Newman Dodge 41.125 175.076
48 65A Chad McCumbee Chevy 41.174 174.868
49 96A J.J. Yeley Toyota 41.177 174.855
50 34B John Andretti Chevy 41.213 174.702

(NASCAR Media)


Preseason Thunder Practice Feb 1 (PM)
Day 2 at California Speedway
Pos Car# Driver Manu Time Speed
1 48A Jimmie Johnson Chevy 40.112 179.497
2 24A Jeff Gordon Chevy 40.124 179.444
3 2B Kurt Busch Dodge 40.201 179.100
4 5A Casey Mears Chevy 40.226 178.989
5 66B Scott Riggs Chevy 40.257 178.851
6 70A Jeremy Mayfield Chevy 40.302 178.651
7 88A Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Chevy 40.309 178.620
8 12B Ryan Newman Dodge 40.351 178.434
9 84A A.J. Allmendinger Toyota 40.395 178.240
10 84B A.J. Allmendinger Toyota 40.446 178.015
11 65A Chad McCumbee Chevy 40.497 177.791
12 83B Brian Vickers Toyota 40.580 177.427
13 43A Bobby Labonte Dodge 40.683 176.978
14 77A Sam Hornish Jr. Dodge 40.698 176.913
15 83A Brian Vickers Toyota 40.735 176.752
16 45B Kyle Petty Dodge 40.990 175.653
17 43B Bobby Labonte Dodge -.--- -

(NASCAR Media)




Preseason Thunder Practice best by driver
at California Speedway
Pos Car# Driver Manu Time Speed When
1 11B Denny Hamlin Toyota 39.447 182.523 Day1morn
2 12A Ryan Newman Dodge 39.667 181.511 Day1morn
3 18 Kyle Busch Toyota 39.676 181.470 Day1morn
4 8A Mark Martin Chevy 39.679 181.456 Day1morn
5 99A Carl Edwards Ford 39.729 181.228 Day1nite
6 17A Matt Kenseth Ford 39.771 181.036 Day1nite
7 55A Michael Waltrip Toyota 39.797 180.918 Day1nite
8 41B Reed Sorenson Dodge 39.831 180.764 Day2am
9 24A Jeff Gordon Chevy 39.872 180.578 Day1morn
10 07A Clint Bowyer Chevy 39.881 180.537 Day1morn
11 70A Jeremy Mayfield Chevy 39.892 180.487 Day1morn
12 26B Jamie McMurray Ford 39.914 180.388 Day1morn
13 29A Kevin Harvick Chevy 39.960 180.180 Day1morn
14 20A Tony Stewart Toyota 39.963 180.167 Day1morn
15 00B David Reutimann Toyota 40.066 179.703 Day1after
16 16B Greg Biffle Ford 40.073 179.672 Day1nite
17 31A Jeff Burton Chevy 40.102 179.542 Day2am
18 48A Jimmie Johnson Chevy 40.112 179.497 Day2pm
19 6A David Ragan Ford 40.122 179.453 Day1morn
20 1A Martin Truex, Jr. Chevy 40.122 179.453 Day1nite
21 22B Dave Blaney Toyota 40.127 179.430 Day1morn
22 44A Dale Jarrett Toyota 40.134 179.399 Day1morn
23 88A Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Chevy 40.145 179.350 Day2am
24 2B Kurt Busch Dodge 40.147 179.341 Day1morn
25 15A Paul Menard Chevy 40.164 179.265 Day1nite
26 84B A.J. Allmendinger Toyota 40.186 179.167 Day1morn
27 9A Kasey Kahne Dodge 40.187 179.162 Day1nite
28 27A Jacques Villeneuve Toyota 40.212 179.051 Day1nite
29 5B Casey Mears Chevy 40.217 179.029 Day1morn
30 38A David Gilliland Ford 40.223 179.002 Day1after
31 66B Scott Riggs Chevy 40.257 178.851 Day2pm
32 28A Travis Kvapil Ford 40.294 178.687 Day2am
33 83B Brian Vickers Toyota 40.307 178.629 Day2am
34 01A Regan Smith Chevy 40.318 178.580 Day1morn
35 78A Joe Nemechek Chevy 40.331 178.523 Day1nite
36 7A Robby Gordon Ford 40.386 178.280 Day1morn
37 10B Patrick Carpentier Dodge 40.401 178.213 Day2am
38 8A Aric Almirola Chevy 40.439 178.046 Day2am
39 19B Elliott Sadler Dodge 40.464 177.936 Day1morn
40 21B Bill Elliott Ford 40.474 177.892 Day1morn
41 77A Sam Hornish Jr. Dodge 40.479 177.870 Day1morn
42 42A Juan Pablo Montoya Dodge 40.480 177.866 Day1morn
43 65A Chad McCumbee Chevy 40.497 177.791 Day2pm
44 43A Bobby Labonte Dodge 40.552 177.550 Day1nite
45 34B John Andretti Chevy 40.581 177.423 Day1morn
46 96A J.J. Yeley Toyota 40.635 177.187 Day1morn
47 49A Ken Schrader Dodge 40.681 176.987 Day1nite
48 40A Dario Franchitti Dodge 40.693 176.935 Day1nite
49 45B Kyle Petty Dodge 40.917 175.966 Day1nite

(Compiled by Jayski from the NASCAR Media)




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