Sprint Cup Series Test Closes; Montoya Overall Fastest

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Tuesday, March 4, 2008
Morning sessions yield quickest times
Juan Montoya's 27.385-second lap in Day 2’s morning session of Sprint Cup Series testing at PIR held up as the quickest circuit of the two-day "Cactus Trials" testing period, edging a 27.442-second lap by Paul Menard on Day 1 for top honors. Montoya also turned in the third-best best lap, turning the Phoenix mile in 27.454 seconds on Monday morning. J.J. Yeley drove the fourth-quickest best lap, moving around the oval in 27.468 seconds. Montoya’s Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates Dodge teammate Reed Sorenson was also strong, turning in the No. 5 overall time during Monday morning’s session. Following are the top 20 “best laps” for the entire testing period. Each of the following came from the morning sessions. Top Best-Lap-of-Session Speeds - All Sessions

Rank Driver (Car – Day) Time (seconds) Speed (mph)
1 Juan Montoya (42A – Tues.) 27.385 131.459
2 Paul Menard (15A – Mon.) 27.442 131.186
3 Juan Montoya (42A – Mon.) 27.454 131.128
4 J.J. Yeley (96A – Mon.) 27.468 131.062
5 Reed Sorenson (41B – Mon.) 27.486 130.976
6 Jamie McMurray (26A – Tues.) 27.488 130.966
7 Clint Bowyer (07A – Mon.) 27.498 130.919
8 Greg Biffle (16A – Tues.) 27.511 130.857
9 Kevin Harvick (29B – Mon.) 27.525 130.790
10 Kevin Harvick (29A – Mon.) 27.544 130.700
11 Martin Truex Jr. (1A – Tues.) 27.555 130.648
12 Reed Sorenson (41B – Tues.) 27.581 130.525
13 Jeff Burton (31B – Mon.) 27.590 130.482
14 Martin Truex Jr. (1A – Mon.) 27.591 130.477
15 Kevin Harvick (29A – Tues.) 27.606 130.406
16 Carl Edwards (99A – Tues.) 27.609 130.392
17 Paul Menard (15A – Tues.) 27.613 130.373
T18 Joe Nemechek (78A – Mon.) 27.617 130.354
T18 David Ragan (6A – Tues.) 27.617 130.354
20 Kyle Busch (18A – Tues.) 27.618 130.350
Click here for today’s top afternoon session speeds. Click here for today’s top morning session speeds. Click here for yesterday’s top evening session speeds. Click here for yesterday’s top afternoon session speeds. Click here for yesterday’s top morning session speeds.
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