MARTINSVILLE, VA. MARTINSVILLE, VA. — MARTINSVILLE, Va. -- Dale Jarrett, driving for the first-year team of Washington Redskins coach Joe Gibbs, led second-day qualifiers in the final time trials for today's Hanes 500 NASCAR stock car race at Martinsville Speedway.
Jarrett turned a fast lap of 92.326 mph on the flat half-mile oval, improving considerably from the 89.069 in the opening round of qualifying on Friday. His second-round lap a day earlier would have been good for seventh place, rather than 21st.
"There's some guys who qualified 17th and 18th who have good race cars, but they're going to be just like us and have their work cut out for them by pitting on the backstretch.
"The race can be won from the backstretch, but what it takes is a lot of green-flag racing, especially in the last half of the race," Jarrett said. "If you pit under the green flag, the guys who pit on the front stretch don't have any advantage."
Sterling Marlin was second among the 13 drivers who made qualifying attempts yesterday, hitting 92.191, just a bit quicker than the 92.106 turned by Winston Cup points leader Davey Allison.
Richard Petty and Bobby Hamilton, who were 21st and 22nd on Friday, were the only drivers eligible for yesterday's qualifying who elected to stand on their first-day laps. Petty, the winningest driver in the history of Martinsville Speedway, wound up 29th, and Hamilton had to use a provisional start to take the 31st spot in the 32-car lineup.
Hanes 150 NASCAR
MARTINSVILLE, Va. -- Jeff Fuller made a late charge, moving from third to first in just seven laps, and won the Hanes 150 NASCAR modified tour race.
Fuller started fifth in the 32-car lineup and ran a steady race. The Auburn, Mass., driver had worked his way up to third before an eight-car accident stopped the race with just 11 laps remaining in the 150-lap event on the half-mile oval.
Stefanik, who took the lead at the start and stayed out front until Jan Leaty had a quicker pit stop on lap 125, passed Leaty on lap 148 for second place, trailing Fuller's Chevrolet across the finish line by .41 of a second.