Means breaks shoulder blade in 8-car crash AUTO RACING

February 11, 1993|By Sandra McKee | Sandra McKee,Staff Writer

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Driver Jimmy Means suffered a fractured left shoulder blade in an eight-car crash during the final practice session yesterday for today's Daytona 500 qualifying races.

No other drivers were hurt.

Among the six cars that had to be towed in were those of Jimmy Spencer, Darrell Waltrip and his brother Michael. Rookie Bobby Labonte's car, while smashed on the left side, was driven back to the garage.

Eddie Bierschwale, Ken Ragan and Jim Sauter were involved but won't need to go to backup cars.

Gibbs revs up for 125

Washington Redskins coach and stock car owner Joe Gibbs was happily trying to figure out where he is supposed to park when he gets to the track today for the 125-mile qualifying races.

"We're really fired up," Gibbs said. "When we got here we were talking maybe being among the top five fastest, but even talking about being in that position, you know you're dreaming.

"No one was thinking about the outside of the front row. Isn't this great? It's so exciting."

Gibbs' car, driven by Dale Jarrett, was the second-fastest qualifier Saturday, which means he has locked up his front row starting spot for Sunday's Daytona 500.

"Yeah, so long as we don't wreck the thing and tear it up in the 125s, we know where we'll be in the front row Sunday."

Accustomed to the tensions of pro football, Gibbs said being in this position in Daytona is no picnic.

"It's a different kind of tension," Gibbs said. "I have no control over this. I can't control anything. I feel so helpless. All I can do is hope."

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