Purvis wins pole for Goody's 200 Grand National car beats Daytona 500 pole speed

February 14, 1996|By Sandra McKee

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Jeff Purvis, in a Chevrolet, won the pole for Saturday's Goody's Headache Powders 300 Grand National race with a speed faster than that set by Daytona 500 pole-sitter Dale Earnhardt.

Purvis hit 189.733 mph in the smaller Grand National car to beat Earnhardt's run of 189.510.

"I wish they'd let me run this car in Winston Cup," said Purvis. "Beating Dale's speed does surprise me. But when you've got a fast race car, it seems like you're going slow. The car was real comfortable. It drove real good all the way around the race track."

In qualifying for the Goody's Dash Series, Mike Swaim Jr. turned in a run of 165.065 mph.

The run made him the youngest driver to qualify for the USA 200 DASH race at 19 years, 7 months, 28 days. He beat the record held by Michael Waltrip, who was 19 years, 9 months, 16 days old when he won the pole in 1983 and then won the race.

Donnie Neuenberger of Brandywine, Md., qualified 18th for the race at 157.734, and Steve Barnes of Westminster was 40th fastest, clocking 149.913.

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