The mother of Yates Racing crew chief Larry McReynolds died early Friday morning. She was 67.
McReynolds, who said doctors told him last week that his cancer-stricken mother, Mary, had only a week or two to live, flew home to Mooresville, N.C., Thursday night and spent an hour with her before she died.
It was unclear whether he would return for today's race, where Yates team driver Dale Jarrett is starting seventh.
The death of Mary McReynolds of liver cancer is just the latest tragedy to touch the Yates team. Driver Davey Allison was killed in a helicopter accident two years ago. His replacement, Ernie Irvan, was nearly killed in a crash during practice last year at a Michigan track.
On the move
Things are looking up for Lakeland's Joe Nemechek. Driver of the No. 87 Chevy Monte Carlo, Nemechek has finished near the top in two of the past three races (10th at Dover and 12th at Pocono), and will start 17th.
"We qualified well, but we didn't practice like we wanted (Friday morning)," said Nemechek. "We're a little out of control, but we'll keep working on it and try to get ready for the race."
Most drivers in second-day qualifying stood on their times from Thursday. The fastest of the seven who did attempt to re-qualify was Chuck Bown, who ran 188.127 mph. Hut Stricklin was next at 188.013 mph. They'll start 29th and 30th respectively.
Bobby Hamilton, Ricky Craven, Ward Burton and Andy Hillenburg were given provisional starting spots . Bill Elliott got the 43rd and final spot because he's a former series champion.
No fear for Sacks
Look out for Greg Sacks. The Winter Park driver, who lost his ride with Dick Brooks Racing last week and is driving the No. 27 Junior Johnson-owned Ford Thunderbird today only, said he's not holding back anymore.
"No need to be careful or conservative. No. Greg Sacks is going racing to win this race," he said. "I feel like in certain situations you have pressure to finish races and stay out of trouble, and sometimes you get away from your own driving style.
"That's not going to happen with me (today). It's going to be pedal-to-the-metal, racing to the front, the way I like it."
_ DARRELL FRY