Ford Atlanta car report

Here are some notes on Ford teams and the cars they will be running this weekend: 2 RUSTY WALLACE Rusty and "Mad Max" will team up this weekend in Atlanta...that's the name Rusty gave PC-25 after it won the August race at Michigan ...

Here are some notes on Ford teams and the cars they will be running this weekend:

2 RUSTY WALLACE
Rusty and "Mad Max" will team up this weekend in Atlanta...that's the name Rusty gave PC-25 after it won the August race at Michigan last season...reason for "Mad Max" is that the car was so strong in the Brickyard, finishing 2nd, the Rusty was "mad" it didn't win...car bounced back at Michigan and performed to the "max", hence the name "Mad Max"...car has six races to its credit after debuting in the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte last season...car has finished in the top 10 in five of those six starts, including a 7th-place effort in the '00 season finale here in Atlanta.

6 MARK MARTIN
After a strong run at Las Vegas last week, Martin is feeling optimistic about a return to victory lane...he'll race JR-85 this weekend, which is the same car he ran here in Atlanta last November...led 20 laps before engine problems sent him to the garage and a 40th-place finish... car has raced three times and owns two top-6 finishes ...this Taurus was built last year and debuted at Charlotte in October with a 5th-place finish...also ran at Phoenix and finished 6th. 7 MIKE WALLACE
If anybody knows how to get around this track fast it's crew chief Tim Brewer, who helped Geoff Bodine set the track qualifying record here in 1997 at 197.478 mph...Wallace won't go that fast today, but Brewer is hoping this brand new car with a standard Hopkins chassis will be quick enough for a good starting spot.

11 BRETT BODINE
No car in the Bodine stable has more miles on it than this particular Taurus, which raced extensively last year including both Atlanta races...finished 16th in this event last season and 28th in the season finale...car also raced at Texas, Michigan, both Pocono events and the Charlotte fall race.

12 JEREMY MAYFIELD
Mayfield is looking to get untracked in '01 and the team has brought a car that has raced only once in its brief history...car debuted in The Winston last season at Charlotte and has not been on a track since...car was competitive that night, but suffered a transmission problem and was forced to the garage early with an 18th-place finish.

17 MATT KENSETH
Kenseth has one victory in his NWC career and the car that won the Coca-Cola 600 is back this weekend in Atlanta...Known as Car No. 6 back at the shop, Kenseth used it to pass Bobby Labonte with 25 laps to go to win at Charlotte last May...car backed that up with a 9th-place effort in the October Charlotte race, which came just five weeks after it was involved in an accident at Darlington in the Southern 500.

21 ELLIOTT SADLER
Sadler comes into the weekend 10th in the point standings, his highest mark ever in two seasons as a NWC competitor...he'll try to continue that roll this weekend with a brand new car that was built by Roush Racing.

26 JIMMY SPENCER
Spencer had his best effort of the young season last week at Las Vegas with a 10th-place showing...he also has a brand new car this weekend ...team attempted to test it here in Atlanta a couple of weeks ago, but the weather didn't cooperate...crew chief Donnie Wingo said the team got about 4 hours worth of testing done before having to call it quits.

28 RICKY RUDD
The last time Rudd drove this car he unfortunately spun it out and hit the wall during qualifying for November's NAPA 500...car has been a solid performer, running at the front in Charlotte last October...led 98 laps and appeared headed for victory until a late-race debris caution led to one final round of stops...car suffered a similar fate at Michigan as Rudd sped out to a big lead only to see a late-race caution appear, which resulted in a 2nd-place finish...this is also the car Kenny Irwin used to capture his second NWC pole at Texas in '99.

32 RICKY CRAVEN
Craven and the Tide crew will look to bounce back this week after a 41st-place finish at Las Vegas...team has brought WC-26 to Atlanta, a brand new car that has never seen the race track until this weekend.

66 TODD BODINE
Bodine is one of the hottest drivers in NASCAR having won the last two Busch races and finishing 5th in the Cup event last week at Las Vegas...the last time Todd Bodine drove this car, however, it had a different number on it...the number was 46 and Bodine was driving it for Travis Carter as a third car in last year's season finale here in Atlanta...Bodine had a strong weekend as he qualified 5th and finished 14th.

77 ROBERT PRESSLEY
Pressley finds himself the highest he has ever been in the NWC point standings as he comes into Atlanta 8th...team tested here a couple of weeks ago and will run the same car it had in last year's Cracker Barrel 500...qualified 12th and finished 33rd due to an accident on lap 272...car also wrecked at Charlotte in October.

88 DALE JARRETT
Jarrett is the top Ford driver in the point standings as he comes into the weekend 4th...he's coming off a pole-winning run at Las Vegas, which ended with a 2nd-place finish...crew chief Todd Parrott said the team has brought a brand new race car this weekend...he said their first test with it will be Friday's morning practice session.

90 HUT STRICKLIN
Stricklin blew a right-front tire last week at Las Vegas and badly damaged that particular Taurus...as a result, the team is bringing out a brand new car for this weekend...crew chief Bobby King said the car has not tested anywhere and will see the track for the first time on Friday.

96 ANDY HOUSTON
The McDonald's team has missed the last two races and their attempt to test for this weekend's race was hampered by rain a couple of weeks ago...Houston has WC-28 this weekend which represents the first in-house car built by PPI...everything, including the chassis, was built entirely at the team's shop in Hickory...car got a few hours of track time at the test, but did not run more than 50 laps.

97 KURT BUSCH
Busch put on a great show for the home fans in Las Vegas last weekend, getting as high as 5th place midway through the race before settling in at 11th...he'll have a brand new Taurus this weekend as he continues to make the transition from trucks.

99 JEFF BURTON
This car has consistently been a top-10 car for Burton, who drove it four times in '00...has three top-10 efforts with his only finish outside being an 11th-place at Homestead...finished 6th at Charlotte in October; 6th in the Brickyard 400 in August; and 2nd in the Southern 500 at Darlington.

-FRT

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Drivers Bobby Labonte , Todd Bodine