FORD REPORT CAR-D Pepsi 400 July 5, 2001 Daytona International Speedway Here are some notes on Ford teams and the cars they will be running this weekend: 2 RUSTY WALLACE Rusty has had good success with this car at restrictor plate tracks...
FORD REPORT CAR-D
July 5, 2001
Daytona International Speedway
Here are some notes on Ford teams and the cars they will be running this weekend:
2 RUSTY WALLACE
Rusty has had good success with this car at restrictor plate tracks... PC-18 has three top-five and four top-10 finishes in six races, including a 3rd-place run in last year's Pepsi 400 here at Daytona...car debuted in the 2000 Daytona 500 and finished 4th... suffered right side damage in the major multi-car wreck on the backstretch in this past year's 500, but his team was able to patch a four-foot hole behind the front quarter-panel and fix the toe-in, which enabled Rusty to finish 3rd...the last time this car hit the track was at Talladega a couple of months ago...Rusty started 26th and ended up leading three laps before finishing 13th.
6 MARK MARTIN
Martin ran a new car in this year's Daytona 500, but it was severely damaged in the multi-car accident late in the race...took JR-59 to Talladega and liked the results so much that he's decided to bring it here to Daytona... Martin had a season-best 4th-place finish with JR-59 at Talladega and said he would be disappointed if he didn't improve on his 33rd-place effort from the 500...this car finished 8th in this year's Budweiser Shootout and competed in all four superspeedway restrictor-plate races last year...never finished lower than 7th in any of those races...car debuted in the 2000 Daytona 500 and finished 5th.
7 MIKE WALLACE
Even though Wallace finished 6th in the Daytona 500 -- his best result of the year -- the team has decided on a brand new car for this weekend...crew chief Jim Long wasn't with the team in February, but he said the reason for the switch is to try and improve the qualifying effort...even though the previous car raced well, it didn't qualify very high...team used part of the off week to test this new Taurus at Talladega last Thursday and Friday.
11 BRETT BODINE
Bodine bought this particular Taurus from Roush Racing in 1999, but it sat in the team's shop for more than a year...crew chief Mike Hillman decided to work on it over the winter and the team ended up testing it and bringing it to Daytona for this year's season opener, where Bodine ended up 15th...struggled at Talladega, finishing 26th, so the team used its off weekend to go to the wind tunnel on Saturday with this superspeedway car.
12 JEREMY MAYFIELD
The car Mayfield will race this weekend is PRS-32, which is a chassis built by Rusty Wallace's Penske South operation...car ran at Talladega and finished 35th, and came all the way from a 38th-place starting position to finish 9th in the Daytona 500.
17 MATT KENSETH
Kenseth was consistently one of the fastest cars during Ford's Daytona pre-season test, but he struggled during Speedweeks...Kenseth started 16th and finished 21st, but the team opted to take a different car to Talladega...after a 19th-place run in the Talladega 500, Kenseth and crew chief Robbie Reiser have decided to go back to the same car they had here in the 500...car was built during the winter, so this will be its second race.
21 ELLIOTT SADLER
Sadler will be racing the very first car provided to the 21 team by the Roush organization as part of the team's alliance...car actually debuted in this event last year...qualified 10th and finished 18th with the new piece after failing to make the field in the previous restrictor-plate race at Talladega...car was going to be the team's primary for the Daytona 500, but it was forced into the hauler after getting involved in an accident in the Twin 125.
26 JIMMY SPENCER
Spencer will have a car which has competed in each of the last 6 superspeedway restrictor plate races ...in it's first 2001 race at Daytona, the car suffered a broken gear after a routine pit stop in the Daytona 500 and finished 27th, but Spencer said it was the best car he had at Daytona in a long time...struggled at Talladega, however, as he qualified 36th and finished 34th.
28 RICKY RUDD
Rudd debuted this Taurus at Daytona after the team built it during the winter off season...it proved to be one of the strongest Fords as Rudd drafted his way from a 30th starting position to 4th...had this car at Talladega as well and led once for two laps before ending up 14th.
32 RICKY CRAVEN
This will mark the seventh race for this particular car, which is known as WC-10 in the PPI shop...Craven drove it for the first time at Daytona earlier this year and was one of the strongest Fords early in the race...ended up 23rd, however, after breaking the rear-end gear and drive shaft three-quarters of the way through the event... qualified this car 4th at Talladega in April and finished 15th.
66 TODD BODINE
Bodine is hoping for better luck with this car than the first time he came to Daytona this season...failed to qualify for the Daytona 500 with car #11, but it's a car Darrell Waltrip drove twice in 2000...the car made its NWC debut at Daytona last July...Bodine did qualify at Talladega in April with this piece and qualified 20th...led one lap but suffered engine problems and finished 41st (7 laps down).
77 ROBERT PRESSLEY
This is a brand new car for Pressley in the sense that it has never raced before...car served as the team's backup at Talladega earlier this year...it did get some track time during off-season testing as Pressley drove it during the January session here at Daytona.
88 DALE JARRETT
After sitting in the Daytona USA museum for a year, Jarrett will finally get to drive his 2000 Daytona 500-winning race car on the track again... team hasn't really done much to the car, except paint it over from the red, white and blue paint scheme of previous sponsor Ford Quality Care Service to the brown and white of UPS.
90 HUT STRICKLIN
The 11 team of Brett Bodine was the only group in the wind tunnel during the off-weekend, the 90 team was there as well...team took this brand new Taurus for an all-day session last Saturday and came away feeling good about this weekend.
96 ANDY HOUSTON
Houston and his PPI team put a lot of work into this car (WC-19) before the Daytona 500 and a lot of work into it afterwards...this is a Laughlin chassis that the team built during the off-season and took to the windtunnel 4 times, in addition to testing at both Daytona and Talladega...Houston finished 4th in the first Twin-125 and started the Daytona 500 9th, but ended up 38th after getting involved in the multi-car crash on the backstretch ...bounced back and finished 21st with this car at Talladega.
97 KURT BUSCH
This car was built over the winter and served as the team's backup car at Daytona in February...Busch tested this car during the off-season, but decided on a more proven piece for the 500...raced this car at Talladega and had the best run of his career...started 27th and drafted his way to a 3rd-place finish...led only one lap, but mixed it up with the leaders all afternoon.
99 JEFF BURTON
Burton had a 15th-place run in the Daytona 500 with this car, which was built at the team's shop over the winter months...had a solid afternoon with this Taurus in Talladega as well... qualified 22nd and finished 10th after leading two laps.