Here are some notes on Ford teams and the cars they will be running this weekend: 2 RUSTY WALLACE Rusty figures to be a contender this weekend as he brings PC-34 to Homestead...car was built this season and debuted in May at The Winston in ...
Here are some notes on Ford teams and the cars they will be running this weekend:
2 RUSTY WALLACE
Rusty figures to be a contender this weekend as he brings PC-34 to Homestead...car was built this season and debuted in May at The Winston in Charlotte...car sat on the pole for that event, but it's first points race came at Pocono in June (qualified and finished 16th)...Rusty led three times for a race-high 118 laps with this piece at Kansas...held the lead coming into the final round of pit stops, but NASCAR said he was speeding coming off pit road and sent him to the end of the longest line...the result was a 4th-place finish...car's last start was at Phoenix, where Rusty led four times for 91 laps...was leading when he blew a tire and was forced top pit...finished 15th.
6 MARK MARTIN
Martin has had a couple of on-track experience with this week's car, which is known as JR-92...the car hit the track for the first time at Kansas during a two-day test in August...car made it's NWC debut later that week at Darlington, but struggled...started 13th and finished 20th, one-lap down to winner Ward Burton...was much better in the Kansas race as the car moved up from a 23rd qualifying spot to finish 6th.
7 KEVIN LEPAGE
This will mark the seventh race for this particular car in 2001...Mike Wallace debuted the piece at Texas (finished 24th) and then raced it to a 16th-place finish at California...the last time Wallace drove the car was at Darlington on Labor Day weekend when he started 39th and drove all the way to a 12th-place finish...Lepage ran it for the first time at Phoenix a couple of weeks ago and was 32nd.
11 BRETT BODINE
Bodine has had some success with this car, which normally runs on short tracks or flat surfaces...had two top-20 finishes last year at Phoenix and Homestead with this Taurus...has run it five times in 2001 -- Las Vegas (38th), Martinsville (36th), Richmond (39th) and Loudon (13th)...its last start came at Phoenix and began with a 12th-place qualifying run before ending with a 26th-place finish.
12 MIKE WALLACE
Wallace is off to a good start since debuting with the 12 team at Charlotte a few weeks ago...he'll have a car that was brand new car at Phoenix a couple of weeks ago...Wallace had the lead after the final round of pit stops, but Jeff Burton passed him with 34 laps to go...Wallace posted a career-best 2nd-place finish after leading two times for 45 laps.
17 MATT KENSETH
Kenseth came here to Homestead a couple of weeks ago for a test session, but the car he wanted to use was still being built...that piece has since been completed and he'll have the brand new Taurus this weekend...car #20 is modeled after car #18, which ran well at Indianapolis and Kansas...Kenseth has posted three straight top-10 finishes coming into this week.
21 ELLIOTT SADLER
Sadler will basically have a brand new car since the team put a different body on this chassis after Pocono...Sadler started 33rd and finished 26th in that July Pocono event, which marked the car's third race of the season...this chassis actually debuted a year ago in the fall race at Charlotte.
26 JIMMY SPENCER
Spencer will be driving one of the newer cars in the Travis Carter fleet this weekend and one that has proven to be pretty strong...this Taurus debuted at the Brickyard 400 in August and promptly sat on the pole with Spencer eventually finishing 13th in the race...also started at Kansas when Spencer qualified 14th and finished 22nd...last outing came at Phoenix and a 31st-place effort.
28 RICKY RUDD
Rudd has also had a great deal of success with the car he will race on Sunday...car debuted a year ago at Phoenix and Rudd appeared headed toward victory until getting swept up in an accident with a lapped car in the final 20 laps...it returned at Homestead and finished 6th after starting 2nd... this Taurus made its 2001 debut at Richmond and qualified 3rd before finishing 5th...it also started at Loudon and finished 3rd...last appearance was at Phoenix a couple of weeks ago (finished 3rd).
32 RICKY CRAVEN
Craven will have the same car he won with at Martinsville three weeks ago...car is named "Major" because when it was being built in the shop everything on it was a "major" task...nothing came easy building this car, but the effort was worth it as Craven led three times for a race-high 94 laps...outdueled Dale Jarrett on the final lap to secure his first NWC win...car debuted at Loudon, but engine problems resulted in a 38th-place finished.
66 TODD BODINE
Bodine will be one of two drivers sporting brand new cars this weekend (Dale Jarrett being the other)...this car has not tested anywhere prior to this weekend, but it has been modeled after the team's Michigan car...that piece was ruined in an accident on lap 39 of the June race, resulting in a 42nd-place finish.
77 ROBERT PRESSLEY
Pressley will be sporting the red, white and blue colors of the USA as he and the Jasper Motorsports team recognize Veteran's Day... this piece made its debut at Indianapolis in August and finished 35th...only other race came at Kansas, where Pressley started 37th and charged through the field to post a 7th-place finish.
88 DALE JARRETT
Jarrett comes into the weekend with four wins this season...while many teams have brought their Phoenix cars to Homestead, Jarrett and crew chief Todd Parrott will have a brand new piece to work with...car has not tested prior to Friday's practice.
90 RICK MAST
Rick Mast made his debut in the 90 car at Phoenix with this car...qualified 27th for that event and finished 25th...Hut Stricklin also drove this car at Loudon in July and posted a 35th-place finish...car was forced to the garage after ignition problems on lap 256.
97 KURT BUSCH
Busch has run this car four times in 2001 with the latest being at Darlington in September...had one of his best weekends of the season as he grabbed the first NWC pole of his career...was running well in the race, leading the first 23 laps, but mechanical problems forced him to the garage and an eventual 39th-place finish...car also ran at Pocono in July (qualified 35th and finished 37th)...car scored a 12th-place finish at Charlotte and registered an 8th-place effort at Chicago.
99 JEFF BURTON
Burton has raced this car only one other time and that came at Kansas a few weeks ago...car was brand new for that event and it performed well, finishing 11th after qualifying 26th...team tested at Homestead with the car a couple of weeks ago and decided to bring it here for the race.
09 GEOFFREY BODINE
Bodine will be attempting to make his second NWC race of the season as a teammate to brother Brett...Geoffrey qualified 13th in his only other attempt at Bristol in August and finished 27th...team tested here in preparation for this weekend and have the same car Brett drove at Darlington last spring.