Phoenix II: Ricky Rudd preview

RUDD AIMS FOR THIRD CONSECUTIVE TOP-20 FINISH THIS WEEKEND CHARLOTTE, NC (November 6, 2007) -- This weekend the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series travels to Phoenix International Raceway for the Checker Auto Parts 500. With two more races left in the...

RUDD AIMS FOR THIRD CONSECUTIVE TOP-20 FINISH THIS WEEKEND

CHARLOTTE, NC (November 6, 2007) -- This weekend the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series travels to Phoenix International Raceway for the Checker Auto Parts 500. With two more races left in the 2007 season as well as his career, Ricky Rudd looks ahead to Phoenix as an opportunity to further develop on the success the #88 team has achieved the previous two weekends at Atlanta and Texas. Rudd has finished in the top-20 the past two weekends with a 17th-place finish at Atlanta and a 15th-place finish at Texas. Rudd will be running the bright yellow PEDIGREE® Brand Food for Dogs Ford Fusion this weekend at Phoenix instead of his traditional Snickers paint scheme.

Quoting PEDIGREE Driver, Ricky Rudd:

This is your last race at Phoenix, what have you enjoyed about racing here?

"Phoenix International Raceway is a track that I've been fortunate enough to have some really great races at. I won there in 1995 and I've had some very good runs since then. The Phoenix area is a part of the country that is so beautiful to visit and I'll miss racing there. Phoenix is also a track where speeds are fast and aerodynamics come into play when you look at setting up a car to race there, so it will be interesting to see how my last race weekend in Phoenix turns out for us."

This weekend will also mark the last race of the season for the Car of Tomorrow (COT); what are your thoughts on the season with the new chassis style?

"Honestly looking back to the very first races with the COT, most teams really didn't know what to expect every weekend. I know for our team there were a lot of question marks every weekend simply because all the notes you had from previous races, really didn't pertain anymore. Changes and set-ups that you used in the past just didn't work the same on these new cars. It was a season of learning and I think that our guys have learned a lot this year and they've been able to apply that as the season has gone on. It has been quite an adjustment to switch between the two car styles, but I really am proud of what our team has been able to focus on towards the end of this year."

-credit: yr

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