Pocono Rudd looking for a little luck

LONG POND, Pa. - Ricky Rudd, driver of the No. 28 Texaco/Havoline Ford Taurus, wants to have his car perform in Sunday's Pennsylvania 500 race just as it did in June's Pocono 500 at Pocono Raceway. In fact, the only thing Rudd would change for...

LONG POND, Pa. - Ricky Rudd, driver of the No. 28 Texaco/Havoline Ford Taurus, wants to have his car perform in Sunday's Pennsylvania 500 race just as it did in June's Pocono 500 at Pocono Raceway. In fact, the only thing Rudd would change for the upcoming Pocono race would be his luck. "In June, we had the best car at the end of the race," Rudd said. "We were really good all weekend but some bad breaks kept us from a possible win." Rudd was second on lap 132, closing on leader Rusty Wallace, when a pair of cars wrecked directly in front of him. The front of Rudd's car suffered damage and needed extensive repairs. He rejoined the field 26th and worked his way up to third by the end of the race. "I hate to see anybody wreck, but I couldn't believe it happened directly in front of me. We gave up a lot of track position and you can't do that anywhere. The wreck also knocked the nose of the car in and we were never the same after that. "We were lucky to get back to third, but unlucky because we shouldn't have had to race from 26th to get there." Rudd and his Michael McSwain-led crew will take the same car back to Pocono for a second attempt at the sprawling 2.5-mile tri-oval. Rudd anticipates the same kind of performance, but what he wants to add to the mix is a bit of good fortunes. "We've had our share of breaks this year and they've been the wrong way. The performance is there, we just need some luck."

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Drivers Rusty Wallace