The following are facts and figures regarding the cars Pontiac teams will be running during this weekend's NASCAR Winston Cup Series event at Sears Point Raceway.
The last time this chassis appeared on track was 1999, when driver Rich Bickle piloted the No. 45 Pontiac for owner Tim Beverley. It ran in both road course events that season before becoming Johnny Benson's back-up car for those events in 2000. Benson, who tested this car at Virginia International Raceway (VIR) a few weeks ago, finished 18th and 27th in two road course starts last year.
Conseco Pontiac driver Ron Hornaday, who made his first Winston Cup start at Sears Point on June 7, 1992, heads there this weekend with a brand new road course chassis. Hornaday, who is a former winner at Sears Point in both the Craftsman Truck Series and the Southwest Tour, is looking for his second top 10 finish of the year to go with his ninth-place Las Vegas effort.
One of the biggest improvements Bobby Labonte made last year on the way to his first Winston Cup championship was his performance on road courses. He finished fourth at Sears Point and backed that up with a fifth at Watkins Glen. He is hoping for similar results this week with the same chassis.
Home Depot Pontiac driver Tony Stewart has never started worse than sixth in four career road course starts and also led two laps last year at Sears Point for the first time ever. He has three career top 10 finishes on road courses and would love to make it four with the same chassis he drove in both road course events last year.
Kenny Wallace is behind the wheel of the chassis that Mike Bliss drove for Eel River Racing in both road course events last year. Wallace, who is looking for his first start since Dover, netted a 13th place finish in this event last season.
M&M's Pontiac driver Ken Schrader, who is coming off his third top 10 finish of the year (ninth, Pocono), is wheeling a brand new chassis at Sears Point. Its only track time was a test at VIR a few weeks back. In 12 starts at Sears Point, Schrader has six top 10s, including two top fives.