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Second Wood Brothers Team

Joe Ruttman will be driving a #55 Ford Thunderbird in the Winston Open. This is supposedly a second Wood Brothers car. They hoped to field the car in the Open and in two or three Cup races later in the year.

California Testing

While in Sonoma some Winston Cup teams stay arounf California for testing at the new California Speedway. 9 teams tested. These include Rusty Wallace, Mark Martin, Geoff Bodine, Wally Dallenbach, Kenny Wallace and Jeff Burton.

Some Speeds Mark Martin 177.990mph Jeff Burton 177.730mph Rusty Wallace 176.210mph

Bodine rumors unfounded

Word is from QVC and from Bodine that the rumors of sponsorship trouble are unfounded. We will have to wait and see what pans out here.

Since we have already covered Talladega's Individual statistics, this week week will take a look at some past results and a points comparison. The points comparison is very interesting, look at Ward Burton. Ward has really come alive and currently sits 8th in the points.

Points Comparison

WINSTON CUP SERIES 97 - 96 POINTS COMPARISON AFTER RACE # 9, AT SONOMA __________________________________________________________________ * 97 96 POS 97 96 BON 1997 1996 PNT DRIVER POS POS CHG BON BON DIFF PNTS PNTS DIFF __________________________________________________________________ D.JARRETT 1 2 1 50 25 25 1434 1314 120 T.LABONTE 2 3 1 20 50 -30 1394 1265 129 J.GORDON 3 4 1 40 45 -5 1345 1214 131 M.MARTIN 4 14 10 35 10 25 1214 1005 209 B.LABONTE 5 12 7 15 15 0 1164 1038 126 J.BURTON 6 19 13 15 10 5 1130 965 165 D.EARNHARDT 7 1 -6 5 35 -30 1107 1391 -284 W.BURTON 8 36 28 0 10 -10 1061 572 489 B.HAMILTON 9 9 0 10 20 -10 1051 1083 -32 R.RUDD 10 7 -3 5 15 -10 1042 1143 -101

Race info

Date: Saturday, May 10thSite: Talladega Superspeedway, Talladega, Alabama Track: 2.66-Mile banked paved speedwayAnnual: 28thTelevision: ESPN Announcers: Bob Jenkins, Benny Parsons, Ned JarrettStart Time: 1 p.m. (et) Defending Champion: Sterling MarlinRunner-up: Dale Jarrett 1996 Pole Sitter: Ernie Irvan (Finished 31st)Laps: 188Miles: 500 Race Record: 186.288 m.p.h. (Bill Elliott, 1985) Qualifying Record: 212.809 m.p.h. (Bill Elliott, 1987)Total Purse: $1,667,111 Payoffs: Winner: $109,845; Second: 64,145; Third: 64,620 (1996 Figures) 1996 Finish Driver Start Driver Start Sterling Marlin 4 Steve Grissom 23 Dale Jarrett 2 Robert Pressley 8 Dale Earnhardt 16 Ted Musgrave 5 Terry Labonte 13 John Andretti 34 Michael Waltrip 31 Johnny Benson 10 1996 Winston 500 Facts and Figures

Time of Race: 3 hours, 20 minutes, 2 secondsAverage Speed: 149.999 m.p.h. Margin of Victory: .22 secondsCaution Flags: 6 for 31 laps Lead Changes: 24 lead changes among 14 drivers Lap Leaders: Sterling Marlin (48), Dale Earnhardt (26), Dale Jarrett (20), Terry Labonte (20), Jeff Gordon (18), Rusty Wallace (16), Steve Grissom (12), Michael Waltrip (8), Kenny Wallace (6), Mark Martin (4), Dave Marcis (4), Ernie Irvan (4), Bobby Hamilton (1), Ward Burton (1). Past Winston 500 Winners and Average Speed

1996 -- Sterling Marlin (Chevrolet) -- (149.999 m.p.h.) 1995 -- Mark Martin (Ford) -- (178.902 m.p.h.) 1994 -- Dale Earnhardt (Chevrolet) -- (157.478 m.p.h.) 1993 -- Ernie Irvan (Chevrolet) -- (155.412 m.p.h.) 1992 -- Davey Allison (Ford) -- (167.609 m.p.h.) 1991 -- Harry Gant (Oldsmobile) -- (165.620 m.p.h.) 1990 -- Dale Earnhardt (Chevrolet) -- (159.571 m.p.h.)1989 -- Davey Allison (Ford) -- (155.869 m.p.h.) 1988 -- Phil Parsons (Oldsmobile) -- (156.547 m.p.h.) 1987 -- Davey Allison (Ford) -- (154.228 m.p.h.) 1986 -- Bobby Allison (Buick) -- (157.698 m.p.h.) 1985 -- Bill Elliott (Ford) -- (186.228 m.p.h.) 1984 -- Cale Yarborough (Chevrolet) -- (172.998 m.p.h.) 1983 -- Richard Petty (Pontiac) -- (153.936 m.p.h.) 1982 -- Darrell Waltrip (Buick) -- (156.697 m.p.h.) 1981 -- Bobby Allison (Buick) -- (149.376 m.p.h.) 1980 -- Buddy Baker (Oldsmobile) -- (170.481 m.p.h.) 1979 -- Bobby Allison (Ford) -- (154.770 m.p.h.) 1978 -- Cale Yarborough (Oldsmobile) -- (159.699 m.p.h.) 1977 -- Darrell Waltrip (Chevrolet) -- (164.877 m.p.h.) 1976 -- Buddy Baker (Ford) -- (169.887 m.p.h.) 1975 -- Buddy Baker (Ford) -- (144.948 m.p.h.) 1974 -- David Pearson (Mercury) -- (130.220 m.p.h.) 1973 -- David Pearson (Mercury) -- (131.956 m.p.h.) 1972 -- David Pearson (Mercury) -- (134.400 m.p.h.) 1971 -- Donnie Allison (Mercury) -- (147.419 m.p.h.) 1970 -- Pete Hamilton (Plymouth) -- (152.321 m.p.h.) Notes: Formerly called Alabama 500 (1970), Winston 500 (1971-93), Winston Select 500 (1994-96). Notes: Ford has won five races this year while Chevrolet has won four...Dale Earnhardt has now gone 36 races without a win...The longest dry spell of his career is 39 races from October 5, 1980 to April 4, 1982...Terry Labonte has finished in the top-10 14 times in the last 15 races...Sterling Marlin led 48 of the 188 laps, including the last 13 to edge Dale Jarrett at the finish line last year...Earnhardt has won seven times at Talladega and has finished in the top five six of the last seven runnings of the Winston 500...Bill Elliott has won the pole at the Winston 500, four times...Elliott was the last pole winner to win this race (1985)...The Winston Select, a non-point event, is the next race on the Winston Cup Series, May 17th at Charlotte Motor Speedway...This event was originally scheduled for April 27th but was postponed due to inclement weather...36 of 44 cars finished last week's race.

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Drivers Dale Earnhardt , John Andretti , Jeff Burton , Ward Burton , Wally Dallenbach , Bill Elliott , Jeff Gordon , Ernie Irvan , Dale Jarrett , Darrell Waltrip , Terry Labonte , Rusty Wallace , Michael Waltrip , Kenny Wallace , Sterling Marlin , Robert Pressley , Johnny Benson , Ted Musgrave , Joe Ruttman , Ned Jarrett , Dave Marcis , Richard Petty , Steve Grissom , Benny Parsons , Phil Parsons , Bobby Allison , Donnie Allison , Buddy Baker , Harry Gant , Cale Yarborough , Mark Martin , David Pearson , Davey Allison