Here are some notes on Ford teams and the cars they will be running this weekend: 2 RUSTY WALLACE Rusty moved into 8th place on the all-time NWC win list with his 52nd career win last week, and moved into 7th place on the all-time Ford...
Here are some notes on Ford teams and the cars they will be running this weekend:
2 RUSTY WALLACE
Rusty moved into 8th place on the all-time NWC win list with his 52nd career win last week, and moved into 7th place on the all-time Ford win list with 21...Wallace has 8 career wins at Bristol, including this past spring when he won his 50th...named the car "Bristol" in victory lane, but has opted NOT to bring it back this weekend... Rusty will be racing a brand new Taurus known as PC-26, which represents the 26th in-house chassis built at Penske South...has started in the top 10 at Bristol 17 of the last 19 times, including 6 poles and 14 top 5's.
6 MARK MARTIN
Martin comes into the weekend 9th in the NWC standings, but is only 59 points behind 6th-place Tony Stewart ...has finished 6th or better in standings the last 11 years...Martin will be running JR-82 for the third time in 2000 and third time overall ...car debuted in the spring race here at Bristol and struggled... qualified 34th and finished 16th that weekend, but was much better its second time out at Loudon, where it started 3rd and finished 3rd.
9 STACY COMPTON
Compton suffered a broken right collarbone while playing racquetball earlier this week and his status for Saturday's race is questionable... Bobby Hillin has been tabbed as a possible fill-in should Compton be unable to race...team will sport the Cougar colors this week after not making the field last week at Michigan...this car has raced only once before in 2000...MRE-23 is the 4th in-house chassis built by Melling Racing and it debuted in the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte in May...was forced to take a provisional there, starting 40th and finishing 33rd.
11 BRETT BODINE
After an engine failure last week at Michigan after only 23 laps, Bodine will try to recover at a track where he's enjoyed some success...will have car No. 25, which is the same piece he's used at Bristol the last two years... finished 22nd in the spring race here, but had a 12th-place run with this car a year ago in the annual night event.
12 JEREMY MAYFIELD
Mayfield returned to his customary spot behind the wheel last weekend at Michigan and finished 13th...he'll look to get back in victory lane with the same car he had in the first Bristol race of 2000 when he finished 4th...car has another top-10 effort this season as it also finished 7th at Rockingham ...also helped the team end the '99 season on a good note when it ran 3rd at Atlanta.
13 ROBBY GORDON
Gordon has posted top-10 finishes in 2 of the last 3 races he has made (9th at Sears Point and 4th at Watkins Glen)...was closing in on a top-20 finish at Michigan last week until hitting the wall with 21 laps remaining and finishing 34th)...has a brand new car this weekend as he looks to improve on a 32nd-place showing at Bristol in the spring.
16 KEVIN LEPAGE
The car Lepage is running this week has seen the track in practice, but didn't quite make it to race day...Lepage planned on running this car at Martinsville, but he blew a right-front tire during practice on Saturday and was forced to a backup...the car, which is JR-99, has been repaired and hopes to make its first NWC start Saturday night.
17 MATT KENSETH
The NWC rookie leader will have a different look this weekend as a special black and metallic yellow paint scheme will debut under the lights...Kenseth, who has back-to-back top-10 finishes, will have the same car he had at Bristol in the spring when he qualified 22nd and finished 12th...car also raced in two other races this season -- at Rockingham (finished 37th) and Dover (finished 2nd).
21 ELLIOTT SADLER
The last time Sadler came to Bristol he was filled with hope as he qualified 9th and had the fastest time in happy hour...all of that optimism disappeared on race day when he was hit from behind on lap 2 and hit the wall en route to a 41st-place finish...Sadler will look for redemption with the same car he drove to a 29th-place finish at Martinsville earlier this season...that marked the car's debut in a NWC event.
26 JIMMY SPENCER
After a 7th-place run at Michigan last week, Spencer will look to continue his recent stretch that has seen him post two top-10s in the last 4 races (9th at Pocono with this car)...the car Spencer is running appears to be one of the more versatile in the 26 shop as it's raced on the flat tracks of Pocono and Martinsville this year, in addition to the banked tracks of Charlotte, Darlington and Las Vegas...that 9th at Pocono marked the first time this car has finished inside the top 20.
28 RICKY RUDD
Rudd came about as close to victory lane as you can get, but came up just short in posting a season-best 2nd-place finish at Michigan last week...will try once again for his first win at Bristol with a car that has been reliable on the concrete for two years ...car has a 14th-place finish here in the spring and a 5th-place showing at Dover in June...in the shop the car is known as chassis No. 73.
32 SCOTT PRUETT
This is a key weekend for Pruett, who will have the same car he had at Bristol in the spring when he failed to qualify ...appeared to have a shot at making the field, but wrecked in second-round qualifying...this car suffered a similar fate at Dover when it started 41st and finished 38th after getting involved in a couple of accidents.
66 DARRELL WALTRIP
Nobody has had more success at Bristol than DW and he hopes to add one more chapter of positive memories this weekend as he runs the same car that competed here in the spring and at Dover in June...qualified 13th here at Bristol in the spring and finished 31st...has made first-round qualifying at Bristol 3 straight times and needs to make the field on speed this weekend since he is out of provisionals until Darlington.
75 WALLY DALLENBACH
Dallenbach's luck went sour again last week at Michigan as a promising top-15 run was spoiled when a shock broke late in the race (finished 25th)...finished 29th in the first Bristol race this season, but will have a different car this time around...this car raced at Dover in June and was strong...qualified 12th and was in the top 10 when a jack bolt broke and put the car back to 24th.
77 ROBERT PRESSLEY
Pressley will have the same car he had at Bristol in the spring when he finished on the lead lap in 17th place... this will mark the car's 4th event of 2000, but its first since a 15th-place effort at Martinsville in April...ran for the first time this year at Las Vegas in March and finished 21st...Pressley comes into the race 25th in the NWC standings compared to 40th a year ago at this time. 88 DALE JARRETT
This car has been stout to say the least for Jarrett, who has four top-5 finishes in five Bristol races with this piece... car debuted here in '97 at the Goody's 500 and won...followed that with a 3rd and 4th-place finish in both Bristol races in '98 and was 3rd in last year's Food City 500...had a disappointing run here in the spring, however, with a 21st-place finish...car also has a victory at Dover, winning the '98 MBNA Platinum 400.
90 HUT STRICKLIN
After handling driver and crew chief duties in two of the last three events, Stricklin will have the benefit of just driving this weekend at Bristol...team hired Craig Huartson as crew chief earlier in the week...Stricklin will drive a car that has one race on its resume in 2000...Ed Berrier finished 37th with it at New Hamphire last month...only other race came in 1999 at Dover when Berrier qualified 23rd.
94 BILL ELLIOTT
Elliott suffered a fractured left kneecap earlier this week while doing some work around the house and may not be able to race this weekend... Elliott had surgery on the knee Tuesday night, so the team has asked David Green to fill in...Elliott had tested for two days here after the race at Watkins Glen with a brand new car...the only thing the team has done since the test is give it a name -- "Ready Mix"...the name is in reference to the concrete surface at Bristol...if it survives the weekend without major damage it will likely run again at Dover -- the other concrete track on the circuit...Elliott's previous concrete car -- named "Rock Crusher" -- was lost in a practice accident at Dover in June after qualifying on the outside pole... Elliott's car will be sporting a different paint scheme and referred to as the McFlurry Taurus.
97 CHAD LITTLE
Little knows what it takes to be successful here at Bristol as his '96 pole-winning effort in the Busch Series proves...he would like to match that achievement this weekend with JR-26...raced this car here in the spring and finished 23rd after a 31st-place starting spot...team worked on making improvements that would make the car turn better, but it has not been raced or tested since those adjustments were made.
99 JEFF BURTON
Burton has had great success with this car in the past...car No. 24 posted four victories in 1999 -- Las Vegas, Darlington, Charlotte and Rockingham -- but is looking for its first in 2000...ran here at Bristol in the spring qualifying 15th and finishing 9th...car contended at Rockingham in the second race of the season, but broke a valve in the late stages and limped home 32nd.