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STEVE PARK (No. 1 Pennzoil Chevrolet Monte Carlo) Park will drive the same Monte Carlo he drove to a ninth-place finish at Rockingham on Feb. 27, 2000. A blown engine last week at Darlington relegated Park to a 39th-place finish, the week...

STEVE PARK (No. 1 Pennzoil Chevrolet Monte Carlo)

Park will drive the same Monte Carlo he drove to a ninth-place finish at Rockingham on Feb. 27, 2000. A blown engine last week at Darlington relegated Park to a 39th-place finish, the week after he scored a career-best fourth-place finish at Darlington. Park ranks 23rd in the NASCAR Winston Cup standings.

DALE EARNHARDT (No. 3 GM Goodwrench Service Plus Monte Carlo)

Earnhardt finished third last week at Darlington and second on Feb. 27 at Rockingham in the same Monte Carlo he'll drive this week at Bristol. Earnhardt ranks third in the NASCAR Winston Cup standings, 32 points behind leader Bobby Labonte. Earnhardt has had the top finishing Monte Carlo in the past four races and is the only Chevrolet driver ranked in the top 10 in the NASCAR Winston Cup standings.

BOBBY HAMILTON (No. 4 Kodak MAX film Chevrolet Monte Carlo)

Hamilton scored his third straight seventh-place finish at Darlington last week. Recording his best finish of the season last week, Hamilton jumped eight spots in the series standings and his now 28th after the first five races. Hamilton will run the same Monte Carlo this week at Bristol. It was built as an R&D car, but during a recent two-day test session at Bristol, the Monte Carlo unofficially broke Rusty Wallace's track record of 15.33 seconds with a lap of 15.05.

TERRY LABONTE (No. 5 Kellogg's Chevrolet Monte Carlo)

The Ironman will make his 642nd consecutive start on Sunday in the Food City 500. Labonte hasn't missed a race since becoming a full-time competitor in 1979. He'll be running the Monte Carlo with chassis number 116 on Sunday. It's the same car involved in The Wreck last August at Bristol. Eddie Dickerson rebuilt the car after last year's accident at Bristol, and Labonte ran it at Dover a few weeks later. Labonte finished 11th last week at Darlington and is 12th in the Winston Cup standings.

MICHAEL WALTRIP (No. 7 NationsRent Chevrolet Monte Carlo)

Waltrip, who finished 32nd last week at Darlington, will race a rebuilt Monte Carlo on Sunday at Bristol. The chassis competed in both Bristol races in 1999, but 2000 Monte Carlo sheetmetal has given the car a new luster. Waltrip ranks 33rd in the NASCAR Winston Cup standings.

DALE EARNHARDT Jr. (No. 8 Budweiser Chevrolet Monte Carlo)

Earnhardt Jr. finished 40th last week at Darlington and ranks 21st in the NASCAR Winston Cup standings and second in the NASCAR rookie of the year race. He's running chassis 002 this week at Bristol. Earnhardt Jr. ran the car at Atlanta in the 1999 season finale, but it's making its first start of the 2000 campaign. In the first five races of the season, Earnhardt Jr. is the only driver who has qualified in the top 10 for all five events. Bill Elliott and Jeff Gordon have qualified in the top 10 four times. Dale Jarrett, Bobby Labonte, Mark Martin and Ricky Rudd have qualified in the top 10 three times, and nine drivers are tied with two top-10 qualifying efforts.

JEFF GORDON (No. 24 DuPont Automotive Finishes Monte Carlo)

Gordon will drive a Monte Carlo that qualified fourth and finished fourth at Bristol last August. Complete with new 2000 Monte Carlo sheetmetal, Gordon drove the same car at Las Vegas on March 5. He started 10th and finished 28th in that race. Gordon scored his second straight top-10 finish of the season last week at Darlington and moved to 13th in the series standings.

JERRY NADEAU (No. 25 Michael Holigan.com Chevrolet Monte Carlo)

Nadeau drove this same Monte Carlo in the Feb. 27 race at Rockingham and finished 29th after qualifying 22nd. Nadeau finished 37th last week at Darlington and is ranked 35th in the NASCAR Winston Cup standings.

MIKE SKINNER (No. 31 Lowe's Chevrolet Monte Carlo)

The Monte Carlo Skinner will drive at Bristol is the first 2000 Monte Carlo downforce car built by the No. 31 team. The Food City 500 will be its first race, but the car has been tested at Atlanta, Homestead and Texas. It's been the backup car for each race this season except Daytona. Skinner finished 14th last week at Darlington, his best finish ever at the 1.366-mile egg-shaped oval. He's ranked 19th in the series standings.

JOE NEMECHEK (No. 33 Oakwood Homes Chevrolet Monte Carlo)

The Monte Carlo that Nemechek will drive in Sunday's Food City 500 will be making its first start of the season, but the chassis had plenty of action in 1999. It ran at Texas, Las Vegas, Atlanta, Darlington, Michigan and The Winston at Lowe's Motor Speedway. "I felt like it was our best car last season," team owner Andy Petree said. "Hopefully it'll be a little better with the changes we've made on it for this season."

STERLING MARLIN (No. 40 Coors Light Chevrolet Monte Carlo)

Marlin will race the same car on Sunday at Bristol that he drove earlier this season at Rockingham and Atlanta. He finished 15th and 12th, respectively, in those events. Marlin finished 21st last week at Darlington and ranks 15th in the series standings.

RICK MAST (No. 41 Big Daddy's Chevrolet Monte Carlo)

Mast will be competing in a brand new car this week at Bristol. The chassis competed several times in 1999, but new 2000 Monte Carlo sheetmetal has been added for Mast and company at Bristol. Mast had a strong run going last week at Darlington but finished 30th. He's 38th in the series standings.

KENNY IRWIN Jr. (No. 42 BellSouth Chevrolet Monte Carlo)

Irwin will drive chassis No. 4225 this week at Bristol. He ran it earlier this season at Las Vegas and finished 24th. Irwin finished 38th last week at Darlington and ranks 24th in the NASCAR Winston Cup standings.

RICKY CRAVEN (No. 50 Midwest Transit Chevrolet Monte Carlo)

Craven's Monte Carlo will try once again to make its first start of the season. Craven failed to qualify with the same car last week at Darlington. Craven qualified 29th with the same car at Las Vegas and finished 40th in that race.

KENNY WALLACE (No. 55 Square D Chevrolet Monte Carlo)

Wallace will run chassis number 9935 at Bristol. It's the same car he finished 39th with at Las Vegas. Wallace finished 35th last week at Darlington and ranks 37th in the NASCAR Winston Cup standings.

TED MUSGRAVE (No. 60 Power Team Chevrolet Monte Carlo)

Musgrave tested this Monte Carlo for two days at Bristol and it was the backup car at Rockingham. It's a former Stavola Brothers car that ran several times in 1999. Musgrave had engine problems and finished 42nd last week at Darlington. He's 36th in the NASCAR Winston Cup standings.

DAVE MARCIS (No. 71 Realtree Chevrolet Monte Carlo)

Marcis raced the same chassis here and at Dover last year. The chassis will be making its debut with 2000 Monte Carlo sheetmetal. Marcis started 26th and finished 33rd last week at Darlington. He's 47th in the NASCAR Winston Cup point standings.

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Bill Elliott , Jeff Gordon , Bobby Labonte , Rusty Wallace , Andy Petree , Michael Ho , Mark Martin