Dodge chassis notes, Martinsville

Friday, April 6, 2001. Martinsville Speedway. BILL ELLIOTT (No. 9 Dodge Dealers Dodge Intrepid R/T) Elliott will drive a brand new Intrepid at Martinsville. He finished eighth in last year's spring race at the .526-mile track. Fresh off...

Friday, April 6, 2001.
Martinsville Speedway. BILL ELLIOTT (No. 9 Dodge Dealers Dodge Intrepid R/T) Elliott will drive a brand new Intrepid at Martinsville. He finished eighth in last year's spring race at the .526-mile track. Fresh off a 14th-place finish last week at Texas, Elliott moved to ninth in the NASCAR Winston Cup Standings (NWCS). In 36 career starts at Martinsville, Elliott has three top fives and 13 top-10 finishes. He's finished third on two occasions.

CASEY ATWOOD (No. 19 Dodge Dealers Dodge Intrepid R/T) Atwood will drive the same chassis that carried him to a 25th-place finish last fall at Martinsville. Atwood finished 36th last week at Texas after qualifying 10th. Atwood ranks fourth in the Raybestos rookie of the year standings and 34th in the NWCS.

WARD BURTON (No. 22 Caterpillar Dodge Intrepid R/T) Burton will drive the same chassis he's used in the past three races at Martinsville. He finished 11th here last spring and 43rd last fall. Burton finished 21st last week at Texas and is tied for 11th in the NWCS. He won the pole and finished seventh in the 1997 fall race at Martinsville.

STERLING MARLIN (No. 40 Coors Light Dodge Intrepid R/T) Marlin will drive chassis No. 101 at Martinsville. It's a brand new chassis. Marlin finished 24th last spring at Martinsville and 34th last week at Texas. He has four top 10s in the first seven races and ranks fifth in the NWCS, 167 points behind leader Dale Jarrett.

JOHN ANDRETTI (No. 43 Cheerios Dodge Intrepid R/T) Andretti will drive the same Intrepid that carried him to a runner-up finish at Bristol two weeks ago. Andretti finished 14th last spring at Martinsville, 31st last week at Texas and ranks 18th in the NWCS.

BUCKSHOT JONES (No. 44 Georgia Pacific Dodge Intrepid R/T) uckshot BJones will drive the same chassis that carried him to a 41st-place finish at Darlington earlier this season. Jones finished 33rd last week at Texas and ranks 39th in the NWCS.

KYLE PETTY (No. 45 Sprint Dodge Intrepid R/T) Petty's chassis was last used at Las Vegas. Petty finished 38th last spring at Martinsville. He failed to qualify at Texas and ranks 44th in the NWCS.

STACY COMPTON (No. 92 Kodiak Dodge Intrepid R/T) Compton will use a chassis that last competed in the 2000 Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Compton finished 39th last spring at Martinsville and 15th last week at Texas. Compton ranks 29th in the NWCS. Friday, April 6, 2001. Martinsville Speedway. Virginia 500. Dodge Classy Chassis and Driver Notes. Page 2.

DAVE BLANEY (No. 93 Amoco Ultimate Dodge Intrepid R/T) Blaney will compete in a brand new Intrepid at Martinsville. Fresh off a career-best sixth-place finish last week at Texas, Blaney ranks 28th in the NWCS. He finished 41st last spring at Martinsville.

JASON LEFFLER (No. 01 Cingular Wireless Dodge Intrepid R/T) Leffler will use his Rockingham chassis at Martinsville. Leffler finished 33rd at Rockingham. He scored a season-best 17th place finish last week at Texas and is 40th in the NWCS. He ranks fifth in the Raybestos rookie of the year standings.

DODGE GARAGE NOTES -- Daren Wolfe, front tire changer for Sterling Marlin's No. 40 Coors Light Dodge Intrepid R/T team, was injured last week during a pit stop at Texas and will be replaced by crew chief Lee McCall at Martinsville on Sunday. Wolfe has a sprained ankle but is off crutches and will attend Sunday's race... Dave Marcis was the last driver to win a race at Martinsville Speedway in a Dodge. Marcis won the 1975 Old Dominion 500... Dodge drivers have led 369 laps this season and Marlin is one of only two drivers who has led a lap in all seven races. Marlin has led 22 times for 175 laps. Marlin is the only driver who has been ranked in the top 10 in the point standings all season....Stacy Compton has climbed from 35th to 29th in the NWCS in the last two races.

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Dale Jarrett , Stacy Compton , Dave Marcis