Ford Charlotte car notes

Here are some notes on Ford teams and the cars they will be running this weekend: 2 RUSTY WALLACE Rusty will drive "Mad Max" for the fourth time this season and the two will be looking for their second straight win together and third ...

Here are some notes on Ford teams and the cars they will be running this weekend:

Rusty will drive "Mad Max" for the fourth time this season and the two will be looking for their second straight win together and third overall..."Mad Max" debuted in this race a year ago and finished 8th... earned its name after winning at Michigan in August and solidified its reputation as a top-flight Taurus after winning at California last month...this will be the car's ninth all-time start and has six top-10 three previous starts this year, "Mad Max" has one victory and two 12th-place efforts (Atlanta and Texas).

For the first time in three years it looks as if Mark Martin's Charlotte plans might work out...even though he finished 13th in last week's running of The Winston, his car made it through without major damage so it's back again this week for the Coca-Cola 600...Martin's attempts to run the same car both weeks was ruined the past two years after getting caught up in accidents in The Winston...this year, however, JR-91 will be making its debut in a points debuted last week and ran well, finishing 9th in the first segment and 5th in the second.

Wallace will have the same car he had last weekend for The Winston was fast in pre-race practice and ran well in the Open...finished 4th after starting has competed in two previous points races...was involved in the first lap accident with Dale Earnhardt, Jr. at Rockingham and finished 32nd at Darlington.

Bodine ran a new car last weekend in The Winston Open, but wasn't happy with its performance...has opted to go back with a proven piece for the 600...will run the same Taurus he had in Texas (28th place) and Atlanta (26th place) earlier this season...this is the most-used car in the Bodine fleet, having run extensively in 2000 as well...competed in both Pocono races, in addition to Michigan, Atlanta and last October's race here at Charlotte (32nd place).

Mayfield figures to be a contender this weekend because he's got one of his favorite cars...this is car #9, the same piece that won at California last is actually a couple of years old and is the same one that was involved in an accident at Indy in ' sat covered up behind the team's race shop for a few weeks until then-crew chief Paul Andrews had it put back together...since then it has been one of the fleet's best pieces.

Why mess with a good thing...that's the feeling around the 17 team this weekend...after running a new car last week in The Winston, Kenseth and crew have decided to bring back the same car that won last year's 600 when Kenseth passed Bobby Labonte with 25 laps remaining to post his only NWC returned and looked to make a return trip to victory lane at Charlotte in October, but finished 9th...this car has only one start so far in 2001 with that being in Atlanta, where Kenseth finished 37th after developing engine problems.

The Air Force is taking center stage this weekend as Sadler sports a blue paint scheme in their honor...the car itself has been on track once this season with that coming at Texas...Sadler was in the process of a solid top-10 run until blowing a right-front tire...he was running 5th at the time, but ultimately ended 16th...this is also the car that Sadler flipped through the air during practice at Michigan last year.

The last time Spencer drove this car he was promoting "Return of the Mummy" at California...the regular paint scheme is back this weekend as car #30 looks to continue it's strong run this season...Spencer qualified the car 9th and finished 7th at California after leading twice for 37 laps...only other time Spencer drove the car in '01 was at Darlington, where he posted a season-high 4th-place finish debuted here at Charlotte in October, qualifying 4th and finishing 15th.

Rudd debuted a brand new Taurus last week in The Winston Open and he was so happy with it that he opted to bring it back for the 600...started 18th in the Open, but charged through the pack and finished 2nd to winner Johnny Benson.

Like Rudd, Craven also brought out a new car for last week's Winston Open and has brought it back again for Sunday's race...started 4th and finished 3rd in the open, but fell all the way back to 22nd in the No Bull Sprint ...charged back, however, and managed to finish 11th.

After winning the No Bull Sprint last weekend, Bodine and his team have regained some momentum heading into this has opted to bring the same car they debuted at Texas in March...Bodine qualified 15th with the new piece, but had engine problems and finished 35th.

Pressley debuted a brand new race car last week in The Winston Open and it had an impressive debut...finished 5th in the Open and 3rd in the No Bull Sprint, but led briefly during the opening laps of the final 16-lap a result of that performance, the Jasper team has brought the same car back for this weekend's 600.

The last time Jarrett drove a brand new car in a race was when he won at Martinsville last month...he's hoping for a similar story this weekend as the 88 team unveils the latest new piece from Robert Yates tested the car here at Charlotte a couple of weeks ago.

Stricklin will have some additional help this weekend as Philippe Lopez joins the team on a full-time basis as a will have the same car as last weekend in The Winston Open where Stricklin finished 17th...that marked the car's first start in a NWC event.

This will mark the third time Houston and this Taurus have teamed up in 2001...the duo finished 21st at Atlanta, 32nd at Texas and 19th at California ...this is the first PPI chassis ever built at the team's shop in Hickory.

Busch got off to a rough start with this Taurus last week when he spun and hit the wall with it during his qualifying attempt for The Winston took the car back to the shop and put on a new rear clip...crew chief Ben Leslie has pronounced it ready to go for the 600, which will be its debut event.

Burton has car #28 for the 600, a car that has won a couple of times the past year...won the No Bull 5 bonus at Las Vegas in the same car that led wire-to-wire at actually made its debut here at Charlotte in '99, but was involved in an accident in The Winston and never made it to the 600...that ended up not being the worst thing because Burton ended up winning the race that year in another car.

Newman appeared to have The Winston Open locked up last week, but a blown engine with three laps remaining ended his night...will have the same car that dominated that event, a Taurus named "Patience" ...this is the same car he set the Lowe's Motor Speedway track qualifying record with in an ARCA race last year...Newman won that event and named the car "Patience" in victory lane afterwards...made his NWC debut with this car earlier in the year at Las Vegas and finished 33rd.

-Ford Racing

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Dale Earnhardt , Bobby Labonte , Robert Yates , Mark Martin
Teams Yates Racing