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Here are some notes on Ford teams and the cars they will be running this weekend: 2 RUSTY WALLACE Rusty will likely be near the front again this weekend because "Mad Max" is back...entering this weekend, Mad Max has an overall record of...

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

Rusty will likely be near the front again this weekend because "Mad Max" is back...entering this weekend, Mad Max has an overall record of two wins, four top-five finishes and seven top-10 efforts in 12 races...the car has led laps in seven events and led the most laps in three of those races... Rusty last used the car at Michigan in August and led three times for 25 laps before the engine soured and relegated him to a 17th-place finish...Mad Max earned its name after winning the second race at Michigan in 2000, and posted its second at California earlier this season...this car debuted at Lowe's for the 2000 Coca-Cola 600 and has been raced here in every points race since that time.

The Taurus Martin will race this weekend actually made its on-track debut here at Charlotte in May...the car (JR-91) competed in The Winston and finished 5th, and then came back the following week to post a 4th-place effort in the Coca-Cola 600...the only other race for this piece came at Michigan in June, when it finished 16th.

Kevin Lepage will be driving the Ultra Motorsports Taurus this week as the team will select a driver on a week-by-week basis...Lepage will be driving a car that has never competed in a race before, but was tested by Mike Wallace during the team's Indy test session in July.

Bodine knows this car inside and out because he has already driven it in 12 races this season...he's hoping No. 13 will be lucky as the car makes its second trip to Charlotte in has competed at Michigan (twice), Pocono (twice), Indy, Chicago, Charlotte, Texas, Atlanta, California, Darlington and's also the car he set the track qualifying record with at the Brickyard 400 in 2000 during second-round qualifying.

Mike Wallace is making the move from the 7 car to the 12 car for the rest of the season...he'll make his debut as a teammate to his brother with a brand new car...this Taurus has never been tested as Thursday will mark the car's first on-track appearance since being built.

Kenseth has one career NWC win and it came here at Charlotte a year ago in the Coca-Cola 600...he's bringing back the car that won that event for this weekend...this piece has driven in the last three LMS events, which includes and 18th-place run this past May...this car (#6 at the shop) has also raced in Atlanta and the June Michigan race.

Elliott will be driving the same Taurus he had last week at Kansas City when he finished made its debut at The Winston a few months ago and finished 18th...prior to last weekend, the car's only other 2001 appearance came in August at Michigan, when he finished 30th...Sadler drove this car at both Darlington races in 2000, finishing 12th and 18th respectively.

Spencer will be sporting "The Mummy Returns" paint scheme once again as that film prepares for video release...the car itself has raced seven times in 2001, including both Darlington and both Michigan's also competed at California, Chicago and here at Charlotte in May...Spencer qualified 5th and finished 6th in the Coca-Cola 600, which is one of this car's four top-10 finishes in 2001...Spencer tested this car here at Charlotte a couple of weeks ago during the track's open test.

Crew chief Michael McSwain said earlier this week that the car Rudd will drive is the only car left in the stable that still sports a red interior..."I won't let them paint it because it's just been too good to us," said McSwain...this is the same car Rudd finished third with at Kansas last week, and it's also the piece that was leading this race at Charlotte a year ago until a late caution allowed the pack to catch up and pit strategy evenutally decided the outcome...Rudd finished third.

The car Craven will drive this weekend (WC-38) debuted in grand style at Michigan in August...the brand new piece sat on the pole and ended up running second to winner Sterling Marlin...Craven was gaining ground on Marlin, but rain shortened the event and he ran out of time.

Cope and the CLR team qualified for their first race last week at Kansas City and will go for two straight here at Charlotte...Cope will have a different car than the one he had at's a brand new car that was built in the team's race shop.

Bodine will drive car #10 this weekend, which is the same Taurus he had here in Charlotte last May... qualified 3rd for that race, but was forced to the garage with handling problems and finished debuted at Texas in March, but has also raced at Chicago and sat on the pole at Chicago and qualified 10th at Indy.

Pressley's best career NWC finish came at Chicago in July when he ran second to winner Kevin Harvick...the car Pressley achieved that feat with will be back in action this weekend at actually debuted here at Lowe's in the spring in The Winston Open and finished 5th...then ended up 3rd in the No Bull Sprint...brought the car back for the 600, but got in an accident and finished 38th.

For this second time this season, Jarrett will be racing at Charlotte in pain...Jarrett hit the wall in qualifying for the 600 in May and suffered a broken rib in practice the following day...he'll have a similar injury this week after hitting the wall at Kansas City last weekend...Rick Mast will be standing by as a relief driver, if Jarrett can't go the distance...Jarrett will be driving the same car he had in the 600.

Stricklin's best finish of the season came in this car when he drove it to a 6th-place finish at Michigan in's last appearance came at Michigan in August and had a strong qualifying effort (8th)...struggled in the race, however, finishing 32nd.

Busch has run up front with this particular Taurus on a couple of occasions...had a then-career best 4th-place finish at Texas and had a strong run with the car again at California when he ended up 13th...had another 13th-place run with this piece a month later at Pocono...the last time this car saw the track was at Indy, where Busch posted a 5th-place finish.

Burton and his Citgo SUPERGARD team have one win this season and it came here in May during the Coca-Cola 600...he has the same car that went to victory lane that night for this ran at Dover a couple of weeks ago and finished also has a win at Las Vegas in 2000 as part of the No Bull 5 program.

Fresh off his NWC career-best second-place run last week at Kansas City, Newman will try and improve on his Charlotte debut with the same car he drove to the pole here in May...the car named "Patience" topped all qualifiers for the Coca-Cola 600, but an accident on lap 12 ended its day...this is also 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 has raced in four of the five Cup races Newman has entered this year... only race it didn't see action was last week at KC.

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Kevin Harvick , Kevin Lepage , Sterling Marlin , Mike Wallace , Rick Mast