Ford Loudon car report

2 RUSTY WALLACE Rusty leads the series with four wins in 2000, but the car he has this weekend is still looking for a name...PC-27 debuted last week at Richmond and was strong for much of the night...Rusty was in the midst of leading 88-lap...

Rusty leads the series with four wins in 2000, but the car he has this weekend is still looking for a name...PC-27 debuted last week at Richmond and was strong for much of the night...Rusty was in the midst of leading 88-lap stretch when he dropped a cylinder on lap 179...the car was still running in the top 25 when the engine eventually gave way with 87 laps to go...the result was a 34th-place finish and one lost spot in the point standings (fifth to sixth).

Martin appeared poised to win the first Loudon race as he had enough gas to make it to the end while the two drivers in front of him -- Tony Stewart and Joe Nemechek -- had to pit one more time...Mother Nature, however, didn't cooperate as rain came before those two pitted and Martin had to settle for third...he's got the same car this weekend that performed so well at NHIS the last time around (JR-82)...this car debuted at Bristol in March and finished 16th, but was much better the second time on the high banks as it came home 3rd.

Compton is still in search of his first top-20 finish of the season and he'll try to accomplish that with the same car he had in the first Loudon encountered brake problems during that event and finished 29th...last time this car hit the track was at Pocono two months ago...finished 38th after blowing an engine on lap 148 of the 200-lap event.

This is one of Bodine's favorite cars and the same one that ran last week at Richmond where he finished 35th after blowing an engine...this car debuted last year at Homestead and is the same one that qualified 4th at Martinsville earlier this season...this will be the second time this car will race at Loudon...qualified 13th back in July and was competitive all day in the race, posting a 20th-place finish -- one of Bodine's two top-20 efforts.

A blown engine victimized Mayfield last week at Richmond, but he figures to be a contender this weekend...the reason -- he's running the same car he won with at Pocono in history actually began in '98 at the Brickyard 400, where it finished 8th for Rusty has one pole to its credit ('99 Rockingham fall race) has not raced since its Pocono victory.

The team has been busy this week getting the same car they ran at Richmond last weekend ready to hit the track again this weekend at Loudon...JR-105 had some sheet metal damage that had to be replaced, but Lepage did not suffer any major damage in last week's 22nd-place had not seen an oval until it ran last Friday's practice.

Kenseth will run the same Taurus he ran at Richmond a week ago...he was running in the top 10 until his engine developed problems and knocked him out of the race...this is also the same car he finished 19th with here at Loudon in July...the car originally belonged to Jeff Burton, who raced it in '98 and '99...Kenseth got used to it at the tail-end of last year when he ran five races in preparation for his rookie season...he got behind the wheel of this car for the first time at Dover in '99 and finished 4th.

The plan was for Sadler to run the same car he had at Richmond last week, but an accident with Geoffrey Bodine on lap 54 ended his a result, Sadler will run the car he had in the first Richmond race...that represented the car's first race and it ended up finishing 24th...this will be the car's first event since that plans on testing next week at Charlotte with their third new Roush had planned on testing Martinsville next week, but had to alter the schedule after their Martinsville car was involved in the accident last week at Richmond.

It's been a rough two weeks for Spencer, who has been involved in accidents at Darlington and Richmond...crew chief Donnie Wingo jokingly said the car they have this week "is the only one left in the shop"...actually this car competed in the second Pocono race where Spencer finished 9th -- his second of three top-10 efforts in 2000.

The last and only other time this car has run came here at Loudon in was brand new at the time and ran well...Rudd was part of a group that got off-sequence on pit stops and ended up finishing 10th...currently has a streak of four straight top-10 finishes and is 7th in the point standings.

Pruett is coming off a 16th-place run at Richmond last weekend and he's hoping for even better things from the same car this was actually intended to be the backup last week, but Pruett wrecked his primary car in qualifying.

DW had a car specially built for Loudon the first time around and he's got the same piece again this weekend...Waltrip finished 33rd here in July and is looking to rebound after not making last week's race at Richmond...Waltrip is out of provisionals until Phoenix.

Even though Dallenbach will drive the same car he drove in the first Pocono race of 2000, it's pretty much a new car...Dallenbach was involved in an accident early on in that event and the team had to put on a new front and rear clip, in addition to a new body...the only thing remaining from that race is the center section.

Pressley is hoping to snap a four-week streak of bad luck that started at Michigan...has not finished three of those events and even though he was running at the end of the Southern 500 he finished 84 laps down after being involved in an overheating problem did the Jasper team in last weekend at Richmond, but they'll try their luck again with that same car. 88 DALE JARRETT
This will mark the fourth time Jarrett will race this car in its three previous starts the car has posted finishes of 5th (Martinsville), 3rd (Richmond) and 7th (Loudon)...Jarrett was also part of a group that was off-sequence on pit stops in the first Loudon event and stood to gain ground had the rain stayed away... Jarrett had his streak of 15 straight top-10s broken last week at Richmond.

The last time this car ran on a track was in the second Pocono race when Ed Berrier made the field on a provisional and started 42nd...Stricklin has made four of the last six races for car owner Junie Donlavey, but mechanical problems have plagued the team in its last three races.

Elliott returned to his McDonald's Taurus last week just two weeks after having surgery to repair a fractured left kneecap...Elliott went the distance at Richmond and looked like he might have a top-five finish, but he did not pit for tires on the final stop and ended up sliding back to 11th...the car was so good that the team has decided to bring it back and run it again this weekend...last week marked the car's debut race of 2000.

Little has run this car three times so far in seems to run well in races, but struggles in qualifying ...started 38th at Darlington in the spring, but finished 15th... started 38th at Rockingham in the second race of the season and finished 18th...ran for the third time at Richmond last week and started 39th...Little was relieved by Brett Bodine during the event and finished 29th.

Burton has had his share of success with this car, having won the Winston No Bull 5 million dollar bonus twice...captured the money for the first time with this car at Darlington in the fall of '99 and did it again earlier this year at Las Vegas...since that Vegas victory the car has run at California and Charlotte, where it posted finishes of 5th and 11th...Burton comes into the weekend fourth in the point standings...he trails third-place Dale Jarrett by 19 points and second-place Dale Earnhardt by 25 points.

There are 19 Fords at Loudon this weekend...of those 19 teams, eight will be running the same car they had last weekend at Richmond (2,11,16,17,21,32,77,94).

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Dale Earnhardt , Brett Bodine , Jeff Burton , Tony Stewart , Rusty Wallace , Geoffrey Bodine , Joe Nemechek