Ford Racing Darlington II car report

2 RUSTY WALLACE Rusty is still looking for that elusive first Darlington NWC win and he'll try to get it this weekend with PC-29...this will mark the car's fourth race of the 2001 season after debuting as a brand new piece at Rockingham in the ...

Rusty is still looking for that elusive first Darlington NWC win and he'll try to get it this weekend with PC-29...this will mark the car's fourth race of the 2001 season after debuting as a brand new piece at Rockingham in the second race of the has posted two top-10 finishes in its first three starts...finished 7th at The Rock and had a 10th-place effort here at Darlington in the spring...only non-top-10 came in its last time out at New Hampshire when a blown engine ended its day after only 11 laps.

Martin has his sights set on the top 10 in the point standings as he trails 10th-place Steve Park by only 120 points ...he'll have a brand new car this weekend at Darlington, but it has already gotten some track time earlier this week...Martin, along with Roush teammates Jeff Burton, Kurt Busch and Greg Biffle tested at Kansas Speedway on Monday and Tuesday ...Martin ran this new piece, JR-92, for a majority of the test and mostly worked on race setups for the NWC event one month from now.

This will mark the fifth race for this particular car in 2001...Wallace debuted the piece at Texas (finished 24th) and then raced it to a 16th-place finish at California...the last time Wallace drove the car was at Michigan in June when he did not qualify...the last time this Taurus was on track came at Pocono in June when Ted Musgrave qualified 15th.

This car is without a doubt the most-used piece in the Bodine has raced 10 times already in 2001 with those being Michigan (twice), Pocono (twice), Indy, Chicago, Charlotte, Texas, Atlanta and California...this is also the car that set the track qualifying record at the Brickyard in 2000, which Bodine achieved in the second round.

It looked like Mayfield was well on his way to victory in this event a year ago...he sat on the pole and was driving away from the field when he got caught up with Dave Marcis and hit the wall on lap 119 of the 328-lap event...he was so dominant that despite falling out with 208 laps remaining, he still led 104 of the first 118 laps that day...he has the same car this weekend -- car #9...Mayfield won with this car at California in 2000 and has run well this year, finishing 10th at Charlotte and 4th at Michigan in June...last appeared at Pocono in July and finished 18th.

Kenseth finished 19th here at Darlington in the spring and he's brought back the same car, which is known as car #5 back at the has raced only once since then with that being at Chicagoland Speedway in July...even though Kenseth started 37th, he posted a 7th-place finish that actually debuted last season with its first race being the Brickyard 400.

Fresh off his 11th-place run at Bristol last weekend, Sadler will run a car that has competed in one race so far in 2001...Sadler ran this piece at Pocono in June and finished was supposed to run at Bristol in the spring, but Sadler wrecked on the second lap of practice and had to go to a back-up...this car ran exclusively at Bristol and Dover in 2000.

Jimmy Spencer has been close to reaching victory lane a couple of times this season and he should be a favorite this weekend with car #30 ...this piece has six starts already in 2001 and four top-10s...the only non-top-10's were 11th-place finishes at both Michigan races...this is the same Taurus Spencer finished 4th with here at Darlington in the also has 7th-place finishes at California and Charlotte, and a 5th-place run at Chicago to its credit in 2001.

This car made its debut with Rudd in The Winston Open back in May and finished 2nd to winner Johnny opted to bring it back the following week in the Coca-Cola 600 and Rudd posted a 7th-place finish...this will be the car's first race since that effort.

Craven has three top-10 finishes in the last four races and two of those happened to be with this car at Pocono (10th) and Indianapolis (9th)...those are the only two races this car has run since being built at the team's shop in Hickory.

Even though this car has competed in one race this season, it's basically a brand new car...the reason -- that one race was at Bristol back in March... Bodine qualified 5th for that race, but finished 32nd after getting involved in an #5 was basically stripped down to the chassis and re-built after that event, so it's basically a brand new Taurus.

This will be third time Pressley races this car in 2001 after previously running it at Martinsville and Richmond...qualified 5th at Martinsville after posting the fastest practice speed, but got in an accident on lap 215 in which a hole was poked in the radiator and led to an early finish on lap 250 (40th) qualified 23rd and finished 32nd at Richmond .

Even though the season is two-thirds over, Jarrett is still driving new race cars...the Taurus he has this weekend made its debut just a few races ago at the Brickyard 400... qualified 6th and finished 11th in that event...only other track time came during the team's two-day Indy test session.

Stricklin drove this car quite a bit during the early portion of the season, but it hasn't seen the track of late...finished 28th with this Taurus in Atlanta and then posted a 26th-place run a couple of weeks later at's last race came at California in May when Stricklin qualified 30th and finished 10th.

The car Houston will drive this weekend is brand was originally built for the 32 team, but has been switched over to the 96...the only time this car has been on the race track came at the Brickyard when Ricky Craven tested it for two days.

Busch has run this car three times in 2001 with the latest being at Pocono in July...had a rough weekend as Busch qualified 35th and finished 37th, but he's had good success with this car in its other two events...scored a 12th-place finish at Charlotte and registered an 8th-place effort at Chicago.

This was a brand new race car that debuted at Chicago in July...after testing at that facility, Burton qualified 32nd and finished 18th in the NWC race...the only other race for this piece (car #39) since then came at Pocono, where Burton qualified 18th and finished 36th after getting into an accident midway through the event.

-Ford Racing

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Jeff Burton , Steve Park , Jimmy Spencer , Greg Biffle , Johnny Benson , Ted Musgrave , Dave Marcis