Ford Racing Joliet car report

2 RUSTY WALLACE Rusty tested here at Chicagoland last month and ended up having the unofficial fastest speed of 182.125 mph (29.650 seconds)...Wallace turned that lap during the second day of his test and he did it with a brand new Taurus, the...

Rusty tested here at Chicagoland last month and ended up having the unofficial fastest speed of 182.125 mph (29.650 seconds)...Wallace turned that lap during the second day of his test and he did it with a brand new Taurus, the same one he'll run this weekend...the car, which is known as PC-36 will make its series debut Sunday...that number represents the 36th chassis built by Penske South.

Martin also tested here last month with his fellow Roush Racing teammates and has decided to bring the same car he raced earlier this year at Las Vegas and Texas...JR-86 has been solid in 2001 as it led the most laps at Las Vegas before finishing 6th and then followed that up with a 9th-place run at Texas.

Robby Gordon will be back behind the wheel this weekend for car owner Jim Smith, replacing Mike Wallace... Gordon ran 2nd three weeks ago at Sears Point and then had another top-10 finish last week in the Busch Series event at Watkins Glen...the car he will run this weekend last appeared at Michigan, where Wallace did not qualify...also competed at Texas (24th) and California (16th).

Fresh off his 9th-place run at Daytona last week, Bodine will look to continue that momentum with the same car he had at Michigan in June...this car has proven to be fast in the holds the track qualifying record at Indianapolis, set last year when he ran 181.072 mph in second round raced earlier this year at California and finished 27th.

Mayfield is going to try and change his luck this weekend with a car that was built back at the team's shop after the Daytona 500 in February...this will mark the car's first race, but it did get some track time during a test session here at Chicago a few weeks ago.

Kenseth will be running a car he finished 19th with at Darlington earlier this has not raced since, but he did use it during the team's test here at Chicago right after the Michigan race in debuted at the Brickyard 400 last year at Indianapolis, where it finished 26th.

Sadler had his best finish since winning at Bristol earlier this year when he placed 3rd at Daytona last week...has a car that has run three times already in raced at Las Vegas (20th), Texas (16th) and Charlotte (19th)...also tested the piece here at Chicago last month after the Michigan race.

Spencer doesn't have a name for the particular Taurus he's going to run this weekend, but "Old Reliable" might not be a bad car in Spencer's fleet has gotten more work over the last two years than car #30...Spencer ran it five times last season and posted a pair of top-10 finishes at Michigan (7th) and Homestead (5th)...this will be the car's 5th start in 2001 after running at Darlington (4th), California (7th), Charlotte (6th) and Michigan (11th).

The car Rudd will race this weekend has a pretty solid history...Kenny Irwin captured the first pole of his NWC career with this piece (known as car #69) at Texas in '99...appeared to have wins in sight at Michigan and Charlotte last year until late cautions forced final pit stops...finished 3rd at Charlotte and 2nd at Michigan...this season the car finished 2nd again at Michigan after running 6th at California in May.

This car was built last year, but Craven didn't drive it for the first time in a race until last month at Michigan...had a strong qualifying effort as he started 5th, but ran into problems during the race and finished 35th.

Bodine has driven this car twice in '01...ran for the first time at Texas and had a good starting spot (15th), but he had engine problems during the race and finished returned at Charlotte and qualified 3rd, but handling problems in the Coca-Cola 600 put him back in 37th place.

Pressley will have this car in a competitive race for the 4th time in '01...debuted in The Winston Open as a brand new piece and finished 5th before ending up 3rd in the No Bull Sprint...brought the car back for the Coca-Cola 600, but was involved in an accident and finished's last appearance came at Michigan and the car struggled all afternoon to a 21st-place showing.

Robinson made her NWC debut last month at Michigan and posted a 34th-place finish...will have a car this weekend that used to be part of the Galaxy Motorsports fleet...current NBC analyst Wally Dallenbach drove this car in the final race of the 2000 season at Atlanta...Dallenbach qualified 10th and finished 29th that afternoon.

Crew chief Todd Parrott said the car Jarrett has this weekend is the same one that won races at Texas and Darlington this season...Jarrett won the pole with the car at Atlanta and finished 4th, and then sat on the outside pole with it at Darlington before winning that also has an 8th at Charlotte and 5th at Dover to its credit this year.

Stricklin debuted this car at The Winston Open in Charlotte earlier this year and finished brought it back for the Coca-Cola 600 and ended up 16th...last time it appeared on-track was at Michigan in June and Stricklin had his best finish of the season with a 6th-place effort.

Houston will be racing this Taurus for the fifth time in '01...has made starts at Atlanta (21st), Texas (32nd), California (19th) and Charlotte (14th) also came to Michigan, but did not qualify...Houston is coming off a 43rd-place run at Daytona in which he cut a tire midway through the race and hit the wall.

This Taurus had a tough debut as Busch spun and hit the wall with it during his qualifying attempt for The Winston Open...the team repaired the damage in time for the following week's Coca-Cola 600 where Busch finished 12th...this will be the car's first race since then, but it did run here during the team's test session in June.

Burton has strung together four straight top-10 finishes coming into this weekend's race and he'll attempt to stretch that string with a brand new car...Burton and this car aren't totally unfamiliar with this track as both tested here for two days following the Michigan race in June.

-Ford Racing

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Wally Dallenbach , Robby Gordon , Mike Wallace