Ford Racing Talladega II report card

2 RUSTY WALLACE The car Rusty is driving this weekend will making its eighth restrictor-plate-race appearance in the last two seasons ... Rusty drove this car to a third-place finish at Daytona in this year's season opener and in the summer of '00...

2 RUSTY WALLACE The car Rusty is driving this weekend will making its eighth restrictor-plate-race appearance in the last two seasons ... Rusty drove this car to a third-place finish at Daytona in this year's season opener and in the summer of '00 ... He finished fourth with this car in last year's season opener ... Wallace was eighth here in last year's race ... In 36 career starts at Talladega, Rusty has 10 top-10 finishes ... Wallace is in sixth place in the Winston Cup points standings.

6 MARK MARTIN Mark is driving the same car he drove in the spring at Talladega and the summer of '00 at Daytona - starting fifth and finishing fourth in both races ... Martin made his first start at Talladega in 1982 ... In 31 career starts at the superspeedway, Mark has two victories ('97 and '95) and seven third-place finishes ('99, '96, '93, '91, '90 and '89 twice), and 19 top-10s ... Martin won the pole in both races in '89 ... Martin has three consecutive top-10 finishes and is in 11th place in the points standings.

7 KEVIN LEPAGE The car Kevin is driving this weekend competed in the previous three restrictor-plate races this season ... After starting the season with a different team, Lepage has driven the No. 7 the previous two races, finishing 13th at Charlotte and 21st at Martinsville ... He qualified a season-best fifth at Charlotte.

11 BRETT BODINE This car is making its fourth restrictor-plate-race appearance of '01 ... Its best finish was ninth at Daytona in July ... That was also Brett's best finish of the year ... The car also finished 15th in the first Daytona race, and 26th in the first Talladega race ... Bodine is in 32nd place in the points standings.

12 MIKE WALLACE Mike is driving car 011, which the 12 team ran at Talladega in '00 ... After opening the season with a different team, Wallace has driven the No. 12 the past two races, finishing eighth at Martinsville last week ... Mike finished ninth after starting 43rd in the first race at Talladega this year, and scored a season-best sixth-place finish at Daytona in the season opener.

17 MATT KENSETH The car Matt is driving this weekend is making its third consecutive restrictor-plate-race appearance ... He finished 16th with the car at Daytona this summer and 19th at Talladega in the spring ... Kenseth finished in the top 20 in each of his three previous starts at Talladega ... He is in 15th place in the points standings.

21 ELLIOTT SADLER The car Elliott is driving was the back-up for the Daytona 500, which he ended up piloting to an 18th-place finish in that race ... This car also finished 39th this spring at Talladega ... Sadler scored his first Winston Cup victory in the first Bristol race ... He also finished third in the second Daytona race ... Elliott started fourth in back-to-back races at Michigan and Bristol ... He has been in the top 20 in the points standings all season, and is currently 19th.

26 JIMMY SPENCER This car is making its fourth restrictor-plate-race appearance of the season ... Its best finish was 19th at Daytona this summer ... One of Spencer's two career victories occurred at Talladega in 1994 ... He also has two second-place finishes, at the track ... In 23 career starts at Talladega, Spencer has seven top-five finishes ... Spencer won the pole two weeks ago at Charlotte, eight races after winning the pole at Indianapolis ... He started second at Chicago ... Spencer is 13th in the points standings.

28 RICKY RUDD Ricky is driving car No. 53 ... Its only appearance this year was in the Bud Shootout, producing a ninth-place finish ... Rudd's first start at Talladega was in 1976 ... In 49 career starts at the superspeedway, Ricky has 12 top-10 finishes ... In the '99 fall race, he started second, led for 70 laps, and finished third, matching his best finish at the track ... Rudd remains in second place in the points standings.

32 RICKY CRAVEN This car is making its fourth consecutive restrictor-plate-race appearance ... Craven started fourth and finished 15th at Talladega in the spring ... He finished 23rd and 33rd in the two races at Daytona ... Craven scored the first victory of his NASCAR Winston Cup career last week at Martinsville ... He earlier won the pole and finished second at the second Michigan race ... Craven remains 22nd in the points standings.

66 TODD BODINE Todd drove this car in the two previous restrictor-plate races this year ... Todd has won the pole three times this year (Chicago, Pocono and Martinsville) and has qualified second-fastest once (Charlotte) ... Bodine has started in the top 10 14 times this season ... He has four top-20s in the last five races.

77 ROBERT PRESSLEY Robert drove this car in the two previous restrictor-plate races this year (starting 35 and finishing 23rd at Daytona, and starting 28th and finishing 24th at Talladega) ... In 12 career starts at Talladega, Pressley's best finish was seventh (in '96) ... Pressley finished a career-best second at Chicago in July, and has two other top-10s since then.

88 DALE JARRETT Dale is driving car No. 64 this weekend ... Earlier this year, the 88 team ran this car at Talladega and the Bud Shootout ... In 29 career starts, Jarrett has one victory ('98), five second-place finishes ('99 twice, '96 twice, and '95), and two third-place finishes ('98 and '93) ... Jarrett moves back into fourth place in the NASCAR Winston Cup points standings following last week's second-place finish at Martinsville.

90 HUT STRICKLIN Hut is driving the same car that qualified 11th at Daytona in the summer of '00 ... The team tested at Talladega last week ... Stricklin finished a season-best sixth in the first Michigan race ... He started a season-best eighth in the second Michigan race.

91 RICK MAST Rick is driving a brand-new race car this weekend ... The car was tested at Talladega last week ... The 91 team is making its '01 debut.

97 KURT BUSCH Kurt is driving car No. 43, which ran at Talladega - where he scored a career-best third-place finish - this spring and Daytona this summer ... Busch won his first Winston Cup pole at Darlington last month, but has needed a provisional in each of the last five races ... He is 25th in the points standings.

99 JEFF BURTON Jeff is driving car No. 37 ... This car competed in all the restrictor-plate races the last two years ... Burton won at Daytona with this car in July '00 ... He finished 10th with at Talladega earlier this year ... Jeff has four top-10s in the last six races ... He has one victory (Charlotte) and one second-place finish (Watkins Glen) this year ... Burton remains a season-best 10th in the points standings.

-Ford Racing-

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