2 RUSTY WALLACE Wallace, who already leads the series with 7 poles in 2000, will bid for his 3rd straight road-course pole this weekend...set the track qualifying record here at WGI last year with a mark of 121.234 mph...will have the same...
2 RUSTY WALLACE
Wallace, who already leads the series with 7 poles in 2000, will bid for his 3rd straight road-course pole this weekend...set the track qualifying record here at WGI last year with a mark of 121.234 mph...will have the same car that sat on the pole at Sears Point earlier this year (PRS-024)...this car was built brand new for Sears Point and performed well throughout the weekend...it's the 24th in-house chassis built at Penske South... ironically, it's another 24 car the team hopes to knock off this weekend.
6 MARK MARTIN
Martin will look to get back into victory lane at Watkins Glen after winning three straight at this course from 1993-95...this has been a great place for Martin, who has finished in the top 10 all but once in 12 career starts...was the quickest on the second day of a two-day test session here a couple of weeks ago with the car known as JR-50...team actually brought two cars to the test, but the new that was built specifically for this race proved to be a bit slower than JR-50...this car raced earlier in the year at Sears Point and finished 3rd.
9 STACY COMPTON
This will be the first time Compton will drive this car, although it's no stranger to WGI...Jerry Nadeau drove this car a year ago at this track and finished 5th after qualifying 6th...Compton's first NWC road-course event came at Sears Point two months ago where he finished 31st. 11 BRETT BODINE
Fresh off his track qualifying record at Indianapolis last week, Bodine hopes to continue that momentum at his home track...will be running the same car he qualified 22nd with at Sears Point and finished 30th...it happens to be one of Junior Johnson's old cars, which was part of the fleet when Bodine bought the team in '96...crew chief Mike Hillman jokingly said, "This car is as old as me and you, but it's a good old car."
12 JEREMY MAYFIELD
Tom Hubert will drive the Mobil 1 Taurus this week as Mayfield continues to recover from the concussion he suffered at Indianapolis last week...Hubert has had some success in NASCAR Winston Cup, qualifying 4th at Las Vegas in '99 with his own team and then qualifying for Sears Point later that same year...this will be his first race of 2000 and he'll have a car that served as the backup at Sears Point...Boris Said actually tested this car at VIR Speedway in Danville, Va., last week.
13 ROBBY GORDON
The last race Gordon competed in was at Sears Point, where he had his best run of the season...qualified 11th and then led 5 laps en route to a season-best 9th-place finish...will have the same car this weekend, but a different paint scheme...the bright orange has been replaced by purple as SONY hops on board as the team's primary sponsor this weekend.
16 KEVIN LEPAGE
This will mark Lepage's 2nd NWC race at WGI and he'll have the same car he had in last year's race in which he finished 25th...the car, which is JR-93, also ran at Sears Point earlier this year and finished 41st after suffering transmission problems on lap 40...tested here at WGI a couple of weeks ago and finished in the middle of the running order.
17 MATT KENSETH
Kenseth struggled in his first NWC road course race at Sears Point earlier this year (starting 38th and finishing 32nd), but he hopes for better this weekend with a brand new Taurus...this car served as the backup at Sears Point, but tested here at WGI a couple of weeks ago...Kenseth comes into the weekend with a 19-point lead over Dale Earnhardt, Jr. in the rookie of the year standings.
21 ELLIOTT SADLER
The Wood Brothers have already had a full day's work as they were forced to change motors upon arriving at the track on Friday morning...discovered a leak after pushing it into the garage and made the change immediately... this is the same car Sadler has driven the last 2 years at road courses... finished 18th here at WGI last year... placed 38th at Sears Point in June.
23 BORIS SAID
Said is recognized as one of the top road racers around and this will mark his second NWC event in 2000...drove Spencer's car at Sears Point and had a good run going until breaking a lower a-arm on the left-side of the car... qualified 23rd for that race and finished 42nd...Said will once again have a Yates engine this weekend.
26 JIMMY SPENCER
Spencer will not only have his own car at WGI this weekend (the No. 23 Federated Auto Parts Taurus with Boris Said), he'll also be trying to improve on a 16th-place finish from a year ago here...will have the same car he drove at Sears Point two months ago when he qualified 12th and finished 34th.
28 RICKY RUDD
The car Rudd will drive this weekend is very familiar to him...even though it's painted black, yellow and red this weekend, he drove it last year as the 10 car when it was orange, yellow and white...Robert Yates bought this car after Rudd dissolved his team and it's been the team's primary road-course car...Rudd qualified 10th and finished 5th with it at Sears Point in June.
32 SCOTT PRUETT
It's already been a rough weekend for the No. 32 Tide Taurus...Pruett's primary car suffered scrapes and gauges along the passenger side when the D-ring that holds the car in place in the team's hauler broke during the drive up from Hickory...damage is only cosmetic, however, so it should have no affect on the track...car has never raced before, but the team did test in Kershaw, SC earlier this week.
66 DARRELL WALTRIP
Fresh off his outside pole qualifying run and 11th-place finish at Indianapolis last week, DW will try to repeat that stellar effort with the same car he had at Sears Point in June...Waltrip qualified 33rd and finished 28th in that event.
75 WALLY DALLENBACH
Crew chief Newt Moore said the team has rectified the transmission problems it had at Sears Point and is ready to give this car another shot here at Watkins Glen this weekend... Dallenbach was the second-day fastest qualifier at Sears Point, but had trouble from the get-go on race day and spent much of the afternoon in the garage and finished 40th...this will be the car's 2nd NWC race. 77 ROBERT PRESSLEY
Road racing is not Pressley's forte, but he'll give it his best shot this weekend with the same car he had at Sears Point...team actually had Mark Simo jump in the car for second-round qualifying and later on in the race, but the best the duo could do was a 37th-place finish. 88 DALE JARRETT
This car has become a standard for Jarrett here at Watkins Glen...this will mark the fourth time in the last five years he has driven this car here ('96,'97,'99,'00)...car is affectionately called "The Mule" by the team and was actually driven by Davey Allison during his tenure with RYR...Allison won with this car at Sears Point in '91 when Ricky Rudd was black-flagged on the final lap...Jarrett drove this car at Sears Point in June and managed a 7th-place finish.
90 BRIAN SIMO
After Hut Stricklin drove to a 14th-place finish last week at Indy, Brian Simo returns to the cockpit for his second start at a road course for car owner Junie Donlavey...Simo qualified 34th at Sears Point and finished 36th...even though he won't be driving, Stricklin will serve as crew chief this weekend, a duty he also held last week in Indianapolis.
94 BILL ELLIOTT
Elliott has never won at Watkins Glen, but he hopes to change that this weekend with the same car he drove at Sears Point...qualified 8th for that event, but had mechanical problems on race day and finished only 98 of the 112 laps for a 35th-place finish...coming off an impressive 3rd-place finish at Indianapolis last week, his first top-five since running 4th at Las Vegas.
97 CHAD LITTLE
Little was forced to take a provisional at Sears Point and finished 25th, but the team opted for a different car this time at Watkins Glen...Little will drive the same car he had last year for this event, one in which he worked his way from a 38th-place starting spot all the way to 14th. 99 JEFF BURTON
This is Burton's favorite road course car as evidenced by the fact it's the only one he's driven the past two years at Sears Point and Watkins Glen... finished 13th in this race a year ago and was 16th earlier in the season at Sears Point...comes in this weekend 4th in the NWC point standings.