Ford The Winston car notes

2 RUSTY WALLACE Rusty is taking the occasion of The Winston to show off a new Harley-Davidson paint scheme...instead of the customary blue colors associated with Miller Lite, Rusty will sport a black and silver Taurus for this weekend... this will...

2 RUSTY WALLACE
Rusty is taking the occasion of The Winston to show off a new Harley-Davidson paint scheme...instead of the customary blue colors associated with Miller Lite, Rusty will sport a black and silver Taurus for this weekend... this will mark Rusty's 15th start in The Winston with his only victory coming in 1989...he'll have a brand new car to try out Saturday night...PC-34 represents the 34th car built by the Penske South organization.

6 MARK MARTIN
Maybe the third time will be the charm for Mark Martin...the last two years he and his race team have come to Charlotte with the plan of running the same car both weekends... unfortunately, Martin has been caught up in accidents each of the last two years in The Winston and has had to go with a different car in the 600...this year he will try it again with a brand new car (JR-91)...Martin did not test at Lowe's last week, but the last time he brought out a new car was two weeks ago at Richmond and he ended up sitting on the pole.

12 JEREMY MAYFIELD
Like Martin, Mayfield will have a brand new car to try out this weekend...car #20 had not seen a race track until hitting the Lowe's track for Friday practice at 2 p.m....the 12 team plans on running this car again next weekend, if it runs well and gets through The Winston without major problems.

17 MATT KENSETH
Kenseth will have car #5 this weekend, the same car he debuted with last year in the Brickyard 400...it's seen the track once so far in 2001 with that coming at Darlington in March...qualified 30th for that event and finished 19th...this will mark Kenseth's debut in The Winston after qualifying for the event by winning last year's Coca-Cola 600.

21 ELLIOTT SADLER
Nobody may be looking forward to The Winston more than Sadler, who talked about winning the all-star event only minutes after his first NWC triumph at Bristol earlier this year... Sadler will pilot this particular Taurus for the first time in 2001, but it competed a handful of times last season...ran in both Darlington events, qualifying 6th and finishing 12th in the fall...was 18th in the Labor Day weekend race.

88 DALE JARRETT
Jarrett is still looking for his first win in The Winston and to show how much emphasis he is putting on this weekend's event, he was one of only two Ford NWC teams that tested here last week...has not raced this car in 2001, but it's the same piece he ran in the 2000 season at Atlanta...sat on the pole for that race (the Cracker Barrel 500), but suffered engine problems and ended up 36th.

99 JEFF BURTON
This will be the second time in 2001 Burton gets behind the wheel of this Taurus...the first time came at Atlanta in March when he finished 30th...prior to that, he raced the car four times in 2000...posted three top-10 finishes in those events, which included a 6th-place showing here at Charlotte in October...ran 2nd in the Southern 500 at Darlington and 6th in the Brickyard 400 last August with this car.

-Ford Racing

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